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Biden Promises Police Reform in Campaign Speech, Suggests Officers Shoot for the Legs

The former vice president pointed to several bills he said Congress could pass right away to address "police brutality," including legislation that would outlaw chokeholds, limit the transfer of “weapons of war” to police departments, and create a new oversight and accountability model for use of force within police departments.

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Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Police Press Forward

This is going to get worse—far, far worse—before it's going to get better, but contrary to what many in the mainstream media would have you believe, the world is not ending. We are going to get through this—the question is, "When?"

2 New Hampshire Departments to Adopt Body Cameras

In New Hampshire, the Barrington Police Department and Dover Police Department are growing closer to adopting the use of body cameras.

New York State Police to Begin Pilot Body Camera Program

An undisclosed number of troopers with the New York State Police will soon be wearing body cameras in a recently announced pilot program to investigate their effectiveness and their impact.

[Webinar] 5 Key Ways to Reduce Liability Risks

Police Magazine is hosting a free webinar Jan. 30 to explain how police departments can work to reduce liability risks and protect themselves.

Louisiana Department Changes Policy, Allowing "Neatly Trimmed" Facial Hair

Officers with the Slidell (LA) Police Department will now be allowed to sport a beard in uniform.

Alabama Sheriff Amends Policy, Allowing Deputies to Drive to Church in Patrol Vehicles

Sheriff Rick Singleton has amended the policy of the Lauderdale County (AL) Sheriff's Office regarding off-duty use of agency vehicles, now allowing deputies to drive to church in their squad cars.

Atlanta Police Implements "No Pursuit" Policy, Effective Immediately

Officers with the Atlanta (GA) Police Department will not be allowed to engage in a vehicle pursuit after Chief Erika Shields sent a letter to her personnel stating that the agency is implementing a "no pursuit" policy effective immediately.

Oregon Supreme Court Places Limits on Police Questions at Traffic Stops

The Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision late last week that places restrictions on officers' ability to question occupants of vehicles at traffic stops.

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California Legislature Passes Bill on De-Escalation, Use of Force Policies

If the bill becomes law, police agencies would have to adhere to statewide requirements that officers be instructed in ways to de-escalate confrontations. Officers would also be required to receive training in dealing with individuals who are homeless, mentally ill, in distress, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.