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Man Gets Jail Time for Lying About Seeing Sniper

January 8, 2003
A Fairfax County judge has ordered a man who lied to police about witnessing one of October's DC-area sniper shootings to spend six months in jail, saying he deserved the maximum punishment because he showed "incredible callousness for the public welfare."

Police Deaths Down

January 8, 2003
Deaths of law enforcement officers saw a downward trend in 2002. This may be due to better training, equipment, and medical care following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

New Arrest in London Toxin Case

January 8, 2003
London's Metropolitan police arrested a seventh suspect after the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin in a London apartment.

Number of Executions Decreased in 2001

January 8, 2003
Fifteen states and the federal government executed 66 prisoners in 2001, 19 fewer than in 2000, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

33,000 California Sex Offenders Missing

January 8, 2003
California has lost track of more than 33,000 convicted sex offenders, although a law requires all rapists and child molesters to register each year

Maine Sheriff Suggests Regionalized Policing

December 27, 2002
Sheriff Philip Cote of York County, Maine, says now is the time to regionalize the county's municipal police departments and charge rural towns a premium for sheriff's patrol services.

COPS' Project Blue Light a Tribute to Police Killed In the Line of Duty

December 26, 2002
Thousands of houses nationwide are part of Project Blue Light, a memorial promoted by the group Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS. Participants put a blue light in a window or tie a blue ribbon on a wreath.

Mich. to End Mandatory Sentences for Drug Crimes

December 26, 2002
Karen Shook, a 49-year-old former bank teller who was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in 1993 for arranging a drug deal, could be paroled 10 years early under legislation expected to be signed by the governor of Michigan within the next week to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

Former NYPD Official Announced New Miami Police Chief

December 26, 2002
John F. Timoney, the former police commissioner of Philadelphia and former first deputy commissioner in New York, has been chosen as the next chief of police in Miami. He is taking on a challenge as the new head of a department mired in controversy, as well as an outsider.

Mueller Defends FBI, Says New Agency a Mistake

December 26, 2002
FBI Director Robert Mueller III, facing growing criticism over his agency's shortcomings in the war against terrorism, spoke in support of his agency's performance in a recent speech and said creating a separate domestic intelligence agency would be "going in the wrong direction."<>
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