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Body-Worn Police Cameras Growing in Popularity

Police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the country are experimenting with, or at least considering, the use of body-worn cameras for their officers. The Orlando Police Department is teaming with the University of South Florida (USF) to conduct a yearlong study using on-body cameras. The study will evaluate and compare police interactions with civilians that occur with and without camer ...

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Former NY Police, Firefighters Accused in Disability Fraud

Authorities in New York have charged 106 people – many of them former police officers and firefighters – with perpetrating a $400 million fraud against the Social Security disability system. Local, state and federal investigators said the scam began in January 1988 and proceeded under the guidance of four men: Raymond Lavallee, 83, a former FBI agent and prosecutor; Thomas Hale, 89; Joseph Esposito, 64, a r ...

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California Set to Hire 7,000 Correctional Officers

Faced with prison overcrowding and high retirement rates, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation recently announced plans to hire about 7,000 correctional officers within the next three years. Entry-level corrections officers can earn almost $3,800 a month, excluding overtime, according to the department’s website. Potential duty assignments include housing units, tower watch and transp ...

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FBI: Fewer Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Line of Duty

Ninety-five law enforcement officers were killed and nearly 15,000 injured in the line of duty nationwide during 2012, according to a new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Of the officers killed, 48 died as a result of criminal acts and 47 in accidents. The number of local, state, campus, tribal and federal officers killed by assailants last year was down significantly from the 72 death ...

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App Puts Criminal Justice Information at Officers’ Fingertips

A smartphone app recently introduced in California is giving law enforcement officers instant access to vital details about suspects, as well as a host of other criminal justice databases, according to the state’s Attorney General’s office. The JusticeMobile app is now available to law enforcement officers across the state. The San Francisco Police Department had 600 officers test the software over five mon ...

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Program Trains Veterans to Combat Online Child Exploitation

Several organizations have teamed up to train wounded and disabled military veterans to help law enforcement agencies investigate online child pornography and child exploitation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative Child Rescue Corps, or HERO Corps, in September 2013. The agency’s Homeland Security Investigations division partnered with the Depart ...

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Study: 13% of Americans Sought Police Assistance

About 31 million Americans over the age of 15 requested police assistance at least once in 2011, according to a new study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). That equates to roughly 13% of the population, a majority of whom also said they believe police behaved appropriately in their encounters. More than 90% of people who requested police assistance in 2011 said the officers spent adequate time ...

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New Jersey Law Protects Police K-9s

By: Todd Leskanic Individuals who threaten police animals in New Jersey will now face harsher punishments thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. Dubbed “Dano and Vader’s Law” after two of the state’s most successful police dogs, the legislation makes it a crime to threaten “to kill, maim, or otherwise inflict harm upon a dog, horse, or other animal owned or used by a law enforceme ...

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