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New Jersey Department Changes Grooming Standards in Recruiting Effort

The Camden County (NJ) Police Department—in an effort to boost recruiting—has adopted new grooming and appearance standards for its police officers.

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South Carolina May Prohibit Untrained Police Recruits from Patrolling Alone

Currently, officers with no prior training can patrol by themselves in their first year on the job. This policy has been around for decades because of the long wait times for academy training and the need for officers in some small towns.

Teaching Control Tactics with Jiu Jitsu

Why the Marietta (GA) Police Department made Brazilian jiu jitsu training mandatory.

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.

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.

Ohio Bill Would Mandate Officer Training on Contacts with People with Dementia

New recruits would get at least two hours of instruction on how to interact with dementia patients in peace officer training school, under a bipartisan, newly introduced Ohio House bill.

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.

Newly Sworn Officer Proposes to Girlfriend Following Ceremony

Immediately following the swearing-in ceremony for a new batch of officers with the Myrtle Beach (SC) Police Department the last officer to take the oath of service and had his badge pinned to his chest turned to his girlfriend, got on one knee, and proposed marriage.

Virginia Recruit Sheds Nearly 200 Pounds to Become Police Officer

One of the graduates of the 120th Basic Recruit Class for the Richmond (VA) Police Department overcame a personal challenge in addition to the rigors of the training and learning he underwent alongside his classmates. He dropped nearly 200 pounds.

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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.