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SC City Honors African-American Officer's 1870 Duty Death

The Charleston Police Department joined local community members and political leaders to honor the memory of Private Thomas Martin—who was killed in the line of duty in July 1870.

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Marine Pilot Who Helped Stop 1973 Active Shooter Incident Dies at 84

A decorated Marine pilot who was at the controls of a helicopter that enabled Louisiana police to stop the gunfire of an active shooter on the roof of a New Orleans hotel in 1973 has died at the age of 84-years-old.

New Museum Honors History of Texas Police Department

The Tyler (TX) Police Department is the subject of a new museum that opened to the public on Monday.

Georgia Woman Finds Nearly 100-Year-Old Police Badge, Gives It to Agency

White, who recently published his history of the Gainesville Police, learned of the short-lived Hall County Police during his research. Working as a supplement to the sheriff’s office in a growing county, Hall County Police only existed between April 1920 and April 1922.

Georgia Department Honors its First African-American Officer

One of what has been come to be known as "The Original Nine"—the first group of black men to have been sworn in after graduating the academy—Lieutenant John White was praised at the ceremony for blazing a trail for other black officers in the United States.

NLEOMF Set to Open Doors to National Law Enforcement Museum

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is preparing to welcome visitors to its new museum dedicated to law enforcement history on Saturday, October 13.

Learning from the Past

By studying the threats faced by officers years ago, today's police can prepare themselves for what they might face and develop the tactics, the training, and the mindset to prevail.

People of Probity

Modern law enforcement officers uphold a longheld tradition of protecting citizens and preserving freedom.

The Evolution of Duty Gear

While the Sam Browne system is a part of our traditions and other duty gear incarnations served us well in the past, the updated versions are more practical in modern policing.

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How Miranda Became a Household Name

Ernesto Miranda's story began over a dozen years before his untimely death in the downtown skid row section of Phoenix, AZ, only a few blocks from where his story ended. It is presented here by the police officer who made the investigation and arrest, and took the confession later ruled inadmissible as evidence by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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