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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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November 20, 2015

Reality Training: Are you prepared for an ambush attack?

The savage killing of a California deputy is a tragic reminder of the dangers cops face on patrol. Here are some safety tips on how to respond to an attack.
October 24, 2015

Going on an outdoor adventure? Here's how to (properly) pack a backpack

Tips on how to properly pack for your next outdoor adventure.
April 24, 2015

Okla. man killed after shooting 2 cops, setting house on fire

A sheriff’s deputy and a police officer were shot Thursday by a suspect who was then killed by police.
February 11, 2015

Minn. cops use TASER to free deer tangled by antlers

The antlers of the two bucks were locked together. One deer was dead and the other was thrashing around.
June 16, 2014

2 officers, suspect injured in Calif. shootout

A BLM ranger, CHP officer and a suspect were injured Saturday.
May 07, 2014

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.
November 22, 2013

War vet arrested for 'rudely displaying' gun

The Temple Police Department released its dash cam video of the arrest of an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who was stopped while hiking with his teenage son and disarmed – a controversial arrest that led to two high profile trials.
June 18, 2013

Okla. cop saves 2-year-old hostage

When the assailant began “counting down” the last seconds of the young girl’s life, an officer killed the suspect with a single gunshot.
November 29, 2012

Officer pepper sprays out-of-control teen

Mother called police after kid broke $3000 television because his mother refused to buy him a video game.

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