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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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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
June 18, 2013

Maine's rural communities debate merits of local policing

Lincolnville, Searsport. and Stockton Springs are the only remaining Waldo County towns with their own police departments - Full Story
June 18, 2013

Pa. chief adopts 'bike helmet for ice cream' program

Chief Thomas E. Szoke is borrowing the outreach program from another police department - Full Story
June 18, 2013

Okla. cop saves 2-year-old, kills suspect with single shot

The girl was unharmed, and returned safely to her mother - Full Story
June 18, 2013
38 percent increase in assaults, threats on wildland LEOs

38 percent increase in assaults, threats on wildland LEOs

Latest numbers show violence against rangers, refuge workers, U.S. Park Police on the rise nationwide - Full Story
June 17, 2013

Backlog grows on school safety inspections by state police

Many schools, including several in Western Pennsylvania, decided not to wait for months or years for the state police to inspect entrances, exits, locks, radios and safety plans - Full Story
June 12, 2013

Wyo. cops respond to 'exorcism' call

Associated Press RIVERTON, Wyo. — Authorities in central Wyoming say they received a 911 call reporting... - Full Story

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