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New San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli takes over the department Jan. 10. Photo courtesy of City of San Leandro.

Northern California City Names First Female Chief

December 1, 2010
The San Leandro (Calif.) PD has named its first-ever female chief, hiring Chief Sandra Spagnoli of neighboring Benicia, the department announced.

Armed Inmate Holds Preschool Hostage, After Attacking Deputy

November 30, 2010
After disarming the deputy, Maurice Ainsworth forced his way into the Secret Garden Too Preschool, held a gun to the teacher's head and demanded her keys. He attempted to steal the teacher's car, but fled in the opposite direct as police approached the school.

Video: Ex-LAPD Detective 'Shocked' by Arrest In Cold Case

November 24, 2010
New interrogation-room videos released this week show LAPD detectives questioning and arresting one of their own as a suspect in the 1986 murder of a woman who had married her ex-boyfriend.

Illinois Agency Promotes First Female Commander

November 24, 2010
"She was born to be a police officer," Aurora patrol officer Christine Tunney said. "Moving up to her has just been an opportunity to make everything better for the rest of us. And it's got nothing to do with gender."

Former Ga. Deputy Sentenced to 65 Years for Killing Officer Wife

November 19, 2010
Ex-DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy Derrick Yancey, 51, was sentenced to 65 years in prison, following his conviction for killing his officer wife and another man.

San Jose Acting Chief Names First Female Assistant Chief

November 8, 2010
One of the first decisions made by Chris Moore, as he takes over the San Jose Police Department as acting chief has been to name Diane Urban to be his assistant chief, the first female in that position.

Seattle Officer In Halloween Ambush Receives Medal of Valor

October 31, 2010
Earlier in the week, the International Association of Women Police bestowed the honor on Officer Britt Sweeney.

Harrison County Deputy Charged With Assisting Wife's Suicide

October 29, 2010
A grand jury has indicted Harrison County (Ind.) Sheriff's deputy John Britton with assisting in the March 2009 suicide of his wife Christine, a former jail commander.
Police are looking for these three men in connection with an Oct. 10 beheading that may have been ordered by a Mexican drug cartel. Image courtesy of Chandler (Ariz.) PD.

Arizona Beheading a Cartel Hit?

October 27, 2010
The Chandler (Ariz.) PD's investigation of the beheading of a man earlier this month will include whether the killing was ordered by a Mexican drug cartel.
NYPD Det. Feris Jones halted an armed robbery in a Brooklyn salon. Photo courtesy of NYPD.

Salon Cop Promoted to Detective

October 26, 2010
Officer Feris Jones will be recognized by NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for "her poise and marksmanship," according to the report.
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