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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.

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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.

Low-Cost Training Options for Smaller Agencies

A small town with a limited public safety budget can't be expected to operate at the same level as a major metropolitan department with a budget in the millions, right? This assumption may no longer be true.

Can Mumbai Come to America?

The failure of any law enforcement agency to equip and train its personnel, and help its officers prepare to manage a large-scale terror or active shooter event is a recipe for failure.

Ill. Officer Dies After Training Exercise

A veteran Wheeling (Ill.) Police officer died Saturday, two days after she became ill during a department training session. Shamekia Goodwin-Badger, 33, was an Iraq War veteran who served with the Wheeling PD for five years.

Brief Your Force About New Special Units

Police departments are not powered by electricity or petroleum; they run off rumor and innuendo. If you start something new and don't tell anyone, the rumor mill will create its job description.

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Ala. Handler Forced to Kill K-9 Who Attacked Him

A Hanceville (Ala.) Police K-9 handler shot and killed his canine companion late last month after the dog attacked him and began biting his head.