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In the Rural Law Enforcement section you'll find news reports and expert articles about what it means to be a police officer in rural America. Early in America’s history, officers rode on horseback from town to town, either alone or with a small posse. Police work has changed drastically since then, but if you patrol in a rural area, you probably have some idea how those cops felt.
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How 'Tactical watch-outs' can help police in woodland manhunts

How 'Tactical watch-outs' can help police in woodland manhunts

I borrowed the ‘Watch Out’ concept from the wildland fire-fighting community and have adapted it to woodland manhunts and find them to be an excellent tool. - Full Story

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How 'Tactical watch-outs' can help police in woodland manhunts Patrick Patten - Tactical Woodland Operations

How 'Tactical watch-outs' can help police in woodland manhunts

I borrowed the ‘Watch Out’ concept from the wildland fire-fighting community and have adapted it to woodland manhunts and find them to be an excellent tool - Full Story

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From Pat Novesky - Rural Policing

From "watchmen" to proactive patrol: History of the US Park Police

The United States Park Police — one of the nation’s oldest and most historic agencies — is an easily overlooked law enforcement agency with roots dating back to our first president - Full Story

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Manhunt for escaped killers shifts after possible sighting

Manhunt for escaped killers shifts after possible sighting

Investigators tracking two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison scoured a rural area Sunday near the Pennsylvania border - Full Story

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Video: Elderly woman in scooter chair gets 6 mph police escort home

When the woman got lost on her way home, police escorted her back - Full Story

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Search continues for murderers who hatched detailed escape

Search continues for murderers who hatched detailed escape

Residents in rural New York were on edge as the manhunt for two killers stretched into a ninth day - Full Story

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Roy Drago: A modern sheriff straight out of the 'Old West' Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

Roy Drago: A modern sheriff straight out of the 'Old West'

At 85 years old, Deputy Roy Drago is one of the oldest working law enforcement officers in America - Full Story

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Attorney says Pa. official suffered mental health crisis in standoff

Threatened to detonate propane tanks and claimed to have "thousands of rounds" available to shoot police - Full Story

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Small-town Pa. official jailed after 6-hour standoff

Small-town politician engaged a SWAT team in a six-hour standoff after threatening his son with a bat and barricading himself in his home - Full Story

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Okla. man killed after shooting 2 cops, setting house on fire

A sheriff’s deputy and a police officer were shot Thursday by a suspect who was then killed by police.



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