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For Fourth, Fewer Cops Expected on Patrol

The nation spent last Independence Day in the shadow of Sept. 11 and under the heavily armed guard of police. This year, Americans probably will see fewer police officers, bomb-sniffing dogs and security fences in what law enforcement officials say is a return to a more normal holiday. Strained budgets will limit police presence and security tactics in many jurisdictions. Other cities are not bringing in extra officers because the federal terror level is expected to stay at code yellow. Police in St. Louis will cordon off the Gateway Arch but they won’t bring back a fence meant to stop terrorists from swimming up the Mississippi. In Oregon, Portland police and state troopers said they planned no special precautions beside the extra patrols they have always deployed on holidays. In Iowa, Chief Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Vaughn said, “It’s pretty much business as usual.” Full Story

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