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Bank Robberies on Rise as FBI Shifts Focus

April 24, 2002
Bank robbery is on the rise across the nation, especially the more violent versions of it. Yet the Federal Bureau of Investigation is distracted by a bigger battle: the war on terrorism.

Judge Supports Ore. Assisted Suicide Law

April 17, 2002
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Justice Department lacks the authority to overturn an Oregon law that allows physician-assisted suicides, the only law of its kind in the nation.

Child Porn Ban Ruled Too Vague

April 17, 2002
The Supreme Court struck down a congressional ban on virtual child pornography Tuesday, ruling that the First Amendment protects pornography or other sexual images that only appear to depict real children engaged in sex.

Ohio's Concealed Carry Ban Lifted

April 11, 2002
An appeals court in Ohio upheld a lower court's ruling that the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons violates the state constitution.

Michigan Case Could Help Define Entrapment

April 10, 2002
The case of a Pontiac police officer nailed in a drug sting 10 years ago has finally made it to the Michigan Supreme Court. This could help set Michigan's standard for how far cops can go in undercover stings.

LAPD Chief Vows to Fight for Job

April 10, 2002
Police Chief Bernard Parks vowed to take his fight to the Los Angeles City Council after a civilian panel decided not to grant him a second five-year term.

N.J. Cop Wanted for Murders Is Dead

April 10, 2002
A police officer wanted in a shooting rampage that killed five people was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound the next day about 15 miles away.

LAPD Chief Parks' Bid for Second Term Rejected

April 9, 2002
The Police Commission rejected LAPD Chief Bernard Parks' bid for a second five-year term as his department struggles with understaffing, low morale, and implementing a decade-old reform mandate.

Minnesota Police Alliance Created

April 3, 2002
Two of the largest peacekeeping groups in the state of Minnesota have formed the Police Officers Alliance of Minnesota Inc., a non-union professional organization dedicated to improving the compensation, benefits, and working conditions of its members throughout the state.

Deadline Approaches for 2002 Vest Funding

April 1, 2002
If you want to obtain federal funding for your agency's bulletproof vest purchases made since Mar. 1999, the application deadline is rapidly approaching. The 2002 application submission period ends on April 13, 2002.
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