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Police union: Crime in Oakland is up since layoffs

In June, the City Council voted to lay off 80 police officers to help slash a $31 million budget deficit - Full Story


Going home rituals for cops Betsy Brantner Smith - Survival Insights

Going home rituals for cops

Don't expect your family to always adjust to you — you have to make allowances for them as well - Full Story


New chief in Va. city has been with PD 32 years

City manager decided to forgo an expensive and time-consuming national search and hires interim chief instead - Full Story


Many Okla. cities choose guns over cops

Cities and counties spent nearly $7.7 million of their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds on everything from patrol vehicles to digital video systems to high-powered guns - Full Story


Chicago is running out of would-be cops

A call to get rid of the entrance exam has drawn controversy - Full Story


P1 Tech Help: Facebook and the law officer John Rivera - Technology Helpdesk

P1 Tech Help: Facebook and the law officer

Facebook has proven its ability to aid in revealing criminals, threatening job security, and limiting (even eliminating) personal privacy - Full Story


Police group says LAX is susceptible to terrorism

A letter leaked to the press that said "cuts in the airport's police personnel, training and equipment budget were compromising its security" - Full Story

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Some PDs closing, others growing their ranks

Some PDs closing, others growing their ranks

Across the country, many law enforcement positions have been eliminated. Empty positions that haven’t been eliminated are left unfilled once vacated by retiring officers. Cops have been laid off in large numbers. Some smaller towns have completely eliminated their PD as a “luxury” they “can’t afford.”

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the opposite is happening. If that department continues its pace of hiring, the force may reach its goal of 2,000 officers by the end of 2012

- Full Story


Taxpayers may no longer pay Calif. chief's high pension

New legislation would hold harmless the former employers of extravagantly paid officials - Full Story


Rediscovering the joy in the job Rob Hall - Chief's Office

Rediscovering the joy in the job

Sometimes, the idea of moving "up" in our career is an illusion that distracts us from moving ahead in our career - Full Story

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