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Report: Crown Vic squads still popular, despite safety issue

Safety advocates claimed the position of the fuel tank made the car more likely to burst into flames when struck from behind - Full Story

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Massive melee at Calif. college bash spurs calls for investigation, prevention

Massive melee at Calif. college bash spurs calls for investigation, prevention

The daytime bash known as "Deltopia" is a well-known happening the first weekend of spring quarter in the community next to UC Santa Barbara - Full Story

Columns

Police History: Was Officer John Parker at fault for Abraham Lincoln’s death? Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Police History: Was Officer John Parker at fault for Abraham Lincoln’s death?

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was happier and more relaxed than he had been since his besieged presidency began — by April 15, 1865, he would be dead - Full Story

Columns

The new heroin OD tool all cops may need Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

The new heroin OD tool all cops may need

There has been a big resurgence in heroin mainly because a legitimate prescription drug — Oxycontin — is now much more difficult to obtain - Full Story

Videos

300 officers to patrol Minn. town to prevent melee

The college town caused massive damage after another championship days earlier that put several officers in the hospital.

Videos

Chimp vs. KCPD police car

A 300 lb. chimp kept as a pet escaped and attacked a Kansas City police vehicle in 2010. It was eventually caught. No one was injured.

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Hawaii cop helps wife deliver their baby in squad car

Officer Mario Ochoa, who is assigned to the Kona Patrol, was driving his wife Ryan to the hospital when she said the baby was coming - Full Story

Videos

Reality Training: When your partner becomes a hostage

For the week of April 11, Dave Smith shows us one of the most remarkable gun grabs ever caught on camera, and an exemplary case that shows what to do in a situation when your partner has been taken hostage.

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DPA president slams 'reduced' test standards for recruits

Commanders have "significantly reduced" testing standards for recruits, threatening the public's safety, the president of the Dallas Police Association said Thursday - Full Story



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