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The LAPD's newest female officer (center) is flanked by Asst. Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur (left) and a retired officer wearing the original uniform of Alice Stebbins Wells, who became an LAPD officer in 1910. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.

LAPD Honors Pioneering Female Officer Alice Stebbins Wells

September 14, 2010
Wells was one of the first female officers in the country with arrest powers. Her first duties included the "suppression of unwholesome billboard displays, searches for missing persons, and the maintenance of a general information bureau for women seeking advice on matters within the scope of police departments."

Dallas Officer Welcomes Graffiti Vandals In a Surprising Way

September 14, 2010
Dallas Police Officer Cat Lafitte found a creative way for graffiti vandals who have been painting pillars under the freeway at Deep Ellum to greet officers.

'Funny Smell' Leads Miami Officer to Marijuana Lab

September 14, 2010
After responding to a burglary call, a Miami police officer was outside the home working on his report, when he noticed a "funny smell" that let him to a marijuana growing operation.

Juarez Car Bomb May Have Been Meant for Authorities

September 14, 2010
Federal police used a controlled explosion to detonate the device, which was found in a vehicle in the city. Tovex, a water gel explosive often used in mining, was also located inside the car.
Tags: Car Bombs

Border Agents Fire Into Mexico, After Attack From Traffickers

September 14, 2010
The agents were returning fire, after they came under fire from Mexico. Several Border Patrol agents were seizing the marijuana using patrol boats, prior to the brief shootout.
Photo via Flickr.com (feastoffun).

Iris Scans Arrive at Texas Border Checkpoint

September 14, 2010
In October, the Department of Homeland Security will begin testing iris-scanning technology at a border checkpoint in McAllen, Texas, as a way to stem illegal immigration and identify fraud.
Photo via Flickr.com (custer_flux).

Proponent of 'Stop Snitching' Movement Outed as Police Informant

September 13, 2010
But the New York man who manages Game and other hip-hop heavyweights - Jimmy (Henchman) Rosemond - is named as an informer in court records, the Daily News has learned.
Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Florida Deputies Handcuff 7-Foot Alligator

September 13, 2010
The 7 1/2-foot gator then violently rolled several times, hitting the wall and breaking off chunks of stucco. Once the gator stopped rolling, the deputies were able to secure its mouth with electrical tape and it's hind legs with handcuffs.

Suspect Who Shot N.C. Deputy Had Lengthy Criminal Record

September 13, 2010
Short, in 1989, was the target of a two-state manhunt for a murder charge that was later dropped. He allegedly carjacked a 73-year-old women that year and escaped from jail while being held on that charge.
Info graphic via FBI.

Violent Crime and Property Crime Fall Again, FBI Says

September 13, 2010
Violent crime fell an estimated 5.3 percent drop in 2009 from 2008. Property crime fell for a seventh straight year with an estimated 4.6 percent decrease.
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