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DPS Urges Texans to Take Safety Precautions This Summer

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to take extra precautions and stay safe as we officially kick off summer today, June 21

Ohio Officer Shot, Injured at Traffic Stop

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:29

A Parma Heights (OH) police officer was shot in the knee during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, according to WOIO-TV. The officer — who has not yet been identified — was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for an injury to his knee.

During the incident, the officer was able to return fire, striking the suspect. The condition of the suspect is not yet known.

 

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Video: Dashcam Footage Shows OIS that Injured Michigan Deputy

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:48

VIDEO: Dashcam Footage Shows OIS that Injured Michigan Deputy

A recently released dashcam video shows an officer-involved shooting in Jackson, MI, that left one officer injured and a suspect dead.

On the afternoon of April 1, Easter Sunday, officers from the Jackson Police Department were called out to a domestic dispute. Investigators say Christopher Hall walked out of his house and immediately started shooting at officers, reports WLNS.

Officials say 36 shots were fired, 15 of them by Hall. One of the bullets hit Officer Thomas Tinklepaugh in the leg. Hall was fatally shot.

Last week, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka released his final review of the shooting, clearing all three officers involved of any wrongdoing.

Jarzynka found the actions from police were justified because Hall shot first, refused to drop his weapon after hearing commands from officers, and posed a clear threat to officers, who acted in self-defense.

Officer Tinklepaugh is now recovering from his leg injury and is expected to return to the police force.

 

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Lackawanna man arrested for Aggravated DWI

State - NY Police - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:03

On 6/17/18, Troopers arrested Patrick J. Gannon, 23, of Lackawann, NY for aggravated DWI, failed to keep right, drove across hazardous markings, visibility distorted by broken glass and failure to notify DMV of address change on license.

 

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Video: California Deputy Helps Bear Escape Car

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:58

VIDEO: California Deputy Helps Bear Escape Car

A Placer County, CA, Sheriff’s deputy had to rescue a bear that trapped itself inside a car recently near Lake Tahoe, the agency posted on its Facebook page

The post reads, "The bear got into a Subaru Outback in Carnelian Bay and destroyed the interior so badly that the doors couldn't be unlocked. It was decided the safest way to get the bear out of the car was to break the window. Deputy Lade was brave enough to break the window, allowing the bear to jump out and flee into the forest."

 

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Houston Forensic Science Center Outsources DNA Work to Tackle Backlog

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:52

For the next 10 months, the Houston Forensic Science Center will outsource most of its DNA work to a private laboratory to play catch-up with a backlog of evidence, reports Forensic Magazine.

Half of the $2 million project will be covered by federal grants—and the laboratory will still handle priority and urgent cases as it prepares to increase capacity for the future, according to the HFSC.

The new venture is a way to dig out of a backlog of nearly 1,000 requests, said officials.

"In this case, an investment on the front end will alleviate backlogs going forward," said Peter Stout, HFSC CEO and president. "Our plan is to simultaneously eliminate a longstanding backlog while building a sustainable, efficient process that allows for an average 30-day turnaround time on DNA work."

The private laboratory has yet to be determined, with a request for proposal still pending, according to officials.

 

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NYPD Officers Can Sue to Keep Disciplinary Records Secret

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:41

A judge decided Tuesday he will let NYPD rank-and-file officers pursue their lawsuit over department plans to disclose their disciplinary records, reports the New York Daily News.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron’s decision stems from a dispute over whether police officers can sue to prevent NYPD brass from releasing redacted disciplinary filings.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association lawsuit maintains that releasing the files violates Section 50-a of the 1976 state civil rights law—which bars releasing disciplinary files.

The PBA filed suit in April, shortly after NYPD honchos revealed their plans—which also marked a dramatic change from previous department policy to keep those documents under wraps.

City lawyers had asked Engoron to throw out the case. But Engoron will let the PBA’s case go forward for now, writing that "based on the law, common sense, and simple justice, the cross-motion is denied."

 

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Girl Gives New York Officer Elmo Doll to Keep Him Company on Duty

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:35

A young girl in western New York went out of her way for a police officer to make sure he'll never be alone while on patrol, reports Fox News.

The Blasdell (NY) Police Department said in a Facebook post last Tuesday that a 3-year-old girl named Gabby stopped by to drop off thin blue and red line flags to police and fire officials.

"Blasdell Police and Fire Departments thank Gabby, a 3 year old village resident who gave the thin blue and red line flags and Elmo to the departments," the post read. "We thank Gabby and her family for the support and nice gesture."

Gabby's mom said the little girl wanted to give the officer Elmo because he "works all alone. He needs a friend." 

Blasdell PD then returned Elmo to the girl, saying he had completed the police academy and was going to live with her to keep her safe.

Elmo is now back in Gabby's room and the girl says she wants to be a police officer when she grows up.

 

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California's Push to Change Police Use-of-Force Standard Moves Forward

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:50

California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country, reports the Associated Press.

It's time to change a "reasonable force" standard that hasn't been updated in California since 1872, making it the nation's oldest unchanged use-of-force law, said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat who introduced the measure. "It must be guided by the goals of safeguarding human life," she said.

A state Senate committee advanced the legislation that would allow police to use deadly force only in situations where it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious injury or death to the officer or another person.

Law enforcement lobbyists said the stricter standard could make officers hesitant to approach suspects out of fear their actions could be second-guessed.

Democrats on the committee acknowledged that officers have difficult and dangerous jobs but argued the bill would make everyone safer by promoting de-escalation and fostering trust between police and people of color.

 

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LAPD releases first body-cam footage after in-custody death

Police One - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:42

By Michael Balsamo Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police released body-camera video on Wednesday showing a bizarre two-hour standoff with a man who inhaled automotive fluid, offered officers a flower and then picked up a metal pipe before he was shot with a bean bag shotgun and stun gun and ultimately died in police custody.

It is the first time the nation's third-largest police department has voluntarily released body-camera footage to the media. The release followed a change in policy from the department's civilian oversight board that requires the release of video from "critical incidents" — including fatal shootings, in-custody deaths and the use of police force that results in a death — within 45 days, with limited exceptions.

The high-production and edited video that was released on Wednesday included a 911 call — with the caller's voice altered — in which the caller told officers that a man was walking around a South Los Angeles neighborhood with a brick.

When two officers arrived, they encountered Jose Chavez, 25, and repeatedly asked him if he needed any help or wanted medical attention, but Chavez ignored them.

The nearly 18-minute video includes an introduction from the department's chief spokesman and a narration from Commander Alan Hamilton, the officer in charge of the unit that investigates police use of force. It included body-camera footage from one of the more than a dozen officers who responded to the scene.

Several minutes after the officers first encounter Chavez, he begins approaching them and is "agitated," Hamilton says in the video. He later runs to the porch of a nearby home and is seen on the video inhaling from a bottle of automotive fluid and pouring the fluid on his arms and legs. At one point during the encounter, Chavez picks up a white flower and holds it out toward the officers.

Chavez later picks up a metal pipe from the yard of the home, and officers eventually shoot him several times with a bean bag shotgun and then use a stun gun to try to subdue him.

The encounter lasted about two hours before Chavez was taken into custody. He continued to fight with officers while he was handcuffed and on the ground, Hamilton said in the video.

"When Chavez was handcuffed, officers noticed that his breathing became labored and eventually stopped," Hamilton said.

Officers called for paramedics, and Chavez was brought to a hospital, where he died.

Chavez's official cause of death has not yet been determined by the county coroner, but Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he didn't believe that the force used by officers caused Chavez's death. An internal review of the incident is still ongoing, but from the video, it appears the officers followed protocol, Beck said.

"This particular incident had an awful consequence," Beck said at a news conference Wednesday to release the video that police referred to as a "community briefing."

The police department did not make the raw body camera videos available and would not immediately release any additional footage. When the city's police commission — the civilian oversight board — ultimately rules on whether the officers acted within the policy, additional information and footage may be released, the chief said.

Craig Lally, the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file officers, said the videos provide a "limited, but important view into the world that police officers must navigate." But he cautioned that videos are just one piece of evidence in complex cases.

"I think the release of all the video, particularly at this point, will not tell the whole story," Beck said. "I think that you have to release it in context, and that's what we do."


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Buffalo man arrested for felony DWI

State - NY Police - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:31
Jason E. Collier, 47 of Buffalo arrested for DWI on State Route 33, Cheektowaga
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In a First, LAPD Voluntarily Releases Body Camera Video

Officer.com - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:29
The LAPD on Wednesday released body camera video and other recordings related to the death of a suspected prowler who clashed with officers in South Los Angeles last month.
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Trump Orders End to Separation of Immigrant Families

Officer.com - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:10
In a rare retreat amid continued outrage about his “zero tolerance” policy at the southern border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the separation of immigrant families.
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Suicide response: Police intervention in a person's choice to die

Police One - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:08

Author: Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.

Recent reporting of the CDC’s announcement that suicides in the U.S. have increased by 30% in parts of the country within the last 20 years is good cause for police departments to revisit their policies on responding to suicides and other mental health crises.

While most police officers have training on suicide assessment and intervention, they must also have clear guidelines on when they should intervene, if at all.

Hastings v. Barnes

Hastings v. Barnes, No. 04-5144 (10th Cir. 2007) is an instructive case in a scenario many officers have faced.

Examining the case, in which officers were denied qualified immunity in a federal wrongful death action, we will begin with a suicidal person, Mr. Todd Hastings.

In the last moments of his life, Hastings moved toward police officers with a sword directed at them. The officers shot and killed Hastings. Moments before the fatal shots, the officers had used pepper spray to try to distract and disarm Hastings, but the spray had no effect. Hastings had only pointed the sword toward himself or held it in a defensive posture until he was pepper sprayed. The officers were crowded into the doorway of a bedroom with Hastings 8-12 feet away.

Officers were in the home because Hastings had refused to step out of his house to speak with officers about Hastings’ call to a counselor to say he was going to hurt himself. This had resulted in the 911 call that resulted in the officers’ arrival.

Instead, Hastings attempted to shut the door on the officers and retreated to his bedroom inside his house. The officers were able to keep the door open and entered the home to find Hastings holding the sword, which he refused to release after being ordered to drop it.

Prior to knocking on Hastings’ front door, the officers responded to the initial report that Hastings was going to run a hose from his truck exhaust and die by asphyxiation. The officers found the truck with no hose attached.

When to intervene

Backing into the facts of the case, starting with the shooting, we consider the same question that the courts pondered: At what point should the officers have stopped intervening?

While this article offers no legal advice, it does ask policy makers to consider that question and provide guidance to responding officers.

The question for the lawyers, in reviewing policy, is whether there is a duty to care for suicidal persons or others in mental distress absent the distressed person’s immediate danger to others. In other words, should the police protect a person from themselves when there is the possibility of a confrontation escalating into custody, force, or even deadly force?

Alternatives to immediate action

Police officers want to help people in distress. Police officers value life and risk their own to save the lives of others. Police officers are called because somebody expects them to do something. These internal and external expectations can compel officers to take action before asking the fundamental question of whether they should take any action at all.

Clearly doing nothing is unacceptable, but taking a moment to ask what the objective is in a suicide call response will determine whether police break down a door, tackle a mentally ill person, or use deadly force against someone who wants to die.

Alternatives to immediate action in cases where a distressed person’s danger comes only from themselves and no one else is at risk include seeking a warrant or court order or protecting the scene to wait for a mental health crisis team to arrive.

Officers are under careful legal scrutiny when plaintiffs can point to police tactics that create an exigency that otherwise did not legally exist before their intervention. Tactical disengagement is a strategy designed for situations where a successful outcome is not reasonably certain until additional resources or information are available to execute a plan to meet a clearly defined objective.

Police officers will always be ready to help. Their trainers owe them the decision-making tools to know how to do that with the weight of the law in their favor.


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Pennsylvania Police Fatally Shoot Teen Fleeing Traffic Stop

Officer.com - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:00
Police shot and killed an unarmed teen who ran away from a traffic stop Tuesday night in East Pittsburgh.
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Crime Victim Services Award Honors South Carolina Sheriff's Office for 2018

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:53

The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) named the Marion County (SC) Sheriff's Office (MCSO) the 2018 recipient of its Crime Victim Services Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a sheriff's office in support of victims, and is sponsored by Appriss Safety, a leading provider of victim notification services and developer of the VINE service (Victim Information and Notification Everyday). The MCSO, led by Sheriff Brian Wallace, has proven itself a leader in the field of victim advocacy in South Carolina.

Since taking office in January 2017, Sheriff Wallace has prompted several victim-focused initiatives, including a promise to transform the current Victim Advocate Program into a proactive part of the MCSO. Wallace immediately hired a full-time civilian victim advocate, Tammy Erwin, who began turning his visions into reality. VA Erwin implemented policies and procedures that ensured every victim in the county received the same level of care and access, while maintaining open lines of communication with each victim throughout the legal process.

VA Erwin helped bring Sheriff Wallace's goal of bridging the gap between the community and the MCSO by making the department more child-friendly, as well as facilitating the deputies' involvement in community activities, such as school functions, community groups, and ceremonies. Sheriff Wallace's mantra is "We want our community to meet us before you need us," and the MCSO's revamped Victim Advocate Program was built directly on that foundation.

One of the MCSO's defining accomplishments under Sheriff Wallace has been the arrival of Caj, the department's therapy dog for crime victims. MCSO is the first sheriff's office in the state to provide an on-staff therapy dog to victims and staff. Caj comforts and serves crime victims daily—in the office, in court, and out in the community. Caj represents yet another opportunity for the community to interact and get comfortable with MSCO officials before they are needed in a time of emergency.

The NSA established the Crime Victim Services Award in 2005 with initial funding from the Office for Victims of Crime. The award has been sponsored by Appriss since 2008. "We are once again honored to partner with the NSA to sponsor this distinguished award," said Mr. Josh Bruner, President of Appriss Safety. "We are inspired by Sheriff Wallace and the dedicated officials of the MCSO; we are grateful for the NSA's reputable platform upon which we are able to appropriately honor their victim service efforts."

On behalf of his department, Sheriff Wallace is "profoundly honored" to accept this year's award. "We haven't reinvented the wheel when it comes to victims services; we simply put it in motion. Our goal is to empower crime victims with knowledge about their case and the overall judicial process. Organizations like the NSA and Appriss Safety make our jobs easier with their resources and support."

Bruner and NSA officials presented the award to Sheriff Wallace at the NSA's Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA, on June 18.

For more information, visit ApprissSafety.com.

 

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Brother Launches RuggedJet RJ4200 Mobile Printers for Public Safety

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:44

Brother Mobile Solutions Inc., a premier provider of desktop and mobile printers, unveiled its new RuggedJet 4200 Series of 4-inch mobile label and receipt printers at the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA.

The ultra-compact Brother RJ4200 Series supports a wide range of public safety applications such as formats for e-citations, accident reports, receipts, evidence labels, and parking violations. Designed to withstand the rigors of public safety field work and backed by the Brother Premier Limited Warranty, the RJ4200 mobile printers are tough, fast, reliable, and feature an elegant streamlined design and increased battery power, according to the company.

According to Ravi Panjwani, Vice President Marketing and Product Management at Brother Mobile Solutions, "Our RJ4200 printers were engineered with input from real customers including public safety officers in the field. In addition to raising the bar on performance, ruggedness, and connectivity, they also feature accessories popular among cops, such as a docking station mount with "pass through" USB/power, and mount configurations designed for both in-vehicle and carry scenarios."

Built for Public Safety Professionals 'On the Go'

The new RJ4200 series features:

  • Sleeker profile, more compact size (20 percent smaller), lightweight and comfortable to use.
  • Ultra-rugged construction with reinforced parts, molded rubber housing for improved drop protection (IP54 certified), industrial-grade tactile buttons, and reinforced belt clip for secure transport.
  • Fits a wide range of mounting choices available through our partner network, including armrest, headrest and in-dash configurations. It can also be carried on shoulder straps or hooked to belts.
  • Highly connected for printing eCitations, documents, and labels up to 4" wide from handhelds, tablets, and smartphones.

A New Generation of Mobile Printers

The RuggedJet RJ4200 Series offers numerous advantages, such as:

  • High capacity battery with minimal footprint (about half the size, double the capacity). Powers down when not in use. First to display real-time status of battery life.
  • Faster overall printing speed (up to 5ips), improved label and receipt design capability, downloadable fonts, clear readable menus, and lighted LCD display for easy reading.
  • Reliable, hassle-free thermal printing technology with no messy inks, ribbons or solvents. Options include standard, premium, quick dry and weatherproof receipt paper.
  • Mobile USB-powered docking station, plus NFC capability for easy device pairing from NFC enabled devices.
  • Cloud-based Mobile Deploy device management software app, included free with all models to enable simple and easy mobile deployment, integration and upgrades. Perform printer updates via a smart device with Internet connection.
  • 256 MB memory.
  • Exclusive Brother 2-year Premier Limited Warranty.

For more information about the new Brother RuggedJet RJ4200 Series of mobile label and receipt printers, visit www.brothermobilesolutions.com/ruggedjet.

 

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NSA and VirTra Launch Program to Reduce Animal Injury in LE Encounters

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:27

The National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse (NLECAA), its parent organization, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and VirTra, Inc., have announced the Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET) focused on police training for dog encounters.

Being billed as the first of its kind, the LEDET training program includes structured coursework on engaging and deescalating dog encounters, along with simulation training with VirTra's immersive, high-definition video training system. Together, the new training protocols help law enforcement officers learn safe interactions with domestic dogs. The LEDET program is a culmination of two years of collaboration between the National Sheriffs' Association and law enforcement executives, legal consultants, and behavior experts to develop a gold standard for protecting officers, pets, and the public.

The LEDET scenario package was officially rolled out in VirTra's booth at the 2018 National Sheriffs' Association Annual Education and Technology Expo in New Orleans, LA.

Pilot programs are scheduled to occur in Orange County, FL, and Oakland County, MI.

The LEDET program is based on canine behavior science paired with advanced officer safety measures. The combination will enable officers to make compassionate, safe decisions when interacting with pets under stressful circumstances. The course includes interactive scenarios where officers and dogs are placed in common situations. Using VirTra's branched decision-making technology, these interactions will enable officers to experience conflict and make choices in real-time. The course focuses on the use of less- and non-lethal methods of keeping officers, the public, and pets safe during contact.

"LEDET is unique because it is the first dog training course developed by law enforcement officers, for law enforcement officers," said Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall, TX, and president of the National Sheriffs' Association. "Our subject matter experts are the most experienced consultants in the animal, law enforcement and legal fields when it comes to these kinds of cases and have guided policy and accountability using a combination of extensive canine behavior training and law enforcement experience. This has given us the perspective of working street cops coupled with cutting edge behavioral science and extensive experience with truly dangerous dogs."

"Law enforcement officers want to handle their calls safely and go home at the end of their shift, while not causing any needless harm," said John Thompson, Deputy Executive Director of the NSA. "This course will give them much needed tools to recognize and address possible conflict with dogs instead of simply shooting an animal."

This state-of-the-art program will be complementary to the full Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET) course in development by NLECAA in coordination with the Department of Justice's COPS Office. This is the only canine encounter course endorsed by the National Sheriffs' Association.

"Many conflicts can be defused or even avoided by understanding dog behavior," said James Crosby, Director, Canine Encounters Training, NCLEAA. "Keeping officers and pets safe is the focus of the course. Large liability awards have resulted from officers needlessly using lethal force. We aim to keep the officers safe while reducing those deadly conflicts."

The content package includes five interactive scenarios and an additional training module that covers the basics of canine behavior. All six scenarios/modules are available in VirTra's content library for the V-300 training simulator, and four modules are available for the V-180 and V-100 training simulators. The complementary training program is under final review, with an anticipated release later this year.

For more information about VirTra, visit www.virtra.com.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office to announce drug arrests

State - NY Police - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:12
New York State Police CNET and the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference to discuss the results of a joint enforcement initiative that was conducted during the recent Disc Jam Music Festival in Stephentown, NY.

 

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Washington Officer Earns 2017 Stop Stick Hit of the Year Honor

Police Magazine - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:07

Effective and safe use of the Stop Stick Tire Deflation Device has earned Officer Joe Stark the 2017 Stop Stick "Hit King" award. An assault with a weapon call, attempt to elude, and harassment threat to kill, made this situation dangerous to law enforcement and the general public.

The Hit of the Year and Hit of the Month program recognize the most effective deployments of the Stop Stick Tire Deflation Device in ending pursuits across the country. A top deployment in the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West are voted on each month to nominate the Hit of the Month winner. Those 12 Hit of the Month winners are then eligible for Hit of the Year.

In July 2017, Officer Stark, who was then employed by the Monroe (WA) Police Department, was persistent in successfully locating a vehicle reportedly being driven erratically by a male suspect. According to multiple callers, including a female kidnapping victim, the suspect had taken the female victim into the vehicle with a knife to her throat.

According to the pursuit report filed by Sgt. Paul Ryan, also of the Monroe Police Department, the incident escalated quickly, putting the community at large in danger. This included threats to motorists and other law enforcement officials. Ryan indicated that the suspect aimed his vehicle at law enforcement and attempted to collide with them. The report also stated that the suspect later admitted his intentions to commit suicide if confronted. In addition to holding a knife to the victim's throat, the suspect had poured gasoline on himself and the victim and planned to ignite. Luckily, the victim was able to break the lighter, thwarting the suspect's attempts.

As the situation became more volatile, Stark surveilled his options and used a guardrail as protection when deploying Stop Sticks. Using the tire deflation device, he was able to flatten two tires on the vehicle and the vehicle traveled only about a mile further at which time the suspect was taken into custody. Ryan said in his report, "Officer Stark is an exceptional Monroe Police Officer, and is selfless in action, thought and word." Sgt. Jeff Ross of the Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff's Office, where the call originated, also added, "It is truly humbling to work with such exceptional individuals that are able to come together as a team at a moment's notice to make certain good conquers evil."

Now a member of the Bonney Lake Police Department in Washington to live closer to family, Stark is to be congratulated along with his peers at Monroe Police Department and other law enforcement officials involved in the incident. Adam Freeman, National Sales Director for Law Enforcement at Stop Stick, pointed out the courage that Stark and other officers use to protect and serve their communities. "Like Officer Stark, our law enforcement officials put their lives on the line every day," he said. "There is a great deal to think about during a shift. Stop Stick is one of the proven tools officers can use to stop pursuits, saving lives, reducing risk of injury and limiting property damage in the process. I commend Officer Stark for mitigating this situation and doing so in a way that safeguarded him and others."

In 2017, there were 2,047 pursuit reports submitted to Stop Stick, Ltd. All deploying officers received a letter of accolade from company President Andy Morrison along with a Stop Stick "Hit Pin" after successful use of the device. Hit of the Month and Hit of the Year recipients further demonstrated excellence in deploying Stop Stick taking several key categories into consideration: Danger to law enforcement and general public, effectiveness of device leading to apprehension of suspect resulting in no loss of life or serious injury, and the deploying officer demonstrating safe cover as recommended in Stop Stick user training.

Since the product's inception in 1993, it's estimated that Stop Sticks have been used 100,000+ times successfully to help mitigate pursuits across the U.S. and abroad. The device used by Stark had three Stop Sticks inside a black nylon sleeve with a cord reel attached. To deploy Stop Stick, the device is thrown completely across the road where it expands to nine feet in length. The deploying officer then secures safe cover away from the roadway where the device is then pulled into the path of the suspect vehicle using the attached cord reel. After suspect vehicle crosses the device, Stop Stick is quickly removed from the road by grasping the cord reel handle and giving it a slight "yank" backwards.

For more information on Stop Stick and other pursuit prevention and perimeter protection devices available to assist law enforcement in protecting the public, visit https://stopstick.com/.

 

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