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S.C. Cop Crashed Cruiser Off-Duty While DUI

February 2, 2011
Former North Charleston (S.C.) Police Officer Nicholas Lomma violated several agency policies, including driving a city vehicle while intoxicated and driving a city vehicle outside a 10-mile radius of the city limits while off duty.

California Officer Shot During Pat-Down Search

February 2, 2011
An officer was conducting a pat-down search of a male in a group of two males and two females. The man got nervous, went to the ground, then got up, pulled out a gun and shot twice at the officer. Neither bullet hit the officer, although one struck his car. The officer did not return fire.

High-Crime LAPD Gang Units Dismantled

February 2, 2011
All but one of the roughly 80 gang officers in the Southeast, 77th, Northeast and Hollenbeck divisions - areas that are home to some of the city's most violent and active gangs - refused.
The Albuquerque PD reinstated take-home vehicles for its officers, which would include these motor units. Photo via Flickr (Jim Legans, Jr.).

Albuquerque Reinstates Take-Home Patrol Vehicles

February 1, 2011
In exchange for revisions to the take-home car program, the APOA gave up retention bonuses for veteran officers (costing about $750,000 annually), loan reimbursements (costing $83,000), and mortgage incentives for signing a seven-year commitment (costing $98,000).

Detectives Skeptical of School Officer's Hoax Story

February 1, 2011
A source told the newspaper the bruising on Officer Jeffrey Stenroos' chest is not consistent with a gunshot at close range.

Number of Illegals Holds at 11 Million

February 1, 2011
The number of unauthorized immigrants in the nation's workforce, 8 million in March 2010, also did not differ from the Pew Hispanic Center estimate for 2009. As with the population total, the number of unauthorized immigrants in the labor force had decreased in 2009 from its peak of 8.4 million in 2007.

Kimber Ships Solo Micro-Compact 9mm Pistol

February 1, 2011
The Solo pistols are 17 ounces and 5.5 inches long with ergonomics borrowed from 1911 pistols and 3-dot sights. The Standard Solo arrives with a stainless steel slide and barrel, machined aluminum frame, ambidextrous thumb safety, removable grips and ambidextrous magazine release button.

N.C. to Take More DNA Samples

February 1, 2011
Sheriff's offices and police departments across North Carolina will begin gathering DNA from certain arrestees by collecting cells from inside their cheeks while they're in custody.
Photo via Flickr (sylvar).

Traffic Fatalities Drop In Cities With Red-Light Cameras

February 1, 2011
Researchers found that in the 14 cities that had cameras from 2004 to '08, the combined per capita rate of fatal red light running crashes fell 35 percent, compared with 1992-96. The rate also fell in the 48 cities without camera programs by 14 percent.

NFL Player Tasered, After Grabbing Officer's Crotch

February 1, 2011
After pulling him over, the officer asked Everson Griffen for his license, which turned out not to be valid. He reportedly then told them "he did not want to go back to jail" and sprinted away from the officers, who caught up with him. Griffen was Tasered after he allegedly grabbed the officer in the groin area.
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