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Calif. chief's unconventional approach revitalizes force

Calif. chief's unconventional approach revitalizes force

Grassroots policing style credited with turning around a moribund department and helping drive down crime in a city plagued by gang violence - Full Story

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NY troopers union opposes proposed changes to grand jury system

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed to create an independent review of police-related deaths of civilians if an officer is cleared by a grand jury - Full Story

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Fatigued and fighting: How civilians came to aid a cop under attack Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Fatigued and fighting: How civilians came to aid a cop under attack

As he tried to gain separation from a dangerous suspect, an officer suddenly found himself on the ground and vulnerable - Full Story

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Are Hollywood portrayals of policing detrimental to effective policing in the real world? P1 Community - The Question

Are Hollywood portrayals of policing detrimental to effective policing in the real world?

A question posted recently on Quora asked, "Are Hollywood portrayals of policing detrimental to effective policing in the real world?" Two former ... - Full Story

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Video: Scuffle breaks out during Mo. police review board hearing

When officers began to testify against a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis, some in the audience began yelling, pushing and shoving - Full Story

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Sheriffs expand concerns about popular police tracking app

Sheriffs expand concerns about popular police tracking app

Says feature that lets drivers warn others about nearby cruisers not only presents a threat to safety, but also interferes with ability to write tickets - Full Story

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3 things cops should look for in a flashlight fit for duty Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

3 things cops should look for in a flashlight fit for duty

The challenge for officers and departments is to identify the purpose of an illumination system and then find the product that best meets their needs - Full Story

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Sheriffs want popular app that tracks police disabled

Sheriffs want popular app that tracks police disabled

Say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers - Full Story

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Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras

Residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More" - Full Story

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'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

The gusher of oil and money flowing from the Bakken fields has made policing more demanding and dangerous - Full Story



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