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    Law Enforcement Today
    wbonney
    22 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    According to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)(2015) 117 officers died in the line of duty in 2014.  The NLEOMF (2015) also reports that on average an officer dies in the line of duty in the United States every 58 hours.  Since 1791, when official records started being kept, over 20,000 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty (http://www.nleomf.org/facts/, 2015).  It is very easy to overlook these numbers and go about your everyday life without thinking about those 20,000 plus lives.  However, if you were one of the sons or daughters, mothers or…
  • No Mitigating Factors for Tsarnaev

    POLICE Magazine
    Jon Adler
    22 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    As the jury deliberates on the sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we are being inundated with mind numbing "expert" news consultants spouting gibberish about mitigating factors. To illustrate how misguided these self-appointed experts are, please consider this:Two years ago a female pit bull named Cruella gave birth to a litter of eight puppies. This was her second litter in two years. Cruella was brought to the United States from a war-torn, third-world country. She's a retired fighting dog whose current dual purpose is to guard a drug stash house and produce pups.Cruella…
  • Ga. man holds would-be carjacker at gunpoint until cops arrive

    PoliceOne Daily News
    22 May 2015 | 7:19 pm
    By PoliceOne Staff ATLANTA — Video captured a man turning the tables on a suspect who attempted to carjack him in a parking lot. According to WSB-TV, Hashim Fannin had pulled into the parking lot of a store when 61-year-old Edgar Horn entered the car from the passenger side and told Fannin, “You know what this is.” Fannin then pulled his pistol and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. Fannin, who immediately placed his weapon on the ground after waving officers over, can be seen in the video receiving a handshake from one of the responding cops. The suspect was…
  • North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety shares "why they wear the badge"

    IACP - Items of Interest
    19 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
  • FBI Releases New Version of Child ID App

    FBI Top News
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The FBI today is announcing a reboot of its popular Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing.
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  • Reflections from National Police Week

    wbonney
    22 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    According to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)(2015) 117 officers died in the line of duty in 2014.  The NLEOMF (2015) also reports that on average an officer dies in the line of duty in the United States every 58 hours.  Since 1791, when official records started being kept, over 20,000 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty (http://www.nleomf.org/facts/, 2015).  It is very easy to overlook these numbers and go about your everyday life without thinking about those 20,000 plus lives.  However, if you were one of the sons or daughters, mothers or…
  • In Memoriam: Detective Kerrie Orozco

    Patrick Sharkey
    21 May 2015 | 3:29 am
    Chief Todd Schmaderer of the Omaha Police Department in Nebraska sadly reports the death of Detective Kerrie Orozco. Detective Orozco, 29, was working on a multi jurisdictional task force that was assigned to apprehend felons in the Metro Omaha area. The Metro Area Fugitive Task Force was attempting to serve a warrant on a subject wanted in a shooting last year in the city of Omaha. As officers approached the home, the suspect opened fire on the officers striking Detective Orozco. Other task force officers returned fire killing the suspect. Detective Orozco was transported to Creighton…
  • In Memoriam: Officer Richard Martin

    Patrick Sharkey
    19 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Chief Charles McClelland Jr. of the Houston Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer Richard Martin. Officer Martin, 47, was assisting other officers in an attempt to end a vehicle pursuit that resulted from a carjacking. Officers were pursuing a U-Haul truck that had been stolen in a carjacking immediately outside the scene of a robbery. During the pursuit, the suspect had fired several shots at officers while fleeing. Also during the car chase, the suspect saw an opportunity obtain a less conspicuous vehicle to escape capture. The suspect abandoned the highly visible…
  • In Memoriam: Deputy Sonny Smith

    Patrick Sharkey
    16 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Sheriff Larry Jones of the Johnson County Sheriff Department on Arkansas sadly reports the death of Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith. Deputy Smith, 42, was shot and killed as he and other deputies searched for a burglary suspect. Deputy Smith unexpectedly located the suspect and began chasing him on foot. The suspect abruptly turned toward Deputy Smith, brandished a firearm and shot Deputy Smith striking him in the throat. Deputy Smith was able to return fire also wounding the suspect. Deputy Smith died at the scene of the shooting. The suspect was treated for his wounds and lodged in the Pope…
  • Edged Weapons Survival

    StreetSense
    15 May 2015 | 2:56 am
    There’s no doubt about it, working as a law enforcement officer is one of the most difficult, dangerous, and thankless jobs on the planet. Recent incidents in the US have outlined just how dangerous a job it can be, with officers being targeted both on and off the job by the citizens they are sworn to protect. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like this trend is going to dissipate any time in the near future, and officers will continue to be targeted as people lash out against the system designed to keep them safe. Risk and risk management have always been a part of the job. How well you…
 
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    POLICE Magazine

  • No Mitigating Factors for Tsarnaev

    Jon Adler
    22 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    As the jury deliberates on the sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we are being inundated with mind numbing "expert" news consultants spouting gibberish about mitigating factors. To illustrate how misguided these self-appointed experts are, please consider this:Two years ago a female pit bull named Cruella gave birth to a litter of eight puppies. This was her second litter in two years. Cruella was brought to the United States from a war-torn, third-world country. She's a retired fighting dog whose current dual purpose is to guard a drug stash house and produce pups.Cruella…
  • Video: Louisiana Wildlife Agent Shot on Traffic Stop, in Critical Condition

    22 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    VIDEO: Louisiana Wildlife Agent Shot on Traffic Stop, in Critical ConditionA Wildlife and Fisheries agent remains in critical condition at a local hospital after being shot in the back during a traffic stop, which led to a manhunt by several different law enforcement agencies. However, the suspect was apprehended Thursday night around 11:15, reports KNOE.A source close to the investigation says the Wildlife and Fisheries agent, 32-year old Scott Bullitt, is still in critical condition with a possible spinal cord injury, after a traffic stop near the Russell Sage Wildlife management…
  • Car Hits House After Dragging Orlando Officer

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Orlando police arrested two men and are looking for another after they crashed a car into a home on Frazier Avenue after dragging an officer at a traffic stop.Orlando police were conducting a traffic stop Thursday when three men inside a white BMW tried getting out. Police said one of the men then started to drive off. The officer grabbed the driver and was dragged down the street, Lt. Darnell Hill told WKMG TV.The trio then sped off, heading south on Frazier before crashing into the house. The owner of the house was not at home.The officer who was dragged was taken to a local hospital with…
  • YouTube Legal Advice Traffic Stop

    Amaury Murgado
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In every call for service, you should think things through before you begin your response. Each call can be broken down into three phases: pre-response, response, and post response. The following scenario is designed to help you think things through rather than give you a specific way to handle the call.SituationYou are out patrolling your zone in full uniform and driving your marked patrol car. It's a busy Saturday morning and people are out in droves driving around as they run their weekend errands and complete honey-do lists. You see a vehicle blow through a red light, forcing on-coming…
  • Six Baltimore Police Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

    21 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Six Baltimore Police officers were indicted Thursday on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, reports the Baltimore Sun.Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictments at a late-afternoon news conference at her downtown office.The indictments came nearly three weeks after Mosby announced criminal charges against the officers. Some charges were slightly different than what Mosby announced on May 1. The grand jury review is a procedural step to move the case forward to a higher court, from District Court to Baltimore City Circuit Court.New…
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    PoliceOne Daily News

  • Ga. man holds would-be carjacker at gunpoint until cops arrive

    22 May 2015 | 7:19 pm
    By PoliceOne Staff ATLANTA — Video captured a man turning the tables on a suspect who attempted to carjack him in a parking lot. According to WSB-TV, Hashim Fannin had pulled into the parking lot of a store when 61-year-old Edgar Horn entered the car from the passenger side and told Fannin, “You know what this is.” Fannin then pulled his pistol and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. Fannin, who immediately placed his weapon on the ground after waving officers over, can be seen in the video receiving a handshake from one of the responding cops. The suspect was…
  • Alleged chief of rogue police force in court, doesn't enter plea

    22 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    By Joseph Serna Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The self-proclaimed chief of a Masonic police force who was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors of falsely representing himself as actual law enforcement appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment but did not enter a plea. David Henry, 46, is scheduled to be back in court June 30 with his two co-defendants, Brandon Kiel, 31, who is an aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris; and Tonnette Hayes, 59. All three face misdemeanor charges of representing themselves as police. Henry is also charged with three felony counts of perjury and…
  • No indictment for Texas officer in fatal shooting

    22 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas — A Southeast Texas police officer will not face charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed man during a fight outside a bar. A Galveston County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict Texas City Officer Christopher Ham. Authorities say Ham fatally shot Carlton Smith Jr. on Dec. 26 outside a Texas City nightclub as the bar closed and a fight broke out in the parking lot. Investigators say a woman had a gun and fired into the air. Smith then obtained the weapon from her. Surveillance video shows Ham, who was the first officer on the scene, twice…
  • Car's OnStar feature helps Ala. deputies find drugs

    22 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Chattanooga Times Free Press DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — General Motors' OnStar feature helped deputies nab a man on drug charges. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says it received a call from OnStar that the service had the location of a stolen vehicle on County Road 359 in the Whiton community. When deputies arrived at the residence, Nathan Brandon Shaneyfelt, 33 of Gadsden, claimed that he borrowed it from a friend, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Upon searching Shaneyfelt, deputies found Heroin on him, the release said. The vehicle was towed back to…
  • Grant will outfit NC K-9s with vests

    22 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    By Jessica Albert WCTI JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A grant awarded to the Jacksonville Police Department will give its two canine officers protective vests. One of the two dogs, Loco, has been working for the department for seven years. He protects and serves just like all of the other officers. "There's no difference between [Loco] and another officer," his partner Cpl. Jack Cohen said. Cpl. Cohen decided Loco needed a little more protection when he's out in the field. He and the department applied for a grant from Vested Interest. Vested Interest is an organization that…
 
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    FBI Top News

  • FBI Releases New Version of Child ID App

    22 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The FBI today is announcing a reboot of its popular Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing.
  • Director Discusses Encryption, Patriot Act Provisions

    20 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    FBI Director James Comey spoke to legal professionals and scholars this week at the American Law Institute and Georgetown University Law Center about cyber threats and the FBI’s abilities to counter and investigate those evolving threats.
  • Five Major Banks Agree to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges

    20 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Agreements by Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and UBS AG to plead guilty to felony charges were announced today by the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during a press conference in Washington, D.C.
  • IC3 Releases Annual Snapshot of Internet Crimes

    19 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released its annual report highlighting the numbers and common types of complaints it received during 2014 on suspected Internet frauds and other Internet-based crimes.
  • Leader of Violent California Gang Sentenced

    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The high-powered leader of a large and deadly street gang was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison on a host of narcotics and weapons offenses.
 
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    NTOA

  • Educational Scholarship Winners Announced!

    Mary Heins
    22 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    We congratulate the accomplished students who were awarded our 2015 “James Torkar Educational Scholarship.” Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and community service. This program benefits the children of members of the association and provides funding for tuition and other eligible expenses through an IRS 529 College Savings Plan or a direct payment to the educational institution. The 2015 Educational Scholarships were $2,500 for each student. Eastern Region Reilly L. Teal Lexington, KY Heather C. Sandefur Lebanon, TN Central Region Annie M. Eversman…
  • NEW – May 2015 eNewsletter

    Mary Heins
    18 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    The latest edition of your favorite eNewsletter is here!  Read about hot topics featured in the spring issue of The Tactical Edge, get training conference updates and scholarship information, and register for training courses. Get to know our new director of training and education, Don Kester, in a one-on-one interview. You need all the latest news and we’ve gathered it all right here!  
  • SCAM ALERT: False hotel and exhibitor services offered to conference attendees

    Mary Heins
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    It has come to our attention that a housing company named “National Travel Associates” (877-595-7666) and “Exhibition Housing Management” aka “Exhibition Housing Services” (866-367-4414), as well as “Global Travel Partners (USA)” (877-312-7831) are all claiming to have a relationship with the NTOA and are offering hotel reservation services for the 2015 NTOA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. These companies and others like it are NOT in any way affiliated with National Tactical Officers Association and should NOT be used to make hotel…
  • NTOA announces Don Kester as Director of Training and Education

    Mary Heins
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Don Kester We are pleased to announce Capt. Don Kester (ret.) as the NTOA’s new Director of Training and Education. Don will lead the association’s training and education department and a prestigious cadre of instructors. He will also manage NTOA training courses, seminars and conferences, as well as develop strategic plans to keep the NTOA at the forefront of law enforcement training and practices. Don served more than 23 years with the Pima County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2015. His assignments with the department included training director, patrol district commander,…
  • Eugene P. Ramirez announced as Legal Section Chair

    Mary Heins
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    Eugene P. Ramirez We are pleased to announce that Eugene P. Ramirez is the NTOA’s new Legal Section Chair. Mr. Ramirez is a founding partner of the Los Angeles law firm Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP where he leads the Governmental Entity Liability and Military and Veterans Law Teams. Before joining the firm, Mr. Ramirez worked as a deputy district attorney for the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, where he conducted numerous misdemeanor and felony jury trials, including murder trials. He has also worked as a reserve police officer for the Whittier police…
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  • FLIR R-Series ThermoSight

    Aaron
    20 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
      FLIR is one of the world’s leading developers of infra-red or thermal sighting systems. What was once a purely military technology, infra-red sighting options have been growing in law enforcement for several decades now. However, those FLIR units have typically been large optics mounted to helicopters, vehicles, or robots. The hand-held units have been more directed at area searches to simply locate a person’s body heat in dark or thick terrain. The new R-Series ThermoSight from FLIR is one of the first optics truly designed to give law enforcement the ability to…
  • United States v. White (2015): Searches and Parolees

    Aaron
    10 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    The United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has recently decided the case of United States v. White (2015), which will provide significant guidance to law enforcement officers dealing with parolees or people on probation. Generally the Federal Courts have recognized that offenders that have been released on parole or placed on probation, have a reduced expectation of privacy in 4th Amendment protections. The justification for this reduced privacy is based on the fact that they are allowed into society only by the graces of the criminal justice system, and were it not for parole or…
  • Sig Sauer P250 Nitron in .380.

    Aaron
    9 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    The Sig Sauer P250 Nitron sub-compact .380. Sig Sauer produces some of the finest firearms in the world, and their handguns have been the choice selection of U.S. military units and law enforcement agencies across the country. However, those handgun selections have primarily been for full-sized duty firearms. Sig Sauer has responded to a growing trend of interest by firearm owners for smaller handguns, particularly in the concealed carry arena with the Sig Sauer P250 Nitron. The P250 is now available in .380, adding to the original calibers of 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The…
  • Oakley SI Flak 2.0 XL Eye Protection

    Aaron
    7 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Oakley is one of the best known producers of high quality eye protection in the world, and they have recently announced an upgrade to their SI Flak glasses. The SI (Standard Issue) Flak 2.0 XL glasses. The new offering has an expanded lens covering with a more squared appearance than the previous version. Oakley SI Flak 2.0 XL glasses have foldable arms, and the lenses are unsupported at the bottom allowing a clearer field of view than full framed lenses. These new eye pro have a sleek appearance, that still provides a great deal of protection to the user’s eyes. These look to be a…
  • Troy Industries BattleMags

    Aaron
    6 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The Troy BattleMag® is not a new product, but one that is still worthy to review. Troy Industries is recognized throughout the firearm industry for producing very high quality rifles and accessories. Their attention to detail has garnered a large following, and an excellent reputation. I personally own several Troy BattleMags and have found them to be great quality and durable magazines. Troy BattleMags are made from an improved proprietary military-grade, chemical, biological and impact resistant polymer. BattleMags have been extensively tested by Special Ops units, and have consistently…
 
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  • Involved in a Serious Auto Accident? Here’s What You Need to Remember to Do

    McDonald Worley
    21 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Wham! One moment you were driving calmly down the street, you are listening to your favorite radio station, thinking about what you need to get done today before you can get home and relax. The next moment… impact. A semi-truck colliding with you can feel like a 10 ton wrecking ball slamming your car out of nowhere — for that matter,  a small sedan with enough speed can can feel that way too. Everything slows, the world strangely comes into focus as glass shatters and you and your vehicle are smashed unexpectedly. The screaming of rubber tires on road ultimately stops, the echoes…
  • [Roundup] Top Class Action and Lawsuit News Updates from Across The Nation

    McDonald Worley
    19 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    A number of class action lawsuits across the nation are heating up as they head into summer.  The following is a gathering of the latest news announcements being reported on pending litigation including liability claims against Xarelto, a new Zofran allegation, a huge billion dollar settlement, and including an investor suit tossed to the curb in Texas. Selection of Recent Collision Events Reported Judge Orders the Selection of Cases for Discovery in Xarelto Lawsuit  — According to a pre-trial order, the U.S. District Court Judge Fallon has designated 40-60 specific cases for discovery. …
  • Deadly Asbestos in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Case Results in $12 Million Lawsuit Award for California Woman

    McDonald Worley
    16 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    A jury verdict in Los Angeles has handed down a $12 million award to a woman in California who contracted deadly mesothelioma from her use of Colgate-Palmolive Co. made asbestos-laced talcum powder. The plaintiff’s lawyers argued she contracted the rare lung-cancer from using the Cashmere Bouquet talc product. According to the StarTribune, jurors found the the defendant, Colgate-Palmolive Co. negligent for the design, manufacture and sale of a product which presented a substantial danger, which they failed to warn consumers about. According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Winkel was first…
  • Texas ‘Training’ Operation Jade Helm 15 Has More Than Just Locals Freaked

    McDonald Worley
    14 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    What the U.S. army website has dubbed a multi-state training exercise for special forces has resulted in a firestorm of controversy and conspiracy.  The exercise known as Jade Helm 15 is scheduled to take place this summer primarily in Texas using remote areas and towns, even apparently in cities apparently. Irregular military training meet historic Texas defiance. According to an ABC News report, the public worry has even led to the U.S. Pentagon issuing a most unusual statement. (Reporter Question:)   Is the pentagon secretly planning to take over Texas? (Official Response:)   No.U.S.
  • Fatal Crash in Liberty County Texas Involving Pregnant Mother and Two Children

    McDonald Worley
    7 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    A deadly accident has been reported involving two SUV’s near Polk and Liberty County line, killing one and injuring at least four others.  The collision has claimed the life of one involved and resulted in a pregnant mother and her two children being flown to emergency hospital Memorial Hermann, while another was taken by paramedics to the hospital via ambulance.   According to reports, the wreck occurred when a Jeep Patriot failed to yield and collided with a red jeep Wrangler in east Texas, in north Liberty County on Highway 146. The collision impact was so severe it killed one…
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