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  • Car Thieves Go High-Tech

    Blue Sheepdog
    Aaron
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:58 pm
    The National Insurance Crime Bureau is a great asset to law enforcement. Ever investigated a theft from auto or a stolen motor vehicle where there was no physical evidence of forced entry at the scene of the crime? I know my first thoughts are, “must have left the vehicle unlocked”. Although there are some sophisticated thieves using slim jims, screwdrivers to locks, or even hand-held lock picks, the number of thieves that simply break a window to gain entry to a vehicle far outnumber the smash and grab lot. However, with the rapid increase in high-tech anti-theft devices, such as…
  • Behind the Scenes with Operational Medics

    FBI Top News
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Members of the FBI’s Operational Medicine Program are trained to provide care under the most stressful situations, such as SWAT operations and high-risk arrests.
  • With help from social media, Lakeville police sharpen focus on traffic enforcement

    IACP - Items of Interest
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
  • Casper police start virtual neighborhood watch initiative

    IACP - Items of Interest
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
  • You’re Not in English Class Anymore

    Law Enforcement Today
    Jean Reynolds
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    Some years ago a large public safety organization asked me to help solve an unusual problem. Because of retirements and population growth in their service area, they needed to put some mid-level employees on a fast track to promotion. Could I do a one-day writing workshop to prepare these employees to the administrative writing tasks that lay ahead? I agreed to the challenge, and the participants—after some initial wariness—plunged in with enthusiasm. Afterwards many of them asked for more writing workshops. (There was no time.) One officer stopped to chat with me at the end of the day.
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    Law Enforcement Today

  • In Memoriam: Sergeant Korby Kennedy

    Patrick Sharkey
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:20 am
    Chief Tim R. Vasquez of the San Angelo Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Sergeant Korby Kennedy.   Sergeant Korby Kennedy was killed in a motorcycle crash on Knickerbocker Road, near Albert Street, while escorting a parade at approximately 6:00 pm. He and other officers were escorting a parade of boats for the upcoming San Angelo Drag Boat Races. He was traveling on Knickerbocker Road when a vehicle pulled out of a parking lot into his path. He was transported to Shannon Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Sergeant Korby Kennedy-gone, but never…
  • In Memoriam: Officer David J. Nelson

    Patrick Sharkey
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Greg Williamson, Chief of the Bakersfield Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Patrol Officer David Joseph Nelson. Officer Nelson, 26, attempted to make a traffic stop of an unlicensed silver Hyundai sedan. The driver of the suspect vehicle failed to stop as directed and fled from Officer Nelson. A vehicle pursuit was initiated which came to an abrupt end when Officer Nelson lost control of his patrol unit and struck a retaining wall and a utility pole. The suspect continued to flee and is still at large. Back up officers located Officer Nelson and his patrol unit and…
  • In Memoriam: Trooper Eric K. Chrisman

    Patrick Sharkey
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    Commissioner Rodney Brewer, Director of the Kentucky State Police sadly reports the death of Trooper Eric K. Chrisman. Trooper Chrisman, 23, was killed in a two vehicle crash while he was responding to a reckless driver complaint. His 2010 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway he was traveling on and was struck by a semi truck that was traveling in the opposite direction. Trooper Chrisman’s patrol vehicle was stuck in the driver’s side door. Trooper Chrisman sustained severe head injuries as a result of the crash and died at the scene.
  • In Memoriam: Sergeant Christopher Kelley

    Patrick Sharkey
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    Chief Earl Morrison of the Hutto Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Sergeant Christopher Kelley. Sergeant Kelley, 37, was struck by a vehicle and dragged down the road by a subject attempting to evade arrest. Sergeant Kelley stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation being driven by a subject that was wanted on a warrant. As a result of the traffic stop, Sergeant Kelley attempted to arrest the subject. The suspect fought with Sergeant Kelley and broke free from him. The suspect then got into Sergeant Kelley’s patrol vehicle and struck him as he fled the traffic…
  • You’re Not in English Class Anymore

    Jean Reynolds
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    Some years ago a large public safety organization asked me to help solve an unusual problem. Because of retirements and population growth in their service area, they needed to put some mid-level employees on a fast track to promotion. Could I do a one-day writing workshop to prepare these employees to the administrative writing tasks that lay ahead? I agreed to the challenge, and the participants—after some initial wariness—plunged in with enthusiasm. Afterwards many of them asked for more writing workshops. (There was no time.) One officer stopped to chat with me at the end of the day.
 
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    POLICE Magazine

  • New York Trooper Hailed as Hero for Capturing Escaped Cop Killer

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Prison-break fugitive David Sweat’s life on the lam came to an abrupt end Sunday, thanks to the aim of a New York State Police trooper.Sgt. Jay Cook, a 21-year veteran state trooper and firearms instructor, was hailed a “hero” by Gov. Cuomo, after he single-handedly confronted escaped cop-killer Sweat on a desolate road and shot him twice in the torso as the fugitive made a run for the woods.Sweat was taken into custody bloodied, but alive.Cook graduated from the state police academy in 1994. Out of 150 candidates, he graduated the most proficient shooter in his…
  • FBI Investigating Corruption at New York Prison Where Murderers Escaped

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The FBI has launched an investigation into possible broader corruption at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, law enforcement officials briefed on the probe told CNN on Monday.The investigation is looking into possible drug trafficking and other criminal behavior among prison employees and inmates, the officials said.It comes as a result of evidence uncovered during the investigation of the escape of convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat.Some employees interviewed have told investigators about heroin use among prisoners, and the role of employees in the drug…
  • Groups Seek Changes to Cleveland Consent Decree

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The NAACP and other civil rights groups want a federal judge to modify a consent decree aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland police department by requiring outside agencies to investigate deadly police-use-of-force cases and to make the job of police inspector general more independent, according to brief filed Monday.The city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice spent five months negotiating the consent decree after the DOJ issued an investigative report in December that said Cleveland police officers too often use excessive force and violate people's rights. U.S. District…
  • Washington Officers Fired Upon During Pursuit, Suspects Had Baby in Car

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Snoqualmie, Wash., police found a suspicious vehicle at the North Bend Premium Outlets Mall, officers said. Police followed the vehicle for possible criminal activity, and the driver sped off, entering I-90 at a high speed.As police officers chased the vehicle, a passenger allegedly fired multiple shots at a police squad car during the chase. No one was injured, and no bullets struck police cruisers.The chase ended down a rural, dead-end road near Issaquah. Four people in the car were arrested, and an infant in the car was transferred to Child Protective Services,…
  • Los Angeles Police Union Opposes Council Proposal to Require Locks on Handguns When Not in Use

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Los Angeles city council members are debating controversial new gun law changes aimed at locking up handguns when they're not in use.According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal would require city residents to either lock up handguns not being used or apply trigger locks to them. The proposal was authored by Councilman Paul Krekorian and is meant to protect children from gun accidents.But the plan has faced resistance from the local police officers union – the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The proposed rules exempted active duty and reserve officers, but the union wants…
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    PoliceOne Daily News

  • Ohio cop surprises 9-year-old lemonade seller with gift

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    By PoliceOne Staff PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A 9-year-old girl got more than a couple dollars for the lemonade she was selling when an Ohio sheriff’s deputy came by her stand, TODAY reports. Gabrielle Garcar was selling lemonade to raise money for an electronic tablet to use for school and games. Her family was reportedly tight on money and the fourth grader decided to work for what she wanted. When Sheriff’s Deputy Zak Ropos stopped for a cup and heard about what Gabrielle was doing, he went home to find his old iPad to donate to her. Upon discovering his old device no longer…
  • Safariland enters body cam business with Vievu acquisition

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    By PoliceOne Staff ONTARIO, Calif. — Safariland, maker of tactical products geared toward first responders, has announced the acquisition of body cam and digital evidence management company, Vievu. Steve Ward, Founder and President of Vievu, said in a press release, "Over the last eight years, our team has worked tirelessly to develop reliable, high-quality, wearable video cameras and software. As a result of our hard work, Vievu is a leading body worn camera manufacturer for law enforcement. As Vievu enters its next phase of growth, particularly as demand for body worn cameras…
  • Son of slain Mo. cop follows dream to become officer

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    By Christine Byers St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS COUNTY — The line snaked alongside the police academy, upperclassmen ushering new recruits into the first phase of a six-month training regimen that would culminate with the young men and women taking oaths as the newest members of the St. Louis County Police Department. As they entered the building, upperclassmen touched a bronze plaque bearing the names of local police officers killed in the line of duty. One by one, the new recruits followed suit. David Weinhold, 22, touched his father's name. The raised letters that spell out…
  • Rapper 'The Game' charged with hitting off-duty cop

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The rapper known as "The Game" has been charged with hitting an off-duty Los Angeles police officer during a basketball game. The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, will make his first court appearance Monday after turning himself into police earlier this month. Taylor is charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery. Taylor and the officer played on opposite teams at a basketball game at Hollywood High School in March. After a foul call against Taylor,…
  • Thousands mourn slain Ohio officer at funeral

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    By Rick McCrabb and Michael D. Pitman Journal-News CINCINNATI, Ohio — Those who couldn't attend Sonny Kim's funeral service lined the streets from the Cintas Center to the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Some stood on Montgomery Road for more than an hour, waving American flags, holding up homemade signs, thanking Kim for his 27 years on the Cincinnati police force. They wanted to pay their final respects to the Cincinnati police officer who was gunned down on June 19 in the line of duty. Silence fell over the crowd when the procession first passed the cemetery on the way to…
 
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    FBI Top News

  • Behind the Scenes with Operational Medics

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Members of the FBI’s Operational Medicine Program are trained to provide care under the most stressful situations, such as SWAT operations and high-risk arrests.
  • Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell Established

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    To better collaborate with and assist American families whose loved ones have been kidnapped and held overseas, the White House today announced the creation of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, which will be the single government entity responsible for coordinating the recovery of U.S. hostages abroad. The interagency group will be located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will be led by Michael McGarrity, an 18-year veteran of the FBI.
  • Multi-State Chop Shop Operation Disrupted

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    After serving a lengthy state prison term in the early ‘90s for running an extensive truck theft and chop shop operation, the head of a multi-state criminal enterprise picked up where he left off—until his illegal activities garnered him a 27-year federal sentence.
  • Health Care Fraud Takedown

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    More than 240 individuals—including doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals—were arrested this week for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. At a press conference today in Washington, D.C., officials said the arrests constituted the largest-ever health care fraud takedown in terms of both loss amount and arrests.
  • Seeking Suspect in Church Shootings in Charleston, South Carolina

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Law enforcement authorities are seeking Dylann Storm Roof, who was allegedly involved in several murders in Charleston, South Carolina.
 
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    NTOA

  • Win a scholarship to our tactical conference in Salt Lake City! Deadline June 30!

    Mary Heins
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The NTOA and its generous sponsors are once again offering scholarships to our tactical conference in Salt Lake City on Aug. 30 to Sept. 4! These scholarships will cover the conference fee and room cost for “individual” members of the NTOA, a value of approximately $1,400! Simply fill out the online scholarship application and tell us, in your own words, how this training scholarship will help you and your agency. Also include in your narrative which classes/seminars you are interested in attending. Your chances of winning may be better than you think! All eligible candidates will…
  • NTOA Award Nominations Open – Deadline July 1, 2015

    Mary Heins
    27 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    NTOA is accepting nominations to honor worthy law enforcement officers and organizations with several prestigious awards: Award of Excellence Award of Valor K9 SWAT Deployment Award TEMS Award Unit Citation for Valor Spirit of NTOA Award The awards are for incidents occurring between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Awards will be presented at our annual conference banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sept. 3. Click here to view detailed descriptions of each award as well as submission guidelines. The deadline for submitting nominations July 1, 2015. May be submitted via email to…
  • 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…
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    Blue Sheepdog

  • Houston Cop On the Job for 63 Years!

    Aaron
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Senior Officer Thomas nearing the end of his amazing 63-year career. Just a couple of years ago Senior Police Officer Edward “Mister” Thomas retired from the Houston, Texas Police Department. Normally retirements are only news for the fellow officers of the department, and maybe some close associates from nearby departments that have been made throughout their career. In a department with 5300 officers, like Houston, retirements can come and go with many not even really knowing the retiree. What makes Officer Thomas’ retirement so amazing, and newsworthy, is the fact that he…
  • United States v. Webster – Patrol Car Confessions

    Aaron
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    We’ve all been there before. You’re investigating a suspected crime, and to help control the scene you place a suspect in the back of your patrol car. The thug is a tough guy at the scene and isn’t admitting anything. However, for liability protection your department has outfitted your patrol car with audio and video recording equipment. In addition to the forward facing camera for stops and contacts, the system also has a camera recording the prisoner transport compartment. What part of those conversations, if any, can we use against them in court? On January 5th, 2015, the…
  • Car Thieves Go High-Tech

    Aaron
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:58 pm
    The National Insurance Crime Bureau is a great asset to law enforcement. Ever investigated a theft from auto or a stolen motor vehicle where there was no physical evidence of forced entry at the scene of the crime? I know my first thoughts are, “must have left the vehicle unlocked”. Although there are some sophisticated thieves using slim jims, screwdrivers to locks, or even hand-held lock picks, the number of thieves that simply break a window to gain entry to a vehicle far outnumber the smash and grab lot. However, with the rapid increase in high-tech anti-theft devices, such as…
  • Tactical Electronics HHIT Flex Camera

    Aaron
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The new Tactical Electronics HHIT Flex camera. Tactical Electronics is one of the primary manufacturers of the optical solutions needed by today’s tactical (SWAT) and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams. From extended pole cameras to fiber optic scopes to under the door micro cameras, Tactical Electronics is developing solutions for just about every application. Tactical Electronics has just announced the release of their new HHIT Flex camera. This new hand-held surveillance camera, provides (5) different flexible camera necks to meet the tactical needs of law enforcement SWAT or…
  • Colt Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Aaron
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    For years firearms commentators have been pondering how long Colt could maintain their course of action in the firearms community. For instance, there are many who believe that Colt has operated as if there was no true competition to their products, simply because of their name. However, Colt’s insistence in overcharging consumers on name brand only, without offering significantly improved products, has led them down the path of destruction in a market full of. Well the Reaper has finally caught up with Colt. The only option the company had was to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy to avoid…
 
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  • Would New DOT Rules to Fight Trucker Fatigue Have Prevented Deadly Tracy Morgan Accident?

    Leah Newman
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    It is rare that a car versus tractor trailer accident makes national news, but when a celebrity is involved it can quickly rocket to the headlines nationwide. While the June 2014 accident involving a limo which carried comedian Tracy Morgan received a lot of media coverage, the recent settlement of litigation stemming from the accident has not attracted as much attention. Earlier this month, Walmart announced it had reached a settlement in the suit filed by Morgan, and fellow limo occupants Ardley Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea. The terms of the settlement are sealed, but both Walmart President and…
  • These Stories Are Some of The Weirdest and Most Amazing Being Reported About The Recent Texas Flooding

    McDonald Worley
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    The recent floods in Texas have been truly devastating to the families and businesses affected by the storm waters.  The torrential rains have resulted in flooding in over two dozen counties, massive property damage, and tragically the loss of as many as two dozen lives according to most recent reports. Governor Greg Abbott in Texas has declared a state of disaster and the floodwaters have caused destruction across Houston (our national office is located in Houston), Austin, San Marcos, Wimberley, Dallas and other locations across the State.  The following are some of the most amazing…
  • 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…
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