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13 members of MS-13 gang arrested in Ohio

Police One - 37 min ago

By Earl Rinehart The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For more than a decade one of the most notorious and murderous gangs in the United States has operated in central Ohio unbeknownst to most people outside of law enforcement.

That was until Tuesday, when local, state and federal officers arrested 13 alleged members of MS-13, a "transnational" gang that favors executions by machete.

"That's the bad news, that MS-13 has been in Columbus, Ohio," said Benjamin Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Ohio. "The good news is what we're doing today, taking the first steps ... to dismantling this group in the Columbus area.

Ten defendants were indicted as gang members on charges of extorting protection money from businesses and individuals and laundering it back to the organization's headquarters in El Salvador. The other five are alleged "associates" of the gang who were named in criminal complaints with being in the country illegally.

The indictment and complaints were issued in July and kept sealed until Tuesday.

Two defendants remained at large Tuesday afternoon.

Glassman emphasized that the five alleged associates are facing deportation because of their criminal connection, not because they are in the country illegally.

The 13 in custody appeared in U.S. District Court in Columbus Tuesday to hear the charges against them. All were being held without bond until a detention hearing is held Friday.

Asked if any homicide has been linked to the local group, Glassman said the case was still being investigated.

Some of the defendants were arrested in a Northeast Side mobile home park off Innis Road near Innis Park, where the skeletal remains of a Latino man and a juvenile were found buried in March 2016. The two victims were stabbed.

Thirteen of the men charged are from El Salvador, two are from Honduras. Only one is a naturalized U.S. citizen; he is from El Salvador.

The men were members of the gang's Columbus chapter, or "clique," which includes members from Dayton and Indianapolis and is part of MS-13's East Coast "program," according to court documents.

MS-13 traces its origins to Salvadoran immigrants fleeing civil war in the 1980s who settled in Southern California and formed the gang to protect themselves from rival gangs. After many were deported back to El Salvador, the gang established its headquarters in that Central American country.

MS is shorthand for Mara Salvatrucha. Mara is the Salvadoran word for "gang." Salvatrucha is a combination of "Salva" for Salvadoran and trucha for "fear us, look out, or heads up."

Glassman called MS-13 "an incredibly violent gang" whose motto is "mata, viola, controla," translated as "kill, rape, control."

Last year, more than a dozen gang members met in a wooded area of Long Island, New York, surrounded four young men suspected of belonging to a rival gang, then beat, stabbed and hacked them to death.

Authorities said MS-13 has become one of the largest and most violent criminal organizations in the United States, with more than 10,000 members and associates operating in at least 40 states.

In Ohio, the clique used intimidation and guns to demand protection money from mom-and-pop shops, other businesses and individuals, Glassman said.

Unlike some local gangs who go by the Bloods and the Crips but have no real connection with those Los Angeles gangs, the 15 defendants are genuine members of MS-13, Glassman said.

The Columbus clique funnels extortion proceeds back to the leadership in El Salvador and to members around the world, he said.

The money is used to buy cellphones, narcotics and weapons; to financially support MS-13 members, including those deported or incarcerated in El Salvador and the United States; and aid families of deceased MS-13 members, according to the indictment.

Tuesday's arrest is part of an ongoing effort to shut down the gang, officials said.

In Cambridge, Ohio, Isaiah A. "AJ" Groves, 25, of Zanesville, who claims to be affiliated with the MS-13 gang, is facing one count each of corrupting another with drugs, a third-degree felony, and disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. Cambridge police said he and Shannon Hupp, 23, a Byesville woman identified as Groves' girlfriend, are facing potential manslaughter and drug trafficking charges in connection with the death of a 35-year-old Cambridge resident who died at the Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after being hospitalized for several days following an alleged overdose.

In 2012, the federal government designated MS-13 as a "transnational criminal organization" operating in several countries. It is the first and only street gang to receive that designation.

The crackdown began under President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump vowed in June to eradicate the gang, whose members he called "animals." Glassman said his boss, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made that a top priority.

Angela L. Byers, FBI special agent in charge of southern Ohio, urged victims of MS-13, or anyone with information about the gang, to call the bureau at 614-849-1765.

"We can help you," Byers said.

The FBI also put its offer to victims in Spanish: Se busca información de victimas de la MS-13. Linea anónima del FBI: 614-849-1765.

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©2017 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)


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Man arrested on hindering charge in Mo. officer killing

Police One - 37 min ago

By Heather Hollingsworth Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man charged with hindering prosecution in the killing of a western Missouri police officer told an informant that he dropped the suspected gunman off at a nearby marina after the shooting, according to court records.

Jacob Johnson, 27, of Clinton, was arrested Tuesday on the hindering charge. He remained jailed Wednesday on a $25,000 cash bond. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

The charge stems from the Aug. 6 killing of 39-year-old Clinton police officer Gary Michael Jr., who was shot after he stopped a car for a traffic violation. Investigators say Ian McCarthy, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, drove away and crashed a few blocks from the scene in Clinton, a community of about 9,000 residents about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

McCarthy fled on foot and was captured Aug. 8 after a manhunt. He has entered a not guilty plea.

Michael was able to return fire. A Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant wrote in the probable cause statement that Johnson told an informant on Aug. 7 that McCarthy had been shot in the "butt" and was no longer in town. The statement said that Johnson also told the person "the less we know the better."

When authorities interviewed Johnson on Aug. 8, he denied seeing or having any contact with McCarthy after Michael was killed and denied that McCarthy owned a firearm, the probable cause statement said.

But another informant told authorities that Johnson was surprised Aug. 9 when told that McCarthy had been arrested in Urich, west of Clinton. McCarthy, who is from Clinton, actually was captured while walking along a state highway near a marina in Bucksaw, just east of Clinton.

According to that informant, Johnson said, "How did he walk from Bucksaw, that's not where I dropped him off?" Another person, whose name was marked out in the court document, loaned Johnson a vehicle to take McCarthy to the marina, according to the probable cause statement.

The sergeant wrote in the statement that Johnson was interviewed again on Aug. 9 and admitted that he saw McCarthy with an AR 15 rifle about two months earlier.

A third person, 35-year-old William Grant Noble, also of Clinton, is charged with supplying the weapon used to kill Michael.

The patrol, which announced Johnson's arrest in a tweet Tuesday, said in the posting that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


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Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis

Police One - 37 min ago

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police."

St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the "jorts-wearing bandit" in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect's "disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends."

Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she opened the cash drawer. The man is also suspected of targeting at least two Walgreens stores in the city of St. Louis. No serious injuries have been reported.

Police said in an earlier tweet that anyone who recognizes the man should contact law enforcement or "the fashion police."

Although the man's identify remains a mystery, the robberies have been getting publicity. Granda said officers were passing ideas back and forth when they came up with the moniker.

"We try to have a little fun with it to draw more attention to it than it normally would have," said Granda.

Jorts have been denigrated as a holdover of '90s men's fashion, but they've recently regained some popularity. Granda said he himself hasn't worn jorts since around 1997.


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Madison County Man arrested on Sex Abuse charges

State - NY Police - 3 hours 48 min ago
State Police in Oneida arrested Frank W. Stevens, age 43, of Bridgewater, NY for Sex Abuse, Forcible Touching, Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and  Endangering The Welfare of a Child.
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Remsen Man arrested on Sex Abuse charges

State - NY Police - 4 hours 21 min ago
State Police arrested Jason P. Edwards, age 28, from Remsen, NY for Sexual Abuse 1st degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
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Vernon Woman arrested on Menacing charges

State - NY Police - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:27
State Police arrested Staci F. Brydon, age 43, from Vernon, NY for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, a class “A” misdemeanor and Menacing 2nd degree, a class “A” misdemeanor.
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Third Man Charged in Deadly Shooting of MO Officer

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:52

The Missouri Highway Patrol says that a third man is under arrest and facing a charge in the deadly shooting of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, and he's the second suspect accused of tampering with the investigation.

Jacob M. Johnson, 27, is accused of hindering the prosecution of a felony. What criminal action he's accused of specifically hasn't been revealed yet, reports WDAF-TV.

Johnson was first arrested on August 9, three days after the Sunday when Officer Michael was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop. Jail records show he was released on August 11, and he's been taken back into custody in Henry County. Jail records show he was booked at 6:40 p.m.

He's being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

 

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Helicopter in Fatal VA Police Crash Had Past Engine Problems

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:27

The police helicopter involved in a crash that killed two troopers near the chaotic events of Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend had previous mechanical problems that led to an extremely hard landing seven years ago, according to records from the National Transportation Safety Board, reports WTOP.

The helicopter, manufactured in 2000, was "substantially damaged during an emergency landing following an engine failure" in May of 2010 in Abingdon, Virginia, the NTSB said.

There were two troopers on board and neither was injured.

According to the NTSB, the troopers were on a training mission when they had to land so abruptly that "the helicopter bounced one time" before coming to rest in a field.

Eventually, the NTSB said the cause of the engine failure was "the improper repair of an engine component by a repair facility."

On Saturday, the two troopers on board the helicopter, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, died when they crashed seven miles southwest of the Charlottesville airport.

Related:

No Distress Call in Helicopter Crash That Killed 2 Virginia Troopers

2 Virginia State Police Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash

 

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IL Bill to Allow Ambulances for Injured K-9s Signed into Law

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:16

Illinois House Bill 2661 was signed into law today. It allows police dogs injured in the line of duty to be transported to a veterinary clinic or similar facility by emergency professionals, reports the Chicago Daily Herald.

"Police dogs are often unsung heroes," Cullerton said. "If there are not any people in line that need to receive medical attention, our state's police K-9's should be able to receive the necessary precautions to save their lives so they can return to keeping our streets and communities safe."

House Bill 2661 stipulates that people must receive medical attention prior to a police dog's transport. However, this will allow medical professionals to transport police dogs when necessary.

"K-9's are a valuable but expensive tool for police departments," Cullerton said. "This is an investment in humanity and public safety that needs to be protected."

House Bill 2661 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

 

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Video: CO Sheriff Contracts West Nile Disease

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:09

VIDEO: CO Sheriff Contracts West Nile Disease

Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder County, CO, took to social media to let people know the West Nile virus was back in Boulder County, and he has one of the county's two confirmed cases for 2017, reports KUSA.

Pelle donates blood to Bonfils Blood Center in Boulder every six weeks. But this time, he got a call to let him know that the blood he donated tested positive for West Nile disease.  Pelle said, "I was surprised because I don't have any symptoms, I feel fine."

Pelle was lucky, though. He isn't experiencing any symptoms of West Nile disease. And that's actually pretty common. Boulder County Public Health says only one in five people who contract West Nile actually experience symptoms.

"Fortunately, if you don't show any symptoms and it doesn't make you ill...there's really little to show that there's any long-term consequences to that," said Marshall Lipps, an environmental health specialist with Boulder County Public Health.

 

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FBI Agent Injured in NY After Flash-Bang Accidentally Goes Off

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:39

A flash-bang grenade accidentally went off inside the garage at Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan, injuring an FBI special agent Wednesday afternoon, the agency said.

The FDNY, NYPD and Homeland Security officers responded to 26 Federal Plaza after the flash grenade went off just before 1:20 p.m., according to officials.

"There is no threat to public safety at this time," the FBI said in an emailed statement.

The FBI agent accidentally discharged the flash grenade inside his department vehicle while in the parking garage, according to law enforcement sources and the FBI, reports AMNewYork.

The agent was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center in stable condition with right hand and wrist injuries, sources said. His injuries were considered not life-threatening, according to the FBI.

 

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Pelican Products Unveils 3 New Sizes of Lightweight Pelican Air Cases

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:33

Pelican Products Inc. (Pelican), has launched three new deeper cases in the re-engineered, up to 40% lighter, Pelican Air Case line.

As a part of the innovative and lighter Pelican Air case line, the three new cases, 1557, 1607 and 1637, continue Pelican's relentless quest to offer users more versatility, portability, and durability.

"Our engineering team consistently explores how to deliver innovative and meaningful new solutions," said Stephan Corti, President, Pelican Products Commercial and Government Division. "The Pelican Air case line is a major transformation, designed to maintain Pelican's signature concept of high-performance durability while cutting the weight out."

The entire Pelican Air case line, constructed of lightweight, next-generation HPX resin, is available in nine travel-ready sizes, in both long and, now, deep options. With over 13 inches of depth available, the new cases provide room for fragile and valuable equipment, such as drones and cinema-grade cameras. All Pelican Air cases are available in black, yellow, orange, and gray.

Available configurations offer the choice of four unique interior options to meet almost any performance needs:

  • The TrekPak Divider system (not available with 1607 or 1637), feature durable, waterproof, closed-cell foam, laminated to corrugated panels to provide a fully customizable and precise protection grid without wasting space.
  • The Classic Pick N' Pluck Foam offers a manually customizable solution for fast and simple protection with pre-scored foam to fit almost any equipment.
  • The Padded Divider configuration includes infinitely customizable, protective, padded dividers with Velcro so users can change their equipment organization scheme on a moment's notice.
  • The No Foam configuration allows a blank slate for custom interior solutions (visit pelicanfoam.com for more details).

The new 1607 and 1637 cases have wheels, roll tested over 914 meters. The line's newest three products all include classic Pelican case features including a watertight O-ring gasket, a crushproof and dustproof exterior, stainless steel hasp protectors, rubberized, over-molded handles, and proven tough double-throw latches. Each Pelican Air Case meets the same performance tests (impact, drop, submersion, and high and low temperatures). Pelican Air cases are also backed by the company's legendary lifetime guarantee of excellence.

Pelican Products is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

For more information, visit www.pelican.com.

 

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Video: NM Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Armed Suspect

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:21

VIDEO: NM Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Armed Suspect

The 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office has determined last month's fatal shooting of an armed suspect by a Las Cruces police officer was justified under New Mexico law, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The district attorney's decision was announced Tuesday by the Las Cruces Police Department, which also released the name of the officer who fatally shot 52-year-old Ernesto Sedillo on July 17.

"After an extensive review of this case," District Attorney Mark D'Antonio wrote Monday in a letter to LCPD, "we have concluded that the shooting by Officer Kenneth Davis was justified under New Mexico law."

The Las Cruces Police Department posted video of the incident on its Facebook page in a post that included the following:

"The July 17 shooting resulted in the death of 52-year-old Ernesto S. Sedillo of Las Cruces who emerged from a vehicle pointing a handgun at officer Davis, a 4-year veteran of the Las Cruces Police Department. Before his LCPD career began, Davis was a deputy with the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office since 2009. Davis was wearing a lapel camera during the incident and video from it was key in exonerating the officer."

 

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5 Killers of Positive Culture

Law Officer - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:58

A leader must be intentional in the culture they wish to create, because if they aren’t, then there is no telling what kind of culture may grow in its place. For all of the time and effort put into creating a positive culture, it only takes a few poorly timed miscues to throw away everything.  To help avoid these culture development pitfalls, I want to highlight 5 killers of positive culture.

  1. This is the way we’ve always done it.

One of the greatest benefits that stems from having a positive culture is initiative to innovate. When an officer feels safe enough to share a new concept or idea for improvement with their leader, that is a sign that there is a good, positive culture established. The innovators within the culture are trying to find ways to contribute to the culture’s success. Unfortunately, if all or most new ideas get shot down solely because it is not the way it has been done in the past, then the leader doing the shooting down is teaching their officers not to waste their time innovating. A group that feels as if they do not have the power to assist in improving their current situation is a defeated group that will specialize in mediocrity.

  1. You’re just doing your job.

Any supervisor that feels the need to tell their officers that they are “just doing their job” will never wear the title of leader and will eventually kill any positive culture that may have been present. Leadership 101 states that you should educate your followers on the value they bring to others through their work. The more value someone feels their work has, the less it feels like something they have to do and more like something they get to do. When someone feels like they are contributing to a cause greater than themselves, then they will be more motivated, productive, and happy while doing their work.

  1. It’s all about me.

One aspect of a positive culture is the feeling that they are a part of a supportive, team environment. When those on the team feel that everyone has a “we” before “I” approach to their work, great things can be achieved. But, if the leader of any team has an “it’s all about me” attitude, then the team is sure to fail. An “it’s all about me” attitude can take on many different forms. It may be a leader that only cares about doing what needs to be done to get their next promotion as quickly as possible. It could be a leader that has a C.Y.A. philosophy and does not hesitate to throw their officers under the closest bus should it be needed to protect their own interests. Ultimately, leadership has nothing to do with “me” and everything to do with “we.” The most successful leaders recognize that their success comes through the success of their officers.

  1. It always rolls downhill.

Everything rolls downhill when those at the top want nothing to do with it. So, the question you, as a leader, have got to ask is this . . . where should it stop? A leader must constantly evaluate those things that roll downhill and decide if whatever it is should continue rolling or should it stop at my level? If the answer is that it should always roll downhill until it reaches someone that does not have a choice in dealing with it, then you have found yet another way to kill positive culture. A leadership position means that you take on the role of an umbrella; shielding your officers from having to deal with everything that rolls downhill by truly assessing the best place for things to be taken care of. If it is an issue created directly by one of your officers, then by all means the best learning experience will be for them to deal with it and develop their own solution. But, if it has absolutely nothing to do with any of your officers and it is just a crap job that no one else wants to do, then that is your opportunity as the leader to stand tall and confront the problem yourself. Delegating is an excellent tool, but not one to be taken advantage of just because you have the authority to do so and do not like the task at hand.

  1. Do as I say, not as I do.

As a leader, you set the example. You are the prototype for how you want your officers to carry themselves, treat others, be productive, and handle their work. If you show motivation, trust, and loyalty; then your officers will reciprocate by showing you motivation, trust, and loyalty. On the other hand, if what you say does not match what you do, your officers will be the first ones to pick up on that. Hypocrisy will take any existence of a positive culture and snuff it out like a candle in the wind. Then a culture of self-preservation, fear, and confusion will be what takes root since the actions of the leader do not match the words they are saying which creates an uncertain environment.

These 5 killers of positive culture are not elaborate, complex behaviors. They are simple, basic actions that anyone, if not careful, can make the mistake of committing. No person takes on a leadership role with the intention of destroying or hampering a positive culture, but it is easy to see how simple miscues can quickly lead to that result.

The mission at Thin Blue Line of Leadership is to inspire law enforcement supervisors to be the best leaders they can be by providing positive leadership and culture development tactics. Positive leadership and creating a positive squad culture are on-going commitments that must be nurtured and developed over time.

Thin Blue Line of Leadership is here to help. Continue reading our Twitter feed and check out our other blogs for tactics on creating positive culture. Share your thoughts or comments on this blog below or on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter at @tbl_leadership.

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Police Officer Crashes Car Into House

Law Officer - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:24

Photo: Courtesy Ron J. Montgomery

 An Oshkosh (WI) police officer crashed his squad car Wednesday morning into a house.

The officer was on his way to a call about 6 a.m. when he drove over a curb and into a yard before crashing into a house in the 1000 block of Jackson Street, according to an Oshkosh Police Department news release.

He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.  The officer has 22 years of service with the department.

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FBI Agent Hurt After Grenade Explodes In His Car

Law Officer - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:11

An FBI agent was injured when a flash grenade inadvertently went off inside a Manhattan federal building Wednesday afternoon.

The agent accidentally discharged the grenade in his department car at the garage of 26 Federal Plaza around 1:45 p.m., a police source said.

According to the New York Post, the man was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was in stable condition with an injury to his right hand and wrist.

 

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Arlington Police Officers Suffer Violent Reaction To Heroin Smoke

Law Officer - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:04

Three Arlington (WA) police officers were taken to the hospital after having a violent reaction to second-hand heroin smoke.

The officers were exposed to the smoke during an arrest Monday in a hotel room.

Their symptoms included nausea, headache, and vomiting.

Their uniforms, four police vehicles, three workstations and a restroom also had to be decontaminated, police officials said.

Since the violent reaction was unusual, the heroin is being tested to see if it included Fentanyl.

Drugabuse.gov describes Fentanyl as “a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.”

 

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How Leaders Can Sustain Changes to Sexual Violence Investigations

Law Officer - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:57

Across the nation, progressive law enforcement agencies are changing the way they investigate sexual assaults. In recent years, with new information gathered from the science of trauma, we have learned many things about why victims of sexual violence are disorganized in their thoughts and recollections and why suspects are not. We discovered why victims of rape are more likely than not to delay their report to law enforcement, and this should never be held against them. And finally, we have learned that initial empathy shown toward victims not only goes a long way toward gaining their cooperation, it also begins their healing process.

Law enforcement chief executives are firmly behind these improvements in most organizations, as are the sexual violence detectives. So why do agencies ebb and flow in actualizing their commitment to these changes? Where do we lose the momentum? I think the answer is the constant flux and change in middle management, specifically captains, lieutenants and sergeants.

Historically, most law enforcement agencies rotate middle managers in and out of investigative units, especially at the command level (lieutenants and captains). Even SVU (special victims unit) sergeants are likely to move, since they are normally some of the most productive members of the agency and are likely to be promoted out of SVU. Because of this constant transition, law enforcement agencies must ensure all middle managers commit to sustaining these changes in how we address sexual assault cases.

There are four key components to upholding the improvements to sexual assault investigations that only middle management, specifically division commanders, can carry out.

First, because division commanders are normally responsible for division of labor between detective squads, they must ensure SVU detectives have the time needed to work each case to its fullest. The new, more effective sexual violence investigative techniques are labor intensive and time consuming. Staffing and resources are always at a premium, so in order to make these investigations a priority, it may require changing squad case assignments and/or ending the investigation of some economic and property crime.

Second, division commanders and SVU supervisors are responsible for holding their detectives accountable. They must ensure the investigation is as thorough as possible. Bosses are there to reinforce good work and correct poor work. They must call out detectives who fall into the old ways of blaming the sexual violence victim’s behavior as opposed to being focused on how the suspect acted.

Third, bosses are also responsible for ensuring proper training for new detectives and continued advanced training for current detectives. Working sexual violence cases is complex, and training can be time consuming and expensive. A commitment to training is critical.

Lastly, criminal investigation commanders are the only ones who can hold the entire agency accountable. They are the ones who sit in at command staff meetings. They are the only ones who can confront other parts of the agency when they are not doing everything they can to embrace this new way to investigate sexual violence cases. Line personnel do not have the status to ensure the changes become permanent.

These changes are being made by forward thinking law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The challenge now is SUSTAINING them.

I believe middle management is the key, delineated above are the reasons why, including ensuring proper staffing of SVU squads, emphasizing advanced training, and holding both detectives and the entire agency accountable.

We are making progress, but it can only continue with a strong commitment by middle managers.


Lt. Mike Schentrup
is the Criminal Investigations Commander for the Gainesville (FL) Police Department.

Grace Frances is the Director of Certification and Special Projects for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.

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First Tactical Introduces Defender Series Pant and Shirt

Police Magazine - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:10

First Tactical's Defender Series is performance built to handle all high-level missions while maintaining the professional look needed when on normal patrol. In the performance department, specialized pockets provide ample space for oversized gear, a specialized yoke helps eliminate unwanted bulk, and oversized sleeve pockets accept patches or embroidery.

The Defender Series uses a two-way, mechanical stretch NYCO fabric with wicking that is ideal for warm weather. Articulated elbows, running gussets, and vented mesh locations provide advanced movement and breathability to make hot days with full gear a little easier.

The Defender Shirt is made with a 6.5oz, 100% polyester jersey body designed to be snag- and wrinkle resistant and moisture-wicking fibers and a anti-microbial finish. The professional quarter-zip front features a fold-down collar and yoke made to maintain its shape throughout the life of the product. Zippered sleeve pockets feature a large Velcro panel that accepts embroidery or large patches. An elbow pad compartment works hand-in-hand with First Tactical Elbow Pads (currently available) and the coming-soon Defender Elbow Pads.

The Defender Pants are a cotton and Cordura nylon mix with a mechanical 2-way stretch double ripstop and moisture-wicking finish. First Tactical's "Double Tough Knee" features an extra layer of welded reinforcement and a zippered side access pocket that accepts First Tactical's Defender Knee Pads (coming soon). The pants feature a Comfort Flex Action Waist, reinforced belt loops, and over 25 pockets.

To learn more about First Tactical's clothing, Advanced Women's Fit, outerwear, accessories, and what's to come, visit www.FirstTactical.com.

 

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Texas Trooper Injured in Crash Returns to Work

Officer.com - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:39
A Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chad Blackburn, who was almost killed by a suspect drunk driver on Labor Day 2016, returned to work on Tuesday.
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