Heroin Use? Juvenile Record? For Recruits, Police Forgive Past Sins

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS June 12, 2017 Are you cleanshaven and tattoo-free? What’s your credit score? What about marijuana — ever inhaled? Becoming a police officer has long depended on having the right answers to questions like these. But now, faced...

Does a Uniform Keep Officers in Line? The Baltimore Chief Thinks So

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG April 14, 2017 BALTIMORE — Abdul-Jaami Salaam felt his heartbeat quicken the minute he saw what the police officers were wearing: jeans, T-shirts and bulletproof vests. “Here come the cowboys,” he thought. It was...

Crime Scene: Charges in Karina Vetrano’s Death Leave Suspect’s Parents Shaken

The father and the mother of Chanel Lewis, 20, lurched through the past week in disbelief that their son, who had no arrest record, had been accused of murder.