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Naughty and Nice: Policing During the Winter Holidays

The holidays offer myriad opportunities for officers to interact with the public in a positive and inspirational way. However, the season also holds the same perils officers face during the rest of the year—and potentially some heightened dangers due to holiday revelry and winter weather. Here's a quick recap of some of the things to watch out for.

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Maryland Officers Replace Family's Holiday Ornaments Wrecked by Vandals

Officers with the Aberdeen (MD) Police Department were not going to let vandals ruin Christmas for a family whose front yard decorations were trashed earlier this month.

Man Steals Christmas Packages as He's Released from Jail

A 20-year-old college student booked into a Washington jail for underage drinking was seen on surveillance video attempting to steal packages from beneath the Christmas tree at the department as he left the building.

California Department Posts Holiday Tips for Citizens on Social Media

The Bakersfield (CA) Police Department wants to keep "the Grinch" at bay this holiday season, and posted some safety tips for the citizens they serve on the agency's Facebook page.

Thoughts on Patrolling Your Community During the Summer Months

Memorial Day Weekend has effectively become the unofficial start to summer. So this is an excellent opportunity to offer some reminders on how to safely conduct your police business as the months get warmer and the vacationers hit the nation's highways and hotels.

A Blue Christmas

Law enforcement officers work hard during the holidays to serve, to protect, and to bring cheer to crime victims and the less fortunate.

Keeping a Holiday Gang Truce

I don't remember any of these holiday truces actually working, but like those classic holiday movies they seem to make us all feel good for the moment, even if they are works of fiction.

Ore. Holiday Mall Shooter Kills 2, Turns Gun On Self

A gunman who opened fire inside a Portland-area shopping mall killed two people and wounded a third, before turning the gun on himself on Tuesday afternoon.

USC Upgrades Security After Halloween Shooting

In the wake of last week's shooting on campus, USC on Tuesday announced a new set of heightened security measures, including visitor restrictions and mandatory identification checks on anyone seeking to enter the main campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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USC Halloween Party Shooting Leaves 4 Injured

Police arrested two suspects Wednesday for shooting four people at a Halloween party at the University of Southern California that left one in critical condition.