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Dashcam Footage Released During Texas Police Officer's Murder Trial

Officer.com - 12 hours 53 min ago
Balch Springs Police Officer Jeremy Chamblee testified as dashboard camera from his cruiser was released during the murder trial for fellow Officer Roy Oliver Monday.
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Vehicle Burglary

Deputies need the public's assistance to catch a car burglar.
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School Based Threat Results In Arrest

Neither the school nor any children were ever in danger.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff SWAT Adds Five New Members

After months of intense training, they were awarded their SWAT pins.
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Man arrested for DWAI-Drugs

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 23:33

On August 6, 2018, Troopers out of SP Warsaw arrested Scott P Carmichael, 54 of Castile, NY, for DWAI-Drugs, UPM and multiple traffic infractions.

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Man arrested for DWAI

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 23:08
On August 1, 2018, SP Warsaw Troopers arrested Joseph B Sciolino ., 29, of Buffalo, NY for DWAI- Drugs, UPM and Speeding.

 

 

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Montreal Adopts Motion Calling for Ban on Private Ownership of Handguns, Assault Weapons

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 22:44
NewsIn a unanimous vote, Montreal city council adopted a motion Monday calling on the federal government to impose a nationwide ban on the possession of handguns and assault weapons.Contributed Author: Sabrina Marandola, CBC NewsTopics: Firearms
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Texas A&M Changes Handling of Sex Assault Cases After Uproar

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 22:38
NewsTexas A&M University officials said Monday that they are imposing clearer and tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault and misconduct after multiple women came forward this summer to criticize how their cases were handled.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
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Oklahoma Town Calls for More Safety Amid Inmate Escapes

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 22:34
NewsJess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma stands out this year for what the Department of Corrections calls “walkways” — a term for people who decide to run away from low-security areas.Contributed Author: Quinton Chandler, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
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FBI: Chinese Man Kidnapped After Business Meeting in LA

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 22:21
NewsThe FBI is looking for three suspects who kidnapped a Chinese man after a business meeting in the Los Angeles area last month, but authorities haven't heard from the kidnappers since they demanded a $2 million ransom and the man remains missing, investigators said Monday.Contributed Author: Michael Balsamo, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
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Human Skull Sparks DNA Hunt to Identify Dozens of Unmarked Remains in Remote Australia

Forensic Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 22:20
NewsThe discovery of a human skull on a crumbling riverbank in Western Australia has led to one of the largest recoveries of human remains from unmarked grave sites in Australia.Contributed Author: Matt Bamford, Australian Broadcasting CorporationTopics: Forensic Anthropology
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Fixing the Rescue Task Force

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 21:58

Author: Mike Wood

The American law enforcement, firefighter and EMS communities are nothing, if not conservative, so changes tend to happen slowly in these cultures. Against this backdrop, it's actually rather remarkable to see how quickly many public safety agencies across the United States have adopted new protocols to respond to evolving active shooter threats, and how adaptable their training, tactics, techniques and procedures have become.

One of the evolutions in active shooter* response has been the concept of the rescue task force (RTF). In this model, fire/rescue assets are teamed up with law enforcement to allow them to enter an active shooter scene earlier in the response, even before the scene is completely secured. By getting fire/rescue into the "warm zone" with police protection early, instead of waiting until the scene is declared fully secured (or "cold" as fire/rescue has traditionally done), the treatment and evacuation of critically injured victims can be accelerated, which saves lives.

It’s a good idea, yet while the RTF concept is gaining traction in some places, several recent failures demonstrate that public safety agencies still have a lot of work to do coordinating response.

Two sides of an awful coin

Consider the June 12, 2016, attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. During this incident, the Orlando Police Department made rapid entry to confront a terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 58 more.

Despite the fact that the police pinned down the attacker in a corner of the building minutes after entry, fire-EMS personnel were prohibited from responding to the scene by their chain of command, delaying critically needed treatment for victims. Although the attacker was isolated inside, and police were ready to provide force protection for fire-EMS crews, the Orlando Fire Department leadership refused to allow their personnel to respond to the warm zone casualty collection point located outside and across the street. Fire leadership also forbade their personnel to open the doors of a fire station located several blocks away from the incident (clearly in the cold zone), after victims fled to that location, despite the presence of police officers to provide force protection at the fire station.

The reverse of this drama unfolded in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, where an attacker killed 17 people and wounded 17 more in an attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. When Coral Springs Fire Department crews responded to the incident, they encountered unexpected resistance from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department Captain who was acting as the Incident Commander. This commander denied multiple requests from a deputy fire chief to allow his trained RTF personnel into classrooms that had already been cleared and secured by police. As a result, critical care was withheld from victims while law enforcement leadership struggled to establish command and control of the incident.

The biggest problem in rescue task force response

It’s important to note that the agencies involved in each of these incidents had previously conducted RTF training and had available RTF resources in place.

In Orlando, the police department had conducted four major joint training exercises with the fire department prior to the Pulse attack and had provided RTF training to fire personnel on multiple occasions. The police department had previously provided 25 protective vests and helmets for fire department use, but they remained in storage at the fire department headquarters at the time of the Pulse attack.

In Parkland, the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department had already formed and trained RTF teams, each consisting of three paramedics and three to four police officers. Two of these teams were on scene and ready to go during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The problem in Orlando and Parkland was not a lack of trained RTF assets. Neither was it a lack of initiative on the part of fire-EMS personnel. In Orlando, two paramedics took a great professional risk and violated orders to remain outside the scene, making 5 trips and rescuing 13 people. In Parkland, the deputy fire chief asked six times to deploy his RTFs and was denied each time by an overwhelmed and indecisive Incident Commander.

The problem in Orlando and Parkland was not equipment, and it was not personnel; it was a lack of good leadership.

Leadership tasks during an active shooter event

The RTF concept is still relatively new, and there are numerous “tactical” or operator-level details that teams still need to work through. Issues such as team composition, training needs, necessary equipment and tactics all require attention and effort to ensure RTF readiness.

However, the Orlando and Parkland examples show us that the most critical deficiency in public safety RTF preparations lies in the area of leadership, and specifically, command and control. In order to fix these weaknesses, law enforcement and fire leaders need to take action in several key areas:

1. Establish doctrine

The first task for police, fire and EMS leaders is to agree on a basic RTF doctrine. The doctrine will establish the fundamental principles and beliefs that will guide RTF operations for the respective agencies. It will define necessary terms (i.e., hot, warm and cold zone), detail the circumstances in which a RTF will be employed, and provide top-level guidance on the command and control responsibilities and duties of each agency.

If doctrine is clearly established and agreed upon at the command level, personnel at the tactical and operational levels will then have the necessary guidance to turn the RTF concept into reality.

For example, if the required level of security before a RTF will be inserted can be clearly defined in doctrine, then this simplifies lower-level decisions about equipment, tactics and training. If doctrine clearly establishes who will make the decision to deploy the RTF, and who will be responsible for their operational control, then this also supports RTF planning and preparations.

2. Train command staff

Once doctrine has been approved, key members of the command staff must be trained to assume incident command duties and use that doctrine to guide RTF operations.

Police, fire and EMS leaders must be capable of fulfilling their responsibilities as part of an Incident Command System, and be well-practiced in making decisions and exercising leadership during critical incidents. Potential incident commanders must understand:

Who is responsible for RTF command and control; What level of security is required to deploy a RTF into a warm zone; What conditions will preclude the deployment of a RTF.

They must be trained to effectively coordinate and work with their counterparts from other agencies and disciplines to solve the problem.

3. Train personnel

Once there is a clear doctrine and capable incident command leadership in place, police, fire and EMS leaders must organize, train and equip their personnel to conduct RTF operations. It’s vital that police and fire-EMS personnel have the opportunity to conduct realistic, joint training that will allow them to understand their roles in the RTF model, and gain confidence in their partners and their abilities to effectively operate as a combined team.

Fixing priorities

It’s ironic that many agencies that have moved toward the RTF model have placed those priorities backwards. They have focused on training and equipping their operators first but have neglected the development of standardized doctrine and the training and maintenance of leaders who are capable of managing RTF teams during critical incidents.

This is like building a house on sand, and the result is what we saw in Orlando and Parkland, where the troops were capable of getting the job done and eager to do so but were hindered by leaders and institutions that weren’t up to the task.

The RTF is a winning concept, but it cannot succeed without a commitment from police, fire and EMS leadership. Leaders must embrace the RTF and truly make it part of their agency’s culture and standard operating procedure, if it’s going to work. If they don’t, it will only guarantee more failures like those we saw in Orlando and Parkland.

*I prefer the term “rapid mass murder” coined by LE trainer Ron Borsch, which seems more accurate and comprehensive than active shooter.


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FN Releases FN 509 Simunition Pistol for Law Enforcement

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 19:26

FN America, LLC has announced the release of the FN 509 Simunition pistol, developed jointly with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, available to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Ideal for agencies seeking more realistic training for their officers, the FN 509 Simunition is designed as a complete pistol that utilizes the FN 509 fire control, frame, and magazine along with the Simunition slide assembly to fire the proprietary FX 9mm marking cartridges.

"The FN 509 Simunition pistol gives agencies the ability to train their officers for force-on-force scenarios in real-time," said Charles "Bucky" Mills, senior director for law enforcement sales at FN America, LLC. "This ability provides a great training benefit for our agencies invested in the FN 509 platform and is an added benefit for future agencies considering the FN 509 as their next duty pistol."

The FN 509 Simunition is a dedicated training pistol that utilizes the FX 9mm reduced-energy, non-lethal marking cartridges. The FN 509 Simunition pistol ships with three magazines that feature dedicated blue base plates, three interchangeable backstraps, take-down wrench for disassembly and a blue soft case. The pistol is available for agency quote now. Agencies interested in the FN 509 Simunition should email inquiries to LE@fnamerica.com.

For more information about the FN 509 or other FN products, visit www.fnamerica.com.

 

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Traka to Demo On Call Solutions at Emergency Services Show

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 19:15

Traka will be at The Emergency Services Show, unveiling its latest intelligent systems for securely storing and controlling access to vulnerable keys and vital equipment, including the latest body-worn camera technology.

On stand L47, Traka, known for its intelligent key cabinets and locker solutions, will show how its bespoke systems are being utilized by the Emergency Services to better manage equipment, valuables, and sensitive material.

At the show, Traka will be demonstrating how its innovative Modular Locker system has evolved to reflect the increasing use and need for secure, audit control storage by the Emergency Services for body-worn camera scanners.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to see Traka's specialist S-Touch Key Management system, presenting storage in a controlled access environment with full audit control capability, where items are charged and instantly ready for use.

Says Wayne Kynaston of Traka: "The introduction of body worn camera technology to improve safety, primarily for the Emergency Services, has been well-documented. But it is essential the equipment is secured not only in a safe environment but also to ensure they are available for instant use in a fast-moving situation, including being fully charged.

"At The Emergency Services Show, Traka will be able to demonstrate how we continue to work closely with the Emergency Services to ensure the right response to protect the significant investment. Our systems can be adapted to suit individual Service requirements, including presenting full audit trail capability to add a level of protection to vulnerable staff in their working environment."

Traka provides intelligent key management and equipment management access control to better protect important equipment, resulting in improved security and efficiency, reduced downtime, less damage, fewer losses, lower operating costs, and significantly less administration.

To find out more, visit Traka's stand L47 at The Emergency Services Show, taking place Sep. 19–20 in Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham or visit www.traka.com.

 

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State Police Investigate head-on crash in Boonville

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 17:17
State Police are investigating a two-car head-on crash that occurred Sunday, August 19,2018 on State Route 12 in the village of Boonville.
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Chicago's Top Cop: 'We Can Only Do So Much'

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 17:01
Even with 600 more officers on the street, nearly as many people were shot in Chicago over the weekend as earlier this month, when a spike in violence prompted the boost in deployment.
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Under inspection: A riot-ready checklist

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 16:07
Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

Forming and becoming a member of a “crowd control team” means that you have made a commitment to ongoing training. Team training should take place shortly before any anticipated event, and at least once a year. The latter can be an opportunity to officially have officers clean and inspect their tactical equipment.

Here’s a 10-point readiness checklist to go through before your team faces a hostile crowd.

1. Is your agency ready?

Does the agency have a plan?

Does an agency have a well-equipped and highly-trained unit to respond to such an event?

Does the unit have the equipment it needs to do its job?

Does the unit commander have the authority to order the actions needed to do the job?

Most agencies not only have no trained team, but they have no crowd control equipment either.

Some agencies are only in possession of the memory of equipment. That is someone remembers that they have it somewhere, buried away in a long-forgotten location. Are you one of those agencies?

The perfect storm of crowd control is when untrained officers are wearing equipment they have never even tried on before, much less trained with, along with an untrained commander, who are sent out to face highly-trained (yes, they do train) rioters. This is not the recipe for success.

2. Is the officer fit enough to wear the mask?

All officers required to wear a gas mask need to have a doctor declare them to be “OK” to wear a gas mask. Breathing through a mask is difficult and it should be determined in advance that wearers do not have a pre-existing cardio-respiratory conditions, or claustrophobia, which will make the wearing of a mask itself dangerous.

3. Does the mask fit the officer?

One other simple check that can be done in-house by a specially trained officer is a fit-test. During this test, an officer dons his/her mask and an identifiable smell is introduced into their environment. If the officer can detect the smell, the mask is not fitting properly. If not, the mask is fitting properly.

The fit-test should be done yearly since conditions change. Masks age, new helmets are purchased, and sometimes officers gain weight, grow beards or have longer hair. All of these circumstances can compromise the fit of a mask.

If you have just formed your team and have never done such testing, check with your local fire department. They will undoubtedly have someone in-house that can help you get started.

4. Are you special munitions ready?

Grenadiers absolutely must inspect their inventory on a yearly basis. Chemical munitions have an absolute shelf life. Munitions beyond the use-by-date should be replaced with new stock. Use old stock in training.

5. Are you equipment ready?

It is a good idea for every team to have a quartermaster, whose responsibility it is to conduct and assist with inspections of all equipment, conduct the fit testing of masks and check use-by dates on chemical munitions. There should be a yearly line-item in the budget for this grenadier to draw from to allow them to quickly purchase items and parts for equipment that need to be replaced/repaired.

The team quartermaster can conduct and standby with the “spare parts kit” as officers don and check all equipment at training. They can assist new team members with donning their protective gear. They also can replace or tighten the inevitable loose and missing screws in the helmets.

Protective gear that has broken straps should not be repaired but replaced. Flopping broken equipment can restrict or block access to your weapons under stress.

6. Are you shield ready?

Shields need to be a part of every yearly inspection, since they are often damaged in storage.

Another issue with shields can be corrected with a quick fix done in advance of an event. Determine if any shields have been set up for use by your left-handed officers. Most shields are designed to allow for changing shield-handle locations to accommodate the right-handed officer or left-handed officer. If you don’t accommodate the left-handed officer, the shield they are carrying will display police or sheriff upside down. It not only detracts from the continuity of the formation, but it also invites taunting/targeting by violent crowd members.

7. Are you baton ready?

Do all team members possess a police baton and carrier of the type your team trains with? Team members must be highly trained in the disciplined use of this valuable crowd control tool and have a carrier, or ring to retain it, when not being used. They must all be experts in the display and use of the baton.

8. Are you communications ready?

Being communications ready is a key ingredient during these personnel-intense events. Being communications ready can range from having enough radios to talk with each other to having a working long range acoustic device, as well as a trained operator to communicate with the crowd.

9. Are you transportation ready?

Transportation ready can mean having enough squads to carry your mobile field force teams. It can also mean having your mounted units and bicycle units trained to operate with your teams.

10. Are your team skills ready?

When you are certain your team members are fit enough, wearing properly fitted masks, and their equipment is in good repair, it is time to conduct their shared skills training.

Conclusion

Once you have done what it takes to answer “yes” to all of these questions, your team will be ready to police either passive or hostile crowds and not only be able to effectively handle both, but also look damn good doing it.


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Auburn man gets arrested for felony aggravated DWI.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:44
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Harry E. Walter, 39, of Auburn, New York for felony driving while intoxicated (two previous convictions within ten years), felony operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08%, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device and endandering the welfare of a child.
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Ontario woman gets arrested for aggravated DWI.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:34
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Lyons arrested Stacy L. Pentycofe, 45, of Ontario, New York for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving across hazard markings, failure to dim head lights and possession of an open container.
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