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Marcellus Man arrested on Child Pornography Charges

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:08
A 36-year-old man from the Village of Marcellus was arrested Wednesday by state police and is facing multiple child pornography charges.

 

 

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Miami-Dade Police Department (FL)

Law Enforcement LODD - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:46
Police Officer Jermaine Brown was killed in an ATV crash while conducting an enforcement detail as the result of community complaints of illegal activity along a canal path. He was responding...

State Police in Wilton arrest Corinth woman after she threatens victim with a shotgun

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:45
On December 12, 2018 State Police in Wilton arrested 31-year-old Ciara K. Winslow of Corinth, for Menacing 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree.

 

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K9s for Warriors - Because Together We Stand

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:24
K9s For Warriors is a BBB accredited charity organization located in Ponte Vedra, Florida, that has been pairing rescue dogs with traumatized soldiers since 2011.
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Buffalo, NY pair arrested for possession of Methamphetamine, Marihuana, Heroin, Stolen property, Cocaine and a gun.

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:23
State Police report the arrests of Wesley C. Cunningham, age 38, of Buffalo, NY and Brittney D. Fuhrey, age 29, of Buffalo, NY for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd, 3rd, Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st, Criminal possession of Stolen Property 4th and Promoting Prison Contraband 1st degree.
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5 ways to cope with the holiday blues

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:16

By Amy Morgan, P1 Contributor

With jingle bells, twinkly lights and ho-ho-ho everywhere, pictures of the holidays make us think we should wake up every day feeling like a kid on Christmas morning. But this may not be how your holiday feels at all.

Instead of excitement, the holidays may bring you down. When you walk into a store in October and see Christmas decorations, you may feel dread. The commercials begin, and your stress level may start to rise. And instead of bringing joy, Christmas music may bring you to tears.

Expectations are placed so high to feel happiness and joy, and an open heart for friends and strangers alike, that we set ourselves up for disappointment. Real life is still happening, and our daily struggles don’t disappear just because it’s the holiday season. This is especially true for law enforcement, as you experience more “real life” than most people. If you are struggling with life in October, chances are good that those struggles continue in December.

For officers, the holidays bring additional emotions. Will you even get to be with your family on Christmas Day, or will you be working? If you do get to be at home, you’ll probably also be thinking about your work family who are on patrol and not with their loved ones. You may also be missing a fallen officer, or thinking sadly about his or her family celebrating Christmas on their own this year.

With all of this, and with all that you see every day, how can you feel joy and peace?

I encourage you to do just a few simple things:

1. Stop comparing.

If you find yourself comparing your holiday with others, stop and focus on what matters to you, and then let that be enough. Be content with where you are, who you are and what you have. If you are financially stressed, don’t worsen the situation by giving gifts to try to match the actions of others. Instead, give of yourself and work with what you have, but don’t deplete yourself in the process or let comparisons make you feel unworthy.

2. Set realistic expectations.

All the hype around the holidays makes us feel like we should ramp up our energy, our home décor, our financial ability, our time with friends and family, and even our level of happiness. Instead set your expectations in line with the reality of your own little piece of the world. If you aren’t a cook, don’t expect to present your family with a golden holiday turkey and all the fixings. Set realistic expectations about how your own holiday will, and should, look, for your own life.

3. Let go of regret.

Maybe this wasn’t your best year. If there’s something in your life you wish was different, and you still have the ability to change it, start working on doing that. But if you can’t change something, try letting go of the feeling of regret that’s eating away at you. If you need to apologize to someone, do it, genuinely and sincerely. If you need to forgive someone, do it, for your own sense of peace. And then move on. Let go of the regrets so you can start the New Year free of stress and anxiety.

4. Accept your struggles.

Life is hard sometimes, and nobody is getting through it as easily as they may make it seem. Things may be hard for you for many reasons – it is okay to admit that things aren’t great. Accept that all of us struggle at different points in life with different things. Don’t let the season make you focus on the struggles – remember that this season and its challenges will pass.

5. Set New Year goals.

Instead of pressure-filled resolutions, set some goals. But don’t set your expectations so high you’ll never be able to follow through. Name a few simple things you’d like to be different in your life – and then outline a plan to achieve that change.

The holidays can be tough for law enforcement families, leading to stress and even depression. This year do what works for you. If you’re feeling down, depressed, or alone, call 800-273-8255; you’ll find a caring voice at the other end of the line to help you make it through the hard stuff.

The holiday season, just like your life, is what you make it. It’s not what others tell you it should be, and it’s not what your holiday looks like compared to others. Celebrate the holiday for the reasons you choose, in the way that fits you and your life, and make the very best of it that you can with whatever you have to work with.

About the author Amy Morgan is the founder and executive training director of Academy Hour, a training provider offering mental health and leadership courses to law enforcement, first response teams and public safety personnel. She is pursuing a PhD in Psychology, specializing in Trauma and Disaster Relief, has earned a Master's degree in Counseling, and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Sciences. She previously served as the training officer for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. She is TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care)/LEFR (Law Enforcement First Responder) certified.


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NY police detective dies of Sep. 11 related cancer

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:07

By Zachary R. Dowdy Newsday

SUFFOLK, N.Y. - Family and colleagues on Tuesday mourned Suffolk Police Det. Stephen Mullen, a decorated and revered 26-year veteran and Massapequa resident who died on Friday of cancer he contracted while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

He was 55.

"Stephen and I have been married for close to 27 years," said Patricia Mullen, in a statement. "We've raised two wonderful sons, Patrick and James. He was completely devoted to his family and friends, and equally devoted to being a police officer."

Her statement continued: "Stephen was the type of person that if you needed anything, he would be there in any way possible. He could always be counted on. He is an absolutely wonderful person and my life and the lives of our sons have been forever changed. I will miss my husband every day. He has been my life and my rock. I will miss and love him always."

Top police brass weighed in to salute the fallen officer.

“The effects of the Sept. 11 attacks are still being felt by first responders,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said in a statement. “Detective Stephen Mullen responded to lower Manhattan to assist in the aftermath and he made the ultimate sacrifice. He was dedicated to serving the people of Suffolk County for more than 25 years and his contributions will be missed by the department.”

Mullen responded to Ground Zero for two days after the attacks, when two planes plowed into the skyscrapers, followed by explosions and the collapse of both buildings.

The terrorist attack killed nearly 3,000 people. It also released harmful toxins that have sickened and killed thousands of first responders and others who have lived and worked in the vicinity over the 17 years since the attacks.

Mullen was diagnosed with salivary cancer last summer.

He had been singled out for commendation as many as 25 times in his career as a staple of the First Precinct, where he began after completing the police academy in 1992. He served in COPE (Community Oriented Police Enforcement) and Crime Section before becoming a member of the First Squad detectives on May 14, 2006.

In March 2000, Mullen responded to a plane crash near Republic Airport in East Farmingdale and helped free two victims who were trapped in the wreckage, which was submerged in a sump. For that, he earned the Meritorious Police Service Award.

“He’s a good guy, a great detective and a true family man,” said Det. Thomas Bosco, who worked with Mullen in the 2000 disaster on Long Island and who had tackled assignments alongside him over the years. “You knew you could always count on him. We always worked together as a team, as a unit. He will be missed.”

Det. Lt. Shaun Spillane, Mullen’s supervisor, said Mullen showed devotion to others in his work and personal life.

“He was dedicated to his family, church, and his sons’ Boy Scout activities,” Spillane said. “On 9/11, he bravely volunteered to respond to the World Trade Center. At the First Squad, he will be remembered for his leadership as a union delegate and always helping his fellow detectives.”

In addition to his wife and two sons, Mullen leaves his parents and three brothers.

Viewing will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Hungerford and Clark Funeral Home in Freeport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at Our Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Freeport, followed by burial in St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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©2018 Newsday


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Indiana Police Officer Killed in Crash During Pursuit

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:06
Charlestown Police Officer Benton Bertram died Wednesday night after a pursuit beginning in Clark County ended in a crash in Scott County.
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State Police announce participation in national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national crackdown

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:01
The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.

State Police and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which starts today, Thursday, December 13, 2018, and runs through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during this campaign.

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State Police announce participation in national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national crackdown

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:58
The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
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State Police announce participation in national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national crackdown

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:45
The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
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How to get the most out of your LE career: Stress management

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:42

By Jerrod Hardy, P1 Contributor

As I prepare to step away from my career as a law enforcement officer after 21 years, I felt an overwhelming need to share my experience with as many others as possible.

For me, there have been four steps I have taken during my police career that is allowing me to leave physically and mentally fit so that I can enjoy the next phase of my life.

In my previous article, I wrote about the first step, which is remembering your purpose. This month I address the second step: stress management.

Step Two: Stress Management

When we step into a law enforcement career we all know the physical dangers we are accepting. Our training prepares us for the dangerous situations we face – the life and death encounters that require us to make split-second decisions. What we are not as well prepared for is how to deal with the stress associated with not only the calls we face, but the internal (both personal and organizational) processes we go through daily. Too many officers turn to unhealthy options as a means of suppressing, hiding from or just not wanting to deal with the stresses and emotions that come with our profession.

For me, I focused on three things to manage the stress of the job during my career:

1. My fitness

I knew the increase in officer safety, command presence and decision-making skills that came with being physically fit, but exercise also provided me a healthy outlet to process my internal stresses.

Working out gave me the opportunity to interact with people outside the career field, to balance out the conversations I was around and to remind myself of the many good people in the world. It helped prepare me for life after law enforcement knowing I am physically able to do the things I enjoy. I kept all my fitness test scores over my career and would always compare them to what I was able to do when I first started. I am proud of the fact I’m retiring having been able to fit into the same size uniform my whole career.

2. My emotions

The emotional well-being of our officers is starting to receive more attention from agencies around the country and that is a good thing. Our culture is shifting from one where we pretend nothing ever bothers us, to one where we can have honest talks about our emotional health.

I still remember having a young girl die in my arms during one of my first shifts after field training. I can picture her face and have vivid memories of administering CPR, and the smells and noises I experienced just like I was there. Unfortunately for me and most of us in this career field in the 1990s, you never admitted when something bothered you. So, like many of you would have done, after this little lady was taken away in the ambulance, I went home, showered to get her vomit off me, changed uniforms and went right back out to answer calls until my shift ended. For years I never talked about this call to anyone, yet every time the medical tone came over my radio, I had an internal stress response and prayed I was not the closest one to the call. It was not until about a dozen years into my career that I began to share this story with others and realized how good it made me feel to share my feelings. Processing my emotions and fears associated with this call allowed me to heal and move on.

If a call bothers you, has you struggling with memories, prevents sleep, or you just know you are not feeling right, please talk with a teammate, supervisor, peer support member, department chaplain or psychologist. You do not need to deal with the pain on your own.

3. My finances

Living within your financial means will greatly reduce your stress levels. Knowing you can enjoy your days off without having to work all of them to provide for your basic needs is a big relief.

Following this philosophy has been one of the best things I have done for myself and my family over the years. Maximizing your retirement contributions so that you can leave the profession on your terms provides great peace of mind.

When I was a young recruit, one of my mentors told me to be mindful of my finances and that out of control bills and debt was one of the easiest ways to ruin your police career. His advice was always present in my mind as I saw many examples of other officers who bought the biggest houses in the neighborhoods and the newest, fanciest cars, yet worked all their days off just to get by. I have watched as they stayed in the career field out of financial necessity, no longer for the love of making a difference and the purpose they once had.

By managing your finances early in your career and maximizing your retirement contributions – even when it seems so far away – you are set up to greatly reduce one of the primary stressors for all people, money!

In my next article I will discuss step three: self-assessment.

About the author Jerrod Hardy is a 20-year law enforcement officer and an Air Force veteran. Over his law enforcement career he has served as a member of the SWAT team, field training officer, school resource officer, lead defensive tactics instructor and training academy coordinator Outside of police work, Jerrod owns one of the largest mixed martial arts gyms in Colorado and coaches many professional and amateur fighters and citizens interested in self-improvement. Contact him at www.teamhardy.net or Jerrod@teamhardy.net.


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Schoharie man arrested for unemployment fraud

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:41
On December 11, 2018 State Police in Cobleskill arrested Frederick W. Kennedy Jr., 45, of Schoharie, for Falsifying Business Records 1st degree, Grand Larceny 3rd degree, and Filing a False Instrument 1st degree. 
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Charlestown Police Department (IN)

Law Enforcement LODD - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:24
Sergeant Ben Bertram was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit on State Road 3 at 10:30 pm. He had attempted to stop a vehicle for a...

Spotlight: Graffiti Tracker gives you the first tracking and analysis for graffiti

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:23

Company name: Graffiti Tracker Inc

Signature Product: Graffiti tracking and analysis

Website: http://graffititracker.net/

1. Where did your company name originate from? The concept of tracking and analyzing graffiti to extract evidence for law enforcement investigations originated from my research for my master’s thesis on graffiti. Upon finishing my graduate studies I continued to flesh out my theory that graffiti renderings, when properly documented and analyzed, could provide a wealth of evidence desperately needed by local investigative agencies.

2. What was the inspiration behind starting your company? I graduated with a master’s degree in the summer of 2001. By the summer of 2002 I was working for a local municipality in Los Angeles County where I was applying the theories I had proposed in my master’s thesis. Through this work, what emerged was a web-based solution that agencies could use to rapidly gather, store, and search evidence from graffiti renderings needed for prosecution and restitution recovery.

3. What is your signature product and how does it work? Graffiti tracking and analysis. Local municipalities photograph graffiti before they abate it and those photos get sent to us. We analyze each photo and identify the relevant evidence that law enforcement personnel need. This evidence is then cataloged and stored based on GPS and other data points. This information is instantly available to law enforcement personnel to help with their investigations.

4. Why do you believe your products are essential to your vertical (Police, Fire, EMS, Corrections, Government) community? Every year there are hundreds of local municipalities that are spending well over a hundred thousand dollars a year just to paint over someone’s criminal activity. These vandals rarely get caught. Graffiti vandalism is a low-level crime that has a high damage cost and when left undeterred these vandals can utterly destroy a community.

5. What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced? Any time you introduce a new product to government you're always met with skepticism, which I think is a good thing. Fortunately our product works exactly as advertised and it doesn't take long for government officials to realize the benefits.

6. What makes your company unique? I was the first to create such a tracking and analysis system.

7. What do your customers like best about you and your products? Our customers love the fact that the tens of thousands of photographs of graffiti are being stored in an easily searchable and user friendly web-based system. They like how quick our customer service is as well. Three a.m. responses to emails are not uncommon.

8. What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder/local government community? I love that we can come into a new community and help them significantly impact their graffiti problem. A lot of times these communities are frustrated. They've easily spent half a million dollars over the last year all because some punk kids decided they wanted to put their nickname on someone else's property. It's a problem that when left unaddressed never goes away on its own. It destroys neighborhoods and wastes taxpayers’ money but there's a very easy solution. It's the only crime I'm aware of where the criminal signs their name.

9. Do you support any charitable organizations within public safety/community? Tell us more. Yes, but we don't talk about it. Charity is best done for charity, not publicity.

10. Is there any fun fact of trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company? Our 877 number has a hidden code within it. So far, nobody has cracked it and I'm guessing it will never happen.

11. What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives? Europe! Vandals in Europe should know that their days of freely destroying those beautiful cities and landmarks will soon be coming to an end.


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Colo. LEO, civilian, child, killed in 3-car crash

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:17

By KDVR-TV, Denver

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. — A Las Animas County deputy along with a civilian and a child were killed in a three-car crash on Wednesday night, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The crash happened just after 8 p.m. on Highway 12 as deputies were responding to a possible domestic incident, according to state troopers.

Two of the patrol cars collided with another vehicle that was headed in the opposite direction. The driver of that car died and the child inside the vehicle died at the hospital, according to a press release from CSP.

The deputies were transported to the hospital where one passed away. The other two deputies were being treated for moderate injuries.

The names of the victims have not been released.

The crash remains under investigation.


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How Case-based Learning Can Build Enthusiasm for a Forensic Science Career

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:10
NewsOne of the best ways to create enthusiasm among future scientists is through active-learning initiatives that use case-based scenarios, which provide real-world examples of what scientists encounter in the field.Contributed Author: Dr. Dena Weiss, Faculty Member, Criminal Justice at American Military University via PoliceOneTopics: Crime Lab
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Iowa police officer awarded for saving man suffering heart attack

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:02

By Kat Russell The Gazette

MARION, Iowa — It started out as a normal day.

Marion Police officer Nikki Hotz was sitting in her cruiser on Nov. 1 behind MercyCare Urgent Care, near Seventh Avenue and Katz Drive in Marion, catching up on some paperwork when the call came in from a woman reporting that her husband was unresponsive and possibly having a heart attack at the Marion Village mobile home park on Midway Drive.

Hotz wasn’t supposed to be working that shift, but it was lucky she was.

The mobile home park was only about a quarter mile from Hotz’s location, so she radioed that she was responding and high-tailed it to the scene.

“Because I was so close, I was the first one to arrive on the scene,” she said. “When I got there, I knocked on the door and inside I could hear the man’s wife yelling.”

When she went in, Hotz said, the man was lying on the couch in the living room. He had no pulse and was not breathing.

“At that point my training just kicked in and I started doing what I needed to do,” she said.

Hotz cleared some space and moved the man from the couch to the floor. Then she started CPR.

Within about a minute, Hotz said Marion firefighters arrived and took over compressing the man’s chest and ventilating him.

“That’s when I pulled out my knife and began cutting his clothes off so the medics could do their work,” Hotz said.

Shortly after, Hotz said an ambulance arrived and with it the Lucas Chest Compression System, a machine designed to deliver uninterrupted chest compressions at a consistent rate and pressure.

“That machine is one the biggest advantages we have in medical emergencies,” Hotz said. “It saves on fatigue for the first responders, it frees up hands to tend to the rest of the patient’s needs, and it delivers timed and properly pressured compressions to the patient.”

The man was quickly loaded into the ambulance and taken to St. Luke’s. Eventually, Hotz got word that he regained his pulse and was being treated for what was believed to be a heart attack.

“That’s when all the adrenaline faded and the emotions kicked in,” Hotz said. “I had never had to perform CPR on someone before, and I really wanted him to be OK. Afterwards, I just went back to my car and prayed for him to recover and cried.”

The man did recover and Hotz was able to visit with him at his home on Thanksgiving.

“He’s amazing,” she said. “He’s a bit of a jokester, he’s got a great sense of humor, and he’s eager to get back to living his life.”

Looking back on her experience, Hotz said she is grateful she was able to help the man, but she didn’t do it alone.

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Last night at the City Council Meeting, Officer Hotz was presented with a Lifesaving Award. She had responded to a...

Posted by Marion Police Department (Iowa) on Friday, December 7, 2018

“It was a total team effort,” she said. “So many people had a hand in saving him. From his wife calling 911 to the dispatcher getting that information out quickly so I and fire and EMS were able to get there as fast as we did. The Marion Fire Department, the paramedics with Area Ambulance, the doctors and nurses at the hospital, we all worked together to help him.”

Last week, during a Marion City Council meeting, Hotz was awarded the Lifesaving Award for her part in saving the man.

Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale said the award was given in recognition of Hotz’s ability to respond under pressure and do what needed to be done.

“It’s important to recognize the efforts of our officers,” McHale said. “It reinforces the behavior and the officer’s response, and it’s our way of recognizing that officer for their courage and their ability to respond and act in stressful situations.”

Officer Hotz has been with the police department for about five years, McHale said. She is currently assigned as a patrol officer and was recently assigned as the department’s bomb tech.

“She is energetic and passionate about the work we do,” he said. “She’s a patrol officer now, but I see the potential for leadership in her future. She is dedicated to the agency and the job, and she does a really good job for us.”

For Hotz, Nov. 1 was a culmination of all her training — from the baby sitter CPR class she took as a teenager, to her military training to her training as an officer — all of which came back to her in that moment.

“The most rewarding award is knowing that I was part of this effort to help bring this man back and get him back to his family in time for the holidays,” she said. “As first responders — whether you’re police or fire or EMS or a dispatcher — all of us want to save a life. We all go to these calls, and we see more losses than saves. I’m just grateful this one was a save.”

Copyright 2018 The Gazette


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Vaccine Could Help Address the Opioid Epidemic

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:02
NewsResearchers at The Scripps Research Institute have created monoclonal antibodies—made by identical immune cells—that are effective against several synthetic opioids, including fentanyl and the deadliest of the fentanyls, carfentanil. Contributed Author: American College of NeuropsychopharmacologyTopics: Toxicology
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