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  • WHAT IS THERE TO BE THANKFUL FOR?

    Law Enforcement Today
    Pat Welsh
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Holiday seasons for cops are sometimes very difficult to get in to. We so often are caught up in the all the misery and heartache of daily life behind the badge. I remember Thanksgiving was the beginning of the Robbery Season – which culminated with the “Let’s all fire off our weapons at midnight” on New Year’s Eve. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go. It is sometimes hard for a cop to be thankful and merry at this time of year. Is there anything to be thankful for? I’m glad you asked. Here is my Thanksgiving List for Cops: Be thankful for one another – law…
  • Spirit of Blue Holiday Wreaths Available from Whitney Wreath

    POLICE Magazine
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Spirit of Blue Foundation has worked with Whitney Wreath to make available a blue ribbon Spirit of Blue Wreath as a way of showing honor and support for the law enforcement community during the holidays. A large portion of the proceeds go toward funding the foundation's work in awarding safety equipment and training grants.This modern styled 22-inch balsam wreath is decorated with a sleek, blue French wired ribbon trimmed in silver, and accented with silver-toned bunches of pine cones, berries, and holly. It is available on WhitneyWreath.com.The Spirit of Blue Foundation is dedicated to…
  • Wounded Pa. cop gives back to homeless vets on Thanksgiving

    PoliceOne Daily News
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    By Dave Crawley CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH — Jim Kuzak is a wounded veteran of the Clairton Police force. On a rainy night in April 2011, a gunman’s bullets left him paralyzed from the waist down. Michelle Sager recently called Officer Kuzak, on behalf of Anthony Albert Real Estate, to tell him he’d receive a Thanksgiving dinner for 20 after being voted “Pittsburgh Protector of the Year.” “He said, you know, ‘I just want to pay it forward. And I want to give this dinner I’m receiving to the [Shepherd’s Heart Veterans Home] shelter.’…
  • ODMP: Alabama Deputy Killed in Collision

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    BCarey
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Elmore County deputy and four others killed. Elmore County Sheriff's Office, Deputy James "Bart" Hart (ODMP photo)
  • Social media being used by Metro East law enforcement in wake of Ferguson unrest

    IACP - Items of Interest
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
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  • WHAT IS THERE TO BE THANKFUL FOR?

    Pat Welsh
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Holiday seasons for cops are sometimes very difficult to get in to. We so often are caught up in the all the misery and heartache of daily life behind the badge. I remember Thanksgiving was the beginning of the Robbery Season – which culminated with the “Let’s all fire off our weapons at midnight” on New Year’s Eve. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go. It is sometimes hard for a cop to be thankful and merry at this time of year. Is there anything to be thankful for? I’m glad you asked. Here is my Thanksgiving List for Cops: Be thankful for one another – law…
  • Just Enough

    jimmcneff
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Few in law enforcement will accumulate great wealth created by the profession. While our wages vary in different areas of the country, for the most part, they are sufficient if used wisely. It was a profession that provided Just Enough for my family, and for that I am thankful. When the pilgrims settled in New England in December of 1620, they were unprepared for starvation and the sickness of a harsh winter. They lost nearly half their population before the following spring. Can you imagine the mourning that occurred? It is often said that most people find God, or run from Him, through…
  • In Memoriam: Agent Edwin Roman-Acevedo

    Patrick Sharkey
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Chief James Tuller Cintron of the San Juan Police Department in Puerto Rico sadly reports the death of Agent Edwin Roman-Acevedo. Agent Roman-Acevedo, 36, was shot while he was sitting in his personal vehicle in the parking lot of a pharmacy in Trujillo Alto. When Agent Roman-Acevedo stopped his car in the parking lot, several men approached his vehicle and announced an armed robbery. Agent Roman-Acevedo brandished his firearm to defend himself and struggle ensued between one of the armed men and Agent Roman-Acevedo. During the struggle, a second armed assailant shot Agent Roman-Acevedo three…
  • Thankful, What For?

    Juli Adcock
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Recent headlines include the powder keg in Ferguson, Missouri, a Kansas woman found beaten, raped and set on fire, multiple line of duty deaths and so on. Some officers in the midst of burning themselves to a crisp think “what’s the use in chasing and catching someone, they’ll get away with it anyway”. The holiday rush is beginning and people seem to become even more frantic, distracted, and rude to the point of killing others over a parking space. In a word, it is insane out there! So why in the world would there be anything to be thankful for? What is the value of the holiday,…
  • Ferguson in the Classroom

    James P Gaffney
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Each police officer faces tremendous challenges during their professional career. Since 2010, I have found the greatest challenge before me as a police lieutenant is to help primarily black and Hispanic students understand a police officer’s role by bringing the street into the classroom. I never thought my greatest challenges and rewards would be experienced teaching at Berkeley College in New York City. We come together with like minds when we openly discuss the facts and circumstances of major incidents. Officer Darren Wilson’s greatest challenge is before him. In the past, I have…
 
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  • Spirit of Blue Holiday Wreaths Available from Whitney Wreath

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Spirit of Blue Foundation has worked with Whitney Wreath to make available a blue ribbon Spirit of Blue Wreath as a way of showing honor and support for the law enforcement community during the holidays. A large portion of the proceeds go toward funding the foundation's work in awarding safety equipment and training grants.This modern styled 22-inch balsam wreath is decorated with a sleek, blue French wired ribbon trimmed in silver, and accented with silver-toned bunches of pine cones, berries, and holly. It is available on WhitneyWreath.com.The Spirit of Blue Foundation is dedicated to…
  • Bullet-Proofing Your Rolling Office

    David Griffith
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Around 1 p.m. on Jan. 30, Sgt. Cory Wride of the Utah County Sheriff's Office spotted a pickup truck parked on the side of Utah's State Route 73 with its emergency flashers activated. And as he had done many times before, Wride stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist who needed a hand.What Wride didn't realize as his cruiser pulled to a stop behind the truck was that he had fallen into a trap. The back window of the pickup slid open and shots were fired through Wride's windshield.Wride was killed without a chance to fight back. His attacker—later identified as Jose Angel…
  • Training: Keeping It Real

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Let's face it, we as law enforcement officers hold a high liability position. The decisions we make, or don't make, can have life changing or life ending consequences. When we get it right, we're heroes. When we get it wrong we're the devil incarnate and named in a lawsuit to boot. Few other professions can claim such highs and lows.So how do we tip the scales in our favor? Training. Lots and lots of training. All professions require ongoing training of some kind; some require more than others. Professional athletes may be at the top of the list but I would argue law enforcement is a close…
  • Less-Lethal: Mixed Blessings

    Todd D. Keister
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A disheveled, homeless-looking man in his mid-30s sits sullenly in a bus stop shelter. It's 80 degrees outside, but he's wearing an old army field jacket. In his hand he's holding a hunting knife. The police are called, and when they arrive, they try to convince the man to relinquish the knife. The man merely shouts nonsensical replies. He becomes more and more agitated, then stands up and brandishes the knife. An officer to his right fires a bean bag round from a shotgun, striking the man in the mid-section, whereupon he drops the knife and falls back in a crumpled heap on the bench. He is…
  • 2 FBI Agents Shot in Missouri

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Two FBI agents were shot early Wednesday morning in north St. Louis County.Rebecca Wu, an FBI spokeswoman, says the shooting happened at approximately 2:53 a.m. She says two special agents were shot while helping the University City Police Department execute an arrest warrant at a home on North Hanley Road, near Monroe Avenue.Wu says one agent was shot in the shoulder, the other was shot in the leg. Their injuries are non-life threatening. She says this incident is not related to the unrest in Ferguson.Police are looking into the possibility this could be related to an incident late Monday in…
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  • Wounded Pa. cop gives back to homeless vets on Thanksgiving

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    By Dave Crawley CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH — Jim Kuzak is a wounded veteran of the Clairton Police force. On a rainy night in April 2011, a gunman’s bullets left him paralyzed from the waist down. Michelle Sager recently called Officer Kuzak, on behalf of Anthony Albert Real Estate, to tell him he’d receive a Thanksgiving dinner for 20 after being voted “Pittsburgh Protector of the Year.” “He said, you know, ‘I just want to pay it forward. And I want to give this dinner I’m receiving to the [Shepherd’s Heart Veterans Home] shelter.’…
  • Ga. deputy hit by shotgun blast responding to domestic dispute

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    By Joe Kovac Jr. The Macon Telegraph PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. — A Putnam County sheriff's deputy survived a shotgun blast fired Wednesday night by a man during a domestic dispute, officials there said. Deputy Barak Wood's injuries were not life-threatening, Putnam Sheriff Howard Sills said. "A couple of shotgun pellets hit him, apparently birdshot," the sheriff said of wounds to Wood's hand and eye. Wood was en route to an Athens hospital for treatment late Wednesday, Sills said. "He's gonna be fine." The shooting happened about 8 p.m. just north of Lake…
  • Calif. K-9 shot in line of duty returns home

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:38 pm
    By Veronica Rocha Los Angeles Times WEST COVINA, Calif. — The 2-year-old police dog who was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman who opened fire on officers in a West Covina neighborhood was expected to go home Tuesday. Reiko, a 2-year-old Beligian Malinois, had been hospitalized since Sunday night, when a gunman fired shots at him and officers, striking the canine once in the upper torso. The bullet narrowly missed the dog's spinal cord and remained lodged under the skin until veterinarians removed it and handed it to police investigators. "Their quick actions and top-tier…
  • Mass. police receive anti-OD drug through grant

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    By Shawn Regan Gloucester Times HAVERHILL, Mass. — A shipment of the life-saving drug Narcan arrived Tuesday, but Mayor James Fiorentini said it will be at least another week before police officers are outfitted with devices to administer the medicine, which reverses the effects of heroin in people overdosing. At a recent meeting of the mayor’s newly formed heroin task force, several drug treatment professionals said most addicts they treat report Narcan has saved their life at least once. Meanwhile, state Rep. Brian Dempsey said Haverhill will receive $22,000 from the state…
  • Ferguson protester in Chicago charged with battery on officer

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    By Quinn Ford Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A Logan Square man has been charged with a felony after he was arrested along with two others while protesting the fatal shooting of a black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo., police said. Richard Newburger, 57, of the 2300 block of North Spaulding Avenue, has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer after he was arrested Wednesday afternoon near State Street and Jackson Boulevard, police said. Two women, both 63 years-old, were also arrested during the protest, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman.
 
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  • ODMP: Alabama Deputy Killed in Collision

    BCarey
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Elmore County deputy and four others killed. Elmore County Sheriff's Office, Deputy James "Bart" Hart (ODMP photo)
  • Ferguson: A Lose-Lose Situation

    LisaW
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    All hell is breaking lose in Ferguson. And it is all so sad. Why? Because there are almost no winners while there are, unfortunately, plenty of losers.
  • FBI Agents Shot While Serving Warrant in Missouri

    BCarey
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Agents were helping University City officers with warrant.
  • National Guard Keeps Ferguson Protests Less Destructive

    BCarey
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Governor increases number of troops to 2,200. Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • Videos, Photos: Aftermath of Ferguson Violence

    BCarey
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Protests spread destruction and damage overnight. A member of the Missouri Highway Patrol walks past a building burned to the ground, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo. The building and several others in-and-around Ferguson were burned during protests after a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
 
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  • Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    While the annual LEOKA report, released earlier this weeks, offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data about line-of-duty fatalities, assaults, and accidents is to prevent them from occurring in the future.
  • In the Line of Duty: 2013 LEOKA Report Released

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died in accidents. In addition, 49,851 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury are included in the 2013 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, released today.
  • Honoring the Fallen

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Two decades ago, on November 22, 1994, a lone gunman entered the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and opened fire in a squad room, killing a police sergeant and two FBI agents. For those close to the fallen, who gathered today for a memorial service marking 20 years since the tragic event, it’s as if it happened yesterday.
  • Rewards for Two Fugitives in Multi-Million-Dollar International Cyber Fraud Scheme

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Romanian fugitive Nicolae Popescu, the leader of an international organized crime syndicate that ran a multi-million-dollar cyber fraud scheme, and Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu, another Romanian fugitive charged with participating in the scheme.
  • Prison Plot Foiled: Murder Witness Threatened from Jail

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    It’s one of the more outrageous prison plots the FBI has investigated in recent memory: An Ohio inmate—and the clinical psychologist who was in love with him—were among five people indicted last month and charged with threatening a murder witness.
 
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  • NTOA joins IACP panel on “Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents during Investigative and Tactical Operations”

    Mary Heins
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    On December 9, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, will host a webinar, Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents during Investigative and Tactical Operations.” Panelists will discuss the potential risks to children of arrested parents during investigative and tactical operations, and will provide strategies and best practice recommendations for law enforcement to mitigate these risks. Resources will be provided to…
  • Board of Directors Election Results

    Mary Heins
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The results of NTOA’s election for Regional Directors are in! Congratulations and welcome to the NTOA Board of Directors! The winners for three-year terms, beginning in January 2015 are: EASTERN REGION: Det. Jason Behun is a seven-year veteran of the City of Cape Coral (FL) PD and is currently assigned to the Training Unit. He is also a member of the Cape Coral PD SWAT team and is a team leader and lead instructor. Prior to joining the Cape Coral PD, he worked for the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 13 years where he was assigned to the Tactical Operations Section as a SWAT team…
  • NTOA’s 2014 Team Grant Winners Announced

    Mary Heins
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    We are pleased to announce our 2014 Team Grant winners! TASER AXON FLEX docking stations (8) and a one-year subscription to Evidence.com Woodburn Police Tactical Services Unit, Woodburn, Oregon Police Department TASER X26P CEW (1 each) Highland County Sheriff’s Office SRT, Highland County (OH) SO Santa Rosa Police SWAT Team, Santa Rosa (CA) PD Xavier University of Louisiana PD Omega Team, Xavier University of Louisiana PD Rockland Sheriff REACT Team, Rockland County (NY) SO Monroe/Lafayette County ERT, Monroe (WI) PD TASER X2 CEW (1 each) Jamestown PD SWAT Team, Jamestown (NY) PD…
  • Educational Scholarships Now Open

    Mary Heins
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    NTOA’s “James Torkar Educational Scholarship Program” provides funding for college tuition and other eligible expenses to dependent children of “Individual” members of NTOA. These scholarships may be awarded directly to the educational institution or into a 529 College Savings Plan. Application Period: Nov. 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015 Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded in each region (Eastern, Central and Western). Click here for scholarship information and online application. If you are not an “individual” member of NTOA, JOIN NOW! Questions?
  • Welcome to our new website!

    Mary Heins
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Welcome to the NTOA’s newly designed website! Our fresh look and improved functionality will enhance your experience when you want to access benefits, information and opportunities on our site. Our new Publication pages feature simple, easy-to-navigate tabs that allow you to quickly scan through article archives from both The Tactical Edge and the Crisis Negotiator, and to search for information by subject. Our Member Tested and Recommended Program pages now offer product reviews, scores and photos in an accessible format that can be searched and filtered by category, company or…
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  • Remington 887 Shotgun Recall

    Aaron
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Remington Model 887 is under recall.       Remington Arms has announced a recall on ALL Model 887 shotguns manufactured between December 1, 2013 and November 24, 2014.  Remington engineers have determined that some of these 887 shotguns could unintentionally discharge, therefore a general recall is necessary to ensure an inspection and correction of defective parts is completed. The identified problem involves the firing pin binding up in the forward position within the bolt assembly.  This problem can potentially cause the firing pin to protrude outward from the bolt…
  • EOTech 518 Holographic Sight

    Aaron
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The EOTech 518 holographic sight.                 EOTech 518 EOTech has announced the new 518 holographic weapon site. The EOTech 518 advances on the already very popular EOTech 512.  The 518 uses AA batteries – alkaline or lithium – and has a QD attachment for Picatinny rails.  Two Alkaline AA batteries power the 518 for around 600 continuous hours, while two lithium AA batteries will keep the 518 running for as long as 1,000 hours.  The use of AA batteries should help reduce operational costs. Read the full article from our companion site,…
  • Gerber Ghostrike Concealed Carry Knives

    Aaron
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The Gerber Ghostrike Fixed Blade Knife           Gerber has announced the addition of two new knives specifically designed for concealed carry. The Ghostrike Fixed Blade Knife and Ghostrike Punch. GHOSTRIKE FIXED BLADE KNIFE The Ghostrike knife is designed to be light weight and low profile.  The Ghostrike handle is a skeletal design with a rubberized grip covered with tiny diamond textures that should provide an excellent grip regardless of the conditions during use.  There is a lanyard hole for an additional carry method. The compact 3.3″, fixed blade has…
  • Springfield Armory’s Mod.2 Grip

    Aaron
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    After a blitz campaign of cryptic advertisements, Springfield Armory has finally released photographs of their new Mod.2 grip design for the XD series pistols.  The wait appears to be well justified.  The new  grip appears very well designed.  The ergonomics look like they would fit the shooter’s hand like a glove.  The textured front and back straps of the grip appear more than sufficient to maintain a good grip without being overly aggressive.  This should be particularly beneficial on the initial Mod.2 offering on sub-compact XD’s.  What are your thoughts on the Mod.2?
  • A New Feel for Springfield XD

    Aaron
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The new Springfield XD grip promises to be more hand friendly. Springfield Armory is releasing several tease announcements revealing a new ergonomic grip for their XD polymer pistols.  When the XD pistols came to the market in 2001 they quickly found favor by many shooters for their features, reasonable price, and unique grip ergonomics and texture. Though some may find the XD grips too aggressive, many shooters appreciate the feature for stabilizing the shooter’s hand during firing.  Having a fairly standard mild texture on the sides, the XD front and back straps stand out for…
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  • Cops Are People Too

    Bradley Nickell
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
    On the eve of the Thanksgiving celebration, I've decided to share something very close to my heart. It's something I've only shared once and had no idea that I would ever share it again until about ten minutes ago. But in light of the turmoil in our country and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, I think it might be a good idea to put a human side to the badge.We grow up thinking of our teachers as nothing more than some kind of instructor who lives life to educate children. When we learn that our teachers had families and children and lives outside the school building, it gives a…
  • The Real Thanksgiving

    Bradley Nickell
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Thanksgiving is a time where we celebrate the goodness in life with our loved ones. But you already know that, so why should you read this? What could I ever tell you that you don't already know about Thanksgiving and being thankful?It's not about telling you something you don't already know. It's about showing you something that enriches what you already know. It's about sitting around the fire with a hot cup of cocoa and telling stories that warm our hearts and remind us just how much we need each other. That's right, I said the N-word...need.In the vast sea of…
  • Body Cameras and Law Enforcement

    Bradley Nickell
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:35 pm
    There's an awful lot of unrest brewing in America today. People are frustrated with government and in many instances, rightfully so. Half of America is upset that government is overreaching and becoming too involved in our everyday lives. The other half is upset because they believe government hasn't done enough for them.A lot of the angry feelings towards our elected officials trickles down to the police. Why? Because the police are out there every day, in contact with the public, while the politicians sit behind closed doors, making their decrees. The people have access to the…
  • 9-11 Tribute

    Bradley Nickell
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    I wrote this back in August after a trip to New York City. In this next week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, I think it's important for each one of us to consider the things we're thankful for.One of many things I'm thankful for is that I was able to make it to NYC to see the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it to everyone who loves our great country.You will be moved and even if it's the only thing you see in the Big Apple, I think you will come away satisfied, as I was. I've included some photos, most of which I took while I…
  • Love Squared

    Bradley Nickell
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    You're going to get more than just cop stuff here at this blog. You're going to get information about a variety of things, but most of all, you're going to get the uncut version of me.You're going to see the human side of a lifelong cop. You're going to see me near the end of my career in policing and hopefully my transformation back into a normal person again, whatever normal is.Spending years as a cop changes a person. In many ways for the better, but some not so much. We get tired of thinking about the things that people do to each other.Let me tell you something a lot…
 
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