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Oakland Hires Bratton As Consultant

January 25, 2013
The city of Oakland has hired William Bratton to develop a public safety plan for California's most violent city. The City Council voted 7-1 to hire Bratton Wednesday, and awarded the former chief's security company a $250,000 contract.

Off-Duty Cop Stops Hospital Rape

January 24, 2013
An off-duty Holly Springs (Ga.) Police officer helped a nurse stop the rape of an elderly woman at Atlanta Medical Center earlier this month. Officer Shane Ladner, who was in the next room, responded after hearing screams.

Video: Detroit Eliminates Gang, Tactical Units

January 23, 2013
The Detroit Police Department will eliminate its gang and tactical units to add about 100 officers to homicide, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement, the city announced Wednesday.
<p><span>Photo: Roger Koenig</span></p>

Colo. Cops Resign In Elk Shooting

January 23, 2013
The two Boulder (Colo.) Police officers arrested on suspicion of conspiring to shoot and kill a trophy elk in the Mapleton Hill area Jan. 1 resigned Tuesday, police officials announced.

Shot Ind. Cop Returns To Patrol Duty

January 23, 2013
Fortville police officer Matt Fox admitted today to "maybe a little bit of nerves" in returning to regular patrol six months after getting shot and wounded in the line of duty.

L.A. Supervisors Attack Sheriff for 'Stealing' Police Resources

January 23, 2013
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday said Sheriff Lee Baca's suspension of deputy overtime has dramatically reduced patrol operations and jeopardized public safety.

Obama Proposes $150M for SROs in Schools

January 17, 2013
President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to reduce gun violence on Wednesday. Although much of it focused on closing background check loopholes and banning "military-style assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines, there were several points specific to school security.

Georgia Lt. Found Dead at Training Center

January 14, 2013
Lt. Mark Cotton, 49, was found dead Sunday at the Chief Ben T. Watkins Training Academy in Macon, Ga., where he served as director. An autopsy report revealed a possible cause of death.

Judge Approves Sweeping New Orleans Police Reforms

January 11, 2013
A federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's long-troubled police department, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who once strongly backed it, said the city wants to put the brakes on it because of costs.
<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Obama Administration Considering Funding for School Police

January 11, 2013
The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks.
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