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February 26, 2014
LAPD rookies face harsh realities on the streets

LAPD rookies face harsh realities on the streets

As a young cop, Vanessa Lopez has run up against what she and others describe as a divide between the old and new guards of the LAPD - Full Story
February 25, 2014

Video: SFPD motorcycle unit trains with dirtbikes

The SFPD Honda unit gives the course on how to patrol areas that are inaccessible to police vehicles - Full Story
February 25, 2014

Video: Wis. officer narrowly avoids out-of-control truck

While the officer was standing in the road at the crash scene, he saw a pickup that was sliding on the ice coming at him - Full Story
February 25, 2014

Supreme Court allows disputed home searches without warrant

The Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without a warrant when two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter - Full Story
February 25, 2014

LAPD uses 'smart policing' to dramatically reduce burglaries

The strategy of adapting the predictive-policing model currently used involves dividing the patrol area into small geographic "boxes" and tracking the number of reported incidents - Full Story
February 24, 2014

Video: 'Swatting' goes suburban, causing risky police standoffs

Two Indiana towns dealt with dangerous 'swatting' incidents days apart - Full Story
February 24, 2014

Is cyberspace law enforcement's new battleground?

Police are finding that social media is a key tool in tracking down criminals in the Bay Area - Full Story
February 24, 2014

$150M tech investment could pull Detroit cops out of dark ages

At the Detroit Police Department, the city would spend $38 million on tech improvements, including what it calls a "fully integrated public safety IT system" - Full Story
February 23, 2014
Detroit police feel pain of city's financial collapse

Detroit police feel pain of city's financial collapse

Even some criminals sympathize with Detroit's cops - Full Story
February 23, 2014

NYPD stop-and-frisk case back to lower court

A federal appeals court returned litigation over NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy to a lower court for a potential settlement between civil liberties groups and the city - Full Story



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