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By KYLE HIGHTOWER
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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The police department in the city where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer is clarifying that revisions to its watch program that include a no-weapons recommendation won't infringe on citizens' constitutional rights.

Sanford police chief Cecil Smith said Tuesday that the new neighborhood watch program will include more defined training that informs participants that police policy is not to patrol or carry guns. But it won't be specifically written into the handbook.

Smith says people won't be asked about any weapons permits they hold or be restricted from participating if they do.

But block captains will now be required to sign a waiver that says if they carry any weapon they are going beyond the training of police and relinquish the city of liability.

 

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