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Mo. measure would keep police recordings from public

Video or audio recorded from any device used by a cop — such as one attached to a car, boat or aircraft — would be exempt from state's open records law - Full Story

Columns

5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony

The below rules will help you overcome instances in the courtroom when being cross-examined by a defense attorney whose focused purpose is to discredit you — even if you’re telling the truth - Full Story

Columns

Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution? American Military University - In Public Safety

Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution?

Tragic events such as the 2014 Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and the police-involved death of Eric Garner in New York City has spurred debate about whether or not police departments within the U.S. are becoming more militarized. - Full Story

Columns

The truth about police use of LPRs: What citizens need to know Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

The truth about police use of LPRs: What citizens need to know

It is incumbent on agencies that successfully use this technology to further inform a suspicious public about the benefits of these devices - Full Story

News

Panel recommends delays in Seattle police body cams

Community Police Commission issued a statement saying the new technology may have unintended consequences - Full Story

Columns

3 integrated concepts for domestic violence investigations David Cropp - Domestic Violence Prevention & Investigation

3 integrated concepts for domestic violence investigations

Embracing these three concepts will do a lot to move law enforcement into the future of effective response and investigation of DV / CEDV calls for service - Full Story

News

FBI director: US at crossroads on race relations, policing

FBI director: US at crossroads on race relations, policing

James Comey used a speech at Georgetown University to offer his most expansive take on a debate that has roiled in the country - Full Story

Videos

Mo. councilwoman accused of firing cops who arrested son

Police Chief GT Walker believes police officers were fired because they messed with the son of a councilwoman.

News

Mo. councilwoman accused of firing cops who arrested son

Police chief believes officers were fired because they messed with the son of a councilwoman - Full Story

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Calif. cops try humor to grab drivers' attention

Drivers are doing double takes as they come upon quirky road signs sprinkled along a major street - Full Story



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