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Washington Department Closes 2 Substations Amid Virus Scare

The Bellevue (WA) Police Department has closed two substations to limit contact with the public amid the outbreak of COVID-19—also known as the coronavirus—in the Seattle area.

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Ohio Chief Bans Load-Bearing Vests for Officers

The chief of police for the Toledo Police Department has banned officers from wearing load-bearing vests that have been credited by many with relieving back pain associated with wearing duty belts that carry an officer's duty gear.

LAPD Needs More Money to Protect Officers from Communicable Diseases

In 2018 and 2019 a number of LAPD officers and city workers reported they'd been exposed to infectious diseases, including typhus, salmonella, and MRSA. Most of the reports were made at the Central Area police station in downtown LA.

Texas Officers who Suffer Off-Duty Heart Attacks and Their Survivors Now Eligible for Benefits

As of Sept. 1, working law enforcement officers in Texas who have heart attacks off duty or on duty will be considered to have had their medical events in the line of duty and be eligible for state and federal line-of-duty benefits.

Video: Injured Veteran Texas Officer Fights City for Recovery Pay

Over three years since suffering a life-changing back injury on duty, Fort Worth Police Officer Kellie Whitehead is fighting with the city to be paid during her recovery following surgery.

Senate Passes Bill Ensuring Funding for 9/11 Victims' Support

The United States Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to ensure that the fund to compensate victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks remain funded through 2092, effectively making the federal financial support permanent for those affected by the event.

House Committee Passes Bill Extending Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Following Tuesday's emotional testimony by cancer-stricken 9/11 first responders and comedian Jon Stewart, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to extend funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

Senate Unanimously Passes Grassley-Gillibrand Bill to Aid Officers Disabled in Line of Duty

The United States Senate has unanimously passed legislation authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to improve access to assistance for first responders permanently disabled in the line of duty.

NYC to Offer Unlimited Sick Leave to City Employees With 9/11-Related Illnesses

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has agreed to provide unlimited sick leave to city employees who have 9/11-related illnesses.

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Washington Agency to Add Suppressors to Patrol Rifles

Citing concerns over possible hearing loss for officers and civilians alike, the Spokane (WA) Police Department is putting suppressors on all of the department's 181 patrol rifles.

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