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New York Officer Dies of 9/11-Related Cancer

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:34

Police Officer Kathleen O'Connor-Funigiello died on August 16 as the result of cancer that she developed following her assignment to assist with search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site immediately following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, according to ODMP.

Most recently, she was assigned as the warrant officer in the department's Criminal Investigations Division.

Officer O'Connor-Funigiello had served with the New Rochelle Police Department for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, three step-children, and five siblings.

 

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Waterloo man arrested for felony DWI.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:25
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Waterloo arrested Lawrence E. Wolcott, 35, of Waterloo, New York for felony driving while intoxicated (previous conviction within ten years), operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08%, moving from lane unsafely and throwing glass on a highway.
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California Businessman to Host Private "Law Enforcement Appreciation Festival"

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:22

A businessman in Southern California is stepping up to show his support for law enforcement by hosting a "Law Enforcement Appreciation Festival" at a private location in Huntington Beach on Sunday, August 26th.

More than 5,000 Southern California law enforcement officers and their families — with representation from the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles and Orange County Sheriff’s Departments, the California Highway Patrol, as well as the Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Westminster, and other police departments — are expected to attend.

The event is principally sponsored by 80-year-old Allen Alevy — the founder of Westland Industries and the Westland Real Estate Group in Southern California.

"The men and women of the law enforcement community — and their precious families — sacrifice so much to keep our cities and towns safe. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude," Alevy told POLICE Magazine.

"We are grateful to the Alevy Family for their generous support of law enforcement families," Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told POLICE Magazine. "This event brings families together for a day of fun and camaraderie."

"That's what the Law Enforcement Appreciation Festival is all about. We will be showing respect and expressing our thanks, all while offering these dedicated families a day of fun together. They definitely deserve it," Alevy added.

In addition to the festival, Alevy has been providing financial support to Southern California law enforcement families by supporting widows and children of fallen law enforcement officers with efforts ranging from sending presents at the holidays to iPads for the children, plus swim parties at his private residence, complete with masseuses and pampering for the mothers, "and pizza for all."

"There is a thin blue line between order and chaos, between life and death, between civilization and anarchy. We believe those who serve, who hold that line, deserve our undying respect and appreciation, said the event website.

 

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Colorado Boy Battling Named Honorary Police Officer In April Completes Chemo

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:18

The Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department posted on Twitter that the boy they named to be an honorary police officer in April has completed his last round of chemotherapy.

Joshua Salmoiraghi proudly marked the occasion by ringing the bell at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora while wearing an oversized Captain America shirt, according to Fox News.

According to Colorado Springs Police Department, Joshua Salmoiraghi is expected to undergo radiation therapy for his chest in the coming weeks. (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Joshua was first diagnosed with stage-four kidney cancer over Father’s Day weekend in June 2017 — he was 3 years old at the time.

Update on Officer Joshua.
Great news! Joshua completed his last round of chemo for liver cancer and got to ring the bell Sunday afternoon at Children’s Hospital in Denver! #cancersucks #StayPositive #staystrong #thoughtsandprayers #thinkingofyou #childhoodcancerawareness pic.twitter.com/4OOm7brvtq

— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) August 19, 2018

 

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Enfield woman gets arrested for CPCS.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:16
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Moravia arrested Jessica M. Sawatzky, 23, of Enfield, New York for criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance not in an original container.
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Firmware Update: Turn Off The Recording Light on Your BC-300

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:14
PRO-VISION® Video Systems has released a feature to all new and existing BC-300 body-worn camera models. This Covert Mode feature turns off the recording status lights when an officer is in a situation that may require it.PRO-VISION® strives to listen...
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Phelps man arrested for CPCS.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 15:10
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Waterloo arrested Christian A. Stein, 28, of Phelps, New York for criminal possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving to the left of a no passing zone.
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Lawmaker Asks DOJ to Probe Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:59

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Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) has asked the Department of Justice to examine how law enforcement agencies use facial recognition software, saying that he fears the technology has the potential to “exacerbate and entrench” racial divisions in policing practice due to differing performance in matching people from different demographics, according to BiometricUpdate.

In a letter to acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore — who leads DOJ's Civil Rights Division — Cleaver said that "if not appropriately implemented, use of the technology may threaten the life and liberty of Americans with crushing force."

Cleaver wrote further that there is "a growing body of evidence" that suggests facial recognition may "have the potential to exacerbate and entrench existing policing disparities along racial lines."

Cleaver's letter also took aim at Amazon — makers of facial recognition software, known as Rekognition, which is in use by some police agencies — saying that it was recently reported that the technology is "less accurate for African American subjects" and that Cleaver is "extremely concerned that facial recognition technologies will disproportionately burden African American communities."

According to The Hill, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) sent a letter to Amazon in May, voicing concern about potential misuse of the technology.

 

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Lawmaker Asks DOJ to Probe Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:59

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Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) has asked the Department of Justice to examine how law enforcement agencies use facial recognition software, saying that he fears the technology has the potential to “exacerbate and entrench” racial divisions in policing practice due to differing performance in matching people from different demographics, according to BiometricUpdate.

In a letter to acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore — who leads DOJ's Civil Rights Division — Cleaver said that "if not appropriately implemented, use of the technology may threaten the life and liberty of Americans with crushing force."

Cleaver wrote further that there is "a growing body of evidence" that suggests facial recognition may "have the potential to exacerbate and entrench existing policing disparities along racial lines."

Cleaver's letter also took aim at Amazon — makers of facial recognition software, known as Rekognition, which is in use by some police agencies — saying that it was recently reported that the technology is "less accurate for African American subjects" and the Cleaver is "extremely concerned that facial recognition technologies will disproportionately burden African American communities."

According to The Hill, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) sent a letter to Amazon in May, voicing concern about potential misuse of the technology.

 

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Kansas Police Called to Capture Massive Snake Discovered by Postal Worker

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:54

Overland Park (KS) Police posted images on Twitter of a massive Ball Python a postal worker discovered wrapped around a resident's mail box.

Animal control was called, but the snake proved to be an adversary meriting the assistance of police. Officers arrived and "were able to wrangle the 20-pound serpent to its temporary home," according to KSHB-TV.

"The poor resident did not receive their mail today (obviously)," the Tweet said. "The @OPPD_PIO is trying to talk the Animal Control Officers to put the snake under the @OPPD_Chief desk, but they won't."

 

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Geneva man gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:53
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Waterloo arrested Adam M. Passalacqua, 19, of Geneva, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.
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State Police arrest Esperance man for DWI following traffic stop

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:53
State Police arrest Esperance man for DWI following traffic stop
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Rochester man gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:47
On August 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Jacob A. Hershey, 25, of Rochester, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.
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Texas Officer Returns to Duty Two Years After Being Shot Multiple Times

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:47

The Fort Worth (TX) Police Department announced on its Facebook page that Officer Xavier Serrano — who was shot while responding to a call of shots fired two years ago — has returned to duty.

During the 2016 incident, officers had discovered 81-year-old Carl Fleece dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

Witnesses told officers that the shooter had fled to a shed in the yard. As officers opened the doors to the shed, Fleece's son, Martin Fleece, fired at them, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The department noted in its post that Serrano is "now back in patrol, serving and protecting the great residents of Fort Worth!"

The agency added, "We are proud of Officer Serrano's resilience. We are proud of his commitment to serving and protecting his community."

 

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Arizona Police Use Mannequins with Radar Guns to Discourage Speeding

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:47

The Tucson Police Department has pulled a page from an age-old playbook for traffic enforcement.

The Operations Division recently outfitted mannequins armed with radar guns and positioned them next to empty police vehicles in order to encourage drivers to slow down at intersections known to be the locations of frequent collisions due to speeding.

This is the first time TPD has utilized this method by using mannequins, according to ABC-15.

Sergeant Corie Nolan told Fox10 News, "It's fun. It's challenging to try and get people to change their driving behaviors. Because that's ultimately why we're out here."

 

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Menacing arrest in Waddington

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:46
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1 of 3 Suspects in Ambush Attack on New Jersey Detectives Arrested

Police Magazine - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:33

The Camden County (NJ) Police Department said in Tweet that they have captured one of the three men wanted in connection with the ambush attack on two plainclothes detectives — a male and a female — as they sat in their SUV last week.

The agency said on Twitter that 20-year-old Juan Figueroa had been captured. Figueroa and the other two suspects have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses.

The male detective reportedly suffered wounds to the bicep and forearm. The female detective — who has served more than four years — was struck in the hand, according to NJ.com.

Both detectives have been released from the hospital and are recovering from their injuries.

The agency said on Twitter that they are closing in the other two suspects and "won’t sleep until they are in cuffs."

 

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