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Dallas Police Can Buy Own Semiautos

December 30, 2004
After a gun battle that had many worried that Texas cops are outgunned, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle has announced that his police officers will be allowed to purchase their own AR-15 semiautomatic rifles for patrol.

BB Guns Used in Massachusetts Holdups

December 3, 2004
Pellet guns and other fake weapons that resemble real firearms have become increasingly used to rob people that believe the weapons to be real, say police in Massachusetts.

Fallen Officers’ Families Eligible for Scholarships

November 4, 2004
Surviving children and spouses of police officers who died in the line of duty can apply for educational scholarships to attend undergraduate, graduate, and vocational or technical schools from a corporate-sponsored fund.

Court to Reconsider Capital Punishment for Juveniles

October 21, 2004
After 15 years, the Supreme Court is revisiting the issue of how old a murderer must be to receive a death sentence for his crime. The Court is reviewing the case of Christopher Simmons, who was 17 when he killed a woman in 1993 by hogtying her and throwing her into a river to drown.

Fictional Characters Sign Voter Registration Forms

October 21, 2004
A man has been arrested on a felony charge for submitting fake voter registration cards in Ohio. He is accused of using names such as Mary Poppins and Dick Tracy to fill out more than 100 such forms, all of which had similar-looking signatures.

FBI Audio Logs Remain Untranslated

September 30, 2004
More than 123,000 hours of FBI audio intercepts that could provide information about terrorist acts have yet to be translated, according to a recently released report.

Police Ski Championship Applications Available

September 23, 2004
The 2005 North American Police Ski Championships will be held at Copper Mountain, Colo., Feb. 27-March 6. New this year will be a full snowboard race schedule for police racers.

New Partnership Seeks to Help Sexually Exploited Children

September 2, 2004
In an effort to stop the exploitation of children as a result of human trafficking, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to educate law enforcement officers, social service providers, and healthcare professionals about the problem and how to help the victims.

Medal of Valor Nomination Deadline July 30

July 29, 2004
The Justice Department is still accepting nominations through July 30 for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, but you’ll have to act fast.

COPS Publication Aims to Reduce Identity Theft

July 29, 2004
Law enforcement agencies can find tips on preventing identity theft in a new practical guidebook from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
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