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BTK Serial Killer Starts Serving 10 Life Sentences

August 19, 2005
Dennis Rader, better known as the BTK serial killer, was given the harshest sentence available – 175 years without possibility of parole – for 10 murders he confessed to committing between 1974 and 1991. Today he entered the maximum security El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas to begin serving time.

Fungus Leads Police to Suspect Foul Play

August 16, 2005
The strong smell of a large fungus caused German law enforcement officers to search for a dead body.

San Quentin Prison Riot Injures 42

August 16, 2005
A fight broke out last week at California’s San Quentin State Prison and escalated into a full-scale riot that involved as many as 80 inmates and injured 42. Not since 1982 have so many prisoners been involved in a riot at San Quentin.

Crime Rises in National Parks

August 12, 2005
Park rangers deal with a lot more than guided tours and picnicking bears nowadays. A spike in crimes in national parks puts them in harm’s way more often than most people realize.

Housing Prices Too Steep for Most Cops

August 12, 2005
Home ownership is out of reach for many public safety officers and other low- to moderate- income workers because salaries aren’t keeping up with real estate prices, according to a recent study.

IACP Recommends Head Shots for Suicide Bombers

August 5, 2005
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has produced a report recommending taking out suspected suicide bombers with a shot to the head, changing the common tactic of aiming for the torso. The new tactic was agreed upon to eliminate the danger of cops’ bullets detonating bombs strapped to a terrorist’s chest.

Governors Question Ability to Implement Real ID Act

August 5, 2005
Governors from across the United States recently discussed at an annual meeting what funds and resources will be needed to carry out the mandates included in the Real ID Act, which would require that identification cards be enhanced to become part of a federal data system.

Connecticut Corrections Officers Perch Atop Donut Shops for Charity

August 5, 2005
Law Enforcement officers are collecting donations from customers and the general public while sitting on the rooftops of donut shops, all in the name of Special Olympics.

Houston Officers Must Cover Up Body Art

August 5, 2005
Starting Jan. 1, Houston Police Department officers must cover all visible tattoos or body art while on duty or while wearing a department uniform. The art can only be covered with their uniform or plainclothes, not a bandage or sweatband.

New NTOA Grants Available

August 5, 2005
New grants are now available from the National Tactical Officers Association through December 2, 2005.
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