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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.

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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.

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.

Trends in Training: Police Innovate While Critics Irritate

A criminal justice professor at Texas Christian University believes that police training is to blame for the death of Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot and killed by former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean late last week. Here's why he's leaped prematurely to a conclusion.

Several Louisiana Cadets Injured in Alleged Hazing Incident

As many as 12 cadets attending the Louisiana State Police Academy were reportedly injured—including cuts, bruises, a broken nose, and a fractured arm—as part of a punishment at the training academy earlier in October.

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.

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.

Florida Recruit Dies During Training

The recruit—identified as 43-year-old Tony Alexander Cephas—was taking a water break with his fellow recruits when an instructor observed that something was wrong. Cephas was transported to a nearby hospital where he subsequently died.

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New Oregon Police Recruits Failing Probation at High Rate

Portland, OR, police are struggling to fill officer vacancies as recruits wash out during probation at about double the rate they have in the past

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