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Berkeley Police Face Staffing Crisis as Police Exit California City

Many officers say BPD is a very different place today than it once was. Those who left did so for a variety of reasons, but themes that emerged included the lack of political and community support; inadequate staffing, with days off denied and forced overtime; heavy caseloads for investigators; shrinking chances for special assignments; and sinking morale. Many who are still at BPD have expressed similar grievances.

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Equilibrium

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

It is tough to have effective training when the troops are not receptive to the message.

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Application Rate for Jobs at U.S. Agencies Plummets

“There’s an increased potential for officers to be criminally liable for making a good-faith mistake,” said Terry Sult, the police chief in Hampton, Va. “We’re seeing a lot more media coverage of officers being prosecuted, and that weighs heavily on a lot of officers' hearts. ... That’s a stressor on whether I want to stay in this position or not.”

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Training K-9 Bomb Hunters Gallery

Experts say it's one thing for a dog to find planted explosives in a building, which are giving...

North Carolina-based company K2 Solutions has trademarked its Person-Borne Explosives Detection Dogs. The term means the dog can detect explosives being carried on the body of a moving person. Click through to see these K-9s at work. To find out more about K2 Solutions' Person-Borne Explosive Detection Dogs, read "Training the BombHunters."

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NRA Multi-State Regional Police Competition to be Held in Texas Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Known by the initials TPC, the NRA’s Tactical Police Competition program was created to provide law enforcement agencies and their officers a cost effective way to expand their training opportunities in preparation for today’s challenging environment where officers must make split-second lifesaving decisions when dealing with violent situations in order to protect the communities they serve, the NRA says.