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  • Brave New World

    American Police Beat Magazine
    apbstaff
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
        According to the website The Blaze, an Iowa police chief is apologizing after one of his officers was caught on camera trying to convince a motorist to allow him to search his car. According to the video taken of the incident, the Ankeny police officer got himself in some hot water after he returned the driver’s information and warned him to use his headlights. Apparently unaware that everyone, everywhere now films everything, the officer engaged in some light-hearted conversation that critics say was a thin pretext for an illegal search. “Do you play Frisbee golf?” the…
  • How Ready Is Law Enforcement?

    Law Enforcement Today
    robert_cubby
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Over the past 2 days there have been two disturbing events in Canada. On Tuesday, soldiers were mowed down in what was termed an ISIS attack. Thursday, in Ottawa, a soldier was gunned down at the very Memorial where he should have felt safe. President Obama states his is alarmed at what he termed the “militarization of the police” in Ferguson Missouri.   After the Boston Marathon bombings, military-type vehicles deployed and heavily armed police pursued the terrorists. These incidents result in graphic pictures in the media. For some, this is alarming. Others, like me, find comfort that…
  • Lenco Bearcat Played Critical Role in Stockton Robbery, Hostage Response

    POLICE Magazine
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Lenco Industries, Inc., has announced that the City of Stockton, Calif.’s BearCat tactical armored vehicle (TAV) was instrumental in a recent incident in which three heavily armed persons robbed the Bank of the West and took three hostages.Officer Mark Sandberg of the Stockton Police Department SWAT team says the Bearcat, which was put into service in 2012, performed extremely well in the incident. “During the hour-long pursuit and constant rolling gun battle, the subjects fired four rounds at the Bearcat with an AK-47.” He adds, “The Bearcat was hit four times, three…
  • 3 Calif. officers, carjack victim shot

    PoliceOne Daily News
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An assailant shot three sheriff's deputies in two neighboring Northern California counties on Friday, also shooting and wounding a bystander in an attempt to carjack a vehicle, sheriff's officials said. Deputies were searching a canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn Friday afternoon for an armed man suspected in all four shootings. Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin told The Associated Press that a woman who was seen with the man earlier in the day had been taken into custody, and Erwin said the…
  • Suspects Shoot California Deputies in Two Counties

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    BCarey
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Officers from several agencies are searching for suspects.
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    American Police Beat Magazine

  • Brave New World

    apbstaff
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
        According to the website The Blaze, an Iowa police chief is apologizing after one of his officers was caught on camera trying to convince a motorist to allow him to search his car. According to the video taken of the incident, the Ankeny police officer got himself in some hot water after he returned the driver’s information and warned him to use his headlights. Apparently unaware that everyone, everywhere now films everything, the officer engaged in some light-hearted conversation that critics say was a thin pretext for an illegal search. “Do you play Frisbee golf?” the…
  • Metro Nashville PD creates Ebola training video

    apbstaff
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
        As Ebola cases pop up across the country, police officers are on the front line keeping the threat at bay. Here’s a helpful training video produced by the Metro Nashville Police Department. It features Dr Corey M. Slovis, Professor or Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School, explaining what police officers need to know about the virus, and then opening the floor for questions from gathered officers.   Chief Anderson of the Metro Nashville PD encourages people to share the video link to spread the word about how to contain this illness.   The post…
  • Corrupt Politico Exposed by former San Jose Officer

    apbstaff
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Today, a former San Jose police officer came forward with a declaration sworn under penalty of perjury that suggests Mayor Chuck Reed’s political consultant Victor Ajlouny offered him money and his job back if he would lie and claim that the POA asked him to quit.       CLICK HERE TO READ AARON ETTINGER’S SWORN STATEMENT.         The post Corrupt Politico Exposed by former San Jose Officer appeared first on American Police Beat Magazine.
  • Newsweek story on NYC PBA Pres Pat Lynch

    apbstaff
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Photo of Pat Lynch, president of the nation’s largest police union, the PBA of New York City. By Shaminder Dulai for Newsweek. Here’s an excerpt from the great profile Newsweek did on NYC PBA President Patrick Lynch: “…Patrick J. Lynch heads the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a union for more than 20,000 beat cops in the city’s five boroughs (sergeants, captains, lieutenants and detectives have their own unions). Lynch doesn’t just represent cops; he represents what it means to be a cop in an America where guns are legal and restraint is rare, a nation still…
  • Court Rules Insignias Allowed

    apbstaff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Sacramento Firefighters wanted to wear their union logos on Class B uniform t-shirts, caps, and sweatshirts. The County allowed limited displays for a time, then clamped down and said they would punish any firefighter who wore union insignia while on the clock. So the firefighters took the county to court. And won. This is a huge ruling as it means Sacramento Public Safety officials across the board have the right to display their union pride. READ MORE. The post Court Rules Insignias Allowed appeared first on American Police Beat Magazine.
 
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    Law Enforcement Today

  • How Ready Is Law Enforcement?

    robert_cubby
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Over the past 2 days there have been two disturbing events in Canada. On Tuesday, soldiers were mowed down in what was termed an ISIS attack. Thursday, in Ottawa, a soldier was gunned down at the very Memorial where he should have felt safe. President Obama states his is alarmed at what he termed the “militarization of the police” in Ferguson Missouri.   After the Boston Marathon bombings, military-type vehicles deployed and heavily armed police pursued the terrorists. These incidents result in graphic pictures in the media. For some, this is alarming. Others, like me, find comfort that…
  • Police Rescue Boaters

    Matt Lyons
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Earlier in October, Brian Sundberg, who is assigned to Oceanside Police Department Harbor Division, responded to a “mayday” distress call involving a vessel needing assistance somewhere off the California coastline near Oceanside, California. The small fishing boat’s engine had stalled out and left three anglers stranded in the middle of the ocean about three miles off shore. The Captain could not give an exact location. His marine radio was not working and his cell phone battery was running out. Fortunately, the water surface was calm, but a storm appeared to be moving in and this…
  • In Memoriam: Officer Eddie Johnson Jr.

    Patrick Sharkey
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    Jason “Jake” Simmons of the Alton (Missouri) Police Department sadly reports the death of Patrol Officer Eddie Johnson Jr. Officer Johnson, 45, was responding to a structure fire in an unincorporated area locally known as Royal Oak, 6 miles west of Alton. While driving his 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer patrol vehicle, Officer Johnson lost control of the patrol unit and left the roadway. The vehicle struck a driveway drainage culvert and rolled over several times. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that the single vehicle crash occurred on US 160, five miles west of Alton.   Officer…
  • Firefly Dx – Detecting Ebola in 20 Minutes

    Bruce Bremer, MBA
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Law enforcement agencies nationwide are hastening to develop and implement Ebola protocols for first responders. The uncertainty surrounding Ebola is adding to the stress LEOs feel for a host of other reasons. Fox News Business recently aired an interview with PositiveID’s President Lyle Probst and Senior Advisor Tom DiNanno to introduce the successful prototype of the Firefly Dx point-of-need pathogen detection system. Firefly is a hand-held device that can be programmed to detect a broad band of pathogens, including Ebola. While existing laboratory procedures take four hours to…
  • Suggestion Box

    jimmcneff
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
      Does your agency have a Suggestion Box in the lobby, or perhaps online? Do they solicit input from the public? Of course the goal is to discover methods to improve performance. But I have a few suggestions that would improve police moral based upon the absurdity of a select few we serve. In a perfect world, justice would be distributed and all good citizens would consistently agree on the appropriate consequences for people behaving badly. Since we do not live in a perfect world, we have no such penalty. But it doesn’t mean we can’t dream. In my vision, I have developed…
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    POLICE Magazine

  • Lenco Bearcat Played Critical Role in Stockton Robbery, Hostage Response

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Lenco Industries, Inc., has announced that the City of Stockton, Calif.’s BearCat tactical armored vehicle (TAV) was instrumental in a recent incident in which three heavily armed persons robbed the Bank of the West and took three hostages.Officer Mark Sandberg of the Stockton Police Department SWAT team says the Bearcat, which was put into service in 2012, performed extremely well in the incident. “During the hour-long pursuit and constant rolling gun battle, the subjects fired four rounds at the Bearcat with an AK-47.” He adds, “The Bearcat was hit four times, three…
  • Survey Results Suggest Limited Budgets Slow Law Enforcement's Adoption of Crime-Fighting Software

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    When it comes to the U.S. law enforcement community’s practices and attitudes toward using crime-fighting software, roughly a third are using the technology in their departments, most would use it to combat drug-related crimes, yet the majority don’t have the budget to implement it, according to a recent survey by Wynyard Group, market leader in crime-fighting software used in investigations and intelligence operations by government agencies and financial organizations.When Wynyard asked nearly 300 police chiefs, federal investigators, analysts, and other high-ranking law…
  • Video: NYC Hatchet-wielding Attacker Might Have Terrorism Ties

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    One day after an attack in Canada, a man suspected of terror ties attacked two New York City police officers with a hatchet.New surveillance video shows the suspect about to launch the hatchet attack in Jamaica, Queens. A freelance photographer had just asked four police officers to pose for a photo when a man pulled a hatchet from his bag, hitting one officer in the arm and another in the head.Police then opened fire, killing the man and wounding a woman nearby with errant gunfire.According to Fox News, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is on the scene. Police also told Fox News that the…
  • Tampa to Build $5.4 Million Police Shooting Range

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ever since their old shooting range was closed after bullets caromed into neighbors' houses, Tampa police have driven an hour to train at the Hillsborough County sheriff's range in Lithia.Now that's going to change, thanks to a recent City Council vote to spend nearly $4.8 million on a new police shooting range and firearms training facility inside the city, reports the Tampa Bay Times.Counting previously approved funding, the total project cost is almost $5.4 million — too much for council member Yvonne Yolie Capin. She asked for a delay but was outvoted by her colleagues. Mary Mulhern…
  • Michigan State Police to Use Aeryon SkyRanger UAS Statewide

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Aeryon Labs Inc. has announced that the Michigan State Police (MSP) has chosen to standardize its state-wide UAS deployment with the Aeryon SkyRanger, small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS).The MSP, a full-service police agency, is currently operating under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training certificate of authorization (COA) to train officers in a number of public safety scenarios to prepare for the state-wide roll out. The goal of the UAS program is to enable officers to operate the Aeryon SkyRanger in applications such as critical incident and natural disaster response, search…
 
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    PoliceOne Daily News

  • 3 Calif. officers, carjack victim shot

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An assailant shot three sheriff's deputies in two neighboring Northern California counties on Friday, also shooting and wounding a bystander in an attempt to carjack a vehicle, sheriff's officials said. Deputies were searching a canyon in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn Friday afternoon for an armed man suspected in all four shootings. Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin told The Associated Press that a woman who was seen with the man earlier in the day had been taken into custody, and Erwin said the…
  • 2 dead, multiple hurt in Wash. school shooting

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    By Doug Esser Associated Press MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle on Friday, killing at least one person and shooting several others in the head, officials said. The gunman also died in the attack. Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter was a student at Marysville Pilchuck High School, but he could not provide more information including what prompted the shooting, who the gunman was and who he shot. Lamoureux said he did not know if the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. Four other young people were brought to…
  • Ohio police aim federal money at ensuring safety of tow-truck drivers

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    By Kathy Lynn Gray The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Police Division will use a portion of an annual $320,000 federal traffic-safety grant to ticket motorists who aren't careful around tow-truck drivers at the side of the road, police announced yesterday. "We're trying to raise awareness," traffic bureau Sgt. Michael B. Smith said. John A. "Jack" Carpenter, 55, of the North Side, was killed on Sept. 22 as he was hooking up a disabled car on the South Side. The veteran tow-truck driver was struck by a car that drifted off Rt. 104 near…
  • Ind. killings put spotlight on abandoned buildings

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    By Rick Callahan and Michael Tarm Associated Press GARY, Ind. — The two-bedroom home in Gary's Bungalow Heights area went up in the Roaring '20s, when the Indiana steel town was thriving and filled with prosperous subdivisions. By the time Anith Jones' body was found in its basement Saturday, the building was one of thousands of dilapidated, abandoned houses serving as havens for crime in cities like Detroit and Chicago that have battled neighborhoods in decline. Police say Darren Vann, a 43-year-old former Marine, has confessed to killing Jones and six other women. All but…
  • New tech notifies dispatchers when cop's gun is fired

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By Haven Daley Associated Press WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak, whose agency is among two testing the technology, said it will allow the sheriff's office to see whether deputies are in trouble and unable…
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  • Suspects Shoot California Deputies in Two Counties

    BCarey
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Officers from several agencies are searching for suspects.
  • One Dead, Several Wounded in Shooting at Washington High School

    BCarey
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Gunman dead in Marysville incident. This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows students walking as emergency personnel respond to the scene of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Students have been evacuated from the school. (AP Photo/KOMO)
  • Terrorists in the Homeland

    AlannaM
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    With terror threats looming, especially in the wake of attacks in NY and Canada, vigilance is key.
  • New Technology Signals Officer-Involved Shootings to Dispatchers

    BCarey
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Real time alert when sidearm is drawn from holster and when fired. In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing with Yardarm, holds a sensor that fits into an Airsoft replica of a Glock 17 handgun in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • Heart Attack Claims L.A. County Deputy

    BCarey
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Off-duty paramedic tried to revive 31-year veteran. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lieutenant Patrick Libertone (ODMP photo)
 
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    FBI Top News

  • Agency Cooperation Leads to 30-Year Sentence in Child Exploitation Case

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Interagency cooperation resulted in a 30-year prison sentence for a Michigan man convicted on multiple counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempted coercion of a child, and receipt and distribution of child pornography.
  • FBI and Secret Service Team Up to Educate Private Sector on Cyber Crime

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    During a Financial Services Roundtable event held October 20 in Washington, D.C. as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, members of the FBI and U.S. Secret Service discussed a number of various cyber-related topics to educate and raise awareness of the cyber threat.
  • Cyber Security: Task Force Takes ‘Whole Government’ Approach

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In today’s virtual world, it is well known that cyber crime can jeopardize our privacy, our economy, and even our national security. Less well known is an organization—the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force—that is working around the clock to fight the threat.
  • Color of Law: Agent Exposes Civil Rights Crimes in Alabama Prison

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    There was never any dispute that Rocrast Mack, a 24-year-old serving time on drug charges in a state prison in Alabama, died at the hands of corrections officers in 2010. What wasn’t immediately clear was how and why the inmate sustained a lethal beating. When FBI Special Agent Susan Hanson opened her case at the Ventress Correctional Facility, it was evident her biggest challenge would be getting to the truth.
  • Director Comey Discusses Impact of Emerging Technology on Public Safety

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    James Comey, speaking today at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., talked about the challenges that law enforcement face as we carry out our duty to keep Americans safe while addressing the issue of “Going Dark.”
 
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    NTOA

  • Welcome to our new website!

    Mary Heins
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Welcome to the NTOA’s newly designed website! Our fresh look and improved functionality will enhance your experience when you want to access benefits, information and opportunities on our site. Our new Publication pages feature simple, easy-to-navigate tabs that allow you to quickly scan through article archives from both The Tactical Edge and the Crisis Negotiator, and to search for information by subject. Our Member Tested and Recommended Program pages now offer product reviews, scores and photos in an accessible format that can be searched and filtered by category, company or…
  • 2015 Tactical Conference – Salt Lake City

    Mary Heins
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Our 2015 Tactical Conference and Trade Show will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on Aug. 30 to Sept. 4! Watch our website for more information.
  • NTOA now accepting applications for Director of Training and Education

    Mary Heins
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    NTOA is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of Training and Education. The Director of Training and Education manages training activities, seminars and conferences; develops strategic training plans; manages national instructor cadre; and is responsible for training budget preparation and oversight. Download complete job description here. Interested candidates should download an interactive application. Completed applications and resumes should be sent via email to the Executive Director or mailed to “Director of Training and Education Application”, PO…
  • NTOA Board of Directors Election – Vote Now!

    Corey
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    The candidates for the the Board of Directors election are now posted.  Please take a look at the candidates in your region  View Now Term: Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2017 Voting Period: Oct. 1 to Nov. 3, 2014 Online voting is now open and the deadline to vote is Nov. 3, 2014 (COB EST). NTOA username and password are required to cast your vote for the Director in your region. Please be sure to update your email address with NTOA here. In order to be eligible to vote in this election, you must be or become an “individual” member of NTOA by October 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST. This will allow…
  • NTOA introduces Night Vision Operators Course

    Corey
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    NTOA’s new two-day Night Vision Operators course provides a strong foundation for the use of night vision equipment and its role in law enforcement tactical operations. Through classroom discussions, practical exercises, live-fire range drills and scenario-based exercises using marking rounds, we will cover a systematic approach to equipment selection, its use and benefits, as well as its limitations and operational considerations. Upon completion, students will understand the nomenclature, function and operation of various night vision monoculars, goggles and binoculars as well as…
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  • The Desert Tech MDR Prototype

    Aaron
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
          Desert Tech has released a sneak-peak video of their prototype MDR bull-pup .308 rifle.  The MDR prototype is capable of firing both semi-auto and fully automatic, though it is likely that a semi-auto only version would be marketed.  Desert Tech has promised to release more information in the lead up to SHOT Show 2015.  We’re hoping they will have a finalized version ready for the Media Day at the Range event at SHOT Show 2015, or at least one we can lay our hands on at the showroom floor. If you read the responses on the YouTube video you’ll see that the…
  • The New Police & Security News

    Aaron
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The new look of Police & Security News (P&SN)             Police & Security News (P&SN) has announced a brand new look, logo, and website starting in January 2015. P&SN has been a popular and familiar law enforcement bi-monthly news source for many officers across the country for over 30 years. Historically, P&SN has delivered a full-color “tab-sized” periodical. The larger format was unique and offered plenty of space for articles and advertisements. According to Al Menear, Associate Publisher of P&SN, “we feel the time is…
  • The New Aimpoint Carbine Optic

    Aaron
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The Aimpoint Carine Optic (ACO) provides MSR shooters a quality optic at a decent price. Aimpoint aims to add to its market share of red dot sights with the addition of their new Carbine Optic. The Carbine Optic is specifically designed for the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), and introduces a quality red dot sight to compete in the mid-level price range. The Aimpoint Carbine Optic combines the proven Aimpoint designs and features, and is ready to mount and shoot straight out of the box. The Carbine Optic will have a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with a fixed height mount designed to provide…
  • TPG BLACK Marine Plate Carrier

    Aaron
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The TacProGear BLACK Marine Plate Carrier (MPC) has recently achieved the “Member Tested and Recommended” stamp of approval from the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA). TacProGear (TPG) is a well known manufacturer of tactical equipment, including apparel, armor, bags, packs, pouches, footwear and accessories. TPG claims the BLACK line of products rely completely on new concepts and designs from end user feedback. http://tacprogearblack.com/downloads/Tacprogear-BLACK-MPC-Marine-plate-carrier.pdf The Tac Pro Gear MPC in Kryptek Mandrake camouflage pattern. The TPG MPC is a…
  • Anonymous Callers and Police Action: Navarette v. California

    Aaron
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    UNDERSTANDING THE LIMITATIONS OF ANONYMOUS CALLERS A REVIEW OF NAVARETTE v. CALIFORNIA AUTHOR’S NOTE:  This article reviews the U.S. Supreme Court case of Navarette v. California.  The information is meant to educate the reader on the latest U.S. Supreme Court rulings on important law enforcement functions.  However, like all of our articles, the information provided here should in no way be considered legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their local prosecutors and judges in light of the Navarette decision to gain guidance on the acceptable level of enforcement in…
 
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