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Midland County Sheriff deputies were fired, after they photographed a waitress holding their AR-15 patrol rifle. Photo via Midland County Sheriff's Office.

Texas Deputy Dismissed After Photographing Waitress With Patrol Rifle

August 21, 2009
A Midland (Texas) County sheriff's deputy was fired after he and four other deputies photographed a waitress holding one of their AR-15 patrol rifles while they were visiting a restaurant, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Wave of Sickness Hits Albuquerque PD Academy

August 20, 2009
More than half of the cadets training to become Albuquerque police officers are sick this week, due to an upper respiratory condition that has brought their training to a temporary halt.

St. Louis Police Bristle at Bosses' Inquiry on Their Confidential Informers

August 20, 2009
Worried about liars in their ranks, city police officials are demanding that up to 20 officers tell bosses details about their confidential informers. But the St. Louis Police Officers Association has won a temporary restraining order to block the inquiry.
Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced federal indictments against 36 Mexican cartel members. Photo via U.S. Dept. of Justice (Wikimedia).

Chicago Feds Indict Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders

August 20, 2009
Calling it the most significant narcotics conspiracy case of its kind ever in Chicago, authorities today announced indictments against leaders of warring Mexican drug cartels blamed for increasing violence south of the border and for bringing up to four tons of cocaine to the city each month for national distribution.
Photo via RobotSkirts (Flickr.com).

California Pot Farm Fire Reveals Troubling Trend

August 20, 2009
Narcotics agents said Tuesday they had little doubt that the nearly 90,000-acre La Brea fire in California was started by Mexican drug traffickers who were tending a large, sophisticated marijuana farm planted on the side of a mountain in the Los Padres National Forest.
A Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor used by the North Bend (Ore.) Police Department. Photo via North Bend PD.

Oregon Man Who Robbed Police Station Faces Nine Charges

August 20, 2009
A 26-year-old Oregon man will face nine charges related to his brazen robbery of the North Bend police station in which he made off with a police cruiser, two Tasers and a radio, the Register-Guard reports.

APCO Leadership Hosts Town Hall on 700-MHz Broadband

August 19, 2009
APCO International hosted a town hall meeting on the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Notice Seeking Comment on Petitions for Waivers to Deploy 700-MHz Public Safety Broadband Networks during its 75th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas.
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Trijicon Introduces RMR Red Dot Sight

August 19, 2009
Trijicon has introduced its new Trijicon RMR Sight, a patent-pending new generation Ruggedized Miniature Reflex designed to improve shooter precision and accuracy with any style or caliber of weapon.
Photo via bcymet (Flickr.com).

12 Michigan Departments Will Test Portable Fingerprint Scanners

August 19, 2009
In response, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has said it expects court challenges. A state law bans fingerprinting on arrests where the sentence would be less than 90 days.

Condemned Homes Provide Minn. Tactical Unit Training Opportunity

August 19, 2009
The Dakota County (Minn.) SWAT unit is deploying today to a neighborhood of West St. Paul to practice their building-search skills in several buildings that have been identified for demolition, KSTP TV reports.
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