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Supreme Court: Contours of “knock and talk” rule insufficiently defined, qualified immunity may apply

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a Pennsylvania State Police officer who was sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 was entitled to qualified immunity from suit for acting on his belief that he could enter onto the curtilage of home to conduct a “knock and talk” at a sliding door leading onto a ground-level deck, and it declined to address whether law enforcement may conduct a “knock and talk” at any home entrance that is open to visitors.

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Breaking Down Barriers for Women in Law Enforcement

Every year, WIFLE (Women in Federal Law Enforcement) recognizes outstanding women in law enforcement with its annual awards ceremony. One woman recognized this year was Paula J. Heacock, recipient of the Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement Award.

The Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement Award recognizes the contributions of an individual toward the elimination of systemic barriers to career opportunities for women in law enforcement. The award recognizes a person who is an advocate, advisor, and leader in the continued support of women in law enforcement.

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Fry Family Receives ICE Director's Award for Humanitarian Actions

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community. 


Members of the Fry family, hailing from Phoenix and El Paso, have been granted the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director’s Award for their humanitarian actions while on a family trip.

The Frys, including ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent Joshua Fry, and his father, Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Fry (now retired), and their spouses, one of whom is a registered nurse and the other an El Paso Police Department (EPPD) officer, served as first responders to a boat explosion on the loading dock of Saguaro Lake.

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Help Feds in Need—Support FEEA's Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund

During this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – join the effort of feds helping feds!

Consider contributing to the Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund, which provides grants to federal employees in need for whom repayment of even a no-interest FEEA (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) loan would create an undue hardship.

Bill Bransford, of the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. and the publisher of the FEDmanager and FEDagent newsletters, passed away in September 2013. He also was a long time FEEA Board member.

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