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Maryland gov. wants to expand DNA testing

By Timothy B. Wheeler The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE, Md. — Taking aim at Maryland's high violent... - Full Story


N.Y. officer hit by drunk driver

By Robert Gavin Albany Times Union SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A city police officer accused last year... - Full Story


Undercover operations, Part II: Termination, reintegration and post-deployment syndromes Dr. Laurence Miller - Practical Police Psychology

Undercover operations, Part II: Termination, reintegration and post-deployment syndromes

Part 2 of a 2-part series Read Part I: Undercover operations, Part I: Planning, training and deployment Part I discussed planning, training, and deployment of un... - Full Story


W. Va. deputy involved in 3 car wreck

The Daily Mail KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. — At least one person was injured in a wreck that closed... - Full Story


Slain Miami police officer may have stumbled onto gunfight

By Andrew Tran, Joel Marino and Mike Clary South Florida Sun-Sentinel Related: Suspect arrested in murder... - Full Story

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Fla. police want stiffer penalties for hoax guns

Fla. police want stiffer penalties for hoax guns

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — When Fla. deputy sheriffs made arrests in a recent armed robbery, one of the suspects knew he would avoid a harsh penalty.

The man told deputies they couldn't charge him with robbery with a firearm because the weapon he used was actually a BB gun.

Under Florida law, so-called "hoax guns" — which include BB, soft-air, string and paint guns — aren't considered firearms

- Full Story


2 N.Y. officers injured breaking up 40-person brawl

By Erik German Newsday CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A fight among a crowd of 40 youths yesterday in Central... - Full Story


Miami police detective found shot in car

The Associated Press NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A Miami city police officer was found shot to death in... - Full Story


Report: Disproportionate number of blacks arrested on pot charges in Seattle

By Angela Galloway The Seattle Post Intelligencer SEATTLE — Seattle has seen a larger drop in marijuana-related... - Full Story


Dallas to create crime-fighting research institute

By Tanya Eiserer The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — Dallas is about to become the first major city... - Full Story

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