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  • In Memoriam: Trooper Trevor Casper

    Law Enforcement Today
    Patrick Sharkey
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Scott Walker, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin sadly reports the death of Trooper Trevor Casper of the Wisconsin State Patrol. Trooper Casper, 21, was shot and killed during a confrontation with an individual that was believed to have robbed the Hometown bank in Wausaukee, Wisconsin. It was also learned that “this individual,” had also confronted a 60 year old male citizen in Wausaukee a short time after the robbery. The robbery suspect shot and killed the citizen stealing his vehicle and leaving the robbery suspect’s vehicle running with the citizen laying in the street.
  • Arizona Bill Would Delay Disclosure of Names of Officers in Shootings

    POLICE Magazine
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has until Monday to decide whether to sign or veto a bill requiring state agencies to keep confidential for 60 days the identities of law enforcement officers involved in deadly or serious shootings, reports the New York Times.The bill, which passed the State Senate by a large margin on Tuesday, follows what supporters said were threats against Arizona officers after two recent shootings as well as concerns raised by events in Ferguson, Mo., where Officer Darren Wilson fled his home after being identified as the officer who shot an unarmed black teenager.After…
  • Mo. police to limit tear gas use in settlement with Ferguson protesters

    PoliceOne Daily News
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    By Jim Salter and Jim Suhr Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the lawsuit Thursday at the request of both sides. The settlement also calls for her to supervise the case through 2017, to ensure the agencies comply. Jackson issued a temporary restraining order in December requiring police to provide "reasonable" warning before using…
  • New York Police using social media to connect with residents

    IACP - Items of Interest
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
  • Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

    FBI Top News
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.
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  • In Memoriam: Trooper Trevor Casper

    Patrick Sharkey
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    Scott Walker, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin sadly reports the death of Trooper Trevor Casper of the Wisconsin State Patrol. Trooper Casper, 21, was shot and killed during a confrontation with an individual that was believed to have robbed the Hometown bank in Wausaukee, Wisconsin. It was also learned that “this individual,” had also confronted a 60 year old male citizen in Wausaukee a short time after the robbery. The robbery suspect shot and killed the citizen stealing his vehicle and leaving the robbery suspect’s vehicle running with the citizen laying in the street.
  • In Memoriam: Officer Michael Johnson

    Patrick Sharkey
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Chief Larry Esquivel of the San Jose Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Patrol Officer Michael Johnson. Officer Johnson and other officers had responded on a call to the apartment of an individual that was reportedly depressed, intoxicated and suicidal. As officers were approaching the apartment building, the suspect stepped out on a balcony of the apartment and opened fire on officers with a high powered rifle. Officer Johnson was struck by the gunfire and killed instantly. Other officers returned fire and moved Officer Johnson to a position of safety and out of the…
  • Here Today….Gone Tomorrow….Unpredictable

    Khang (Mike) Nguyen
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    My wife Sara tells me that I’m not allowed to die until I am 85 years old. I took my eyes off the television and looked at her. She had tears coming down her face. I looked at her and said “Yes Honey”.  She is the boss! We were watching the news about officers from our area being shot. Thankfully they survived. In Minnesota, where I live, we have had our share of officers being killed. It’s one of the worst feelings you can have when you get news of it. I don’t think we can all understand the emotions that this could have on those who are affected directly. The husbands and wives…
  • In Memoriam: Officer George Nissen

    Patrick Sharkey
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    It is with great sadness that Chief Christopher Pavini of the Stone Park Police Department in Illinois has announced that Patrolman George S. Nissen has passed away. Officer Nissen, 51, died as a result of a traumatic brain injury that he sustained 10 years ago while attempting to break up a large fight at a bar. During the altercation with the combatants, Officer Nissen was thrown over the engine hood of a vehicle and hit his head on a cement curb. Although he quickly got up and apprehended the individual that assaulted him, he continued working his shift as normal. The following day he…
  • “Police Suicide – The Voice of Truth” – In Memory of Officer Paul S. Buchanan #208, Died by Suicide March 12, 2013

    Trish Buchanan
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Two long years have passed since I lost my beloved husband, East Hartford CT Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan, #208 to suicide. I would have never imagined that this would have been my life. I never believed that I could survive such a terrible trauma such as the loss of my husband to suicide. This has been a journey that at times has left me drained and feeling overwhelmed. My belief and faith have been tried by fire. Yet, I have picked up the pieces of my shattered life and have believed in my husband’s message to “…make my death an issue and help other people that are like…
 
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  • Arizona Bill Would Delay Disclosure of Names of Officers in Shootings

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has until Monday to decide whether to sign or veto a bill requiring state agencies to keep confidential for 60 days the identities of law enforcement officers involved in deadly or serious shootings, reports the New York Times.The bill, which passed the State Senate by a large margin on Tuesday, follows what supporters said were threats against Arizona officers after two recent shootings as well as concerns raised by events in Ferguson, Mo., where Officer Darren Wilson fled his home after being identified as the officer who shot an unarmed black teenager.After…
  • Firing of Milwaukee Officer Upheld by Police Commission

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Milwaukee's police chief was justified in firing a white officer who killed a black man during a scuffle last year, a panel of police commissioners ruled Monday night.The three-commissioner panel earlier Monday had found the officer violated department protocol when he tried to search the man moments before they began fighting. Some in the room cheered when the ruling on firing was announced, the Associated Press reports.The officer shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton last April after a confrontation that began with the officer making a welfare check on Hamilton,…
  • Experts Weigh In on the Case of Pennsylvania Officer Facing Homicide Charges

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    A Hummelstown, Pa., police officer employed a TASER on David Kassick Feb. 2, but ended up fatally shooting him after he didn't obey commands to show his hands. This week, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico announced she has been charged with homicide in Kassick's death."Clearly when they work properly, Tasers cause fewer and less severe injuries to subjects and officers both," said retired Los Angeles Capt. and POLICE Advisor Greg Meyer, who has 36 years' experience with Tasers and use of force issues.But tazing a suspect doesn't always eliminate use of deadly force. In 2007-08,…
  • Albuquerque Officer Dies in Training of "Medical Event"

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The Albuquerque Police Department has confirmed that one of their officers had a medical episode and died during a training event near University and Indian School on Thursday.Police officials told KRQE TV officers were gathered for a role-play training when one of them suffered a catastrophic medical event. Officers began performing CPR, police say, and a medical director from the Albuquerque Fire Department also guided additional emergency procedures. The officer was transported to UNMH and police say he succumbed to the medical episode.The name of the officer was not released at press…
  • Philly Mayor Forms Panel to Review Use of Force

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Following a Justice Department report on the use of lethal force by Philadelphia police, Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday signed an executive order creating an independent oversight committee to implement the report's recommendations."It is clear that changes need to be made with regard to the use of force in the Philadelphia Police Department and all across the city," Nutter said.The mayor said the 15-member committee would assess and implement the 91 recommendations in the report. JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, will chair the committee, he said."[The…
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  • Mo. police to limit tear gas use in settlement with Ferguson protesters

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    By Jim Salter and Jim Suhr Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the lawsuit Thursday at the request of both sides. The settlement also calls for her to supervise the case through 2017, to ensure the agencies comply. Jackson issued a temporary restraining order in December requiring police to provide "reasonable" warning before using…
  • Wis. trooper's killer had been convicted in supremacist brawl

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    By Todd Richmond Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A Michigan man killed in a shootout that also left a rookie Wisconsin state trooper dead was part of a group of skinheads who attacked black and Hispanic people nearly 20 years ago, court records show. Steven Timothy Snyder was convicted in 1996 of disorderly conduct in Fond du Lac, the same city where he killed Trooper Trevor Casper on Tuesday. A third person was also found dead, but police have not said who was responsible. According to charging documents, Snyder, then 19, was part of a group of skinheads police noticed walking through…
  • Neb. state senator: 'My ISIS is the police'

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    By PoliceOne Staff LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state senator is in hot water over anti-police comments in which he compared officers to the Islamic State extremist group. The World-Herald reports State Senator Ernie Chambers said, “My ISIS is the police,” and that “The police are licensed to kill us. Children. Old people.” Chambers made the remarks during a hearing on a concealed gun bill Friday. The senator has reportedly been a vocal critic of the police force in Omaha. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts requested that Chambers issues a public apology on Thursday…
  • Elite Survival Systems Belt Clip Holster proves versatile

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Author: Lindsey J. BertomenThroughout my career, I have always carried a simple IWB holster in my gear bag. I just got an Elite Survival Systems Belt Clip Holster, and it has become my new “go to” holster for my compact autos, including my hard-to-fit Glock 38. Since I had a dual career as a Citizen/Soldier and a Law Enforcement Officer, I always carried a firearm everywhere I went. This was certainly easier and better prior to March 1993, when the Clinton Administration put an end to personal firearms on post. Several deployed friends were sharing with me that coalition soldiers…
  • Driver who hit 4 Denver cops during protest arrested

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Author: Lindsey J. BertomenBy Sadie Gurman Associated Press DENVER — A driver who struck and seriously injured a Denver police officer during a protest over police killings would not have been issued a driver's license if he had been honest about his history of seizures, police wrote in an affidavit supporting the man's arrest Wednesday. Christopher Booker, 42, apparently suffered a seizure on Dec. 3, when he struck John Adsit and other officers who were monitoring a protest of hundreds of high school students through the streets of Denver, authorities said. The case rattled…
 
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    FBI Top News

  • Panel Conducts Review of FBI Since 9/11 Commission Report

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    A congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the FBI’s implementation of recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004 today issued its findings.
  • Law Enforcement in Ohio Solicits Public’s Help to Identify and Locate Buckeye Bandit

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The FBI—along with its partners at the Columbus Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—are appealing again to the public for assistance in finding a serial bank robbery suspect believed to be responsible for at least 20 Columbus-area robberies between 2013 and 2015.
  • Leader of Violent Street Gang Going to Prison

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Following a multi-agency investigation, the leader of a dangerous criminal organization responsible for not only a great deal of the gang violence occurring on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, but also for the large-scale distribution of cocaine in and around the city was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
  • Still Seeking Clues in Biggest Art Theft in U.S. History

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It was 25 years ago, on March 18, 1990, that two men dressed as police officers gained access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 objects valued at approximately $500 million.
  • Financial Fraud Scheme in Hollywood

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The owners of Gigapix Studios told investors they were going to make an animated version of the “Wizard of Oz” called “OZ3D,” and those who got in on the ground floor could make a killing. But the film was a bigger fairy tale than investors bargained for, and approximately 730 people lost millions.
 
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    NTOA

  • 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…
  • Officer Cynthia Williams announced as Defensive Tactics Section Chair

    Mary Heins
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Officer Cynthia Williams We are pleased to announce that Officer Cynthia Williams is the NTOA’s new Defensive Tactics Section Chair. Officer Williams has been a law enforcement officer since 2000 and is currently with the Key West Police Department in Florida, having retired in 2014 as a sergeant with the Palm Bay Police Department. She is a highly decorated officer and has been the recipient of many recognitions and commendation awards for her performance. She began her SWAT career in 2003 at the Key West Police Department, where she once again serves on the Key West SWAT team. Williams is…
  • Emergency Management Directors: Volunteer for U.S. Department of Labor Program

    Mary Heins
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    The United States Department of Labor is looking for Emergency Management Directors to volunteer for the O*NET Data Collection Program. O*NET stands for Occupational Information Network and is a database accessible by the public via the internet (http://www.onetcenter.org/) at no cost, which provides information about the skills, tasks, work context, and knowledge requirements of 900+ occupations in the United States. It replaces the 70-year-old Dictionary of Occupational Titles as the nation’s primary source of occupational information. The U.S. Department of Labor believes the…
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    Blue Sheepdog

  • The Glock 43 Single Stack 9mm Has Arrived!

    Aaron
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The new Glock 43. A sub-compact, single stack 9mm – it’s officially here! (Photo courtesy of The Firearm Blog – TFB) Preparing for SHOT Show this year a wealth of media releases about new products, and upgrades were released. Conspicuously missing was an announcement from Glock about the handgun everyone has been seeking for a long time. Well, the BlueSheepDog Crew can finally share with our readers that Glock has produced that long-awaited pistol – the single stack, compact Glock 43 in 9mm. Much thanks, and full credit, goes to our friend Phil White at The Firearm…
  • New Accu-Grip AR-15 Pistol Grip

    Aaron
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    The newly designed, and personally adjustable, Accu-Grip mounted on an AR-15. Like a handgun, one of the most important parts of the AR-15 for maintaining accuracy is the pistol grip. Obtaining proper alignment to the rifle, proper sight alignment, proper trigger pull and reset, and comfortable shooting and stability for follow-up shots can be narrowed down to just a few areas, and the pistol grip is definitely a critical component. This month, Accu-Grip of Las Vegas announced their competitively priced, patented and patent pending, pistol grip improvement to the AR-15. Accu-Grip Design…
  • Should Officers Use Their Front Sights During A Gunfight?

    Aaron
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    About the Force Science Institute The Force Science Institute (FSI) is a research organization founded by Dr. Bill Lewinski, PhD. in Mancato, Minnesota. Dr. Lewinski is a 30-year clinical psychologist in human behavior who has focused his career in the area of police psychology. He created the Force Science Institute and dedicated its research to the study of human perception and reactions during dynamically developing situations, emphasizing the response of police officers during use of force encounters. Dr. Bill Lewinsky, PhD. providing classroom instruction on Force Science Institute…
  • Sightmark Ultra Shot Reflex Sights

    Aaron
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    The Sightmark Ultra Shot Reflex Sight Sightmark Ultra Shot Series Reflex Sights Sightmark continues to expand on their line of reflex sights, and I was glad to visit their booth at SHOT Show this year. I’ll be posting articles on a couple of Sightmark’s new products in coming weeks, but I wanted to take a moment to review the Ultra Shot series of reflex sights that have been on the market for a few years now. There are currently (4) options in the Ultra Shot family of sights. Ultra Shot (base model with 4 minor difference selections) Ultra Shot QD Digital Switch Ultra Shot Pro…
  • Rob Leatham Talks Trigger Pull

    Aaron
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Rob Leatham professional shooter and instructor Rob Leatham – Professional Shooter/Trainer Rob Leatham is a world renown professional shooter sponsored by Springfield Armory. During his time competing in professional shooting competitions he has amassed an impressive list of credentials and awards to prove he is the real deal when it comes to shooting handguns. Here are just a few of Rob’s accomplishments: 6-time IPSC World Champion 20+ USPSA National Title Holder Law Enforcement & Military pistol trainer for 25+ years. In addition to Rob’s incredible success in…
 
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    Nickell's Corner

  • The Clock is Ticking

    Bradley Nickell
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    What are you doing this Saturday afternoon, 03/07/15 at 5 PM Eastern / 2 PM Pacific time?Please allow me to invite you to listen to the Shattered Lives radio show on BlogTalkRadio on the Internet. Host Donna Gore "Lady Justice" is having me as her guest to speak about my true-crime book, REPEAT OFFENDER, and it's upcoming release on 04/14/15 from WildBlue Press.Donna and I will also be talking about life as a cop in Las Vegas, my path to becoming a writer, and whatever else tickles our fancy. I suspect you'll be able to call in and ask questions once the show goes live.Read…
  • Attention Writers and Readers!

    Bradley Nickell
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    The publishing industry is a maze with unforeseen pitfalls.As most know, in the past few years, some major international brick and mortar book stores have gone out of business with the explosion of e-publishing and self-publishing. Smaller, local booksellers are often struggling to survive and the big stores like Costco, Walmart and others don't provide much by way of individual service and selection to readers.Barnes and Noble remains, but is out on an island by themselves, still providing the same quality service they always have, but even they aren't immune to the influences from…
  • Repeat Offender Release Date, Book Cover Voting & Book Giveaway

    Bradley Nickell
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Daimon MonroeAs many of you know, I've been writing REPEAT OFFENDER, a Las Vegas true-crime story. In short, the story is about an investigation I led into Sin City’s most prolific career criminal, Daimon Monroe. It involved millions in stolen property, revolting sex crimes and murder-for-hire when Monroe tried to hire someone to kill me, a judge and a prosecutor.I'm pleased to announce WildBlue Press is releasing REPEAT OFFENDER on April 14th, 2015. You can pre-order yours for Kindle from WildBlue Press through Amazon right here at this link. It will be available for pre-order…
  • The Backwards Theory of Giving

    Bradley Nickell
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:28 pm
    I wrote this a couple days ago on Facebook and decided to share it here on my blog as well. I hope you're encouraged as much as I was.Do you ever feel led to do something for another out of the blue? It doesn't have to be something huge, it might be something small. Do you ever listen to that voice? I did today.I wasn't going to tell this story, because I don't like how it comes off--I think people who tell others about when they've been generous or kind have received their reward in full the minute they open their mouth about it. But, I've decided to tell you about…
  • From Handcuffs to Keystrokes; My Journey to Becoming a Writer

    Bradley Nickell
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Have you ever wanted to be a writer? If you're like I was before 2008, your answer is no. From childhood forward, the only thing I wanted to do with my life was to be a policeman. But I already told you some of that story in a previous post. I never wanted to be a writer; I didn't even read books much unless I had to for school or something. I have always just wanted to be a cop. And for those of you who are cops, you might get a little bored with this post unless you're interested in writing. But stick around, there's an announcement I'd like you to know about.In 2008, I…
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