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For female forces, the Women Officers topic provides news, articles, and tactical tips to help take the fight to the bad guys. There was a time that a female officer was a rarity among the ranks, but today thousands of women stand on the thin blue line, serving on tactical teams, training other officers, working as detectives, and leading entire departments.

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Church shooting: The heroism of Jeanne Assam

On December 9, 2007 a 24-year-old gunman named Matthew Murray launched a brutal assault on the parishioners of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs (Colo.) that left two innocent victims dead. Because of the quick actions of a former police officer from Minnesota named Jeanne Assam, that number could easily have been much, much higher. Assam explains in a new video segment produced by the PoliceOne Video Team for the PoliceOne Academy that she very nearly decided to not go to church that day. However, on the morning of the shooting, she saw a headline on her computer indicating that two young people were murdered at a training center for Christian missionaries some 70 miles away in the Denver suburb of Arvada. The headline shook her.
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Mexican chief, 20, abandons her post, gets fired

Mexican chief, 20, abandons her post, gets fired

Marisol Valles Garcia, who had been receiving death threats, traveled to the US last week and did not return to work this morning - Full Story

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Facebook posts add to Dallas cop's troubles

"I threw my boot at him, Jerry Springer style, and nailed him in the face," Cpl. Cat Lafitte wrote on Facebook this week - Full Story

In-depth News

Reviving the female warrior

Reviving the female warrior

The first police agencies in America did not allow women, so by the time female officers were invited into the profession, the archetype of the ideal police officer had been firmly constructed in the likeness of a man.

- Full Story

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What do you do with a pregnant cop?

What do you do with a pregnant cop?

The length of maternity leave is generally up to the agency and the woman’s physician, but women usually need a minimum of 6-8 weeks. - Full Story

Exclusives

Reviving the female warrior (part one)

Reviving the female warrior (part one)

A women warrior’s prowess should not be defined by how big or physically powerful she is – in fact, neither should a man’s. - Full Story

Columns

Reviving the female warrior Roy Bedard - Learning from the Experience

Reviving the female warrior

A women warrior’s prowess should not be defined by how big or physically powerful she is – in fact, neither should a man’s - Full Story

Columns

What do you do with a pregnant cop? Betsy Brantner Smith - Survival Insights

What do you do with a pregnant cop?

Advice for one of the most poorly handled, contentious, and misunderstood issues in law enforcement today - Full Story

News

Man who killed Wash. officer asked for prayers

Man who killed Wash. officer asked for prayers

The 52-year-old man who fatally strangled officer Jayme Biendl is currently serving a life sentence for rape convictions - Full Story

Columns

The 'conspiracy of safety' continues Betsy Brantner Smith - Survival Insights

The 'conspiracy of safety' continues

Only in Stephen King novels does the tractor actually turn on the farmer and try to kill him, but we run toward the shots — it's what crime fighters do - Full Story



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