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April 21, 2015

Mo. PD losing cops at increasing rate

St. Louis County police officers are quitting the force in what may be unprecedented numbers, leaving commanders scrambling to fill vacancies - Full Story
April 21, 2015
DOJ opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

DOJ opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

Said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into in-custody death of Freddie Gray - Full Story
April 21, 2015

Justices: Traffic stop cannot be extended to bring in K-9

Supreme Court said police may not extend a traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted initial stop - Full Story
April 20, 2015

St. Louis board votes to create civilian police oversight panel

Seven-person St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board, which will make recommendations but cannot discipline officers - Full Story
April 19, 2015

Denver police issue dozens of citations at pot events

"We'd prefer not to be buzzkills this 4/20 weekend. Consume responsibly, and designate a sober driver now" - Full Story
April 17, 2015

Colo. law enforcement switches message to safe pot use

The revised campaign starts this weekend, when tens of thousands are expected at public rallies and concerts in observation of 4/20 - Full Story
April 17, 2015

Mo. police combine cameras, other tech in new crime-fighting effort

When a 911 call comes in, St. Louis police now may be able to see the scene before responding officers have time to arrive - Full Story
April 16, 2015

Drug strategy agency mixing health, safety proposed in NYC

An advisory council would include police, health officials, social services providers and former drug users - Full Story
April 14, 2015
NYC making tickets for low-level crimes harder to ignore

NYC making tickets for low-level crimes harder to ignore

Borrowing techniques from the advertising world, city officials consulted with behavioral economists who redesigned the tickets - Full Story
April 13, 2015

Enhanced security to remain in place for Boston Marathon

The race will occur one day before the sentencing phase of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins - Full Story



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