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February 26, 2015

NYPD officer's suit over arrest quotas gets revived

Suit said Bronx precinct supervisors kept color-coded records of who met quotas and officers were punished when they fell short - Full Story
February 26, 2015
Mo. public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Mo. public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Appointed amid fallout from the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Missouri's public safety director announced plans to resign Wednesday - Full Story
February 25, 2015

Officer in gay pride parade incident speaks out

Cop who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year's gay pride parade is speaking out - Full Story
February 24, 2015

DC moving forward with legal pot use initiative

It will soon be legal to grow small amounts of marijuana at home and smoke it on private property in the nation's capital - Full Story
February 24, 2015
Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

Anchorage police officers are ready to start handing out $100 fines to make sure taking a toke remains something to be done behind closed doors - Full Story
February 24, 2015
States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

Lengthy questionnaire is the latest tool among the nation's court systems to try to predict the likelihood that an offender will commit a crime again - Full Story
February 23, 2015

NY cops told to 'close eyes' during volatile situations

Tactic was introduced to officers attending an NYPD training session – part of the department’s new "smart policing" program - Full Story
February 23, 2015
Nightstick presents the dual-light NSR-9940XL flashlight

Nightstick presents the dual-light NSR-9940XL flashlight

9940 is the first with an integrated magnetic tail-cap with an aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum body - Full Story
February 22, 2015

Border agents testing body cameras

Cameras are being worn on a volunteer basis during a 90-day test period at locations in New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Michigan and Washington state - Full Story
February 20, 2015
Questionable reform: New Orleans PD axes education requirement

Questionable reform: New Orleans PD axes education requirement

Eliminating education from the equation is not the path to successful police reform - Full Story



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