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Georgia Officer Kills Gunman After Being Shot in Vest

June 24, 2009
A Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., police officer who was shot in the chest by a gunman killed his assailant, according to police. The gunman's bullet was stopped by the officer's vest.

NYPD Detective Convicted of Perjury, Faces Up to 7 Years in Jail

June 24, 2009

Detective Christopher Perino faces up to seven years in prison for testifying that he did not interrogate attempted murder suspect Erik Crespo. It turned out that the then-17-year-old recorded 70 minutes of Perino's questioning on his MP3 player.

Tags: NYPD, Perjury

San Diego Officer Cleared in Off-Duty Shooting

June 23, 2009

A San Diego police officer who was acquitted by a jury in case of an off-duty road-rage shooting will return to work Monday, according to Police Chief William Lansdowne, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Baltimore P.D. Settles Race-Bias Suit, Will Hire Monitor

June 23, 2009

The Baltimore Police Department has agreed to pay $4.5 million and hire a consultant to monitor its internal disciplinary process for the next three years to settle a lawsuit that alleged institutional race discrimination, the Baltimore Sun reports.

DNA molecules often provide crucial genetic information in law enforcement investigations. This display at the Oxford University Natural History Museum is courtesy of net_efekt at Flickr.

L.A. County Sheriff Suspends DNA Testing in Sexual Assault Cases

June 23, 2009

Out of cash and understaffed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended its faltering effort to analyze DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases, the Los Angeles Times reports.

California Sheriff to Lay Off Up to 50 Employees

June 23, 2009

Up to 50 sheriff's department employees will be laid off from across the Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department because of recent budget cuts, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said. At least one floor of the Women's Central Jail will be shuttered, response times will increase, and investigations will move along at a slower clip, Hutchens said.

Man Impersonates a Police Officer When Pulled Over by Real Cop

June 19, 2009
A Dodge Charger modified to look like a police car caught the eye of the real police when its owner, Evan Kane of Waterford, was driving through Mechanicville, N.Y. Kane made a minor traffic infraction, and an officer right behind him pulled up to talk. Police say during the conversation, Kane identified himself as an officer.

Child Sex Tourism Growing in Border Cities Like Juárez, Report Says

June 19, 2009

Child sex tourism continues to grow in Mexican northern border cities like Tijuana and Juárez, according to a U.S. State Department report.

New Leader: Shut Down NC Town's Police Department

June 19, 2009

An eastern North Carolina town must fire all of its police officers and rebuild the department from scratch in order to recover from the scandal of two officers being indicted, the town's interim police chief says.

AG Holder Urges New Hate Crimes Law

June 18, 2009
Citing recent killings in Arkansas, Kansas and the nation's capital, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said new hate crimes law were needed to stop what he called "violence masquerading as political activism."
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