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Week 436
May 8, 2009

Editor's Note:

Congratulations and best wishes to PoliceOne’s own Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, who retired yesterday from the force after nearly 30 years of service. Be sure to check out Betsy’s column where she writes: “I’ll still be part of the profession. I’ll be training and writing, I’ll continue to carry a gun every where I go.” To send Betsy your best wishes or contribute your thoughts on retirement, post your comment beneath the article.

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

Featured News
Budget reduction proposed for Officers' Death Benefits Program

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants to cut the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program from $110 million to $60 million.

The Justice Department insisted that families of slain officers would not be losing benefits. Budget documents say the reduction is being made because "claims are anticipated to decrease," apparently because the number of officers killed in the line of duty has been decreasing ... Full article
National FOP says PSOB program is safe — "no benefits will be denied"
“There’s nothing to be alarmed about — no benefits will be denied,” Tim Richardson, Senior Legislative Liaison for the National Fraternal Order of Police, told PoliceOne. Benefits are set by federal law — the Public Safety Officers' Benefit Act (42 USC 3796), a statute that provides death and disability benefits as well as educational assistance to officers or their families in the event the officer is killed or disabled ... Full column
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PoliceOne Exclusive
The last call: Reflections on retirement
When I got hired in 1980, I first heard the statistic that cops tend to die within the first five years of retirement. I didn’t give that LEAA study much thought. After all, I was never going to retire. I was going to die in that uniform, either in the line of duty or of old age, but I was certainly never going to retire. As I got older, the thought of retirement became more intriguing, but as the actual date got close it became somewhat scary ... Full column
News and Announcements
Nev. officer killed in violent car crash

LAPD officers to be paid for on duty dressing time

Senate approves Seattle police chief as drug czar

Misuse of past aid costs agencies stimulus money

Cartel leader threatens deadly force on U.S. police

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PoliceOne First Person
P1 First Person In today's P1 First Person, Officer Mike Zegadlo discusses his participation with the presidential election night security in Chicago.

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P1 Member Photo of the Week
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P1 Video Training Tip
Off duty belts

In today's tip, Betsy Brantner Smith talks with trainer Kandi Blick about a low-profile tactical belt that ensures quick and easy access to cuff keys. Watch tip

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News and Announcements
Elite Utah motor squad celebrates century of service

N.C. chief involved in department controversy resigns

Mass. governor fights ruling challenging police exams

Conn. murder suspect surrenders to police

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