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NYPD Prepares for Times Square's Festivities

December 31, 2008
A phalanx of rookie cops - one day out of the Police Academy - will be out in force on New Year's Eve as police keep watch on the festivities in Times Square. And keeping watch over them - and just about everyone else - will be Sky Watch, the retractable NYPD tower that allows police to spot problems from blocks away.

New Orleans Cop-Turned-Minister Stands Out in Effort to Halt Murders

December 31, 2008

After dark on the last Sunday of 2008, the Rev. John Raphael, the cop-turned-pastor, changed clothes after the evening service at his New Hope Baptist Church and walked a few blocks to the South Claiborne Avenue neutral ground. He came simply to plant himself in full view at a major urban intersection, fasting, to bear witness against the shootings that ravage New Orleans.

Drunk Drivers Hitting More Washington State Troopers

December 31, 2008
Impaired drivers hit troopers 25 times in 2008, up from 11 in 2007. About half the crashes happened after a trooper had stopped another violator or pulled into the shoulder to handle an accident. In a recent crash, a trooper's patrol car was pushed into another vehicle already involved in a crash, the Washington State Patrol reported.

NYPD Probe Eyes Cop Car Chase in Fatal Brooklyn Hit-Run

December 31, 2008
Stacey Blount, 45, of Brownsville, was mowed down Monday night by a stolen 2003 Ford van as its driver led police on a back-streets chase through her neighborhood, top brass confirmed.

Signed Forms Now Required for Arizona DPS to Search Vehicles

December 31, 2008
The most significant changes require officers to receive a signed form before a driver consents to a search and for officers to document, what factors, exactly, prompted the search for those cars and trucks where a search proves fruitless.

Florida Cop, Intruder Hurt in Fight at Home

December 31, 2008
After entering the Southwest Miami-Dade home through the back door, he was confronted by Luis Fernandez, a Doral police officer and 23-year Miami police veteran.

Mistrust Bedevils War on Mexican Drug Cartels

December 31, 2008
The U.S. has begun pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Mexico to help stanch the expansion of drug-fueled violence and corruption that has claimed more than 5,000 lives south of the border this year.

Anchorage Police Identify Large Number of Gang Members

December 31, 2008
Documented gangs in Anchorage continue to swell, even as anti-gang officials pledged Monday to continue their two-year-old effort to combat youth violence in south central Alaska.

Omaha Police Want Overtime Pay

December 31, 2008
The new union contract reduces the amount of overtime time police can "bank" — and not immediately be paid for — from 360 hours to 108 hours. That time can be cashed out at any point or used as extra vacation time. Under the new contract, officers with more than 108 hours "banked" will have to cash out the extra hours.

Pennsylvania State Police Dispatcher Slain by Former Boyfriend

December 31, 2008
A 20-year-old Drexel Hill radio dispatcher for the Pennsylvania State Police was killed by her estranged boyfriend last night as her 13-year-old sister hid in a closet frantically calling their father and police, police say.
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