Vets to Cops: Bridging the gap between law enforcement and military veterans

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Our military service members represent only 1 percent of our population, but they shoulder the responsibility of protecting our entire nation. When they return from their service in foreign lands, many need a new direction. The COPS Office is committed to supporting military veterans as they seek to transition into careers as law enforcement officers. Read More

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Montgomery County (PA) Veterans Treatment Court Recognizes Unique Needs of Veterans

There are currently more than 23 million veterans in the United States. Studies have indicated that many of these veterans have symptoms of mental disorders (20 percent) or a substance abuse disorder (25 percent). Read More

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COPS Honors First Graduating Class of the Teen And Police Service Academy

On Thursday, May 3, 2012 the Houston Police Department (HPD) proudly hosted the first graduating class of the Teen And Police Service Academy (T.A.P.S. Academy). Read More

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A Hot Spots Experiment: Sacramento Police Department

Within a 90 day time period that started on February 8 and ran through May 8, 2011, Sergeant Renee Mitchell of the Sacramento [California] Police Department designed a research methodology that she hoped would test out the Koper curve theory of hot spot policing. Read More


Did You Know…?

That these laws were—or still may be—real?

  • Alabama: Solitaire may not be played on Sundays.
  • Alaska: It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
  • Arizona: It's unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
  • Arkansas: It’s strictly prohibited to pronounce “Arkansas” incorrectly.
  • California: It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.
  • Colorado: It's illegal to ride a horse while drunk.
    Connecticut: A pickle is not officially a pickle unless it bounces.
  • District of Columbia: It's against the law to marry your mother-in-law.
  • Delaware: Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment. 
  • Florida: It's illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
  • Georgia: It's illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole.
  • Hawaii: It's illegal to put pennies in your ear.
  • Idaho: It's a criminal offense to ride a merry go round on a Sunday.


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Director's Column

Director MelekianThis year more than 1,400 law enforcement agencies applied for funding under the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). Our staff at the COPS Office has been busy reviewing and grading these applications for several weeks and we expect to make announcements early this summer. Read More....

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New from COPS

Emerging Use of Force Issues: Balancing Public and Officer Safety summarizes ways in which law enforcement can address the public perception of excessive use of force by officers and conclusions on what actions can be taken to address these issues. Read More

Building Productive Relationships with Media is a report discussing how the web and social networking technology have dramatically transformed the way the press interacts with law enforcement and affects community policing.
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