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Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

The blowback on Facebook against Starbucks was especially vitriolic, leading an outside observer to conclude that mistreatment of law enforcement officers in the company's stores is a pervasive problem (spoiler alert: it's not).

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North Carolina K-9 Spooked by Fireworks on July Fourth Found Safe

A North Carolina K-9 that was spooked by fireworks on Independence Day has been found safe.

Officer Rescues Kitten at Scene of Traffic Collision, Decides to Adopt Her

An officer with the Gaffney (SC) Police Department was working the scene of a traffic collision when she heard a tiny little "meow." She shone her flashlight around and discovered a small grey kitten.

More than 70 Philadelphia Officers Placed on Desk Duty Following Facebook Posts

More than 70 officers with the Philadelphia Police Department have been placed on desk duty while the agency conducts an internal investigation into hundreds of officers' social media posts.

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.

New Hampshire Officer Challenges Addict: Get Sober and Play Golf

Officer Justin Maguire had taken Mark Yphantis into custody at least four times before deciding that he could use a different tactic to get the man back on track and living a sober life.

3 Keys to Financial Wellness for Police Officers

Jason Hoschouer—when he's not out on motor patrol in the San Francisco Bay Area—helps fellow LEOs with financial coaching. He's also written a book on the subject called "Badges & Budgets." Here is some of the wisdom he shares with his clients.

Ohio Man Arrested for Shooting Off-Duty Officer and Son While Hunting

According to WCPO-TV, 52-year-old Daniel Brockmann and his 15-year-old son were shot with buckshot or birdshot. They were transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated and released.

The First Line Behind the Front Line: Effects of a Line-of-Duty Death on Spouses

Being in relationship or married to a police officer makes you the first line of support. When spouses accept this role they know it comes with some sacrifices, but what they often don't realize is their well-being may not be considered by friends, family members, or even the agency.

Virginia Officer Wants Mattel to Bring Back Police Barbie Doll

Virginia Beach homicide detective Angela Murphy wanted to get a crime-fighting Barbie doll for her 6-year-old daughter, but discovered that the toy company no longer makes this version of the iconic toy.