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"Had we not had the ability to protect officers with those vehicles, I am afraid that we would have to engage people with our own gun fire,” said St. Louis County's top cop  Col. Jon Belmar.

Chief says police militarization about safety

St. Louis County’s top cop – Col. Jon Belmar- said that the armored vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns used by police in response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri  helped keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe. While some have questioned the wisdom of a military policing model over the traditional public safety mission, Col.

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Marginalized persons: Individuals who have been pushed to the margins of society. Example: Homeless individuals – one in five homeless people in the U.S. are veterans. In the weeks and months since the Michael Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri, Americans have been fed a steady diet of scary looking tactical police officers and tales of

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10 Most dangerous states

American Police Beat recently got the FBI’s violent crime statistics for American cities with more than 25,000 people and ranked the most violent states based on those numbers. The dangerous state rankings are based on serious crimes like murder, rape aggravated assault and robbery. The numbers are from 2012 which are the most recent available.

"Had we not had the ability to protect officers with those vehicles, I am afraid that we would have to engage people with our own gun fire,” said St. Louis County's top cop  Col. Jon Belmar.

Chief says police militarization about safety

St. Louis County’s top cop – Col. Jon Belmar- said that the armored vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns used by police in response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri  helped keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe. While some have questioned the wisdom of a military policing model over the traditional public safety mission, Col.

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Our most sincere apologies

In the June-July issue of American Police Beat we ran a story about some jurisdictions where the training for officers is not up to national standards. Unfortunately we ran a  picture with the article of a group of very highly trained, all POST certified officers from Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee which was a

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"Had we not had the ability to protect officers with those vehicles, I am afraid that we would have to engage people with our own gun fire,” said St. Louis County's top cop  Col. Jon Belmar.

Chief says police militarization about safety

St. Louis County’s top cop – Col. Jon Belmar- said that the armored vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns used by police in response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri  helped keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe. While some have questioned the wisdom of a military policing model over the traditional public safety mission, Col.

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Our most sincere apologies

In the June-July issue of American Police Beat we ran a story about some jurisdictions where the training for officers is not up to national standards. Unfortunately we ran a  picture with the article of a group of very highly trained, all POST certified officers from Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee which was a

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10 Most dangerous states

American Police Beat recently got the FBI’s violent crime statistics for American cities with more than 25,000 people and ranked the most violent states based on those numbers. The dangerous state rankings are based on serious crimes like murder, rape aggravated assault and robbery. The numbers are from 2012 which are the most recent available.

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Marginalized persons: Individuals who have been pushed to the margins of society. Example: Homeless individuals – one in five homeless people in the U.S. are veterans. In the weeks and months since the Michael Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri, Americans have been fed a steady diet of scary looking tactical police officers and tales of

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“Look Mom, all I have to do is cry a little in court and they’ll probably just let me go.”

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