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The Alexandria Police Department offers a variety of benefits to include a defined pension plan, health & life insurance, deferred compensation plans, uniforms and equipment provided, and a take home car program. Additionally, there are numerous lateral job opportunities, including K-9, SWAT, Detective Section, Motor Officers, Honor Guard, School Resource Officers, Crime Scene Investigations, promotional opportunities, and much more. The dates for the next police test will be posted here when scheduled.

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SPD Safe Place is a public education and safety campaign aimed at preventing and responding to anti-LGBTQ crimes. This is a volunteer program that businesses and organizations participate in to help victims of hate crimes find a safe place to be sheltered until police arrive.

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. SPD operates within a framework that divides the city into five geographical areas called "precincts".

Reporters from USA TODAY, its affiliated newsrooms across the country and the nonprofit Invisible Institute in Chicago spent more than a year creating the biggest collection of police misconduct records.

Obtained from thousands of state agencies, prosecutors, police departments and sheriffs, the records detail at least 200,000 incidents of alleged misconduct, much of it previously unreported. The records obtained include more than 110,000 internal affairs investigations by hundreds of individual departments and more than 30,000 officers who were decertified by 44 state oversight agencies.

The level of oversight varies widely from state to state. Georgia and Florida decertified thousands of police officers for everything from crimes to questions about their fitness to serve; other states banned almost none.

That includes Maryland, home to the Baltimore Police Department, which regularly has been in the news for criminal behavior by police. Over nearly a decade, Maryland revoked the certifications of just four officers. In Minneapolis, where officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd until he died, at least seven police officers have been decertified since 2009, according to state records.

They include names of at least 5,000 police officers whose credibility as witnesses has been called into question. These officers have been placed on Brady lists, created to track officers whose actions must be disclosed to defendants if their testimony is relied upon to prosecute someone.

In 2019, USA TODAY published many of those records to give the public an opportunity to examine their police department and the broader issue of police misconduct, as well as to help identify decertified officers who continue to work in law enforcement.

Seth Stoughton, who worked as a police officer for five years and teaches law at the University of South Carolina, said expanding public access to those kinds of records is critical to keep good cops employed and bad cops unemployed.

For years, a private police organization has assembled such a list from more than 40 states and encourages police agencies to screen new hires. The list is kept secret from anyone outside law enforcement.

USA TODAY's collection of police misconduct records began in 2016 amid a nationwide debate over law enforcement tactics, including concern that some officers or agencies unfairly were targetting minorities.

A series of killings of black people by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Chicago, Sacramento, California, and elsewhere had sparked protests and renewed anger about police targeting minorities and needlessly using force to subdue them.

The Trump administration backed away from more than a decade of Justice Department investigations and court actions against police departments it determined were deeply biased or corrupt. In 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department would leave policing the police to local authorities, saying federal investigations hurt crime fighting.

In the late 1980s, Gary Cunningham, then-deputy director of the Minneapolis civil rights department, helped create a civilian review panel that investigated police misconduct and had the authority to compel officer testimony and recommend discipline. But the police union, he said, managed to lobby the state legislature to strip the panel of its subpoena power, which resulted in many officers refusing to testify and avoiding sanctions.

"If you make a joke out of the process, it doesn't work very well," said Cunningham, now president and CEO of Prosperity Now, a research and policy nonprofit in Washington, D.C. "The way we've been doing this has enabled and abetted the police brutality in our communities because once it's not transparent, it's hard to hold anybody accountable."

Journalists obtained records from more than 700 law enforcement agencies, but the records are not complete for all of those agencies, and there are more than 18,000 police forces across the USA. The records requests were focused largely on the biggest 100 police agencies as well as clusters of smaller departments in surrounding areas, partly to examine movement of officers between departments in regions.

USA TODAY aims to identify other media organizations willing to partner in gathering new records and sharing documents they've already gathered. The Invisible Institute, a journalism nonprofit in Chicago focused on police accountability, has done so for more than a year and contributed records from dozens of police departments.

If you have access to citizen complaints about police, internal affairs investigation records, secret settlement deals between agencies and departing officers or anything that sheds light on how agencies police their officers, we want to hear from you.

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The nearly 400 employees and more than 100 volunteers of the Lakewood Police Department are committed to providing the highest possible level of police service to our community. The mission of the LPD is "to serve and protect with integrity, intelligence and initiative."

In 1969, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County officially became the City of Lakewood - the fourth-largest city in Colorado. The Lakewood Department of Public Safety became operational on May 3, 1970, and in 1987, its name was changed to the Lakewood Police Department.The new department predictably experienced growing pains but continued solid development under the leadership of seven police administrations. As of this writing in June 2020, the eighth and current chief, Daniel McCasky, with a command staff of two division chiefs, Anita Koester and Ed Loar, they lead a department of more than 400 employees and 100-plus volunteers. The department has relocated several times through the decades. In 1984, it moved to its permanent site at 445 S. Allison Pkwy.Since 1970, the motto: Integrity, Intelligence, Initiative has defined the way the department does business. The goal of every employee is to serve the citizens of Lakewood with the highest level of commitment. In 1986, the Lakewood Police Department was the second agency in Colorado - and the 24th in the nation - to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. To maintain this accreditation, the department is required to meet more than 479 nationally recognized law enforcement standards every four years with an onsite assessment being conducted annually.An extensive department history is detailed in a recently published book celebrating its 40th anniversary, "A Celebration of Excellence, The Lakewood Police Department, 1970-2010."

The Boise Police Department is made up of nearly 400 dedicated people, about 300 sworn police officers and a civilian support staff of about 100 with one dedicated mission: To Protect, Serve and Lead our Community to a Safer Tomorrow. We recognize our best resource is our community; that's why we're devoted to being a reflection of the people we serve. Make a ReportIf you need police assistance immediately, please call 911. Online reports are for non-emergencies, neighborhood concerns, traffic concerns, and abandoned vehicles.

The UGA Police Department will still respond to all calls for service during this time. It is important to use your cell phone to contact police from campus by calling 911 in the event of an emergency instead of 706-542-2200.

The Support Services and Communications Division includes the Newberg-Dundee 9-1-1 Communications Center which provides emergency communications services; police, fire and medical, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Records and Evidence Section is staffed by two full time staff members.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department is also one of approximately 24 accredited police departments in Oregon. This is a significant accomplishment considering it requires the agency to comply with 100 recognized standards for the law enforcement profession, as adopted by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance for Law Enforcement. 041b061a72


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