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N.Y. Agency Revamps Use-of-Force Policy After DOJ Probe

December 24, 2010
The reforms include the incorporation of verbal de-escalation techniques, prohibiting the use of the carotid restraint, limiting the type of ammunition allowed, and developing a formal system for handling public complaints.

First Responders Cheer Passage of 9/11 Health Bill

December 23, 2010
New York police and fire responders who developed health ailments as a result of their exposure to the toxic fumes, dust and smoke of ground zero lauded the passage of the 9/11 health bill once named for an NYPD detective.

Massachusetts Detective Honored at Women In LE Conference

December 22, 2010
Fairhaven (Mass.) Police Detective Pamela Bourgault was recognized with a lifetime achievement award for being "a tireless advocate for senior citizens and victims of domestic violence."

Virginia Police Recruit's Widow Denied Benefits

December 22, 2010
The widow of 40-year-old Norfolk (Va.) Police recruit John Kohn is not entitled to receive any death benefits, after her husband died during police training.

Prosecutor Says NY Cop Is 'Drug Dealer In a Police Uniform'

December 22, 2010
The Niagara Falls (N.Y.) officer had pleaded guilty to narcotics, weapons, and civil rights charges. A federal grand jury originally indicted the officer on 10 counts of sexually assaulting women in his custody, possessing a firearm while committing a drug trafficking crime, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

San Diego Officers Apologize for 'Frivolous' Lawsuits

December 22, 2010
The new attorney for the San Diego Police Officers Association says officers are sorry for two lawsuits against the city he deemed "frivolous." The lawsuits from the union, along with a third, have resulted in the city spending $8.6 million for legal defense.

Arizona Corrections Deputy Who Pepper Sprayed Detainee Investigated

December 22, 2010
A Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's deputy working as a detention officer is now under investigation for using a "short burst of pepper spray" on an ICE detainee after he defecated on the floor of a holding area and did not respond to officers' commands Dec. 11.

Philly SWAT Ends Stand-off With Suspect Who Shot 3 Cops

December 22, 2010
The incident began at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the agency's SWAT unit responded to the Sanger Street home with 20-year-old Nasuil Martinez, who was wanted in connection with the Dec. 9 shooting of another officer.

Calif. Police Union Settles 'Donning and Doffing' Lawsuit

December 22, 2010
Under terms of the settlement, the Long Beach PD's 883 officers will get 12 hours of extra vacation time per year for three years, and then 11 hours in the final year.

50 Agencies Purchase or Expand Spillman Software

December 22, 2010
Nine public safety agencies purchased Spillman Technologies' software for the first time in the third quarter of 2010, bringing the total number of Spillman customers to more than 850 public safety agencies in 36 states nationwide.
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