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(EXTENSION - time) High Surf Advisory issued September 25 at 1:45PM EDT until September 27 at 6:00AM EDT by NWS New York City - Upton

State - NY - NYALERT - 6 hours 20 min ago
...High Surf Through At Least Tuesday Night......High Surf Advisory Now In Effect Until 6 AM EDT Wednesday......High Rip Current Risk Now In Effect Through Late Tuesdaynight...* Locations...Atlantic Ocean Beaches Of Suffolk County.* Rip Current Risk...High* Surf Height...5 To 9 Feet.* Timing...Through At Least Tuesday Night. The Dangerousconditions May Persist Through The Middle Of The Week. Both Theadvisory And High Risk May Need To Be Extended.
Categories: Current Incidents

2425 W BEN WHITE BLVD SVRD EB - Crash Service

FRONTIER TRL/S LAMAR NB TO BEN WHIT EB RAMP - Crash Service - Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:43:26 GMT
Categories: Current Incidents

Norse Peak Fire closure update (Norse Peak Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 35 min ago
Description of Area Closure: Starting at the junction of State Route 410 and the Forest Road 426 (Vicinity of Indian Flats or Section 7, T. l 7N., R.14E.); continue along FS Road 426 to its junction with FS Trail 955; continue on FS trail 955 to its junction with FS trail 952; follow FS trail 952 west to its junction with the Norse Peak Wildness boundary (Section 6, T.l 7N. R. 13£.); continue on the Norse Peak Wilderness boundary to the vicinity of the Raven's Roost; follow the Norse Peak Wilderness boundary to where it intersects with Section line 25 (Section 25, T.18N. R.12E.); head directly north along Section line 25 to its junction with the Norse Peak Wilderness boundary; continue along the Norse Peak Wilderness boundary to its junction with the Naches Ranger District boundary in the vicinity of Government Meadows (Section 2, T.l 8N. R. I IE.); follow the Naches Ranger District Boundary (also Pierce and Yakima County boundary) south to southwest to its intersection with the...

Ohio Police Staged Fake Crime Scene in Murder-for-Hire Investigation - 6 hours 36 min ago
North Ridgeville police hired a makeup artist to stage a fake crime scene to dupe a man who hired a hitman to kill someone.
Categories: Law Enforcement

Colorado Daily Status Report: September 25, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - 6 hours 37 min ago

Colorado Daily Status Report September 25, 2017 Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for September 25, 2017.
Categories: Emergency Management

Chetco Bar Air Quality, September 25, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 38 min ago
Smoke: Isolated interior areas of heat continue to pop up especially on the southwest side of the Chetco Bar wildfire. These areas are not posing a threat, however smoke produced from the burning material can travel towards communities. Smoke impacts continue to be mild to most of the area and may not be noticed until the evening hours when colder air tends to sink and pull smoke down with it. As we move into a hotter and drier weather pattern more isolated small smoke pockets may once again be seen.Fire: The main focus of fire personnel is securing and patrolling firelines. Repair work continues to happen alongside these operations, but only in safe areas that no longer pose a threat. Limited areas of heat are slowly burning themselves out as warm temperatures move into the area.Other: Agness should continue to experience a few hours of moderate air quality in the overnight and early morning hours, but the air-shed should clean out by early morning. The Brooking monitor is working...

Knife sale operation in Swindon

Wiltshire Police (UK) - 6 hours 43 min ago

On Saturday 16 September 2017 Wiltshire Police and Swindon Trading Standards conducted a Test Purchase Operation as part of the crime prevention element of Operation PUMA.

This initiative forms part of Wiltshire Police's strategy to reducing knife crime and reducing the number families affected by knife crime.

The Test Purchase Operation was supported by volunteers from the community and included volunteers from the Wiltshire Police Cadets.

As a result of the operation over 50 traders across Swindon were visited.

This resulted in seven failures where knives were sold to juveniles under the age of 18. The average age of the volunteers was 16 years.

PC Paul Bezzant from South Swindon Community Policing Team said: "Whilst it is disappointing that seven stores failed to comply with their legal obligations, it was very positive that the vast majority of retailers are complying with the law and refused to sell knives to children.

"This operation has led to formal warnings and we're working with the businesses to make sure this doesn't happen again and that they can develop a better way of working.

"We are determined to tackle this issue and are committed to working alongside our partner Swindon Trading Standards to ensure compliance and to help reduce the risk to our communities.”

“Wiltshire Police and Swindon Trading Standards will be undertaking Test Purchases Operations in the future in order to ensure local businesses continue to fulfil their legal obligations.

"If they break the law they could face serious consequences and could be prosecuted.

This Test Purchase Operation is also supported by the delivery of the Wiltshire Police FAKE (Firearms & Knife Education) Programme that is delivered to schools across Wiltshire.


Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Coptics: The optics of policing in the digital age

Police One - 6 hours 45 min ago

Author: the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

By Florence Chung, Bill Carmody, Matthew Horace and Shannon Wilkinson P1 Contributors

op·tics (n) (typically in a political context) the way in which an event or course of action is perceived by the public

Many people believe our nation’s law enforcement profession is going through a PR crisis. Visual content in the form of video clips have taken center stage over the last few years, with great power to shape public perception about police operations.

In this digital age, a short video has tremendous impact and influence. While videos of police use-of-force incidents play out on the evening news, countless stories of police officers helping their communities remain unseen.

A negative video clip presents a more intense story, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident. Such videos give rise to emotional responses and rapid judgments before all necessary pieces of information are in place and investigations completed.

This reality poses a challenge for law enforcement in building trust with their communities. Over the years, law enforcement circles have convened forums and various community relations programs addressing public trust, but such programs have not significantly improved public perception of police. It is important that police leadership address the optics of the issue.

The challenges of policing in the digital age

Law enforcement must rise to meet the new challenges brought forth by the optics of policing in the digital age. By increasing their own digital media engagement, they will have a voice in contributing to the national narrative.

Police departments need to take a cue from the business world and integrate digital tools like video clips, digital marketing and social media to build their organization’s brand. Digital marketing, branding, reputation management, PR and social media engagement are priorities in the private sector, and considered necessary to the success of a company and its customer relationships. Police departments can adopt these practices as well.

Negative portrayals of police officers overload the digital realm. Police departments must consistently present their communities with factual narratives about the work police officers do every day. Data is an important tool for conveying the thousands of commendable moments of officers doing their job right. Data can compete for attention and influence with a lurid 30-second video clip by using compelling digital storytelling techniques. To generate the most impact, police departments must present data and positive stories via video – not just written text – on the social media platforms that are capturing people’s attention today.

Digital media initiatives can improve police engagement with the community

The good news is that such initiatives do not need to stress police department budgets. Police agencies can use free digital platforms to engage their customers (the community). However, police departments must advance their digital and social media literacy.

Law enforcement agencies have not traditionally devoted resources to building their agency’s brand and many are not engaged in proactive and strategic communications, as they have historically been more reactive. Many police departments’ engagement with social media is basic, at best, which leaves them at a disadvantage when working with and serving a digital and social media-savvy public.

For those police departments that have adopted the use of Twitter and Facebook, are you using these platforms effectively? Are your efforts helping to secure community support or are you posting simply for the sake of posting? Police departments can be more active on the digital and social media scene, as the environment provides incredibly honest opportunities to learn what the community needs and what they are thinking. Today’s culture requires police agencies to take their social media engagement a step further and use it to build an agency’s brand. Branding matters for companies, and even nonprofit organizations. We are now in an environment where it matters for police departments as well.

Be proactive before a crisis hits

The digital age has added many challenges to the already complex work police officers do. Law enforcement executives who integrate principles of branding, reputation management and strategic social media engagement into their communications and community relations practices may have more success connecting with their constituents and shaping their public image.

The time to do all of this is before a crisis hits a police department, not in response to an embarrassing or controversial incident. By building ongoing community relations ahead of time via digital tools and social media, a police department’s voice and reputation will be firmly established prior to any crisis occurring. A positive brand, built proactively and authentically using digital media tools, will make a difference in connecting with the community during crises. This approach has worked for many Fortune 500 companies, and is one way police departments can be proactive in rising to the challenge of what we term “coptics,” the optics of policing in the digital age.

Agency spotlight

In 2016, the Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department launched an Instagram account with posts reflecting the department’s brand. That account currently reaches almost 10,000 people. The department adds humor to its content, and features professionally produced video content, paying special attention to humanizing the officers behind the badge.

About the authors Florence Chung is the CEO of The Hetty Group. She leads a strategy firm with a special focus on advancing police-community relations and community engagement. She served as a board member of the New York City Police Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and has advised and developed many law enforcement-based nonprofit organizations such as the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation, Torrance Police Foundation, Redondo Beach Police Foundation, San Jose Police Foundation, Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers and the LiveKind Cops & Kids Program.

Matthew Horace is a law enforcement and security analyst and commentator on CNN, MSNBC, CBS and FOX. He is a security executive and a professor teaching crisis communications at the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Criminal Justice and a 28-year veteran of local, state and federal law enforcement.

Bill Carmody is CEO of Trepoint/Digital Marketing Veteran. He has 20+ years in digital marketing, creating digital campaigns and strategies for top Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, Citibank, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Samsung. Bill is a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine.

Shannon Wilkinson is CEO of Reputation Communications Inc. She is an online reputation management expert working with CEOs, C-suite executives and professionals in a range of industries. She has advised law enforcement in all aspects of online reputation building practices. She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Crisis of the Week column and her expertise featured in The National Cybersecurity Journal.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Chetco Bar Fire Daily Update, September 25, 2017 (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 49 min ago
With significant progress made on both the Chetco Bar and Indigo fires, personnel and equipment are being gradually released as the incident continues to be “right-sized” for current and expected fire activity and weather conditions. Today Firefighters continue to secure and mop up areas where pockets of heat remain while also backhauling equipment and repairing areas impacted by months of firefighting efforts. Isolated smokes persist within the fire interior and in difficult to access areas in the Meadow Creek, East Fork Pistol River, Emily Creek, and Illinois River drainages. Firefighters continue to work areas where – under certain conditions – the fire could potentially flare up and threaten containment, however, some areas may continue to smolder until the fire receives significant, season-ending rain. Safety Hazard trees present a high risk to firefighters working within the fire perimeter and are a consideration when forest managers determine the necessity of forest...

Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update for 09/25/17 (Eclipse Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 54 min ago
Eclipse Complex and Abney Fire Update September 25, 2017 Klamath National Forest Eclipse Complex Fire Management Returns to the Klamath Eclipse Complex Acres: 78,698.35 acres Containment: 51% Cedar Fire: 9,122 Acres Oak Fire69,462 acres Little Buck Fire: 113 acres Abney Fire Acres on Klamath NF: 9,500 acres Cause: Lightning Total personnel: 386 The Oak Fire total acreage is decreased by 21,377 acres due to the removal of the Young Fire from the Eclipse Complex. The management of the Young Fire was transferred to the Six Rivers Forest at 1800 hours on 09/24/2017. The Eclipse Complex fires were minimally active across the complex yesterday. Containment lines along Horse Creek, the east side of the Abney fire, will continue to be strengthened and patrolled. All other fire areas are being monitored as firefighters back-haul equipment and trash and identify dozer-lines and hand-lines requiring suppression repair. A suppression repair plan has been developed, with the assistance...

Two Puerto Rico Police Officers Killed Responding to Hurricane Maria - 6 hours 57 min ago
Agents Ángel Lorenzo González and Héctor Matías Torres died early Thursday morning after they drowned while attempting to cross the Culebrinas River in a vehicle.
Categories: Law Enforcement

UPDATED Eagle Creek Fire Closure Order, Hood River RD, Mt. Hood NF (Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 6 hours 57 min ago
Updated 9/25/17 Eagle Creek Fire Area Closure of a portion of the Hood River Ranger District to include areas:North of Forest Road 13 and North of Washout CreekEast of the western Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness boundarySouth of Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area boundary West of the eastern Hood River Ranger District boundaryPacific Crest Trail #2000 north of Lolo Pass is closed.Forest Road 13 will remain open for travel.With this order it is prohibited to be in or upon National Forest System Lands in the area depicted on the map (Exhibit A).

Education Department Scraps Obama Policies on Sexual Assault

Forensic Magazine - 6 hours 59 min ago
NewsThe U.S. Department of Education has reversed Obama-era Title IX guidelines on sexual misconduct investigations, announcing that schools may use a higher standard of evidence in adjudicating allegations and that the Department is planning to take comments from stakeholders to establish new rules regarding schools’ responsibility to shield students from sex discrimination. Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Mo. trooper sentenced for 2014 drowning death of handcuffed man

Police One - 7 hours 38 sec ago
Author: the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

By PoliceOne Staff

VERSAILLES, Mo. — A Missouri trooper was sentenced Tuesday to 10 days in jail for the drowning death of a handcuffed suspect in 2014.

Trooper Anthony Piercy’s sentence was a part of a plea deal that kept a felony off his record and sentenced him to two years probation for the death of Brandon Ellingson, the Lake Expo reported.

Ellingson, 20, was pulled over in 2014 by Piercy, who normally worked road duty but was working as a supplemental trooper during a busy weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. Ellingson was arrested for allegedly boating while intoxicated.

Ellingson, who was handcuffed, fell overboard while he was being transported back to shore for processing. Piercy attempted to hook Ellingson with a pole. Piercy jumped into the water to rescue Ellingson, but Ellingson sank and drowned. Testimony later revealed that Ellingson’s life jacket came off after Piercy put it on incorrectly.

Piercy was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter. He accepted a guilty plea that brought the charge down to negligent operation of a vessel. Prosecutors said they accepted the reduced charge because they feared they couldn’t receive a manslaughter conviction from a jury in Piercy’s hometown.

Piercy apologized for the situation and said he was truly sorry.

Anthony Piercy gave a brief statement in court, apologizing to the Ellingson family. #abc17

— Lucas Geisler (@LucasABC17) September 19, 2017

Categories: Law Enforcement

Video shows robbery attempt cop allegedly witnessed, but failed to report

Police One - 7 hours 6 min ago
Author: the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX — Officials are investigating an armed robbery attempt that a uniformed officer allegedly witnessed, but failed to report or document.

According to ABC 15, the officer was working off-duty at a local gas station on Aug. 11 when a masked suspect armed with a knife entered.

Surveillance video shows the suspect attempt to get behind the counter. The gas station owner yelled to the officer at the back of the store, and as she moved closer, the suspect fled to the door.

The suspect is seen apparently yelling back and forth with the officer before leaving. Multiple sources told the news station that the officer didn’t report the robbery attempt or write up a report. Other officers responded later and wrote up a report.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the officer has been reassigned to an administrative position pending an investigation. The city is offering a $1,000 reward for information that would help identify and arrest the suspect. The public should call the Silent Witness line at (480) WITNESS.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Police: Suspect with HIV bit officer, hit 2 dogs with PVC pipe during pursuit

Police One - 7 hours 8 min ago

Author: the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

By PoliceOne Staff

COLUMBUS, Ga. — An HIV-positive suspect is in custody after police said he fled from police, attacked three cops and hit two dogs with a PVC pipe.

Quamae Otrae Bellamy, 27, was seen breaking into a person’s car Saturday, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. The owner pursued Bellamy on foot until Bellamy entered another vehicle.

Inside the car, Bellamy struck the vehicle owner’s dog with a PVC pipe several times, causing the animal’s nose to bleed. He fled again on foot into the backyard of a home where he struck another dog with the pipe.

An officer encountered Bellamy in the backyard and pulled out his TASER. Bellamy struck the officer with the pipe and the officer lost control of the device. The suspect used the less lethal tool on another officer, hitting him in the ankle. The injured officer used a different TASER and struck Bellamy in the neck and groin.

The suspect was subdued and placed in handcuffs. Police said a third officer was bitten by Bellamy while he was in the patrol car. The officer’s skin was broken.

Bellamy was taken to the hospital where officials discovered he was HIV positive. It’s unclear if the officer who was bit was treated.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Elevation Proves Mitigation Works

FEMA - News - 7 hours 10 min ago

Editor’s note: Across Louisiana, residents are rebuilding from damaging floods or taking steps to protect themselves against the next time disaster strikes. FEMA takes an occasional look at ways residents have built back to create a more resilient Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Melvin Vining elevated his Ponchatoula home not knowing South Louisiana was about to be hit with one of the worst floods in its history six months later.

Language English
Categories: Emergency Management

Violence in US Rises for Second Straight Year

Forensic Magazine - 7 hours 13 min ago
NewsViolent crime in America rose for the second straight year 2016, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday.Contributed Author: Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Aaron Hernandez Had Severe CTE; Daughter Sues NFL, Pats

Forensic Magazine - 7 hours 15 min ago
NewsFormer New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday.Contributed Author: Jimmy Golen, Associated PressTopics: Forensic Psychology
Categories: Law Enforcement

High Cascades Complex East Zone 09/25/17 Update (High Cascades Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 7 hours 18 min ago
Summary: Fire officials report the High Cascades Complex East Zone at 40% contained. Improving weather conditions and lack of fire growth is allowing firefighters to focus their efforts on suppression repair. Excavators and other heavy equipment will be shifted between fires to reflect operational needs over the next several days. Please be cognizant of heavy equipment traveling the roads in fire areas. As of Monday morning, approximately 32% of the total suppression repair work is complete. Excavators assisted crews on the North Pelican Fire (repair work 17% complete) repair bulldozer line. Handcrews completed culvert repairs on NF Road 350 and grading occurred on NF Road 3519. On the Blanket Creek Fire (repair work is 21% complete), chipping continued on the east flank of the burned area. Crews scouted and began repairing handline in backcountry areas of Crater Lake National Park. Crews on the Spruce Lake Fire (repair work is 52% complete) completed rehab from the...


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