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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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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


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 - 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 Secure - Login Required


Retiring Idaho sheriff praised for his service

Former Clark County's Sheriff Craig King — along with his two deputies — was responsible for keeping the peace among slightly more than 1,000 residents spread over 1,764 square miles - 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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Cop killed, recruit injured during Ill. pursuit

Officer Jeremy Hubbard is survived by his wife and two sons - Full Story


Dog surprises Ariz. cop by giving birth in squad car

The officer put the dog in the back of his patrol car and when he got to the station, a puppy had been born - Full Story

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Sergeant's Desk Sergeant's Desk
with Sgt. Steve Schrimpf
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