Law Enforcement

Scientists Scour WWI Shipwreck to Solve Military Mystery

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:54
NewsA hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion hit the only major U.S. warship to sink during World War I. Now the Navy believes it has the answer to what doomed the USS San Diego: An underwater mine set by a German submarine cruising in waters just miles from New York City.Contributed Author: Christina Larson, Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
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Florida School Massacre Panel Recommends Arming Teachers

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:44
NewsThe panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.Contributed Author: Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
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Miami officer killed in ATV crash

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:38

By PoliceOne Staff

MIAMI — A police officer was tragically killed in an on-duty crash on Wednesday.

Miami-Dade Police Officer Jermaine Brown died after his ATV crashed against a tree next to a canal, according to CBS Miami. Brown was responding to a complaint of illegal activity that was received during a citizens’ advisory committee meeting.

He was transported to a local hospital in serious condition where he was later pronounced dead.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez released a statement about the tragedy, saying that Brown “lost his life while protecting our community.”

Statement from Director @JPerezMDPD

— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) December 13, 2018

Brown was a husband and father of three.

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6 Charged in ’11 Killing of US Bank Executive in Puerto Rico

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:59
NewsFederal authorities announced Wednesday that they have solved the high-profile killing of a New Jersey banking executive slain more than seven years ago in a drive-by shooting on one of Puerto Rico’s busiest highways.Contributed Author: Danica Coto, Associated Press
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APD Seeks Community Assistance with Deceased Person Investigation

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:52

Case:         18-3410443

Date:         Friday, December 7, 2018

Time:         8:30 a.m.

Location:   800 block of W. 6th Street
Deceased: Randy Alan Lexvold, White male, 1/29/1970
On Friday, December 7, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a witness flagged down an APD Officer to report seeing a body in Shoal Creek. APD, AFD and EMS responded to the bridge intersecting the 800 block of W. 6th Street where Lexvold, who was in town to watch his daughter’s swim meet at the University of Texas, was pronounced deceased at 8:48 a.m.
The Travis County Medical Examiner is still working to determine the cause of death.
APD Homicide Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen Randy Lexvold in the area around the 800 block of W. 6th Street on December 7 between the morning hours of 1:30 and 8 to contact the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. Those with information may also text "Tip 103" + their message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at Individuals can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android

Randy Lexvold, pictured below, is described as:

  • White male
  • 48 years old
  • 6’ 1”
  • 200 lbs.
  • Dark blonde hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Tattoo on right shoulder
  • Last seen wearing a black jacket, black Pink Floyd t-shirt, Gap 1969 jeans and blue Merrill trail shoes



Editor's Review: 5.11 Tactical AMP24 Pack - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:51
The new AMP24 pack from 5.11 Tactical can serve a multitude of purposes in the field or during your off-duty time.
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Murder #25 Update

Austin (TX) Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:50

Case:           18-2541045
Date:            Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time:            2:57 p.m.

Location:     1500 E. Parmer Lane 
Deceased:   Joshua Hardesty, White male, (D.O.B. 12-21-91)
Arrested:     Isaac Jerome Thomas, Black male, age 23
Austin homicide detectives have charged Isaac Thomas Jr. with the murder of Joshua Hardesty. Thomas was already in Bastrop County Jail having been arrested for the November 6, 2018 murder of Tony Lamar Huggins (Murder #31).
Detectives learned about Thomas’ involvement in Hardesty's murder after speaking with witnesses from Murder #31.
The two murder victims do not appear to have known each other though both murders were over the sale of marijuana.
Thomas’ bond has been set at $333,000.

Background Information
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at approximately 2:57 p.m., Austin 911 received multiple calls reporting shots fired at the apartment complex located at 1500 E. Parmer Lane. Callers also described seeing a man lying in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers located Joshua Hardesty with obvious traumatic injury. Austin-Travis County EMS also responded to the scene. Joshua Hardesty was pronounced deceased at 3:09 p.m. by the Travis County Medical Examiner. A white dog believed to belong to Hardesty remained with him until picked up by animal protection officers.

Minn. police look to combat crisis in statewide recruits shortage

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:48

By Libor Jany Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Top law enforcement officials from across the metro area warned that the difficulty of attracting and keeping new police officers is reaching “crisis” proportions, a worrisome trend that one chief likened to the nursing shortage sweeping the country over the past few years.

The cautionary views emerged as the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association met to discuss strategies to recruit and retain cops amid a flourishing economy and a marked shift in public attitudes toward the profession.

“Quite frankly we are at a point of crisis, in terms of public safety, and men and women joining this very honorable profession,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, comparing it to the nursing industry’s aging workforce, which has seen vacancy rates soar as baby boomers reach retirement and many younger nurses leave the field out of frustration. He said that fewer women were applying to the Police Department than in years past, a trend that was also present in the city’s burgeoning Latino population.

In efforts to step up recruitment, the chiefs association launched a six-month public relations campaign dubbed “Wear the Badge,” touting the community service aspect of police work through a series of videos and advertisements on its website and outlets like School Space Media, which streams high school sporting events. The campaign’s website also contains research and other resources for people interested in going into policing.

It comes at a time when law enforcement agencies large and small are struggling with a shortage of officers nationally. Officials blame the shortage on low pay, high turnover and unflattering news coverage in the wake of high-profile police shootings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for police officers and detectives nationally is $62,960. In Minnesota, the average yearly salary is $64,700 for police officers and sheriff’s deputies, while detectives and front-line supervisors make about $87,970.

Recently released data from the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board shows the number of people taking the statewide peace officer licensing exam has fallen to 764 in 2018, which puts it on pace to be the lowest total in at least a decade. Fewer applicants also are passing the test, although the rate of licensure has remained stable, the data show.

In a report released this year, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the number of police officers nationally has largely failed to keep up with the growing U.S. population. Researchers found that while the number of sworn officers increased by 52,000 between 1997 and 2016, the rate of officers per 1,000 citizens decreased by 11 percent.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts couldn’t offer an explanation for the shortage but warned that it’s not warranted by less crime.

“We’ve seen a decline in some of the crime statistics, but I would caution the community in thinking that would reduce the need for police officers,” Potts, who serves as vice president of the Chiefs Association, said at the news conference. Even as crime has fallen, Bloomington police are increasingly responding to calls involving people with mental illness, he said, pointing out that such calls had nearly doubled, from 850 in 2014 to 1,500 so far this year.

Some small town chiefs complained of struggling to fill vacancies of officers who take jobs with bigger departments.

“We hire them, we train them, we put them on the streets, they gain a little experience, and then they move on to larger police departments,” said Hutchinson Police Chief Daniel Hatten, adding that the $25,000 cost of hiring, recruiting and training a new officer, only to lose him or her to another agency, is a serious drain on the 23-member department’s resources. He said that while smaller departments like his want to diversify their ranks, they found themselves competing for the same pool of qualified minority candidates, who may be reluctant to live in the mostly white communities of outstate Minnesota.

Others worried that law enforcement may not appeal to a younger generation.

“The roles are reversed ... to the point where we have to put visions in their head of how they could see themselves in our agency,” said Matt Gottschalk, director of public safety in Corcoran, Minn., a city of roughly 6,000 residents in western Hennepin County. “This is a generation that thrives on creativity and flexibility, and seeing how they thrive in a paramilitary organization is something that we’re facing here.”

Monica Rice, a second-year law enforcement student at Alexandria Technical & Community College, spoke on a panel at the Chiefs Association forum. She said that younger officer candidates learn differently from their older predecessors, favoring more scenario-based training over traditional classroom exercises. They also tend to have greater cultural literacy, allowing them to engage with residents of all backgrounds, she said.

But some things never change, she added, namely the fear of being publicly disgraced for an on-the-job decision.

“One of the biggest things that we’ve kind of been talking about in school right now is authorized use of force,” she said. “A lot of people are worried about if they have to do that, are they going to be in the media.”

In Minneapolis, officials blamed the shrinking candidate pool on decreasing interest in the profession, lower enrollment and graduation rates from area college law enforcement programs, and “internal issues with the application, testing and hiring processes,” according to the city coordinator’s office.

Lt. Bob Kroll, head of the union that represents the city’s rank-and-file officers, said that when he came on the force in the late 1980s, the department regularly had from 500 to 1,000 people taking the entrance exam.

“And now those numbers are down to less than 200,” he said.

St. Paul police launched its Law Enforcement Career Path Academy in 2017 to boost recruitment. The 2?½-year program is aimed at mentoring candidates from diverse backgrounds who face financial, educational and employment obstacles.

Deputy Chief of Support Services Mary Nash said tackling the problem involves deliberate outreach, one-on-one mentorship and getting to candidates early.

“We have been doing things to get ahead of it for the last year if not more,” Nash said. “I’ve spent 30 years trying to get ahead of it by reaching out. There’s not a student that will e-mail that I don’t respond to. Mentoring and encouraging has been a 30-year career for me.”


©2018 the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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Ottawa — RCMP, CAFC information leads to the dismantling of 16 fraudulent call centres in India

RCMP News (Canada) - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:30
RCMP have confirmed with Indian authorities that an additional sixteen fraudulent call centres have been dismantled since October. These fraudulent call centres were believed to be targeting Canadians by perpetrating Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam calls. This coordinated effort comes as a result of information provided to the Indian authorities by the RCMP with the support of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).
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New York Police Detective Dies of 9/11-Related Cancer - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:14
Family and colleagues on Tuesday mourned Suffolk Police Detective 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.
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Colorado Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Crash - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:03
A Las Animas County Sheriff's deputy and two civilians were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash.
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Colorado Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Crash - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:03
A Los Animas County Sheriff's deputy and two civilians were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash.
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Police: Teen, officers exchange gunfire at middle school

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:46

By Associated Press

RICHMOND, Ind. — A teenage suspect and police officers exchanged gunfire outside an eastern Indiana middle school Thursday morning before the boy ran inside and killed himself, authorities said.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling said no one else at Dennis Intermediate School or any officers were injured during the shooting in Richmond, which is near the Indiana-Ohio state line about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Indianapolis.

Police and school officials were notified that an armed person was heading to the school with the intention of hurting people, Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum told the Palladium-Item. The shooting occurred around 8:20 a.m.

Branum said officers and the teen fired shots near a school door before the boy went inside. It wasn't immediately known whether the teen was wounded by officers during the confrontation. Officials didn't immediately confirm whether the suspect was a student at the school or his age.

Bowling said the police were investigating at the school and at another site in the city.

Bowling credited a quick response by local police and school staff for preventing further tragedy.

"Local police had received information and they reacted on that very swiftly, and I think because of their swift reaction and also the swift reaction at the school that no student injuries happened," Bowling said.

Students from the school were being bused to Richmond High School for parents to pick them up.

Branum said state police would be handling the shooting investigation.

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Police: teen suspect killed at Indiana middle school

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:46

By Associated Press

RICHMOND, Ind. — Authorities say a teenage suspect has been killed at an eastern Indiana middle school.

Indiana State Police say in a Twitter post that no other students were reported injured in Thursday morning's shooting at Dennis Middle School in Richmond.

No other details were immediately available, and messages left with police by The Associated Press weren't immediately returned. Police say a spokesman will soon be at the scene to provide more information.

Richmond is near the Indiana-Ohio state line about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Indianapolis.

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Don’t let another year pass without addressing officer stress and trauma

Police One - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:19

Author: American Military University

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

December is a time to reflect on the year and figure out how we can do better in the coming year. For those of us at In Public Safety, it’s the perfect time to review the topics that resonated most with our law enforcement readers.

Coping with stress, rebuilding resiliency

In 2018, our most popular articles revolved around addressing and coping with stress and finding ways for officers to rebuild their resiliency. It’s no secret that being a law enforcement officer is made extremely difficult by cumulative stress, ongoing exposure to traumatic incidents, and endless public scrutiny. It is a career that takes a toll on a person, no matter how resilient or well-prepared they believe they are. As a result, it has become critical for officers to constantly evaluate their own mental wellness, find healthy ways to manage stress, involve their family and friends in assessing their well-being, find the courage to recognize when they need help, and then take action to get that help.

Make resources available

Just as importantly, agencies must step up and make sure resources are readily available to enable and encourage officers to get help without fear of penalty or retribution. Fellow officers need to step up as well and be the brothers and sisters they claim to be by taking action when they see a colleague struggling. There’s no betrayal in making sure someone gets help when they need it; there’s only regret when you know you could have done something and you didn’t.

One of our most-read articles this year was authored by the wife of a law enforcement officer who committed suicide just a few months after retiring from a 30-year career. We received dozens of emails from officers, spouses, and family members who had gone through something similar or saw the same signs in their loved ones. The response to that article is only further proof that too many officers are suffering and not enough are getting adequate help.

As a result of the popularity of that article, and related ones, we created a 48-page magazine dedicated to rebuilding resiliency among officers and providing in-depth information about what it means to get professional counseling. The magazine (which you can read as a digital eMagazine, print out as a PDF, or request a print copy of at no cost) tackles topics including counseling confidentiality, medications, and different types of treatment options that are proven to effectively treat trauma. It even includes articles about building resiliency among your family members, with special attention to the benefits of counseling for children of law enforcement officers. Our hope is this magazine will find its way into the hands of an officer who is struggling and give him or her the information, confidence and strength to seek professional help. Download "Rebuilding Officer Resiliency: A Treatment Guide."

This magazine was a follow-up to a magazine we published at the end of 2017 that focused on stress management. Download "Understanding and Managing Law Officer Stress."

If you are interested in reading similar articles, please subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter. We deliver high-quality and original articles written by experts in the field directly to your inbox. If you are interested in contributing an article, please email with a brief description of the topic and your background.

From those of us at In Public Safety and American Military University, we wish you a safe holiday season and a healthy new year.

About the Author

Leischen Stelter is the editor of In Public Safety, an American Military University sponsored website. She has spent six years writing articles on issues and trends relevant to professionals in law enforcement, fire services, emergency management and national security. To contact her, email For more articles featuring insight from industry experts, subscribe to In Public Safety’s bi-monthly newsletter.

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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:15
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (#401-764-5605) On December 12, 2018, members of the Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Joanne Santos, age 50, of 109 Massachusetts Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, on a Providence Superior Court Bench for Failure to Appear for Cost
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Editor's Review: The Pelican 7070R Flashlight - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:14
Incorporating new features and technologies, the Pelican 7070R has proven to be a rugged and functional tactical handheld flashlight.
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Schenectady man arrested in for unemployment fraud.

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:25
Schenectady man arrested in for falsifying records to unlawfully obtain $5,032 in unemployment benefits.

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Glenville man arrested in for unemployment fraud.

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:17

Glenville man arrested in for falsifying records to unlawfully obtain $6,910 in unemployment benefits.


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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:15
Media Contact: Captain Derek W. Borek, District A Commander, 401-444-1014 No arrests to report.
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