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Police criticism, legal marijuana hurt Idaho law enforcement training programs

Anti-police sentiment and neighboring states’ legalized marijuana are contributing to a dramatic reduction in enrollment numbers in Idaho law enforcement programs. The decrease can leave departments scrambling to fill vacancies, especially in small communities that can’t pay the wages of a larger city. And manpower shortages keep police on the job more hours a day, increasing stress in an already stressful environment.

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Free speech: 'This case proves things can be misconstrued'

Matthew Townsend, a Meridian man who was charged with felony for alleged threats in Facebook post, speaks about how the case has changed his life.
Katy Moeller kmoeller@idahostatesman.com
Free speech: 'This case proves things can be misconstrued' 01:45

Free speech: 'This case proves things can be misconstrued'

Meridian's Matthew Townsend explains why he records police 01:40

Meridian's Matthew Townsend explains why he records police

Inmate dog trainers at Idaho prisons 01:57

Inmate dog trainers at Idaho prisons

Idaho State Police pursuit: Driver ejected after high-speed crash 01:03

Idaho State Police pursuit: Driver ejected after high-speed crash