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N.C. Deputy Killed Serving Warrant with U.S. Marshals

June 10, 2011
Nash County (N.C.) Sheriff's Investigator Warren "Sneak" Lewis was fatally shot late Thursday, while attempting to serve a homicide warrant as a member of the Eastern North Carolina Fugitive Task Force.

5.11 Introduces Taclite Patrol Duty Uniform

June 10, 2011
5.11 Tactical has introduced the poly-cotton Taclite Patrol Duty Uniform (PDU) to better suit the physical demands of working officers while retaining a professional look, according to the company.
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Chevy Upgrades Powertrain on 2012 Impala Police

June 10, 2011
The new engine and six-speed automatic transmission produces 302 hp and is rated to achieve a fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway — a 3 mpg improvement over previous Impala models. The 2012 Impala can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, according to the automaker.

Houston Officer Shoots Two Men Breaking into His Home

June 10, 2011
Lt. Donald Hamilton, 53, said he was getting ready for his shift at the Houston Police Department's Southeast Patrol Division about 6 p.m. when he heard a knock at his front door, on President's Drive near Cullen.

Chief Beck Asks LAPD Union to Relax Overtime Rules to Solve Staffing Issues

June 9, 2011
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck this week went public about ongoing contract negotiations with the union that represents rank-and-file officers, threatening that the Los Angeles Police Department would likely be forced to send home thousands of officers unless the union agrees to extend a deal on overtime benefits.

Feds Exchange Fire with Drug Runners Across Rio Grande

June 9, 2011
Few details about the early morning shootout in Hidalgo County, Texas, were immediately available. The shootout began after U.S. agents patrolling in boats tried to seize a drug load on the Rio Grande, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said.
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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

June 9, 2011
MacRumors highlighted the change in Apple's App Store Review Guidelines. "Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected."
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Video: Mexican Army Seizes Narco Tanks Near Texas Border

June 9, 2011
A drug cartel created armored vehicles by converting trucks that can withstand fire from .50-caliber machine guns and grenades. The vehicles are covered with one-inch thick steel plating, air-conditioned and are sized to hold 20 armed combatants.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Beretta.</strong></em></p>

Beretta Introduces Tx4 Storm Semiauto Shotgun

June 9, 2011
Beretta has introduced the Tx4 Storm semiautomatic shotgun for law enforcement and home defense. The Tx4 is a gas-operated, 12-gauge shotgun Beretta is marketing as a lightweight, compact option.

Pioneering California Chief Resigns

June 9, 2011
Janet Thiessen, the first female police chief in San Joaquin County, has resigned as Tracy's top cop, citing personal reasons.
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