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Report: Complaints against NYPD down

Allegations of abuse of force, abuse of authority, offensive language and discourtesy were all down this year - Full Story


Experts: Body cameras for police are no cure-all

Experts: Body cameras for police are no cure-all

Often what is filmed may appear excessive to a person unfamiliar with police work, even though the conduct may be legal - Full Story


Video: Doing when/then thinking helps to keep Murphy at bay

In this video tip, PoliceOne Contributor Dave Smith discusses why officers need to be constantly doing... - Full Story Secure - Login Required


IBM's new mobile app offers police data sharing in the field

The app enables officers to validate information and compare partial observations, such as vehicle license plates - Full Story


NYPD officers to wear body cameras in pilot program

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that any tool that provides an officer's perspective would help avoid future controversies - Full Story


Boston brass, police union fear body cams on cops

Body cameras could undermine the very community policing tactics they are intended to bolster, top Boston cops say - Full Story


Conn. department to hire cops with hearing aids

As a result of an appeal, the city is changing its policies - Full Story


Mayor: Crime in NYC continues to fall

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton on Tuesday touted the continued reduction of crime in NYC and their reforms to the NYPD - Full Story


Why profanity directed toward suspects isn’t worth it Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Why profanity directed toward suspects isn’t worth it

The two times “poking the bear” has the greatest negative impact is when force has been used already, or just prior to the use of force - Full Story


Officer safety when responding to potential environmental crime senes

In this video, National Use of Force Coordinator for the EPA, Martin Schwartz, discusses the importance of officer safety when responding to potential environmental crime scenes. These types of crimes are generally unusual, so special care must be taken.

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