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Louisiana K-9 Shot, Killed in Pursuit of Attempted Murder Suspect

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

The Lincoln Parish (LA) Sheriff's Office announced that K-9 Boco was shot and killed on Friday during the pursuit of a suspect wanted for second-degree attempted murder, according to a message posted to the agency's Facebook page.

The suspect — identified as Vincent Roberson — had reportedly shot his girlfriend in the head in Monroe, Louisiana, according to LPSO.

As deputies arrived at the scene where the suspect had been spotted, the man fled into a wooded area. K-9 Boco was released for to make an apprehension. Deputies then heard a volley of gunfire and were unable to locate Boco.

Law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies continued to search for Roberson and apprehended him around 0200 hours. Shortly after that, they found Boco, deceased at the scene.

"Boco died heroically helping to apprehend a suspect in order to keep our community safe," the agency said.

 

 

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5 ways LE can prepare for a drone attack

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:16

By Tom Switick, P1 Contributor

The August 4 assassination attempt of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro brought the attention of the world to a problem the Department of Homeland Security and a variety of forward-looking security companies have been discussing for a while – the potential for a drone-based attack in the United States. Maduro was delivering a speech at an event celebrating the country’s national guard when two drones carrying plastic explosives exploded nearby.

While the threats from UAVs are not new, they have not yet been prevalent in the domestic US. Our military personnel have been under siege from UAV attacks for years. COTS (consumer off the shelf) drones are modified to carry and drop IEDs on our military almost daily. The DoD recently issued multiple RFPs seeking ways to counter UAV attacks overseas. They are throwing millions of dollars at the problem and still don’t have a firm solution.

Just a few minutes on the internet reveals the amount of planning and effort the “bad guys” put into executing their plans. But what are we doing in the continental United States where you are responsible for providing the security and safety of your citizens? What is your counter-UAV ops plan?

Preparing to respond to a drone attack

Terror attacks have been part of the national conversation since September 11, 2001. As a member of law enforcement who served at Ground Zero, I can assure you they have been part of my daily thoughts since that time. The good news is that when it comes to drone-based terror threats, there are many ways law enforcement officers, officials and others charged with maintaining public safety can prepare for and mitigate this threat.

Here are five things you can do right now:

1. Read the regulations.

Become familiar with current FAA regulations in regard to aircraft since drones – both fixed-wing and rotor-type – are classified as aircraft. Research your local airspace restrictions in the B4UFLY app, which is available for most smart phones. This app also alerts you to any temporary restrictions in your airspace, helping you identify legal drones versus drones flying in restricted airspace.

2. Spot the difference.

Learn the difference between hobbyist and commercial drone operations, and the regulations drone pilots must comply with. Neither hobbyist or commercial drones can fly over people, beyond visual line of sight, at night or above 400 feet.

3. Take the threat seriously.

Most accredited agencies have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for everything – including when to wear your cover and when meal breaks can be taken. Why should protocol for sighting a drone be any different? Know what steps to take in order to classify the drone operation you’ve sighted as legal or illegal and what to do next if the operation isn’t in line with the rules.

4. Get UAS and counter-UAS training.

Everyone should be on the same page when it comes to operating your own drones and handling unwanted or illegal drones. Work with local officials to plan accordingly and solicit training and guidance from experts in the field of counter-UAS on how best mitigate a potential drone attack.

Currently, there are several counter-UAS technologies being tested and developed, but none are legal in the United States if they interfere with flight or operations of the drone (since drones are considered “aircraft,” it is unlawful to interfere with or disable one.) That said, when public safety is at risk, your department may be willing to accept the legal implications of disabling a drone. That decision will be made by each department and may ultimately be regulated nationally.

It is the operator rather than the drone that is the problem. Your plans should revolve around identifying and locating the operator of any drone flying in a place it shouldn’t be, and those plans should follow a use-of-force continuum as you move toward disabling or destroying a threatening drone. If you do select a C-UAS technology or combination of technologies, remember that a box is just a box. To operate the box effectively, police UAS training is key.

5. Practice like you play.

Treat counter-UAS as you do every other threat you face. Don’t just settle on your SOP and call it a day. Practice employing your SOP, adjust what didn’t work and try it again until you succeed in creating a true plan that will prepare you for the real thing. Make sure your perimeter security personnel know what to look for and what to do when they see it. Investigate, test and deploy counter-UAS technologies and use a “red” squadron of aggressor UAVs to test your officers’ skills and responses. Then correct any deficiencies and test them again.

Conclusion

It is essential law enforcement agencies learn what drones are capable of their limitations. There is no doubt that UAS-borne threats are real and imminent. Prepare today to defend against this threat tomorrow.

About the Author

Tom Switick is a retired NJ police lieutenant and deputy OEM coordinator. He was part of the response at Ground Zero on 9/11 and has an extensive background in fire and EMS. Tom is part owner of redUAS, LLC a company focused on providing counter-UAS training, tactics and services.


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Webinar to be held on Digital NG911 Readiness Checklist

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:04

By PoliceOne Staff

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A State of 911 webinar on the Digital NG911 Readiness Checklist is set to be held on Sept. 18.

According to a press release, the webinar, held by the Washington State Enhanced 911 Office, will discuss how the new digital version of the resource will be easier to use. Viewers will also learn more about the intent of the tool and get a progress status for its online development.

Presenters will cover the following topics and key issues surrounding the office’s ongoing plan to develop a statewide coordination solution:

Agreements & MOUs Governance Connecting to an ESInet Funding Shared & Joint jurisdiction

Speakers featured in the webinar will include:

David Furth, Deputy Chief, Federal Communications Commission Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Mark Buchholz, Director Williamette Valley 9-1-1 Communications Division and Chair of the Joint SAFECOM/NCSWIC NG911 Working Group Gerald Jaskulski, DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and Federal lead for the Joint SAFECOM/NCSWIC NG911 Working Group Adam Wasserman, Washington State Enhanced 911 Coordinator

Click here to register.


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Eighth circuit rules in favor of Iowa cop in excessive force case

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:03

Author: Mike Callahan

On August 3, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a favorable ruling by a lower federal court in favor of Cedar Falls, Iowa, police officer Bob Anderson. [1]

The Incident

Anderson was on routine patrol during the early morning hours of December 25, 2013, when he noticed a vehicle parked with its motor running. He found Zachary Church sitting in the driver’s seat and detected an odor of alcohol and burnt marijuana. After frisking Church and finding no weapons, Anderson escorted him toward his patrol car.

Suddenly Church, a 268-pound male, landed a roundhouse punch to the head of Anderson, who weighed 80 pounds less than Church. He knocked Anderson to his knees and continued to pummel him. During the attack, Anderson felt a tug on his duty belt where he kept his firearm. Feeling exhausted and lightheaded, Anderson feared for his life and told Church he would shoot him if he didn’t cease. Church continued, and Anderson shot him once in the abdomen from a distance of 18 to 24 inches.

Church drew back but started forward again, prompting Anderson to shoot him twice more in rapid succession from a distance of at least 4 feet. One shot entered Church’s front left shoulder and the second entered his back, right shoulder. During the incident, Anderson did not activate his vehicle’s audio-video recording system. Church had no memory of his altercation with Anderson.

Church survived and was subsequently charged with assault on a peace officer with intent to inflict serious injury. The criminal case jury returned a verdict against Church for the lesser included crime of assault on a peace officer. Church subsequently sued Anderson in his individual and official capacity [2] for excessive force pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983. The Federal District Court Judge ruled in favor of Officer Anderson and the unanimous three judge Eighth Circuit affirmed on appeal.

Valuable findings for LE officers

The court’s analysis of this case contained several instructive and salient points:

First the court rejected a claim by Church that there should be an evidentiary presumption against an officer (e.g., that he acted with excessive force) at the pre-trial stage of a case when the officer fails to activate his audio-visual equipment. If adopted, the presumption would have forced the case (and future cases) to proceed to trial. The court stated, “We decline to adopt such a radical solution.” The court determined that Anderson’s use of force was objectively reasonable pursuant to the Supreme Court’s test in Graham v. Connor. [3] The court ruled that Church posed an immediate threat to Anderson by resisting in the manner that he did. The court explained, “Weighing approximately 268 pounds, Church was far larger than Anderson. Anderson testified that he feared that he might lose consciousness and that Church could potentially access his service weapon and kill him. Given the size difference … and the ‘tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving’ situation, it was reasonable for him to use deadly force to defend himself.” Church claimed that Anderson should have used less lethal means to bring him under control. The court in response observed, “As for the availability of less lethal force, Anderson testified that he could not reach his taser or pepper spray --- which were on the opposite side of his duty belt … due to Church’s repeated punches. But even if we assume that Anderson could have used these alternatives, an officer need not ‘pursue the most prudent course of conduct as judged by 20/20 hindsight vision.’” [4] The court also observed that Anderson did warn Church before he shot him the first time and was not required to re-warn him before firing his second and third shots. The court explained, “Anderson was not required to warn Church before each shot and was permitted to use force until the threat had ended.” The court next rejected Church’s claim that Anderson’s third shot, which hit him in the right rear shoulder, involved excessive force. The court observed that the second and third shots were fired in rapid succession and the second shot hit Church in the front. The court explained, “This would be a different case if Anderson had initiated a second round of shots after an initial round had clearly incapacitated Church … but that is not what happened.” Conclusion

This case represents a significant victory for officers operating in the jurisdiction of the Eighth Circuit. [5] It also represents persuasive authority for other federal appellate courts in other sections of the country facing similar situations. Here a lone officer was sucker punched, knocked down and brutally attacked by a much larger man. Although unarmed, the court ruled that the man presented a serious threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer and determined that the officer’s use of deadly force to save his life was objectively reasonable. The court should be applauded for its clear and common-sense opinion.

References

1. Church v. Anderson, Individually and in his Official Capacity as a Police Officer for the Cedar Falls Police Department, (No. 17-2077) (8th Cir. 2018).

2. Suing an officer in his official capacity is tantamount to a suit against the municipality that employs him.

3. 490 U.S. 386, 396-397 (1989).

4. Quoting, Retz v. Seaton, 741 F.3d 913, 918 (8th Cir.2014).

5. The Eighth Circuit covers the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


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Elbeco Enhanced Base Layer Series Now Available

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:56
Elbeco Inc.'s new FlexTech Base Layer is now available on shelves at participating dealer locations.
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Teens Found Shot to Death in Chicago Field

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:48
Raysaun Turner, 16, and Darnelle Flowers, 17, were found dead with gunshot wounds shortly before midnight Sunday near 131st Street and Rhodes Avenue in the Golden Gate neighborhood.
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Suspect, Victim Dead in Shooting at Texas Food Distribution Plant

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:43
An employee at a a food distribution plant in Missouri City has died after she shot and killed a colleague Monday morning.
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Florida Deputies Arrest Men Charged With Shooting at North Carolina Officers

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:34
Two men on the run from law enforcement in North Carolina were found hiding in Treasure Island — armed with an AR-15, a machete and a pipe bomb, deputies said — leading to a standoff with a SWAT team that ended early Sunday morning.
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Video Shows Sacramento Police Cruiser Strike Teen Being Pursued

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:27
Newly released Sacramento Police Department video shows a swerving police car striking a 16-year-old boy on the sidewalk.
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Rochester man arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:01
On August 19, 2018 at approximately 2:03 a.m., the New York State Police in Rochester arrested Jordan E. Cicione, a 27 year old Rochester resident, for Driving While Intoxicated. 
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New York Police Officer Dies From 9/11-Related Illness

Officer.com - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:00
New Rochelle Officer Kathleen O’Connor died on Aug. 16 after a "long and courageous battle."
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Gunman in wheelchair fires at off-duty cop

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:59
Author: Mike Callahan

By Rocco Parascandola , Catherina Gioino And Reuven Blau New York Daily News

NEW YORK — A gunman in a wheelchair fired at an off-duty cop at a Brooklyn party early Sunday — and was wounded when the cop returned fire, police sources said.

The cop was off duty at a party on E. 43rd St. near Linden Blvd. in East Flatbush when he saw that Kwame Dottin, 30, was armed, sources said.

Dottin was paralyzed four years ago when he was shot four times at point-blank range by a jealous romantic rival at a party, according to Dottin’s family.

On Sunday, Dottin appeared to have a brief argument with the off-duty officer before Dottin fired at the cop on the street, prompting the officer to return fire about 2:40 a.m.

Dottin, struck in the left hip, was taken to Brookdale University Hospital in stable condition.

Charges against him were pending.

The cop, who is assigned to the NYPD’s Detective Bureau, was not struck but was taken to Methodist Hospital for ringing in his ears. His name was not released.

Police say Dottin’s .38-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene. They released a photo of the weapon.

Dottin’s loved ones struggled to understand what happened.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s just a replay of what happened...several years ago,” said his uncle, Pastor Raphael Dottin. “It’s only by the grace of God that he’s alive.”

He was trying to get his life back on track and was going to college and looking for jobs, his uncle added.

“He was trying to make the best of his life,” he said. ”And then he’s in the wheelchair but he doesn’t let the wheelchair restrict him, so sometimes he goes out with his friends.”

He tried to visit him in the hospital but was blocked by a police officer guarding the room.

©2018 New York Daily News


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Rochester man arrested for Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th Degree

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:58
On August 18, 2018 at approximately 8:56 p.m., the New York State Police in Rochester arrested Julius O. Rogers, a 43 year old Rochester resident, for marijuana possession subsequent to a traffic stop on Portland Avenue in the city of Rochester. 
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Video shows man raising gun before Minn. LEOs fire fatal shots

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:54

Author: Mike Callahan

By Chao Xiong Star Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Body camera footage released by St. Paul police Friday shows that William "Billy" Hughes answered the door to his darkened duplex and raised a handgun before officers fatally shot him earlier this month.

Police Chief Todd Axtell said he released the video amid calls for transparency in the wake of the Aug. 5 shooting, when police were called to Hughes' apartment for a report of shots fired.

"I have the duty to our community, I have the duty to protect the integrity of this investigation and I have the duty to make sure our officers are not put in harm's way due to misinformation being spread on our streets," Axtell said shortly before playing footage from officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams, who have since returned to duty.

Axtell released the two videos even as the case remains under investigation, and said his "greatest goal" is to establish enough infrastructure and resources at the department to release future videos within 72 hours.

The footage shows the officers walking up to the house in the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue at 2:30 a.m. after a 911 caller told a dispatcher, "Multiple gunshots, 905 St. Anthony on the second floor."

They enter the enclosed front porch and briefly confer in the dark before knocking on the door to determine whether anyone had heard anything.

"I will kill you," a man is heard saying from the other side of the door.

"I just heard 'I will kill you,'?" one of the officers says.

Hughes, 43, opens the door and walks onto the porch with a handgun in his right hand. The officers scream at him to put his hands in the air multiple times as he stands facing them. Hughes raises the gun into the air, the muzzle pointing at the officers briefly as the gun moves in an arc and comes to a rest pointing at the ceiling. The officers fire at him several times.

Hughes falls to the floor, the gun still in his hand.

"Goddammit," one of the officers exclaims as they report shots fired.

Axtell released the videos after viewing them earlier in the day with Hughes' family. He also waited until the BCA had interviewed all key witnesses.

The chief said Hughes' sister left behind a card for each of the officers. Hughes' family was saddened and "heartbroke," he said, but also shared stories about "his kind heart."

"I want to close today by saying to the family of Mr. Hughes, I am so sorry for your loss. To the officers and their families, I am sorry that this situation chose you, and your lives now will forever be altered," Axtell said. "And to our community, I hope these videos will provide context, perspective and clarity."

Hughes' family could not be reached for comment.

Mayor Melvin Carter issued a written statement commending Axtell for "setting a new bar for transparency."

"The body camera footage of Billy Hughes' death is heartbreaking," Carter said. "I extend my sincere condolences to the Hughes family, to every grieving member of our community, and to Officers Adams and Jones, who were called last week to respond to a situation no officer would ever hope to encounter."

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who has historically resisted releasing such videos during an active investigation, said his office is expediting the process of determining the legality of the officers' actions.

The county attorney's office is reviewing the case simultaneously as the BCA investigates, and is "receiving information from them daily," he said. Choi's office is also consulting an independent expert on use-of-force and police procedures.

"The death of William Hughes, captured on video, is difficult to watch," Choi said in a statement. "My heart goes out to Mr. Hughes' family and friends and the two police officers who were involved in this shooting."

St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus issued a statement that said the footage shows "professionalism and dedication to protecting innocent lives in our community."

"However, we also believe the department should not have released this video outside of the context of a complete and thorough investigation," he said. "The officers, family, and society deserve the complete story and not a piecemeal release of evidence."

Axtell and Carter both announced last week that the videos would be made public before the BCA completes its investigation. The move came after Hughes' family members, friends and supporters protested the previous night and demanded the release of footage, data from 911 calls and a third-party investigation into the shooting.

Search warrant affidavits filed earlier this week showed that the day he was killed, Hughes reportedly fell out of his "elevated bed," grew angry, fired two gunshots in the apartment and pointed the gun at his roommate's head.

Court documents also show that Hughes reportedly texted relatives this past spring that he had contemplated suicide. They explained that Hughes "had an ongoing medical condition that limited his quality of life. [Hughes'] medical condition was diagnosed as a terminal illness," the affidavits said.

Family members said Hughes was a member of the White Earth Nation, and a cousin to Philip Quinn, who was fatally shot by St. Paul police in 2015.

©2018 the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)


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Media Availability: State Police to hold briefing regarding search on Neversink River

State - NY Police - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:54
At 2:30 pm, State Police will hold a media briefing regarding the search on the Neversink River. 
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Police: Man uses patrol car to commandeer school bus, gets jumped by students

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:46
Author: Mike Callahan

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man who allegedly stole a California Highway Patrol car, drove it onto a college campus and used it to commandeer a school bus was arrested Friday after students on the bus jumped him, authorities and witnesses said.

The 35-year-old Vallejo man was taken into custody by Sacramento police.

A CHP officer was investigating a two-car crash on Highway 50 at about 12:30 p.m. when one driver jumped into the patrol car and drove off, the agency reported.

The thief drove the cruiser to California State University, Sacramento, where he used it to pull over a bus containing 10 student government participants from San Joaquin Delta College.

The bus driver, Mary Speck, thought the man was an officer.

"He got a little aggressive and he demanded that I get out of the bus now, so he jumped in and took off with my bus," Speck told KTXL-TV.

The man drove the bus off campus and onto Avenue J, where authorities managed to pull him over.

"When he stopped one of the guys grabbed him and choked him. When he choked him, I just started hitting him, took the keys, turned it off and threw the car in park," San Joaquin Delta College student Marsha Fernando told the station.

The students fled while bystanders held the bus doors closed so the suspect couldn't escape.

The bus passengers were passing through Sacramento State on their way to a student-government retreat at Lake Tahoe, Delta College officials told KCRA-TV.

"We are relieved that there were no injuries, and we are thankful for the brave actions of our students in reportedly subduing the driver," said a college email to the station. "We are also thankful for the prompt response of law enforcement."


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Teen steals AR-15 from deputy, dances with it on Instagram

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:43

Author: Mike Callahan

Associated Press

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An Instagram video tipped off police looking for an AR-15 that had been stolen from a sheriff's deputy's unmarked car.

An arrest affidavit says a 17-year-old teen is accused of taking the weapon and tactical gear on Aug. 14. Boynton Beach police arrested him Saturday night after he was seen on an Instagram video holding the AR-15 in the air as he danced to rap music. Investigators say the social media video gave them grounds for a search warrant. The rifle was found under the teen's mattress.

The deputy told police the items, including two loaded magazine, a Taser and a ballistic helmet, were taken from his car while it was parked outside a shopping center.

The teen is charged with grand theft and burglary.


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Training Day: Body armor donning for tactical response

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:23

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

You all know the first rule of a gun fight: “Have a gun.”

The second rule of a gun fight could reasonably be: “Wear your body armor.”

If criminals would be so courteous as to make appointments for their deadly assaults, it would allow you to arrange for a safe bystander-free location, where you would have adequate assistance and superior firepower, would be wearing the proper threat-level vest, have a ballistic helmet top-side, possess the proper mindset, and even arrive at a position of advantage viewing the threat through the gun port of an armored rescue vehicle.

The problem is many potentially lethal attacks are of the sudden assault variety.

Therefore, police officers need to report to work most days overprepared for a gunfight that won’t take place just to ensure they arrive underprepared for that one shift when the gunfight does occur.

The low-threat “routine” convinces some officers to not only set aside their survival mind-set, but also to set aside their body armor. If you find yourself arriving at this level of complacency remember the North Hollywood shootout, Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Parkland, Las Vegas and Dallas…the list goes on.

Wear your vest and train with it

Witnessing my body armor-wearing partner take a 20 gauge slug at a violent domestic and survive convinced me to dedicate my life to encouraging other cops to, “Wear your vest!”

Vests have evolved considerably since the early days of drape and strap models. Now every officer or administrative vest-purchaser must be a learn-ed student of vest(s) before the purchase.

Even though there are only two categories of vests, overt and covert, the variety of makes, models, levels of protection and capabilities can make one’s head spin. There are vests that will protect you from knife slashes, handgun rounds, rifle rounds, shotgun blasts, fragmentation and even facilitate swimming if you work on water.

Vests have become at once more comfortable, adjustable, adaptable and flexible, allowing for more coverage while being much more functional. Overt tactical vests are all of these things. However, once an officer receives a tactical vest, they need to be trained in their use to be able to knowledgeably and quickly add or reduce coverage by adding/removing/adjusting:

    The throat protector; The deltoid protectors; The nape protector; The front/back/top/side protective panels; The groin protector.

Vests can be further individualized by adjusting the cummerbund for the perfect functional fit.

As you can imagine, each change in a vest’s configuration might slow, or restrict movement a bit, but the trade-off is you get considerably more coverage. Officers must also be trained to properly clean and store both their covert and overt vests, because improper cleaning and storing of a vest can compromise its effectiveness.

A personally set-up tactical vest not only can give you additional coverage, but enhance the officer’s response capabilities because they are also designed to serve as carriers equipped with:

    Wire restraints allowing for quick communication(s) hook-up; Drop pouches for equipment like tourniquets and chem lights; Ammo carriers; Pen holders; Weapon retention restraint for securing a long gun; Agency identification area.

An officer’s preference can make the set-up vary drastically. An officer can’t decide, however, how to set up his or her vest unless they are trained in the possibilities their tactical vest offers by an experienced training officer.

One operator who had experienced gun fights in war as a soldier and in peace as a police officer preferred to set up his vest so that only flat things such as ammo magazines and handcuffs were stored in the front of his vest/carrier. He said he had learned that when bullets are flying he preferred to be as close to the ground as possible by “staying slick.” Bulky items in the front of a vest will lift a body up into the path of incoming rounds.

Vest training skills should be ongoing

Once acquired, a vest needs to become an integral part of an officer’s training.

Too many officers wear a cool logo T-shirt or polo shirt to firearms training. This is neither tactical nor practical. To train like you will fight, you should wear the vest you will be wearing to your gun fight. Specific training should be experienced to develop an officer’s skills so that during events like an active shooter response, he or she can quickly:

    Don the tactical vest. Add rifle panels quickly, strike plate facing away from the body, when appropriate if they are not yet in place. Acquire equipment from and return it to the vest without taking eyes off the threat. Set up communications. Fire both handguns and long guns from strong and support (reaction) side accurately while wearing the vest. Many tactical vests have a specially designed no-skid surface for long gun stocks to better secure in place while shooting. Secure your long gun to transition to hands on activity and transition back to firearm reacquiring it from the retention position. Run, hit the deck, climb, perform subject control and fight with the vests on.

I should mention that active shooter armor kits are now available that allow an officer, who suddenly finds themselves at an in-progress active shooter, to quickly don their vest while on the move and over whatever they are wearing.

Conclusion

Training and continual use of your body armor will beget continual use of your body armor. This will ensure it will embrace and protect you during your gun fight, enabling you to prevail so that you might continue to embrace and protect your family.


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How technology is integrated into armored vehicles

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:06

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

By James Careless, P1 Contributor

Not so long ago, police armored vehicles were all about brute force and little else.

“I remember our department’s first armored vehicle,” said Captain Ron Taig, investigative division commander at the Livonia (MI) Police Department (part of Metro Detroit), instructor at Tactical Encounters, Inc. and a 30-plus year police veteran. “It was an old Patriot military vehicle that came with a PREP (handheld) radio, and not much else.”

Today, things have changed at the Livonia PD – and definitely for the better when it comes to armored vehicles equipped with advanced technology onboard.

“We now have cutting-edge quality armored vehicles,” said Taig. “As a result, we’ve gone from having really no technology onboard to having an infrared camera for detecting and tracking body heat outside; night vision cameras for seeing in the dark; and sensors on the vehicle to test air quality for toxic substances. We have computers onboard with navigation systems; we’ve just come so far.”

If this isn’t enough, the Livonia PD’s armored vehicles can remotely control robots, sending them “to safely occupy perimeter positions where we couldn’t put operators without risking harm to officers,” said Taig. “These machines range from small reconnaissance robots to our larger ICOR-type robots for delivering chemical agents and going into unsecured areas where previously we could only send human operators.”

That’s not all: “Our armored vehicles can connect to real-time footage from overhead drones to get layouts and observations of things that we could never see before,” said Taig. “This gives us tremendous situational awareness of what is happening outside, even though we are inside an armored vehicle.”

The vehicles also serve as mobile “protective walls” for advancing officers, protecting them from hostile fire as they close in on active incident scenes.

Taken as a whole, the broad range of technologies supported by the Livonia PD’s armored vehicles allows the department to diffuse dangerous situations more effectively, with less harm to officers and the general public.

This was certainly the case earlier this year, when a hostage incident at a local bank was resolved with the robbery suspect eventually surrendering to police, and the four hostages being released unharmed.

“To accurately observe the area using our robots and drones, as viewed inside an armored vehicle, made things so much safer for everyone,” said Taig. “In this case, we were able to do our job better, ending the hostage-taking and apprehending the suspect without anyone getting hurt. To have eyes on your people when they are calling in their positions also eliminates the risk of blue-on-blue crossfire.”

Today, Taig cannot imagine dealing with serious incidents without access to one or more modern, well-equipped armored vehicles on site.

“If you have more than one armored vehicle in your fleet, the vehicles could be used to block in a vehicle that you do not want to go mobile,” he told PoliceOne. “We had a suicidal subject stopped in his vehicle in an extremely busy intersection during rush hour. We closed all traffic and were afraid a pursuit could start. So we blocked in the vehicle on both sides with our armor vehicles and sent a robot up to the vehicle to deploy chemical agent into the car. This ended with a peaceful surrender of the suspect. The vehicle was pinched in and could not flee.”

“We have also used our armored vehicles to search open air areas where we could drive and look for an armed violator while our operators were inside of the armored car,” Taig added. “Obviously, areas had to be searched on foot, but the armored vehicles allowed us to cover a bulk of the ground protected inside the mobile shield. In the past, that ground all had to be taken on foot. We have also used our vehicles to hold perimeter positions during call-outs for a wide variety of calls”

The bottom line? “Armored vehicles save lives, no doubt about it,” Taig concluded. “You need to have one or more technologically advanced armored vehicles in your police department’s fleet to deal with threats safely and effectively while keeping casualties to a minimum.”

About the Author

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Police: Employee opens fire at Texas warehouse, killing 1

Police One - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 11:59

Associated Press

MISSOURI CITY, Texas — A female employee opened fire at a Houston-area food distribution center early Monday, killing one person and wounding another, police said.

The unidentified shooter was also killed in the attack around 2:30 a.m. at the Ben E. Keith facility in Missouri City, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Houston.

Police Chief Mike Berezin said the woman walked outside the warehouse after the shootings and was confronted by a responding officer.

"We actually had an officer that engaged the shooter," he said. "Whether or not the shooter actually was hit by one of our officer's bullets or if it was self-inflicted, we're not totally sure at this point."

The shooter was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims and shooter, nor confirmed that the victims were also employees at the facility.

Berezin said it was too early to discuss a motive and that investigators will review the woman's social media postings for clues.

Berezin said during a brief news conference that the attack happened during the overnight shift, when fewer workers are on duty. Officers are conducting interviews with the 20 to 25 people working in the area at the time, he said.

Several workers had spoken with the shooter before the gunfire began, he said.


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