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Bankrupt Calif. City Becomes Prostitution Magnet

March 2, 2011
City officials have had to trim the police force from 155 to 90, leaving the remaining officers with little time to haul in hookers and johns. As a result, streetwalkers and pimps have come from as far away as Oregon and Mexico to work Vallejo.

Ambushed Detroit Officer 'Never Had a Chance'

March 2, 2011
Jason Gibson, 26, then allegedly fired three .45-caliber rounds from inside the home at Officer Huff — two struck and killed the officer who "never had a chance," Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Thomas Trzcinski told jurors Wednesday.

LAPD's Chief Supports Banning Extended Magazines

March 2, 2011
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his support for federal legislation that would ban weapon magazines carrying more than 10 rounds.
ICE agents and other law enforcement officers arrested 678 gang members and associates during "Project Southern Tempest." Photo courtesy of ICE.

678 Arrested In ICE-Led Gang Sweep

March 2, 2011
Of the arrested 678 gang members or associates, 133 were from different gangs; 447 were charged with criminal offenses; 231 were administrative arrests; 322 had violent criminal histories; and 421 were foreign nationals.

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.
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