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Manhunt continues for shooter of Baltimore detective

PoliceOne - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:34

Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The manhunt for the killer of a Baltimore homicide detective has entered its third day.

Baltimore police detective Niki Fennoy said Friday that federal agents assisting the department are at the crime scene.

They include agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The FBI and other agencies are also involved.

Sean Suiter was shot late Wednesday afternoon and died Thursday.

Police say the shooter was a man Suiter approached in a vacant lot in a particularly troubled area of West Baltimore. Suiter and a partner were investigating a 2016 homicide. Police said Suiter approached the man because he was "acting suspiciously."

The Baltimore Sun reports that rewards totaling nearly $190,000 have been offered for information.

The 43-year-old Suiter was an 18-year veteran of the force.

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Mich. K-9 dies after being hit by car during training exercise

PoliceOne - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:47

By PoliceOne Staff

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Michigan K-9 died after he was struck by a car during a training exercise last Friday.

The Traverse City Record Eagle reports that Antrim County K-9 Ori, a 16-month-old German shepherd, was practicing off-lead obedience with his handler when he was struck and killed. Ori started his duties on Oct. 30.

Ori assisted the narcotics team with locating drugs and arrests during investigations.

In August, Antrim County was given a $17,250 donation in order to establish a K-9 program for the county. Sheriff Dan Bean said in a statement that he hopes to continue the program and get another dog.

Additional details are unknown at this time.

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First-ever Europol K9 “Dogs as Heroes” calendar

EUROPOL - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:15
Every day, throughout the EU and beyond, thousands of dogs are working to help keep us safe, many times even risking their lives. These specially-trained and dedicated ‘K9’ officers are searching for explosives or drugs, finding evidence at crime scenes, tracking missing people and criminals and protecting their handlers.   To honour their loyalty and their work, Europol dedicates for the first time ever its yearly calendar to these invaluable four-legged members of police forces.
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Why the Explorer 3005 pistol case is the perfect traveling companion

PoliceOne - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:01

Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

I’m not much of a traveler. I really don’t like flying. However, I can tell you I am particular about a few things when I have to travel. Foremost, I don’t travel without a gun in my checked baggage.

Testing gun cases is not the most interesting aspect of writing. In fact, no one gets excited about them until their custom over-and-under is damaged in transit. After that, the gun owner is religious about their protective cases.

To that end, I tested the Explorer # 3005 single pistol case, a hard-sided, single pistol case made of Explorer’s nearly indestructible copolymer polypropylene compound.

Despite the brisk treatment I gave it, it still looks new.

Short-term storage and transport of a firearm

When traveling, a locking gun box is essential, especially when airlines put “there’s a gun in here” bright tags on the outside of one’s luggage to alert every employee and passenger that this is the baggage that, when stolen, contains a bonus.

Explorer cases are made in Italy; the company is headquartered in Inglewood, California. The copolymer doesn’t buckle in extreme temperatures and they have better strength-to-weight ratio than another brand I have used. This case is designed for short-term storage and transport of a firearm. It is completely waterproof and shockproof.

how i tested the case

The Explorer #3005 case uses corrosion-proof steel pivot pins for the hinges and latches. One of the things I did to test them is place straps on the edge of the product and try to close it using my body weight. This is a lot of force, considering the O ring seal system is recessed, and the lip of the bottom section is raised to engage the O ring.

The hinges and latches remained true, despite the abuse.

The case does lock, and the locking holes are steel reinforced. If you tried to punch the pins out, the design would prevent it.

Let’s not be unrealistic, it’s copolymer, not diamond-plate. It does have strategically placed reinforcement lines that protect the integrity of the case. The corners are reinforced and the walls are thick enough to be rigid. For this reason, you would have to use a good saw to defeat its security.

The contents are well protected. The interior is 11 13/16” x 8 1/4” x 2 5/16”, perfect for a full-sized handgun and a couple of magazines. The interior is egg crate foam on the top and pick foam on the bottom. It has a manual pressure relief valve.

I dropped it with my gun in it. Not only was it well protected, the gun remained in place, even when dropped on the corners. Even jumping on it will not pop the one-piece, “claw like” latches open. The #3005 case will stack horizontally and vertically.

other considerations

I would pick a copolymer case over steel or aluminum because they are a bit quieter, and they don’t dent.

Most of the metal ones I have seen aren’t waterproof. I like river rafting, and I wouldn’t think twice about toting an extra gun in this case. For marine use, each side has material that stands it off of a flat surface enough so stuff doesn’t accumulate under it. The material also makes it stackable. They are IP 67 and MIL-STD 810F-810G. It is easily tied down to other equipment.

The #3005 case weighs less than three pounds and is only a little buoyant.

Explorer cases are inter-stackable, which means that cases of different sizes and configurations can also be stacked. For photographers and 3-Gunners, this feature really makes a difference.

This case will take the Explorer Cases optional shoulder strap kit. It has a tamper-resistant name plate and a comfortable carry handle. Explorer cases have an incredible warranty.

What didn’t I like about this case? The hinged lid opens just a little past 90 percent. I like my cases to open flat.

You may select any color you wish, as long as it’s black. MSRP is $54.99.

P.S. Here’s a tip: Never fly into NYC with a firearm. Pick somewhere else. You’re welcome.

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P1 Photo of the Week: The Fargo challenge

PoliceOne - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:00
Author: PoliceOne Members

This week's photo comes from the Roseville (Minn.) PD. These officers had some fun working the local high school football game on a wintery Friday night - donning their vintage cold weather gear and creating the "Fargo Challenge." Pretty spot-on!

Calling all police photographers! PoliceOne needs pictures of you in action or training. Submit a photo — it could be selected as our Photo of the Week! Be sure to include your name, department information and address (including city, state and ZIP code) where we can reach you — Photo of the Week winners have a chance to win a T-shirt!

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International drug trafficking and money laundering network dismantled

EUROPOL - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:08
In total, 40 suspects were arrested in Spain, Morocco and Germany, and more than EUR 13 million in cash, almost 4 tonnes of cocaine, 18 luxury vehicles and 3 boats were seized. The cocaine seized is worth more than EUR 103 million in the Spanish market. Part of the cocaine seized in Spain was destined for the UK.
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Sports corruption: IOC and Council of Europe joint expert meeting at Europol

EUROPOL - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:39
Sports corruption for the purpose of fraudulent betting is a crime phenomenon that is on the rise and is often carried out by organised crime groups that operate transnationally. Criminals operating in this field use different modi operandi and adopt very complex structures, therefore the only successful response by law enforcement is to adopt a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approach, involving all key actors from both the public and private sectors.
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Police grants: What’s being federally funded in 2018?

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:27
Author: Samantha Dorm

Don’t let the news regarding the current political climate distract you from preparing for future grant opportunities. Despite not having an approved federal budget in place, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has already posted its FY18 Program Plan, along with the estimated release dates for request for proposals to be published.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has three grant-making components:

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); Office of Justice Programs (OJP), comprised of six bureaus and program offices; Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

These three agencies are responsible for awarding federal financial assistance to support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local and tribal jurisdictions to:

Assist victims of crime; Provide training and technical assistance; Conduct research; Implement programs that improve the criminal, civil and juvenile justice systems.

The congressional appropriation that supports DOJ's programs and operations reflects the priorities of the President, the attorney general and Congress.

The DOJ Program Plan is a tool to help applicants and grantees find funding opportunities (solicitations) that address their criminal, juvenile and civil justice needs.

What funding opportunities are in the DOJ plan?

Q1: Oct/Nov/Dec 2017

Plans for this quarter support various efforts under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

Program highlights include emergency planning efforts for juvenile justice residential facilities, supervised visitations and safe exchange programs, and research to improve forensic science for criminal justice purposes.

Q2: Jan/Feb/Mar 2018

OJJDP and the NIJ programs will dominate funding notice releases early in 2018. Look for a host of programs related to juvenile treatment courts, mentoring programs, and gang and violence prevention, along with the highly competitive Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program.

Expect the release of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), which could support records management improvements.

Q3: Apr/May/Jun 2018

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) returns to its normal spring release after early postings during the presidential transition in 2017.

It is anticipated that we will see grants under Community Oriented Policing that may have traditionally been released under BJA. This includes programs like the body-worn camera initiative, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program and funds to improve police-community relations.

Please note: It is not uncommon for the various programs to accept grant applications prior to the approval of the FY18 budget. However, the awards will not be granted until the funding has been approved and the proposed projects are subject to change.

Q4: Jul/Aug/Sep 2018

Program awards are expected to be announced during this period.

Proposed budget highlights

1. Department of Justice (DOJ) FY18 proposed budget

The bill funds DOJ at $29 billion, an increase of $349 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level.

Within this amount, funds are increased for the highest-priority grant programs, including:

$527 million for the Violence Against Women account (an increase of $46 million); $500 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (an increase of $104 million); $220 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (an increase of $10 million).

2. Community trust initiative

The recommendation includes $65,000,000 for a program to improve police-community relations. Included in this initiative is:

$10,000,000 for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program; $25,000,000 for justice reinvestment; $22,500,000 for a body-worn camera partnership initiative; $7,500,000 for research and statistics on community trust.

3. Opioid abuse

The recommendation includes $118,000,000 for programs to reduce opioid abuse, which is the full amount authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA; Public Law 114-198). Within this amount is included:

$43,000,000 for drug courts; $7,000,000 for veterans treatment courts; $12,000,000 for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment; $14,000,000 for prescription drug monitoring; $12,000,000 for the Mentally Ill Offender Act; $30,000,000 for other programs authorized by the bill. 4 tips on preparing for FY18 funding opportunities

Follow these four tips to prepare your police agency to maximize FY18 funding opportunities.

1. Educate yourself about the funding priorities

The best way to determine the right funding options for projects in your area is to contact your State Administering Agency (SAA) to obtain detailed program information.

The link above contains information about the lead agency to help users better understand the grant priorities and methods for applying for funds.

Direct contact information is generally available for the key personnel members who coordinate funding for the following programs:

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Although the source of funding is the same at the federal level, each state prioritizes how the funds will be used according to local trends. If you are unable to locate a copy of the local priorities online, reach out to the SAA for details.

2. Register for online grants-related portals

Most grant applications are submitted online and require various administrative steps be taken. Check program websites or review previous request for proposals (RFP) to obtain registration requirements in advance. Some systems can take 2-3 weeks to validate registrations.

3. Sign up for email notifications

Many online resources offer users the option to sign up for email notifications so you don’t miss important deadlines. Take the time to specify the type of information you wish to receive and the frequency of the notices so you aren’t bombarded with emails.

4. Sign up for free grants assistance from PoliceGrantsHelp The PoliceGrantsHelp grant assistance program includes a number of options for departments seeking assistance in securing grant funding. Grant assistance is available by filling out a request form from one of the major police category segments.

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4 ways the new LE5 body-worn camera from Safariland VIEVU supports transparency for police agencies

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:30

Author: Samantha Dorm

Sponsored by VIEVU

By PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Body-worn cameras have become essential tools for modern policing. In addition to providing audio and video evidence for prosecutorial purposes, there is an inherent transparency in providing a neutral account of events, with community organizations and police departments increasingly demanding such transparency.

Cameras and video recordings often prove a useful tool for de-escalation, as well, and resulting video can support situational training.

VIEVU’s new LE5 body-worn camera builds on the company’s existing technology with new configurable features and support for in-field connectivity and auto activation options. As policing becomes more technology-driven, these features open the door to new opportunities for communication and collaboration.

Here are 4 features of VIEVU’s new LE5 body-worn cameras that make it easy to capture an accurate record of events for increased transparency.

1. Configurability

As diverse as police agencies, their policies and their officers are, body-worn cameras must accommodate a range of needs that can only be met with configurable settings. New features like selectable fields of view, covert mode and pre- and post-recording options allow for greater camera customization.

VIEVU also offers flexible software options so agencies can choose the evidence management solution that best suits their needs. Video evidence from the LE5 body-worn camera can be managed with a CJIS-compliant Microsoft Azure Government cloud-based solution, on-premises storage or a combination approach, according to agency preference.

“We provide body-worn camera technology that supports the unique needs of each police department,” said Jason Wine, vice president of engineering and technology for VIEVU. “Our cameras allow agencies to select the appropriate level of transparency for them, building trust with the community while maintaining control over what features and capabilities they have.”

2. Activation

When to activate body-worn cameras is a common dilemma, and the easier it is to switch recording on or off, the easier it is for the officer to remain focused on the situation at hand. The LE5 series cameras offer a slide switch to control camera activation. High-efficiency wireless and wired connectivity options allow for automatic activation as well.

With the LE5, VIEVU also offers a holster-based CAS technology option in conjunction with the Safariland 7TS duty holster. The Camera Auto-Activation System, or CAS, automatically activates the body-worn camera when an officer draws his or her firearm, so the officer can focus completely on the situation at hand.

“In the heat of the moment, an officer may not have time to both draw his or her firearm and activate the camera,” said Wine. “We want to make sure these cameras are turning on during the most critical moments to take the onus off the officer. Officers can be confident their camera is on as they focus on the moment and the situation.”

3. Connectivity

The LE5 body-worn camera also provides Wi-Fi and high-efficiency wireless connectivity for integration with other devices and systems. This enables remote activation as well as opportunities for real-time viewing and surveillance.

“Typically, agencies download video data through docking stations when officers recharge the cameras,” Wine said, “but with LE5, they have the flexibility of uploading from anywhere there’s an internet connection.”

The industry-standard USB-C connector on the LE5 has a symmetrical and reversible design that allows for fast charging, high-speed uploads and easy docking.

Officers also can upload video and add metadata using the VIEVU mobile app. This allows officers to add notes while details are fresh in their minds for more accurate reporting. Mobile access and new processing features on the back end further shift the burden from officers to technology to help ensure officers’ time is spent focused on policing.

4. Accuracy

An important new feature allows each agency to adjust the cameras’ field of view according to their preference. Agencies can choose between recording a view of 70, 95 or 120 degrees. The default setting is 95 degrees, closest to the human eye’s perspective.

As with any camera, the image is the objective, and the LE5 cameras are designed to capture video without “fisheye” image distortion or infrared enhancement to provide a greater degree of accuracy that reflects what the officer saw in the moment.

“The goal is to replicate the human eye,” said Wine. “We’re supposed to be a bystander, without bias, recording what is occurring. To do that, we want an accurate representation of what that officer is actually seeing. Our cameras capture evidence without relying on technologies such as infrared that might alter critical details.”

Increasing the field of view beyond 100 degrees begins to introduce fisheye distortion that bends the image around the edges, which can make it difficult to identify people, read license plates and measure distances. However, some agencies may consider a wider view more important than being able to measure details in the edge of a video frame.

Additionally, the new LE5 cameras also offer up to three minutes of pre-recording and up to one minute of post-recording for added context to any event. This additional information can make a difference in court, whether the justice system or the court of public opinion.

Additional Benefits

Weighing less than 5 ounces, the new LE5 cameras offer full-shift battery life and more than 12 hours of active recording time for reliability. An empty battery recharges completely in four hours.

For added configurability, VIEVU’s new ClipLock System provides the ability to quickly and easily change mount styles without the need for tools, plus safeguards against accidental drops. Four mounting options are currently offered, and more will be available in early 2018 to cover every shift in the department and account for seasonal uniform changes.

With the LE5, VIEVU offers a range of features and options that allows an agency to configure the body-worn camera system for a solution that fits their needs and the diverse needs of their officers.

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DA: Pa. troopers justified in using deadly force in shooting

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:44

By Riley Yates The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — State police were justified in shooting a 22-year-old Monroe County man who opened fire on them at a traffic stop, critically injuring one trooper, authorities announced Thursday.

Cpl. Seth J. Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple were in essence “sitting ducks” when a motorist they stopped Nov. 7 grabbed a gun from his car and immediately began shooting, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said at a news conference.

Morganelli called his decision to clear the two troopers an easy one, saying the stop was captured on video and audio recording. It showed the troopers exercising impressive restraint during a violent encounter in which their suspect fought with them and at one point tried to grab Seiple’s gun from its holster, Morganelli said.

“I’m very proud of how they operated in this case,” Morganelli said. “They followed their training."

Daniel Khalil Clary of Effort is charged with attempted murder and is being held in Northampton County Jail under $1 million bail. Morganelli said his office is now focused on winning his conviction.

Clary is accused of shooting Kelly after Kelly and Seiple tried to arrest him on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Clary was also wounded in the gunfight, police said, and was hospitalized for five day before he was transferred to jail.

Kelly continues to recover from gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder and thigh, but his condition has been characterized as stable. A 13-year veteran of state police and the husband of a Forks Township police detective, Kelly is being treated at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill.

Seiple stopped Clary's vehicle on Route 33 in Plainfield Township and issued him a speeding citation. When Seiple started to drive away, Clary flagged him down and asked how to pay for the citation.

Seiple suspected Clary was under the influence and saw drug paraphernalia in Clary’s car, according to court records. Seiple called for backup and after Kelly arrived, they gave Clary a sobriety test that he failed, according to police.

A “knock-down, drag-out” fight ensued when the troopers tried to arrest Clary as cars sped past them, Capt. Richard D'Ambrosio has said.

Clary was hit with a stun gun, but it had little affect on him, and he got away from the troopers, according to court records. He got a handgun from his car and opened fire, hitting Kelly several times, police said.

The troopers returned fire and Clary fled in his car and drove himself to Easton Hospital, police said.

©2017 The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

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Sheriff: Calif. school staff's quick thinking during shooting prevented more carnage

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:28

By Mike Chapman Redding Record Searchlight, Calif.

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Although one child was shot and injured at Rancho Tehama Elementary School during a shooter's rampage Tuesday, one local law enforcement official said school officials prevented more carnage by quickly locking down the campus.

"This incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could've been so much worse if it wasn't for the quick thinking and staff at our elementary school," Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said at a press conference Tuesday.

A school district spokesman said Wednesday morning that there will be no classes at Rancho Tehama for the rest of the week.

She also noted that the students will be off next week for Thanksgiving break and classes won't resume until Nov. 27.

The shooter, identified by law enforcement as 44-year-old Kevin Neal of Rancho Tehama, drove a vehicle to the elementary school on his third of seven stops in his shooting spree. He ended up killing four people in the rural Northern California community and wounding 10 others before he died in a police shootout. Authorities said on Wednesday he killed his wife on Monday and hid her under the floorboards.

Officers recovered a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns they believe were used by the shooter.

The man rammed the school's fence and gate then entered the campus on foot with a semiautomatic rifle that had a multi-round clip while wearing a tactical vest, Johnston said.

"He was wearing a load-bearing vest that you sometimes see soldiers wear that have the clips embedded in the chest," he said. "The individual shooter was bent on engaging and killing people at random."

The shooting started before classes began. The gunman shot out windows and through walls, the district said. One student on campus was injured when Neal fired 20 to 30 rounds at the school. Nobody was killed at the school.

"The shooter targeted the school from outside the school and shot multiple rounds into the school," Johnston said.

The assistant sheriff said Rancho Tehama school officials already had gone on alert after hearing shots a quarter-mile away and quickly shut down the campus.

"They went into an immediate lockdown without having to be told to do so by law enforcement," Johnston said.

Neal apparently became frustrated because he could only enter an open bathroom while he was at the school for six minutes.

"It appears that because he couldn't make access to any of the rooms because they were locked, that he gave it up and re-entered the vehicle and went on his killing spree and took it to the streets of Rancho Tehama," Johnston said.

The school has a video surveillance system being reviewed by law enforcement.

"There is no doubt in my mind, based on the video that I saw, (the school's staff) saved countless lives and children," Johnston said.

A second child was injured by the shooter's gunfire off campus when his mother was driving down the road and taking him to school.

"She passed by the (shooter's) vehicle and he opened fire on them without provocation or warning," Johnston said.

The boy, who was in the back seat, didn't suffer life-threatening injuries, Johnston said. The mother did suffer life-threatening wounds, either from a bullet or shrapnel from the bullet hitting the pickup, the sheriff's official said Tuesday.

After the shooter left the school, officials put the students on a bus and took them to a nearby Rancho Tehama Association recreation hall for safety.

Many parents suffered anxious moments at a law enforcement roadblock while they waited to hear details of the school shooting.

"I know it was very hard on some of the parents because they were stuck at the roadblock. They couldn't get through, but we had to do what we could to secure the area and make sure the children were safe," Johnston said.

©2017 the Redding Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.)

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Officials: NY man who shot up store sought job before shooting

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:18

Associated Press

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — Authorities say the man accused of spraying the entrance of a suburban Buffalo retails store with gunfire had requested a job application before he began shooting.

Erie County prosecutors say 29-year-old Travis Green walked into a Dollar General store Tuesday afternoon and requested a job application. Officials say he became irate, left the store and got a pump-action AR-15-style rifle from his car.

Police say he then fired more than 20 rounds at the store from the outside, shattering the entrance's glass door and windows. A 53-year-old man outside the store at the time was wounded in the shoulder.

The owner of a nearby business drove his car into Green when he paused in between firing. Green then fled on foot but was caught nearby by police.

He's being held in jail without bail.

Officials: Suspect asked for job application at store, became irate, got rifle from car and started shooting. Story:

— AP Eastern U.S. (@APEastRegion) November 16, 2017

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2018 Police Video Guide: The emerging tech, training and tactics shaping law enforcement

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:48

Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

Police officers today have an arsenal of technologically-driven tools designed to better execute their mission to protect and serve, while also enhancing officer safety and improving operational efficiencies.

One of the most transformative of these tools has been the use of video in policing.

This digital edition focuses specifically on how police agencies can use video tools to transform field operations.

Download this PoliceOne Digital Edition, sponsored by Motorola, to learn about:

Cutting-edge applications of police drones The capabilities and limitations of throwable video robots The issues bystander videos present for law enforcement How to turn BWC footage into actionable data for police officer training How to safely store and protect your video data How to protect your digital evidence from cyberattack

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Police: La. man fatally shot tried to run, fought with officer

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:20

Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

By Michael Kunzelman and Melinda Deslatte Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — A man killed by a Baton Rouge police officer had tried to run when confronted during a child abuse investigation, fought with the officer and kept resisting after being shot, authorities said Tuesday.

The Louisiana State Police said 24-year-old Calvin Toney "attempted to flee on foot" when a state child welfare case worker and the city officer showed up Monday evening at an apartment complex and had a "lengthy struggle" with the officer, who used a stun gun on Toney multiple times.

"After being shot, Toney fled and was later taken into custody by the officer. While taking Toney into custody, he remained non-compliant and was placed into handcuffs for safety reasons," the state police said in a statement from Senior Trooper Bryan Lee.

Toney was alert and receiving medical attention from police when paramedics arrived, and his handcuffs were then removed, Lee said.

Toney died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the local coroner's office, which released preliminary results of an autopsy performed Tuesday.

The officer suffered minor injuries, Lee said. Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely identified the him as Officer Darrell Carter. He's a 32-year-old black man with 2 1/2 years of service, McKneely said in a text message.

The shooting remains under investigation by the state police. Footage from Carter's body camera and surveillance video from the apartment complex were being reviewed Tuesday by the state police, who said investigators also continued questioning witnesses. None of the video footage was released to the public.

The shooting of Toney, a black man, drew a crowd of angry neighbors Monday night at the apartment complex in north Baton Rouge, a city that was wracked by unrest after a police shooting last year. Calvin Coleman, who identified himself as Toney's father, stood with the others behind the police tape after the shooting.

"It hurts," Coleman said. "It tears you apart knowing that he's right there and there's nothing you can do about it."

The Department of Children and Family Services confirmed the state police's statement and said its case worker was unharmed in the altercation. But agency officials didn't provide further details, citing confidentiality laws.

Department Secretary Marketa Garner Walters said she knows of no other instances where a shooting has occurred during a child welfare visit.

"We've had situations where workers have been attacked by dogs, where workers have been threatened with their life, where workers have had guns pointed at them, where guns actually have been fired over workers' heads," Walters said. "We've had scary situations, but I don't remember a shooting like this."

The department's case worker asked for the police escort because of the "nature of the allegations and previous history involving Toney," according to the state police statement.

Court documents show Toney pleaded guilty in 2014 to cruelty to a juvenile after he was accused of placing his toddler daughter on a kitchen counter next to a hot stove and leaving her. The daughter suffered third-degree burns to her arm, wrist and hand — and also was healing from previous wounds that included multiple bone fractures across her body that three doctors determined were "consistent with abuse," according to court records.

After the guilty plea, Toney was then accused of breaking into the home of his daughter's mother, grabbing her by the throat and throwing her against the wall. Court records show the child's mother told police that Toney became irate because his daughter was scared of him.

State police didn't detail the abuse allegations that prompted Monday's visit to the apartment complex.

After the shooting, about 100 people gathered at the apartment complex, some yelling "Black lives matter," and "No justice, no peace." By Tuesday morning, the protesters were gone, and a maintenance worker at the complex asked an Associated Press reporter to leave the site, saying tensions were high after the shooting.

In July 2016, a white Baton Rouge police officer shot and killed a 37-year-old black man, Alton Sterling, outside a convenience store where he was selling homemade CDs. Two cellphone videos of the shooting quickly spread on social media, sparking nightly protests in Louisiana's capital city. Nearly 200 protesters were arrested in the days after that shooting.

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Ohio cop in critical condition after being shot in the face

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:59
Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Police in Ohio say an officer is in critical condition after being shot in the face during a drug raid at a home in Toledo.

A police spokesman describes the officer's injuries as "very serious," but not believed to be life threatening.

Toledo Police Chief George Kral says the officer was standing about 30 yards away when SWAT officers knocked on a door and tried to enter the home early Thursday.

Kral says a man inside the home fired several shots through the door. He was taken into custody and is being questioned.

The chief says no one else was hurt and that officers didn't return fire.

Kral says the injured officer was shot near the mouth and will need major reconstructive surgery.

Alert: #toledopolice officer shot overnight in the 4100 block of Caroline Ave. The officer is in "critical but stable" condition at this time. @gkraltoledo will provide further details later this morning. Please send your thoughts and prayers.

— Toledo Police (@ToledoPolice) November 16, 2017

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NYPD recruit, 23, dies of leukemia

PoliceOne - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:05
Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — An NYPD recruit who was sworn in on July died after a short battle with leukemia early Tuesday.

The New York Daily News reports that Jake Siciliano, 23, died a month after he was admitted to the hospital. Siciliano was diagnosed with the deadly disease just three months into his training. He was just one month away from graduating from the academy, the LI Herald reports.

Police said Siciliano was considered to be on active duty even after he was hospitalized. He leaves behind a fiancé, who he got engaged with on Oct. 1, two weeks before he received the diagnosis.

Last month, his friends set up a GoFundMe page to support his medical expenses. They were able to raise more than $21,000 as of Nov. 16, 2017.

A fundraiser hosted by the Lynbrook Alumni group to raise money for medical expenses was scheduled to take place on Saturday. The event is still planned to take place to honor his memory.

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So at 1 am on 11-14-17, not only my fiancé, but the love of my life, my best friend and partner in crime Jake Siciliano...

Posted by Ashlee Ragusano on Monday, November 13, 2017

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Europol hosts expert meeting on outlaw motorcycle gangs

EUROPOL - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:53
The number of outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) chapters in Europe still remains on a high and growing level. OMCGs are well organised groups that usually operate transnationally.
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Police: Baltimore detective shot in head; manhunt underway

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:37
Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

By David McFadden Associated Press

BALTIMORE — A homicide detective with the Baltimore police force was shot in the head Wednesday while working in a troubled area of the city grappling with high crime rates.

Outside the hospital where the gravely wounded 18-year veteran was fighting for his life, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said a manhunt was underway for a "cold, callous killer" who shot the detective who was "just doing his job."

Federal agencies were offering a $60,000 reward for information leading to the gunman's arrest. The officer wasn't identified, but Davis said he has a wife and two children.

Update: If you have any tips, call the #FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, Option #4. @Baltimorepolice @ATFHQ @DEAWASHINGTONDC

— FBI Baltimore (@FBIBaltimore) November 16, 2017

"This is a dangerous profession. This is a dangerous job. Police officers know that at any given time they could confront someone who wants to do them harm, and that's exactly what happened tonight," Davis said, adding that it would be a "long night" for investigators seeking "every bit of evidence."

Police cordoned off streets in the West Baltimore area and a tactical unit combed alleyways searching for a shooter. Numerous cruisers responded and a police helicopter buzzed overhead, illuminating streets below with a searchlight. The neighborhood has a number of vacant row houses.

Dr. Thomas Scalea, chief of the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center, said the injured officer was on life support in the intensive care unit.

"We are doing everything we can to keep him stabilized and to take care of the injury to his brain," he said, flanked by Davis and Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Wednesday's shooting of the police officer comes amid a particularly violent period in Baltimore: So far this year, the city of roughly 620,000 inhabitants has seen more than 300 homicides.

Pugh called for a halt to the violence — a frequently repeated refrain in Baltimore.

"We are praying for peace in our streets. And I can say to you all again and again: Enough is enough. Crime has to come to an end in this city. This kind of violence cannot be tolerated," she said.

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PoliceOne - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:08
Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

By PoliceOne Staff

For years applicants have applied for federal grants by submitting a package of PDF forms. But on Dec. 31, 2017, will officially retire the legacy PDF package as a method to apply for a federal grant. This system will be replaced by Workspace, a fast, easy, and secure alternative to apply for federal grants.

Workspace is an online environment designed to work for individual applicants and large teams applying on behalf of an organization.

Forms can either be completed online within a web browser or downloaded individually and uploaded to Workspace.

Workspace enhances the apply functionality by providing applicants with a shared, online environment to collaboratively complete and submit grant applications.

Benefits of the new system include:

Allows multiple users to concurrently complete the application forms; Permits users to reuse/copy existing Workspace forms; Offers upfront validation that allows applicants to correct application errors prior to submission, which minimized the rejection rate; Provides seamless integration between online web forms and offline PDF forms; Allows collaboration with users external to your organization; Immediately reflects any changes to the opportunity package.

Direct questions on Workspace to the Support Center at or visit the Support page.

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When a K-9 dies in the line of duty

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:35

Author: PoliceOne Digital Edition

The sad truth of police work is that both dogs and officers sometimes die in the line of duty. In my time on the road, I meet a few officers whose dogs had been killed on the job. The first is Doug Lewis. Several RCMP dog handlers have mentioned Doug Lewis, and I’m nervous about meeting this survivor face-to-face. My fears are put at ease when he answers the door with a tiny Maltese/Yorkie puppy nestled in his muscular arms. I knew Lewis was retired; I just didn’t know he’d be so young and so fit. Tall and sun-bronzed, with dark hair, he and his wife, Christine, look like they have stepped out of the pages of a fitness magazine.

He holds the pup as I sit down, while two very affectionate cats and another dog trot out to greet me. One of the cats keeps jumping on my laptop as I take notes, her tail curling over my arm. Even though his house has the good company of cats and dogs, there are no more police dogs in Doug Lewis’s life, and probably never will be again.

“So,” I ask, “how did you get into policing?”

“By grade three, I wanted to be a police officer. My dad was in the marine section of the RCMP, but that didn’t encourage me for police work. I found Dad’s job very boring. I went out for many hours on Dad’s boat. When I was thirteen, my mom took me aside and said, ‘Dad doesn’t want to take you on the boat, because you can’t sit still like your brother.’ It was true.

“The big influence on me as a kid was my older brother. He was a top athlete. He used to beat me up lots. It was, ‘I’m going to make you tough.’

“One time my brother was beating me up. Mum had hit him so many times with a broomstick, so she got a frying pan and hit him between the shoulder blades to get his attention. Mum had to hit him twice.”

I think about my sons, and try to picture anything remotely similar to this situation. My imagination fails me. But Lewis doesn’t seem fazed by what he went through. It’s obvious after five minutes of conversation that Doug Lewis and his brother were hell on wheels as boys. When they were young, they were called The Crazy Brothers. It’s clear they both earned the name in those early years. “My brother choked me once on the ferry until I passed out. After a while, we had it out and he never challenged me since.” It took joining the RCMP to channel that intense youthful drive.

“My brother joined the RCMP four years before I did. He got out of high school and right into the RCMP. I wasn’t the greatest kid to be going in. I had a lot of traffic violations. I had a lead foot. I wasn’t violent, just a teenage boy showing off. My dad was stationed on Salt Spring Island. Well, it was two days after I got my driver’s license, I was doing donuts and hit a pole.

“Later I got involved in rollovers and other traffic violations. When I actually put my application to the RCMP, I was asked, ‘And how do you explain this?’

“ ‘Due to immaturity, sir.’ I was rejected the first time, due to eyesight. I thought my world had come to an end. I tried exercising my eyes. I stopped wearing glasses to strengthen my eyes. I did that for two weeks. So it was one and a half years later, I was working at a lumber mill, pulling off green wood, I get this phone call, ‘Are you still interested?’ ”

“So that’s when you joined the RCMP?”

“Yes. You had to grow up—except you still got to drive fast. I put in eight years of service. I was pushing the idea of the antiterrorist team. At this point, Bill Sweeney was the assistant commissioner. He said, ‘Doug, you want the antiterrorist team, you’re in.’

“Then the dog man shows up a week later. I said, ‘So you get to hunt people, drive your own wagon, the dog’s your partner?’ I said, ‘Can I go to Peace River and train with you?’ I spent four days at this dog man’s house. I’ll never forget the first bite. I was scared, but I was excited. I just couldn’t get enough. I wish I would have known that before.

“I helped to raise five dogs. You pay for your own gas, you do twelve-hour shifts, then it’s nighttime, you take the dog out for a walk quickly. Then you lay tracks and get bit.”

“How did you find the strength to do what you had to do?” “You don’t feel invincible, because you know people get hurt, but you feel ‘I’m not going to get hurt out of this, I’ll come out of it okay.’ When I first got into the RCMP, I only wanted to catch bad guys. I thought my dog, Reiker, was invincible. He was one hundred and seven pounds of solid German shepherd. We were catching people left, right, and center. Anybody with weapons, he’d take them down. “As time got along, I realized, ‘Dogs are like a bad date, they never leave you.’ They are always there. With Reiker, he was handler-soft, he’d go on his belly if I yelled at him, but with everyone else he’d go bonkers. I remember people saying, ‘My god, he’s got a bite like an alligator.’ Once on a training, I saw a guy put on two arm guards.

I said, ‘What are you doing?’

“ ‘I’ve heard about your dog’s reputation,’ he told me. Some of the quarries would scream because of the pressure of the bite.”

Lewis keeps talking. The cat curls softly around my arm.

“Once we were out on a call and someone shouted to me, ‘Doug, he ran down that alley!’ So I go, I’m circling the dog, but he’s not picking anything up. I soon realized that it was the next alley over. We go, I’m yelling at my dog, he’s down on his belly, then I circled him again. I realized boom, he gave it to me. We got the guy. I realized my dog will give it to me if it’s there. I don’t need to yell. You can’t force your dog. You have to make it fun. Make it bubbly.”

Make it bubbly. That expression stays with me. The hardest work in the world, where lives are at stake, and to get your dog to do his best work, you have to make it all a big game.

People sought out Doug Lewis for training advice when they were raising dogs and working as quarries, hoping to be chosen as police dog handlers.

“I wanted to see a real commitment to dog services. You gotta be a go-getter.”

Doug keeps the stories coming. “Once we were on a domestic violence call. It had nothing to do with dogs. Her husband had threatened her before he left, said he’d come back and kill her, then he drove away and she called us. My dog started walking around the house and all of a sudden I see the tail wagging. Then I hear this SCREAM! My dog’s got the guy in the shoulder blade. Her husband had come back. He had a gun lined up to shoot the policeman that was coming up the walk. I had shivers going down my spine. The other cop said, ‘That dog saved my life.’ ”

Lewis has seen more than anyone should of the worst of human nature.

“Once we were called about this nineteen-year-old raping a seventeen-year-old at knifepoint. The victim came running out of the bushes by the White Spot Restaurant. She was all torn up. My dog ran across to the other side of the road. The guy was hiding there, with his pants still half done up. We got him, and then we backtracked and found the weapon.”

Now I’m the one with shivers going down my spine. It’s not hard to picture the guy, crouching in the ditch with his pants undone, the girl crawling out of the bushes at White Spot after being raped. It’s not hard to picture the knife held to her throat, then cast into the grass as the guy tried to escape. What if the dog hadn’t been there, and the rapist had gotten away? And even though he was caught, what about the rest of her life, all the days that come after, with the memory of the knife against her throat?

I had heard what happened to Doug Lewis from other cops. When I ask him about it, though, he gets up and leaves the room. He comes back and hands me his official police statement. I read it carefully. It seems like such a nonevent: a suspect who fled without paying for gas, and refused to stop when the cops pursued him. Doug, who was off duty at the time, was buying dog food at Buckerfield’s in Chilliwack. He arrived at the scene with his dog Chip, wearing nothing but jeans and a T-shirt, unarmed but ready to track. He had two uniformed members to back him up, both members of ERT, the Emergency Response Team.

Dog handlers move much faster than anyone else. This can be a problem for those who want to keep up, even if they are exceptionally fit ERT officers providing cover for a K9 team during a pursuit. The dog teams often move at a run, and seldom slower than a trot. Once the dog is on a scent, he is in full pursuit mode.

Twice the ERT members who were providing backup to Lewis yelled at him to slow down, which he did. But when he didn’t hear from them again, he followed Chip through the brush at a rapid pace, assuming his backup team was right behind him.

When he found the suspect and told him to surrender, the man refused. Chip was sent in to subdue him, which he did, grabbing his left arm. This is where the statement gets hard to read. I quote it directly:

To my disbelief I saw the suspect come around with his right hand holding a knife. Without anything said or any hesitation the suspect stabbed “Chip” in the neck area. The suspect then pulled back to stab him again and I saw the blood squirt out of his neck. I then dropped the long line I was attached to “Chip” and started to charge the suspect so I could stop him from stabbing him again. The suspect saw me charge at him and he stopped stabbing at “Chip” and started running towards me. “Chip” then came off the suspect and came back to me and circled around me and charged at the suspect again. As “Chip” had circled around me he dragged the twenty foot leash behind him and ended up tying my legs together so I couldn’t move out of the way of the suspect swinging the knife around. The suspect ended up knocking me down to the ground wailing the knife at my face and chest area. I tried several times to block the blows but he kept stabbing at me. At one point I felt the knife go into my chest and at the same time I felt “Chip” biting my upper right thigh area. I knew he was doing some damage to my face when I felt the blood going into my right eye. I did manage to grab the knife blade and held on tight to it as he was yelling at me “I’m not a killer, I’m not a killer.” I responded to that comment that he wasn’t showing me a good example of this.

Just as children sometimes lash out at their parents, police dogs will sometimes bite or attack their handlers in times of extreme stress or pain. This is what Chip did after he’d been stabbed. The brutal fight continued. Doug Lewis wrote: “He kept on trying to punch me and was yelling at me ‘go out, go out, let me put you out.’ ” But Doug kept fighting, and kept on yelling for Nigel, one of the cover officers from ERT. Finally, the suspect demanded Doug’s money, his wallet, pager, and keys, and then ran off into the woods.

I went over to “Chip” and saw that his eyes were glassed over and his tongue was hanging out the side of his mouth and I could barely see any blood coming out of his neck area. I then took my t-shirt off and tried to stop whatever bleeding there was left coming out and as I looked at his head he let out a gasp and there was nothing else there . . . I wiped the blood from my watch and it was 3:10 p.m.

I put the sworn statement down and meet Doug’s eyes. It’s a heavy moment.

“What was going through your head at that point?”

“We learned that whenever you are in a situation, don’t give up. As it was happening, I’m not thinking of quitting. I’m thinking, ‘How do I subdue this guy? How do I get him to stop stabbing me?’ Apparently Nigel could hear me, though I couldn’t hear him. He was running through the brush, trying to find me, and he couldn’t. He kept hearing me and wasn’t able to help.”

At this point, Doug Lewis knew he didn’t have much time left before he bled to death from the wounds in his head and chest. But he made one last attempt to save his own life. He was able to slide down the brush until he made his way to a road. Several cars drove around Lewis, refusing to stop as he tried to wave them down, covered in blood. Finally a driver stopped and drove him to the hospital.

“My stabbing, I got nine knife wounds and my dog got killed. The guy who did it, he got ten months in the mental institution. Then the media called to tell me that he’s being released less than ten months later. I was frustrated. I was mad. I was told he would at least do a few years, but ten months later he’s released to his parents. This is proof we have a legal system, but we certainly don’t have a justice system. I said this, and it went on the news. I was called in by the Superintendent of the RCMP district. He told me, ‘You can’t say that.’

“I put my hand out and said, ‘Slap me, because that’s all you’re going to get.’ ” Nobody, no matter what their rank, can stop Doug Lewis from calling it as he sees it.

“After all this, the guy applied for a firearms certificate. His application was rejected. Everyone knew what he did to a police officer, and that he killed a police dog.”

At times, as he tallies his losses, Lewis tries to joke, but I can tell that the pain is fresh. The price he paid was so high. To Doug Lewis, his dogs are his partners. It eats at him that he couldn’t protect Chip.

Lewis lost Chip, lost his first marriage, and nearly lost his life, but he fought his way back from every loss. “They gave me all the time in the world to heal, but I couldn’t sit still for very long. I located another dog, Zack, and in less than a month I was back in Innisfail at kennels training with him. As I was sitting in the bushes after laying a track for one of the other fellows, I looked down at my hands where the stitches had come out, and I asked myself, ‘Should I be here?’ It was a very strange feeling, but I shook it off and continued my training. I tried so hard not to think of Chip. He appeared every night in my dreams, and still does.”

Lewis is still on that long path toward recovery, though he won’t work as a police officer again. He talks openly of his experience and his mistakes, so that others can learn from his ordeal.

When I said good-bye, Doug was holding his tiny puppy, Nika, to his muscular chest, cuddling her as she snuggled against him. Nika closed her eyes, snoozing in the crook of his arm, completely secure in her world in a way that her owner never can be again.

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