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Off-Duty Missouri Officer Opens Fire on Intruder in his Home

An off-duty officer with the Kansas City (MO) Police Department reportedly responded to the sound of an intruder in his home and opened fire on the suspect.

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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.

Virginia Police Department Suffers Significant Data Breach

As many as 500 employees—both sworn and civilian—of the Fairfax County Police Department may have had their personal information stolen in a substantial security breach detected late last week.

Policing When It's Freezing

Officers working in some of the coldest parts of the country need the right equipment and tactics to cope with the cold.

North Carolina Agency Implements "Written Consent" Policy, Limiting Search Powers

A police advocacy group, the N.C. Police Benevolent Association, opposes the proposed policy, saying it should include a way for officers to bypass the written requirement if it is not safe or practical. The group would continue to oppose the practice, which isn't backed by law, said PBA President John Midgette.

Policing On Halloween: Balancing Safety and Fantasy

Let's review some of the things that make patrolling on the final day of October unlike any other day of the year.

Five Essentials to an Effective Arrest

Officers should follow the practices of S2P3: situational awareness, self-control, presence, positioning, and prevention.

Looking Back: Bad Habits, Cuffing, and Use of Force

In past October issues of POLICE we've covered officer safety on various levels, including how lazy tactics can get you hurt, how to secure subjects properly, and how to protect yourself from lawsuits over use of force.

Code 3 and HAAS Alert Announce Connected Solution to Enhance Officer Safety

"HAAS Alert’s collision prevention technology paired with Code 3’s lineup of reliable lighting and safety solutions–including its flagship Matrix system–sends digital alerts that warn drivers of nearby public safety vehicles responding to an emergency," the company says.

My Technology Can…Reduce Ticket Writing Time

Tyler Technologies' Brazos eCitation solution can speed up traffic stops, making officers safer and more efficient.