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Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases - Full Story

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NJ gov. signs bill capping police, fire raises

The cap prevents police or fire unions that settle contract disputes in arbitration from winning raises of more than 2 percent - Full Story

Exclusives

SCOTUS on cell phone searches: 3 things cops need to know

SCOTUS on cell phone searches: 3 things cops need to know

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that with the exception of some emergency circumstances, police must obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized from someone who has been arrested. - Full Story

Videos

Miami-Dade budget cuts could eliminate 450 police jobs

Miami-Dade County would pare down its narcotics unit, dismiss investigators working robbery cases and close a boot camp for young convicts.

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Miami budget cuts could eliminate 450 police jobs

Miami-Dade County would pare down its narcotics unit, dismiss investigators working robbery cases and close a boot camp for young convicts - Full Story

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Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants - Full Story

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Fla. police attend training at Holocaust museum

Tampa officers are expected to gain a new appreciation of how they are perceived in the community and how they want to be perceived - Full Story

Columns

5 ways defense attorneys try to trip up cops (and how to beat them) Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

5 ways defense attorneys try to trip up cops (and how to beat them)

Cops are frustrated to learn that defense attorneys have no obligation to the truth in defense of their clients, but take solace in the fact that it frustrates an attorney when they’re unable to rattle you - Full Story

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NYPD considers task force merger as shootings continue to climb

The task forces were originally set up years ago to handle large crowds and disturbances - Full Story

Videos

Green Bay's 'skateboard cop' makes traffic stop while riding

A ten year veteran of the force — “Skateboard Cop” — is happy to be out of the patrol car.



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