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Photos: Massachusetts Police Officer Rescues Baby Opossum - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 05:16
Quincy Police Officer Tim Kaes conducted a mission “impossumble” rescue Tuesday evening when he saved a young marsupial that was left alone.
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Connecticut Police Arrest Man Who Had a Plastic, 3D-Printed Gun - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 05:11
Waterbury police said they arrested a man who had a 3D-printed gun with a bullet in the chamber, in what may the first such arrest in Connecticut.
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California's Use-of-Force Bill Gets L.E. Buy-In After Changes - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 05:04
Law enforcement groups opposing a California bill that promises the nation’s toughest police use-of-force standard have unexpectedly stood down, and now the legislation is poised to win approval by year’s end after a series of changes Thursday.
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California Drug Bust Nets 500 Pounds of Meth - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:54
More than 500 pounds of methamphetamine, multiple assault rifles and "bulk U.S. currency" were among the items seized amid a multi-agency drug investigation that led Southern California and federal authorities to an unnamed business here last week.
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Video: Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Hits Florida Police Officer - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:47
A suspect with a suspended license struck a uniformed officer and a police vehicle with his truck Wednesday morning before leading a pursuit along State Road A1A, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.
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Recordings of Mass Shootings No Longer Public Record in Florida - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:36
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday that blocks the release of government-held recordings of deaths in mass violence incidents.
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Body Camera Video Shows California Police Officer Fatally Shoot Man Stabbing Son - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:27
A Richmond police officer clearly ordered a 54-year-old man to drop a knife he was using to stab his son before firing and killing him, video of the incident released by police shows.
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How the FTO's teaching role differs from academy instruction

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 03:54
Author: Policing Matters Podcast

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During the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in St. Louis, Policing Matters podcast co-host Doug Wyllie roamed the hallways and ran into countless law enforcement trainers and experts, some of whom were willing to sit down and talk about what they're teaching and what they're learning.

In this podcast segment, Doug sits down with Dan Green to discuss the importance of the Field Training Officer and how the FTO's teaching role differs from academy instruction.


Why the FTO is one of the most important police employees

How to survive field training and keep your FTO happy

How 'FTO shopping' can lower quality and raise liability for police agencies

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State Police in Livingston seeking the public's assistance with Xtra Mart robberies

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 21:36
Columbia County, New York – May 23, 2019, the New York State Police from the Livingston barracks are seeking the public’s assistance identifying a subject involved in the robbery of the Xtra Mart
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Pleasant Valley woman arrested for stabbing

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 20:51
Pleasant Valley, New York – On May 22, 2019, the New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested Mikala L. Riggleman, age 24, of Pleasant Valley.
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Book Excerpt: Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History

Police One - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 20:25

On May 9, 1980, five heavily armed men led by a born-again Christian with apocalyptic beliefs attempted a takeover robbery of the Security Pacific Bank in Norco, California, just outside of Los Angeles. What followed was one of the most violent events in law enforcement history.

After their getaway driver was killed during a ferocious firefight with Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies in the middle of a busy Southern California intersection, the four surviving bank robbers commandeered a heavy-utility pickup truck and began a running gun battle with police through the streets of Riverside County.

One of the first law enforcement officers to encounter the fleeing bank robbers was Riverside Deputy Rolf Parkes. He would become the third of seven responding officers hit by gunfire in the first 20 minutes of a pursuit that raged through suburban neighborhoods, onto a busy freeway, and ended an hour later in a deadly ambush on a rugged mountainside high above Los Angeles.

The following is excerpted from Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History by Peter Houlahan, available on June 11, 2019.

With a name that belied his true heritage, Rolf Parkes was of mostly Hawaiian descent, born on the island of Oahu and adopted at birth by a Caucasian, non-native “haole” couple who lived there. When his parents divorced, Rolf and his mother left the beaches of Waikiki for the beaches of Southern California where Rolf grew up the only child of a single mother just blocks off the water in the Belmont Shores area of Long Beach. He was a good-looking kid with black hair and dark eyes who, by virtue of local demographics, was assumed to be Hispanic. But once teachers and friends learned he was Hawaiian by blood, it all made perfect sense: the Islander’s smile, the smoky complexion, his love of sun and water. It also explained his middle name: Napunako.

Rolf developed a passion for flight at an early age and was soloing a Cessna in the skies above Long Beach by age seventeen. He wanted to be a professional pilot, but with all the veterans returning home from Vietnam in the mid-1970s, the labor market was glutted with experienced fliers. Parkes earned a four-year degree from Long Beach State, worked for a while as an EMT, and then decided to enter police work at the encouragement of some cop friends.

At twenty-seven with under two years on the Riverside force, Parkes was highly regarded by his fellow officers. Andy Delgado considered Parkes one of the “Lions” on the force: a quiet, brave cop who would be there when you needed him. Reserved by nature, Rolf kept a few close friends on the force but did not fraternize much after work because of the ninety-minute commute back to Long Beach. Rolf liked the ocean, the beach, and his childhood friends too much to move to the landlocked smog belt of Riverside County.

It was Rolf’s desire to be closer to Long Beach that led him to accept a lateral move to the Irvine Police Department. He was headed into his final week at the RSO when he arrived for the cover shift the afternoon of May 9, 1980. At the shift briefing, Parkes had tried to grab the Norco beat ahead of Glyn Bolasky to avoid working in Rubidoux, but Bolasky was having none of it, pulling rank on Parkes with a sly smile. Bolasky kept his Norco shift while Rolf hit the streets that day with the call sign 3-Edward-13—“3” for the three shift, “Edward” for Riverside station, “13” for Rubidoux.

When the 1199 went out, Parkes responded in the direction of Fourth and Hamner by way of Mira Loma. Trying to follow reports of the suspects’ location over the increasingly cluttered radio traffic, Rolf listened as every one of his fellow deputies who encountered the bank robbers took fire or had been wounded, maybe even killed. He heard Doug Borden report being fired on at Schleisman. The next transmission put the suspects on 68th Street headed in the direction of Holmes Avenue. Turning off Etiwanda onto Holmes, a two-lane road lined with ramshackle houses, doublewides, and animal pens, it suddenly occurred to Rolf that he might be seconds away from a battle in which he would be outgunned, outmanned, and utterly alone.

Rolf abruptly slowed and pulled his cruiser onto the dirt beside the metal fencing of a horse corral to give him time to consider his options. Before he could make any decisions, the yellow truck appeared, traveling at an ominously slow speed. To Parkes, it did not look like a vehicle fleeing police as much as it did one daring anyone to get close to it. And now it was 150 feet away, headed directly at him.

At once, three men with rifles simultaneously turned their weapons on Rolf. Bullets ricocheted off the pavement in front of him with a singing sound as they fragmented. Others cracked like bullwhips overhead as they shattered the sound barrier on their way to God knows where. There was the tearing sound of rounds striking his vehicle, ripping through multiple layers of metal, plastic, and glass with a guttural, three-dimensional quality. Fragments lacerated the interior and seats while heavier rounds from George Smith’s .308 passed through one side of the vehicle and out the other. Rolf had been around plenty of guns, but this was like nothing he had ever heard before.

Closing in on him, the truck methodically crossed the dotted line, veering into his lane like a trapper walking up to a snared animal to blow its brains out. The fucking thing seemed to amble, in no hurry at all. These sons of bitches are not trying to get away from me, he thought, they are trying to kill me. He was out of options. In the move of a desperate man willing to put anything between himself and death, Rolf Parkes did the only thing he could think of: he rolled up his side window.

A calm resignation came over him. He wondered if he would die slowly or quickly and how much it would hurt. He lay across the bench seat on his right side, all the shit mounted on his dashboard preventing him from getting down on the floorboard. Rounds were already tearing through the interior of the Monaco. He reflexively lifted his left arm up to shield his head, peering out from underneath his elbow.

The truck slowly rolled into his field of view no more than a yard away from his window, drifting by like a pirate ship pulling broadsides on some helpless, wallowing frigate. Time seemed to slow down as they appeared one by one, looking like pirates themselves. The wild eyes of Christopher Harven stared out at him from the two holes of a black ski mask. With one hand on the steering wheel, Harven reached out with the other and fired the .45 Long Colt revolver at point blank range, the bullets striking the quarter panel and door. Manny Delgado managed to get off a few shots over the top of the cab, gouging ruts in the roof of Parkes’s unit. There was an explosion of gunfire coming from multiple weapons and then the face of Russell Harven appeared above him, looming like some sort of insane hillbilly while aiming his rifle down at a violent angle, shooting fish in a barrel. Broken glass sprayed Rolf in the face. He shut his eyes against it. Something whizzed by, cleaving his scalp right down the middle, just above the hairline. Finally, it was George Smith’s turn, firing over the edge of the tailgate into the body of the Monaco as they pulled away, the last round from the .308 exploding the back window of the patrol unit.

Rolf could hear the truck accelerate away. He opened his eyes and felt his head. There was only a spotting of blood from a flesh wound on his scalp. A few inches lower and it would have been the proverbial bullet right between the eyes. There was glass all through his hair and a stinging in his right eye, but Rolf Parkes knew the impossible had just happened: He was still alive.

Copyright © 2019 by Peter Houlahan, from Norco '80. Reprinted by permission of Counterpoint Press.

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Eighteen-year-old arrested for rape in Lagrange

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 20:18
Lagrange, New York – On May 20, 2019, the New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested an eighteen-year-old for two counts of Rape in the 1st degree, a class B felony.


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Town of Jefferson woman arrested for Grand Larceny 3rd degree

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:32
New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations from SP Princetown arrested a 54-year old woman for Grand Larceny 3rd degree.   


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Faithfully Executing Leadership Principles

Law Officer - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:21

Well-taught leadership principles look good in the abstract, but leaders frequently fail in the execution. If leaders cannot artfully perform the conceptual sciences of leadership, they are like sexy models without a brain. They may look good, but ask for some thoughts and you’ll know where the phrase, “light’s on but no one’s home,” originated.

Leading versus being “in charge”

A good leader can execute a bad plan better than a bad leader can perform a good one. This is because some people have the gift to lead, while others are simply “in charge.” I hope to provide a fresh perspective regarding some practical leadership tools. Most of these are frequently cast aside. Yet they are abstract concepts that will help anyone transition from simply being in charge, to leading with substance.

If you desire followership, it’s up to you to bring theoretical leadership principles to practical reality in your role of influencing others.

Leadership principles of the mind
  • Embrace the concept of overseer. The supervisor is focused on completing a task, but the overseer will shepherd the work force.
  • Interlace the push and pull. While the transformational leader understands pulling others toward a vision, the transactional leader can nudge workers when necessary. Yet each style is required within the organization. Hopefully, wisdom will determine which is appropriate for the need of the moment.
  • Know that atmospheric pressure will affect morale. As a result, a sensible leader will possess situational awareness and create a tone of optimism.
  • Appreciate that leaders are learners. Therefore, the leader who “knows it all” will eventually learn the meaning of discomfiture—confused embarrassment.
  • Use ink when writing. In other words, avoid sugar AND acid when documenting favorable and unfavorable events.
  • Be able to explain your strategy. “Because I’m the boss” is the wrong answer.
  • Desire to train a proxy. Moreover, multiplying replacements is the practice of a first-class leader.

LAPD officers at Staples Center. (Chris Yarzab)

Leadership principles of the heart 
  • Replace ambition with servitude. Since ambition comes from the Latin word meaning “campaigning for promotion,” the overly ambitious person who does this can be self-serving. As a result, this individual will not recognize the needs of others.
  • Focus on 360-degree service. Most people know they need to make the boss happy, serve customers/citizens, and maintain good relationships with peers. But few bosses understand the principle of serving subordinates. Hence, superiors who’ve figured out how to help people, regardless of position, are well on their way to becoming overseers.
  • Understand that leaders are not lords. Regardless of job function or division of work, a person of influence works in harmony with followers, and does not lord over them in a stalking manner.
  • The perpetually closed door is a barricade. Consequently, it also handicaps opportunities to lead and can abdicate responsibility.
Leadership principles of subordination
  • Believe that exceptional leaders are good followers. Therefore, support ethical leadership regardless of differing philosophies.
  • Apply organizational integrity over individual loyalty. Ultimately, the organization cannot be corrupted, only individuals going astray can bring shame.
  • Seek counsel. It is a sign of strength, not weakness. Be mindful that pride often precedes failure.


Emphasize values in leadership principles
  • Earn respect and trust as vital components to your command. Because managers can issue orders, but demanding respect is not one of them. Much as trust is compromised it is likely to be gone forever.
  • Practice self-control since flamboyance is not your friend.
  • Consider that mediocrity is a choice. It is reinforced by sluggish behavior and avoidance.
  • Recognize that leadership styles germinate and regenerate. For better or worse, organizational culture will breed.
  • Comprehend that leadership is taxing. Therefore, daily renewal is vital.
  • Ensure your heart and mind are captured. If passion is absent then success will be fleeting. If victory is brief then you are unlikely to possess long-term effectiveness.

Whether you are a field-training officer supervising one individual, or the chief of police managing thousands, you have an ethical obligation to be a good steward with your influence. Being a leader among leaders is a solemn responsibility. The best do not happen by accident. There is intentionality involved when applying leadership principles.

Finally, when concepts become deeds, you’ve taken the classroom to the street. That is where it belongs, where it has value, and where a person in charge becomes an effective leader!


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State Police investigating fatal motor vehicle accident on the Interstate

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:16
State Police are currently responding to a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on the Interstate in the city of Albany.
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Affidavits: Just the Facts

Police Magazine - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 17:46
Embellishing the truth on an affidavit is a good way to be held liable for damages in a lawsuit.
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Three arrested in connection to home invasion in Cortlandt

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 16:11
Cortlandt, New York – On May 15, 2019, the New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks responded to Lexington Avenue in the town of Cortlandt for a report of a home invasion and assault.
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State Police to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this Memorial Day weekend

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:55

The New York State Police will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving throughout Memorial Day weekend.

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State Police to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this Memorial Day weekend

State - NY Police - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:52

The New York State Police will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving throughout Memorial Day weekend.


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