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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.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Application Period Begins May 13

May 12, 2009
Applications for fiscal year 2009 BVP funds will be accepted beginning tomorrow. All applications must be submitted online to the Bureau of Justice Assistance by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 24.

Fallen Officers to be Honored May 13 at National Candlelight Vigil

May 12, 2009
The names of 387 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty—133 of them during 2008—will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, on the evening of May 13, during the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil.

Police Survivors Group Says No Worries About Obama's Death-Benefit Cut

May 12, 2009
President Obama's proposed reduction of death benefits is "meaningless" and will not reduce the amount paid to survivors who lose their loved ones in the line of duty, according to a leading grief-support agency for law-enforcement families.

Center for Domestic Preparedness Offers Toxic Agent Response Training

May 11, 2009
How long will it take before terrorists have weapons of mass destruction? The answer isn't clear. But preparing emergency response personnel to meet the threat head-on starts at the CDP's COBRATF—the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility in Anniston, Ala.

Decatur Provides Law Enforcement Stimulus Grant Resource

May 8, 2009
With more than $2 billion in JAG grants and another nearly $9 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, law enforcement departments and public safety organizations have a chance to acquire the public safety grant funding they need to purchase tools to keep their streets safe. Decatur Electronics has pulled information from various sources to create a web-based resource for public safety grant information.

No Stimulus for 26 Police Agencies Because of Past Violations

May 7, 2009
The bans stem from grants issued under the Clinton-era police hiring program known as Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The largest federally funded law enforcement build-up in U.S. history provided money for more than 100,000 officers starting in 1995.
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