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County Won’t Hire Deputies Who Smoke

December 19, 2003
In an effort to curb rising insurance costs, Riverside County in Southern California will no longer hire sheriff’s deputies who smoke cigarettes. The policy, if proved successful, could be extended to other county workers.

Man Charged with Impersonating Officer After Calling for Backup

November 14, 2003
An Ohio man showed his badge and pulled over a driver who he says cut him off and then gestured obscenely at him, documents show. But authorities say the man who claimed to be a U.S. marshal and radioed local police for backup is not and never has been in law enforcement.

Detroit Police Chief Resigns

November 7, 2003
Larry Oliver, police chief of the Detroit Police Department since February 2002, stepped down from his position after an undeclared, unregistered loaded handgun was found in his checked luggage at the airport.

5.11 Tactical Hosts Shooting Competition

November 7, 2003
Makers of law enforcement tactical wear and uniforms 5.11 Tactical will host its first international shooting competition, open to all law enforcement officers.

Deputy Catches Most Wanted Felon

September 26, 2003
After nine months on the run, a man wanted for killing his adoptive parents in Dallas was caught by a deputy in a traffic stop.

Native American Law Enforcement Awarded $36M in Federal Grants

September 19, 2003
The DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded a total of $36 million to 124 tribal law enforcement agencies in 24 states. The grants were awarded under the COPS Tribal Resources Grant Program. Funds will be used to hire community policing officers and to purchase much-needed equipment.

Suits Filed Against Police Over No-Knock Raids

September 15, 2003
Two families whose houses were mistakenly raided last year have filed suit against the New York Police Department seeking damages for their experiences. The suits also call for a change in NYPD procedures.

School Offers Homeland Security Degree

September 15, 2003
Qualified applicants can now earn a master’s degree in homeland security, paid for by federal grants.

Squad Car or Donut Shop?

August 20, 2003
This week, the Discovery Channel series Monster Garage featured a project vehicle that might be considered controversial to some cops—a black-and-white converted into a donut shop, complete with a coffee maker and display case.

Police Supplier Website Launches

August 20, 2003
Police magazine has added to its Website a powerful new resource for any officer who is shopping for police equipment and supplies. PoliceSupplier.com is not just an online extension of the annual Police Buyer’s Guide, but an expanded, continually updated source of product information.
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