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Rural Law Enforcement

In the Rural Law Enforcement section you’ll find news reports and expert articles about what it means to be a police officer in rural America.

Small-town police departments turn to grant funds to address the challenges of limited resources, personnel shortages and technology gaps
National Park Service officers play a crucial role in protecting the park’s unique ecosystem and ensuring the safety of its visitors
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The money is intended to go toward salaries for sheriffs and deputies, as well as boost recruitment and retention efforts
This new program helps people in small places who have a big idea shape that concept into something concrete – and they want more cops and corrections on board
Inspired by a simple care package for a deployed Marine, Aaron Negherbon has created a lifeline for under-resourced police departments
“It’s time for me to hang it up, so I won’t run again,” said Sheriff Cullen Talton, who was first elected in 1972
How to integrate existing technology, hire and train personnel, overcome budget challenges and educate the community
Dr. David P. Weber, who blew the whistle on misconduct in the Bernie Madoff and R. Allen Stanford cases, is using a $2.6M grant to oversee interns investigating fraudsters preying on the elderly
The sedan had a large hole in the roof, allowing a bull named “Howdy Doody” to emerge from the top
Law enforcement offices that serve rural counties can receive funds to raise pay, hire new officers and buy new equipment
The seasoned officer is an endangered species, and the decisions that displaced gray hair catalyzed the brain drain threatening the future of policing in the U.S.
When it comes to managing the violence visited on rural officers, we have to refuse to accept the way things have always been done
While everyone is acutely aware of the risks necessitating court security and the liability implications of security failures, actual progress toward security remains highly variable
I don’t think I have ever met anyone else so internally motivated by the call to serve others
While rural officers are strained by the same stressors as officers in the cities, they are less unhappy about it
The FREE program has promise as a strategy for reducing vehicle crashes, particularly those stemming from dangerous driving behaviors
“The fact we’re barely five months into the year is beyond alarming,” Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association said
If we won’t acknowledge the risks rural officers face, and make sure they have a chance against them, then honoring their sacrifices with ceremony rings hollow
There is no magical system that kicks in to take care of officers hurt on the job — and that needs to change
There were 87 vacant positions in the agency as of January, which means the department is understaffed by 25%
It’s time to recognize the changes wrought by critical incidents in remote places
The Willard Police Department offers a template for community outreach and engagement
The plight of two LE professionals who both died of duty-related melanomas highlights the inequities in workplace protections afforded to those who protect both humans and our natural resources
If signed into law, it would provide $60 million in grants each year to “smaller” law enforcement agencies, from 2023 to 2027
While the Small and Rural Law Enforcement Executive Association is the new kid on the block, its ranks are building fast
A drone operator located the man, clad in body armor, in the woods as he approached threatened to shoot law enforcement officers
A court rules that an officer was justified in handcuffing a subject during a detector dog sniff