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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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May 05, 2014
Photos: Patrolling the homeless camp beat

Photos: Patrolling the homeless camp beat

Officer Tom Gentner works a beat few ever see — patrolling 20 rustic camps populated by hundreds of homeless people - Full Story
May 03, 2014
Troopers' deaths show challenge of patrolling Alaska

Troopers' deaths show challenge of patrolling Alaska

Their deaths devastated their colleagues, who face the same dangers and vulnerabilities as they patrol a tough terrain and remote villages - Full Story
April 15, 2014

Cattle cops track outlaws in Okla.

Across the country, a modern-day crime more typically associated with the Old West — cattle rustling — is plaguing the livestock industry - Full Story
April 14, 2014
LEOs battle booming drug trade in the oil patch

LEOs battle booming drug trade in the oil patch

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on this remote wind-swept prairie. But it has also brought a dark side - Full Story
April 14, 2014
Feds to pursue end to dispute in Nev. ranch battle

Feds to pursue end to dispute in Nev. ranch battle

A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years - Full Story
March 25, 2014

NY trooper tackles vast mountainside beat

Trooper Ronald Dacre watches over the most sparsely populated patch of land in the eastern US — an area so sprawling the federal government has declared it a frontier - Full Story
November 22, 2013

Video: Texas man arrested for 'rudely displaying' gun

The man was charged with interfering with a police officer and charged a fine, which he plans to appeal - Full Story
November 13, 2013

Fla. police catch poachers with faux deer

One hunter was charged with taking deer during closed season, discharging a firearm from a roadway and taking deer from a right-of-way - Full Story
October 09, 2013

AG: Maine cop cleared in shooting of armed teen

The officer had been warned the teen had mental health issues and was a danger to himself - Full Story
September 10, 2013

Police: Alaska cab driver pepper-sprayed passenger, fired gun

Anchorage police say 63-year-old Hee Joong Chai was charged Saturday with felony assault and weapons misconduct - Full Story

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