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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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Helmet cam: Ariz. deputies rescue stroke victim from canyon

Helmet cam captures the dramatic aerial rescue of a reported stroke victim on the Sabino Canyon Trail in Ariz. The Pima County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene on April 5th. With their quick actions, the patient received care in just under an hour.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Columns

Product Review: Dig in and stand firm with Stabilicers Maxx ice cleats Pat Novesky - Rural Policing

Product Review: Dig in and stand firm with Stabilicers Maxx ice cleats

When you’re working in icy conditions, it usually takes only one slip — and hard landing on... - Full Story

Columns

10 signs you're a small town cop Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

10 signs you're a small town cop

You cain’t till it now, but they wuz a time when you nearly ‘bout needed a translator to git mah meanin’ - Full Story

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Snow patrol: Working the beat in subzero temperatures Pat Novesky - Rural Policing

Snow patrol: Working the beat in subzero temperatures

When the mercury dips deep below zero, it is important to dress properly and be sure your battery-operated gear is going to work — here’s how - Full Story



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