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DOJ Says Background Checks, Citizenship Requirements Prevent Diversification of Police

The report, released Wednesday in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, critiques several widely used police-hiring practices — noting that over-reliance on such criteria “may limit certain underrepresented communities’ representation in law enforcement agencies.”

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Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff

Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?

The Bridge Years

Some of life's little moments may be overlooked but many others have been career-enders. What we must do is fully explain the background disqualifiers so future candidates can make sound decisions.

MorphoTrust Secures Trio of Fingerprinting Contracts

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has secured fingerprinting contracts in Maine, Michigan, and Florida that could yield up to $54 million in revenue over the next six years.

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?

Unlike most cornered suspects, the active, retired, or terminated cop who fights his former peers does so with a weapons cache that is wholly different from that of the usual suspects, one that comes with the experience, training, and tactical awareness unique to those who have worked in the profession.

Texas Bill Would Streamline Police Hiring of Soldiers

The Texas Legislature is now debating a bill named in honor of fallen Navy SEAL Chris Kyle that would streamline hiring of former military personnel at law enforcement agencies.

Biden: Gun Control Proposals To Come Tuesday

Vice President Joe Biden will present proposals for new gun-control regulations to President Obama by Tuesday, he told reporters Thursday.

FBI: Record Gun Sales In 2012

The FBI conducted just under 2.8 million background checks in December for those wishing to purchase firearms, which helped make 2012 a record year for gun sales.

How To Clear Social Media Hurdles

Social networking technology has changed the way we communicate with each other, both personally and professionally. Social media has also possibly established new hurdles on the job market.

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Virginia Trooper Applicants Must Allow Social Media Review

The Virginia State Police now require potential troopers to provide their social media accounts for review during an extensive background screening process. The ACLU of Virginia has decried the process as "deplorable" and akin to "asking to see someone's diary."