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GPS may help enforce restraining orders

By Liam Ford The Chicago TribuneCHICAGO — Anyone who violates an order of protection could be forced... - Full Story

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New videos further roil S.C. patrol

By Meg Kinnard The Associated PressCOLUMBIA, S.C. — A state trooper is seen kicking a suspect in... - Full Story

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Firebombs tossed from N.Y. rooftop

By The Associated PressNEW YORK — A man with a machete slashed someone who was coming out of a... - Full Story

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Audit: Families of many LODDs denied benefits

By Lara Jakes Jordan The Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police officers and firefighters who... - Full Story

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More NYPD leaving the city for the beach

By Philip Messing The New York PostNEW YORK — NYPD cops are fleeing the city for the serene Long... - Full Story

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N.C. officer injured in car wreck

By Steve Lyttle The Charlotte ObserverCHARLOTTE — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was injured... - Full Story

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New police software will 'make job easier'

By Nok-Noi Ricker The Bangor Daily NewsBREWER, Me. — If someone decides to steal a pair of shoes... - Full Story

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Civilians increasingly handling police duties

Civilians increasingly handling police duties

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facing tighter budgets, law enforcement agencies across the country are increasingly turning to civilians to respond to some calls that sworn officers and deputies are usually responsible for.

That means people calling 911 to report a traffic accident, a burglarized home or a stolen car may be greeted by a civilian in a polo shirt instead of a gun-toting officer.

- Full Story

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Texas man bites off officer's fingertip

The Associated Press CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas man who was resisting arrest bit one officer... - Full Story

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Fla. officer shot during traffic stop

By Timothy Gibbons The Florida Times-UnionPALATKA, Fla. — A Palatka police officer shot during... - Full Story



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