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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Columns

The fascinating history of the Sureño Mongol, Ruben Cavazos Andrew Eways - Gang Enforcement

The fascinating history of the Sureño Mongol, Ruben Cavazos

Street cops should have an understanding of gang history — rest assured, members of the gangs you interact with have a very good understanding of that history, and it can affect their actions - Full Story



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