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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.
November 05, 2013

Calif. city police a model for body camera success

Rialto has also become an example for US forces since a federal judge in New York praised its initiative. Rialto's randomized controlled study has seized attention because it offers scientific – and encouraging – findings: after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers' use of force fell by 60%.
November 05, 2013

Violent arrest leads to suspension of 3 Okla. cops

Three police officers were suspended after a police report of a DUI arrest conflicted with the dashcam video of the incident.
October 30, 2013

Cop who survived Wash. shootout recalls standoff

Sgt. Jeff Salstrom was shot multiple times and managed to return fire, shooting the suspect in the chest.
October 30, 2013

Fla. cop stabbed, suspect killed in confrontation

The officer was stabbed several times in different parts of his body.
October 30, 2013

Suspects fleeing Tenn. police clip cruiser, crash

Both suspects are still recovering after crashing their getaway vehicle.



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