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Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD to Hire 125 Officers

August 25, 2009
Charlotte City Council members voted Monday night for City Manager Curt Walton's plan to hire 125 additional police officers. Fifty will be hired with $8.5 million in federal stimulus dollars, and will start in September.

L.A. City Attorney Wants to Bust Taggers for Hanging Out

August 25, 2009
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich wants to give police the ability to arrest "taggers" simply for hanging out together, without having to catch them in the act -- raising thorny constitutional issues as he lays the groundwork for a campaign to tackle the city's vexing graffiti problem.
Tags: LAPD, Graffiti

ACLU Questions Dayton Police's License-Plate Readers

August 24, 2009
The Dayton (Ohio) Police Department has begun using license-plate readers to help identify stolen cars, respond to missing children alerts and pick up people with outstanding arrest warrants.

Iowa 911 Call Center First to Accept Text Messages

August 24, 2009
An emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to "911," starting Wednesday.
Charleston Officer Coleman on radar duty. Photo via Charleston PD.

Charleston PD Recruits Blacks and Women Using Social Media

August 24, 2009
The Charleston (W. Va.) Police Department has begun using social networking websites such as Twitter and MySpace as venues to recruit more black and female officers, the Charleston Gazette reports.

40 Arrested In Outlaws Meth Ring Bust

August 24, 2009
Dealing a major blow to a suspected methamphetamine ring allegedly run by the Outlaws motorcycle gang, Pennsylvania authorities arrested 40 people connected with the operation, the Inquirer reports.

NFL Rookie Arrested After Shoving Baltimore Officer

August 24, 2009
Anthony Fein, a rookie who's trying to make the Baltimore Ravens as a back-up linebacker, was arrested Sunday night, after he apparently shoved an officer, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The Chattanooga Police Department will use 300 Getac laptops to expand data access for officers in the field and increase productivity in the station. Photo courtesy of Getac.

Chattanooga PD Deploys Getac Computers to Expand Data Access

August 24, 2009
Thus far, the Chattanooga Police Department has deployed 150 Getac computers and plans to add 150 more. The department plans to add cameras to the Getac laptops and purchase a plate-scan program that can scan for stolen tags and immediately notify officers.

Police Officer Saves Paramedic Wife's Life

August 21, 2009
Susan Odom is a paramedic with Atmore Ambulance. Arthur Odom is an officer with the Atmore (Ala.) Police Department. They've been married for 4 1/2 years. When Susan dialed 911 after choking, her husband answered the call and came to her rescue.

Leonard Peltier's Parole Request Denied

August 21, 2009
The Native American, who was convicted in 1977 of murdering two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout in South Dakota, has been denied parole, the FBI announces. Next parole hearing: 2024.
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