Law Enforcement

Video shows Ohio officers racing to save suicidal teen

Police One - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:08

By PoliceOne Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four Ohio officers sprang into action to save the life of a teenage girl who tried to jump off a bridge, recently released body cam footage shows.

Columbus police responded to a call about a possible suicidal teenager on March 20 when they encountered the 17-year-old girl, WCMH-TV reports. Four officers witnessed the girl jump over the railing and onto the river side of the bridge.

The officers sprinted to save girl, who dangled her hands and feet from the edge of the bridge, according to WSYX-TV.

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WHAT YOU DON’T ALWAYS SEE ON TV-REALLY GOOD POLICE WORK ??: On 3/20/18 around 8:19pm Officers Kropp, Salsgiver, Sebastiano and Officer Townsley (Probationary) responded to a distraught 17-year-old girl threatening to jump off of the Greenlawn Bridge into the Scioto River. They all responded and upon arrival observed the female jump over the railing onto the river side of the bridge. Everyone assisted in pulling her back over the railing to safety. We spoke with her and family who arrived before medics transported her to the hospital for further assistance. *Grateful to the officers, the girl for trusting our officers & her family for caring. ***National Suicide Prevention Lifeline*** We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free & confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255 #TogetherIsBetter

Posted by Columbus Division of Police on Sunday, April 15, 2018

“I thought she was gone, honestly. She was so close,” Officer Kenneth Kropp said. “She was picking one hand up of the railing, then the other.”

Kropp and fellow officer Anthony Sebastiano were able to reach and secure her arms before the two other LEOs helped pull her back over the railing. Sebastiano said he feels “blessed to be put in that situation” and thankful that four officers were there.

“I took this job to help people, and that was obviously a great opportunity to help someone in need,” Sebastiano said.

The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment after her family arrived.

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Officer delivers special gifts to family after burglary

Police One - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:02

By PoliceOne Staff

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A Washington police officer is being recognized for going above and beyond for a family dealing with a devastating burglary.

Last week, Mikaela Richards and her older brother, Gage, came home after school and were shocked to find their money, wallets and nearly every electronic devices they owned were stolen, KIRO reports. Officer Nate Zaretzke, who responded to the call, said the case was heartbreaking.

“I think what was most heartbreaking was just the way the kids had to come home to this,” Zaretzke said.

When the siblings’ father, Jeff, met with detectives, Zaretzke learned that Jeff was a single father who was “working hard to make ends meet” for his family.


Among the stolen items were two Kindles. After police took the report, Zaretzke wanted to do something special for the family.

The next day, Gage was called into his school’s office where he picked up two Kindles that were gifts from the officer.

“It was pretty emotional because, I mean, after we got broken into, we didn’t have anything left,” Gage said.

Jeff went to social media to share the officer’s act of kindness, which soon went viral. Zaretzke said he was “extremely thankful and humbled” to learn that he received widespread recognition.

“It’s kind of cool that somebody would care that much and do something like that for people he doesn’t even know,” Gage said.

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Port Byron man gets arrested after traffic stop.

State - NY Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:34
On April 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Shaun W. Kindrew, 56, of Port Byron, New York for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and inadequate stop lights.
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Body Camera Video Shows Florida Sheriff's K-9 Track Suspect Through Swamp - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:22
A Pasco County Sheriff's Office K-9 tracked a man on the run through a swamp Tuesday and tried to clean his face as deputies arrested him.
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Wounded Texas Deputy Constable Walking Again - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:15
Harris County Deputy Constable Christopher Gaines, who was wounded in a Tuesday shootout, seems to be on the road to recovery as he was walking with the aid of a walker late Wednesday night.
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Woman Now Faces First-Degree Murder in Slaying of Missouri Police Officer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:10
Tammy Dee Widger's charges in the fatal shooting of Clinton Officer Ryan Morton last month have been amended and now include first-degree murder.
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Gates Used to Patch Border Wall in Southern Texas - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:05
On the 1,954-mile southern border, 654 miles are blocked by a fence or wall.
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Houston Dispatcher Who Hung Up on Callers Sentenced - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:00
A former Houston 911 operator who hung up on thousands of people including calls for help during robberies and homicides will spend 10 days in jail and 18 months on probation.
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Five Years On, Will MIX13 DNA Study Be ‘Bombshell’ Paper?

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:52
NewsThe results of a NIST DNA mixture study showed that, as DNA sensitivity has grown by leaps and bounds, interpretation of those tiny clues has not kept pace. But those results were reached five years ago—and the study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
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How to find grants to support tactical gear and other special ops needs

Police One - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:09

Author: Therese Matthews

Police officers are tasked with an extremely challenging job every day to maintain public safety. In order to perform effectively, cops need the right equipment, whether tactical body armor, night vision goggles, unmanned aerial vehicles or ballistic shields. If your department is like most law enforcement agencies across the country, budgets are tight and often shrinking, with m any priorities competing for available dollars.

Grants are a great solution for securing funding for tactical gear and special operations equipment. There are hundreds of federal, state, corporate and private foundation grant-funding opportunities available each year that will consider supporting specialized law enforcement equipment and gear.

Here’s a summary of both the most obvious grants to consider and some not so obvious – each with their own unique requirements.

The Obvious: Justice Assistance Grants and Homeland Security dollars

Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) offer one of the largest sources of grant funding to support law enforcement equipment purchases. Most tactical and special operations equipment and gear are eligible items under this program. But be aware that specialized vehicles and unmanned aerial systems are prohibited expenditures unless you receive an approved waiver from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Many local municipalities across the country receive a local JAG allocation directly from the federal government based on their share of their state’s three-year violent crime average. If your county or city is a local JAG recipient, encourage your grant administrators to earmark a portion of the funding to cover your special operations and tactical equipment needs.

Each state and U.S. territory also receives an annual JAG award for competitive funding that is available to local and state agencies that don’t qualify for the local allocations. Reach out to your State Administering Agency (SAA) representative to discuss your needs and inquire about the next application period.

Homeland Security Grants can be used to fund a variety of specialized gear, equipment and vehicles, as long as you use the equipment to respond to domestic or international terrorism events or other crimes that threaten your community. Most of these federal grants are received through your state’s homeland security or emergency management agency, but decisions on the uses of these funds are based on local planning. Grant applications for equipment that will be used as a regional asset may receive more favorable consideration.

Your agency may also qualify for Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Port Security Operation Stonegarden depending on where you are located within the United States. Also consider FEMA’s Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG), which allows for equipment purchases in preparation for an all-hazards emergency preparation events.

Not so Obvious: Traffic Safety, School Safety, Corporate and Private Foundations

Smart “out-of-the-box” thinking may land you grant awards from some not-so-obvious funding sources. Consider these options:

Highway Safety Grants: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration administers grants for law enforcement purposes. The Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program has numerous focus areas, including improving enforcement of traffic safety laws, and enhancing emergency services. States typically offer grants to local law enforcement agencies through a competitive application process. Rural Area Development: If you live in a rural area of the country, you may qualify for a grant or loan under the U.S.D.A. Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Public safety equipment is an allowable cost under this program. School Safety Grants: Many more grant opportunities are becoming available for school safety in light of recent school shooting events across our country. Work with your School Resource Officers on special initiatives and include your equipment needs in the budget request. Corporate Giving Programs: Many large companies and utilities offer grants that target safety and security in the areas where they are located. National freight railroad companies such as BNSF, CSX and Union Pacific administer grants with a focus on keeping the communities safe where their lines are operating. Big box stores such as Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club offer grants to support public safety and law enforcement initiatives in general. Sandwich shop chain Firehouse Subs has also provided grants for law enforcement and first responder equipment across the country. Also consider reaching out to your agency’s utility companies to inquire if they have grants that they offer locally or through their corporate office. Private Foundations: Community Foundations operate across the country by providing funding to non-profit and some government agencies focused on keeping their neighborhoods safe. The Foundation Center is a great resource for locating the community foundation that operates in your area.

These are just a few of the many grant funding sources you can pursue to cover the cost of your tactical gear or other special operations equipment needs. Research these funding sources, see if they match your needs and agency eligibility, and begin applying now. Best of luck!

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Governor’s Crime Commission Forms Special Committee to Improve School Safety

State - NC Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:07
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Plasan Showing New Lightweight Armored Vehicle at ExpoSeguridad Mexico

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:55

At next week's Expo Seguridad in Mexico City Plasan will be showing its broad range of products and solutions, and it will be unveiling an all-new lightweight armored vehicle.

The Yagu will be making its debut on the Plasan stand at the exhibition. In the spirit of "the element of surprise" that the new vehicle embodies, details are still scarce but the company says it can reveal that the Yagu is an ultralight and super agile vehicle with an unprecedented level of protection for a vehicle at this low weight.

There is high demand for a light and agile vehicle with the dynamic attributes of a buggy. But invariably the need for protection is traded off in the interests of keeping the weight down. These unprotected vehicles end up unusable in dangerous areas and are often relegated to the role of runarounds on bases; disappointed soldiers have been known to call them "expensive golf carts," the company says.

By contrast, Yagu carries a crew of 3 with 360-degree protection against high-velocity threats, in air-conditioned comfort, with excellent situational awareness. With the optional Remote Weapon Station, it is a truly usable combat vehicle, deployable for use by special forces, border guards, or on counter-terror operations. Easily maneuverable in urban environments, and highly mobile off-road, there is nowhere that Yagu can't take the chase, the company says.

The Yagu will be shown at Expo Seguridad in Mexico City from April 24 to April 26 in Booth 1415.


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FLIR Systems Completes Strategic Investment in DroneSense

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:55

FLIR Systems, Inc. and DroneSense, Inc. have announced that FLIR has completed a strategic investment in DroneSense, makers of a software platform that serves the growing needs of public safety organizations in utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to better perform their missions.

The minority investment by FLIR in DroneSense will create opportunities for the companies to collaborate and share their respective expertise and customer relationships to develop and bring to market advanced UAS operating, management, and reporting systems. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging payloads for UAS platforms provide first responders a new sense of awareness by imaging heat, seeing through smoke, and seeing at night. DroneSense’s comprehensive solution will enable first responders to build and scale their UAS programs with full accountability and transparency. Together, the FLIR and DroneSense offerings will enhance situational awareness, act as a force multiplier, and ultimately save more lives as organizations continue to integrate UAS into daily missions.

“This alliance with DroneSense will help bring to market a truly mission-critical solution needed by first responders to effectively deploy a complete UAS program across their organizations,” said James Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR. “We believe this platform is scalable geographically, across multiple markets, and across multiple FLIR Business Units. While focused today on UAS’s, we see longer term opportunity for the solution to be extendable to other forms of sensing devices.”


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Lawyers: Inmate Set for Execution Should Be Resentenced

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:53
NewsA man set for execution next month should be resentenced because he wouldn’t get the death penalty if he were sentenced today, his lawyers argued in a court filing Wednesday.Contributed Author: Kate Brumback, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
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Nanny Who Killed Kids While Parents Away Convicted of Murder

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:44
NewsA once-trusted nanny who butchered two children in her care while their parents were away was convicted of murder by a jury that didn't believe her claims she was too insane at the time of the crime to be held responsible.Contributed Author: Colleen Long, Associated PressTopics: Forensic Psychology
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Man arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:43
On April 19, 2018 at 1:59am, Troopers out of SP Amity arrested Richard J. Allman, 24 of Alfred, NY for driving while intoxicated and inadequate exhaust.
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3 reasons cops should consider a degree in management

Police One - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:00

Author: Therese Matthews

Sponsored by Norwich University

By PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

“Is it worth going back to school to get my bachelor’s degree?” This is one of several important questions you should ask yourself, especially if you’re looking to move up the ladder or approaching retirement.

Traditionally, police departments do not require a bachelor’s degree for officer positions, so for some officers that means several years could go by before they realize how an advanced degree could help them get ahead.

Alexa Ward, an enrollment advisor for Norwich University, said management studies degrees have become an increasingly appealing option for law enforcement officers.

“The management studies program is a great fit for anyone who wants to grow their leadership skills, become exposed to diverse ideas and even consider a master’s degree in business administration down the line,” said Ward.

Here are three reasons police officers should consider pursuing a management studies degree:


Some management degree programs offer students an option to pursue a concentration area that allows them to hone their leadership skills. Many of the courses in management studies include a focus on developing leadership skills and approaches.

Effective communication skills are also essential for an officer to thrive professionally. Pursuing a management studies degree can provide opportunities to learn more effective approaches to interacting with people from all walks of life, said Ward.

“The management degree with a concentration in leadership helps you really develop the skills to speak to those you work or deal with in an effective manner,” said Ward.

Over the years, many studies have highlighted how having a college degree can benefit police officers. One study that looked at disciplinary cases against officers in Florida found that officers with a high school education accounted for 75 percent of all disciplinary actions, whereas only 11 percent of officers with college degrees were subjects of disciplinary action.


Many police officers have the option to retire after 20 years of service. A degree can be especially helpful for you if you’re thinking of switching careers post-retirement. Even if you’re not yet eligible to retire, a career switch becomes much more manageable if you’ve earned a degree in a versatile field like management.

With a management degree, retirement on a police pension could translate into starting a new business, working in a completely different industry or even working as a consultant for a police department that wants more senior officers.

“We encourage our students to think big-picture when choosing their major,” said Ward. “If you want to assume a leadership role, it’s extremely useful to have leadership skills that you can point to on your resume.”


If you’re thinking about going to school to increase your chances of getting a promotion, then the good news is that you’re headed in the right direction.

One study found that 48 percent of law enforcement officers who attained college degrees did so to advance their career. Another study that looked at how college degrees affect promotional outcomes for New Jersey State Police found that an officer’s educational degree was the strongest predictor of promotion. In other words, many officers were promoted based on their level of education, which demonstrates the value of earning advanced degrees.

At many police departments, officers make more with a bachelor’s degree. For example, Dallas PD officers earn $49,207 and up on average, but college-educated police officers in the same department make $52,807 and more as their base pay. At Atlanta PD, officers with bachelor’s degrees make anywhere from $2,800 to around $3,600 more annually than do officers with a high school diploma or GED.

“For police officers, there’s a tremendous benefit in getting your higher education, and it’s extremely valuable for officers to hone their critical thinking skills, cultivate their ability to serve those from diverse life experiences and backgrounds, practice effective communication and prepare for more advanced leadership roles down the line,” said Ward.

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Four motorists arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:45
State Police Troop F arrested four motorists for Driving While Intoxicated
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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:45
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (401-444-1005) On April 18, 2018, a member of the Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Moses Fahnbulleh, age 32, of 1315 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, for Willful Trespassing. Mr. Fahnbulleh was taken into custody at Twin...
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US Judges Should Do More Than Simply 'Apply the Law' When It Demands Cruel Sentences, Law Experts Argue

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:39
NewsIn a paper published by the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, experts argue for strategies to help judges resolve conflicts between their morals and the letter of the law. The paper uses mandatory minimum sentences as a case study of one key context where judicial dilemmas often occur.Contributed Author: University of Surrey
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