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Chicago Officer Convicted of Battery on Bartender

June 4, 2009

A hulking Chicago police officer who claimed he pummeled a female bartender half his size because he thought he was in danger was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated battery.

Westhampton Beach Village Chief Making $188,709 Wants a Raise

June 4, 2009

Westhampton Beach Police Chief Raymond Dean makes $188,709 a year, is given a car for his work and personal use, and he wants more, Newsday reports.

A&E's 'First 48' Will Focus on Jackson P.D.

June 4, 2009
The A&E reality show “The First 48” will tape an episode in Jackson, Miss., because of the department's high homicide arrest rate, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports. The homicide arrest rate is 78 percent, compared to 50 percent nationally.

Philly Police Deploy Segway Patrols

June 3, 2009

The Philadelphia Police Department began using Segway personal transporters on Tuesday to patrol areas of the city about a year after an initial test, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Ecumenical Panel Will Investigate Oakland SWAT Tragedy

June 2, 2009
A board that will include law enforcement experts from across the state and the nation will conduct a "complete review" of the March 21 fatal shootings of four police officers, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Safariland Introduces NIJ Standard-0101.06 Body Armor

June 2, 2009

Safariland’s XT-700 Type II (#BA-2000S-FC01) and XT-300 Type IIIA (#BA-3A00S-BR01) models have been determined by the NIJ to comply with the new NIJ-06 standard. Both models are part of Safariland’s XT‑Series of concealable body armor, and are now available for immediate purchase. As of this date, these are the only Threat Level II and Threat Level IIIA vests that have been authorized by NIJ under the new NIJ-06 standard.

Officer-Involved Shootings Spike In Long Beach, Calif.

May 29, 2009
Nine people have been shot by Long Beach (Calif.) PD police officers this year, a trend officials attribute to a poor economy and work furloughs by the police department, the Los Angeles Times reports. In each case, violent suspects failed to comply with commands or brandished weapons.

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Killed by Fellow Officer in "Friendly Fire" Incident

May 29, 2009

An off-duty rookie cop chasing a suspected car thief in East Harlem with his gun drawn was shot and killed Thursday night when an officer mistook him for a criminal. "Police! Stop! Drop it!" cops from the 25th Precinct shouted at Omar Edwards, 25. As he started to turn toward him - the gun still in his hand - an officer opened fire, sources said.

Video: Dallas Is No Longer Most Crime-Infested Big City

May 29, 2009

A five-year effort by the police department and city to remove Dallas from the top slot on an annual list of large U.S. cities with the highest crime rate is paying off, as San Antonio took the top slot this year, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Metro Atlanta Agencies Join Forces for "Street Sweep"

May 28, 2009
About 30 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies in Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Henry and Gwinnett counties participated in the first joint effort of its kind, which was dubbed “Operation Street Sweep.” The joint detail was designed to increase police visibility in high-crime areas and get offenders off the streets.
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