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Parliamentary security officers fear safety risk over new uniform policy

By Tim Naumetz      

Scanners, not trained to respond to dangerous threats, are wearing identical new uniforms as those worn by their police-trained and armed fellow service members.

A visitor's bags are checked on the Hill by a Parliamentary Protective Service member wearing the new uniform Friday. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

PARLIAMENT HILL—Members of the unified Parliamentary Protective Service are raising safety concerns over a command decision that new blue-black police uniforms—which cost $861,000—are to be worn by unarmed officers whose duties are limited to scanning visitors as they enter parliamentary buildings and Commons galleries.

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