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Phoenix Crime Scene Unit Now Accredited

September 24, 2009
Phoenix became the only municipal police department in the country - and one of nine agencies in the world - to have its mobile crime-scene specialists accredited by the same agency that lends credibility to crime labs. The hope is that the designation will help the department maintain consistent investigative standards in an era of rising public interest.

Convicted Texas Cop Killer Gets Death Row Reprieve

September 24, 2009
The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday night stopped the scheduled execution of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Mosley a day before he was to receive lethal injection for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Get High Marks in New Poll

September 24, 2009
Most Charlotteans are happy with the way Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are doing their job, according to a new poll from Elon University released Tuesday. Nearly 85 percent of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the police department's performance overall, compared to only 11 percent who were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

Massive Police Raid Targets Brutal L.A. Gang

September 24, 2009
Los Angeles cop Juan Aguilar has been battling the Avenues hoodlums long enough to have seen the gang at its most vicious. During his five years working an anti-gang detail on streets the Avenues claim as their own in the city's northeastern reaches, gang members are accused of gunning down a man in broad daylight as he held his 2-year-old granddaughter's hand, opening fire on LAPD officers with an assault rifle and killing a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy.

Dropouts Cost California $1 Billion in Juvenile Crime Costs

September 24, 2009
High school dropouts, who are more likely to commit crimes than their peers with diplomas, cost the state $1.1 billion annually in law enforcement and victim costs while still minors, according to a study being released today.

Philly Cop Pulled from Street Duty for Cornrow Hair Style

September 24, 2009
While dozens of black officers across the city wear cornrows, Officer Thomas Strain is white. So when the five-year veteran showed up for work Sept. 3 with the traditionally black hairstyle, it didn't take long for his colleagues - or his bosses - to notice.
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Florida Officers May Have Compromised Arrest by Playing Wii Bowling During Raid

September 22, 2009
As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco's house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.

Cops, Feds Ransack Queens Storage Sites for Qaeda Bomb-Making Materials

September 22, 2009
Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities on Monday for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.

Threatening Notes, Drawings Found at Minnesota Library Lead to Terrorism Charges

September 22, 2009
An Eden Prairie man has been charged with allegedly leaving threatening notes with drawings of airplanes and references to 9/11 on three days in a Hennepin County library. When interviewed by police, Abdulahi Hassan Farah told officers that the United States was attacked by terrorists before and will be attacked again, according to the criminal complaint.

Denver, Police Union Reach Budget Agreement to Avoid Layoffs

September 22, 2009
The union representing the Denver Police Department reached an agreement with the city on Monday, which, if ratified by the union, will mean there will be no layoffs for the department.
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