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Video: Retired NFL Player Does Ridealong on Chicago's South Side

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 20:57

VIDEO: Retired NFL Player Does Ridealong on Chicago's South Side"

Former Chicago Bears star running back Matt Forte recently did a ridealong with Chicago police on the streets of South Side Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

The department posted a seven minute video to Facebook, chronicling Forte's experience during the day-shift ridealong.

"Being in the car, and being in pursuit, my heart was beating a little bit," Forte said in the Facebook video. "It shows you how seriously they take their job."

Forte—who played ten seasons in the NFL, most of them with the Chicago Bears—said that he now has a deeper appreciation for law enforcement officers and the job they do.

"The narrative, even to the young kids is that, all police officers are bad, and that's not the case, so we gotta find some common ground," Forte said.

 

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Video: Homeless Man Mourns Deputy Who Arrested, Then Cared for Him

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 20:30

VIDEO: Homeless Man Mourns Deputy Who Arrested, then Cared for him"

Among the many people mourning the death of Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy Mark Stasyuk is a convicted felon—now homeless—who was arrested by Stasyuk.

Josh Nordquist, told the CBS News affiliate in Sacramento, "The dude had a real heart. He was an awesome man."

"It breaks my heart," Nordquist said. “I'd die for his family. I had heard a little while ago he just got married it’s just so sad."

Anton Moore—also known as Anton Paris—reportedly opened fire on deputies as they responded to a disturbance call at an auto parts store on Monday, fatally striking Stasyuk.

 

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MSP 2019 Preliminary Vehicle Testing Results Available

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:39

This past week, the Michigan State Police conducted its annual testing of police vehicles.

This year, it tested 12 vehicles: the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3L RWD and 5.3L 4WD; the Dodge Durango Pursuit V-6 and V-8; the Ford PI Utility AWD 3.3L, AWD 3L EcoBoost, and AWD Hybrid; the Dodge Charger 3.6L RWD, 5.7L RWD, and 5.7L AWD; the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan; and the Ford F-150 Police Responder. Some vehicles tested were 2020 models.

Government Fleet has obtained limited preliminary results from the testing:

For the acceleration and speed tests, among sedans, the Charger 5.7L AWD had the fastest 0-60 mph time of 5.87 seconds. The Charger 5.7L RWD had the fastest 0-100 mph sedan time of 14.66 seconds. The 5.7L RWD and AWD tied for top sedan speed of 149 mph.

The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility EcoBoost turned the fastest 0-60 mph (5.77 seconds) and 0-100 mph times (13.59 seconds) of all vehicles tested, including sedans. The EcoBoost also had the highest top speed of any vehicle tested, at 150 mph.

In the driving dynamics test, the Charger 5.7L AWD had the fastest average lap speed of the sedans, of 1:37:11. The PIU EcoBoost had the fastest average lap of all vehicles tested (1:36:47).

New SUVs tested were the Durango Pursuit and the Ford PI Utility Hybrid. The V-6 Durango had a 0-60 mph acceleration of 8.59 seconds, while the V-8 Durango achieved this in 7.08 seconds. The PI Utility Hybrid tested at 7.27 seconds. Top speeds for these vehicles are 117 mph for the V-6 Durango, 118 mph for the V-8 Durango, and 137 for the PI Utility Hybrid.

Comparing to Previous Models

Ford was pleased with testing results, especially in comparison to its own vehicles.

The 2020 PIU EcoBoost was faster than last year's 3.5L AWD EcoBoost performance 0-60 (0.5 seconds), ­­­0-100 (2.0 seconds), best single lap (1.8 seconds), and best average lap (1.7 seconds), said Steve Tyler, police brand marketing manager for Ford.

The 2020 PIU hybrid turned in the second fastest 0-100 mph, second fastest lap, and second fastest average lap of all utility vehicles, including those with V-8 engines, only behind Ford's PIU EcoBoost. It beat last year's PIU 3.7L AWD performance 0-60 (0.5 seconds), 0-100 (2.2 seconds), best single lap (0.8 seconds), and best average lap (0.6 seconds), Tyler added.

"These proof points show we're delivering on our promise of improved performance on 2020 PIU Hybrid vs. current PIU 3.7L AWD, and PIU EcoBoost vs. current PIU 3.5L AWD EcoBoost," Tyler said. "We're seeing the EcoBoost Utility take the top spots that PI Sedan used to take, and the hybrid Utility is testing faster than the remaining utility vehicles."

Government Fleet is a sister publication to POLICE Magazine.

 

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Former New Jersey Officer Sentenced to 23 Months for Role in Off-Duty Scam

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:46

A disgraced former police officer with the Jersey City (NJ) Police Department has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for his role in a scheme to receive tens of thousands of dollars in off-duty pay for jobs he and other officers never performed.

Anthony Iannicco is the third former officer implicated in the scheme to receive a prison sentence in the scandal that has resulted in 11 officers pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including the former chief of police.

Iannicco had been facing as many as 57 months behind bars after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and accept corrupt payments. His sentence reduced because prosecutors said his cooperation led to three additional guilty pleas.

 

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5 Shot, Gunman Dead, in Attack on Pennsylvania Magistrate's Office

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:43

According to police, a man entered the Masontown Municipal Building in Fayette County on Wednesday afternoon and opened fire, according to KDKA-TV.

Police officers from Masontown and German Township entered the lobby and engaged the shooter. The officer from German Township shot and fatally wounded the suspect.

Two men—ages 35 and 47—were injured along with a 39-year-old woman. All were transported to a nearby hospital and are believed to be in fair condition.

Masontown Police Sergeant R. Scott Miller was reportedly shot in the hand. He is expected to be okay.

 

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3 Pediatric Cancer Patients Sworn in as Honorary New York Police Officers

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:40

Police officers with the Suffolk County (NY) Police Department welcomed three new members of the force on Wednesday—11-year-old Jesse Pallas, nine-year-old Zachary Cote, and 10-year-old Sean Hughes.

"We did a little bit of homework and a little bit of investigation and we discovered you boys have the qualities to make exceptional police officers," said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. "You're honest, brave, and kind."

After being sworn in, the boys received challenge coins and SCPD baseball hats, according to GreaterPortJeff.com.

They were then given an extensive tour of police headquarters.

 

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2 California Deputies Struck by Gunfire at Municipal Baseball Diamond

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:37

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responding to a disturbance call at a municipal baseball diamond came under fire soon after arriving at the scene. Two deputies were reportedly struck, and at least on suspect was reportedly shot and killed in the incident, according to the San Diego Union Tribune and other sources.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a new conference, "This was a gunfight. These deputies did, from what I understand, an amazing job in taking care of what they were confronted with."

McDonnell said that the two deputies are in serious but stable condition.

"This could have ended up very differently," he said.

 

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Woman Kills 3 People at Maryland Pharmacy Distribution Center

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:34

According to Fox News, at least three people were killed when a woman entered a Maryland distribution center and opened fire with a pistol. The victims have not yet been identified. 

The woman—whose name has not yet been released—is reportedly in custody at a local hospital, although it is unclear what her injuries are.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said, "We are closely monitoring the horrific shooting in Aberdeen. Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders."

 

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3 Injured When DEA Airplane Made Emergency Landing on Texas Street

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:30

The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that an airplane piloted by DEA employees taking part in a training exercise experienced some unspecified problems in the air and the employees were forced to set the plane down in a residential neighborhood in Texas.

Three DEA pilots were on the plane at the time of the crash, according to a DEA spokesperson. All three were hurt, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

One of the pilots reportedly told responding officers that he chose the spot because he felt it was the safest place to land, according to KHOU-TV.

 

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3 Injured when DEA Airplane Made Emergency Landing on Texas Street

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:30

The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that an airplane piloted by DEA employees taking part in a training exercise experienced some unspecified problems in the air and were forced to set the plane down on in a residential neighborhood in Texas.

Three DEA pilots were on the plane at the time of the crash, according to a DEA spokesperson. All three were hurt, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

One of the pilots reportedly told responding officers that he chose the spot because he felt it was the safest place to land, according to KHOU-TV.

 

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California Governor Jerry Brown Commutes 20 Murder Convicts' Sentences

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:26

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With only four months left in office, California Governor Jerry Brown is busy commuting the sentences of more than 1,000 people convicted of a variety of crimes, including drugs trafficking, driving while intoxicated, and forgery.

Among those handed pardons by the outgoing governor are 20 people convicted of murder—and serving life sentences—according to the Mercury News.

Brown’s commutations for the 20 murder convicts were tucked into a larger batch of pardons and commutations that he handed out last month.

In addition to his pardons and commutations, the governor has approved parole for more than 2,000 individuals sentenced for murder.

Patricia Wenskunas—founder and chief executive of the Crime Survivors Resource Center—told the newspaper, "The sad reality is, California is not a victim-friendly state. It’s an offender-friendly state."

 

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2 Maryland Narcotics Officers Shot, Wounded While Executing a Warrant

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:23

The Special Operations Unit with the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department was executing a search warrant on Wednesday night when they came under fire when they entered the suspect residence.

An armed individual inside the residence shot at the team, according to WTOP Radio. One officer was reportedly shot in the hand and the other was shot in the shoulder-area.

One of the members of the nine-person team was reportedly a tactical medic, who "immediately assisted the two injured officers as the other officers entered the residence," according to WTOP.

The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.

 

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3 Florida Officers Cleared in Fatal OIS of Motorist in Parking Lot

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:16

Three officers with the Lake Mary (FL) Police Department have been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a man who pointed a gun at them in the parking lot of a shopping center in May.

Three officers—Martin A. Neal, Robert Ritter and William Rodwick—were lawful when they shot and killed 34-year-old David Romansky, prosecutors said after reviewing a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Romansky’s brother—Christopher Romansky—believed his brother "planned" the attack.

"He [David Romansky] was going to pull a gun on officers and they were going to do what they were trained to do," Christopher Romansky said.

 

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Sheriff: Kansas Deputy Saved Lives Before Succumbing to Shooting Wounds

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:08

Sheriff Jeff Easter of the of the Sedgwick County (KS) Sheriff’s Office says that at least two other people could have been murdered by a man who shot and killed Deputy Robert Kunze on Sunday.

The mortally wounded deputy collapsed after being struck above his body armor, but managed to kill his attacker, identified as 29-year-old Robert Greeson.

The 41-year-old deputy protected the lives of two witnesses—an adult and a teenager—standing nearby, Sheriff Easter said.

"They were in grave danger if he [Greeson] would have survived," Easter said. "Because if you’re willing to kill a law enforcement officer …. (you’ll) take the life of anybody."

Deputy Kunze had been with department since 2006. He previously had been a deputy with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and a child.

 

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Former Arkansas Police Officer Becomes Television News Reporter

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:58

According to a news release from THV11, Adam Bledsoe—the former Public Information Officer for the Faulkner County (AK) Sheriff’s Office—will be joining the station as a feature reporter.

Bledsoe had appeared on the Little Rock CBS television affiliate as the morning show’s Operation Safe Speed officer, updating viewers on traffic, and always signing out with his signature phrase, "Have the best weekend of your life."

THV11 News Director Dave Parker said in the announcement that Bledsoe "seemed to be very comfortable and genuine on camera. We started talking about expanding his television role and now — it’s really happening. Adam is a great guy, he cares about his family, his community and always brings a positive outlook. What more could you ask for?"

 

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Video: Colorado Police Agencies Collaborate to Release "Trick Shot" Video

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:53

VIDEO: Colorado Police Agencies Collaborate to Release "Trick Shot" Video"

The Colorado Springs Police Department posted a "First Responder Trick Shot Video" to the department's Facebook page featuring police officers from CSPD, Parker Police Department, Fountain Police Department, Greenwood Village Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department, Jefferson County Sherriff Office, and El Paso Sherriff Office—performing trick shots with darts, hockey sticks, basketballs, and yes… firearms.

The seven-minute long YouTube video included the statement from CSPD, "Due to recent events and hard times by law enforcement in the state of Colorado, we decided to get together and produce a trick shot video.  Thank you Colorado for the continued support of your Law Enforcement!"

 

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2 Detainees Drown in Prison Transport Van Swept Away by Hurricane Florence Floodwaters

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:53

Two people being transported in a sheriff’s office van in South Carolina died Tuesday when the vehicle was overcome by floodwaters, the Horry County (SC) Sheriff's Office said.

The vehicle—staffed by two Horry County deputies—was transporting two female mental-health patients when the vehicle was overtaken by flooding from Hurricane Florence, according to The Sun News.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported," the Horry County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van."

The identities of the two individuals confirmed dead have not yet been released.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

 

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Baltimore Police Break Ground on $2.5 Million Stable for Mounted Unit

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:51

Officials from the Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore city government, and the B&O Railroad Museum held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday to mark the construction of a new stable facility for the department's mounted unit.

The unit has operated out of a former car dealership downtown since the 1970s, but a yearlong fundraising drive has raised about $1.3 million for a new facility on the railroad museum 40-acre property in Southwest Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Construction on the 13,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin by mid-November, and take roughly six to eight months.

The Baltimore Police Department mounted unit—in its 130th year—is considered to be the country’s oldest continuously operating mounted police unit.

 

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Video: Florida K-9 Takes Down Man Suspected of Attempted Kidnaping

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:47

VIDEO: Florida K-9 Takes Down Man Suspected of Attempted Kidnaping"

A K-9 with the Pasco County (FL) Sheriff's Office helped take down a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a child from a home northwest of Tampa on Monday.

Body-worn video showed the K-9—named "Titan"—grab and hold onto 24-year-old Kevin Wilson, who had reportedly climbed into a second-story window, grabbed a child and fled.

The sheriff's office said that there was a no-contact order in place, and Wilson was not supposed to have contact with the mother or to enter the home. The child's uncle grabbed his gun and confronted Wilson in the front yard before the 24-year-old released the child and fled, according to Fox News.

Titan and his handler found the suspect in a wooded area and took him into custody.

Wilson has been charged with interference with custody, child neglect in addition to violating his no-contact order, and is being held at the Pasco County Jail.

 

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4 Injured, None Fatally, in Wisconsin Workplace Shooting

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:40

Four people were shot—none fatally—in a workplace shooting in Middleton (WI) Wednesday morning. The gunman was also shot, but it was unclear whether or not the attacker was shot by police or if his wound was self-inflicted.

According to Madison.com, shooting occurred at WTS Paradigm, a company that makes software for the building products industry.

A witness to the shooting who works for WTS Paradigm but asked not to be named told the Wisconsin State Journal the shooter was a company employee.

 

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