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New Orange County Sheriff Angered by "Lost" Special Deputy Badges

August 15, 2008

The Orange County Sheriff's Department promised today that any special reserve deputies caught using their badges and ID cards after reporting that the credentials had been lost or stolen will be arrested and charged with filing false police reports and being in possession of stolen property.

Phoenix PD Uses Plate Recognition System to Combat Vehicle Theft

August 15, 2008

In just two hours, Phoenix police Sgt. Doug Hardin scanned more than 900 license plates, yet his hands rarely moved from the steering wheel of his unmarked pickup truck.

Pa. Part-Time Officer Jailed for Pulling Over Woman to Ask for Number

August 15, 2008
A former part-time Pennsylvania police officer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for pulling over a woman while he was off duty - just to give her his phone number. Steven Klinger, 32, was charged with official oppression, or acting outside his authority as an officer.

Off-Duty Chicago Cop Shot, Woman Killed in Apparent Robbery Attempt

August 15, 2008

When police arrived, they found Kathryn Romberg, 45, and Robert Soto, 49, an off-duty 23-year veteran of the Chicago police force, bleeding from gunshot wounds in what police call an attempted robbery. Romberg, who lived in an apartment only steps from where the vehicle was parked, was pronounced dead at the scene. Soto, a detective in the police bomb and arson division, remained in critical condition Wednesday night in Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Off-Duty Chicago Officer Dies After Being Shot in Apparent Attempted Robbery

August 14, 2008
A veteran Chicago police officer who was shot Wednesday morning in an apparent robbery gone bad on the city's West Side died early Thursday morning from his wounds, police said. A woman who was sitting in the off-duty officer's sport-utility vehicle during the shooting was dead on the scene.

Katrina-Related Murder Charges Against Seven NOPD Officers Tossed Out by Judge

August 14, 2008

Murder and attempted murder charges against seven New Orleans police officers, accused of shooting unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina, were tossed out by Criminal District Court Judge Raymond Bigelow, who concluded that an Orleans Parish prosecutor tainted the secrecy of the grand jury process by showing a piece of testimony to another officer.

Illinois Officer Shoots, Kills Man Who Allegedly Attacked Police with a Hammer

August 14, 2008

Waukegan, Ill., police shot and killed a man today after he struck an officer in the head with a hammer, police said.

Denver Police Investigate Cyanide, Dead Man Found in Hotel

August 14, 2008

Denver police confirmed today that a granular substance found inside an upscale Denver hotel room is sodium cyanide.

Border Agent Wounds Man Near Mexican border

August 14, 2008

A group suspected of trying to illegally enter the United States Tuesday night near San Diego threw rocks at Border Patrol agents who later responded by opening fire on a pair of suspects in Mexico, striking one in the buttocks, according to authorities.

Gangs Going High-Tech, Florida Official Warns

August 14, 2008

Calling gangs a ''nationwide pandemic'' that have harnessed the Internet for recruiting and cybercrime, Miami-Dade's top gang prosecutor on Tuesday urged tougher enforcement and stepped-up prevention efforts.

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