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Settlement Allows Ohio Troopers to Wear Athletic Shoes on Duty

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Ohio State Highway Patrol officials have come to an agreement with troopers that will end a battle over the type of shoes worn on duty.

Troopers will now alternate between athletic-style shoes and buckled chukkas, depending on the nature of their work.

Several union members filed grievances after the patrol's leaders decided that only buckled chukkas would be worn by troopers. Critics believe the footwear would pose a safety threat.

They are slick on the bottom," State Troopers' Association president Larry Phillips said. "The buckle style can easily slip off a troopers foot when chasing a suspect on foot."

In a settlement announced Friday, leaders agreed to allow troopers to wear athletic-style shoes while on road duty. In turn, troopers have agreed to wear buckled chukkas during classroom training sessions, ceremonial occasions, and public speaking appearances.

"Kudos to Col. Paul Pride (OHSP Superintendent) for recognizing the potential danger to our members and agreeing to this common sense settlement," Phillips said. "It is our hope that we can continue to work together to achieve common goals and ensure that our members are protected."
 
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