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New North Carolina Law Calls for More Paroles

October 24, 2005
Even many legislators were unaware that part of North Carolina’s budget bill that was approved in August says the state’s Parole Commission should aim to parole at least 20 percent of inmates eligible for parole who were sent to prison before structured sentencing guidelines took effect in 1994.

5.11 Challenge Finalists Donate Prizes to Agencies Hit By Hurricanes

October 24, 2005
The finalists of the 2005 5.11 Challenge elected to donate their prizes, amounting to more than $175,000 worth of gear, weapons, and apparel, to agencies devastated by the recent Gulf hurricanes. To match this generosity, the sponsors of the annual law enforcement shooting competition have agreed to provide the hurricane-ravaged agencies with an additional $350,000 worth of products.

New Device Uses GPS Projectile to Track Fleeing Vehicles

October 24, 2005
The StarChase GPS vehicle tagging and tracking system is so new it’s still in the development stages, but it could soon help to reduce the number of high-speed pursuits.

Humane Association Honors 13-Year-Old Boy for His Dedication to Police Dogs

October 24, 2005
The American Humane Association recognized the work of 13-year-old Michael Valdez, a young man in Arizona working to improve the safety of Arizona’s police canines, by naming him one of the grand-prize winners of its Be Kind to Animals Kid Contest.

ATF Works with Kentucky Bomb Squads to Investigate Explosives Incidents

October 20, 2005
In Louisville, Ky., members of the Kentucky Explosives Incident Response Task Force (KEIRTF) were federally deputized. The deputization of state and local officers who are members of the task force allows them to assist ATF in explosives-related incidents which may occur outside their normal areas of jurisdiction.

National Bike Registry Offers Agencies Way to Find Recovered Bikes’ Owners

October 20, 2005
The National Bike Registry’s Official Bike Registration Station gives police free, password-protected access to the registry’s more than 300,000 registered bicycles, nationwide. This is a way to protect bikes in the local community and reunite recovered stolen bicycles with their owners.

Congress Passes Bill to Limit Gun Industry Liability

October 20, 2005
Bill S. 397, if signed into law by President Bush, would prohibit lawsuits against the firearms industry for damages resulting from the unlawful use of a firearm or ammunition. The House passed the bill with a vote of 283-144. The Senate passed the bill in July.

NLEOMF Holds Wreathlaying Day Ceremony

October 20, 2005
Every October, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) holds "Wreathlaying Day," a ceremony that commemorates the dedication of the Memorial in 1991. The ceremony, held Monday Oct. 17 this year, honors all law enforcement officers and pays special tribute to local Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and Federal law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since the previous Wreathlaying Day.

Law Enforcement Arrests Parents in Truancy Sweep

October 6, 2005
Officers in California’s Sacramento County brought in 50 people in the area’s tenth annual truancy sweep, aimed at making parents accountable for students’ school attendance.

Social Security Number Database Available to LEOs

October 6, 2005
The official version of the Social Security Administration Death Master File is now available online in a variety of applications to verify people’s identity claims and to help prevent fraud.
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