Jury Rejects Claim on NYC Police Overtime

A federal jury returned a verdict on behalf of four New York City police officers accused of falsely arresting a man on drug charges, rejecting the man’s claim that he was detained so that the officers could earn overtime pay. The verdict in the case of Hector Cordero, 59, foreclosed the possibility of a broad judicial examination of the practice, known for decades as “collars for dollars.”

San Diego May Offer Police Recruits $50K for Housing

San Diego officials are exploring a new way to help solve a rash of police officer vacancies: financial incentives for officers who buy homes in the city. Officers could receive as much as $50,000 toward a down payment or closing costs when they buy a home and agree to stay on the San Diego force for a certain number of years.

Cops Weigh Chance of Conviction Before Arresting Rape Suspects: Study

Less than half the rape suspects reported to police end in an arrest, two researchers found in a study of cases investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department during 2008. Detectives told the researchers they made arrest decisions based on perceptions about whether the suspect could be successfully prosecuted.

Legal Caps May Block $37M Payout in Police Shooting

The $37 million verdict won by the family of Korryn Gaines against Baltimore County police is one of the largest ever against law enforcement officers in Maryland. Experts question whether they will see all that money. Maryland’s cap on local governments’ liabilities in such cases makes it unlikely Gaines’ relatives and her young son Kodi will see the full amount.


Noise and Crime: A Link Too Often Ignored

The failure to enforce municipal noise ordinances can create an environment that encourages lawbreaking, and can sometimes mean that police miss criminal behavior, warns an expert who specializes in the impact of noise on public health.

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Top Lawmaker: I’ll Fight Trump Police Cuts ‘Tooth and Nail’

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, says the Trump plan to downgrade the Community Oriented Policing Services Office is an “odd way…to show support for the brave men and women in blue who rely on the office and grants to keep our neighborhoods safe.”