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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:00
No arrests to report. MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher Schram, District-B Commander, 401-444-1202
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 07:00
MEDIA CONTACT: ACTING CAPTIAN CHRISTOPHER SCHRAM DISTRICT "B" COMMANDER 401-444-1202 At 8:37PM, Troopers arrested Kyle Therriault, age 34, of 32 Gardner Avenue, West Warwick, Rhode Island for Violation of a Protection Order – First Offense. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on...
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St. Paul Police Launch Decoy Operation to Deter Package Thieves

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:43
St. Paul police will be dropping decoy packages across the city, hoping to catch thieves who steal them from doorsteps.
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LAPD Officer OK After Attack by Pit Bull

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:40
A Los Angeles police officer who was conducting homeless enforcement in Sun Valley was attacked and bitten by a pit bull Wednesday morning.
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California Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Man Stuck in Restaurant Grease Vent

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:38
Wilson Walker reports on deputies rescuing a man who was trapped in a San Lorenzo restaurant's grease vent for two days.
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Schenectady, NY pair arrested for possessing over 2 pounds of Marihuana subsequent to a traffic stop.

State - NY Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:35
State Police report the arrests Robert E. Hinton, age 52, of Schenectady, NY and his passenger Jheryl G. Smith, age 30, of Schenectady, NY, for Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd, and Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th.
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Two Nuns Allegedly Stole $500,000 From School

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:20
Parents whose children attended St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif., long believed that the campus was financially strapped.
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:15
Media contact: Captain Derek Borek District "A" Commander Rhode Island State Police Headquarters 401-444-1014 No incidents or arrests to report.
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Stoneman Douglas Principal Was Uninformed on Student Threats

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:14
Even if someone threatened to shoot up his school, the popular principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High did not expect anyone to tell him.
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Washington Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Assault to be Fired

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:50
Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said he intends to fire a deputy who was charged with first-degree assault Wednesday for allegedly attacking another man with a knife earlier this year.
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8th Massachusetts State Police Trooper Charged in Overtime Scandal

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:07
Heath McAuliffe of Hopkinton is the eighth Massachusetts State Police trooper to face charges in connection with a scandal of overtime abuse, officials said.
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Mississippi Police Officer Surrenders Retired K-9 to Animal Shelter

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:01
Jackson Police Officer Carl Ellis was demoted after he dropped retired K-9 Ringo off at an animal shelter.
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Body Camera Video: Off-Duty Arizona Police Officers Help Save Man Having Heart Attack

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:36
Two off-duty Tucson police officers helped save a man who was having a massive heart attack on Interstate 10 on Oct. 17.
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Texas Police Officer Wounded in Shootout; Suspect Arrested

Officer.com - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:29
Officials said that Ricardo Cereceres opened fire on two El Paso police officers in a patrol car.
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HCSO SWAT Responds To Barricaded Subject

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:09
Before the team could fully assemble, the subject, walked out and surrendered without incident.
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DPS Releases UNT Analysis of Traffic Stop Data

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released a comprehensive analysis conducted by the University of North Texas (UNT) regarding DPS traffic stop data by race/ethnicity of drivers

9 questions you may have about medication for PTSD, anxiety or depression

Police One - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:04

Author: American Military University

By Dr. Aaron Wilson, contributor to In Public Safety

Sometimes working with a therapist or medical professional is not enough to help officers recover and they may be prescribed medication. Many officers worry about taking medication and how it could affect their job performance. These are legitimate concerns and officers should have candid conversations with their healthcare professional about taking medications. It’s also a good idea for officers to keep a log of any side effects they have so they can discuss them with their doctor.

Here are some of the most common questions officers have about medication:

1. Shouldn’t I be able to get better without medication?

Medications may not be necessary at all. However, if left untreated, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress can last longer or even worsen. These problems can seriously interfere with your ability to function, including the ability to perform at work, and also affect your personal relationships and family life. While medications are not mandatory, for the right candidates, they can treat chemical imbalances to improve one’s ability to engage in therapy, which may expedite the road to recovery. I often tell my patients, “Medication is just another tool in your toolbox.”

2. How do antidepressants work?

Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress are conditions in which factors such as genetics, chemical changes in the body and life stressors play an important role. Research suggests these conditions may be linked to changes in the functioning of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Current research focuses on the serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine systems. Imbalances in these three systems can produce profound changes in your mood and behavior. Antidepressants are thought to correct some of the chemical imbalances, essentially helping to “re-calibrate” the system.

3. Why is my doctor prescribing an “antidepressant” for my anxiety or post-traumatic stress?

These conditions affect common areas of the brain and have many neurochemical similarities, so they respond to the same class of medications (antidepressants). For example, Zoloft, which works on the serotonin system, has been approved by the FDA to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress, as well as a few other related conditions.

4. Which medication will work best for me?

There are almost 30 antidepressants currently available. Like shoe sizes, not every medication is the right fit for every individual; a medication that worked well for a friend may not be the best fit for you. Your healthcare provider will discuss medication options based on your particular symptoms. The goal of treatment is to effectively target your symptoms while producing the fewest (if any) side effects. Advances in technology have made it possible to determine how your body metabolizes many different medications, which may guide your provider’s treatment choice. It is important you ask your healthcare provider about any concerns you have about a medication or its potential side effects.

5. What are the most common side effects of antidepressants?

Antidepressants are generally a safe treatment option in otherwise healthy individuals being treated for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Like most prescribed (and some over-the-counter medications), antidepressants may cause mild and usually temporary side effects. Side effects vary by medication and generally decrease with time. Common side effects include:

Nausea Loose stools or constipation Dizziness Drowsiness Nervousness Sleep changes Dry mouth Headache Blurred vision A change in sexual interest or functioning

Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can provide additional information regarding potential side effects. While the internet is an excellent source of information, I encourage patients to speak directly to healthcare professionals with specific questions regarding diagnoses and medications to avoid being inundated with confusing, conflicting and potentially harmful information.

6. Am I going to become addicted to this medication?

As a class of medication, antidepressants are not considered addictive. During years of practice, I can’t think of a single patient who has abused them.

It is important to note that other classes of medications, particularly benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin) that are sometimes prescribed for moderate to severe anxiety or panic attacks, DO have addictive potential. These medications should be taken exactly as prescribed and are generally meant to be used on a short-term basis. Because of their potential to slow reaction times, they are generally not recommended for first responders while on duty.

7. What is the first step in considering a medication?

Before prescribing any medication, your healthcare provider will need to get a thorough understanding of your symptoms, medical history, medication use, and drug or alcohol use. Be honest. For female patients, it’s also important to discuss issues of pregnancy and birth control use because some medications may be potentially harmful to a fetus or nursing infant or may have a reaction with birth control medication.

8. Why do they say it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol while taking medications?

Alcohol is a powerful DEPRESSANT. Many people “self-medicate” with alcohol and drugs, not realizing it produces exactly the opposite desired effect over time. Alcohol can also interfere with the effectiveness of antidepressants by interfering with how your body metabolizes them. Consuming alcohol while on antidepressants can potentially worsen side effects, cause blackouts, impairment, or unpredictable behavior.

9. How will I remember to take a pill every day?

I typically tell patients to link their medications to a daily activity such as brushing your teeth. If you need an extra reminder, I would suggest setting a daily reminder on your phone. Taking medications as prescribed is extremely important. The effectiveness of antidepressants decreases significantly with missed doses. Unlike Ibuprofen, you cannot take antidepressants on an “as-needed” basis, skipping doses on good days. It is important not to take “catch-up” doses if you forget to take the medication as prescribed. It is also important not to increase or decrease the dose without consulting with your healthcare provider.

Medication can be extremely effective in helping officers recover and regain a healthy balance in their lives. While medication may not be necessary for all officers, it is worth considering based on the advice and expertise of your healthcare professional. Don’t do yourself a disservice by dismissing medication options just because you think it will be seen as a sign of weakness.

About the Author

Aaron Wilson, MD, was named chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson in February 2018. Previously the medical director at Valley Hospital, Dr. Wilson led their Freedom Care Unit, which addresses the specific mental health needs of military service members and first responders. Dr. Wilson has worked closely with active-duty personnel, veterans, retired military, police officers, firefighters, border patrol agents, correctional staff and EMTs with a high acuity of mental illness. Currently, he is an active member of the mental health community in Arizona, serving as president of the Arizona Psychiatric Society and as chairman of the Arizona Disaster Psychiatry Task Force. He is also a co-founder of the Arizona Inter-Professional Behavioral Health Collaborative. To contact the author, email IPSauthor@apus.edu. For more articles featuring insight from industry experts, subscribe to In Public Safety’s bi-monthly newsletter.


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Driver arrested after Troopers check on disabled vehicle on Rt.49 in Marcy

State - NY Police - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:07
State Police arrested Ednan Salkic, age 19, from Utica, NY for Criminal Sale of Marijuana 2nd degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana Aggravated DWAI Drugs and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

 

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How an LAPD police officer budgets for the future

Police One - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:15

LAPD officer Jamie Carganilla shares the details of her income and expenses, as well as her financial goals, as part of a series from Khan Academy covering the responsibilities, requirements and financial aspects of careers.


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Gerry resident arrested following domestic dispute

State - NY Police - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 19:31
On December 10th, 2018, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Michael Pollaro, 33, of Gerry, for Criminal Contempt 1st Degree.
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