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November 19, 2013

Calif. police shoot woman with fake pistol

Adeline Arroyo, 32, aimed the replica handgun at police after negotiations failed, she's in serious but stable condition.
November 19, 2013

Police wary of trending “Knockout Game”

Police all over the East Coast are keeping a lookout for a trending problem in which teens are intentionally punching strangers in an attempt to knock them out, for fun, then posting videos of the assaults to YouTube.
November 15, 2013

P1 Roll Call: Cop risks badge over drag race, PTSD threatens Newtown cop's job

For the week of November 15, Dave Smith discusses “betting your badge” and a cop who risked his job by drag racing, heroic NY cops who seized opportunity to save a would-be bridge jumper, a cop who may lose his job over PTSD, and this week’s ‘Not Today’ moment from Milwaukee.
November 15, 2013

Texas police chase after errant kangaroo

Deputies helped corner the 4-foot-tall kangaroo as the owner offered it a treat and grabbed the pet.
November 13, 2013

Husband, son abducted woman to perform exorcism

The woman alerted her boyfriend of the abduction and he called police, who were waiting for the abductors when they got home.
November 12, 2013

Developing sources

Betsy Brantner Smith discusses the importance of maintaining a pool of informants or sources in the neighborhoods you patrol. These sources can be created by building rapport with those you encounter on the streets, or even those that you're questioning on a minor crime.
November 12, 2013

NY cops rescue would-be bridge jumper

On Monday morning, a 39-year-old man thought his only option was just past the edge of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Police found an opening to pull the man to safety and used it swiftly.
November 08, 2013

Fla. teen driving in underwear charged with DUI

An 18-year-old woman driving in her underwear caught the eye of police following some early morning traffic infractions, according to recently released records.
November 07, 2013

Study: Policing is changing in presence of cameras

Researcher Gregory Brown thinks the constant filming of cops has good and bad effects.



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