Law Enforcement

Police Organizations Urge Restraint in Judging Officer

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 05:11
The county and state fraternal orders of police are urging people to reserve judgment until the legal process plays out for Michael Rosfeld, the police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose.
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Two Fallen Kansas Sheriff's Deputies Laid to Rest

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:52
In front of each casket sat a grieving family, collectively mourning slain Wyandotte County Sheriff's Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer, who were killed in a shooting last Friday while transporting a prisoner.
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Body Camera Videos Show Chaotic Scene After Ammunition Goes Off As Vehicle Burns

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:40
Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers Daniel Slattery and Christopher Black arrived at the scene last Saturday and soon discovered that 1,000 rounds of ammunition were going off in a burning car.
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Suspect Steals Power Tool

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:35
The suspect was later seen at another warehouse.
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Shootings Caught on Tape in NYC Gang Takedown

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:30
A mall shooting that sent terrified shoppers running and filled busy streets with gun blasts was how trigger-happy goons amused themselves, according to shocking footage released in a Brooklyn gang takedown.
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Activist Shares Phone Numbers, Addresses of More Than 1,000 ICE Employees

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:20
A self-proclaimed anti-fascist activist mined the professional networking service LinkedIn for the public profiles of anyone currently employed by ICE on Tuesday, posting his findings in a now-defunct Medium blog post.
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Texas Sheriff Bans Deputies From Working at Shelter

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:15
El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles has banned his deputies from working off-duty security at the tent facility for immigrant children separated from their parents.
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Independent Panel to Review NYPD Disciplinary Practices

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:05
The NYPD has set up an outside panel of experts to review its disciplinary practices, a move the police union believes will lead to more “heavy-handed” punishment.
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Video: California Deputy Breaks Window to Free Bear Trapped in Car

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:00
A Placer County Deputy broke a window of a Subaru Outback to let the bear escape into a heavily forested area.
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Cheerleading Coach Arrested For Inappropriate Behavior With Minor

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:33
Detectives ask that anyone who thinks they are a victim or has any information about other victims contact us at 813-247-8200.
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Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Sex Offender Arrested

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender were both recently captured. Jack Earl Sterns Jr., 27, (pictured left) was arrested Wednesday in Nacogdoches, and Christopher Michael Dominguez, 40, (pictured right) was arrested Tuesday in Houston

Rethinking riot gear: Overcoming officers’ biggest challenges

Police One - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 23:00

Sponsored by Sirchie

By Yoona Ha, PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Just as the styles of protests have evolved over time, so have the styles of riot gear. Technological advances and modern challenges in tackling civil riots and large demonstrations have become powerful drivers of riot gear innovation.

Let’s face it: It’s nerve-wracking to face tens of thousands of protesters while doing your job to maintain public safety and allow demonstrators to exercise their constitutional rights. When there’s tension in the air and the possibility of unruly crowds, it’s important to be prepared for the potential of violence.

Challenge 1: Proper Fit

Despite increased efforts in law enforcement to protect officers, a recent study has shown that officers who are older or overweight were the least likely to wear body armor. It’s no secret that finding the right fit and comfort in body armor is a pressing issue among officers. But the reality is that this is also a problem with riot gear.

When John Roby, CEO of Sirchie, saw TV coverage of the Ferguson riots, he was dismayed to see officers who weren’t properly equipped. Roby said that he saw officers holding their riot gear from hanging off while they were running.

“I sat there and thought to myself, ‘There’s got to be a better way,” said Roby.

So Roby and his team started going to departments across the country to talk with officers and uncover their biggest frustrations with riot gear.

What they found was that departments often assumed that riot gear wasn’t going to be used frequently, so they made the mistake of buying riot suits that would only fit the officers currently on staff. When new officers joined the department, they often had to wear riot suits that were not the right size.

Arming your officers with riot suits that don’t fit properly can be a huge risk. Armor that isn’t in its proper position over vulnerable parts of the body is not going to be able to do its job properly. This often puts departments in challenging position, since it’s hard to predict what sizes they’ll need for new and existing officers.

To address those concerns, Sirchie developed the one-size-fits-all TacCommander Riot Control Suit, an adjustable suit that fits 95 percent of the world’s different body types and shapes.

“We essentially took all of the information about body sizing around the world and created a riot suit that can expand up to a 48-inch waist and fit people from 5-foot-5-inches tall to 6-foot-6-inches tall,” said Roby. “You have a foot and a half of height variability that can accommodate large ranges of both women and men.”

But what if you’re outside of the 95 percent range of body height and composition? Sirchie also created a small version and an extra-large version of the TacCommander Riot Control Suitto accommodate the 5 percent of the population that wouldn’t be covered by the original model.

Challenge 2: Comfort and Mobility

Another complaint Sirchie set out to tackle was lack of comfort and mobility.

When you’re responding to crowd control calls, you want to make sure that your protective equipment is designed with mobility in mind. The TacCommander weighs only 17 pounds and has a patented hammock system in the knee and elbow pads that prevent chafing to keep officers comfortable and also absorb shock in case of sudden impact.

The entire suit is connected from neck to toe and is fully adjustable and customizable. The shoulder pads on the suit offer extended protection in the neck area, in the front of the suit are removable armor plates, shelves on the thigh plates allow officers to rest their heavy riot shields, plus there are several straps on the suit that help officers secure and attach tools like radio systems and duty belts.

By designing the one-size-fits-all riot suit with officer safety and comfort in mind, Sirchie created a flexible suit that addresses common concerns with riot gear.

Don’t wait until the next protest to develop a strategy for protecting your officers.


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Video: Actor Dean Cain Sworn in as Idaho Reserve Deputy

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:02

VIDEO: Actor Dean Cain Sworn in as Idaho Reserve Deputy

Actor Dean Cain — whose acting roles include Superman — was recently sworn in as a reserve officer with the Saint Anthony Police Department in Idaho.

Cain told the Daily Caller, “Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real Superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders.”

Cain will be combatting online predators and bullying in the “All About Kids” initiative, the Idaho State Journal reported.

 

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Getting the most out of steel targets: What you need to know

Police One - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 18:32
Author: TFB Staff

This article originally appeared on The Firearm Blog.

Steel Targets can be an awesome addition to any training regimen, whether it be for self-defense, long distance shooting, any sort of competition, or just plain bragging rights at the range with buddies. Due to their reactive “CLANG”, steel targets give shooters instant feedback on whether or not the fundamentals are being properly applied. But with that great training value comes some responsibility - especially when it comes to safety precautions. Shooting at steel isn’t like shooting at paper or cardboard targets. There are chances of fragments or even whole bullets coming right back at you due to various factors involved. Distance from the targets is one of them, design of the targets is another. Wearing eye protection and having a proper medical kit on standby is certainly good advice when working with any sort of steel.


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What If We Aren’t Wrong?

Law Officer - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:26

There has been no bigger shift in law enforcement than what occurred on August 9, 2014.  On that fateful day, at just one minute past noon, a violent criminal committed a robbery at a convenient store, exited the store and encountered Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.  In what would be just a few minutes later, an entire paradigm shift within the law enforcement profession was about to be put in motion.

Wilson utilized deadly force on that day after he was brutally attacked by a coward felon.  He would be cleared 18 months later of any wrongdoing but the biggest lie ever perpetuated on the American Public had already taken hold.  Through poor leadership, a corrupt media, and deceptive politicians, “hands up, don’t shoot” took a hold in the American Landscape and every group imaginable took advantage of it.  From Activist Groups to President Obama, Ferguson was used as a turning point to show America how racist and brutal law enforcement was.

Demand after demand began pouring to law enforcement after Ferguson.   From changing policy to training to mandating stricter rules that went far beyond the scope of case law, law enforcement did it.  When a small study of 43 officers showed that body cameras could improve law enforcement behavior, agencies everywhere jumped on the technology.  When the early data and research failed to show racism within the profession, the demand to provide “implicit bias” training came and agencies ran to get the training.  After all, there is no evidence of racism but it must be there anyway?

But what if law enforcement was never wrong to begin with?

What if the incident in Ferguson was the product of a violent criminal committing a robbery and then attacking a police officer so violently, the witnesses thought the officer had been murdered?  What if the isolated incidents across the country that have been used for evidence of a corrupt and racist law enforcement was not a problem from law enforcement but a symptom of violent criminals simply doing their job and attacking cops?

If law enforcement was never wrong, then every tax payer has been played and every police chief that has bent over to the continued demands should be ashamed of themselves.

Almost four years after Ferguson it has become clear that the big lie has turned into the big scam.

The data and research has continued to pile up and the body cameras that were supposed to “fix” law enforcement have only served one purpose.  Catching liars treating law enforcement with disdain.

How can I be so sure?

Because I place an emphasis on facts and not emotion.  Emotion and weak leaders are why we are here today and facts are why we should be taking our great profession back.

Four years after the Washington Post began compiling deadly force data, we now know there is no evidence whatsoever that law enforcement targets minorities or shoots unarmed black males at a high rate, as the media and other evil entities would want you to believe.  In fact, one way to determine if black males are treated differently than whites is to look at the “unarmed” data.  If there was a disproportionate treatment, the data would show it.  In 2017, law enforcement shot more “unarmed” whites than blacks (3% vs 2%) and the facts continue to be so overwhelming, you will never hear the media discuss it.

The Washington DC Police released the largest body camera study yet and the evidence was clear.  Body cameras not only did not change behavior of law enforcement but there was not any difference in the behavior whether body cameras were worn or not and unlike that initial 43 person study that caused all of the bullhorn experts to demand the cameras, this study involved thousands of officers.

Despite all of the demands and law enforcement jumping at every demand, nothing has changed which has caused some to question if it ever will.  Dr. Geoff Alpert, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina, has said that deadly force has likely “bottomed out” with no evidence that law enforcement can do much more to reduce the numbers.

Of course there is a simple explanation for all of this.

Law Enforcement was never the problem.  The problem lies in the very ones that are creating the need to utilize force…..the violent criminal element.  No one, including President Obama ever discussed this important element in the police-community equation.

If you want to get rid of police use of force immediately, the answer doesn’t lie in more training, more cameras or more civilians sitting in judgement on our heroes behind the badge.  The problem lies squarely with the criminal element that continues to assault, attack and kill police officers.

Until we face that real problem, nothing and I mean nothing will ever change.

Travis Yates is the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute

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Ohio Police Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead in Shootout

Officer.com - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 16:53
A Parma police officer tried to wrap his arms around the suspect but was unsuccessful, allowing the man to fire one shot and hit the detective in the knee and thigh area.
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Local nurse arrested for stealing iPhone from a patient while she visited doctor's office

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 16:18
State Police arrested Kelly A. Churney, age 39, from Auburn, NY for Petit Larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor.
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GL Enhances MAPS SIP to Support Instant Messaging for Next Generation 911

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:41

GL Communications Inc., a global leader in telecom test and measurement solutions, has introduced its enhanced SIP Protocol Emulator referred to as MAPS SIP Protocol Emulator to help users generate and receive SIP. The MSRP Protocol Emulation for Session Based Instant Messaging implementation is available in MAPS SIP software version 8.4.20. Public safety communication service providers can deploy this test tool for testing NG9-1-1 emergency services and components within the ESInet.

“NG9-1-1 networks based on NENA i3 standards defines the network transformation route to receive and respond NG9-1-1 emergency requests via multiple media sources such as SMS, Video, Email, and/or Instant Messaging (IM),” says Vijay Kulkarni, CEO of the GL Communications.

“Major wireless carriers have committed to providing Text-to-911 services to end users. In addition to these services that are primarily dependent on carriers, there are many OTT (Over the Top) Instant Messaging apps, which connect users with the NG9-1-1 system directly.

“To consider a series of messages, as exchanged in a private chat between SIP end-points as a part of single session the messages are transported over a session-oriented instant message transport protocol called the Message Session Relay Protocol (MSRP). If the message to be delivered is very large, it can be split into chunks and each chunk is delivered in a separate send request,” Kulkarni explains.

GL’s enhanced MAPS SIP with MSRP support for Instant Messaging allows SIP vendors, wireless carriers, NG9-1-1 service providers, and emergency communications centers to test IP applications for satisfactory working of NG9-1-1 services prior to deployment.

Features of MAPS SIP

* Supports UDP, TCP, and TLS transport types

* High Density version capable of high call intensity (hundreds of calls/sec) and high volume of sustained calls (tens of thousands of simultaneous calls/platform)

* MAPS CLI interface based on a client-server model allows users to control all features of MAPS through APIs (TCL, Python, VBScript, and Java Client)

* Supports almost all industry standard codec types—G.711 (mu-Law and A-Law), G.722, G.729, G.726, GSM, AMR, EVRC, SMV, iLBC, SPEEX, EVS, OPUS, and more (*AMR and EVRC variants require additional licenses)

* User-defined voice quality statistics for received RTP Traffic can be calculated and updated periodically during run-time to a csv file

* Supports 64-bit RTP core to enhance performance and handles increased call rate of up to 3000 calls with high volume traffic

* Supports both RTP G.711 Pass Through Fax Simulation and T.38 Fax Simulation over UDPTL

* Bulk Video Call Generation supported with H.264 and H.263 video codecs

 

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Balancing Privacy Rights and Facial Recognition Technology for Police

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:34

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Some technology companies have been famously resistant to helping law enforcement (see Apple vs. FBI). On the other hand, many technology companies have aggressively sought to provide police with cutting-edge technology that helps solve crimes and protect citizens.

One such company is Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ retail giant that is more than just a retail giant. Amazon is also a technology service provider, delivering everything from web hosting to facial recognition software.

It is that latter offering that has the company under pressure from two seemingly disparate groups: the ACLU and the company's shareholders.

Recently, the ACLU teamed up with about a dozen and a half major Silicon Valley investors to petition Amazon to drop its Rekognition facial recognition system and “exit the surveillance business,” according to Engadget.com.

Amazon first began marketing Rekognition to law enforcement agencies back in 2016. The system — which Amazon says can “detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, people counting, and public safety use cases” — is in use in Florida and Oregon, with agencies from California and Arizona considering becoming customers.

The ACLU is primarily motivated by privacy concerns, especially with regard to individuals attending political protest rallies and other large-scale public gatherings (read: riots).

The shareholders are more interested in the potential for stock prices suffering from negative publicity around police use of the technology to electronically locate people.

Strange bedfellows, but okay, so be it.

“Amazon's product, Rekognition, has the power to identify people in real time, in photos of large groups of people, and in crowded events and public places,” the ACLU said in a statement accompanying its petition. “At a time when we're joining public protests at unprecedented levels, and discriminatory policing continues to terrorize communities of color, handing this surveillance technology over to the government threatens our civil rights and liberties.”

In a separate statement, the ACLU said, “Amazon’s size and power — and its nearly ubiquitous Amazon Web Services cloud system — make it easy for the company to offer its face surveillance software as a service for very little money, lowering the bar for even small-town police departments to track people going about their daily lives. App developers can also build easy-to-use face surveillance software for police using Rekognition.”

For its part, Amazon says that their facial recognition services allow law enforcement to easily integrate powerful image and video analysis into their investigative process.

In addition to uncovering illegal activities and locating fugitives, facial recognition software has the potential to find missing persons and identify “John Doe” decedents.

There is too much upside to in facial recognition technology for law enforcement for it to be ignored.

Here’s the problem. Facial recognition software, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and other emerging technologies are the toothpaste that cannot be put back in the tube — the bell which cannot be un-rung.

Let’s say that Amazon’s investors successfully pressure the company to stop selling Rekognition to police. Within days, another provider will step in and grab the money that Amazon leaves on the table.

Nature hates a vacuum. A marketplace vacated by Amazon will draw the immediate attention of companies like SenseTime, D-ID, Cognitec, or countless others.

The solution is not to seek the elimination of new technology. The solution is to figure out reasonable and rational policies and procedures that strike a balance between public safety and personal privacy.

This is no easy feat, but it is not impossible.

Disruptive technologies present challenges for everyone — police administrators included. But such technologies also carry significant benefits not only for police, but for the citizens they are sworn to protect.

Sensible solutions to problems presented by everything from DNA to drones are achievable, as long as stakeholders with differing opinions and objectives are able to come together in conversation.

It’s time to figure out how law enforcement can best leverage facial recognition technology while also ensuring the privacy rights of innocent, law-abiding Americans.

 

Doug Wyllie has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips aimed at ensuring that police officers are safer and more successful on the streets. Doug is a Western Publishing Association “Maggie Award” winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column. He is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

 

 

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Living with PTSD: Your Life Means Something

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:22

There are some things in life that you will simply never understand — no matter how much you try. I believe you simply cannot wrap your head around what is going on and what is being said.

I also believe that God will allow you to handle the things that He knows that you can handle, and you will come out on the other side.

But it’s not going to be easy — then again, what worth having in life is easy?

There will be times that you are going to want to give up — you may even want to try to take your own life. Don’t. 

You have seen so much death that when you stand above a family member’s grave you will not drop the first tear. To you it’s just another body.

You may be in constant crisis and not even know it. You may cry, kick and even scream at times begging God to allow you to understand. You may lose sleep.

All the ghosts will have caught up to you and you will see them — hell you may even talk to them. You may see the man you killed, or you may even talk to the little boy who died in your arms while you were trying to save his life. You may hear the screams from all the people that you could not save.

But rarely will you hear the “thank you” that you were told while out on the job. The faces of the ones that died on your watch will be burned into your soul and there is no way to erase them, but even if you could you would choose to keep them for the simple reason they are part of your journey called Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD).

If you’re lucky, command staff will support you — but they’re more likely to throw you to the wolves.

You will be told to “suck it up.” You will be told to “pull yourself up by the boot straps” and “get back on the horse.”

The job consumed you and you will carry it around for the rest of your life. Some will forget you, but there will be a few who will stand by your side even when you dance with the devil.

Then a light clicks from out of nowhere and you have just been guided by the man above and you see things a little more clear and you realize that your journey is to help others. That’s what happened to me.

Recently, I had a guy I’d never seen before walk up to me and say, “I got your six.”

As he walked away I saw he had a fire department shirt on.

The next day at a store, I saw another brother in blue I really didn’t know on a personal level. He walked up me and said, “Thank you for saving me. I did not hurt myself because of you. I have been following you through the years because you gave me inspiration — I knew that if you could make it I knew I could as well.”

On a daily basis I am being told by God (and others) that I am not done. A year and a half ago I returned to school with the goal of becoming a trauma counselor to help first responders

I believe that we have two wolves inside us — a good one and a bad one. We have to make sure that we feed the good more than we do the bad one.

I believe that joy is not a choice. It is not a response to some result.

It is a constant feeling to do what we have to do no matter the outcome.

Never give up on the fight because I promise you that it was for something. It’s okay to have earned tears and try and leave the world a little bit better place than the way that you found it. Lastly do not do anything to jeopardize your soul.

 

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