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Parole Officer In Indy Cop's Slaying Fired

February 12, 2011
Billie Ruffner, a 28-year veteran of the DOC, apparently failed to do monthly checks on Thomas Hardy, which allowed him to go free. Hardy is accused of murdering Officer David Moore during a traffic stop Jan. 23.

N.C. Bank Robber Tells Hostage To Call Police

February 11, 2011
A female bank employee who called 911 told the dispatcher, "We're getting robbed, and the guy told me to call the police." The man apparently jumped the teller line and demanded nothing more than the call.

Paramus Officer Hopes She's 'Coming Back To Work'

February 11, 2011
Officer Rachel Morgan wrote a note to Acting Police Chief Christopher Brock communicating her desire to return to patrol, writing "Tell me I'm coming back to work,"

N.J. Township Renews Lease To Upgrade Police Motorcycles

February 11, 2011
The Bloomfield Township (N.J.) PD can now upgrade its motorcycle fleet under a program that has expanded to include other types of equipment, such as police cruisers, EMS vehicles, fire trucks, buses, tactical vehicles, or surveillance equipment.
The Army and Marine Corps will begin field-testing new helmets in the fall to replace the Advanced Combat Helmet (shown). Photo courtesy of Army News Service.

New Military Helmet Blocks Rifle Shots

February 11, 2011
The Army plans to begin using an improved combat helmet in the fall that greatly improves resistance to rifle ammunition, surpassing the capabilities of the Advanced Combat Helmet now in use.
Photo courtesy of 5.11 Tactical.

5.11 Rolls Out Bike Patrol Apparel

February 11, 2011
5.11 Tactical has introduced the Bike Patrol Polo and Short, which was designed by bike patrol officers across the country. The company worked closely with these officers to incorporate the features and benefits officers need while on patrol.

States Rush to Ban Fake Bath Salts

February 11, 2011
Several states, including Louisiana, North Dakota and Florida, have issued emergency bans on fake bath salts that contain a synthetic drug. The bath salts, which users can purchase online, cause paranoia, hallucinations and on some occasions, violent behavior.

Idaho Officer Shot In the Face

February 10, 2011
Jerome PD's Officer Dennis Clark attempted to stop Chris Taylor. Taylor, 29, failed to stop and led officers on a five-mile, high-speed pursuit that ended when Taylor lost control of his car and rolled the vehicle into a farm field.

Arizona Countersues Feds Over Border 'Invasion'

February 10, 2011
Arizona's lawsuit claims the federal government has failed to gain "operational control of the border," enforce multiple federal immigration laws, and protect Arizona from the impact of illegal immigration.

Cop Killer's Getaway Driver Sues Four LE Agencies

February 10, 2011
In the suit, Daimen Irizarry claims police from Gilbert, Mesa, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety as well as Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies used excessive force and were negligent when they shot the suspects multiple times in the legs and feet.
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