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Photo via RobotSkirts (Flickr.com).

California Pot Farm Fire Reveals Troubling Trend

August 20, 2009
Narcotics agents said Tuesday they had little doubt that the nearly 90,000-acre La Brea fire in California was started by Mexican drug traffickers who were tending a large, sophisticated marijuana farm planted on the side of a mountain in the Los Padres National Forest.
Police Magazine's Web Editor Paul Clinton interviews Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley about his arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Photo courtesy of John Carp.

Sgt. Crowley Thanks FOP For Support at Trade Show

August 17, 2009
Following the morning ceremony, Crowley told POLICE Magazine he has been focusing on re-establishing his routine as an administrative sergeant with the Cambridge Police Department since returning to his agency a week ago.

NY Officer Won't Be Charged In Friendly Fire Incident

August 14, 2009
A New York officer who shot and killed an off-duty colleague he mistook for a criminal in East Harlem will not face criminal charges, the New York Times reports.
Under the leadership of a new chief, Detroit officers will work to reduce crime in a city that's near the top in homicides and violent crimes. Photo via Miss Lauralee (Flickr.com).

New Detroit Chief Must Tame Scandal-Plagued City

August 13, 2009
Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, the former Wayne County Sheriff, has pledged to bring order to Detroit streets he calls the "wild wild West," the Associated Press reports in a feature.

Retiring LAPD Chief Has Book Deal

August 13, 2009
William Bratton, who has said he will retire as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in September, is working on a book for Random House"about the importance of people and organizations working well with others," has has told the Associated Press.

Feds Give $30 Million to Local LE Agencies for Border Security

August 13, 2009
The $30 million in grant funding announced on Tuesday will go to law enforcement agencies along the border for overtime, travel and other costs, according to Homeland Security officials.

Oakland Taps Long Beach Chief to Lead Department

August 12, 2009
Long Beach police Chief Anthony Batts will take over the Oakland Police Department in September, the MercuryNews.com reports.

Columbia Southern University Donates LE Scholarships to NSA Members

August 12, 2009
National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) members Henry Reyes and Jennifer Byrd have been selected as the recipients for two scholarships donated by Columbia Southern University (CSU). This is the second consecutive year CSU has awarded scholarships to members of the NSA.

SoundOff Signal Acquires Exclusive License Rights to 911EP Products

August 11, 2009
SoundOff Signal, a leading manufacturer of lighting and safety products for emergency, bus, and commercial vehicles, announced that it has contracted with Safariland to assume responsibility for the sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and service of the 911EP product line. This license agreement also extends to the related 911EP trademarks and technology.

Bratton Says He's Open to NYPD Job if Kelly Steps Down

August 11, 2009
"Oh sure. I'm only 61. That's a possibility down the line," the regaled former NYPD police commissioner, who is stepping down as L.A.'s police chief, told the Daily News on Thursday.
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