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Conn. department to hire cops with hearing aids

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

News

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

Columns

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

Videos

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.

News

Holder to announce new anti-profiling guidelines

Holder to announce new anti-profiling guidelines

Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country - Full Story

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Rams, police differ on Ferguson protest apology

Rams, police differ on Ferguson protest apology

Rams official and a police chief differed Monday about whether team had apologized for the actions of 5 players who raised their hands during pregame - Full Story

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Researchers developing breath test for pot

Researchers at Washington State University are working on a breath test to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana - Full Story

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Ferguson mayor: No severance package for Wilson

Ferguson mayor: No severance package for Wilson

Officer Darren Wilson won't receive any further pay or benefits, and he and the city have cut their ties - Full Story

Columns

Survey officer attitudes before issuing body cams, researchers urge Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Survey officer attitudes before issuing body cams, researchers urge

Researchers have published a 15-point survey template that they have used successfully and that can serve as a model in other jurisdictions to mine officer perceptions before cameras are introduced - Full Story

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Officer Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson PD

Officer Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson PD

Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since the fatal Aug. 9 shooting in Ferguson, resigned effective immediately - Full Story



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