Police Procedure

Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which has reported 46 homicides so far this month—double the number at...
by Danica Coto, Associated Press
11:21am
1.17.2018
Occasionally, a subject will allege that he could not comply with officer commands because he was “dazed and confused” after the use of an electrical weapon. An important new study headed up by Don Dawes and Jeff Ho, published in the Journal of...
by Mark Kroll, Ph.D., FACC, FAIMBE, PoliceOne
12:03pm
1.16.2018
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Four law enforcement officers, including three sheriff's deputies, were shot and wounded after responding to a domestic call in South Carolina early Tuesday. The suspect, who was also wounded in a shootout, was identified as Christian Thomas McCall...
by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press
10:49am
1.16.2018
A new study explores relationships between law enforcement killed in the line of duty, fatal use of force incidents and social media activity related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The researchers wanted to know if, at the national level, there...
by Utah State University
11:54am
1.11.2018
A union representing New York City police officers sued the department Tuesday, saying its release of body camera footage without a court order violates a state law that makes officer disciplinary records confidential.
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
11:40am
1.9.2018
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear argument in two vehicle search cases, including one involving a rental car. The court's decision has the potential to impact, in particular, low-income Americans, a significant portion of car renters, and...
by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
10:46am
1.9.2018
Caution tape remains outside of the crime scene in a Lansingburgh neighborhood in Troy police describe as savagery.
by WNYT
11:48am
12.29.2017
After his sister was slain and his mother ran into the accused killer, out on bail, in a grocery store a week later, California billionaire Henry Nicholas became a fierce advocate for the rights of crime victims.
by Sean Murphy, Associated Press
11:16am
12.29.2017
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Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney walked back the tenor of his call earlier in the week for a "purge" at the FBI, but maintained Wednesday that the bureau should oust individuals he views as politically compromised.
by Eli Watkins, CNN
10:38am
12.28.2017
The number of murders in New York City this year is still on track to land below 300 — and the Big Apple has also seen drops in felony assaults, burglaries, robberies and car thefts, according to the NYPD.
by Gina Daldone and Shawn Cohen, New York Post
10:05am
12.28.2017
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A Kentucky home where two brothers abused dozens of children over more than two decades has been sold following its civil forfeiture, and the proceeds will benefit a local advocacy group that serves young abuse victims.
by FBI.gov
10:21am
12.27.2017
Los Angeles County is employing a unique approach to get women out of the sex trade. The program employed by the sheriff’s department aims to get handcuffs on the traffickers and the men who pay for sex while offering services to sex workers who...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
1:05pm
12.19.2017
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When communities and police work together to deter urban violence, they can achieve better outcomes with fewer resources than when each works in isolation, a simulation model created by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research...
by University of California—Davis Health System
11:07am
12.18.2017
The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings in Chicago that could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
12:00pm
12.14.2017
The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is reviewing nearly 8,000 municipal court cases from before 2014 to determine which should be thrown out, a process expected to take about six months, the attorney for the St. Louis suburb told a federal judge Tuesday.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
1:08pm
12.13.2017
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Archer Mayor is a death investigator with the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a recently retired detective of the Windham County Sheriff’s Department. He is also the author of the Joe Gunther book series, a series of police...
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9:43am
12.8.2017
A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
1:33pm
12.7.2017
The deadly suicide bombing at Manchester Arena might have been prevented if information had been handled differently, an independent review of the counter-terrorism performance by British police and intelligence services suggested Tuesday.
by Gregory Katz, Associated Press
10:43am
12.6.2017
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The interconnected world has broken down borders for economics—and crime, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech Monday, urging countries to share more crime-solving know-how and information. 
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12:10pm
12.5.2017
The number of criminal cases dropped due to allegations of police misconduct in Baltimore continues to rise, prosecutors said. The alleged misconduct includes body camera videos that appear to show officers planting evidence and a federal indictment...
by Associated Press
11:15am
12.5.2017
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The death of a Baltimore homicide detective shot in the head with his own gun two weeks ago has transformed into a feeding frenzy of speculation in a city filled with armchair sleuths and deeply suspicious views of law enforcers.
by David McFadden, Associated Press
10:53am
11.30.2017
A new study on the effects of body-worn cameras on police officers concluded that the technology is associated with significant reductions in complaints of police misconduct and police use of force incidents.
by University of Nevada, Las Vegas
10:22am
11.30.2017
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The value of Maine State Police drones came into sharp focus in the aftermath of a silo explosion that injured three people last month. State police operators used one of the newly acquired unmanned aerial vehicles to check for victims after an...
by Associated Press
9:37am
11.29.2017
A High Court judge has ordered fresh inquests into the deaths of two men who were murdered by the English serial killer Stephen Port. Their original inquests had recorded open verdicts but the court heard "new evidence" had since been uncovered.
by Daniel De Simone, BBC News
11:59am
11.28.2017
Nearly 80 surveillance cameras belonging to private citizens and businesses in Ventura County, Calif. have been instrumental in helping law enforcement solve crimes. These cameras are in Ventura and Simi Valley where the cities’ police have started...
by Megan Diskin, VC Star
11:19am
11.27.2017
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A federal investigation will look into possible civil rights violations by police in the St. Louis area in the two months since protests broke out after a white former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black suspect.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
10:53am
11.21.2017
Police officers from adjoining Detroit precincts argued with each other, shoved and even threw punches Thursday night during a raid on a suspected drug house, leaving two cops injured, an investigation under way and a black eye on the department.
by Elisha Anderso, Detroit Free Press (USA Today Network)
1:19pm
11.16.2017
The maker of Tasers said Monday that at least 15 people have caught fire, and five have died, after being stunned while near flammable materials, similar to an Oklahoma man who was burned beyond recognition after he was shocked and reportedly got...
by Ken Miller, Associated Press
11:58am
11.14.2017
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Technical legalese and casual slang collided in a Louisiana Supreme Court case last month, when the court ruled that a defendant who asked police “why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog” did not invoke his right to counsel.
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1:34pm
11.6.2017
A forensic pathologist testified Friday he doesn’t believe a seatbelt would have prevented the fatal injury to a black man being transported in a Baltimore police van after his arrest. But a police department lawyer who says the van driver should be...
by Brian Witte, Associated Press
1:16pm
11.6.2017
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Drones are fast becoming an essential tool for more law enforcement agencies, changing how officers carry out everyday tasks and bringing air surveillance to departments with limited budgets. But there are obstacles to overcome before drones can...
by John Seewer, Associated Press
10:13am
11.3.2017
A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released Monday. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.
by Federal Bureau of Investigation
12:09pm
10.19.2017
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A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials...
by Dave Collins, Associated Press
10:36am
10.16.2017
A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.
by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press
12:18pm
10.11.2017
IBM Corp. has sold its Coplink business, a suite of sophisticated data-analysis software for law enforcement agencies developed at the University of Arizona, to a California-based company.
by David Wichner, Arizona Daily Star
10:18am
10.6.2017
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A reduction in the systematic and aggressive enforcement of minor violations by police may reduce major crime complaints, suggests a paper published this week in Nature Human Behaviour. This finding challenges conventional thoughts on the...
by Louisiana State University
11:59am
9.27.2017
The Department of Justice will roll back some Obama-era oversight on local police departments, according to an announcement on Friday. The Collaborative Reform Initiative of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office) will be...
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11:57am
9.18.2017
A judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of murder in the 2011 killing of a black drug suspect, a decision that could spark protests with National Guard troops on standby.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
11:07am
9.15.2017
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Police released bodycam footage Thursday showing the tense buildup to the fatal shooting of a man holding a knife and what turned out to be a fake gun, though the cameras didn't capture a clear picture of the moment when officers opened fire. It was...
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
9:55am
9.15.2017
The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won't bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests...
by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press
9:13am
9.13.2017
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