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Police Chief Loosens Cap Rule in Maine

May 18, 2009
The new police chief in Portland, Maine, has said officers shouldn't be required to always wear their hats while patrolling this city of 64,000 residents, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Insider Sabotaging Search for San Francisco Chief, Says Police Commission President

May 15, 2009
Someone close to the department appears to be "intentionally and maliciously" releasing names to frighten off external applicants for the position of San Francisco police chief, says the police commission president.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department Opens Criminal Probe into El Monte Officer's Kick of Prone Suspect

May 15, 2009
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday opened a criminal investigation into the videotaped kicking of a prone suspect by an El Monte police officer after a high-speed pursuit the day before, authorities said.

Arizona Man with Police Siren Pulls Over Off-Duty Officer

May 15, 2009
Officer Matt Lydic said a man driving a black Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor model turned on a police siren while driving behind him, authorities said. Lydic pulled over to the side of the road believing there was an emergency vehicle he couldn't see. The driver pulled up beside him and told him to slow down.

Dallas Pilot Program to Help Ex-cons with Housing, Jobs to Prevent Return to Crime

May 14, 2009
The Dallas One-Stop Optimized Re-Entry System, or DOORS, is setting up centers throughout the city where newly released convicts can go for help as part of an effort to try to prevent them from returning to a life of crime.

Birmingham Special Police Unit Stalks Criminals

May 14, 2009
Birmingham police have put together an elite team of officers to roam the city, looking for the worst of the worst criminals and the most violent of neighborhoods to turn around.

Missouri Woman Accused of Using Infant Son as TASER Shield

May 14, 2009
Police say a Hannibal, Mo., woman used her infant son to shield a man who was being arrested from a stun gun blast. Twenty-year-old Maliea A. Martin was arrested for felony endangering the welfare of a child.

3 California Counties to Check Immigration Status as Inmates Enter Jail

May 14, 2009
Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail as part of a national effort to identify and deport more illegal immigrants with criminal records.

Chicago Police Will Be Evaluated on Attitude

May 13, 2009
The Chicago Police Department will add a new layer of review of its officers next year, evaluating not only job performance, but attitudes and interactions with the public, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Austin PD Investigates Partially Videotaped Shooting

May 13, 2009
The Austin police chief has begun an investigation of an officer-involved shooting of an 18-year-old in the Texas capital that was partially captured on a patrol car's video camera, the American-Statesman reports.
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