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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."

Officer Indicted in "Ace Capone" Drug Case

June 18, 2009

A Philadelphia police detective is being charged with obstruction of justice for using an FBI-issued cell phone to make the call that he knew would warn a drug kingpin that a law enforcement raid was about to go down, and then lying about it to investigators.

Police: Man Attacked for Bologna Sandwich

June 18, 2009
A man in Oklahoma City said he was attacked for his bologna and cheese sandwich. Police say 24-year-old Roger Hamilton told them he was sitting on a bus station bench Wednesday, about to put mayonnaise on his sandwich, when another man began staring at him.

SF Hires Mesa Chief As Top Cop

June 17, 2009

Looking to bring new blood into the San Francisco Police Department, Mayor Gavin Newsom has reached outside the city and selected George Gascón, police chief of Mesa, Ariz., to replace outgoing Chief Heather Fong, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Safariland Introduces New Inside-the-Waistband Holster

June 15, 2009

Safariland, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today its newest Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) concealment holster, designed for improved grip, holstering, and concealability for plainclothes or civilian carry.

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