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The Detroit Blues

The Detroit Blues

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

October 10, 2013

Municipal Bankruptcies: Running On Empty

Municipal Bankruptcies: Running On Empty

The bankruptcy filings swallowed by four California cities have left plenty of indigestion for officers. Like a rolling blackout on an electrical grid, fiscal distress has slowly crippled the police departments in these cities, bringing loss of pay, lower benefits, and layoffs.

September 6, 2012

N.J. Detective Back On the Job After Shooting

N.J. Detective Back On the Job After Shooting

Detective Rachel Morgan's psychological recovery has been helped by her membership in the "Swiss Cheese Club," a group of officers shot in the line of duty who provided timely support. 

September 2, 2012

Officer Recovers After Being Struck by Drunk Driver

Officer Recovers After Being Struck by Drunk Driver

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Deanna Pulley returned to patrol after a drunk driver's bad day resulted in more than a year of surgeries and rehabilitation for the veteran officer.

April 18, 2012

Passing the 9/11 Health-Care Bill

Passing the 9/11 Health-Care Bill

Extending health-care screenings and treatment for the 9/11 first responders initially stalled because federal lawmakers who represented areas outside of New York believed it was a New York issue.

September 9, 2011

5 Gunfights That Changed Law Enforcement

5 Gunfights That Changed Law Enforcement

The gear and training employed by officers is much different today, partly as a result of the FBI Miami shootout. There have been other game-changing gunfights in the last quarter century. The following article examines each of them and how they changed your tactics, procedures, and policies.

May 4, 2011

Home Invasions: Side Effects of the Drug War

Home Invasions: Side Effects of the Drug War

Drug-related home invasions are especially prevalent in the Sunbelt. Southern Arizona, Texas, and Atlanta serve as distribution points for traffickers delivering narcotic loads from Mexican drug trafficking organizations to distribution points where dealers and street gangs wait for their arrival.

November 3, 2010

Combating Human Smuggling

Combating Human Smuggling

A storm-water channel connecting the higher-elevation Nogales, Sonora, brings runoff into Nogales, Ariz., and can also deliver illegal immigrants willing to risk drowning when the waters rise.

October 31, 2010

Patrolling the Broken Border

Patrolling the Broken Border

A metal fence divides Nogales, USA from another Nogales: Nogales, Sonora, a much poorer Nogales where law enforcement is under attack from drug trafficking cartels and the cartels are under attack from many rivals.

October 31, 2010

Officer Safety: Wristband Handcuff Key

Officer Safety: Wristband Handcuff Key

Viewing these photos, you can see how a detainee could quickly give himself an escape route from your cuffs, so you'll want to make sure you look for this during your thorough search.

October 13, 2010

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