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Dozens more Va. cops join overtime lawsuit

About 25 additional officers have joined a class-action lawsuit for back overtime pay from the Hampton Police Division, bringing the total to 130 officers - Full Story

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$50 fee could get Ky. cops cruisers for personal use

Lexington police are considering changes to the city's cruiser policy that would allow officers to use city-owned vehicles for personal use for a $50 monthly fee - Full Story

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$14M to beaten Giants fan returns focus to event security

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns focus to event security

In the wake of the attack, the Dodgers and LA police made a series of moves, including adding more patrols and undercover officers wearing rival team jerseys - Full Story

Columns

3 reasons the personal written debrief (PWD) can improve your performance Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

3 reasons the personal written debrief (PWD) can improve your performance

The PWD works because it helps wire the brain by creating and establishing a memory file that will be used in future decision making (just don’t call it a diary) - Full Story

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NY cops see risks with drones' popularity

Police are concerned that the increasing popularity of drones in New York City could carry significant risks, even becoming a potential tool for terrorists to conduct surveillance - Full Story

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Memphis 'Blue Flu' symbol of police pension troubles

Memphis is not alone in dealing with consequences of decisions made by city governments facing financial problems - Full Story

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ACLU targets Mass. department’s grenade launchers

West Springfield Police Department received the two M79 grenade launchers in the late 90’s through a Department of Defense excess property program - Full Story

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Ore. sheriff resigns over strain of insufficient forces

Sheriff has presided over a department significantly eroded by funding cuts. Now, he has one deputy on duty at a time to patrol a county that is 100 miles - Full Story

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Number of Memphis cops in 'blue flu' protest reaches 554

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons has been in contact with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. about the situation - Full Story

Columns

Why you should rethink practical jokes on patrol Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

Why you should rethink practical jokes on patrol

I don’t like practical jokes, and to this very day I think Steve’s “man with a gun” call in front of Frontier Realty was dangerous and in poor taste - Full Story



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