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In a recent case, the court reviews police use of force on a compliant subject over the course of a traffic stop
The court determines the permissibility of a warrant that allowed for the search of a cloud account with no time limitation
Under Elizabeth PD Chief Giacommo Sacca’s leadership, the department has embraced the vital role of accreditation in modern policing
“She set free a predator back into the community, who may be on your next train, or walking the streets of our city, looking for his next victim,” Chief of Patrol John Chell said
The Texas law, known as Senate Bill 4, was set to take effect March 5; the state is expected to appeal the ruling
Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff ruled that the LAPD had legal grounds to demand vaccine compliance, but it violated officers’ rights to a hearing before firing
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez stated that the prohibition, which has an exemption for police officers and state-certified security guards, “unconstitutionally infringes the Second Amendment rights of American citizens”
Most body camera footage must be available to the public under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act; police chiefs and politicians are examining ways to protect citizens from exploitation without compromising accountability
“California has experienced 96 school shootings between 2018 and 2023. If we want to get serious about preventing school shootings ... we need good guys, and girls, with guns, ready to act,” Assemblyman Bill Essayli said
Judge Ellen Ceisler wrote that Philadelphia’s ordinance does not regulate “firearms,” but rather“ merely prohibits the conversion of unfinished frames or receivers into firearms
Bills introduced in the House and Senate would expand police officers’ immunity from civil liability and roll back prison system reforms enacted under previous Gov. John Bel Edwards’s administration
The bill aims to clarify the confusion surrounding a 2023 state law that put new restrictions on officers’ use of prone restraints on students in schools
Will your recording have a soundtrack? If so, what does that soundtrack say about you as a person and as a police officer?
How law enforcement agencies from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska are joining forces to address critical public safety issues and advocate for meaningful legislative reform
Tune in for tomorrow’s all-new episode, where host Jim Dudley talks with Brian Marvel about the formation of the West Coast Law Enforcement Coalition
The officers say personal information about where they live and family information fell into the hands of criminals who used data brokers to access the information
Mental Health
“We are against the wall,” said Chief John Clair, an Army veteran who sometimes shuttles patients himself, and did so last month on a nearly 15-hour round trip to a hospital on the other side of the state
The Supreme Court isn’t as anxious to reinforce the doctrine of qualified immunity as some critics claim
The protests drew a 230-day response that involved 178 agencies, resulted in 761 arrests and required a four-day cleanup of the camp and 600 bins to remove 9.8 million pounds of trash
K-9
Supporters of the tougher penalties argue that the animals are vital to protecting the public and are like family both to the officers who work with them and their relatives
Known as SB 4, the Texas state law makes it a misdemeanor to cross the international border without authorization and authorizes police officers to carry out immigration enforcement
The court decides whether to grant law enforcement officers qualified immunity for failure to render medical care following an overdose
Jennifer Crumbley was grossly negligent for not informing the school about the family’s firearms, including a 9 mm handgun her son used at a shooting range days before the deadly attack, prosecutors say
Law enforcement officials argue that deception is not coercion and taking away this tactic decreases their effectiveness in convicting people and solving cases
“We hear from law enforcement that [quotas take] them out of their neighborhoods, it takes them out of doing their most important job and that is to protect public safety,” one of the bill’s sponsor’s stated
Cellphone carriers are now required to send first responders based on the location of the caller, rather than the nearest cell tower
Should the House pass the legislation, the law would require bail for misdemeanors including second reckless driving or criminal trespass offenses and any misdemeanor battery
The bill would prevent officers from pulling over motorists for reasons such as driving with an expired registration sticker, various equipment failures and driving without a seat belt
Mental Health
“In times of need, we want to do everything we can to protect those in crisis and get them timely help and health,” Gov. Phil Murphy said