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Federal Agencies to Use Smart Card Ids

March 23, 2005
All federal government departments and agencies are to begin using smart-card-based identification to enter federal facilities and systems, in accordance with President Bush’s call for a government-wide personal identification standard in August 2004.

Many Agencies Drop Suits Against Ford

March 23, 2005
Many police departments that joined a class-action lawsuit claiming Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers are unsafe have dropped out because it was the only way Ford would agree to continue selling them cars.

Collecting Criminals' DNA Ruled Constitutional

March 23, 2005
A federal law that requires prisoners, parolees, and some people on probation to submit DNA for an FBI database has been ruled constitutional in a Philadelphia appeals court.

Nationwide Crackdown Nabs Alleged MS-13 Members

March 18, 2005
Government officials have arrested 103 people believed to be members of the widespread violent street gang Mara Salvatrucha, often called MS-13 as a part of “Operation Community Shield.”

Not Enough Marshals for Witness Protection

March 18, 2005
Nearly 25 percent of the U.S. Marshals assigned to the federal witness protection program have been cut in the past eight years, despite a growing number of witnesses being added to the program, according to a report from the Justice Department inspector general.

New Law to Add Immigration Duties for Arizona Cops

March 18, 2005
A new Arizona law allows the state to charge a person with felony human smuggling, formerly only a federal charge. Now Arizona law enforcement officers will be expected to take over some of the duties reserved for federal officers in the past, without any additional funding for local law enforcement.

Defendant Kills Three in Escape from Atlanta Courthouse

March 11, 2005
A man stole a deputy’s gun while being escorted to his rape trial and shot her in the face. He then entered the courtroom and shot dead the judge and court reporter before killing a deputy who confronted him and then carjacking a reporter’s car to flee the scene. He is still at large.

Fewer Parents Talk to Teens About Drugs

March 11, 2005
Twelve percent of parents have never talked to their kids about the risks of drug use, up from six percent six years ago, according to a new survey conducted by the Partnership for a Drug Free America. This trend has many concerned, especially because more parents have been found to underestimate their children’s risk for drug abuse.

MADD Calls for More Drunk Driving Prevention

March 11, 2005
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently released a Law Enforcement Leadership Summit Report, which includes six recommendations for lowering the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths.

Radio Host Continues Anti-Cop Program

March 4, 2005
In response to complaints from Chief Julian Fantino of the Toronto Police Department in Canada, the host of the local radio show “Bad Cop, No Donut!” will change his offensive e-mail address, but the show will continue to air anti-law enforcement sentiments.
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