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Family Tree DNA can trade privacy to catch criminals

One of the growing number of home DNA kit providers - Family Tree DNA - is to survey users to see if it can share genetic data to aid law enforcement in tracking down criminals.

Google proposes framework to let governments access overseas data

Google has put forth a proposal to overhaul the laws surrounding the access of data held in overseas datacentres to aid criminal investigations. The company wants to pioneer a new legal framework that helps prosecutors while preserving personal privacy.

Food sabotage possible in recall of chicken products

Cold Spring, Minnesota-based GNP Company recalled approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products late Saturday afternoon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Justice Department sues city of Ferguson to push police reform

Ferguson - The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, because the City Council tried to amend a deal with the DOJ that would have enacted changes in its policing and court practices.

Arizona senate bill would restrict recording of police activity

Phoenix - Arizon State Senator John Kavanagh introduced a bill which would make it illegal to make a video recording of law enforcement activity within 20 feet without the officers' permission.

Why local law enforcement matters Special

Each year, law enforcement officers come under fire. They are assaulted. They are killed. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports that “on average,

Senior prank prompts evacuation, lands two behind bars

Troutman - A high school in North Carolina was evacuated Tuesday as the result of a senior prank which prompted a bomb search, police say. Two students were arrested in connection with the incident.

Obama administration brings national race conversation to Calif.

Oakland - The sometimes raucous national debate on race relations and the police returns to center stage Thursday in Oakland, Calif., when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder meets with community and law enforcement leaders.

Rob Ford's cancerous tumor has shrunk by more than half

Since Rob Ford was diagnosed and began treatment for a rare stomach cancer his tumor had not shrunk despite four rounds of chemotherapy. Until now. Latest tests indicate that during the current round, his fifth, the tumor has shrunk, and considerably.

Canada's High Court upholds officers' warrantless cell searches

Ottawa - In a narrow ruling, The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld warrantless searches of suspects' cell phones by police officers.

New limits on racial profiling released by Department of Justice

Washington D.c. - Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts to have the new limits on racial profiling to be finally pushed through are the result of an expansion of the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies originally put in place in 2003

Father and son killed in line of duty exactly 26 years apart

Roseville - When Deputy Michael Davis Jr. took the oath to serve and protect his community, neither he nor his family and friends could have anticipated that he would be killed in the line of duty exactly 26 years after his father.

Fake cop had large weapons stash, 3 bogus cruisers, police say

Akron - An Ohio man has been jailed on more than 50 charges, alleging he stockpiled weapons and law enforcement vehicles in an effort to impersonate police and sheriff's deputies.

Op-Ed: The Secret Service needs to get its A-game back

Washington D.c. - An intruder actually makes it inside the White House. After a tough past year that has included sex scandals and public drunkenness, the vaunted U.S. Secret Service faces yet another PR black eye. It's time for the USSS to get its A-game back.

Man jailed for being apparent domestic violence victim

Aliquippa - A Pennsylvania man has been been arrested by local police for being the apparent victim, not perpetrator, of domestic violence.

'Skateboard Cop' turns heads, bridges gap between communty, cops

Green Bay - A Green Bay police officer is turning heads and gaining stares as he patrols neighborhoods in a rather unique manner, riding a skateboard equiped with emergency lights.

Op-Ed: Despite rage, cop op-ed correct on avoiding police confrontation

Ferguson - A veteran of the LAPD and current homeland security professor at Colorado Tech University has courted controversy by encouraging citizens to avoid physical confrontation with law enforcement by quickly and obediently complying with all police commands.

Ferguson leads teens to develop app documenting police abuse

Decatur - As questions surrounding the police response to protests in Ferguson, MO continue, three Georgia teens announce the release of an app allowing users to document abuse by police.

Op-Ed: Ferguson rioters spit on the memory of Michael Brown

Ferguson - It looked like we were about to see a true groundswell of support for community policing and a de-militarization of law enforcement...but then the Missouri governor had to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Rioters have spat on Michael Brown's memory.

Op-Ed: United States should consider a draft for police officers

In the wake of the tragic shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri people are asking tough questions about how law enforcement operates in many American cities. Frequent questions involve thin blue lines and militarization of police.

Los Angeles locals call 911 to ask police why Facebook is down

Los Angeles - When Facebook went down last Friday a few people considered it an emergency and called 911. Police officials used other social media tools to tell people they did not know when Facebook will be back up.

Op-Ed: Facebook Cop is risky idea, but don't stop companies from giving

At first, it seems like the height of corporate generosity: Facebook is paying the salary of a local police officer, allowing the "Facebook Cop" to assist in community education and helping businesses plan for crises. But is this a conflict of interest?

Parents accused of housing 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage

Anaheim - Law enforcement officials in California have been arrested the parents of an 11-year-old autistic boy who officials belive was being kept in a cage.

Boy finds mummified body in abandoned house

Dayton - A boy wandered into an abandoned home only to discover the remains of a mummified body. The coroner stated the body was in the home for five years.

How driverless cars could cripple police revenues

We recently learned Google's self-driving cars have never received a ticket, and now the big question is if autonomous vehicles will have such a spot-free driving record that law enforcement budgets won't get billions in speeding ticket revenue.

Rape victim dies after setting herself ablaze

Muzaffargarh - An eighteen year old college student who was allegedly gang raped by five men set herself on fire in front of a local police station after the man accused of initiating the rape was released by officials.

Op-Ed: NM State Police action against Oriana Ferrell was justified

Taos - A video has surfaced regarding what started as a routine traffic stop that turned into a hostile confrontation between Oriana Ferrell and her 14 -year old son against officers of the New Mexico State Police.

Op-Ed: New questions about surveillance. What if security gets it right?

Sydney - While privacy advocates have a natural issue with surveillance online, there’s another side to it which can’t be ignored. The FBI took over a system which had been providing "anonymity" services last year, and the facts are only now emerging.

FBI confirms elite team rescued abducted teen in Idaho

Boise - Hannah Anderson, the 16 year-old California teen who was abducted and the subject of a massive manhunt was rescued by the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team who gunned down her abductor at a remote campsite in Idaho.

FBI counter-terror team celebrates 30 years of service

Quantico - The FBI is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Hostage Rescue Team. Always ready to respond to a crisis situation, this specialized entity is America's premier SWAT team and a world renowned counter-terrorism force.
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Two Dauphin model helicopters of the Maryland State Police practicing aerial maneuvers. With as many as 12 Dauphin helicopters and two airplanes, the Maryland State Police has one of the largest and advanced air fleets in U.S. law enforcement
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Police car of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Las Vegas, Nevada
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FBI HRT operator as seen through night vision goggles after the "arrest" of a emotionally disturbed man during a training exercise in Virginia. The exercise involved an emotionally disturbed and disgruntled man who was overheard by a co-worker discussing five explosive devices he had secretly placed around the nation’s capital. The subject in this training exercise was “arrested” without incident and the bombs located and safely defused.
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The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, D.C.
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Agents with the U.S. State Department's Mobile Security Division engaging terrorists during a mock attack on a dignitary during training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) during a training exercise in the mid-1990's. In a 80's study on the world's best military and tactical law enforcement counter-terrorism teams HRT was ranked eighth out of over 100 other teams.
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FBI HRT conducting cold weather training.
FBI HRT conducting cold weather training.
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Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) fast-rope (or repel) onto a roof before storming a building to confront terrorists and free a hostage during a training exercise.
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FBI Hostage Rescue Team during urban warfare training.
FBI Hostage Rescue Team during urban warfare training.
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Members of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team dressed in special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) protective gear conduct training. The team considers a group of terrorists armed with a nuclear weapon inside of an American city as it's ultimate challenge and is the best prepared tactical team in civilian law enforcement to handle such a crisis. However, while nuclear weapons are the top concern, biological, radiological and chemical weapons are also very high level concerns.
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Law enforcement officers search for suspects accused of killing two Sheriff's deputies
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Los Angeles Field Office Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team conducting hostage rescue training on the rooftop of a skyscraper in Downtown Los Angeles. The LA Field Office SWAT team is an "Enhanced" team.
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Mexican authorities seizure of guns and cash in the Drug Wars
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. The eagle on the patch represents the HRT operative while the chain in its talons represent the bondage of fear, anxiety, emotional distress and psychological oppression and paralysis that terrorism causes to society. Note that the chain is severed with one section of it in each of the eagle's talons. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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Elite BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) agents of the U.S. Border Patrol practice shooting techniques.
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A local police SWAT team in an undisclosed town conducts tactical training focused on the apprehension of heavily armed and dangerous fugitives. The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team is the gold standard by which many local police SWAT teams in the United States measure themselves by, especially those in small suburban and rural towns.
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A member of the Drug Enforcement Administration's specialized tactical unit known as the "FAST team" searches for additional suspects, weapons, narcotics and other contraband during a raid on a residence in Afghanistan.
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Drones are being used by DHS to monitor drug trafficking, illegal immigration and other criminal activity along the U.S.-Mexican border.
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