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Missing 83-Year-Old Man Found by 8-Year-Old Member of Search Party

An 83-year-old man who went missing was located by an 8-year-old boy who heeded the call from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for help in finding the at-risk man.

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2 Ways to Harden Soft Targets Like Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques

It's time to make it significantly more difficult for an armed assailant to commit mass murder in "soft targets."

North Carolina Agency's Civilian Active Shooter Training Fills Up in 2 Hours

Citizens interested in learning about how to respond to an active shooter in their community were given the opportunity to attend a class presented by the Clayton (NC) Police Department, and registrations for the class filled up in two hours.

Volunteer Radio Operators Help Washington Police at Lighting Ceremony

Officers with the Blaine (WA) Police Department will have special assistance from a group of trained and FCC-licensed radio operators when that small town on the Canadian border hosts its Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the first Saturday of December.

How Citizen Volunteers and Reserve Officers Can Strengthen Policing

A well-managed reserve officer program can enhance an agency's ability to serve the community and to better connect with the community—the key words being "well-managed."

Video: Ohio Officer, Good Samaritan Pull Man from Burning Vehicle

An officer with the Canton (OH) Police Department was assisted by a good Samaritan in pulling a man from a burning vehicle that had crashed into a residence.

Why Citizens Academies are Good for Policing ...and How to Stand One Up

A Citizens Police Academy has the potential—when well planned and well executed—to positively impact police-community relations. Here are a couple of observations I've had in attending a handful of CPAs.

Good Samaritans Pull Injured Alabama Officer from Burning Squad Car

Four civilians rushed to the aid of an officer with the Sylacauga (AL) Police Department who was trapped inside a burning patrol vehicle late last week.

Illinois Officer, Good Samaritan Pull Driver from Burning Overturned Vehicle

An officer with the McHenry (IL) Police Department was joined by a Good Samaritan and they pulled a man from a burning vehicle on Friday night.

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New York Officer, 2 Good Samaritans Save Man from Burning Home

A retired officer with the NYPD was joined by two other individuals in saving a wheelchair-bound man from a burning home in the town of Babylon on Long Island on Wednesday afternoon.