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  • Untested Rape Kits—Again

    Law Enforcement Today
    Jean Reynolds
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    By now it’s a familiar news story: Tens of thousands of rape kits have never been tested—despite the availability of criminal justice DNA databases that could potentially identify thousands of rapists. But now there’s a new twist to this sad story. According to Steve Reilly, an investigator for USA TODAY, one of the main culprits is…the US Department of Justice. Why do these kits continue to gather dust in evidence rooms around the country? There are many reasons (mistrust of victims, poor recordkeeping, and so on), but two stand out. First, there are no standard policies and…
  • Lamperd Less Lethal Signs Training Contract with Corrections Services Canada

    POLICE Magazine
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Lamperd Less Lethal has announced it has signed a contract with Correctional Services Canada (CSC) to train Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) personnel.The training will occur at locations in Ottawa, Ontario; and Regina, Saskatchewan, related to the technical aspects and proper servicing of the Lamperd Less Lethal 40mm Launcher Platform that was recently purchased by the agency. This contract expires on December 31, 2015.CSC has exclusively adopted the Lamperd 40mm Launcher Platform as the replacement for the current 37mm weapons in use at CSC federal prison installations. Lamperd will…
  • SF police department’s new quadski travels land and sea

    PoliceOne Daily News
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    By PoliceOne Staff SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Police Department has added a new $50,000 quadski to their fleet of vehicles, ABC 7 reported. During a Giants game June 26, an officer of the Marine Unit showed off the new hydrobike in the bay surrounding the baseball stadium. The San Francisco Police Dept's amphibious "Quadski" in McCovey Cove (H/T @SportsGrid) pic.twitter.com/2ZCc749Dfq — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 26, 2015 "It kind of looked like Robocop," Ben Mullin, who attended the game, told the publication. The jetski converts into an ATV…
  • A bobby on the tweet: Ammanford inspector to host social media Q&A

    IACP - Items of Interest
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
  • International Parental Kidnapping Case

    FBI Top News
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    When 9-year-old Billy Hanson didn’t return to Pennsylvania after spending the summer with his father in Seattle, the boy’s mother called her local police department, setting in motion an international kidnapping investigation that led FBI agents halfway around the world to a tiny island in the South Pacific.
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  • Untested Rape Kits—Again

    Jean Reynolds
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    By now it’s a familiar news story: Tens of thousands of rape kits have never been tested—despite the availability of criminal justice DNA databases that could potentially identify thousands of rapists. But now there’s a new twist to this sad story. According to Steve Reilly, an investigator for USA TODAY, one of the main culprits is…the US Department of Justice. Why do these kits continue to gather dust in evidence rooms around the country? There are many reasons (mistrust of victims, poor recordkeeping, and so on), but two stand out. First, there are no standard policies and…
  • Just Another Call

    tdawley
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    Just Another Call Just another call my mind whispers to me Then scolds about complacency. A violent domestic, a burglary in progress, A barroom brawl, an unwanted guest. Just another call my mind whispers to me Nothing to fear, just wait, you’ll see. A juvenile disturbance, an unruly crowd, Accident with injuries, music too loud. Just another call my mind whispers to me A symptom of our diseased society. A woman battered bloody, her man a beast of rage Empty whiskey bottle on table, the key unlocking the cage. Just another call my mind whispers to me What fate the future holds, I cannot…
  • In Memoriam: Sergeant Scott Lunger

    Patrick Sharkey
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    Acting Chief Mark Knoller, of the Hayward Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Sergeant Scott Lunger. Sergeant Lunger, 48, was shot and killed during a traffic stop after stopping a white GMC pick up truck for being driven in a reckless manner (performing “donuts” in a parking lot). As Sergeant Lunger was approaching the truck, the driver opened fire, striking him several times. Sergeant Lunger’s partner returned fire as the driver fled the scene of the shooting in the pick up. Sergeant Lunger was transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley in grave…
  • The Great Escape

    Peter Curcio
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    Since the recent New York State escape of prisoners Matt and Sweat and the subsequent manhunt has grabbed national media attention, my phone has been ringing off the hook with inquiries seeking my correctional expertise to answer the obvious questions of how can something like this possible happen. Where did they get power tools from? Why didn’t anyone hear them cutting out?, Among a host of other related questions. Based upon my 30 years of expertise at Rikers Island, overseeing operations at one of the largest and most violent correctional systems in the nation, I am never surprised when…
  • In Memoriam: Officer Vernell Brown Jr.

    Patrick Sharkey
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    Superintendent Michael Harrison of the New Orleans Police Department in Louisiana sadly reports the death of Officer Vernell Brown. Officer Brown, 47, was stuck by a vehicle on US-90 near I-10 as he was investigating a vehicle fire. He was outside his patrol vehicle and standing along the side of the road next to a guard rail when a vehicle crash occurred near the burning vehicle and his patrol unit. After the collision, one of the vehicles veered off the roadway and struck Officer Brown. The two police recruits that were with Officer Brown in their “field training” were not injured. The…
 
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  • Lamperd Less Lethal Signs Training Contract with Corrections Services Canada

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Lamperd Less Lethal has announced it has signed a contract with Correctional Services Canada (CSC) to train Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) personnel.The training will occur at locations in Ottawa, Ontario; and Regina, Saskatchewan, related to the technical aspects and proper servicing of the Lamperd Less Lethal 40mm Launcher Platform that was recently purchased by the agency. This contract expires on December 31, 2015.CSC has exclusively adopted the Lamperd 40mm Launcher Platform as the replacement for the current 37mm weapons in use at CSC federal prison installations. Lamperd will…
  • Video: Las Vegas Man Killed After Shooting Officer in Face

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    VIDEO: Former Shelter Dog Joins Va. Police K-9 UnitLas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers were responding around 6:10 p.m. Saturday to a report of a robbery and battery with a deadly weapon incident near Charleston Boulevard and Mojave Road when a man, who was not involved in the investigation, came out of his apartment.Police reported that he initially engaged officers in conversation before going back into his apartment. After the suspect got a handgun and shot the officer just below his eye, officers returned fire and struck the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the…
  • Illinois Officer Lauded for Kindness to Mentally Disabled Woman

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    A video of a Bloomingdale, Ill., Police Officer helping a mentally disabled woman has touched the hearts of thousands of people online.The Bloomingdale Police Department responded to a call where a 21-year-old mentally disabled woman had wandered away from her home. Officers found her walking along the roadway, adding that she was "visibly scared and upset and would not come with the police," WAGA TV reports.After telling police she just wanted to "walk the trails," Bloomingdale police officer Giovenco walked the "trails" with her and calmed her down."She then agreed to walk back to her home,…
  • Handcuffed Man Steals Washington Deputy's Patrol Car

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    The man who police say stole a King County Sheriff's patrol car while handcuffed was finally taken into custody a second time Saturday afternoon after a search that lasted for several hours.The hunt began after a deputy reported his SUV stolen around 9 a.m. in the North Bend area. The deputy was responding to a report of a suspicious car and person around 8:30 a.m., the King County Sheriff's Office said, and approached a man who had several warrants out for his arrest.It is unclear what followed, but the investigators say the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Teddy Bell of Snoqualmie,…
  • Video: Milwaukee Police Hunt for Lion

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    VIDEO: Milwaukee Police Hunt for LionMilwaukee residents were concerned on Saturday when many claimed to have spotted a ‘lion-like animal’ and police closed several streets while they searched.Milwaukee police and the Department of Natural Resources responded to the area, but no animal was located. Police did maintain a presence overnight though.Residents said they saw a lion and her cub on Saturday morning, Fox 8 reports.The Milwaukee zoo confirmed that all of their lions were accounted for.  Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people…
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    PoliceOne Daily News

  • SF police department’s new quadski travels land and sea

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    By PoliceOne Staff SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Police Department has added a new $50,000 quadski to their fleet of vehicles, ABC 7 reported. During a Giants game June 26, an officer of the Marine Unit showed off the new hydrobike in the bay surrounding the baseball stadium. The San Francisco Police Dept's amphibious "Quadski" in McCovey Cove (H/T @SportsGrid) pic.twitter.com/2ZCc749Dfq — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 26, 2015 "It kind of looked like Robocop," Ben Mullin, who attended the game, told the publication. The jetski converts into an ATV…
  • US Senator proposes $100M in grants for body cameras

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    By Bo Petersen The Post and Courier CHARLESTON, S.C. — Sen. Tim Scott planned to file a bill Tuesday to provide $100 million in federal grants to help pay for police body cameras. Scott’s bill would compete with a bill already in the Senate to provide $20 million for the cameras, as well as a bill approved by the House of Representatives that would provide $25 million, according to media sources. An Obama administration bill in late 2014 to provide $75 million for the cameras was not approved by Congress. The bill could provide more than 120,000 of the cameras, which can vary in…
  • Iowa police cruisers get automated license-plate readers

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    By Rick Smith The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Odds in Cedar Rapids are moving against you if you're driving a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, or are wanted on a criminal warrant of any kind. The City Council on Tuesday is slated to approve the Police Department's request to purchase two automatic license-plate readers, which will be placed on police squad cars and will come with the technological capability to scan every license plate the cameras pass and then to instantaneously alert the police officers of any potential criminal issue related to the car or its…
  • Police: NJ ATM workers forget bag of cash, man drives off with $150K

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Associated Press MAHWAH, N.J. — Police say a man drove off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees who were replenishing ATMs mistakenly left it on a lawn in northern New Jersey. Mahwah police say in a news release that the ATM employees had stopped at a business on Industrial Avenue when one of them placed the satchel on the front lawn as he moved items around in their vehicle. They drove off, forgetting the bag. Sometime after 11:15 a.m. Monday, surveillance video shows a passenger in a white van grabbing the bag. The van was seen in other video surveillance pulling…
  • La. gunman had no red flags at time of gun sale

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    By Ray Henry Associated Press CARROLLTON, Ga. — John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale. Yet Houser's own family worried he was dangerous in 2008 and sought court protection. His wife was so worried that she removed his guns from their home, her attorney said. A probate judge in Georgia signed an order allowing sheriff's…
 
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    FBI Top News

  • International Parental Kidnapping Case

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    When 9-year-old Billy Hanson didn’t return to Pennsylvania after spending the summer with his father in Seattle, the boy’s mother called her local police department, setting in motion an international kidnapping investigation that led FBI agents halfway around the world to a tiny island in the South Pacific.
  • Economic Espionage: Nationwide Awareness Campaign Announced

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    To raise awareness of the growing threat of economic espionage, the FBI has launched a nationwide campaign that includes a short film based on an actual case. “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Trade Secrets” illustrates how one U.S. company was targeted by foreign actors and how that company worked with the FBI to resolve the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • FBI Discusses Sextortion in Live Twitter Chat

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    In a live Twitter chat today, the head of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section answered questions from users on the social media platform about sextortion crimes. During the conversation, Special Agent Calvin Shivers defined sextortion, provided links to educational resources for parents and kids, and encouraged victims to reach out to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
  • Financial Fraud

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Two criminals were sentenced for a scheme that involved enlisting young women at shopping malls and other places to participate in a “hair show,” gaining access to their bank accounts, depositing phony checks in the accounts, and withdrawing funds before the banks realized the fraud.
  • FBI Hosting Live Twitter Chat to Discuss Sextortion

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Sextortion is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money. To discuss the crime and highlight a recent case, the FBI is hosting a live Twitter chat Tuesday, July 21, at 2 p.m. EDT at twitter.com/FBI.

 
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    NTOA

  • Salt Lake City Conference Scholarship Winners Announced

    Mary Heins
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    We are excited to announce scholarship winners for our 2015 tactical conference in Salt Lake City. Again this year, NTOA and its generous sponsors offered scholarships to “individual” members of NTOA. These scholarships cover the conference fee and room cost for winners. A special thanks to our scholarship sponsors: SWAT-Life: Brothers for Adversity Tactical Electronics Vista Outdoor Scholarship winners by region: Eastern Region Terry Crews, Alachua County SO (SWAT Life) Jean-Paul Lara, Town of Greenburgh PD (Vista Outdoor) Charles Bracken, Maryland State Police (Vista Outdoor) Adam…
  • NEW – July 2015 eNewsletter

    Mary Heins
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    The latest edition of your favorite eNewsletter is here!  Read about new incident debriefs just added to our tactical conference in Salt Lake City, new seminars at our CNT conference in Scottsdaleand the announcement of our educational scholarship winners. You need all the latest news and we’ve gathered it all right here!  
  • 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…
  • 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,…
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  • Self-Defense Targets – Training to Win

    Aaron
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Police firearms training in the 1960’s. (Photo from NRA). The firearms community has grown phenomenally over the last 25 years, and continues to show amazing improvements in manufacturing, innovation, and skills training to complete the experience. These advancements have helped law enforcement respond to increasingly complex critical incidents. The development of highly accurate bean bag rounds as a less lethal option, polymer striker-fired handguns that reduce weight but improve accuracy through consistent trigger pulls, and the implementation of the Taser are just a few of examples…
  • Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adapter

    Aaron
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Magpul Industries has announced the delivery of the Modular-LOK (M-LOK) Tripod Adapter. The M-LOK is an incredible tool that can quickly transition a standard AR-15 patrol rifle into a stable platform for more precise shots, or a precision AR rifle into an even more stable system. One of the biggest problems with long-term deployments is fatigue. With fatigue the shooter’s firing platform begins to break down bringing on inaccurate fire. With the Magpul M-LOK Tripod Adapter officers or Tactical Team operators can quickly secure their AR rifle on a supported tripod. The M-LOK can swivel…
  • Ruger Precision Rifle Review

    Aaron
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The Ruger Precision Rifle packs a big punch with a reasonable price. (Scope and rings not included) Ruger is no stranger to an innovative approach to firearms manufacturing. The company’s forward thinking team has produced patented new technology, and dozens of highly reliable firearms. In fact, it was Ruger’s non-traditional firearm philosophy, and astute market awareness, that placed Ruger on the fast track to success. Ruger is on fire with new additions to their high quality firearms selections, with the latest addition being the Ruger Precision Rifle. Ruger had just announced…
  • Spudz Pro Optic Cloth by Alpine Innovations

    Aaron
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The Alpine Innovations Spudz Pro with Spudz Sudz Cleaning bottle. Alpine Innovations is the brain child company of Darren Jones, who has been producing every-day solutions since 2002. What started with the need to fix a muddy fly line has turned into a company focused on providing outdoor enthusiasts with products to make their adventures easier and more efficient. One of those products is the Spudz Pro optic cloth. To help clean lenses and optics, Jones combines a premium microfiber cloth with a neoprene pouch with help from his seamstress wife, Shellie. Alpine Innovations did not create the…
  • A Duty to Intervene – Salvato v. Miley

    Aaron
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. When an officer swears the oath of office they are making a solemn promise to uphold the U.S. Constitution, their State Constitution, and the laws of their jurisdiction. In most circumstances this oath is upheld and gauged by the officer’s exercise of authority over citizens while in the line of duty. However, the oath of office is not a singular promise of Constitutional fidelity to just our interactions with the public, it also applies to intervening in unlawful or un-Constitutional acts by other members in law enforcement. This is…
 
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