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Jury sides with Pa. cop in arrest of student photographing police

Officer arrested a college student as he photographed a police encounter with a homeless woman - Full Story

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The 5 big lessons from DOJ’s Ferguson report

The 5 big lessons from DOJ’s Ferguson report

Yes, the critics aren’t going to play fair, and yes, you’re different because your public loves you. But that’s no reason to relax and enjoy being out of the spotlight. - Full Story

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Highlights of DOJ report on Ferguson PD

Highlights of DOJ report on Ferguson PD

Report concluded that city law enforcement practices are discriminatory and unconstitutional and calls for sweeping changes - Full Story

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Pa. student arrested while photographing cop takes suit to trial

City attorney described then-photojournalism student as "a meddlesome 24-year-old" with "very high-minded ideas about government" - Full Story

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Privacy vs. protection: When police body cams should and shouldn’t record

Privacy vs. protection: When police body cams should and shouldn’t record

Police chiefs weigh in on their experiences with body cameras, and how the technology affects public interactions and officer safety - Full Story

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3 steps for writing body camera 'consent to record' policies

Defining when to record and giving your officers discretion to turn it off will maintain privacy and community relations - Full Story

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NYC Council begins hearings on police-community relations

Four precincts will be part of program in which officers will spend one-third of their shift devoted to going street by street to form community relationships - Full Story

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US clears Darren Wilson in Ferguson case, criticizes PD

US clears Darren Wilson in Ferguson case, criticizes PD

Federal officials concluded there was no evidence to disprove Wilson's testimony that he feared for his safety - Full Story

Columns

5 great 'life hacks' every police officer should know Jim Born - The Integrated Life

5 great 'life hacks' every police officer should know

There are a lot of very clever police officers who have come up with little ‘tricks’ to make life out on patrol a little bit easier, none of which were covered in the academy - Full Story

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NH police issuing tickets for pizza, french fries

Inspired by how well residents have handled a tough winter, police have been giving out gift cards for people using crosswalks and driving properly - Full Story



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