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The Lighthouse: Cops Are a Beacon for American Kids

Cops have a truly unique opportunity to be the lighthouse that guides little ships—our children—giving them immediate safety, guiding them to future security, and finding them safe harbor.

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Small Indiana Department Seeks to Double Number of Sworn Officers

A small town of just less than 4,000 citizens northeast of Indianapolis is seeking to double the number of sworn police officers in coming months.

Kansas Agency Sees Record Number of Women in Latest Recruit Class

The Wichita (KS) Police Department has a total of 12 female recruits in its latest academy class—the most women ever in a single recruiting round—up from eight women in last year's batch of would-be WPD officers.

The De-Policing Crisis

Even after lowering the hiring standards, many agencies can't fill their ranks. In some cities it's common for detectives and other plainclothes personnel to be sent out in uniform on patrol. In some jurisdictions it's not unusual for patrol units to field 50% of their allocated officers because they just don't have enough people to do the job.

Houston PD Policy Will Allow Officers to Grow Beards

Two years after loosening up the department's tattoo regulations, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that officers will be allowed to grow beards.

San Diego Police Department Offering Home Loans as Hiring Incentives

The San Diego Police Department wants first-time home-buyers to join the ranks of its sworn officers, and is willing to loan those individuals $50,000 to help them settle in the Southern California city.

California Agency Waives College Requirement for Veteran Recruits

The Sacramento Police Department has waived the requirement for a college degree for recruits who are veterans of the United States military.

Why American Military Veterans Make Great Police Officers

Veterans of America's military tend to make excellent police officers—they have baked into their very being a commitment to service, an unusually high level of discipline, an understanding of chain-of-command, and other qualities that police officers also share.

Illinois Department Fully Staffed for First Time in 20 Years

The Sterling (IL) Police Department is fully staffed for the first time in two decades.

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Illinois State Police to Discontinue Bachelor's Degree Requirement

The Illinois State Police announced this month that the agency would no longer require a four-year degree for applicants.