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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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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
August 26, 2013
Colo. town considers allowing 'drone hunting'

Colo. town considers allowing 'drone hunting'

The initiative's architect insists it's a symbolic stand against government surveillance - Full Story
August 18, 2013

Maine cops closing in on serial burglary suspects

Lincoln police formed a task force with state police and the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department to investigate the burglaries - Full Story
August 06, 2013

Video: Cop bitten, slaps boy amid volatile custody battle

Police were heckled and threatened throughout the entire 18-minute video as they took a child into custody - Full Story
July 29, 2013

Alaska cop shot by suspected bootlegger, recovering

The officer was approaching a suspected bootlegger of alcohol when the suspect opened fire - Full Story
June 29, 2013
Ohio town understaffed by police boycotts traffic cameras

Ohio town understaffed by police boycotts traffic cameras

After one month, the number of citations that went out was more than triple the town's population - Full Story
June 26, 2013

Blade-wielding man shot, killed by officer after traffic stop

The man got out of his car and approaches the officer with a blade in each hand, refusing to drop them - Full Story
June 19, 2013
4 shot, 3 dead at Ky. condo shooting

4 shot, 3 dead at Ky. condo shooting

Officers believed everyone involved was accounted for but wouldn't say whether the shooter was among those shot - Full Story

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