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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - 11 hours 7 min ago
Media Contact: Captain Derek W. Borek, District A Commander, 401-444-1014 At 7:09 AM, Troopers arrested Erik Perez, age 31, of 42 Huxley Avenue, Apartment 1, Providence, Rhode Island, for: Affidavit and Arrest Warrant, on the charge of Obstructing a Police Officer, originating out of the State...
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - 11 hours 37 min ago
MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher Schram, District "B" Commander, (401) 444-1202 At 3:42 PM, Troopers arrested Michael McKay, Age 40, of 448 Washington Street, Coventry, RI for 1.) Violation of a Protective Order-(Felony-Fourth Offense), 2.) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs-...
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - 11 hours 52 min ago
Media Contact: Captain Derek W. Borek District "A" Commander 401-444-1014 At 9:53AM Troopers arrested Harold Lopez, age 46, of 160 Benedict Street, Providence, Rhode Island, on a Sixth District Court bench warrant for failure to pay fines and costs on the charge of weapons other than firearms
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - 12 hours 7 min ago
At 2:49 PM, Troopers arrested Shawn Mann, age 26, of 136 Anthony Avenue Apartment #2, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on a Sixth District Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Pretrial Conference on the original charge of Driving with Expired License originating from the Providence Police Department and
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Alabama Police Officer Fatally Shot - 13 hours 24 min ago
Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa was killed in a confrontation with a murder suspect Tuesday.
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Alabama Officer Killed by Murder Suspect, Suspect Found Dead After Barricade

Police Magazine - 13 hours 30 min ago

A Mobile, AL, police officer was shot late Tuesday evening and rushed to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he died.

Officer Justin Billa was shot and mortally wounded by a murder suspect at a residence. The suspect identified as Robert Hollie is dead following a barricade incident. It is unknown if he committed suicide or was killed by responding officers. 

WKRG TV reports SWAT teams arrived on the scene around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The barricade situation ended around 2:45 a.m.

The shooting suspect is also connected to a woman's body found Tuesday evening on West Ridge Road, according to an email sent to city officials by the Mobile Police Department.

Officer Billa worked in the Third Precinct and had been an officer since January 2016. He was named officer of the month in June 2016.


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Officers Receive Public Safety Medal of Valor - 13 hours 32 min ago
Twelve law enforcement officers from across the country were awarded the Public Safety Medal of Valor on Tuesday.
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President Trump Supports Bump Stock Ban - 13 hours 37 min ago
President Trump on Tuesday signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.
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Newly Released Video Shows Seattle Police-Involved Shootout - 13 hours 42 min ago
Seattle police on Tuesday evening released video footage from officers’ body cameras and dashboard cameras that shows a shootout with a suspected car prowler and a brief standoff that ended with the man’s death early Monday morning.
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Missing Runaway Juvenile

She is known to frequent the University Square Mall area.
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Video: Utah Highway Patrol Cruiser Struck Twice During Snowstorm - 13 hours 52 min ago
The Utah Highway Patrol released video of a trooper's vehicle being struck twice during a snowstorm in Salt Lake City.
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Man Arrested in Slayings of Two Las Vegas Homeless Men - 14 hours 7 min ago
Federal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the killings of two homeless men in Las Vegas and the shooting of two other people.
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Watch: Police Perform PIT On Stolen Vehicle

Law Officer - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:57

Five people, three juveniles and two adults, were taken into custody early Monday morning, following a police pursuit by Greenfield (WI) police involving a stolen vehicle. The pursuit ended after the vehicle crashed into a home on Milwaukee’s south side.


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President Trump Directs Justice Department to Ban Bump Stocks

Police Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:56

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year's Las Vegas massacre, reports the Associated Press.

Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trump spoke during a White House ceremony recognizing bravery by the nation's public safety officers.

"We must move past clichés and tired debates and focus on evidence based solutions and security measures that actually work," Trump said.


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Police Called After KFC Runs Out Of Chicken

Law Officer - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:48

There is panic on the streets of London.

It’s been the fourth day of a chicken shortage with area KFC’s. Called the ‘KFC crisis’, more than half of its 900 UK stores closed due to a chicken shortage.

Frustrated chicken lovers resorted to contacting the the police, who warned “fried chicken is not a police matter”.

Staff keen to get back to work reportedly took matters into their own hands, and KFC told The Telegraph it is “urgently investigating” an incident in Kent where workers were seen smuggling what looked like meat from the local butcher into the back door of the premises. The chain is also looking into reports that staff members in West London approached a local butcher to ask for all their chicken stock.

The fried chicken company has said it has strict food safety policies in place, and staff should not be taking chicken from local butchers.

The shortage appears to be indefinite, as the company said it is unclear when it will be resolved.

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Is The Tesla Model X The Future Of Police Cars?

Law Officer - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:43

Canada’s Ontario Provincial Police offered up a glimpse of the future of policing at this year’s edition of the Canadian International Autoshow: a Tesla Model X P90D outfitted for use as a pursuit vehicle.

According to Futurism, the SUV was given a black-and-white paint job, the OPP badge, and a working siren, but for the time being it’s just for demonstrative purposes. The vehicle was apparently a generous donation from a friend. OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt described the cruiser as “what the future of policing looks like down the road,” according to a report from Tech Crunch.

The Model X P90D won’t be road ready for Ontario’s police any time soon. The car has yet to undergo the necessary testing for official use.

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How to handle encounters with suspicious UAS operations

Police One - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:02

Author: The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

By Michele Coppola TechBeat Magazine

As use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also referred to as drones or unmanned aerial vehicles, gains popularity in the U.S., law enforcement agencies need to know how to assess UAS operations and options for dealing with suspected illegal actions.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for enforcing its regulations applicable to UAS, but the agency notes that state and local law enforcement officers are often the first to discover unauthorized or unsafe UAS operations and often are in the best position to immediately intervene, possibly through their already existing authorities.

A challenge for law enforcement officers is how to distinguish between lawful, authorized use of UAS and under what authority to intervene when encountering suspected unauthorized or dangerous UAS operation.

A number of states and local governments have passed laws directly related to UAS. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), as of July 2017, 40 states had enacted laws addressing UAS issues, and an additional three states have adopted resolutions. Common issues addressed in the state legislation include defining what a UAS, UAV or drone is; how they can be used by law enforcement or other state agencies; how they can be used by the general public; and regulations for their use in hunting game, according to NCSL. State and local jurisdictions considering adopting UAS-specific laws should consult with the FAA about the intersection of federal, state and local regulation of aviation, generally, and UAS operations, specifically.

Law Enforcement Response

Local law enforcement cannot enforce FAA regulations, but law enforcement can possibly use a number of existing state and local laws to help address suspected illegal or improper UAS operations, depending on the situation. For example, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, voyeurism, inciting violence, trespassing, obstruction of police emergency services duties, and nuisance/noise laws might apply. (See sidebar, Laws Used to Deal With Suspicious UAS Operations). Law enforcement should take appropriate action based on the facts and circumstances of the incident and site/area-specific laws and rules.

The FAA has civil enforcement authority, and has responsibility for enforcing its own regulations. The FAA may take enforcement action against anyone who conducts unauthorized UAS operations or flies in a way that endangers the safety of the National Airspace System. The agency’s enforcement tools include warning notices, letters of correction, certificate actions and civil penalties. The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General may, in some instances, pursue criminal penalties against illegal drone operations.

The FAA wants to enlist the assistance of local law enforcement. To assist the FAA in gathering information about suspected unauthorized UAS activities, law enforcement can provide invaluable assistance by:

Identifying and interviewing potential witnesses. Identifying the UAS operator. Viewing and recording the location of the event for follow-up FAA investigation. Identifying sensitive locations, events or activities subject to temporary flight restrictions or other prohibitions on flight operations. Notifying one of the FAA Regional Operation Centers of the incident as soon as possible when the event poses an imminent danger to other aircraft or has resulted in accident/injury. Collecting and preserving evidence the FAA can use in its investigation. FAA Regulations

Small UAS

In summer 2016, the FAA issued regulations, (known as Part 107), that apply to small UAS, including commercial operations. (This rule may also be used by hobbyists if they choose.) The basic operating requirements include:

Pilot must have a remote pilot airman certificate. UAS must weigh less than 55 pounds, travel less than 100 mph and fly no higher than 400 feet above the ground.* UAS must be operated within visual line of sight of the remote pilot or a designated observer.* UAS cannot operate directly over people who are not involved in the UAS operation.* UAS must fly during the day.* The weather must be at least three miles visibility. Air Traffic Control authorization is needed prior to operations within certain airspace. No careless or reckless operations.

*Operators can request a waiver from certain regulatory requirements.

UAS must be registered with the FAA and display the registration number. See

Recreational or Hobby UAS

There are two options for recreation or hobby UAS fliers to operate in the National Airspace System:

Option #1. Fly in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Public Law 112-95 Section 336). Under this rule, operators must:

Fly for hobby or recreational purposes only. Follow a community-based set of safety guidelines. Fly the UAS within visual line-of-sight. Give way to manned aircraft. Provide prior notification to the airport and air traffic control tower, if one is present, when flying within five miles of an airport. Fly UAS that weigh no more than 55 lbs. unless otherwise certified by a community-based organization.

Safety guidelines (best practices):

Fly at or below 400 feet. Keep UAS within sight. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports. Never fly over groups of people. Never fly over stadiums or sports events. Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires. Never fly under the influence. Be aware of airspace requirements.

Note: In May 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that an FAA regulation, which required owners of model aircraft operated pursuant to Public Law 112-95 Section 336 to register their model aircraft with the FAA, does not apply to those specific aircraft. Consequently, model aircraft will not have a registration to show if they are only being flown for recreational purposes.

Option 2: Fly in accordance with the FAA Small UAS rule (Part 107), which requires operators to:

Obtain a remote pilot certificate or be under the direct supervision or a person who holds a certificate. Register the aircraft as a non-modeler. Follow the operating rules in accordance with the Part 107 regulation.

See and

For more detailed discussion and guidance, see the FAA’s Law Enforcement Guidance for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations, August 2016, at and for general information.

A basic law enforcement response quick reference card from the FAA is available at

To help educate the public, the FAA developed a smartphone app called B4UFLY, which helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly. For download instructions, go to

Laws Used to Deal With Suspicious UAS Operation

In some states, law enforcement actions can be taken under the state’s transportation regulations concerning the unsafe operation of an aircraft. In general, state and local laws can help address suspected illegal or improper UAS operations, depending on the circumstances. For example:

In Seattle, a jury found a man guilty of reckless endangerment stemming from a 2015 incident in which a woman was knocked unconscious when she was struck by a small drone during the Pride Parade in downtown Seattle. ( In January 2017, in Pacifica, Calif., police cited a man for flying a UAS close to a California Highway Patrol helicopter during a rescue mission. Police located the drone pilot and cited him on a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of impeding first responders at the scene of an emergency. ( In 2016, the operator who lost control of his UAS near the University of Kentucky Stadium was charged with wanton endangerment and criminal trespassing. The wanton endangerment charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. He pled guilty to criminal trespassing and paid a $100 fine. (
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Slain Chicago Police Commander's Widow Says City Helped Restore Her Faith in Humanity - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:59
Erin Bauer, the wife of The wife Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, wrote and posted a letter Tuesday a week after her husband was shot and killed while on duty.
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Louisville Plans to Use Drones to Respond to Gunshots

Police Magazine - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:59

Louisville, KY, is vying to become probably the first city in the country to use autonomous drones to respond to the sound of gunfire, reports Government Technology.

The city has applied for a special program the Federal Aviation Administration is running, where it will give a handful of cities temporary permission to get around long-standing drone rules in order to run pilot projects. Those rules, which operators typically have to get individual waivers to get around, include flying drones outside the operator's line of sight, flying at night, and flying above people.

All of those rules would make it pretty difficult for a city to do what Louisville wants to do. The city has ShotSpotter sensors spread throughout its urban fabric, listening for gunshots. When such a noise is picked up, and interpreted by ShotSpotter's analysts to be gunfire and not a similar sound, a notification is sent to police who can respond to the scene.

Louisville wants to try out the concept of sending self-routing drones to fly to the scene first. That could bring about several possible benefits: Since they're airborne, drones would likely be able to arrive on scene faster than a police officer. With an aerial view, they could capture video evidence to help authorities find the person who fired the weapon. And in the case of a false alarm — there have been reports of sensors interpreting fireworks and backfiring cars as gunshots — the drones might be able to keep an officer from responding to nothing.

The FAA is expected to announce in May which pilot projects it will approve.


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