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Militarization or Officer Safety Precautions?  

Seizing upon the naive theme that law enforcement has become over militarized, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) recently introduced a bill titled "The Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act" (H.R. 4934) that would disarm most Inspector General (IG) criminal investigators. His bill would revoke most IG agents' law enforcement authority and take away their authority to carry firearms and to make arrests.

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Combined Response to Active Shooters  

The final element of an active threat incident is the response. This encompasses the police response to end the attack, Fire/EMS response to aid and evacuate the victims, and even law enforcement containment response to seal off the scene and preserve evidence.

Caught in the Middle of Public Rage Against the Government  

Federal officers are not alone in drawing the ire of anti-government types. There's a lot of rage nationwide against all forms of authority...including you.

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Improving Police Mental Health Response  

While mass shootings are most prominent in the nation's mind, mental illness is often part of the common calls officers face, including domestics, substance abuse, emotional distress, armed persons, and suicide by cop.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Why You Should Double Check for Accuracy  

Although law enforcement officers are given considerable leeway for reasonable mistakes, you don't get much slack for unreasonable mistakes that result from hasty reactions to bad information that comes from your own official sources.

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Texas Constable Killed in Patrol Car Accident

A long-time Titus County, Texas, constable has died following a wreck in Mt. Pleasant Thursday morning.

Border Patrol Revamps Practices to Settle Lawsuit

U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are properly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge, according to a lawsuit settlement made public Wednesday.

Police Associations Fight to Keep Military Surplus Gear

Police associations are beginning a major lobbying push to protect their access to the military equipment that was used against demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo.

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The Aftermath of Police Encounters with “Unarmed” Individuals--57 Murders

According to the FBI’s online database of officers feloniously killed, as well as the Officer Down Memorial Page, since 2000,...

What Went Wrong in Jersey City?

How did there become such a huge rift between the Jersey City police and the people that are sworn to protect? This didn’t start...

How SCOTUS Cell Phone Search Warrant Ruling Affects You

On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled that the well-established exception permitting some searches incident to arrest does not apply...

   
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