Law Enforcement

RI State Police Charges Providence Resident with DUI in Connection with Crash on I-95

State - RI Police - 7 hours 2 min ago
Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, said a Massachusetts resident was critically injured after being struck by a car while she was standing in the breakdown lane next to her car on Interstate 95 around 2:20 a.m....
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Ohio Police Officer Fatally Shot Responding to Domestic Incident - 9 hours 21 min ago
Girard Police Officer Justin Leo died while in surgery at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
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IACP Quick Take: Why the fight against the opioid crisis can’t stop with naloxone

Police One - 10 hours 31 min ago

Author: Cole Zercoe

PHILADELPHIA — America is in the midst of an opioid crisis, and police officers are on the front line of the epidemic. Agencies are increasingly outfitting their officers with the overdose reversal drug naloxone, but that’s only half the battle. Naloxone saves lives, but it doesn’t stop addiction. At the 124th International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, three panelists outlined the importance of pre-arrest diversion programs.

PARTICIPANTS Jac Charlier, National Director for Justice Initiatives, Center for Health and Justice at TASC Eric Guenther, Chief of Police, Mundelein (Ill.) Police Department John Tharp, Sheriff, Lucas County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office QUICK SUMMARY

Charlier highlighted five pre-arrest diversion frameworks designed to maximize the pathways to treatment for addicts in your community.

Naloxone Plus: Engaging with an overdose victim about treatment options after administering naloxone. The “plus” is the second life-saving effort you’re offering – treatment – after you’ve saved the victim’s life with a naloxone dose. Some models your agency can follow include the STEER, QRT, and DART programs. Active Outreach: Police initially seek and ID individuals they believe are in need of help and make a warm handoff (introduce the addict to a behavioral health professional in person) to treatment. Some examples of these are PAARI and QRT. Self-Referral: Addicts initiate contact with law enforcement, which then makes a warm handoff to treatment. You need to inform your community members that they can come to your agency for help with their addiction without fear of being arrested. The Angel and PAARI programs are some examples your agency can adopt. Officer Prevention Referral: When officers encounter someone engaged in illegal drug use, they do not file charges and instead initiate treatment engagement. Examples include LEAD and STEER. Officer Intervention Referral: A less commonly used option; the officer suspends charges against the person engaged in illegal drug activity in exchange for the completion of drug treatment. Examples include CCN, LEAD, and STEER. 3 KEY TAKEAWAYS

1. Build trust.

Panelist John Tharp, who started the DART program in Lucas County, Ohio, noted that it’s important to stress to officers that they need to build meaningful relationships with the addicts they’re responding to. He tells his officers not to try to make informants out of them in the initial stages of relationship building. Over time, as your police force assists addicts with getting the help they need, this segment of your community not only sees the police in a positive light, but is more willing to assist in investigations. Tharp told the audience the positive feedback he’s received about his officers since the start of the program has been “amazing,” and the county just recently indicted a slew of major drug dealers with the aid of information that came directly from opioid addicts they had helped.

2. Time is of the essence.

Addicts need treatment now, not later. The longer it takes to connect an addict to treatment after an OD or when they’re actively seeking help, the more likely it is that they will no longer be receptive to treatment. When the Mundelein PD started their program, they knew it was vital to have a system that never turned a person away. “If we had to say no, we knew it would fail immediately,” panelist Eric Guenther said. Speed requires building relationships with your area treatment centers and major hospitals in a tiered system (primary care provider, etc.). On average, Guenther can get an addict in a bed within 90 minutes of contact.

3. Get the word out.

Work with hospitals, defense attorneys, the probation department, and the DA to get referrals. Market your product directly to the people who need it – go out and visit 12 step programs and other places where people suffering from addiction will be.


Since starting their program, the Mundelein PD found most overdose victims need inpatient, not outpatient treatment. According to Guenther, many addicts said that they had done outpatient treatment multiple times without success, but their first inpatient treatment kept them on the path to recovery.

Officers need to understand what the timeframe of recovery looks like so they can have realistic expectations with the people they’re contacting. Recovery occurs over years, not weeks.

The Mundelein PD’s program was a direct result of feedback from street cops. The officers carry naloxone, and many aired their frustrations over responding to the same OD victims repeatedly.

The biggest advocates of the program are the users themselves. The more success you have, the more the word will get out about your program.

It’s not just about saving lives. Getting addicts into recovery decreases crime, results in better community-police relations, helps with overcrowding issues in correctional facilities and saves taxpayer money.

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IACP Quick Take: How to attract diverse candidates to your agency

Police One - 10 hours 43 min ago
Author: Cole Zercoe

PHILADELPHIA — Diversity in your police force is a crucial component to a successful agency, but when it’s already a challenge to fill the ranks, attracting female and minority applicants requires a smart and innovative approach. At the 124th International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, the Michigan State Police outlined the steps they took to get a more diverse applicant pool.

PARTICIPANTS Robert Hendrix, MSP Commander Rick Arnold, MSP Lieutenant Colonel Monica Yesh, MSP Captain QUICK SUMMARY

Since refocusing their recruitment efforts, the MSP has boosted diversity in their ranks. From the period of 2011 to 2014, 85 percent of the agency was made up of white males. From 2014 to the present, that number has dropped to 75 percent. While the agency says there’s still much more work to be done, this meaningful improvement is a direct result of changes to their recruitment strategies.


1. Make the hiring process easier.

Hendrix spearheaded improvements to the agency’s hiring process, including:

Updating their 20-year-old entry exam, a key component of which was eliminating an essay portion that was the cause of a three- to four-month turnaround time for results. Now, results come back in less than two weeks. Consider the passing rate and how long it’s taking to get results back when reviewing your entry exam for potential updates. Going paperless. The entire process is now digital – applicants upload required documents, can check the status of their application and receive direct personalized notifications from the system. Millennials were raised on the internet – don’t turn them off with the inefficient, inconvenient and sluggish paper system. Road shows. The MSP started taking entrance exams, agility testing, and pre-screening interviews to their applicants through partnerships with colleges. No one wants to drive two hours just to take a 15-minute questionnaire.

2. Build trust.

The MSP has partnerships with faith-based organizations, community organizations, schools, veterans affairs and military units to build trust and goodwill with the public, particularly minorities. Since 2012, they’ve held over 60 percent of their recruiting events in urban areas.

3. Listen to and address fears of potential applicants.

Some saw the MSP as an elite agency and believed they were not needed or wanted, or that they wouldn’t qualify. Others feared being assigned a post far away from their home. The agency holds women’s recruiting seminars where part of the focus is on fears and challenges specific to women – how to navigate the difficulties of being a mom and a cop, for example.

4. Think “see to be.”

If you want diversity in your agency, you need to broadcast diversity. The MSP updated all their promotional materials – website, rack cards, recruitment videos and posters – to reflect diversity in the agency. The women’s recruiting seminars hold Q&As with a diverse panel of female speakers (background, ethnicity, rank, specialty, years in service, etc.) to discuss the nature of the work and how they overcame difficult moments in their careers. The seminars also highlight the history of female officers in the agency. Applicants need to see themselves in the position – all of the above steps help them build confidence that they can do the job.


One of the key components of the MSP’s strategy is continued communication with recruitment event attendees. Get their contact information the day of the event and follow up – don’t leave people hanging.

Not enough women in your agency to hold a women’s seminar? Team up with other agencies in the area.

The MSP treats recruitment as a job everyone shares, and your best recruiters (and bang for your buck) are out in the field. Your street cops should be actively recruiting because your strongest product is the public seeing you out there in action.

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FBI: Police Officer Felonious Deaths Up 60%

Law Officer - 10 hours 55 min ago

A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released last week.

Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.

Both are a significant increase from 2015 when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty.

Additionally, 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty, with nearly 30 percent of those officers being injured in the incidents and an average of 157 officers assaulted per day and a 10% increase from 2015.

The 60% increase in officers being murdered in the line of duty and the increase in daily assaults towards law enforcement should have law enforcement leaders concerned says Law Officer Columnist and SAFETAC Trainer Travis Yates.

“I do believe that we have some leaders that are not adequately preparing our police officers for the dangers that they face.  Unlike what I have seen from some in law enforcement, the idea of cowards killing police officers is not a ‘community policing’ issue or from a ‘lack of’ outreach from law enforcement.  This is pure evil preying on those that stand between that evil and the communities that they serve and the only way to mitigate the risk is training,” Yates told us.

Yates points to hearing from police officers every week that feel their training needs are being ignored by their administration and the hesitation that he sees in some to support much needed training.

Yates says that The First Three Seconds: Surviving The Ambush, is one of the best classes he has seen in the area of Officer Survival and he sees officers paying their own way each and every class because there is not support for training that can save lives.

Law Officer is currently sponsoring several training sessions across the country, including a free opportunity to see ‘Courageous Leadership‘ in Mesa (AZ) on October 24th.  Contact SAFETAC Training and ask them for the Law Officer Discount on your training needs.

Felonious Deaths
The 66 felonious deaths occurred in 29 states and in Puerto Rico.

The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2016 increased by 25 when compared with the 41 officers who were feloniously killed in 2015.

The five- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of 17 felonious deaths compared with the 2012 figure (49 officers) and an increase of eight deaths compared with 2007 data (58 officers).

Police ambushes reached a two decade high in 2016 with 17 officers ambushed and killed by suspects.

At the time the 66 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed:

  • 13 were answering disturbance calls (seven were domestic disturbance calls);
  • nine were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances;
  • six were engaged in tactical situations;
  • five were performing investigative activities (such as surveillances, searches, or interviews);
  • four were conducting traffic pursuits/stops;
  • three were investigating drug-related matters;
  • three were victims of unprovoked attacks;
  • one was answering a burglary in progress call or pursuing a burglary suspect(s);
  • one was answering a robbery in progress call or pursuing a robbery suspect(s); and
  • four were attempting other arrests.


  • Offenders used firearms to kill 62 of the 66 victim officers.
  • Of these 62 officers, 37 were slain with handguns, 24 with rifles, and one with a shotgun.
  • Four officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons.

Thirty of the felonious deaths occurred in the South, 17 in the West, 13 in the Midwest, four in the Northeast, and two in Puerto Rico.


  • Law enforcement agencies identified 59 alleged assailants in connection with the felonious line-of-duty deaths.
  • Forty-five of the assailants had prior criminal arrests, and 14 of the offenders were under judicial supervision at the times of the felonious incidents.


  • In 2016, of the 57,180 officers assaulted while performing their duties, 28.9 percent were injured.
  • The largest percentage of victim officers (32.2 percent) were assaulted while responding to disturbance calls.
  • Assailants used personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) in 78.0 percent of the incidents, firearms in 4.2 percent of incidents, and knives or other cutting instruments in 1.9 percent of the incidents.
  • Other types of dangerous weapons were used in 16.0 percent of assaults.

Accidental Deaths

  • Fifty-two law enforcement officers were killed accidentally while performing their duties in 2016.
  • The majority (26 officers) were killed in automobile accidents.
  • The number of accidental line-of-duty deaths increased by seven when compared with the 45 officers who were accidentally killed in 2015.


Of the 52 officers accidentally killed:

  • 26 died as a result of automobile accidents;
  • 12 were struck by vehicles;
  • seven officers died due to motorcycle accidents;
  • three were accidentally shot;
  • two officers drowned;
  • one died in an aircraft accident; and
  • one officer died in another type of duty-related accident.

Use of Seatbelts

  • Use of seatbelts was reported for 21 of the 26 officers killed in automobile accidents.
  • Of these 21 officers, 10 were wearing seatbelts, and 11 were not wearing seatbelts at the times of the accidents.
  • Of the 11 victim officers who were fatally injured in automobile accidents and were not wearing seatbelts, two were seated in parked motor vehicles at the times of the accidents.


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IACP Quick Take: Why local beats viral when building a social media strategy

Police One - 11 hours 5 min ago

Author: Cole Zercoe

By Nancy Perry, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

PHILADELPHIA — Generating local and relevant content that engages your community is the key to a successful police social media program.

During their session at the 124th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Parker (Colo.) Police Department Professional Standards Commander Chris Peters and PIO Josh Hans reviewed how to develop a social media communication strategy where the emphasis is on local connections rather than on going viral.

Memorable quotes

Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the presentation:

“Our Chief’s vision is that marketing what our police department does is as important as what we do.” – Chris Peters

“Pick the number of social media channels you have time to properly manage. Don’t be active on six different platforms if you can’t be responsive.” – Josh Hans

“The media only covers bad news. People have no idea how many great programs police departments have. They know you write tickets, but they need to know the many good things you are doing.” – Josh Hans

“Response time is as important for social media as it is for police calls.” – John Hans

3 key take-ways

1. Focus on building an online presence that serves your community

The first step toward a successful campaign is selecting those social media channels your community already uses. The Parker Police Department is active on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

“We picked three channels because we knew we only had the capacity to properly manage that many. As Parker is a suburban community, Nextdoor is a good fit as those followers are generally more active in our community. For example, about 40 percent of the registrants for classes we offer come from Nextdoor,” Hans said. “If a department is located in a university town, I would recommend Snapchat and Instagram. It is important to understand your community and the social media platforms they already use in their daily life.”

Push it Real Good! Officer Yowell pushin it like @TheSaltNPepa for a @townofparkerco resident.

— Parker Police Dept. (@ParkerPolice) October 13, 2017

Once you select the platforms, you need to proactively engage key influencers within those social media channels.

“Facebook changes algorithms all the times,” Hans said, “so your police department page - which functions as a business page - may not get the level of engagement personal Facebook pages receive. Some estimates say that only about 14 percent of your followers see your posts, whereas people see posts from their friends all the time. Facebook is actively prioritizing personal pages over business pages.”

The first step to combatting this is to identify the “tastemakers” in your community.

“Reach out to these people ahead of time to start a conversation with them,” Hans said. “Invite them to your agency to show them all the programs you are involved with. For example, Parker’s mayor is very influential on social media and he shares our posts.”

Local community groups can also become advocates of your social media pages and share content. “The Free in Parker Community Group on Facebook is very active and shares our posts on a regular basis,” Hans said

2. Use social media as a two-way source of information

Social media isn’t just about promoting the good things your officers do in the community. It can also be an important source for police departments to receive information from the community.

“When you are searching for a suspect, people in your community are going to help you get your message out,” Hans said. “For example, with missing persons where time is critical, you can use social media to quickly get information out to people.”

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The Parker Police Department also uses its social media channel to provide general information for residents about things like closures of larger roads and other events that could impact public safety.

For this to be successful though, notes Hans, you must respond to any questions the community posts on your pages.

3. Become the source of news

Today many of us consume our news through social media. And fake news can fly fast on the internet. If a police department has an active social media presence it can handle rumor abatement and take control of the dialogue.

Resident's dog was eaten by a coyote this week. @COParksWildlife has tips on living with coyotes in CO:

— Parker Police Dept. (@ParkerPolice) September 20, 2017

“When an incident happens, you want to get information out right away on your social media platforms to calm the fears of your community. This reinforces to them that you are the source for information when something big happens,” Hans said. He cites the success of the Boston Police Department during the marathon bombing when the agency’s social media activity made it the news source for the world.

3 best practices
    How do you want your agency and officers to be perceived by your community? The Parker Police Department came up with 10 inspirational words it wanted the community to associate with its officers and then uses those words within social media posts. Don’t focus on the numbers. Chasing Facebook fans or Twitter followers is not as important as finding the right people to engage with. Focus on the conversation and the connections with follow. As more than 75 percent of the fans of the Parker Police Department’s Facebook page are locals, the department is reaching those individuals who are impacted by community events. At the same time, engaging posts will always be shared and reach the larger social media community. Transparency pays off. After sharing a post about an excessive speeding campaign, even Hans was surprised by the 80-plus comments the agency received - all positive - showing how the community appreciated the police for all their efforts to keep them safe. “To receive positive comments like that is proof of performance. We did two days of speed traps and the community thanked us!” Hans said.
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Ohio Police Officer Killed At Domestic Violence Call

Law Officer - 11 hours 15 min ago

Girard  (OH) Police Officer Justin Leo, age 31, was fatally shot late Saturday night while responding to a domestic call.

The Officer and his partner went to a home in Girard, a city near Youngstown in northeastern Ohio.

When they arrived, a man inside the home spoke briefly with them. He then pulled a gun and opened fire, according to authorities.

Leo was killed.

His partner returned fire and killed the gunman.

Leo was a five-year veteran of the Girard Police Department.

” An absolute gentleman and someone who the city has been proud of since he had been here with us,” Girard Mayor Jim Melfi said, according to WFMJ. “Our communities, prayers and thoughts go out to Leo’s family.”

The identity of the suspect or the other officer has not yet been released.

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IACP Quick Take: Oregon's approach to addressing mental health and crisis response

Police One - 11 hours 27 min ago

Author: Cole Zercoe

By Nancy Perry, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

PHILADELPHIA — More than four million residents call Oregon home. Sadly thousands within the state live with some form of mental illness. Police have been interacting with people in crisis for decades but never before has there been so much attention to how, when and why.

The Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association formed a work group to develop a statewide policy framework that can be scaled for use by a 2-person, 20-person or 600-person law enforcement agency. The work group also developed training recommendations for basic academy, in-service and crisis intervention team (CIT) training.

At the 124th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, members of the work group outlined their policy framework and detailed how agencies could deploy similar best practices.

Panelists Eriks Gabliks, director, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Troy Clausen, undersheriff, Marion County Sheriff's Office Jim Ferraris, chief of police, City of Woodburn Police Department Kevin Rau, Crisis Intervention Program training coordinator, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Memorable Quotes

“If we don’t have collaboration, we just end up bringing individuals in crisis to our jails, which were never designed to be psychiatric crisis centers.” – Troy Clausen

“We needed to develop a best practice document that any agency could take and expand to their needs.” – Kevin Rau

“A key strategy is partnership with the mental health community. None of this can be done alone.” – Kevin Rau

“Are we putting police officers through crisis training that is based on real-life circumstances?” – Kevin Rau

Effective response strategies
    Partner with the mental health community. “The entire nation is asking us, as professionals, to deal with this problem, but it will take a village to help with this issue,” Clausen said. The success of Oregon’s approach is based on the partnerships law enforcement has put in place, which have led to successful collaborations in care. Work directly with emergency hospitals. Law enforcement must work with ER staff and the ED director and have a liaison identified within the LE community for outreach, Rau said. Develop a strong commitment to law enforcement liaison with mental health community. Provide training for the entire public safety system (LE, EMS/fire, dispatch, DA, mental health, city/county leaders). Deploy and train specialized officers and mental health counterparts. Grant money has been used to pair up a deputy or officer with a mental health expert to form a Mobile Crisis Team unit that can respond to mental health calls when requested by a patrol officer. Use specialized non-police responders. Non-police responders are also being utilized like fire and EMS. Such response also needs to be paired with diversion to outpatient treatment of some kind, notes Rau. Use of less-lethal tools. “We needed to look at the right training for the use of less-lethal tools with individuals suffering a mental health crisis and training the right way with bean bag guns, TASERs and other tools available,” Rau said. Develop more mental health-centric scenario training. Work with stakeholders. Provide outpatient treatment. Partner with crisis hotlines. Police officers and hostage negotiators spend time manning crisis lines so they can get experience talking to these people. This offers the officers the chance to get training and improve their communication skills while actually helping save lives. Increase the amount of 24/7 Crisis Response Sites. Establish jail-based diversion. Utilize mental health courts.

For more information, visit the Oregon Knowledge Bank.

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Newstead man arrested for Driving While Impaired with 2-year-old child in the car

State - NY Police - 12 hours 3 min ago
On October 21, 2017 Thomas Griffin II, 30 of Newstead was arrested after crashing in the Clarence Walmart parking lot. 


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Man with knife injures 4 people in Munich; arrest made

Police One - 13 hours 29 min ago

Associated Press

BERLIN — A man with a knife attacked four people in Munich on Saturday and then fled, police said. A suspect was arrested a few hours later, and authorities were working to determine whether he was the assailant.

Police received initial reports of an attack in the Haidhausen area, just east of downtown Munich, at about 8:30 a.m., spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins said. They determined that a lone attacker apparently had gone after passers-by indiscriminately with a knife.

The assailant attacked six people — five men and one woman — at different sites in the area, with four of them wounded and none seriously, da Gloria Martins said. They mainly had superficial stab wounds and in one case had been hit, he added.

After the attack, police took to Twitter to warn people in the Rosenheimer Platz area to stay indoors and cautioned them to avoid the area around the nearby Ostbahnhof railway station and a park amid conflicting accounts of the direction in which the suspect fled.

Police also issued a description of the suspect, who they said appeared to be about 40 years old and had a black bicycle, gray trousers, a green jacket and a backpack. They decribed him as having a "corpulent figure" and added that he had short blond hair and was unshaven.

About three hours after the stabbing, police arrested a man matching that description who initially tried to evade officers. "We can't yet confirm whether he is the perpetrator," da Gloria Martins said.

There was no immediate word on a possible motive.

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Ohio officer fatally shot at domestic dispute call

Police One - 13 hours 56 min ago

Associated Press

GIRARD, Ohio — An Ohio police officer has been fatally shot while responding to a domestic dispute in the northeast part of the state.

Authorities say 31-year-old Girard police officer Justin Leo was shot just after 10 p.m. Saturday as he and another officer approached the door of a home and the suspect opened fire. Leo died during surgery at a local hospital.

The suspect was killed by another officer. The suspect hasn't been identified.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

Leo was a five-year veteran of the department.

A radio call for an "officer down" included an officer telling a dispatcher there was a man with several firearms who had been drinking all day.

RIP P.O. Justin Leo, Girard, OH, PD, shot & killed Saturday, 10/21/17, after responding to a domestic incident. #THESACRIFICECONTINUES.

— PAPD (@PAPD911) October 22, 2017

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Girard Police Department (OH)

Law Enforcement LODD - 14 hours 27 min ago
Police Officer Justin Leo was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call at 408 Indiana Avenue at approximately 10:15 pm. The subject was intoxicated and was known to...

Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - 14 hours 47 min ago
MEDIA CONTACT: Captain Derek W. Borek, District "B" Commander, (401) 444-1014. No arrests/Incidents to report.
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Police find 'troubling' weapons stash during child pornography search

Police One - 16 hours 2 min ago

By Sara Nealeigh The Bradenton Herald

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Photographs of schools, three bomb devices, guns and books on how to make explosives were found in a Dunedin man’s home Wednesday, officials report.

Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office were executing a search warrant at 1234 Royal Oak Drive North in Dunedin when they found the devices.

Randall Drake, 24, was a suspect in a child pornography investigation with officials suspecting that he had child porn in his home and was distributing it, according to the sheriff’s office.

Wednesday, officials went into the home looking for items connected to the child pornography investigation, but instead found three explosives, the photos and books inside a locked bedroom closet, according to the sheriff’s office.

Two of the homemade bombs were made of metal cylindrical cigar tubes containing gun powder and wicks for detonation and a third from a plastic tube containing gun powder, wrapped in tape with a fuse, according to the sheriff’s office. The devices were safely removed from the home by the Hillsborough Bomb Squad Team.

A folder with aerial photos of Essrig Elementary School and Ben Hill Middle School in Hillsborough County, along with another of a water treatment plant were also found in the closet. Detectives also found books and handwritten notes on how to make explosives, the sheriff’s office reported in a news release.

One of the handwritten notes read, “the daughters come, and I am ready. I have fed on my hatred for centuries. My fury at those who imprisoned me shall be vast and without mercy. I shall have my bloody revenge, and then the world will burn burn.”

Inside the home Drake shared with his parents officials also found:

10 rifles to include an AK-47 8 handguns 2 shotguns more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition and gun powder a make-shift silencer more than 15 knives a baseball bat with nails sticking out a crossbow brass knuckles

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri called the discovery “troubling” and compared Drake to Stephen Paddock, the man police say shot into a crowd at a music festival in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“Randall appears to be as we would refer to as a sleeper,” Gualtieri said. “We have no criminal intelligence on him.”

Drake was charged with two counts of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device and taken to the Pinellas County jail without incident. He refused to speak with investigators.

Officials are investigating why Drake had so many devices and what his intentions may have been. Drake has no criminal history and or history of mental health issues, according to the sheriff’s office.

Drake previously worked at Florida Firearms Academy in 2015, according to Gualtieri.

“It’s very concerning,” Gualtieri said, adding that Drake appears to have been acting alone. “He could have caused some serious damage.”

His parents told officials Drake was home-schooled from the time he was in third grade and was once a Tampa Police Explorer. He is no longer associated with the program, Gualtieri said. The parents told officials they knew their son had a few guns, but were not aware of the extent.

Nothing was found in connection with the child pornography investigation as of yet, Gualtieri said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Copyright 2017 The Bradenton Herald

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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - 16 hours 17 min ago
On October 22, 2017 at 1:43AM, Troopers arrested Meliton Cruz Munoz, age 39, of 42 Joslin Street, Providence, RI for 1) Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and or Drugs 1st Offense - BAC Unknown 2) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test 3) Driving Without a License – 2nd Offense. The arrest was...
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - 16 hours 17 min ago
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Troopers arrested Adriana Rodriguez, age 36, of 94 Carr Street, Floor 1, Providence, Rhode Island for 1.) Reckless Driving and 2.) Driving with a Suspended License – 3rd Offense. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Morton Street, in the
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Police department rallies behind fallen officer's widow who lost her husband, father and son

Police One - 16 hours 32 min ago

By Perry A. Farrell Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Last Oct. 28, Sacha Jarrett kissed her husband of 17 years, Corp. Myron A. Jarrett, goodbye. She told him she loved him and said she'd see him later.

She didn't know that the man she'd loved since their days at Detroit Southeastern High School, the father of her four children, wouldn't be coming home that night.

Jarrett was killed by a hit and run driver while on duty. He had served in the Detroit Police Department since Nov. 21, 2008.

"The last thing I said to him was 'I love you,' because he said he loved me like he always did," his wife said. "He said he'd call me if he was working overtime, and he left.

"It was a normal day. Nothing was out of the ordinary. That night, he was dead."

If the death of her husband wasn't devastating enough, Jarrett unexpectedly lost her 16-year-old son, Cameron, in July this year after burying her father, Gregory Moore, a month earlier after a brief illness.

"I don't know what's going on; I hope nothing else happens," she said."It has been a lot to deal with."

Nearly a year after Myron Jarrett's death, his family is still top of mind for Detroit Police. The department, along with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, held a fund-raiser for the Jarrett family last December. Another one is scheduled for Oct. 26 at They Say Restaurant, 267 Joseph Campau on the city's west side.

"They just wanted me to know that the community is rallying around me," Jarrett said. "I don't want anyone to forget my husband. ... to me it feels like it was yesterday."

The goal is awareness and support.

"We don't want people to forget about him,'' said homicide Det. Khary Mason. "It's a fund-raiser for the Jarrett family. Myron Jarrett's career provided a certain amount of financial support for the family and his loss took away the support he was able to give to the family, not to mention his presence in raising the children."

Jarrett, 41, has been besieged with love from family and friends. The stay-at-home mom has helped son Christian, 22, and daughters Caitlin, 18, and Cassidy, 5, through the tragedy.

Caitlin graduated in June from Roseville High School and still isn't coping well with her father's death.

"Obviously, he wasn't there for her graduation,'' said Sacha. "I'm going to give her time to get it together (before going to college). It was rough on her.

Jarrett said she's spoken with a therapist, who said the tougher days could be ahead for Cassidy.

"She knows her dad isn't coming back," Jarrett said. "I don't think she really understands. From what I hear, it's not going to hit her until later in life; maybe by the time she's seven or eight.. I'm not going to let her forget about him."

Losing the other two men in her life was equally as painful.

"With the sudden passing of my 16-year-old son ... He was special needs," she said. "He couldn't walk or talk. It just happened in one day. He wasn't a sickly child. He was a happy boy, and he just passed away all of a sudden. It was weird.

"I'm managing, it has been rough."

She's still trying to process everything that's happened.

"I have been through a lot the last 11 months," she said. "Everything just happened so fast. My husband was an officer for eight years. He was going to work and coming home every day. He dedicated his life to the city of Detroit."

In August Steven Guzina, 55, was sentenced to 16 to 26 years for second-degree murder in Jarrett's death. He was also sentenced to 10 to 15 years for operating under the influence and 10 to 15 years for not stopping at the scene of an accident.

Jarrett's tragic death was one of three, Detroit police officials said, occurred over the last year.

Detroit police officers, Sgt. Kevin Miller and Sgt. Kenneth Steil died in the line of duty. Others have been seriously injured and are recuperating, unable to work.

In support of their fallen comrades, Detroit police organize fund-raisers and help the families as much as they can.

While the family collects benefits from the police department and the city of Detroit, nothing replaces a husband, father and friend.

"There's nothing you can tell anyone to prepare them for that kind of shock," Jarrett said. "All I can tell people is pray every day that your loved one comes back to you."

Nothing can replace Myron Jarrett for his family, but his memory is always with them.

His badge is proudly displayed in the family living room.

"He loved his family," Jarrett said. "They called him Salt and Pepper because he had the little gray coming in the hair and the beard. "He was just a good man."

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Minn. police officer arrested for threatening to shoot sister-in-law

Police One - 16 hours 32 min ago

By Sarah Horner Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minneapolis police officer threatened to hide in the bushes and shoot his sister-in-law, authorities say.

James John Lopez, 55, was charged Friday with one count of felony-level threats of violence, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court.

Lopez, who lives in St. Paul, works for the Minneapolis police department, the complaint said.

No attorney was listed for Lopez in court records and he could not be immediately reached for comment.

His sister-in-law was in town visiting Monday evening when Lopez, who had been drinking, began arguing with his wife inside their home on Sidney Street West, the woman told St. Paul police, according to the complaint.

As his wife began packing up her things to leave the house, Lopez reportedly pointed his finger at his sister-in-law and threatened to shoot her, authorities say.

“I don’t care where you go, St. Paul or Seattle. I’ll be hiding in the bushes and I’ll shoot you,” Lopez threatened, according to the complaint.

Investigators later spoke with Lopez’s wife about the incident.

She told officers that Lopez had been “drinking heavily” and “acting out of control and crazy,” that night, prompting her to want to leave their home with her other family members because she feared what Lopez might do, legal documents say.

Both she and her father confirmed that they overheard Lopez threaten his sister-in-law during the incident, and Lopez’s wife said he also threatened her in the past, once putting a gun to her head, the complaint said.

His wife said she refrained from reporting the earlier incident because Lopez threatened to kill her if she ever called police, court documents say.

Her father told police he heard sounds “like a gun being racked and loaded” after Lopez made the threatening remarks to his wife’s sister Monday.

Lopez was convicted of a DWI in Scott County in 2016.

The Minneapolis police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the president of the Minneapolis Police Federation.

Lopez was recognized for 25 years of service with Minneapolis along with other city employees this past June, according to the city’s web site.

Copyright 2017 Pioneer Press

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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - 16 hours 47 min ago
At 11:36 PM, Troopers arrested Darius Carvalho, age 27, of 11 Borden Street, Riverside, RI, for Reckless Driving – Second Offense. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Jefferson Blvd., in the City of Warwick. The subject was transported to the Wickford Barracks, processed, arraigned
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:00
No incidents or arrests to report
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