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June 27, 2014

Pa. cops train for ambushes during traffic stops

Number of Pittsburgh officer-involved shootings increased slightly in the past few years. Several of those shootings involved traffic stops - Full Story
June 27, 2014

NYPD weighs whether cut in stop-and-frisks affects crime stats

Faced with an increase in shootings in recent months, the NYPD is studying whether the big drop in stop-and-frisk encounters has impacted crime - Full Story
June 26, 2014
Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases - Full Story
June 26, 2014

NJ gov. signs bill capping police, fire raises

The cap prevents police or fire unions that settle contract disputes in arbitration from winning raises of more than 2 percent - Full Story
June 25, 2014

Miami budget cuts could eliminate 450 police jobs

Miami-Dade County would pare down its narcotics unit, dismiss investigators working robbery cases and close a boot camp for young convicts - Full Story
June 25, 2014
Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants - Full Story
June 25, 2014

Fla. police attend training at Holocaust museum

Tampa officers are expected to gain a new appreciation of how they are perceived in the community and how they want to be perceived - Full Story
June 25, 2014

NYPD considers task force merger as shootings continue to climb

The task forces were originally set up years ago to handle large crowds and disturbances - Full Story
June 24, 2014

Green Bay's 'skateboard cop' makes traffic stop while riding

A ten year veteran of the force — “Skateboard Cop” — is happy to be out of the patrol car - Full Story
June 23, 2014

Police consider safety, security as hobby drone use increases

Drone use is becoming an issue as the unmanned aircraft become more popular, especially as a way for hobbyists to create videos - Full Story

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