Law Enforcement

Searching For Armed Home Invasion Suspects

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 05:54
Four subjects forced their way into a home.
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Nearly 300 NYPD Officers On Desk Duty Hitting the Streets

Officer.com - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 05:51
Starting Thursday, nearly 300 NYPD cops who normally do desk jobs will be sent into historically high crime areas of the city to help keep violence under control for the summer months, officials said Wednesday.
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Missing Endangered Adult

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 05:47
Anyone with any information reference his whereabouts is asked to call HCSO at 247-8200.
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Wounded Alabama Police Officer Visited in Hospital by K-9 Partner

Officer.com - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 05:38
Auburn Police Officer Webb Sistrunk, who was wounded in a Sunday-night shooting that claimed the life of a fellow officer, was visited in the hospital Wednesday by his K-9 partner Leon.
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Body Camera Video Shows Fatal San Diego Police Shooting

Officer.com - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 05:12
The District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that a San Diego police officer’s actions were legally justified when he fatally shot a man who “aggressively” swung a heavy chain while advancing toward the officer in August.
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Motorcade Escorts Wounded Montana Trooper Back Home

Officer.com - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 05:00
Scores of officers from every layer of law enforcement lined the exit from the Neptune Aviation tarmac Wednesday afternoon, waiting to join the caravan carrying Wade Palmer, the Montana Highway Patrol trooper grievously wounded in a March shooting.
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Video Shows Texas Deputy's SUV Struck by Train

Officer.com - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 04:47
Midland County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Painter told reporters that the officer was "banged up," but was "walking and talking."
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President Trump Awards Medal of Valor to 14 Public Safety Officers

Officer.com - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 04:36
President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 14 recipients who exhibited exceptional courage.
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DPS Ramps Up Enforcement For Memorial Day Weekend

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is joining law enforcement efforts across the state to help keep Texas roadways safe and encourage motorists to practice safe driving habits

Spotlight: Walter Arms, the leader in the firearms industry

Police One - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:59
Author: PoliceOne Sponsors

Company Name: Walter Arms, Inc. Headquarters: Fort Smith, AR Signature Products: Firearms Website: https://www.waltherarms.com/

1. Where did your company name originate from? The name originated from the founder’s last name, Carl Walther.

2. What was the inspiration behind starting your company? Carl Walther and his son Fritz Walther were from a family of gunsmiths. Their passion was to create semiautomatic handguns. They created the first blow-back semi-automatic handgun in 1908 with the Model 1.

3. What is your signature product and how does it work? The PPK is the most iconic handgun from Walther. It’s a blow-back semi-automatic pistol that kicked off conceal carry for LE and civilians. Today, the PPQ is the flagship product. It is a semi-automatic pistol that comes in a variety of sizes and calibers, best known for having the best out-of-the-box striker-fired trigger on the market and superior ergonomics.

4. Why do you believe your products are essential to the law enforcement community? The PPQ series provides law enforcement the most performance in a handgun platform. This product will help officers succeed in any offensive or defensive situation that they may encounter.

5. What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced? Walther’s biggest challenge is overcoming the perception of selling firearms used mostly in pop culture for the United States market. In reality, Walther is one of the most carried pistols over the last century in military and law enforcement units across the U.S. and around the world.

6. What makes your company unique? Walther has a long history in firearms innovation and production that spans over 130 years. In that time, the company has created unique and iconic products like the PPK and P38.

7. What do your customers like best about you and your products? The ergonomics and trigger.

8. What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community? Providing law enforcement the required tools for combating criminal activity.

9. Is there any fun fact or trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company?

Walther invented the first blow-back semi-auto handgun. Walther invented the first Double Action/Single Action pistol with the PP series. Walther invented the first conceal carry focused pistol with the PPK series. Walther has won gold medals at the Olympics with the competition series rifles. Walther created the first interchangeable backstrap system for polymer frame pistols. Walther invented the first Double Action/Single Action striker-fired pistol.

11. What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives? Walther Arms is committed to developing new technologies in firearms that will increase the effectiveness and safety of law enforcement officers.


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Why Police Lives Matter

Law Officer - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:53

Let me tell you why police lives matter.

There are few career fields that routinely deal with death like law enforcement. And there are fewer vocations that realistically have the grim reaper showing up at their doorstep like a cop.

Tragedy Is Constant

While many professions deal with tragedy and the demise of other human beings, no other group of professionals sustain serious injury and death like police officers due to their profession, outside of the military. Indeed, law enforcement professionals stand next to our military family in this morbid category.

Service Is Maligned

Moreover, peace officers serve selflessly their communities to protect every classification of person, even as their own categorization is maligned by a growing percentage of humanity. Although it seems like everyone hates police, we are grateful the majority of our citizens still appreciate our work, and express their opinions publicly. We simply wish it occurred more often.

Tools of the Trade Represents Conflict

When cops Velcro body armor in place and attach the duty belt or load-bearing vest, it’s a sobering process. The tools of the trade—firearm, ammunition, Taser, handcuffs, pepper spray, asp, etc.—are carried because the work gets violent. Controlling a combative person is difficult in a controlled environment. It’s another story altogether on the streets when officers have “rules of engagement” and the crooks do not.

Reflecting on Family Is Lifesaving

As a result of this reality, most police officers kiss their family goodbye each day with these thoughts in the back of their mind—Will I be involved in a violent or deadly encounter today?

Every 53 Hours

It’s been said in the past that a peace officer suffers a line of duty death every 53 hours (currently one every 55 hours for the past 10 years, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund). Therefore, the number of officers that DO NOT make it to a service retirement are off the charts. Even putting fatalities aside, a majority of our heroes leave police work prematurely due to physical and mental injuries, burnout, or other factors that are not present in most career fields.

Most law enforcement officers can tell you the meaning of every 53 hours. The reality is that a father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter is taken from their loved ones for a variety of reasons. Rationale that is primarily absent in safer lines of work.

Since 1944, there has not been a year in which less than 100 law enforcement officers have lost their life in the line of duty, according to NLEOMF. And even then, 96 perished while protecting their communities.

Soberingly, crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1786, there have been over 21,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 21,910 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

We Remember Police Lives Matter

In 2018, 163 officers and 28 K9 partners suffered a line of duty death, reported ODMP.

Thus far in 2019, there have been 44 police officers and five K9s whose names have been added to the roles

While perusing through the archives of 2017 I noticed the longest period of time between line of duty deaths was merely 11 days. What a heartbreaking reality!

Causes of Death

The reasons for death among LEOs this year has included gunfire, fatal collisions, violent assaults, vehicular assault, drowning, etc. Furthermore, many heroes are suffering “official” line of duty deaths caused by illnesses created by 9/11.

Sadly, there have been many more “unofficial” line of duty deaths related to strange cancers presumably developed by officers working Ground Zero during 9/11.

Regardless of the reason for death, someone had to break the news to the family. This might be the most difficult responsibility a peace officer faces.

Unable to Function in Civil Society

So many reasons attributed to a line of duty death have to do with people that cannot function within civil society. Imagine what kind of world it would be without brave men and women willing to engage in violence on behalf of the public?

Make no doubt there is evil among us. As a result, malevolence is what officers are trying to shield from their communities. Yet tragedy strikes too often and takes them from us. If for no other reason, that is why police lives matter.

Life Matters

Shortsighted pundits and talking heads have repudiated the terms “Blue Lives Matter” and “Police Lives Matter” as if each one were a racist response to “Black Lives Matter.” As I tell my K9s, “Pfui” (pronounced foo-ee), which means, “no” or “stop that.” We cannot let angry people highjack these well intentioned, meaningful terms showing affection for our sheepdogs.

I believe LIFE MATTERS. And since life matters, we need peacekeepers available to protect the innocent, vulnerable, and the unaware from harm. That is what cops do in America. Naturally there are variations, but as an industry, police officers do their best to shield people so they can live in peace.

Indeed life matters, and POLICE LIVES matter just as much as the next.

Peace Officers Are More Than Cops

So the next time you hear someone vilifying an entire profession, remember the vilified are more than cops. They are family members, little league coaches, and church and community volunteers among other things.

Finally, police officers are equal opportunity protectors. As a result, they should be applauded. So many of those protected by their presence during these volatile protests deserve to be taken to the wood shed. Yet we professionally deal with their destructive tactics and keep the peace.

Indeed, police lives matter!

 

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Video: NJ Officer Charged with Manslaughter Over OIS During Pursuit

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:50
A Newark, NJ, police officer has been indicted four months after fatally shooting the driver of a fleeing vehicle during a pursuit caught on the officer’s body cam.
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Smart New Tools Help Officers Maintain Situational Awareness and Safety

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:21
As law enforcement embrace new solutions like speech recognition technologies, they will likely not only find an increase in efficiency but also officer safety, especially when it comes to completing police incident reports.
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2 LAPD Officers Win $8.6 Million in Suit Over Retaliation

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:44
A jury has awarded two Los Angeles Police Department bloodhound handlers more than $4 million each for the reprisals they faced after reporting that a supervisor was sexually harassing their female colleague.
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President Trump presents 2019 Public Safety Medal of Valor awards

Police One - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:22

By PoliceOne Staff

WASHINGTON — President Trump participated in the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presentation on Wednesday.

For the third consecutive year, Trump has personally awarded the honorees. The ceremony was presented at the White House to law enforcement officers who went above and beyond in the line of duty to keep their communities safe.

The actions of recipients include protecting people during an active shooter ambush and stopping an offender who opened fire on police on Christmas Eve.

Watch the ceremony below:

Note: the ceremony starts at the 40:00 mark.


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Axon Partners with Chicago PD for Virtual Reality Empathy Training Program

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:54
Axon's VR training is offered through Axon Academy, a network of online and in-person training for law enforcement. The VR training program is designed to better equip officers with the tools to de-escalate situations involving people suffering from mental health issues, crises, or psychotic episodes.
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Pennsylvania Trooper Dies of Medical Event

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:42
Trooper Donald Brackett was reportedly found unresponsive next to his patrol vehicle.
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Former Iowa Officer Files Suit Over Alleged Rights Violations

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:41
An officer formerly with the West Union (IA) Police Department has filed suit over allegations that she was fired after she filed sexual harassment claims.
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MilPro Marine to Represent Lake Assault Boats Across Wide Section of U.S.

Police Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:40
Lake Assault Boats has named MilPro Marine as its newest U.S. dealership. MilPro will represent Lake Assault Boats in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
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