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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.

Fallen Officers to be Honored May 13 at National Candlelight Vigil

May 12, 2009
The names of 387 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty—133 of them during 2008—will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, on the evening of May 13, during the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil.

Digital Ally Assists Law Enforcement Agencies With Grants

May 12, 2009
Digital Ally Inc., which develops, manufactures, and markets advanced video surveillance products for law enforcement, homeland security, and commercial security applications, is prepared to help law enforcement agencies secure funding for equipment purchases under various government programs.

Police Survivors Group Says No Worries About Obama's Death-Benefit Cut

May 12, 2009
President Obama's proposed reduction of death benefits is "meaningless" and will not reduce the amount paid to survivors who lose their loved ones in the line of duty, according to a leading grief-support agency for law-enforcement families.

NRA Names FN SLP 'Shotgun of the Year'

May 11, 2009
The modular FN SLP shotgun ships with two gas pistons, for heavy and light loads, that offer its law enforcement operator more flexibility and longer life, according to the company. A variety of shotgun choke tubes and accessory sporting barrels are also available for the SLP.
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