Error message

  • Warning: date_timezone_set() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2008 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_format() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2018 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_timezone_set() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2008 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_format() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2018 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_timezone_set() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2008 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_format() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2018 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_timezone_set() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2008 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_format() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2018 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_timezone_set() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2008 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_format() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2018 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_timezone_set() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2008 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/
  • Warning: date_format() expects parameter 1 to be DateTime, boolean given in format_date() (line 2018 of /home/content/82/12607682/html/REHABSECTOR.ORG/includes/

Law Enforcement

Rhode Island State Police Offers Prom Safety Tips for Parents

State - RI Police - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:30
With prom season underway, Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, offers the following prom safety tips for parents to help keep their teens safe during and after the celebration: 1.) Know Your Teen's Plans •
Categories: Law Enforcement

Stations Large and Small - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:23
Whether you need to renovate your current facilities or add completely new ones, there is a process from planning to construction. If you're not already familiar with it, this is an excellent chance to get educated!
Categories: Law Enforcement

NYPD Union Protests Release of Convicted Cop Killer - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 14:07
New York City police union officials and politicians protested the Friday afternoon release of convicted cop killer Herman Bell, demanding that parole laws be strengthened to give victims’ families more input in the process.
Categories: Law Enforcement

APD warns citizens about online real estate scams

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:17

APD Region I property detectives have received several calls and reports regarding a real estate posting offering a house for sale for $38,000. The property is valued at $350,000 and is not currently for sale. The owners recently posted the house for lease on Craigslist and the scammers copied their posting and placed the house for sale on Zillow. The text of the ad is clearly designed to attract people who have no idea how buying a house works and asks for 20% deposit upfront to view the property.

APD would like to remind citizens of the following tips when looking for real estate online through any site:

  • Deal locally with people you can meet in person
  • Never wire money to anyone you’ve never met
  • Never give financial information (bank account information, social security number, etc.) to anyone you’ve never met
  • Do not buy or rent any property, sight unseen
  • Do not submit to any sort of credit or background check with anyone you’ve never met
  • Take your time, do your research and don't get rushed by phony deadlines imposed by the seller
  • If a deal sounds too good to be true…it almost certainly is


Transactional vs. Relational Policing

Law Officer - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 13:07

As a law enforcement supervisor, have you ever tried to explain to someone what good policing is? Sometimes putting things into words can be an extremely difficult task. If you are like me, the first hundred times you try to answer this question you find yourself jetting off into all these tangents about handling calls, traffic enforcement, conducting thorough investigations, making big busts, taking down the “really bad guys,” and somewhere in there working with the community. By the time you get done it feels like you just named off a bunch of different tasks and never really answered the question – What is good policing?

One night, I was driving in for my overnight shift listening to the “EntreLeadership” podcast and they were interviewing a gentleman named Mick Ebeling. What really struck me was when Mr. Ebeling began talking about transactional and relational marketing as it relates to his non-profit organization. Mr. Ebeling did not invent these concepts, but it was the first time I had ever heard them explained. I realized that the concept of relational marketing is 100% applicable to explaining what good policing is. I knew that if I could put what good policing is into words, it would be that much easier to explain to my officers what we should be doing out in the community . . . let me explain.

Transactional and Relational Marketing defined . . .

Transactional Marketing: Transactional marketing is focused solely on the actual sales process for an item and may include aggressive tactics that alienate the customer. The emphasis is on getting the deal done right now with little thought about future sales or the customer ever returning. For example, think of the car salesman that will do or say anything to keep you from getting off the lot without one of their vehicles being purchased. You either purchase the vehicle and feel dirty for it or you become so alienated that you never return to that dealership again.

Relational Marketing: Relational marketing is focused on developing a relationship between the customer and the salesperson or business. Because of the relationship, customers feel loyal to that company and return for future purchases. For example, a non-profit organization tells you the story of the person that you will be helping by donating the equivalent of “just a cup of coffee a day.” There is a relationship built between you and the person you will be helping; the non-profit organization is the intermediary. The relationship is the priority in this type of marketing with the hope being that you return to donate regularly to help support that person and their cause.

So, let’s take those same concepts and replace the term “marketing” with “policing” . . .

Transactional and Relational Policing defined . . .

Transactional Policing: Transactional policing is focused solely on the process and may include aggressive tactics that alienate the community. This comes out in policing primarily when we are overly focused on statistical production: handling calls for service as fast as possible, writing as many tickets as possible, or making as many arrests as possible with little regard for the community as a whole.

One excellent example of transactional policing is photo radar – photo radar is all about the transaction between a vehicle speeding and the associated monetary fine. There is absolutely no relationship developed which explains why there is such a visceral hatred of photo radar tickets from many in the community. If you are reading this example and thinking, “yeah, but there isn’t a person involved in photo radar tickets,” my reply would simply be to ask if you have ever been pulled over by a stereotypical motor officer? It often goes something like this . . .

MOTOR: License, registration, insurance…

DRIVER: Here’s my license and I’ll have to look for the registration and insurance.

MOTOR: Do you know why I stopped you?

DRIVER: No, not really. (Or insert generic excuse for bad driving here.)

MOTOR: You were doing 58 mph in the posted 45 mph zone. Wait here.

MOTOR: (5 seconds later) Here’s your ticket for speeding, no registration, no proof of insurance, the cracked windshield, and I also noticed that you have a white light to the rear. Your options for taking care of the ticket are on the back.

Traffic stop complete in 54.3 seconds, 5 violations written, and the motor pulls away to make another traffic stop before the driver even knows what happened. This is obviously an exaggerated example, but you get my drift – no relationship developed. Similar scenarios can be played out while handling calls for service or conducting investigations, if the emphasis is solely on getting the task done as quickly as possible or getting as many as possible.

Relational Policing: Relational policing is focused on developing a relationship between the community member(s) and the officer(s) they come into contact with. Because of the relationship, the community member(s) feels a sense of loyalty to that officer(s) and ultimately each is more cooperative with the other. Overtime, this type of policing develops a stronger relationship between the police department and the community they serve.

Let’s go back to our traffic stop example; this time with an emphasis on developing the relationship between the officer and driver . . .

OFFICER: Good evening, do you have your license registration, and insurance?

DRIVER: Here’s my license and I’ll have to look for the registration and insurance.

OFFICER: Other than this, how has the rest of your day been?

DRIVER: OK, but long. I was trying to get home a little quicker than I should have to get dinner ready. (Hands officer registration and insurance.)

OFFICER: Yeah, you were doing 58 mph in the posted 45 mph zone. We’ve been working a lot of traffic enforcement in this area due to the high number of collisions recently. Wait in your vehicle and I’ll be right back.

OFFICER: (Returns after writing the ticket) Like I said earlier, I had you at 58 mph in the posted 45 mph zone. Your options for taking care of this are . . . (provides explanation) . . . Do you have any questions for me? Have a better day.

While this example is obviously based upon a cooperative driver, many times even an argumentative driver can be won over by just doing some of the basic relationship building concepts exhibited. Some of the key points include asking how they are doing outside of this experience, giving them time to actually answer your questions or complete requests, provide a reason for your actions, and provide an explanation for how they can take care of the ticket. Simple concepts based on treating people with dignity and respect can be applied in nearly every law enforcement encounter we go on; as officer safety allows. Obviously during instances of emergency response or use of force situations, this is secondary to the welfare of citizens and officers; but these situations make up a small percentage of our total daily interactions with the community.

DO NOT misunderstand this concept, this is NOT about “hug a thug,” only give warnings, do not make arrests, kissing babies, and pretending the world is a completely safe place. The concept of relational policing is about spending an extra couple of seconds on each traffic stop, call for service, investigation, foot patrol, etc. to build a relationship with community members whether they are reporting parties, victims, bystanders, concerned neighbors, or even suspects.

Still wondering if it works? To date, I have physically placed handcuffs on and arrested approximately 1,500 people for various crimes. Of those, only 5 have ever fought with me getting into those cuffs. I do not attribute this to luck, I attribute it to the fact that I received some very good advice earlier in my career to treat everyone with dignity and respect until they showed they deserved otherwise. This is not an easy task, but it has served me well over the years and when I heard the aforementioned podcast talking about relational marketing it gave me words to describe how good policing should be – relational.

Being a leader is about building relationships. The better relationships you build, the better leader you will be. As law enforcement officers, regardless of rank, we need to build relationships both with those we work with and with the communities we serve so we can lead them properly. As the 21st century continues on and law enforcement works towards solutions regarding negative LE perceptions, I believe that relational policing provides a no cost way of beginning to work on many of these issues. The challenge is that there must be law enforcement leaders willing to stand up in briefing rooms, training environments, and command staff meetings open to putting new, viable solutions out there that answer the question – What is good policing?

Good policing is relational policing.

The post Transactional vs. Relational Policing appeared first on Law Officer.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Altona man arrested for felony drug possession

State - NY Police - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:55
Subsequent to a traffic stop on Boynton Avenue in the city of Plattsburgh for a turn signal violation, Kahlil Ambersley, 36, of Altona was arrested for drug possession.
Categories: Law Enforcement

Policing Matters Podcast: Protests following an officer-involved shooting

Police One - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:28
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

Download this week's episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed

Recently, Sacramento police officers were investigating reports of a man who had been smashing car windows and was bounding fences in people’s backyards. In the body camera footage released soon after the OIS, one can hear an officer shouting, “Show me your hands! Stop!” The subject continued to flee. The officers continued their pursuit. Upon making contact with the individual, one cop shouted “Show me your hands! Gun! gun! gun!” Both officers opened fire. What Stephon Clark had in his hands was not a gun — it was a mobile phone — but in the dark during a rapidly unfolding, high-stress situation such as this, an objectively reasonable (Graham v. Connor) officer could easily have perceived a weapon. The family is calling for criminal prosecution of the officers. Protesters shut down an NBA game in Sacramento in response to the shooting. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how the mainstream news outlets and social media — along with the efforts of organized groups — creates such an uproar after an officer-involved shooting.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Gun-violence restraining orders: How red flag laws work

Police One - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:15

By Robert Whitson, PhD P1 Contributor

As a police officer for 30 years, I worked a variety of assignments. I was always intrigued by the relatively large number of people with mental disorders patrol officers contacted on a daily basis. I am not a psychologist, but I completed my dissertation on psychopathy for my PhD in Criminal Justice, and I incorporate relevant psychological disorders into the college classes I teach.

The murders at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School reignited the debate about gun violence, mental health and how to prevent mass murders. Gun-violence restraining orders – also known as red flag laws – may help prevent homicides, suicides and mass murders by taking firearms away from high-risk individuals.

Mental illness definitions

Any Mental Illness (AMI) is a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that has varying degrees of impairment. Serious Mental Illness (SMI) is a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities.

Police officers deal with mentally ill people every day. The majority of people with a mental illness do not commit violent crimes, even though there is a positive correlation between people with a Serious Mental Illness and suicide. There is also a link between mental illness and some mass murders. The challenge is to identify those individuals with a mental illness who pose a high risk of committing a violent crime, and successfully treat those individuals.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 18.3% (44.7 million American adults) had Any Mental Illness and 4.2% (10.4 million American adults) had a Serious Mental Illness. These figures are deceivingly low. The survey did not include juveniles under the age of 18 or high-risk populations, including correctional facilities, mental institutions, nursing homes, or homeless people. If all of these at-risk populations were included in this survey, the percentage of people with Any Mental Illness may increase to 25% or more.

If the population of the United States is about 330 million people, approximately 82 million people will have some form of mental illness, with 13 million people suffering from a Serious Mental Illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, as cited by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there were 44,965 reported suicides in the United States during 2016. For every suicide, there are about 25 attempted suicides. The present rate is 13.4 for every 100,000 residents, compared to only 10.9 in 2005. The highest rate occurred in the 45 to 54 age group. Firearms are involved in about one-third of female suicides and half of male suicides.

Police officers can place someone on a 72-hour psychiatric hold if the person is an imminent threat to themselves or someone else. The key word is “imminent.” A person must be a threat at that time. A psychologist will conduct an evaluation and determine if the person should be released or held more than 72 hours.

If a person is released, the person can regain possession of their firearms initially taken for safe keeping, unless the person was not legally authorized to possess firearms originally (due to a domestic violence conviction, felony conviction, or prior mental health commitment). This creates a problem for law enforcement officers who are trying to prevent someone from using a firearm to commit suicide and/or homicide. How does law enforcement prevent a high-risk individual from possessing firearms? The answer is red flag laws.

States with Gun-Violence Restraining Orders (Red Flag Laws)

Connecticut was the first state to enact red flag legislation in 1999. Florida just passed a red flag law in response to the Parkland school shooting. Other states with Red Flag Laws are:

Washington Oregon Indiana Rhode Island California What a Red Flag Law allows

Red flag laws allow law enforcement (or in some cases family members) to take possession of a person’s firearms for safe keeping if there is probable cause to believe a person poses an immediate and present danger to themselves or someone else. A Duke University Study of Connecticut’s red flag law found 762 “risk warrants” were issued between 1999 through 2013. The majority of firearm seizures were focused on suicide prevention, not homicide prevention.

Law enforcement can’t simply seize a person’s firearms for no reason. A judge must issue a restraining order and the person has the right to a hearing and to appeal their case. In California, if a person refuses to relinquish their firearms, law enforcement must obtain a search warrant to take firearms and ammunition. Law enforcement can’t destroy or dispose of firearms without due process. Items are kept for safe keeping and a court may cancel the restraining order. The case must be reviewed periodically based on the time frame established within each state’s law, usually annually.

Professor Swanson of Duke University’s School of Medicine has spent his career studying mental illness and gun violence. In 2016, he published findings of a study of 81,704 adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder who received services in the public behavioral health system from 2002 to 2011 in Miami-Dade and Pinellas (Tampa).

De-identified records were researched for suicide, arrests for violent crimes (murder, assault, aggravated assault, sexual battery, robbery and kidnapping), and firearm involvement.

The results discovered 38% of violent firearm arrests and 72% of suicides involved individuals legally eligible to purchase and possess a firearm. This study indicated the need to prevent high-risk individuals from legally possessing firearms, which may be partially achieved via Red Flag Laws.


Gun-violence restraining orders focus on the behavior of high-risk individuals who demonstrate signs of anger, violence and poor behavioral control usually associated with a mental illness, and who have access to firearms. Will red flag laws prevent homicides, suicides and mass murders with firearms? The answer is maybe. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide statistics.

Follman M, Aronsen G, Pan D. US mass shootings, 1982-2018: Data from Mother Jones’ investigation.

Friedman, D. Laws that allow for temporarily removing guns from high-risk people linked to a reduction in suicides.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental health by the numbers.

Paglini L. How far will the strictest state push the limits: The constitutionality of California’s proposed gun law under the Second Amendment. The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, 2015, 23(3) 459-485.

Swanson JW, et al. Gun violence, mental illness, and laws that prohibit gun possession: Evidence from two Florida counties. Health Affairs; Chevy Chase, 2016, 35(6), 1067-1075.

The National Institute of Mental Health. 2016 National survey on drug use and health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

About the Author Robert Whitson was a police officer in Boulder, Colorado, for 30 years, working a variety of assignments. He taught criminal justice at Metropolitan State University in Denver for seven years while working on a PhD in criminal justice. He presently teaches for a private university in Florida, where he has taught criminal justice for seven years. Contact him at

Categories: Law Enforcement

Ill. city passes gun control legislation in wake of Parkland

Police One - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:43
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By PoliceOne Staff

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The village of Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago, recently banned the possession, sale and manufacture of so-called "assault weapons" and large capacity magazines by public ordinance in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School.

CBS News reported that anyone in Deerfield that does not give up a banned firearm will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is outside the village’s jurisdiction, beginning June 13, 2018.

"The possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia,” according to the ordinance.

Deerfield’s ban passed unanimously.

The ban includes the following gun types and others:

Semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition Shotguns with revolving cylinders Conversion kits from which the firearms can be assembled. AK AKM AKS AK-47 AK-74 ARM MAK90 Misr NHM 90 NHM 91 SA 85 SA 93 VEPR AR-10 AR-15 Bushmaster XM15 Armalite M15 Olympic Arms PCR AR70 Calico Liberty Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle Dragunov SVU Fabrique NationalFN/FAL FN/LAR FNC Hi-Point Carbine HK-91 Kel-Tec Sub Rifle SAR-8 Sturm Ruger Mini-14

Antique handguns that have been rendered permanently inoperable and weapons designed for Olympic target shooting events are exempt.

Retired police officers are exempt from the Deerfield ban.

"We hope that our local decision helps spur state and national leaders to take steps to make our communities safer," Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said in a press release.

A nearby city, Highland Park, passed a similar ban in 2013. While the local government "assault weapon" ban was contested by a city resident with the Illinois State Rifle Association, the ordinance was upheld in court.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Why the MOP approach to public statements may serve chiefs well

Police One - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:36

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

I recently wrote about Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross’ response to a viral video showing his officers making a trespassing arrest after a complaint by a Starbucks manager. Ross’ initial statement was clear and unequivocal: the officers had done nothing wrong. However, the ink was barely dry on my commentary when it was marred by skid marks from Ross backpedaling all over it.

I still believe that Ross’ initial response is a good model for police administrators to follow when the facts seem clear. Ross’ second statement leaves the public with the idea that the officers were wrong even though Ross blamed himself for bad messaging and misunderstanding the situation. While Starbucks was taking the heat for its role, Ross put his cops back on the front burner.

A media statement such as the Commissioner’s press conference can fail both the public and the department. Could there be an effective approach that better serves the public and the line officer accused of poor judgement? Perhaps a priority-based model would work better. The emphasis in constructing a response would be on Mission, Officers and Public, in that order.

First priority is the mission

The mission never results in an outcome that pleases everyone. The very fact that police were summoned proves that a system has failed already. When a water heater bursts, we don’t blame the plumber just because they are in the same room with the broken vessel, but somehow the public sees the police where there is trouble and blames the trouble on the police. This blaming, for whatever sociological or psychological reasons, comes about because of how the police mission is perceived by the public.

One possible approach to public statements after a controversial event that calls police discretion into question is to state what the mission was, and why the police were the entity called to respond to it. The questioning public needs to be forced to ask itself if it values having armed government agents to call upon, or whether situations should be handled by social workers, firefighters, or probationers doing mandated community service. Such a response could refocus attention on the crucial social, cultural and legal origins of the event.

Second priority is the officers

Sadly, there are many departments where the officers are not respected, not heard and not appreciated. In these agencies it would never occur to management to consult line officers as public statements are being drafted. Line officers will naturally be fielding questions about the event from members of the public in informal settings. It seems wise to equip those officers with information useful in engaging the public rather than having the public hear it for the first time from the media.

Wouldn’t it make sense to consult some representative line officers to get their thoughts about the event and potential public backlash before a public statement is made? This could provide valuable information and feedback that can prevent a short-sighted statement being released to unintended consequences.

Third priority is pleasing the public

Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “I can’t tell you how to succeed, but I can tell you how to fail: Try to please everybody.” Maybe our press conferences don’t have to be a dead-end street where accusatory questions are met with apologetic answers.

One skill that is frequently absent from police spokespersons, including chiefs, is the ability to reject assumptions made by reporters in asking questions. One of the questions Ross got about the Starbucks arrest was why so many officers were present. Wouldn’t it be great if the conversation had gone this way:

Reporter: Commissioner, why were there seven officers at the scene?

Chief: Does your question imply that there were too many or too few officers?

Reporter: Seems like a lot of officers.

Chief: Perhaps you can help us by suggesting what the best number would be.

Reporter: Uh, well, I’ve heard criticism of the number.

Chief: This came out as a disturbance call, which is second only to domestic disputes as the type of call associated with officer deaths. The first officers arrived at 4:41, a supervisor and backup was requested 3 minutes later. The arrest was over by 4:57. The number of officers created a safe and efficient response.

Whether there are any chiefs of public information officers who are willing to try the MOP priority approach remains to be seen. I think it has promise.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Golden State Killer Caught Through GEDmatch Search, Officials Say, as Arraignment Approaches

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:36
NewsThe Golden State Killer terrorized communities up and down California for more than a decade, raping and killing people in their own beds, before disappearing entirely in the mid-1980s. But one of the techniques of the 21st century advanced so far that it was able to hunt him down to his very door: forensic genealogy through a public database, which has now cracked open a handful of notorious American cold cases.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Newark 'Virtual Patrol' Will Allow Residents to View Citywide Cameras, Report Suspicious Activity

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:24
NewsIn an effort to deter crime, the city of Newark, N.J. will be installing 62 surveillance cameras that will stream live footage of neighborhoods to the Newark Police Department’s website, forming a “citizen virtual patrol” of residents who are encouraged to report suspicious activity, officials announced Thursday.Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Sheriff: Suspect in Maine deputy killing may want to talk

Police One - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:06

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

By Marina Villeneuve Associated Press

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — The fugitive suspected in the killing of a Maine deputy might be interested in talking to authorities, police said Friday.

The shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday morning in Norridgewock has triggered an intensive search for 29-year-old John Williams. Sheriff Dale Lancaster said at a news conference Friday authorities understand that Williams may want to communicate with them but wouldn't elaborate further. Lancaster said they are willing to listen and encouraged him to reach out.

"If John Williams is listening to me, I'd like to address him directly," Lancaster said. "We will do anything to resolve this situation peacefully."

Now in its third day, the manhunt is taking place in and around the heavily wooded rural community about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Bangor. More than 200 officers from multiple agencies, including the FBI, have been working on the case. Police planned to focus their search in the woods and door-to-door.

State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said authorities have interviewed family and friends of Williams and now have a good understanding of his whereabouts and activities in the 24 hours leading up to the shooting. Cote said they are looking for people who may have had contact with him afterward, from 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on, saying they are "critically important."

Police said Cole's body was found in Norridgewock outside a home on Mercer Road. The woman who lives there, Kimberly Sirois, not only found Cole's body but also said she knows Williams and saw him earlier this month.

Sirois, an education technician at Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock, said she found Cole's body in her yard around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday. Sirois also said police told her they found body armor and a rifle in her vehicle, which she said was unlocked. A state police spokesman declined to confirm or deny details of her story.

Sirois said Williams lived with her when he was in high school after having a falling out with his parents. She said he also stayed with her last fall, but she asked him to leave because she was suspicious he was using drugs in the house.

"He was certainly struggling with addiction," she said, "and it seemed to get progressively worse from September to after Christmas when he was asked to leave."

She said Williams in his last visit discussed his recent arrest in Massachusetts on gun charges. He was due in court Wednesday.

Sirois said she has no idea what transpired that morning and hopes Williams turns himself in.

"Maybe because of this," she said, "people will be more willing to step in when people are having a hard time."

Maine State Police - Headquarters have released an updated photo of John Williams, who is wanted for shooting and killing a Somerset County Sheriff's Office deputy in Maine

— Portsmouth NH Police (@portsmouthnhpd) April 26, 2018

Categories: Law Enforcement


Subscribe to Volunteer Mobile Emergency Response Unit -- aggregator - Law Enforcement