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N.M. Chief Resigns, Leaves K9 As Only Certified Member of Force

September 27, 2012
The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police forceā€”a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.

Wisconsin Officer Injured After Being Dragged by Teen Driver

September 25, 2012
A Fitchburg, Wis., police officer was injured Monday morning when he was dragged 450 feet, or nearly one city block, by a teenage driver who pinned the officer's arm in his car window and sped off, police said.

Female CO Killed in Colo. Facility

September 25, 2012
A female officer was killed and Sgt. Lori Gann was seriously injured after at least one inmate assaulted them in the prison's kitchen during breakfast preparation.

Washington State Trooper Takes Hit to Stop Wrong Way Driver

September 25, 2012
The crash disabled the patrol car with a broken axle. The wrong-way car was able to drive away. It continued to Interstate 5, still going the wrong direction before it broke down.

St. Louis PD Assigns Officer to Animal Abuse Crimes

September 25, 2012
Officer Louis Naes, a nine-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department, has become the department's first animal abuse investigator and a member of the new Animal Abuse Task Force. It includes the circuit attorney's office, mayor's office, the health department, and Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Portland Mayor Fights Reinstatement of Fired Officer

September 25, 2012
Portland Mayor Sam Adams Monday said he'll urge the City Council to appeal a state board ruling that ordered the city to reinstate fired officer Ronald Frashour to the police force with back pay and benefits.

N.C. Murderer Escapes from Minimum Security Prison

September 24, 2012
A helicopter flew over rural Tillery, N.C., Sunday night searching for the convicted murderer, who was given three consecutive life sentences in 1981. Bloodhounds also assisted in the ground search.

Court: Man Can Sue LAPD Over Allegedly Forced Confession

September 24, 2012
A Los Angeles man who spent 19 years in prison for murders he did not commit will be able to sue the LAPD for allegedly coercing his confession, a panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

Houston Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Wheelchair

September 24, 2012
Brian Claunch, who had been living at the home for the past 18 months with two other men, ignored officers' commands and made threats against them and other occupants of the home, Garcia said the caretaker told him. Claunch trapped one of the officers in a corner, authorities said.

Phoenix Officers Protest Order to Wear Polyester Uniforms

September 24, 2012
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia has ordered that beginning Oct. 1, the department's 2,500 patrol officers must wear only their polyester-blend uniforms with dark-blue button-down shirts and dress-style pants. The black, cotton-blend polo shirt and tactical pants that patrol officers have had the option of wearing for the past 15 years will no longer be allowed.
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