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Police Pictures from 2009

Slideshow: Top Police News from 2009 — Year in Pictures
Year in Pictures: Top Police News from 2009


  • Economy affects law enforcement nationwide

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    During the economic downturn this year, police agencies struggled with budget cuts while attempting to attract recruits. Although the stimulus package had billions of dollars in relief for law enforcement, smart agencies still had to find ways to stretch their dollars. PoliceOne presents the news articles, tips and resources to help and inform officers: Law Enforcement and the Economy

  • BART shooting raised issue of TASER confusion

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    Video footage surfaced showing an Oakland, Calif. BART officer fatally shooting an unarmed man on a station platform on New Year's Day. It went viral on the Internet and unleashed pent-up racial tension in Oakland for weeks. Despite growing consensus that the officer intended to deploy his TASER and mistakenly grabbed his firearm, Officer Johannes Mehserle was charged with murder and is facing trial. Full news report

  • Ala. gunman kills 10, including wife and child of sheriff's deputy

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    On March 11, a gunman in Samson killed 10 people across two rural Alabama counties. The gunman's mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy were among the dead. Full news report

  • New law enforcement products debut at SHOT Show Convention

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    Spanning over 700,000 square feet, SHOT Show 2009 was as big as ever this year. The PoliceOne team saw the latest developments and newest products being rolled out first hand. Scroll through some pictures on our exclusive slideshow, and watch the PoliceOneTV product videos on the SHOT SHOW Special Coverage page.

  • Parolee ambushes and kills four Oakland, Calif. officers

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    Four officers were killed on March 21 during separate confrontations with Lovelle Mixon, a parolee who fled after shooting the first two officers following a traffic stop and shot two more after a SWAT team entered the apartment where he was hiding. Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were remembered for their dedication to their families, friends and a gritty job they loved despite the dangers. Full news report

  • Active shooter wearing body armor kills 13 at N.Y. immigration center

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    On April 3, a gunman opened fire in a room where immigrants were taking a citizenship exam in Binghamton, N.Y., killing 13 people before committing suicide. Police said the shooter was wearing body armor, a recurring problem plaguing law enforcement around the country that forced officers to train harder for active shooter situations. Full news report

  • Pittsburgh man ambushes officers during domestic dispute

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    On April 4, a 911 call about a domestic disturbance brought two Pittsburgh police officers to a home where they were ambushed by a gunman lying in wait. A third officer was later killed during a four-hour siege. Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II were mourned by family and friends and remembered by the local community as heroes. Full news report

  • Columbine marks 10 years since school shooting

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    The first officers on the scene had never trained for what they found at Columbine High School: No hostages. No demands. Just killing. In the hours that followed, the nation watched in horror as the standard police procedure for dealing with shooting rampages in the U.S. proved tragically, heartbreakingly flawed on April 20, 1999. Ten years later, Columbine has transformed the way police in the U.S. deal with shooting rampages. Special Coverage: Columbine, 10 years later

  • Trainers gather for ILEETA Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

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    The annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) is one of the highlights of the LE trainer's year. PoliceOne Columnist, P1TV Host, and Street Survival Seminar Instructor Betsy Brantner Smith reports from ILEETA 2009 with session wrap-ups and lessons learned. Special Coverage: News from ILEETA 2009

  • National Police Week honors the fallen

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    In May, National Police Week recognized the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and paid special recognition to those who have sacrificed their lives for the safety and protection of others. To honor the fallen, PoliceOne presents special coverage, including columnist features and video content, from events throughout the week. Special Coverage: National Police Week 2009

  • Body armor meeting NIJ .06 standards available

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    In 2008, the National Institute of Justice released NIJ Standard-0101.06, Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor, the latest evolution in standards by which law enforcement protective vests are measured. As of June 1, 2009, Safariland (a division of BAE Systems) was among the first companies to receive approval from the NIJ. Ongoing coverage of the NIJ standards

  • Five cops shot, one fatally wounded, in New Jersey shootout

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    On July 16, a gunfight that erupted during a police stakeout of two armed robbery suspects ended with two suspects dead and five officers injured . Officer Marc DiNardo died from his wounds during the shooting. Officer Down: Marc DiNardo

  • Arrest of Harvard professor causes controversy, sparks 'beer summit'

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    Many police officers across the country had a message for President Barack Obama: Get all the facts before criticizing one of our own. Obama's public criticism that Cambridge, Mass. officers "acted stupidly" when they arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. caused a huge controversy that played out in the media and ended in a presidential 'beer summit' on July 30. Full news report

  • PoliceOne presents special coverage of 9/11 anniversary

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    In honor of the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11, PoliceOne dedicates this page to the ongoing mission of counterterrorism education and awareness. PoliceOne stands in support of the tireless law enforcement vigilance that defends this country. Special Coverage: 9/11 Tribute

  • Zazi's arrest highlights 'lone offenders' and the grassroots risk

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    Najibullah Zazi, a Denver airport shuttle driver who authorities say received al-Qaida explosives training in Pakistan, was found entering New York City in September with bomb-making instructions on his computer. Zazi's arrest in Colorado touched off the most intense flurry of government terror warnings and advisories to come to light since President Barack Obama took office. Full news report

  • Police chiefs and leaders come together at IACP

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    PoliceOne presents special coverage from the 2009 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, with the latest law enforcement news, including hot products and useful tips from educational seminars. Be sure to check out our full coverage for a recap of important speakers, sessions, awards, and much more. Special Coverage: IACP 2009

  • Texas waitress pic sparks social networking frenzy

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    On August 21, a Midland, Texas sheriff's deputy was fired after police say he and four other deputies asked a waitress to take a picture with one of their service rifles. The picture was widely circulated on Facebook and MySpace. In light of this incident, PoliceOne featured tips and columns on how to avoid the pitfalls of social networking websites. Full news report

  • TASER releases new aiming recommendations

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    TASER International advised officers to avoid shooting suspects in the chest, emphasizing instead the preferred target areas that lowered aim from center mass to lower-center of mass for front shots. In October, PoliceOne staff spoke with TASER experts and trainers about how this announcement affects deployment of TASERs on the streets. Full news report

  • Immigration enforcement by local police raises controversy

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    In October, the Obama administration signed up 55 state and local law enforcement agencies to help enforce immigration laws, including Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio's department. Despite the fact that feds moved to limit Arpaio's powers, Arpaio continues his tough tactics against illegals. Full news report

  • Civilian cops credited with stopping Fort Hood massacre

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    Radical jihadist and military psychologist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, killing one civilian and 12 soldiers. Hasan was shot multiple times by responding officers, including Sgt. Kimberly Munley and Senior Sgt. Mark Todd. Full news report

  • Four Lakewood, Wash. officers ambushed at coffee shop

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    Thousands of officers from across North America honored four Lakewood officers who were gunned down by a parolee in a coffee shop on November 29. The ambush sparked a manhunt that ended in the shooting death of Maurice Clemmons. Full news report