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Oakland SWAT Captain Asks to be Reassigned After Team Expresses "No Confidence"

May 14, 2009
Capt. Ed Tracey made his request after a meeting with the 24-member SWAT team, during which officers said they "weren't confident in him" because of his conduct during the March 21 incident, a law enforcement source said. Two SWAT officers died in the raid.

Dallas Pilot Program to Help Ex-cons with Housing, Jobs to Prevent Return to Crime

May 14, 2009
The Dallas One-Stop Optimized Re-Entry System, or DOORS, is setting up centers throughout the city where newly released convicts can go for help as part of an effort to try to prevent them from returning to a life of crime.

Birmingham Special Police Unit Stalks Criminals

May 14, 2009
Birmingham police have put together an elite team of officers to roam the city, looking for the worst of the worst criminals and the most violent of neighborhoods to turn around.

Missouri Woman Accused of Using Infant Son as TASER Shield

May 14, 2009
Police say a Hannibal, Mo., woman used her infant son to shield a man who was being arrested from a stun gun blast. Twenty-year-old Maliea A. Martin was arrested for felony endangering the welfare of a child.

LAPD Gun Buyback Program Nets 1,700 Weapons

May 14, 2009
A gun buyback program that trades gift cards for firearms netted nearly 1,700 weapons in Los Angeles, including 40 assault-style weapons and a rifle with a grenade launcher, officials said Monday.

Review Finds LAPD Acted Appropriately in 2008 Incident that Killed SWAT Officer

May 14, 2009
After killing his father and two brothers in their Winnetka home, Edwin Rivera, 20, kept police at bay during an eight-hour standoff that ended with officers killing Rivera. The death of SWAT officer Randall Simmons, who was killed by Rivera during an ill-fated attempt by SWAT officers to apprehend Rivera and rescue any survivors, rocked the tightly-knit unit and the LAPD as a whole.

3 California Counties to Check Immigration Status as Inmates Enter Jail

May 14, 2009
Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail as part of a national effort to identify and deport more illegal immigrants with criminal records.

Chicago Police Will Be Evaluated on Attitude

May 13, 2009
The Chicago Police Department will add a new layer of review of its officers next year, evaluating not only job performance, but attitudes and interactions with the public, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Austin PD Investigates Partially Videotaped Shooting

May 13, 2009
The Austin police chief has begun an investigation of an officer-involved shooting of an 18-year-old in the Texas capital that was partially captured on a patrol car's video camera, the American-Statesman reports.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Application Period Begins May 13

May 12, 2009
Applications for fiscal year 2009 BVP funds will be accepted beginning tomorrow. All applications must be submitted online to the Bureau of Justice Assistance by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 24.
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