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One of the most recent and significant busts made by federal law enforcement. Whether it is news from the Border, the world of fugitives, national security crimes or law enforcement's effort to combat drugs, The Takedown will provide the details.

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This column examines the professional exposures of those who work in federal law enforcement. The news items, explanations, accounts, scenarios and comparisons are provided by Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS). For more information about FEDS, visit our partner page.

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Comprehensive summaries of recent court decisions in criminal law, including search and seizure law, federal sentencing guidelines and the law of governmental immunity. The legal update is written by a lawyer, but without all the legal jargon, so you can stay on top of legal developments in the criminal law arena that affect your job.

A monthly column providing news and insight directly from the federal law enforcement community's premiere member association – the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). For more information on FLEOA, visit our partner page.

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Every month, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund gives readers a look at significant historical law enforcement moments, milestones and trivia, from a glimpse at the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in 1791 to the first use of fingerprinting by U.S. law enforcement in 1902. For more information on the Memorial Fund, visit our partner page.

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A quarterly column providing news and information related to the unique issues facing women in federal law enforcement. For more information on Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), visit our partner page.

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Authorized by Congress in 2000, the three-story, 57,000 square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground museum located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.'s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, historical and contemporary artifact collections, a dedicated space for research, and diverse educational programming. 

Behind the Blue Line will take FEDagent readers behind the scenes of the Museum as it is being constructed. Read updates on the Museum's construction, interviews with the Museum's architect and learn more about the engaging exhibits that will be featured in the Museum.

The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1984, dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety.

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Every other Friday, FEDtalk on Federal News Radio, 1500 AM, explores current issues of importance to federal employees and those interested in the federal sector. The attorneys of Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. bring in experts from across the federal community to bring listeners inside the issues. For more information on Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., visit our partner page.

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Exigent Circumstances Existed Where a Known Felon Appeared to Have a Firearm and Neighbors Had Previously Reported Gun Shots

In early July of 2012, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Sergeant Jason Clark received complaints that Joseph Meidel had fired a gun in the direction of nearby houses. Sergeant Clark conducted an investigation and discovered that Mr. Meidel was a convicted felon, that Mr. Meidel’s girlfriend had recently purchased a firearm, and that Mr. Meidel had recently purchased 9mm ammunition twice. Additionally, Mr. Meidel had recently gotten into an argument with a convenience store clerk and, in the course of the argument, lifted his shirt to display the handle of a pistol. 

On July 30, 2012, Sergeant Clark and MSHP Sergeant Eric Eidson were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle near Mr. Meidel’s home. Mr. Meidel and his girlfriend were in their yard and the officers, after identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, inquired whether the pair had seen the vehicle. Mr. Meidel engaged in polite conversation and explained that he had seen the suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. 

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Artifact Spotlight: Lorton Prison Cells

In July 2014, the National Law Enforcement Museum acquired an important historical artifact that is a key component of the exhibit design—30 feet of steel cell doors and bars from the former Lorton Correction Complex in Lorton, Virginia.

Lorton was the primary corrections facility for the District of Columbia for nearly 100 years. Conceived in 1908 during Theodore Roosevelt’s administration, the Lorton facility was a national model for prison reform both with its dormitory style architecture and its philosophy of providing prisoners with healthy outdoor work and education. Over the years, Lorton became dangerously overcrowded and its buildings in need of extensive repair. In 2001, the prison was closed and all 1 million square feet of it was transferred to Fairfax County, Virginia.

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NIST Hosts Competition to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science

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A competition has been launched to create a Forensic Science Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary work.

The competition is being managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The center’s mission will be to establish a firm scientific foundation for the analytic techniques used in two important branches of forensic science, pattern evidence and digital evidence, according to a press release from the Commerce Department, NIST’s parent agency.

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