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NYPD officers patrol the 34th Street Penn Station subway. Photo via laverrue (Flickr.com).

NYPD Swamped With New Candidates, Reduced Hiring Budgets

November 19, 2009
A flood of diverse candidates are applying for patrol jobs with the New York Police Department, which has seen its hiring budget dwindle due to the impact of the recession, the New York Times reports.

Laid-off Michigan Troopers Leaving State

November 18, 2009
Approximately half of the Michigan trooper recruits who were laid off earlier in the year are leaving the state or taking part-time jobs, the Herald-Palladium reports.
The New Haven police academy. Photo via City of New Haven.

New Haven Violated Wage Law With Recruit OT Pay

November 10, 2009
The city violated a state law by paying recruits for a flat 40 hours per week regardless of how many hours they worked. The city will need to make it up with retroactive overtime pay.

Seattle Officer Killed, Trainee Wounded in Halloween Drive-by

November 2, 2009
Seattle police are following leads in the shooting death of a veteran officer and wounding of a student trainee, following a traffic stop, SeattlePI.com reports.
<p><em>Officer Karl Lloyd prepares to begin his patrol shift. Law enforcement is a second career for the 50-year-old recruit. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Division of Police.</em></p>

Former Cleveland Jailer Is 50-Year-Old Academy Graduate

October 30, 2009
Karl Lloyd began patrol duties on Monday with the Cleveland Division of Police, and he wasn't a typical rookie officer. Lloyd arrived at the department five months before his 51st birthday.

Memphis PD Fires Two Officers Over Accidental Shooting

October 21, 2009
Melissa Haley, 35, and Dexter Craig, 28, were terminated for their involvement in an April training accident that led to the shooting of a recruit in the wrist, a Memphis television station is reporting.

L.A. Mayor, Council Leaders Strike Deal to Keep Budget Crisis from Shrinking LAPD

October 13, 2009
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in turn, said he had no problem with the council’s plan for canceling Police Academy classes next month -- as long as such a move does not result in an overall reduction in the size of the nearly 10,000-officer force.

D.C. Police Freeze Hiring In Gay Liason Unit

October 12, 2009
The unit is staffed by openly gay and lesbian officers, and has dwindled to four officers from seven. Instead of hiring officers for those positions, Lanier wants to train patrol officers who ask to work with the gay community.

City Committee Tells LAPD To Stop Hiring Officers

October 6, 2009
A city budget committee has asked the Los Angeles Police Department to stop hiring officers at least until January, as part of an effort to eliminate a $405 million budget shortfall, the Los Angeles Times reports.

San Antonio Officer Named 2009 Police Officer of the Year

October 1, 2009
Officer Pedro Garcia saved the life of one critically wounded officer and helped rescue another in a shootout in the city's South Side last September.
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