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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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Look for concealment in aftermarket gear shift tops

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Some PDs closing, others growing their ranks

Some PDs closing, others growing their ranks

Across the country, many law enforcement positions have been eliminated. Empty positions that haven’t been eliminated are left unfilled once vacated by retiring officers. Cops have been laid off in large numbers. Some smaller towns have completely eliminated their PD as a “luxury” they “can’t afford.”

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the opposite is happening. If that department continues its pace of hiring, the force may reach its goal of 2,000 officers by the end of 2012

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10 reasons a personal watercraft can work for your department Tom Burrell - Patrolling the Waterways

10 reasons a personal watercraft can work for your department

While PWCs will never meet the needs of every department or every scenario, they are proven to be effective as maritime patrol vessels - Full Story

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Ariz. fugitives arrested after being spotted by Forest Ranger

The ranger approached the couple and later notified authorities, who swarmed the campsite about three hours later - Full Story

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Rediscovering the joy in the job Rob Hall - Chief's Office

Rediscovering the joy in the job

Sometimes, the idea of moving "up" in our career is an illusion that distracts us from moving ahead in our career - Full Story

Videos

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

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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 Secure - Login Required

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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

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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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Observation on Demand Observation on Demand
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with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief