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Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?

Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?

The Asset Forfeiture Fund is self-financed from seizures of property owned by criminals and it helps law enforcement agencies pay for resources and officers, so why is Congress cutting it as part of a budget deal?

February 29, 2016

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

If you are a "cup is half full" person, then having the right perspective, attitude, and imagination can conquer the frustration of an ever-shrinking budget. It is possible to still make things happen.

June 16, 2014

Police Readers Support Concealed Carry, Romney for President

Police Readers Support Concealed Carry, Romney for President

The vast majority of working law enforcement officers in the United States support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and plan to vote for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this fall. That's the findings of a survey conducted by POLICE Magazine this summer.

September 12, 2012

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

Law Enforcement Training Crisis

Law Enforcement Training Crisis

Local law enforcement officers should receive training on an ongoing, mandatory basis. We all know that. But how many of our agencies provide it?

April 23, 2012

Congress' Super Failure

Congress' Super Failure

While certain members of Congress hope to furlough government workers as a remedy for the deficit, they continue to ignore the societal cost of ignoring dangerous criminals. The same failed logic has impacted state and local law enforcement as well.

January 9, 2012

Officer Layoffs: Getting a Pink Slip

Officer Layoffs: Getting a Pink Slip

Law enforcement layoff stories are plentiful in fiscally hard-hit regions like the Rust Belt, but no area of the country is immune. Sworn officers from Sun Belt cities like Tulsa and Phoenix have also grappled with budget cuts. Some cities manage budgets by cutting overtime, contracting out internal affairs investigations, cutting civilian positions, and gutting special units.

August 5, 2011

The Rimfire Alternative

The Rimfire Alternative

What can we do to save money on training ammo? I believe you can conduct a portion of your firearms training with pistols chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge.

May 1, 2009

Saving Money Through Training

Saving Money Through Training

Officers who fall behind on core training and who stop getting regular updates on recent case law become a civil liability to themselves and their employers.

May 1, 2009

Washington Turns on the Money Tap
Five Ways the Economy Will Change Your Job

Five Ways the Economy Will Change Your Job

For those in law enforcement, the question becomes one of: How does all of this economic gloom affect me? To address this question, POLICE decided to look at five of the biggest economic threats facing law enforcement.

February 1, 2009

Brace for Impact

Some homeowners upside down in their mortgages have just walked away, leaving their properties to the bank. An abandoned home is bad news. It draws criminals like dead critters draw vultures.

November 1, 2008

How to Stretch Your Fleet Dollar

Managing the rising costs of police fleets is a challenge that all law enforcement agencies are facing. Fortunately, there are technologies available to help fleet managers better manage these costs and save their departments thousands of dollars annually.

April 1, 2008

The Money Crunch: Staffing Shortage
The Money Crunch: Brother, Can You Spare a Few Mil?

The Money Crunch: Brother, Can You Spare a Few Mil?

When Oregon laid off 139 of its state troopers and 300 employees total in one day, the already spread thin department was left with few officers to police the state, while the crime labs that process evidence for all Oregon law enforcement agencies were all but shut down. And the agency is not alone in suffering budget woes.

November 1, 2004

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