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LAPD Officers Told to Be Guardians of Community, Not Crimefighting Warriors

"We were warriors," Deputy Chief Bill Scott recently told a room filled with LAPD rank-and-file officers, a group of fresh-faced rookies watching from the front, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now, he said, officers need to think of themselves as guardians watching over communities — not warriors cracking down on them.

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Video: Inside the NYPD's Retraining Program

NYPD brass insists the program was always going to be a centerpiece initiative for the department’s new commissioner, Bill Bratton. But they also acknowledge that it became critical -- and was sped up -- after last summer’s death of Eric Garner.

New York Mayor Announces Police Retraining Program

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said the retraining would require some 22,000 officers to complete a three-day course.

National Association of School Resource Officers Meet in California

At the annual meeting of the National Association of School Resource Officers in La Quinta, Calif., last week, school-based officers crowded into multiple sessions on a theme hardly pondered by earlier generations, the active shooter.

Get Ready for a Fight

Your defensive tactics training should be intense, exhausting, applicable, and eye-opening. Don't come to in-service training dressed for vacation or expecting to sleepwalk through the course.

LAPD to Officers: Buckle Up On Duty

The Los Angeles Police Department has a new seatbelt education effort after Inspector General Alex Bustamante found that up to 37 percent of officers involved in accidents in 2012 weren't wearing seatbelts.

Ill. Officers Train to Handle CCW Encounters

Illinois, the last state to allow concealed carry, is expected to begin issuing permits in April under a law that goes into effect on the first of the year. So law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to train their officers how to properly make contact with civilians who are legally carrying concealed handguns.

Quicker Response to Active Shooters

Despite its traditional mission, I always thought our motor unit could assume a more tactical posture and play less of a support role, especially when responding to school shootings. Since motors are such a specialized unit, it is easier to pull them off of their primary missions and redirect them whenever necessary.

The Chief Trainer

You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.

Calif. K-9s Compete for Top Dog

At least 16 officers from more than a dozen northern California agencies competed in the 10th annual Art O'Keefe Memorial Police Canine Competition Saturday in Lodi.