Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty now says officers will be able to carry their own rifles until the department can purchase additional weapons.
Chief Citty said in press conference Monday that he had changed his mind on the issue following Sunday's attack in Baton Rouge, La. that left three law enforcement officers dead and three injured.
"The threats are real," said Citty.
Citty received a letter from Fraternal Order of Police President John George July 13. George said in light of the July 7 ambush in Dallas that killed five police officers, OKCPD officers need rifles and better body armor and shields out in the field.
At the time, Chief Citty said he would not authorize officers to purchase their own rifles or ammunition while on duty.
Citty said Monday each officer will have to get approval to carry their rifle and the city will provide the ammunition. The department currently has about 200 rifles for 520 filed officers.