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Prankster Radios Officer Down with Stolen Portable

March 2, 2011
A portable radio stolen from a Lake County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputy was used Monday to call in "officer down" and "shots fired" to dispatchers, who caught on to the prank and didn't send patrol units.

Georgia Sheriff Saving $105,000 a Year with Propane Fuel

March 2, 2011
The department now has 36 patrol cars in its fleet that act as hybrid propane vehicles. For the conversion, a separate propane fuel system is added that allows the vehicles to switch between propane fuel and traditional gasoline.

Chicago's Top Cop Departs, Former Supt. Takes Interim Job

March 2, 2011
Weis resigned a day before the end of his contract; he took over leadership of the department in 2008 as a former FBI agent and Florida native who improved the agency's image yet strained relationships with rank-and-file officers.
The Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm is an AK variant of Romanian origin. Photo via GunBroker.com.

Weapon Used In ICE Agent's Slaying Traced to Texas Man

March 1, 2011
A Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm that was legally sold by a firearms dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was transported to the Los Zetas cartel operators who used it to attack special agent Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Jr.

Paralyzed Oklahoma Officer Receives On-Duty Benefits

March 1, 2011
An off-duty Oklahoma City Police officer paralyzed when he tried to help escort rowdy patrons out of a bar will receive "on duty" benefits from the city, including having his medical bills paid and six months of one-the-job injury leave.

Task Force Charges 26 In New Haven Cocaine Ring

March 1, 2011
A multi-agency task force arrested 15 people suspected of running a cocaine ring in New Haven, Conn., area. A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging 26 individuals with narcotics trafficking offenses.

St. Louis Officer Disarmed, Shot With Own Gun

March 1, 2011
The officer arrived at the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue at about 1 a.m. Tuesday to find a man who had been stabbed. The officer entered the home and chased the suspect, who was able to wrestle the officer's gun away from him and fire one shot at him.
Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg PD.

Florida Officer Was 'Crusty Veteran' With Heart of Gold

March 1, 2011
Thousands of officers, dignitaries and others attended the memorial service for slain St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Officer David Crawford on Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

Heavily Armed Gunman Shoots La. Deputy In Sheriff's Office

March 1, 2011
John Futrell was armed with a rifle, handgun, and knife, as well as extra magazines of ammunition for each firearm. Dep. Barkley Roberts was shot once in the chest and received medical treatment.
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Dallas Police Hire Social Media Officer

March 1, 2011
Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez has been distributing crime alerts, requests for public assistance to locate missing persons, surveillance video and departmental commendations via Facebook, Twitter, Nixle and YouTube.
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