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Georgia Officer Fatally Shot, K-9 Critically Wounded at Traffic Stop

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:28

Officer Edgar Flores of the DeKalb County (GA) Police Department was conducting a traffic stop on Thursday evening when a subject fled on foot, opening fire on Flores as he ran.

Flores was struck and subsequently died from his wounds.

Other officers then sought to apprehend the offender, and when a police K-9 located the subject a gunfight ensued. The K-9 was critically wounded and the gunman was killed.  

Officer Flores had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for 18 months, according to ODMP.

 

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New York Man Attacks Sheriff, Good Samaritans Intervene

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:27

Wyoming County (NY) Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was driving to work when a man began to tailgate him, flashing his lights. Sheriff Rudolph pulled over to see if the other driver needed assistance. That's when Rudolph came under attack.

The driver—identified as 48-year-old Lynn Hall—exited his vehicle, approached Rudolph, and attempted to get the sheriff's gun.

Two Buffalo News newspaper deliverers subsequently intervened, helping Rudolph to take Hall into custody.

Hall is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which are felonies, as he allegedly tried to stab Rudolph during a physical altercation.

"I am very fortunate to live and work in such a kind and caring community and to have such support from loved ones, family, friends and peers that have made this incident easier to endure," Rudolph said in a statement.

 

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West Virginia Man Accused of Battery on Officer and K-9 Partner

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:26

According to the Cabell County (WV) Sheriff's Office, a 33-year-old man is accused of accused of battery on an officer after an altercation with an officer and his K-9 on Thursday.

Bradley Allen Moore has been charged with two counts of battery on an officer and obstruction.

According to the Herald Dispatch, deputies were performing an area check after a caller reported a suspicious person to 911. The caller told dispatchers the suspicious person came into a gas station claiming to have been chased by a person with a knife.

Deputies made contact with the suspect allegedly standing in the middle of the roadway. The suspect then reportedly opened the rear passenger door of the squad car and assaulted K-9 "Jimmy."

Officers removed the subject from the vehicle and took him into custody.

 

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Tennessee Officer Attacked in November Nearer to Returning to Duty

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:25

Officer B.K. Hardin of the Knoxville (TN) Police Department was directing traffic on a Saturday in late November when an unknown assailant ambushed him with a strike to the head with a blunt object—possibly a hammer or tire iron—severely injuring him.

According to WBIR News, the 51-year-old officer said at a news conference on Friday that he is recovering well, and hopes to soon return to full duty, but remains frustrated that he cannot help investigators identify his attacker.

"I didn't see him and I think that's the toughest thing for me to deal with," Hardin said. "I want to know what my suspect looks like, where he may be. Not being able to give any details to investigators has been frustrating on my side of it."

Harden also spoke about the suddenness of the attack, saying that in one instant he was helping pedestrians to safely navigate through traffic, and in the next he was just trying to stay upright.

"The world started spinning," he remembered.

An off-duty firefighter from another county happened to be nearby with medical supplies on hand. He treated Hardin until the officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery. Harding was released from the hospital two days later.

He has been dealing with concussion symptoms since his injury, but is optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

The Fraternal Order of Police has offered a $5,400 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The TBI has offered $2,500. An anonymous community member from Oak Ridge pledged an additional $5,000. The total reward is now up to $23,400.

 

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Georgia Officer Recovering from Shooting at Traffic Stop

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:23

Officer Joe Yother of the Calhoun (GA) Police Department is recovering after he was shot Tuesday afternoon, according to ABC News.

Police say 27-year-old Tameka LaShay Simpson was in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Jael Estefania De La Rosa Silie when Simpson opened fire on Yother.

Yother was hit in the chest. He says his mobile phone in his front pocket deflected the bullet.

"I heard her shot. I got hit. I felt it go in—it felt like it went inside of me because the impact was so great," said Yother.

Yother returned fire, fatally wounding Simpson.

Silie is in police custody for unrelated charges.

 

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Minnesota Department Creates New Position to Fight Opioid Crisis

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:21

The Duluth (MN) Police Department has introduced a new position that will aid in the fight against the opioid crisis, according to WDIO News.

Jessica McCarthy hopes to be a resource to overdose victims that will help them refrain from relapsing by working individually with overdose victims to get them treatment and guide them to available services.

McCarthy will also oversee training for officers in the application of naloxone.

McCarthy's position was made possible with a grant.

The grant also funds a wider availability of naloxone.

 

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Ohio Deputy Saves Suicidal Man from Jumping Off Overpass

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:15

The Franklin County (OH) Sheriff's Office released dramatic dash-camera footage of an incident on December 2 during which Deputy William Ball quickly grabbed a man as he attempted to jump off an overpass.

The video—which can be seen on the agency's Facebook page—shows ball as he slowly approaches the man, who is standing close to the guardrail of the bridge.

Deputy Ball had seen the man as he passed in his patrol vehicle. Ball stopped, backed up, exited his car and began speaking with the man.

"The male then began to open up and talk with Deputy Ball about feelings he was having about wanting to harm himself," the agency said on Facebook. "The male then suddenly began walking towards Deputy Ball stating that he would have to shoot him to get him to stop from jumping."

"I'm sorry, I got nothing left," the man said. "I'm just done."

He then attempted to jump over the wall, but Ball was able to grab the subject and pull him back onto the roadway.

A struggle ensued, and two bystanders stopped their vehicle and came to Ball's assistance.

"We would also like to thank the two civilians who stopped and assisted before backup arrived," the agency said on Facebook.

 

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Exceptional Performance with SIG's New M17 9mm +P Ammunition

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:14
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Why detection of deception is an essential part of the law enforcement hiring process

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:13

Author: Ron LaPedis

Hiring the right candidate, and ensuring that they continue to be clean, has never been more important in law enforcement. The Legal Aid Society, a New York-based nonprofit that is the largest organization of public defenders in the country, is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court.

In mid-2018, dozens were exonerated in Chicago because their cases were connected to corrupt cops. In this case, two officers were convicted of stealing money from a drug dealer – who also happened to be an FBI informant. This is just one case and is every chief’s worst nightmare.

With increased public scrutiny of police officers’ actions, police leaders must ensure they implement every check and balance available when recruiting the next generation of cops. Truth verification exams such as polygraphs and Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) can be useful tools in a department’s hiring process.

The problem is that smaller agencies often don’t have the equipment, staff or the funds to dig deeply into a new-hire’s background or determine if he or she lied on their application.

There are many companies that do background checks for private industry, allowing for basic due diligence by checking public arrest records and credit monitoring services. For an added fee, these companies may call the one to three references traditionally listed by applicants.

Of course, you know the above is not enough for a non-sworn applicant, and certainly nowhere close to what is needed for someone you are trusting to carry a sidearm to work every day while representing your agency to the public.

Polygraphs

As the premier law-enforcement agency in the United States, the FBI relies heavily on polygraphs to ensure the truthfulness of its employees. Polygraphs are administrated to every FBI employee and job applicant. The bureau adopted the policy of administering them after the 2001 arrest of former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who was convicted of giving classified information to Russia.

The FBI’s intention is not to smear candidates, but solely to determine if they are suitable for employment or pose a national security risk. The line of questioning will be discussed with the candidate ahead of time so that questions related to perfectly legal but possibly embarrassing actions can be eliminated.

Computer Voice Stress Analysis

Unlike a polygraph, which requires that the candidate, equipment, and a trained polygraph examiner all be in the same place at the same time, CVSA can be used over the phone or from a recording while interviewing a candidate and the information can be sent for analysis later.

Research into voice analysis began in the late 1950s when scientists identified a “physiological tremor” – tiny, involuntary oscillations in a muscle produced during times of stress. The first voice analyzer was developed in the early 1970s based on this research by three retired military officers.

While the FBI backs the polygraph, the validity of CVSA has been analyzed in the work of actual law enforcement officers documented in a paper titled, “Field Evaluation of Effectiveness of VSA in a U.S. Criminal Justice Setting.” A 2008 study funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) notes that the mere presence of a VSA program during an interrogation may deter a respondent from giving a false answer.

Both polygraph and CVSA validity have been questioned and sometimes fail in lab studies. In fact, the associations of Polygraph Examiners and CVSA Operators each can point to case law where their technology was vindicated over the other’s. Which of these technologies should you use?

Sum of the parts

Background checks cannot rely solely on one or even two methods. All of the pieces need to fit together to inform your hiring decision. Polygraphs and CVSAs are best used within the context of the rest of the background process, once an individual's associates have been interviewed and records checks conducted. In this way, the polygraph or CVSA have three primary uses:

    To help identify correct information; To identify new investigative leads/routes; To encourage the applicant to be open about something they wouldn't normally disclose in a standard interview.

For point 1, when an agency has a significant amount of information on an individual, they can use the polygraph to probe deeper into grey areas. For example, if the background investigation determines that the applicant was fired from their previous employer, a polygraph examiner can dive deeper into the context of what actually happened to determine why and how it happened.

For point 2, when a polygraph or CVSA picks up on inconsistencies, this might prioritize something for further investigation. For example, if the applicant is answering a question about previous conflicts in the workplace and the polygraph flags an inconsistency, investigators can focus a follow up investigation on interviewing the applicant's previous co-workers.

For point 3, simply the fact that these tools are in use is enough to make many applicants open up about derogatory information. As the NIJ noted in its paper, the worry that a polygraph or CVSA will determine when an individual is lying is a powerful tool that should not be discounted.

Law enforcement has much higher standards that must be met before making a job offer. You could do a preliminary background check using one of the companies that specialize in the private sector then have your own personnel perform the rest of the checks.

Even if the applicant doesn’t have a record, you should pull more detailed interaction checks for places where the applicant lived or worked, which means looking up the various agencies with jurisdiction, like local, county and state authorities. You need to combine old-fashioned detective work with the latest technology to come up with a total picture of your candidate.

The Department of Defense’s Adjudicative Desk Reference, written to assist security clearance adjudicators, investigators, and security managers in implementing the US government personnel security program may be of help to your own background investigations.


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Tennessee Police Fatally Shoot Armed Man

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:13

Officers with the Memphis (TN) Police Department were reportedly responding to a 911 call of a man pointing a gun at passing cars in the street when shots rang out, leaving the gunman critically wounded.

According to WMC-TV News, 42-year-old Andre Horton was transported to a nearby hospital after the shooting, where he later died of his injuries.

A family member said that Horton suffered from some form of mental illness.

Memphis police said the officer who fired shots is relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

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Town Supervisor Arrested on Grand Larceny, Falsifying Business Records Charges

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:59
The New York State Police arrested Steven Pfleging, age 43, of the Town of Rensselearville.  Pfleging was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd degree, Falsifying Business Records, both felonies, and Official Misconduct, a misdemeanor.
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New Hampshire Police Recruit Charged in Plot to Shoot Fellow Recruits at Graduation

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:50
A 24-year-old man being groomed to become a Laconia police officer was fired and charged with criminal threatening Wednesday for comments made about an upcoming police academy graduation ceremony a short time before he was to graduate.
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Miami Beach police detective dies after suffering heart attack at police station

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:49
Author: Ron LaPedis

By Johnny Diaz Sun Sentinel

Services were held Monday for a Miami Beach police officer who died after a medical emergency that has now been classified as a heart attack.

It happened Nov. 28 as Detective Larry Marrero, a 28-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, was working at the police station.

He was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he died. On Monday, the office of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said Marrero died of a heart attack.

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His funeral began with a procession that left downtown Miami along Interstate 395 to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 3716 Garden Ave. in Miami Beach where services were held.

Several fire boats performed a water salute as the procession went over the MacArthur Causeway.

At the time of his death, Marrero, 58, was working as a background investigator. He had previously worked as a marine patrol officer, a school resource officer, an auto theft investigator and homicide detective. He was also a 20-year member of the SWAT unit.

A GoFund me account has been set up to help his family.

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©2018 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)


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Case Study: Heavy Metal Poisoning Pinpointed With Old Hairs

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:23
NewsA new investigation into two-decades-old evidence has shed new light on a still-unsolved poisoning, as presented by two scientists recently in the journal Forensic Science International.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Toxicology
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Clay Woman arrested for Aggravated DWI after driving off roadway in Lafayette

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:17
State Police arrested Rebecca J. Kenyon, age 51, from Clay, NY for Aggravated DWI.

 

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Photo of the Week: Lakeland Honor Guard kicks off Christmas

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:06
Author: PoliceOne Members

This week's photo was submitted by Detective Wayne Marrone of the Lakeland Police Department in Florida. In it, the Lakeland PD's Honor Guard kicks off the 2018 Lakeland Christmas parade. Pictured left to right: Officer Will Long, Detective Wayne Marrone, Officer Cory Suttle, Officer Brian Stafford, and Officer David Brown - all inactive US Marines. Merry Christmas!

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Rochester man arrested for Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 4th degree.

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:49
On December 13, 2018, the New York State Police in Rochester arrested  Brian Moorehead, a 36 year old city of Rochester resident for Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 4th degree.

 

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NH police recruit charged for plotting to shoot fellow recruits at graduation

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:37

By Kevin Landrigan The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester

LACONIA, New Hampshire — A 24-year-old Concord man being groomed to become a Laconia police officer was fired and charged with criminal threatening Wednesday for comments made about an upcoming police academy graduation ceremony a short time before he was to graduate, state police officials said.

State troopers with the special investigations unit and the mobile enforcement team arrested Noah Beaulieu on Interstate 93 in Concord Wednesday.

He will be arraigned on Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court on one felony charge of criminal threatening.

Trooper First Class Tamara Hester has been investigating this case and the supervisor of the matter has been State Police Capt. Joseph M. Ebert.

Until Wednesday, Beaulieu had been a recruit with the Laconia Police Dept. studying at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy, officials said.

State police officials did not offer further details.

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©2018 The New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.)


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Politics Trumping Tactics: [Don't] Sit Down… You're Rocking the Boat

Police Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:30

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Earlier this week, we reported that San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told his officers that they may command suspects to sit on the ground during their interaction only when "exceptional circumstances" exist.

Adding insult to injury, Chief Scott decreed in his memo that officers shall document—in an incident report—any time it is necessary to seat an individual on the ground.

The reason for the policy change?

Chief Scott reportedly finds the practice "demeaning" to the offender.

Oh my goodness.

Chief Scott wrote in a memo that "sitting a subject on the ground or sidewalk should be done only as a last resort and only when necessary."

SIDEBAR: Who sets the definition of "necessary?" Is it the officer at the scene of a potentially dangerous incident, or the supervisor with a cup of coffee in his hand reviewing the body camera footage several hours after the event?

The potential for some really difficult times now exists for officers in the City by the Bay.

Consider a scenario: An officer will hesitate to deem sitting a subject because he or she cannot exactly articulate why his or her spider sense is elevated—something just doesn't feel right, but they just can't put their finger on it. The officer chooses then to keep the suspect standing, handcuffed behind the back. The subject suddenly lunges forward, striking the officer squarely on the nose with a vicious head-butt move. The officer is rendered unconscious.

I won't expound on this hypothetical scenario any further. You get the idea. Very, very bad things can potentially happen. And when it eventually does, I will be the first person to say, "I told you so."

Okay, enough with the theoretical realm—back to the real world.

Sitting subjects on the ground or a sidewalk is a longstanding tactic employed for the safety of both the subject and the officer. Sitting subjects on the ground puts them at a tactical disadvantage, preventing violent attacks on officers or attempts to flee on foot. Even handcuffed subjects are potentially dangerous to an officer, especially a cop who is working alone.

Ordering officers to allow subjects to remain on their feet increases the possibility of an attack or an attempt to escape.

It's counterintuitive from a tactical perspective, but is completely logical when viewed through the prism of political pandering.

Politics Over Tactics

The political culture of a community has an enormous effect on the police department and its policies—and it is well known that San Francisco is one of the most left-leaning cities in America.

It is no surprise, then, that the political pressure applied to anyone who holds the position of police chief in Fog City will cause some decisions that are not exactly pro-police.

Following the fatal shooting of Mario Woods in 2016, then-Chief Greg Suhr—who I count as a personal friend—came under immense political pressure from then-Mayor Ed Lee to make changes to the department's use-of-force policy.

In his recommendations, Chief Suhr included a request—for the umpteenth time—for the agency to add TASERs to officers' duty belts.

That request was denied—for the umpteenth time.

Other policy changes—all less favorable to police officers on the street and all the result of pressure from political forces—were accepted.

Go figure.

This problem of police departments being forced into policy changes by politics is not confined to this idyllic little patch of land at the south end of the Golden Gate.

Following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, the Baltimore Police Department was forced to make sweeping policy changes, many of which were mandated in a consent decree issued by the Department of Justice. One of the principal tenets of the reforms was an increased emphasis on de-escalation.

Indeed, policy changes have occurred in myriad American cities with the word "de-escalation" prominent in the text—and the subtext—of the document. It's the "it" word for politicians in places like Minneapolis, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and the abovementioned San Francisco and Baltimore.

There's just one problem.

De-escalation is like the Tango—it takes two for the dance to be successful.

The Dance of De-Escalation

Let's get one thing perfectly clear: adding time and distance to many police incidents is a laudable goal. Taking advantage of existing environmental elements such as furniture in a room or a car on the street to put a barrier between the officer and the subject is simply sound tactics. Using refined communications skills like Verbal Judo is a great way to "talk someone down" from a heightened state of mental or emotional distress.

Those are all good things. Officers have been talking people into handcuffs for more than a century.

However, problems arise when the person the police are talking with is unwilling or unable to listen.

A subject may be high on drugs, mentally unstable, or both. A subject may have it in his or her head, "I'm not going back to jail."

Reasoning with an unreasonable person is borderline impossible.

A rapidly unfolding, high-stress, potentially violent incident in which the outcome is unclear must afford officers the ability to defend their own safety or the safety of innocents.

This explains why things can sometimes get messy or go loud.

Politicians need to recognize this reality, and account for it in the application of pressure on police administrators in setting police policy.

Prevailing Political Winds

Elected officials have one underlying goal that informs and influences all their other objectives—getting re-elected.

This deep-seated desire directly impacts how those politicians interact with their police departments—specifically with their chiefs of police—in setting department policy.

By extension, the chiefs themselves become political creatures, seeking to retain their jobs held at the pleasure of their political bosses.

Consequently, in places where the political winds blow to the left, you're going to get policies that represent the desires of the voting majority. You get sanctuary cities, needle programs, and departments generally tolerant of certain criminal activities. You get de-policing.

Where the prevailing jetstream blows in the opposite direction, you're going to see expectedly more conservative results in police policy. You get proactive policing. You get "broken windows" policing. You get Terry Stops. You get arrests.

It should be noted that not all police policy changes are left-leaning. Recall that back when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York and William Bratton was that city's chief of police, the department adopted "zero tolerance" policing polices credited for dramatic reductions in the city's crime rate.

Further, not all police policy changes are negative. In cities where problem-oriented policing, evidence-based policing, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) have been adopted, crime has generally been reduced while approval ratings of police has simultaneously risen.

Unfortunately, those success stories are often overshadowed by Hug-a-Thug policy changes such as we saw this week in San Francisco.

We shall soon see what we shall see here in my adopted hometown. But you can bet a waist-high stack of green money that when an officer with SFPD is assaulted by a subject who was standing instead of sitting, I'll be the first to say, "I told you so."

 

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Sandy Hook school receives threat on shooting anniversary

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:14

By Associated Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Sandy Hook Elementary School students have been sent home for the day after a bomb threat forced an evacuation on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Newtown police say the threat was made at about 9 a.m. Friday and the school was evacuated. Lt. Aaron Bahamonde says there's a heightened level of anxiety in town on the anniversary and the school superintendent decided to cancel remaining classes.

It's unclear whether the threat was related to the bomb threats made nationwide Thursday.

The school where the shooting happened on Dec. 14, 2012, was knocked down and a new building was constructed at the same site.

Moments of silence were observed in Newtown and other places Friday morning in memory of the victims.


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