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BellSouth Donates Ballistic Vests

December 19, 2003
BellSouth volunteers recently delivered a total of 24 bullet-resistant vests to South Carolina law enforcement agencies.

County Won’t Hire Deputies Who Smoke

December 19, 2003
In an effort to curb rising insurance costs, Riverside County in Southern California will no longer hire sheriff’s deputies who smoke cigarettes. The policy, if proved successful, could be extended to other county workers.

Cities Vie for Officers Cleveland PD To Lay Off

December 12, 2003
Police departments across the country are interviewing officers set to be laid off from the Cleveland Police Department due to budget cuts.

Virginia Charges Two Under Anti-Spam Law

December 11, 2003
Two men from North Carolina are the first to be charged under Virginia’s new law designed to convict people who bombard Internet users with unwanted e-mails, according to authorities.

Police in San Francisco Join Forces to Catch Drunk Drivers

December 5, 2003
No less than 14 law enforcement agencies in the San Francisco Bay area are working together this holiday season to get intoxicated drivers off the roads. The three-week crackdown beginning Dec. 12 has been dubbed, “Avoid the 14.”

Detective Discovers Declared-Dead Toddler Alive

November 14, 2003
A Fullerton, Calif., police detective photographing the body of a 20-month-old drowning victim noticed the little girl’s chest rising and falling. After his partner called in medical personnel it was confirmed that the toddler, pronounced dead an hour before, had a pulse and was breathing on her own.

Man Charged with Impersonating Officer After Calling for Backup

November 14, 2003
An Ohio man showed his badge and pulled over a driver who he says cut him off and then gestured obscenely at him, documents show. But authorities say the man who claimed to be a U.S. marshal and radioed local police for backup is not and never has been in law enforcement.

Shoplifter Leaves Wallet Behind

November 14, 2003
A man in Memphis, Tenn., stole meat from a grocery store and got away in a stolen truck, say police. But authorities know where he lives---because he left behind his identification.

Man Steals Police Car, Kills Self

November 7, 2003
After being arrested, a Maryland man drove away in a police cruiser and later shot himself with a rifle he found in the trunk.

Detroit Police Chief Resigns

November 7, 2003
Larry Oliver, police chief of the Detroit Police Department since February 2002, stepped down from his position after an undeclared, unregistered loaded handgun was found in his checked luggage at the airport.
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