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W.Va. State Police Faces Trooper Shortage

West Virginia State Police officials say the agency needs more troopers, particularly minority officers.

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Pregnancy and Policing

Once an officer shows her pregnancy physically, most officers agree she should take a light-duty job. The pregnancy adds stress to other patrol officers because they worry about her health and the baby's health. And she must deal with the perception that she looks more vulnerable.

NYPD Hearing Aid Ban Forces Out Veteran Officers

In 2009, the department began enforcing a ban on hearing devices. The NYPD is no longer hiring applicants who can't pass a basic hearing test. Older officers were forced to retire and younger officers were asked to remove the devices.

Panel on Pregnant Police Officers' Rights to be Held in Washington

American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., will hold a conference on pregnancy and policing Mar. 18. The panel will debate whether police departments must accommodate pregnant police officers under civil rights statutes.

Florida Agencies Report More Female LEOs

The Panama City Police Department and Bay County Sheriff's Office now count 10% of its force as female sworn officers, WMBB.com reports.

Charleston PD Recruits Blacks and Women Using Social Media

The Charleston (W. Va.) Police Department has begun using social networking websites such as Twitter and MySpace as venues to recruit more black and female officers, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Sexual Harassment Isn't As Prevalent Today

POLICE Magazine asked a few of our female officer bloggers whether they have ever experienced sexual harassment on the job, and to explain how they handled it. Sgt. Diana Drummey gives her perspective.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Prioritizes Female Hiring

In an effort to provide more opportunity for qualified female deputies and comply with a consent decree that arose out of a 1980 sexual discrimination lawsuit, the department is stepping up its efforts to recruit more women.

LAPD SWAT Trainee Would Be First Female In Unit

A highly regarded female police officer has been accepted into the training program for the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first woman officer to join the elite, insular group since its formation.

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The State of American Law Enforcement - The Blue Mosaic

Who becomes a cop? Who are the men and women that comprise the ranks of a profession where they can be killed for no reason other than the fact that they are cops?

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