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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.

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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.

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.

Number of Canadian Police Officers Falls to 10-Year Low

The number of police officers in Canada has fallen to a 10-year low, with 68,562 officers nationwide in 2018—463 fewer than a year earlier.

Virginia Department Loosens Rules on Beards and Tattoos

The Norfolk (VA) Police Department announced on Monday that it is ending its restrictions on full facial hair and visible tattoos.

Addressing the "Hiring Crisis" in Law Enforcement

Investments in Explorer programs, Police Athletic Leagues, Teen Cadet Academies, summer internship programs, and other initiatives that benefit kids can pay untold dividends down the road.

PERF Report: Policing Profession Facing a Hiring Crisis

The Police Executive Research Forum recently released a report saying that the police profession is in a hiring crisis.

Colorado City Removes Citizenship Requirement for First Responders

The civil service authority in Aurora, CO, has changed its policy, making citizenship no longer a requirement to work for that city's police and fire departments.

Dallas PD Welcomes Largest Academy Class Ever

While agencies across the United States struggle to attract qualified recruit candidates, the Dallas Police Department welcomed 82 new recruits on Wednesday—the largest recruiting class in the department's storied history.

Seattle Police Seek to Bolster Recruitment and Retention with $1.6M Plan

Incentives to keep officers from leaving will include striking unsubstantiated complaints from personnel records in a "clear my card" program.