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How Law Enforcement Should Treat Victims of Sexual Assault

Katie Koestner | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Katie Koestner

I am not writing to critique law enforcement. I am writing to explain how it is to tell anyone the story of your rape, assault, or abuse. This is how hard it is to describe what happened, because your brain has barely let the facts into your head.

'Buy-a-Badge' Programs Are a Recipe for Disaster, and Eric Harris Paid the Price

Ryan Kiesel | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime
Ryan Kiesel

Citizens deserve police departments in which high-risk frontline positions are staffed by professionals who are held accountable to the public, not a sheriff's personal friends playing cop.

Methadone and Buprenorphine 101: A Guide for Law Enforcement

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Lately, with all the talk about rising rates of opioid use and addiction, we are hearing more about opioid treatment programs (OTPs). OTPs provide o...

The Redemption of Bernard B. Kerik

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Robert J. Feldman

This insanity in incarcerating non-violent offenders for long periods of time must stop. From Jailer to Jailed is not only a riveting read but a unique and insightful rallying cry to forestall what the author dubs "the erosion of the very fabric of our society."

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

Video or no video, prompt investigation and appropriate action following a police shooting -- just as with any possible crime -- should be the rule nationwide, not the exception. But these incidents are more than just bad-apple cops: The problem of unjustified lethal force is endemic.

It's Time to Get Tough(er) on Dog Fighting

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Even if you've never heard about a dog fight, that doesn't mean they're not happening nearby. We also can't relax simply because animal fighting is illegal. I've witnessed enough horrific crime scenes to know that animal fights can take place anywhere, and that they represent the absolute worst of human nature.

Can You Fight Off a Police Dog?

Quora | Posted 04.06.2015 | Crime
Quora

I was a police canine handler for 8 years. My dog Bach was as gentle as a puppy unless he was provoked or he detected a threat against me. I had absolutely no problem bringing him into preschools and letting the children pet him and play with him. He was a part of our family, and with 4 sons, the house was always full of kids.

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. How Many More Will It Take?

Kanya Bennett | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Kanya Bennett

It's been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That's an average of more than three people killed each day in March by police in America.

Deputy Spots Pit Bull On The Loose, Ends Up Befriending Goofy Pup

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.31.2015 | Good News

One policeman made a pretty unlikely pal while on the job. Deputy Mark Elsaid of the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida was on patrol earlier ...

Outsider's Look Inside Boston Marathon Bomber's Trial

Anne Stevenson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

This whole spectacle is not about "freeing Jahar," it is about freeing Boston. Killing Jahar won't bring the victims back to life, it won't heal the wounded survivors, and it won't make the public any safer from terrorists.

We Must Stand With Law Enforcement Officers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

The members of our union will not condone officers abusing their communities' trust. But we will always stand with officers across this nation who keep us safe and who strengthen our communities. It is sickening to see law enforcement targeted with violence, as they have been nationwide in recent months.

The Death of Anthony Hill: Something Is Rotten in the State of America

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.11.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

There have been too many funerals of late, too many funerals for people of color and people with mental illness.

Michael Brown's Family To File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices

The family of Michael Brown will file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, an att...

The Battle Over the Armor-Piercing AR-15 Bullet Is a Problem of the Gun Industry's Own Making

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The gun industry knew this new breed of assault pistol could trigger restrictions on specific types of ammunition that are considered armor-piercing when used in a handgun, but it moved ahead anyway, driven by the need to create new, militarized market categories in the face of declining household gun ownership. Now they are attempting to rewrite history.

You Are the Person Behind the Badge

Lynette Mae | Posted 03.02.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

The symbol of the badge requires more from an officer because no other individual is given so much authority and trust. What other profession has the ability to literally take away someone's freedom? In a country built upon individual freedom, this is no small thing.

Ryan J. Reilly

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential task force on policing issues released an interim report on Monday, with recommendations that ranged from considering the...

NYPD Honors Girl Who Sent Hundreds Of Cards After The Deaths Of 2 Officers

The Associated Press | Verena Dobnik | Posted 03.04.2015 | Good News

NEW YORK (AP) — Teary-eyed New York City police officers on Tuesday honored a 10-year-old Texas girl who sent hundreds of thank you cards to the NYP...

President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

James Gierach | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
James Gierach

Policing today is focused on enforcing moral behavior, which, regardless of one's opinions about legislating and enforcing personal behavior, has had devastating consequences.

Iowa Wants to Let You Carry Your Drivers License On Your Phone

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There's now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete.

It Takes a Village to Stop Domestic Violence

Susan Scrupski | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Susan Scrupski

What people who've been successful in reducing domestic violence in their hometowns know is it a profound culture shift that has to take place. From top to bottom and left to right, the civic community has to make a commitment to stopping the violence. And it must deliver on that pledge.

What East Coast Attitude? A Blizzard Brought The Selfless Side Out Of New Yorkers

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.29.2015 | Good News

Updated on Jan. 29, 2015 at 2:20 P.M. EST The Big Apple often gets a bad rap for being a town of chilly attitudes. But during Winter Storm Juno, Ne...

Je Suis Moi -- I Am Me

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I must strive to move beyond my fears, and experience life with open eyes, an open heart and an open mind. I am limited by my unwillingness to embrace the people who have intimate knowledge of the parts of me I have yet to discover; I have yet to embrace.

Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.22.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why does Chief J. Scott Dennis believe it to be good policy and practice to further target (literally and figuratively) people who have paid for their past mistakes? Does he think his policy has no real impact on the loved ones of those whose pictures his officers blast away?

AG Eric Holder Slashes Civil Asset Forfeiture

Bill Piper | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Today's actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.

The Future Will Require Learning How to Exist in a Multicultural Society

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Many are calling for community policing. But community policing without a clear focus on crime risk factors does not have an effect on crime.