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Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Crowd Control Unit

The Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Rapid Response Team was established with three squads of officers, plus supervisors and logistics support. Now it totals 40 officers, all trained in the latest crowd control techniques developed by FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

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Vt. Police Fleet Destroyed In Fire

The Norwich (Vt.) Police Department's fleet of three cruisers was destroyed when a fire engulfed the vehicles on Thanksgiving Day.

7 Tips for Handling the Unusual Call

If it is true that fortune favors the prepared, then it makes sense for law enforcement to have as much prior contingency planning in place as possible. There are several things patrol personnel can do in the absence of otherwise readily available protocol.

FBI: Sikh Temple Shooter's Motive Unclear

Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said the mass shooting is being treated as an incident of domestic terrorism. But FBI representatives later backed away from that categorization, saying they were still investigating motive.

Utah Agency Adopts Spillman for Data Sharing

The Provo (Utah) Police Department has joined a shared software system from Spillman Technologies, allowing them to exchange law records, images, and other data with 20 Utah county agencies, according to the company.

Chicago Police Take Down Two West-Side Gangs

Chicago Police officers have arrested 45 gang members on the city's West Side in a joint city-federal operation, recovering $1.6 million in narcotics and eight firearms. The operation targeted the most violent members of the Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Selects Motorola for $39M Radio Project

Motorola Solutions was chosen to implement the first phase of a statewide radio system in Tennessee that would bring new capabilities to state troopers and improved mutual aid coordination, according to officials.

Urban Shield 2011: Enhancing Mutual Aid

When a law enforcement agency calls for mutual aid help in northern California, arriving responders are usually on the same page, due to their participation in tactical training at Urban Shield.

Ohio Rampage: How 5 Agencies Responded

Five Ohio law enforcement agencies responded and began processing four crime scenes tied to a rampage shooting that left eight people dead on Sunday. Copley Township Police Chief Michael Mier led the coordinated effort to set up a perimeter, secure crime scenes and collect evidence.

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Mo. Officer Struck by Lightning In Medically Induced Coma

Riverside (Mo.) Police Officer Jeff Taylor has been induced into a medical coma in the intensive care unit of a Springfield, Mo., hospital, as he struggles to recover from being struck by lightning.