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Troopers respond to possible overdose complaint, two arrested

State - NY Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:23

On January 20, 2019 troopers were dispatched to a possible overdose in a vehicle parked in Dollar General on North Road in the town of Windsor.  Troopers observed both occupants passed out and were able to eventually wake them and they were assessed by paramedics.  An investigation revealed that both occupants were in possession of drugs. 

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Three arrested after worker fails to return credit card at drive thru

State - NY Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:21
New York State Police at Binghamton have arrested three people after a several month long investigation that involved the suspects taking a victim’s credit card and going on a shopping spree.

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Man arrested after trooper spots homemade inspection sticker

State - NY Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:19
On January 8, 2019 at approximately 3:20 p.m., New York State Police at Owego arrested Frederick J. Brown III, age 37 of Owego, NY for the misdemeanors of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the second degree, False Inspection Certificate and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree.  He was also issued several traffic citations. 

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January 2019 DWI and DWAI arrests

State - NY Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:16
Four dozen people were arrested for DWI or DWAI in the month of January.
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RI State Police Charges Former Boy Scouts Asst. Chaplain with Sexual Assault

State - RI Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:15
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry, Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Acting Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of an Exeter resident for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled 18-year-old male. James Glawson, age 74, of 101 Widow Sweets...
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Troopers arrest man who continues to drive with suspended license

State - NY Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:09
On December 26, 2018 at approximately 10:01 p.m., New York State Police at Endwell arrested Taylor D. Angell, age 21 of Binghamton, NY for the class E felony of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first degree.

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Troop C DWI and DWAI's in December 2018

State - NY Police - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:07
Members from Troop "C" took several people off the road who were unable to operate a vehicle safely in the month of December. 
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President Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:46
The president on Friday took executive action—declaring a national emergency—to spend $8 billion for the border wall he has promised since his campaign.
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Minnesota Department Disbanding Mounted and Motor Units

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:42
Spokesperson Steve Linders said that there are multiple reasons went into the department's decision, including the fact that the department has seen an increase in injuries to members of both units.
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Texas Police Called to Rescue Caged Tiger in Abandoned Building

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:40
Officers with the Houston Police Department responded to a 311 caller stating that they had discovered a tiger in a cage in an abandoned building.
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Aiming to Reduce Struck-By Incidents, Michigan Move-Over Law Takes Effect

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:38
According to reports, at least a dozen Michigan State Police vehicles have been struck so far this year.
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Milwaukee baseball team honors fallen officer at training facility

Police One - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:36

By PoliceOne Staff

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee officer is being honored by the city’s baseball team through a jersey now hanging at the teams’ training facility, the Journal Sentinel reports.

Fallen Officer Matthew Rittner, 35, was fatally shot on Feb. 6 while serving a search warrant. His funeral was held on Wednesday.

Dan Larrea, the Milwaukee Brewers’ director of travel, had the idea to make a jersey for Rittner, who loved the team and the sport.

Rittner and his wife, Caroline, were married at Miller Park in 2017. The team assigned him No. 10 to indicate he’s their “10th man” on the field.

We’re sending all our love and prayers to the family and friends of Matthew Rittner, a Milwaukee police officer recently killed while serving his beloved community. God bless you all pic.twitter.com/pV09wuVAgh

— Brent Suter (@bruter24) February 13, 2019


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FBI, LAPD Arrest Dozens of Suspected Gang Members in Raids

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:36
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department were joined by FBI agents in raids on Wednesday that resulted in the arrest of 38 people.
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Florida School Hires Combat Veterans to Protect Against Active Shooters

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:35
Principal Bill Jones said he wants to make sure if an armed intruder were to enter the campus of Manatee School for the Arts, which has a student population of about 2,100 middle and high school students.
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Tenn. police to remove SROs from troubled schools

Police One - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:32

By PoliceOne Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two troubled schools in a Tennessee school district will be without SROs starting March 1.

According to News Channel 5, the decision to pull three Metro Nashville Police officers was in the works for a month. SROs have reported “toxic” school environments where they’ve been verbally harassed on a daily basis.

“The officers don’t need to be subjected to that kind of abuse, they don’t need to be subjected to an environment where the students aren’t welcoming,” Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron told News Channel 5.

Metro Nashville Public Schools has approximately 70 SROs across their district. Every high school has at least one officer along with most middle schools. SROs at Bass W. A. Alternative School and Johnson Alternative Learning Center have had to focus their time on security issues rather than building relationships with students, according to the report.

“Frankly in the alternative schools the mission has not been mentoring students but rather de facto security guards and that’s not the intended purpose of these SROs,” Aaron said.

The district now has the option to station security guards at the schools if they choose, but it’s unclear if they would be armed.

The population of both schools is made up of students with lengthy criminal records and most have been removed from conventional high schools because of behavioral problems.

Aaron said the police are not abandoning the school entirely.

“The Police Department will periodically be a presence at each school throughout the remainder of the year,” he said.


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Massachusetts Officer Talks Suicidal Man to Safety from 70-Foot Building

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:32
According to the Sun Chronicle, Sergeant Jeffrey Peavey—a 32-year-veteran of the force—established a dialogue with the 21-year-old man, speaking with the distraught subject for 45 minutes before convincing the man to retreat from the precipice into safety.
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Florida Sheriff's Office Valentine's Day Facebook Post: "Don't Play Hard to Get"

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:29
The Martin County (FL) Sheriff's Office posted an image on Facebook of five deputies collectively holding a bouquet of flowers, a heart-shaped balloon, and five boxes of Valentines chocolates, saying, "Our Warrants team is waiting for you with open cuffs. Don’t play hard to get, because they’re in it for the long haul and are truly committed to capturing your heart!"
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Parkland school shooting: What leadership failures mean for LE nationwide

Police One - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:27
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—who served as the 16th sheriff of that county—on January 11, 2019. Many would argue that his firing was long overdue. His agency was derided for failing to take control over a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017. Then, in 2018, deputies with the agency failed miserably in their response to the mass murder taking place at the Stoneman Douglas High School. In April 2018, the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association opened a no-confidence vote—it tallied 534–94 against Israel. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss Israel's dismissal, and what it means for law enforcement leaders nationwide.

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Former Chicago Officer Convicted of Murder of Teen Attacked in Prison

Police Magazine - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:27
A former police officer with the Chicago Police Department—who was convicted in October of second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014—was reportedly beaten by inmates in a Connecticut prison.
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Trickle-down leadership: When officers become the boss

Police One - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:04

Author: Richard Fairburn

February 14, 2018, is another of those days that will live in infamy. A year ago, 17 were killed and 17 were wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office did nothing to stop it, either before the event or during the shooting.

Before the event, numerous people reported the shooter as a potential threat to the school, but both the school district and the Sheriff’s Office apparently did the least they could to make the complaints go away (as did the FBI). During the event, the response of the Incident Commander, SRO and responding officers make me want to use the word cowardice…there, I said it.

Several Broward officers have been forced out or remain on investigative suspension for NOT entering the building or engaging the shooter, despite many of them reporting on the radio they heard shots fired. When I was in Florida a week ago a local news station said one officer, who was only a block away when the call went out, turned and drove AWAY from the school – according to his cell phone track.

Who is to blame for such behavior by experienced police officers? Certainly, these officers should be disciplined harshly for their failure to respond properly, but I think the ultimate blame – the underlying cause – lies elsewhere.

An agency’s culture comes from its CEO

After more than 40 years of studying police leadership and developing leadership training programs during my tenure at the Illinois State Police Academy, I have come to believe the “culture” of an agency comes almost totally from its CEO, be they a chief, sheriff, director, superintendent or commissioner.

When a department gets a new chief, most of the officers will quickly “become the boss.” Many years ago in my home agency, a chief brought in from a larger neighboring department was very professorial. He wore expensive suits and smoked a pipe all day. Before long the detectives all dressed much better and one of the senior commanders started smoking a pipe. They became the boss.

So how did a 2,800-officer-strong sheriff’s department become the nation’s worst example of how to handle an active shooter at a high school? The simple answer is that the officers became the boss. That boss was Sheriff Scott Israel, who was recently suspended by the Governor of Florida for the incompetent performance of his agency at the Parkland massacre. In his January 11, 2019, order suspending Sheriff Israel, Governor DeSantis stated that Israel “egregiously failed in his duties” by not properly training deputies and not maintaining “a culture of vigilance and thoroughness,” according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

To back up my argument, I submit the Fort Lauderdale airport active shooter event the previous year, where five were killed, six were wounded and 36 more were injured during the ensuing panic. And panic it was! The analysis of that airport shooting reveals several hours of almost total chaos.

You would think the Broward County Sheriff’s Office would have implemented some lessons learned from the airport shooting to improve their response to any subsequent critical incidents. Did they seek out any Incident Command training to better prepare commanders for a large-scale response? Did they institute refresher training on rapid deployment tactics for patrol deputies? But why would they when Sheriff Israel bragged to the media about their excellent handling of the airport shooting? After their even worse performance at the high school in Parkland, Sheriff Israel stated on CNN, “I have given amazing leadership to this agency.”

Scott Israel had more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, through the rank of police chief prior to being elected sheriff in 2012. He may have been a fine officer, even a good chief in those years. But the self-serving political creature we saw on TV demonstrated exactly the attitude I expected to see based on the horrible performance of his deputies. Leadership trickles down to the lowest levels of an agency and it can happen in a very short time.

We have all known someone like Scott Israel in our careers. There will always be self-serving cops who manage to float to the top, sometimes for all the wrong reasons. I believe we can improve ourselves by changing the way we train our leaders.

We need a military approach to leadership

When the U.S. military trains new NCOs and Commissioned Officers, it prepares a young leader to take their team into combat and, hopefully, to bring them back home.

The hands-on training teaches leaders to make difficult decisions under extreme stress. It drives home the need to get your team the best possible training and helps leaders learn they need to prepare their people for worst-case scenarios.

At the Illinois State Police (ISP) Academy, I was tasked with developing a military-style leadership course for new street-level supervisors, sort of a "boot camp" for sergeants. We standardized a four-day curriculum that placed all the students into teams of six. All the training evolutions were done in these teams, which had each student rotating through the team leader role.

Each team handled a role-playing incident on the BowMac Model City Simulator. The critical incidents they faced were a barricaded gunman incident with officers pinned down, a hazmat tanker vs. school bus crash, a domestic gone bad with an officer taken hostage inside a home at gunpoint, and an active gunman firing from the third floor of a hotel into a heavily populated urban area. One day of the training was a field training exercise (FTX) in which the teams had to use red guns to handle four more scenarios – an indoor active shooter, a suicide-by-cop standoff with an armed individual, an outdoor active shooter and an officer-down rescue from an ambush situation.

In all the exercises, the scenarios were short but very intense. Each evolution was debriefed from the leader's point of view asking, “What would you do differently next time?” Like in the real world, communication failures are often the most common problem. We ran each scenario 3-4 times so the last leader in each scenario could get as close to perfection as possible. The program was based on a training concept called "coaching forward" where we only presented positive coaching.

If you don’t have a military background, study the subject and train yourself. Prepare your people and yourself for the worst day you can imagine. NEVER fail to back your officers when they do their best. Understand that perfection is never possible when officers must make snap decisions based on imperfect information. Make sure they understand what you expect of them, and most will exceed your expectations.

Hope in the next generation

When a police agency fails to protect its community, the failure can almost always be traced to the head of that agency. But there is hope. After several decades of seeing fewer and fewer police recruits hire on with military experience, the numbers are reversing. More and more cops are climbing their way through the police ranks with military leadership experience in their resume. We face a violent future in this country. The population is severely divided and the potential for some degree of civil war is not out of the question. We will need these excellent young leaders to prepare their officers for the worst-case scenarios and protect their communities like sheepdogs.

Leadership – both good and bad – trickles down to the lowest levels of an agency and it can happen in a very short time.


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