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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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Pot smoker passes out in front of cop

A cop pulled this suspect over to warn him about a crack in his windshield. It turns out he was hauling 25 pounds of pot, which probably explains his behavior during the stop.
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Suspect dead in attack on Texas PD Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Suspect dead in attack on Texas PD

The attempted assault on Texas police by 29-year-old Patrick Gray Sharp included an improvised explosive device, an "assault rifle," a shotgun, and a .45 pistol - Full Story


When patting someone down, search for BBs

Most new officers, when asked what to search for while patting someone down, or search incident to arrest,... - Full Story


Know your enemy: Hate groups' threat to officer safety Jim Guffey - Rising Through the Ranks

Know your enemy: Hate groups' threat to officer safety

Some estimates indicate that at least 100 new hate-based militia groups have sprung up since 2008 - Full Story


Reducing the dangers of lone-officer contacts Pat Novesky - Rural Policing

Reducing the dangers of lone-officer contacts

For the lone officer, with the nearest backup 30 minutes away, every contact has the potential to be deadly - Full Story

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LEOs on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

LEOs on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

A generation of new officers has grown up with access to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube.

It’s changing the way cops interact with one another and with the public, but the ability for LEOs to be published instantly online also carries the potential for controversy, which ex-sheriff's office employee Jessie Lunderby (in the above photo) learned the hard way.

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Raw video: Fatal shootout caught on dash-cam

Dash-cam video captured this shootout between a suspect and two cops in Kansas City, Missouri. The suspect was killed and the officers were cleared of all wrongdoing.
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Strengthening your shooting grip

Using a variety of grip strengthening tools available from IronMind, police officers can significantly... - Full Story


The impending death of community policing Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

The impending death of community policing

The law enforcement profession must reevaluate its understanding of community policing if there’s an... - Full Story


Jim Glennon - Body Language: Questioning a Subject Secure - Login Required

Law enforcement expert, Jim Glennon, discusses the importance of communication skills for police officers. He gives examples of the types of questions to ask a subject and how to decipher their answers by determining whether they are hesitators, verifiers, or clarifiers. These clues can help you determine whether or not the subject is being truthful.

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