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  • FBI to cops: keep quiet

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    American Police Beat
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    If you work in law enforcement, odds are that you know all about the use of devices by police to capture data from cell phones using what have become known as “fake cell phone towers.” The public doesn’t know much about it beyond what they read in the newspaper and there’s a reason for that. According to a recent article from the Washington Post, The FBI requires state and local police to keep quiet about the capabilities the controversial surveillance by making them sign non-disclousre agreements. Common in other industries, non-disclosure agreements make keeping quiet on a specific…
  • PulsePoint – Connecting Citizens with First Responders

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    Bruce Bremer, MBA
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Local first responders can now have a pocket-sized force multiplier. PulsePoint CPR/AED smart phone apps allow CPR-trained volunteers to sign up to be notified in the event of a cardiac emergency close by. The system interfaces with the local CAD-equipped 911 Center. As EMS is being dispatched to a heart attack victim, the system recognizes the call through a CAD interface and looks for PulsePoint volunteer members in the area. The volunteer administers CPR until relieved by an EMT, firefighter, or police officer. That’s the CPR part of the system. The AED app allows anyone to report the…
  • The Forgotten Fallen of 9/11

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    Jon Adler
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    On Sept. 11, 2001, 72 officers were killed in the line of duty. But they were not the only law enforcement casualties of 9/11. Today, 13 years after the attacks, officers continue to die from exposure to the toxins that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.More than 60 cases of officers whose deaths from cancer can be attributed to 9/11 toxins have been filed with the Department of Justice's Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) program. The PSOB program supports the surviving family members of fallen heroes with a one-time payment for a line-of-duty fatality (the…
  • Testimony resumes in Detroit cop's trial for deadly raid

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    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ed White Associated Press DETROIT — A key witness whose stormy remarks temporarily halted the trial of a Detroit police officer returned for more testimony Tuesday, speaking slowly and softly about a chaotic raid that killed her 7-year-old granddaughter while the girl slept on a couch. Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway warned Mertilla Jones not to "act out." Clutching a tissue in her left hand, she was extremely calm, even when a defense lawyer suggested her screams and tears last week were intentional. "Your demeanor's a lot different," said Steve Fishman, attorney…
  • First Degree Murder Charge in Oklahoma Beheading

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    BCarey
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    County prosecutor says death penalty is “highly likely.”
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  • FBI to cops: keep quiet

    American Police Beat
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    If you work in law enforcement, odds are that you know all about the use of devices by police to capture data from cell phones using what have become known as “fake cell phone towers.” The public doesn’t know much about it beyond what they read in the newspaper and there’s a reason for that. According to a recent article from the Washington Post, The FBI requires state and local police to keep quiet about the capabilities the controversial surveillance by making them sign non-disclousre agreements. Common in other industries, non-disclosure agreements make keeping quiet on a specific…
  • Moonbeam vetoes drone warrants

    American Police Beat
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A Drone asset manufactured by the company Cine Drones. Lawmakers are struggling to find the right balance between privacy and public safety. Boy oh boy have times changed. Back in day, California Governor Jerry Brown was considered a liberal. But Moonbeam 2.0 is a different animal entirely. Not only has Gov. Brown inked major agreements with private prison outfits, he also recently vetoed a state bill that would have required police to get a warrant before conduction searches and surveillance with unmanned arial vehicles- otherwise known as drones. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed…
  • APB at the movies

    American Police Beat
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The problem with movies these days is that about 95 percent of them suck. Movie studios spend so much on the trailers people see in the coming attractions that it’s not uncommon to find out a movie you were looking forward to is actually a steaming pile of stinky dog-poop. Here’s the promotional copy for the new Ben Affleck movie “Gone Girl. “With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.” Watch a clip of one of the interrogation scenes below. The…
  • The Top 10 Fictional officers I’d least like to be questioned by

    American Police Beat
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    1. Lt. Edmund Exley with Officer Bud White standing slightly behind him. (L.A. Confidential 1997) 2. Oslo Police Detective Nicholas Ramm (Bloody Angels, Norwegian film from 1998 w/subtitles) 3. Fargo Police Officer Marge Gunderson (Fargo 1996) 4. Bill Duke as the unnamed detective. (Menace to Society 1993) 5. New York Police Department Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (French Connection 1971) 6. U.S. Marshall “Little Bill” Dagget (Unforgiven 1992) 7. DEA agent Stansfield (The Professional 1994) 8. Tokyo Police Detective Azuma (Violent Cop, Japan 1989) 9. Sheriff Buddy Deeds (Lone Star…
  • Cop nearly killed by swarm

    American Police Beat
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A swarm of angry yellow jackets definitely qualifies as a deadly threat. In Brookhaven, Georgia, a police officer is lucky to be alive after getting stung 100 times by a swarm of yellow jackets. DeKalb County police say the incident started when a suspect struck one of their squad cars on Interstate 85. The suspect fled into a wooded area and the Brookhaven officer and his K-9 went in after him. “They stepped into a yellow jacket’s nest and they were immediately covered by hundreds, if not thousands of yellow jackets,” Brookhaven Police Maj. Brandon Gurley told WSB-TV News.
 
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  • PulsePoint – Connecting Citizens with First Responders

    Bruce Bremer, MBA
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Local first responders can now have a pocket-sized force multiplier. PulsePoint CPR/AED smart phone apps allow CPR-trained volunteers to sign up to be notified in the event of a cardiac emergency close by. The system interfaces with the local CAD-equipped 911 Center. As EMS is being dispatched to a heart attack victim, the system recognizes the call through a CAD interface and looks for PulsePoint volunteer members in the area. The volunteer administers CPR until relieved by an EMT, firefighter, or police officer. That’s the CPR part of the system. The AED app allows anyone to report the…
  • How Many School Shootings?

    Jean Reynolds
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    It seems like a simple question: How many school shootings have happened since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre in December 2012? When you look closely at the data, however, it’s not easy to come up with an answer. Everytown for Gun Safety, a pro-gun control organization, announced in June that there had been 74 shootings since Newtown. Its findings were widely reported in the media—and controversy soon erupted, with five media sources disputing Everytown’s figures. The Hartford Courant and Washington Post say that there have been 52 school shootings. CNN and Fox News counted 15, and…
  • Ferguson PD Chief Jackson No Longer Leads His Department

    robert_cubby
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    I usually reserve judgment on another officer’s actions, no matter what his assignment or rank. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and see how their actions play out. That LEO experienced more than I could fathom or understand. His thinking, planning, and his actions based on his philosophy, are his (or hers) and his alone. Certain officers holding certain ranks, however, speak not only for themselves but for their department as well. This is certainly the case for any department’s police chief. He (or she) serves as the department’s head and the highest ranking sworn officer.
  • The Value of Human Intelligence

    jimmcneff
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    I spent half my career working secondary investigations in the detective bureau at my agency. I was fortunate to do it in three separate tours of duty—as a detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. I know how messy and high maintenance it can be to supervise confidential informants (CI’s) regardless of their motivation. Most are defendants trying to reduce their criminal exposure, but there are also mercenary informants, paid informants, and simply good people trying to assist. Regardless of the categorization, each informant has liabilities. We had a saying in my unit, “Today’s CI is…
  • Officer Safety Tips

    joshcrosby
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Officers are often asked for “safety tips” or “crime prevention measures” that will make citizens feel safer. They want to know how to prevent vehicles from being broken into or how to load their Christmas shopping bags without fear. You want to give them the phone number to AAA, but you politely respond with standardized speech #17 which eases their fears. Then you return to your now-cold coffee. We give the public safety tips without thinking, but what about our safety tips? Who do we ask if we need some pointers about doing our jobs more safely and effectively?   We find we are a…
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  • The Forgotten Fallen of 9/11

    Jon Adler
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    On Sept. 11, 2001, 72 officers were killed in the line of duty. But they were not the only law enforcement casualties of 9/11. Today, 13 years after the attacks, officers continue to die from exposure to the toxins that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.More than 60 cases of officers whose deaths from cancer can be attributed to 9/11 toxins have been filed with the Department of Justice's Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) program. The PSOB program supports the surviving family members of fallen heroes with a one-time payment for a line-of-duty fatality (the…
  • N.J. Court Rules for Cop Killer's Parole

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    A man convicted in the 1973 killing of a state trooper should be released on parole, a state appeals court ruled Monday in a case where a codefendant remains one of the state's most wanted fugitives four decades later, reports NorthJersey.com.Sundiata Acoli was convicted of shooting State Trooper Werner Foerster to death during a traffic stop after being pulled over for having a tail light out. At the time of the murder, Acoli was known as Clark Edward Squire. Another trooper was also hurt during the traffic stop.In the car with Acoli was Joanne Chesimard who is believed to be a fugitive…
  • Video: Canadian LEOs Pay Respect to Fallen Officers

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    VIDEO: Canadian Law Enforcement Members Pay Respect to Fallen OfficersAlbertans and law enforcement officers from across the province gathered in Edmonton Sunday afternoon to pay tribute to Canadian officers who have died in the line of duty.Canadian National Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Day was marked across the country Sunday; each year it's celebrated on the last Sunday of September.The ceremony in Edmonton began with the Massed Pipes and Drums of Alberta leading law enforcement officers to the south grounds of the Alberta Legislature.The names of each of the fallen officers were…
  • Video: Treating PTSD Still Issue for Police

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    VIDEO: Treating PTSD Still Issue for PoliceMental health experts say post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real concern in first responders."We pay them very little. They work ridiculous hours. And then we're surprised they would come down with PTSD or acute stress symptoms. We should just expect that they would come down with it. Not be surprised when they do," says Dr. Robbie Adler-Tapia, a Tempe-based psychologist who specializes in treating emergency personnel with PTSD.Discussions of PTSD usually surround military personnel returning from the front lines of war-torn countries. And…
  • New Jersey Officer Shoots Suspect After Stabbing, Gun Grab

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    A knife-wielding suspect was shot by an Asbury Park, N.J., police officer during a sidewalk struggle Monday morning that left another officer injured, authorities said.The suspect, Oswaldo Torres Quiroz, 22, of the Iselin section of Woodbridge, was shot once in the abdomen by Ptl. Johnny Washington, first assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux said during a Monday afternoon press conference.LeMieux said Washington fired his .40 caliber Glock one time in self-defense after Quiroz slashed the wrist of another officer, Ptl. Carl Christie, with a steak knife measuring 8 to 10 inches,…
 
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  • Testimony resumes in Detroit cop's trial for deadly raid

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ed White Associated Press DETROIT — A key witness whose stormy remarks temporarily halted the trial of a Detroit police officer returned for more testimony Tuesday, speaking slowly and softly about a chaotic raid that killed her 7-year-old granddaughter while the girl slept on a couch. Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway warned Mertilla Jones not to "act out." Clutching a tissue in her left hand, she was extremely calm, even when a defense lawyer suggested her screams and tears last week were intentional. "Your demeanor's a lot different," said Steve Fishman, attorney…
  • Secret Service head takes responsibility for WH breach

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    By Alicia A. Caldwell and Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued. "It's unacceptable," Pierson told lawmakers, promising a review of how the storied but blemished agency carries out its mission of protecting the president and how it failed to intercept the intruder much earlier. "I'll…
  • 1 student shot; 2nd in custody at NC high school

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Associated Press ALBEMARLE, N.C. — A student was shot by a fellow student outside a North Carolina High School on Tuesday morning just minutes before classes began, authorities said. The shooting happened around 7:40 a.m. as the two male students argued in an on campus courtyard at Albemarle High School, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said at a news conference. The shooter put down his gun after firing the shots and waited for police to arrive. Halliburton said. "We had the suspect immediately in custody," said Halliburton, who had 20 officers from several…
  • Calif. bill allows families to seek gun restraining order

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would become the first state to allow family members to petition judges to take away relatives' guns if they are deemed to be dangerous under a bill facing a Tuesday deadline for action by the governor. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced Assembly Bill 2014 after a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left six people dead and 13 injured from gunshots and stab wounds. Tuesday is the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to act on the last of the 768 bills approved during…
  • Case involving arrest by Ferguson officer on hold

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press CLAYTON, Mo. — A drug case stemming from an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting. A judge approved prosecutors' request Monday to send the case involving an arrest by officer Darren Wilson to a St. Louis County grand jury. But a spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch later said that the case is "on hold" until Wilson's status is resolved. The suspect's attorney wants the drug distribution charge dismissed because he…
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  • First Degree Murder Charge in Oklahoma Beheading

    BCarey
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    County prosecutor says death penalty is “highly likely.”
  • Appeals Court Orders Release of New Jersey Trooper’s Killer

    BCarey
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Trooper Werner Foerster was killed during a 1973 traffic stop. A Monday, May 2, 2005 file photo shows New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, who was killed during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Sundiata Acoli then known as Clark Edward Squire and Joanne Chesimard were convicted of the murder of Trooper Foerster, but Chesimard escaped prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, living there under the name Assata Shakur. In a ruling published Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, a New Jersey appeals court has ordered the state parole board to release Sundiata Acoli, who was convicted in the shooting…
  • On Ferguson Police Chief's Apology

    AlannaM
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Even when it’s hard, even when some people don’t understand it or begin making lots of noise, we shouldn’t apologize for doing our jobs. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson marches with protesters before clashes led to arrests in front of the Ferguson Police Department, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
  • Chase Fugitives Much?

    AlannaM
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Fugitive hunting technology and information from previous active manhunts will ensure that cop-killer Eric Frien is caught
  • Search for Suspect in Pennsylvania Ambush Continues

    BCarey
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Authorities are concerned about booby-traps in Pocono Mountains. FBI along with various state police officers exit a wooded area at Buck Hill Falls in Barrett Township, Pa., where the search for Eric Frein continues Friday, Sept 26, 2014. Frein is suspected of fatally shooting a state trooper and wounding another at the Blooming Grove state police barracks two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)
 
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    FBI Top News

  • FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The FBI has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the United States.
  • FBI Announces Biometrics Suite’s Full Operational Capability

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Agencies searching the FBI’s criminal history record database for matches to their subjects are getting faster and more accurate responses—the result of the Bureau’s 10-year effort to improve its ability to provide law enforcement partners with timely, high-quality identification. Earlier this month, the FBI announced the Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, is now at full operational capability.
  • Alleged Pennsylvania Gunman Added to Top Ten List

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Eric Matthew Frein—the alleged shooter of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers—has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
  • Senior Citizens Targeted in Sweepstakes Fraud

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A North Carolina couple recently pled guilty to running a sweepstakes fraud scheme that targeted elderly Americans, in some cases causing victims to lose their entire life savings.
  • Director Briefs Congress on Homeland Threats and FBI Response

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, Director Comey testified before a congressional committee on the FBI’s efforts to combat threats against our nation, specifically focusing on our counterterrorism and cyber programs and our continued integration of intelligence and operations.
 
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  • Ruger’s New Patrol Rifle

    Richard
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Ruger announced a new DI-type AR-15 rifle they are calling the AR-556. Check it out here: http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/ruger-ar-556/.
  • 5.11 Storm Grey TACTEC Plate Carrier

    Aaron
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    The color of SHOT Show 2014 was clearly grey, and 5.11 led that charge with their Storm Grey offering. Predominately introduced in their hugely popular clothing line, 5.11 is continuing the move by showcasing popular items and accessories in Storm Grey, including the TACTEC plate carrier. The Storm Grey design specifically targets law enforcement and special operations units in the urban environment, yet is neutral enough to appeal to a much broader group of shooters. The 5.11 Storm Grey TACTEC Plate Carrier Traditional heavier tactical vests offer more comprehensive cover than plate…
  • Protective Sweeps of Residences: US v. White

    Aaron
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:46 am
    [Ed.note:  This article reviews a court case (US v. White) that is related to protective sweeps.  The case is not yet decided, and would not be binding on all jurisdictions.  However, it is a case that would likely be persuasive in other courts.  Regardless, the events in the case are likely to happen in all jurisdictions, and by examining the case now, we might be able to make good decisions when faced with similar circumstances in the future.  As with all of our articles, this is not legal advice, and you should refer to your department's standard operating procedures and legal counsel…
  • H&K Announces New VP9 Duty Pistol

    Richard
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:33 am
    Heckler & Koch announced a new pistol for the law enforcement community:  the VP9.  The new handgun is a polymer-framed pistol that is striker-fired.  It is chambered in 9mm and is similar in appearance to the P30 line of pistols. A complete review of the new gun is at GunsHolstersAndGear.com.
  • Please Help

    Richard
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    If you can help with a few dollars, I would appreciate you supporting Matt DeVito and his family.  A fire destroyed their house and took all of their worldly possessions.  To compound the problem, they had recently moved into this home and it was not yet covered by insurance. Matt’s family needs food, clothes, school supplies and all of the other things that most of us take for granted. Donate here:  http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/fighting-fires-within-the-firearms-community/166573 Even if you can’t donate, I’d appreciate you sharing the information.
 
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