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Jury Duty Not So Bad, Poll Finds

August 12, 2004
Most people are willing to serve on juries and want a jury of their peers to decide their fate if they ever stand trial themselves, according to a new poll conducted by the ABA.

5.11 Tactical Challenge Underway

August 5, 2004
The first annual 5.11 Challenge, an international shooting competition for members of law enforcement, the military, and public safety organizations, kicked off in July and continues through September.

LAPD Chief to Ban Use of Metal Flashlights

August 5, 2004
In response to an outcry from the public over the videotaped beating of a suspect with a department-issued flashlight, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton says he will prohibit officers from carrying large metal flashlights that could be used as weapons.

Miscommunication Caused Confusion on 9/11

August 5, 2004
The minutes leading up to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 were ones of confusion among government personnel, according to a bipartisan commission report.
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Study Finds Fingerprint-Matching Systems Accurate

August 5, 2004
Computerized fingerprint comparison systems are accurate 99 percent of the time, according to a new study conducted in accordance with the PATRIOT Act.

Medal of Valor Nomination Deadline July 30

July 29, 2004
The Justice Department is still accepting nominations through July 30 for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, but you’ll have to act fast.

Fear of Campus Violence Keeping Kids From School

July 29, 2004
The number of high school students staying home for fear of violence at school has increased in the last 10 years, although a government study reports that violence at schools has actually declined in the same period of time.

COPS Publication Aims to Reduce Identity Theft

July 29, 2004
Law enforcement agencies can find tips on preventing identity theft in a new practical guidebook from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Across-the-Road Radar Standard Established

July 29, 2004
A new performance standard for automated systems that register motorists’ speeds to catch speeders should help law enforcement agencies choose which one to purchase and help them make sure the devices perform the required task.

“Concealed Carry for Cops” Signed Into Law

July 22, 2004
President George W. Bush has signed bill H.R. 218, the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act,” which will allow qualified current and retired police officers to legally carry a concealed weapon in any of the 50 states while on or off duty.
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