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SECOND CHANCE ‘ZYLON’ VESTS MAY BE FLAWED
A “MIRACLE material” introduced by bullet-resistant vest manufacturer Second Chance may not be miraculous for law enforcement officers. In a story published recently in the Exeter, New Hampshire Newsletter, police have been told that the “Miracle” fiber used in their bullet-proof vests degrades over time and may not stop bullets after as little as six months of wear. Police are also unhappy at Second Chance’s solution to the problem...offering free upgrades of bullet resistant patches to be inserted inside their vests rather than free replacements. No doubt this is not the last we will hear of this controversy and our readership will be kept up to date.

WISCONSIN COMING CLOSER TO APPROVING A CONCEALED CARRY LAW
In a move to join forty-five other states that have at least one form of concealed carry law, Wisconsin legislators are moving closer to approving a state statute that would allow law abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns for their personal protection. In a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, our organization’s national survey was utilized to show that a clear majority of the country’s chiefs and sheriffs support concealed carry. Street cops have concluded what command officers have known for some time...that criminals don’t stand in line for gun permits...they just carry illegally. To this editorial board, passing a concealed carry law for Wisconsin is simply a “no brainer."

FT. LAUDERDALE FLORIDA TO LOSE POLICE OFFICERS
The City of Ft. Lauderdale’s budget crisis is leading to layoffs at the police department. The city announced recently that 42 officers could be losing their jobs...roughly eight percent of the force. Some of the officers may be offered early retirement in a report from the local South Florida ABC affiliate. Acting City Manager, Alan Silva, says the changes cannot be avoided as the city tries to cut $15 million from its budget.

26,000 APPLY FOR NYPD TEST
More than 26,000 people have submitted applications to take the next NYPD entrance exam in the last available filing period, New York officials announced. To gather more potential test-takers the city waived the $35 application fee and extended the filing window by 80 days. The city made a special effort to recruit at metropolitan-area colleges.

ONE IN THIRTY-SEVEN ADULTS DOES PRISON TIME
About one in every 37 U.S. adults was imprisoned or had been incarcerated at one time, the government reported recently. The 5.6 million people with prison experience represented about 2.7 percent of the adult population according to the Bureau of Justice statistics, a branch of the Federal Department of Justice. The study is the first to measure the prevalence of prison time by American adults, according to the Bureau.

BUDGET CAP AFFECTS ACCREDITATION RECERTIFICATION
To help close a $2 million budget gap, the Dubuque, Iowa City Council has cut funding for the Police Department’s recertification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Police Chief Kim Wading said the department, which has been accredited by the Commission for the past decade, will continue to internally monitor its policies and procedures and maintain its high standards.