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New police software will 'make job easier'

By Nok-Noi Ricker The Bangor Daily NewsBREWER, Me. — If someone decides to steal a pair of shoes... - Full Story

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Civilians increasingly handling police duties

Civilians increasingly handling police duties

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facing tighter budgets, law enforcement agencies across the country are increasingly turning to civilians to respond to some calls that sworn officers and deputies are usually responsible for.

That means people calling 911 to report a traffic accident, a burglarized home or a stolen car may be greeted by a civilian in a polo shirt instead of a gun-toting officer.

- Full Story

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Texas man bites off officer's fingertip

The Associated Press CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas man who was resisting arrest bit one officer... - Full Story

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Fla. officer shot during traffic stop

By Timothy Gibbons The Florida Times-UnionPALATKA, Fla. — A Palatka police officer shot during... - Full Story

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Ala. officer dies in car crash responding to call

The Associated Press Officer Down: Officer James D. FezatteMILLBROOK, Ala. — A Millbrook police... - Full Story

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Web site that names informants worries police

By Jason Trahan The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — The identities of confidential informants and... - Full Story

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Civilians increasingly handling police duties

By Mario Gomez USA TODAYPALO ALTO, Calif. — Facing tighter budgets, law enforcement agencies across... - Full Story

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3 children killed at Md. hotel

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE, Md. — A man killed his three young children at a downtown hotel... - Full Story

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Mandatory arrest: A flawed policy based on a false premise Richard Davis, ALM - Understanding Domestic Violence

Mandatory arrest: A flawed policy based on a false premise

In sum, the labeling of all acts of physical aggression as violent [italics added] can have unintended soc... - Full Story

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N.C. police target crime 'hot spots'

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. The Charlotte ObserverCharlotte - Mecklenburg police have identified 36 "hot... - Full Story



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