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Florida Cop, Intruder Hurt in Fight at Home

December 31, 2008
After entering the Southwest Miami-Dade home through the back door, he was confronted by Luis Fernandez, a Doral police officer and 23-year Miami police veteran.

Mistrust Bedevils War on Mexican Drug Cartels

December 31, 2008
The U.S. has begun pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Mexico to help stanch the expansion of drug-fueled violence and corruption that has claimed more than 5,000 lives south of the border this year.

Anchorage Police Identify Large Number of Gang Members

December 31, 2008
Documented gangs in Anchorage continue to swell, even as anti-gang officials pledged Monday to continue their two-year-old effort to combat youth violence in south central Alaska.

Omaha Police Want Overtime Pay

December 31, 2008
The new union contract reduces the amount of overtime time police can "bank" — and not immediately be paid for — from 360 hours to 108 hours. That time can be cashed out at any point or used as extra vacation time. Under the new contract, officers with more than 108 hours "banked" will have to cash out the extra hours.

Pennsylvania State Police Dispatcher Slain by Former Boyfriend

December 31, 2008
A 20-year-old Drexel Hill radio dispatcher for the Pennsylvania State Police was killed by her estranged boyfriend last night as her 13-year-old sister hid in a closet frantically calling their father and police, police say.

Fugitive Tricks Detroit Cabbies Into D.C. Trip, Then Skips Out

December 31, 2008
Nguyen, wanted in Pennsylvania for theft, fraud and forgery, ran off on the trio during a stop early Christmas morning in Maryland and left them without money to get back to the Motor City, they said.

Number of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the U.S. Falls Sharply in 2008

December 30, 2008
Based on analysis of preliminary data, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) found that 140 officers have died in the line of duty so far this year. That is 23 percent lower than the 2007 figure of 181, and represents one of the lowest years for officer fatalities since the mid-1960s.

N.Y. Police Nab Cop-Impersonating, Home-Invading Grinches

December 30, 2008
Nicholas Papaleo and Constantino Christo, both of Brooklyn, were tooling around in Whitestone, dressed as cops and bent on robbing a drug deal on the night before Christmas, police said. When they saw Robert Kapovic outside his well-kept home, they figured he might offer just as much bounty and a lot less resistance.

Customs and Border Protection Meets 18,000 Border Patrol Agent Hiring Commitment

December 24, 2008
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) met the goal to hire 6,000 Border Patrol agents across the U.S. by year’s end. CBP reached its target weeks ahead of schedule and now employs more than 18,000 agents.

Gunman Opens Fire on Dallas Rush Hour Traffic, Kills Two

December 23, 2008
Police were investigating four incidents Monday after the first fatal shooting was reported about 5:40 p.m. in Garland just north of LBJ Freeway. Police are working to establish whether the three shootings in Dallas are related to the Garland one.
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