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February 05, 2015

Battle over access to LAPD body cam videos is shaping up

Although the LAPD's policy has yet to be finalized, Chief Charlie Beck said the department doesn't intend, in general, to release the recordings - Full Story
February 03, 2015
Deputy retires over Wyo. sheriff's ban on cowboy boots, hats

Deputy retires over Wyo. sheriff's ban on cowboy boots, hats

New sheriff says the change is for safety and uniformity - Full Story
February 02, 2015
Calif. chief's unconventional approach revitalizes force

Calif. chief's unconventional approach revitalizes force

Grassroots policing style credited with turning around a moribund department and helping drive down crime in a city plagued by gang violence - Full Story
January 30, 2015

NY troopers union opposes proposed changes to grand jury system

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed to create an independent review of police-related deaths of civilians if an officer is cleared by a grand jury - Full Story
January 29, 2015

Video: Scuffle breaks out during Mo. police review board hearing

When officers began to testify against a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis, some in the audience began yelling, pushing and shoving - Full Story
January 28, 2015
Sheriffs expand concerns about popular police tracking app

Sheriffs expand concerns about popular police tracking app

Says feature that lets drivers warn others about nearby cruisers not only presents a threat to safety, but also interferes with ability to write tickets - Full Story
January 26, 2015
Sheriffs want popular app that tracks police disabled

Sheriffs want popular app that tracks police disabled

Say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers - Full Story
January 25, 2015

Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras

Residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More" - Full Story
January 25, 2015
'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

The gusher of oil and money flowing from the Bakken fields has made policing more demanding and dangerous - Full Story
January 25, 2015
Police: Third person dies after shooting at Neb. party

Police: Third person dies after shooting at Neb. party

Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded - Full Story



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