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Sergeant fatally shoots K-9 after it attacks him

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 07:14

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Steve Burns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Middle Georgia officer shot and killed his police dog after it attacked him, the Houston County sheriff said.

Sgt. Slate Simon and Kyro, a 4½-year-old Belgian Malinois, were helping with a manhunt in Dooly County on Tuesday when the incident happened, according to The Telegraph in Macon.

“He was just doing his job,” Simon said of the dog. “It was just mistaken identity.”

Houston Sheriff Cullen Talton told the newspaper the dog bit Simon all the way to the leg bone. The only way the officer could get the dog to turn loose was to shoot him.

Simon and Kyro were partners for about three years, the newspaper reported. The dog had not had previous behavioral problems.

Kyro’s body is expected to be examined for signs of illness, according to the sheriff. The dog was up to date on its shots.


©2017 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.)

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UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 07:10

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless Associated Press

LONDON — British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terror plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously wounded as heavily armed counterterrorism officers stormed a house in a residential London street.

Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges, police said. The injured woman, who is in her 20s, was in serious but stable condition in a hospital.

The woman, whose name hasn't been released, was under police guard but had not been arrested because of her condition, police said.

Armed officers fired CS gas into the house in the Willesden area of northwest London, which had been under observation as part of an anti-terrorism investigation, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. He didn't give details of how the woman was shot.

In footage shot by a witness, what sounds like several shots ring out as police surround the house.

A woman's been shot by police in a London anti-terror operation. You can hear gunfire in this video filmed outside.

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 28, 2017

Neighbor Maxine McKenzie said she saw "a lot of frenetic police activity" and a woman being taken out of the house on a stretcher.

"She was sitting upright and had oxygen on — I couldn't tell if she was conscious or unconscious," McKenzie said.

Police said the raids weren't connected to an arrest by counterterrorism police near Parliament on Thursday afternoon. A man was detained near the Houses Parliament and the prime minister's office in Downing Street while allegedly carrying large knives in a backpack. The 27-year-old suspect, who hasn't been identified, had been under police surveillance.

He was arrested yards from where an attacker drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22, killing four, before fatally stabbing a police officer inside Parliament's gates.

Basu said the Willesden raid disrupted an ongoing plot, but did not elaborate.

In both the Willesden and Parliament incidents, "we have contained the threat that they posed," Basu said.

Britain's official threat from international terrorism stands at the second-highest level, "severe," meaning an attack is highly likely.

Counterterrorism police say 13 potential attacks have been foiled in the last four years. Police and security services say they face a challenge monitoring hundreds of people of interest, including Britons who went to join IS militants in Iraq and Syria and have returned.

Basu, Britain's senior coordinator for counterterrorism policing, said there had been "increased activity to combat terrorism over the last two years," with police "making arrests on a near-daily basis."

In 2016, British police arrested 260 people on suspicion of terrorism offenses, 96 of whom were charged

In Thursday's raids, a 20-year old woman and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at the address where the woman was shot, as was a 20-year-old man nearby. A man and a woman, both aged 28, were arrested when they returned to the house later.

A 43-year-old woman in Kent county, southeast of London, was also arrested.

Police said the suspects were being held on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. They were being questioned but had not been charged.

Ryan O'Donnell, who saw the Willesden raid, said it was "a bit shocking" to see "police wearing big gas masks and holding guns and stuff."

"Things are pretty much always going on around northwest London, something criminal, so I didn't think it was terrorism at the time," he said. "I thought maybe it is guns or something, or drugs or something. But (it) makes sense why they needed such a force."

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Deputy opens fire during run-in with wanted couple

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 07:04
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Jim Ryan The Oregonian

CLARK COUNTY, Ore. — A sheriff's deputy fired his gun during a run-in with a wanted man and woman Thursday in rural Clark County, an official said.

No one was injured in the encounter, and the man and woman were later arrested, Sgt. Fred Neiman, a county sheriff's office spokesman, said in a news release. The agency tweeted that one of the suspects tried to hit a deputy with a car at some point.

Neiman said the encounter began after a deputy came across a suspicious car parked at a turnout on Northeast Sunset Falls Road in eastern Clark County around 9:30 a.m.

#clarkwa suspect attempts to strike deputy w/ vehicle one shot fired no injuries two in custody additional to follow

— Clark Co Wa. Sheriff (@ClarkCoSheriff) April 27, 2017

Neiman said the deputy approached the man and woman, who both had outstanding felony arrest warrants. The male driver started the car, ignored the deputy's commands and tried to flee, he said.

The deputy fired a single shot, Neiman said. The driver headed east.

It wasn't immediately clear when the driver tried to hit the deputy with the car.

Neiman said more deputies converged on the area, and someone saw the driver headed west on Sunset Falls Road about 90 minutes later. The driver eventually rear-ended a flatbed truck, Neiman said, and a deputy used a patrol vehicle to pin in the car. The man and woman were both arrested.

The news release didn't identify the suspects, if they were armed, or what they were suspected of or wanted for. It also didn't detail why the deputy fired his weapon.

Neiman didn't immediately return a phone message seeking additional comment Thursday afternoon.

He said detectives are investigating and that the deputy who fired his weapon will be put on paid critical incident leave, as is standard protocol.


©2017 The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)

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Ann Coulter a no-show at raucous but peaceful Berkeley rally

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:57

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Jocelyn Gecker Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ann Coulter did not turn up in Berkeley where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement.

The conservative pundit's canceled appearance at the University of California, Berkeley drew hundreds of her supporters to a downtown park Thursday, many of them dressed in flak jackets, ballistic helmets adorned with pro-Donald Trump stickers and other protective gear in anticipation of violence.

But there were no major confrontations between Coulter's supporters and opponents, largely because of a significant police presence and the fact that members of an extremist left-wing group did not show up to provoke clashes.

Coulter had publicly floated the idea of making a controversial visit to Berkeley despite the cancellation, but did not show.

Her supporters and students on the UC Berkeley campus, many of whom expressed distaste for Coulter's political views, voiced frustration that she didn't get to speak and that the university's reputation as a bastion of tolerance was suffering. Coulter planned to give a speech on illegal immigration.

"I don't like Ann Coulter's views but I don't think in this case the right move was to shut her down," said 24-year-old grad student Yevgeniy Melguy, who held a sign earlier in the day saying "Immigrants Are Welcome Here."

Anthropology major Christina Katkic, 21, worried that the university was getting increasingly stuck in the middle of the country's political divide.

"Berkeley has become a platform and a lot of people want to come here and use it," said Katkic, who had joined other students on campus blowing bubbles near a message scrawled on the ground in chalk that read: "If only bubbles actually made our campus safe."

"I think Ann Coulter has a right to speak here. Berkeley students are interested in political discourse," she said.

University police erected barricades and refused to let any protesters enter the campus. Six people were arrested, including one for obstructing an officer and wearing a mask to evade police, and another for possessing a knife.

Hundreds of Coulter's supporters gathered about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the university's main Sproul Plaza at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley.

"It's a shame that someone can't speak in the home of the free speech movement," said Wilson Grafstrom, an 18-year-old high school student from Menlo Park, California.

He wore a helmet with a "Make America Great Again" sticker across the back, goggles, a gas mask and knee pads. He blamed people opposed to Coulter and President Donald Trump for forcing him to gear up for problems.

Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media and founder of the pro-Trump "Proud Boys," was one of several speakers at the gathering. He delivered the speech Coulter had planned to give on illegal immigration, on her behalf, to the crowd's raucous applause.

"They tried to ban her and we can't allow that. It's unacceptable," McInnes said as he left the gathering surrounded by private security. "Free speech is about uncomfortable speech. Yes, it's often about hate speech and it's about speech that's banned."

On its Facebook page, McInnes' group calls itself a fraternal organization aimed at "reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism."

While the afternoon rally ended without serious conflict, police at one point formed a human wall in the street separating anti-Trump protesters from the park where pro-Trump groups were gathered.

Anti-Coulter and anti-Trump protesters at the park held a banner that read: "It's not about 'free speech,' it's about bigots trying to normalize hate."

Earlier this month, a bloody brawl broke out in downtown Berkeley at a pro-Trump protest that featured speeches by members of the white nationalist right. They clashed with a group of Trump critics who called themselves anti-fascists.

In February, violent protesters forced the cancellation of a speech by right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who like Coulter was invited by campus Republicans.

Officials at UC Berkeley said they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak, citing "very specific intelligence" of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, which Coulter said was motivated by a university bias against conservative speakers.

Police had faced criticism after the earlier clashes for failing to stop the violence.

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof credited the peacefulness of Thursday's rallies partly to an increased police presence. He declined to specify how many police were deployed but said there were a "wide range" of local and regional agencies present.

"I think it's clear that having a strong visible police presence was important both in terms of deterrence and law enforcement," he said, noting that even in Coulter's absence hundreds descended on Berkeley. "This points to the challenges we face in the climate we're living in."

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Motive sought in Del. trooper's fatal shooting, standoff

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 06:41

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Randall Chase Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Del. — About 20 hours after he fatally shot a state trooper, a Delaware man was shot to death after an overnight standoff with police, but authorities haven't given a motive for his actions.

Law enforcement officers shot Burgon Sealy Jr. when he emerged from his home armed Thursday morning and "engaged police," state police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen said. He declined to say if Sealy fired a gun at that time.

After shooting the trooper Wednesday afternoon, the 26-year-old Sealy had fled in a car and holed up inside the home, refusing to surrender despite being surrounded. Police used explosives to blow open the home's door and windows.

On Wednesday, Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard encountered Sealy in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear.

Ballard had noticed something suspicious about two men in a car when Sealy, the passenger, shot him with a handgun. Ballard, wounded, sought shelter behind a parked car, but Sealy chased after him and fired again, McQueen said, including several shots that he fired "at close range" when the officer was already on the ground.

Sealy then fled in another car he had driven to the store. The driver of the first car was questioned and released without any charges, police said.

Ballard, 32, died that afternoon at a hospital. His survivors include a wife and daughter, Gov. John Carney said Thursday.

Scott Adkins, 24, grew up on the same street as Sealy and went to middle school and high school with him. He remembered him as being fond of paintball and airsoft guns as early as middle school.

"Multiple times, we would tell the (school) bus driver he was talking about guns and stuff like that, but nothing ever came of it," Adkins said.

Records show Sealy was arrested in 2013 in Florida on gun and drug charges.

In January 2011, he was convicted of resisting arrest after being taken into custody by Delaware State University police in 2010 on charges that also included offensive touching, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Those charges were dropped.

Carlos Holmes, a spokesman for DSU, said Sealy had attended the historically black school from fall 2010 to fall 2011 but did not graduate.

Cpl. Ballard also attended DSU, studying sociology and criminal justice before graduating in 2007, Holmes said.

McQueen declined to answer questions about Sealy's possible motives, including whether investigators had discovered any links to terrorism. He also wouldn't say whether Ballard might have been targeted, either individually or as a police officer.

"That investigation is still unfolding, and as those facts become available, we'll certainly make them available," he said.

After shooting the officer, Sealy called relatives and told them what he'd done, McQueen said, and they reported that to police.

Sealy then drove about 15 miles (25 kilometers) to his home in a subdivision near Middletown. Alone in the house, Sealy refused to leave and repeatedly fired at the officers who surrounded him. None was hit.

Police warned nearby residents to stay inside and lock their doors, and hostage negotiators established contact, trying to get Sealy to surrender peacefully. With no quick resolution, they blew the door of the house off its hinges shortly after 8 p.m.

About eight hours later, after officers again came under fire, police again used explosives to blow off windows. Hours more passed before Sealy came out armed and was killed.

Ballard had been on the force for more than eight years, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

"This is a very sad day," Gov. Carney said. "I stand before you with an aching heart, a heart that aches for Cpl. Ballard, his wife, his daughter, his family, a heart that aches for the Delaware State Police who served with him."

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Putting experience to work: The value of a formal mentoring program

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:38

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

Law enforcement agencies around the country have gotten smarter about who they hire and how they nurture individuals throughout their careers. One tool that has been proven to meet both goals is the development of formal mentoring programs for officers. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has dedicated considerable resources to its mentoring program and its efforts are paying off.

“Our goal is to hire good quality candidates in the beginning and take care of them throughout their careers,” said Aaron Snyder, sergeant in IMPD’s Office of Professional Development and Police Wellness (OPDW). “The development and mentoring program and the college partnership program have all been put together to help retain officers throughout their careers and develop a strong department.”

Developing a Mentoring Program

In 2010, Snyder was instrumental in developing and implementing IMPD’s MyLegacy© Mentoring Program. The program matches successful veteran police officers with young officers and veteran officers who are struggling.

The mentoring program isn’t just about saving money by hiring highly qualified and well-adjusted officers. It’s also about taking care of one another.

“In recent years, we had several officer suicides and those really hit the department hard,” said Snyder, a 15-year veteran with the IMPD. “We also had officers struggling from PTSD symptoms after being involved with shootings, officers having issues after returning from the military, and officers who had alcohol issues. It wasn’t just one incident that motivated us to start the mentoring program. There were enough issues that our leadership determined it was time to start taking better care of each other so that’s what we did.”

Officers who are involved in shootings are enrolled in the program. It is also open to those who request it.

The position of mentor is voluntary but the department seeks successful veteran officers who display enthusiasm and passion for law enforcement. Mentors receive three days of formal training, which includes two days of classroom instruction and one day of team-building and individual awareness training. The agency uses personality profile tests to determine primary and secondary personality types for both mentors and mentees and find suitable matches.

The Benefits of Mentoring Young Officers

One of the initial goals of the program was to support young officers entering the force to help them transition from civilian life to law enforcement. “It’s a huge cultural shift for individuals as they move into law enforcement,” said Snyder, and new officers can benefit greatly from having guidance from experienced officers. The program has been so successful that it now starts at the training academy and pairs mentors with recruits.

“When we identify a strong candidate, we match them with a mentor to help them through the application process,” said Snyder. In addition, mentors also help communicate with a recruit’s family about what to expect when a family member is a police officer. “We’ve lost a few recruits whose family said I don’t want you doing this. If that happens and they’re already in the academy we’ve lost those dollars that could’ve been spent to train someone else.” The program is now on its third class of recruits.

Mentoring Officers in Distress

In addition to new officer transition, the program also matches veteran officers with veteran officers in distress. These mentors are trained to listen and offer council as a colleague and not as someone in a supervisory role. This approach gives officers the confidence to talk about their emotions and experiences without fear of having their competence questioned.

“When I first started I thought SWAT officers who were in high-risk situations all the time were going to be tough nuts to crack in terms of participation, but after meeting with a few of them, many said how they wished the program was in place years ago when they went through their first shooting,” said Snyder.

Here are some of the keys to the success of IMPD’s programs:

Build Trust Early

One of the most important elements of a mentoring program is confidentiality. “If officers don’t trust that they can talk openly to someone, then the program is dead,” said Snyder. Fortunately, IMPD’s program has not faced confidentiality concerns. “The department is very good about not asking details on officers,” he said. “The captain who spearheaded this was respected in our department by all officers so they knew this was a legitimate program from the beginning.”

Identify a Variety of Resources

The agency works closely with its employee assistance program (EAP), POST team, and the chaplain’s office. Case managers are assigned to mentees to ensure officers, especially those in distress, are properly assisted. In addition, the agency has built relationships with psychologists who specialize in PTSD and hospitals that specialize in stress management care and alcohol addiction issues.

Consider Generational Differences

Snyder has been surprised how well new officers have responded to the mentoring program. “Officers under the age of 30 are not apprehensive about talking to a counselor or mentor,” he said. “We’re finding the younger generation is very open to having mentors and they want a mentor to help them develop in their career.”

However, it often takes more work to convince veteran officers about the benefits of the program.

“There are a lot of veteran officers who believe they can take care of themselves and keep years of exposure to trauma and stress and anxiety to themselves,” said Snyder. It’s very important for mentoring programs to target veteran officers and help build their trust in the benefits of finding a healthy way to cope with the stress of law enforcement work.

Expand into Career Advancement

The IMPD’s program has started focusing more on career advice and advancement. “We find that when officers are injured and start thinking about civilian jobs, they don’t believe they have marketable skills,” said Snyder. Therefore, the mentoring program has expanded to focus on career and leadership development by offering a four-week leadership academy. It also allows them to take course credits that can apply to a formal degree. “We want to develop our officers from the very early stages of their career and help them think about higher education and their skillsets after law enforcement,” he said.

Include Military Officers

Several officers in the department approached Snyder and OPDW about mentoring officers in the military. The Deployed Services Unit is a group of military veterans trained as mentors who keep in contact with soldiers and their families throughout deployment. When a soldier returns, the mentor helps integrate him or her back to being a police officer. If signs of PTSD show up or an officer starts developing other issues, these experienced mentors are in place to assist.

The Results

IMPD has seen remarkable results from its efforts and the program has been effective at dealing with performance issues. “The first few years we saw a 40 percent decrease in discipline rates,” said Snyder. The program continues to grow in terms of its acceptance by officers. “As more officers participate and reap the benefits of IMPD’s program, the stronger the overall department will be,” he said.

Why It’s Time to Update Mentoring Programs

Law enforcement agencies have used various forms of mentoring programs for years, but many haven’t restructured their programs to address cultural changes and shifts in the background of those entering law enforcement.

“The field training officer (FTO) program many agencies utilize today emerged in the 1970s and the program was designed for the Vietnam War era male who came to the agency with military experience,” said Dr. Chuck Russo, program director of Criminal Justice at American Military University (AMU). “Today’s recruit is from a different generation and brings to the agency different life experiences, educational background, technology familiarization, and military exposure. One would wonder why it has taken law enforcement agencies so long to change the process that shapes the individual into a law enforcement officer.”

Mentoring programs must capitalize on the differences today’s recruits bring to law enforcement and provide a structured outlet and support system to assist new recruits, he said. “Such programs have the potential to allow recruits to remain ‘open’ throughout their careers in hopes that when critical incidents are encountered, the officers will utilize a well-established support system to aid in and facilitate a rapid ‘return to normal’ before psychological and physiological stressors manifest themselves as post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Russo.

Agency leaders must consider implementing or updating mentoring programs to foster a strong support network. Such programs can help increase the retention of new officers, help develop healthier officers, and improve agency morale. And, in the long run, such programs can save agencies money.

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8 deadly forms of fentanyl

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:37

Author: P1 Community

By PoliceOne Staff

Fentanyl was the subject of major scrutiny in the mid-2000s when it was linked to a slew of overdose deaths across the United States. Unfortunately, the crisis still continues today. The DEA reported a rise in fentanyl overdose deaths from 550 in 2013 to more than 2000 in 2014 and 2015.

The drug, which is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is not detected in standard narcotic toxicology screens. It can also be hard to identify in the field, as fentanyl in its powder form is often cut with heroin and cocaine. For first responders, knowing the signs of a fentanyl overdose is imperative. As an opioid, fentanyl affects the part of the brain that controls breathing. Failure to recognize an overdose can lead to respiratory failure, respiratory arrest or death.

Five forms of fentanyl in medical applications
    Lozenge Oral tablet Oral spray IV Patch

All five forms of prescribed fentanyl are used illegally. Because the patch is known to contain large doses of fentanyl even after a three-day use, users can extract the drug and ingest it in other forms.

In medical applications, patients hold a tablet or lozenge under their tongue or in their cheek. The drug is then absorbed through the mucous membrane. Oral sprays are absorbed in the same manner. When using the patch, patients absorb the drug through their skin. Depending on whether the drug is absorbed through the skin, the mouth, or injected, the half-life of fentanyl varies.

Three forms of illegal fentanyl
    Spiked blotter paper Manufactured tablets Powder

Usually, abusers of the drug get fentanyl from illegal manufacturers. Often, heroin abusers seek out fentanyl as a substitute to alleviate the side effects of heroin withdrawal. Heroin or cocaine users may also take fentanyl without knowing, as heroin or cocaine manufacturers will substitute fentanyl powder to reduce costs and increase potency. Illegal manufacturers may also use the powder to create tablets that are meant to mimic other opioids.

On the street, fentanyl lozenges are often referred to as ‘lollipops.’ These fentanyl lollipops have been illegally obtained and are often found at the end of a small stick. Street names for fentanyl include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, and Tango and Cash.

Recognizing the side effects of fentanyl

Common side effects of fentanyl include nausea, vomiting, itching, difficulty breathing, drowsiness, and unconsciousness. These side effects are also associated with heroin use. If heroin use is suspected, be on the lookout for signs that fentanyl may be involved. Patients may be unaware that they’ve taken fentanyl since the effects are very similar.

If a patient has used fentanyl via patch, it’s important to note that the drug may take some time to reach its peak concentration. So, while a patient may present only mild side effects, you should still be alert to a potential overdose.

Signs of a fentanyl overdose

Fentanyl is an opioid, so the signs of a fentanyl overdose are like those of a heroin overdose. The user may have bluish nails or lips in addition to difficulty breathing, remaining conscious, or speaking. Unlike other opioids, fentanyl has relatively little effect on heart function.

Naloxone is used to reverse overdose symptoms for opioids. Fentanyl overdoses are no exception to this method. However, because fentanyl is so potent, overdosed patients often need multiple applications of Naloxone.

Dosage and half-life

For first responders, estimating even an approximate dosage is difficult. As mentioned, fentanyl is often laced with other drugs and will contain other impurities. However, knowing the dosages used in medical applications may provide a useful perspective.

Fentanyl lozenges, or ‘lollipops’ come in six different doses measured in micrograms (mcg). Those are 200, 400, 600, 800, 1200, and 1600 mcg doses. The half-life of lozenges varies but can be up to 12 hours.

Fentanyl patches are applied for three days at a time, with three different doses measured in micrograms per hour (mcg/hr). Those are 25, 50 or 100 mcg/hr. Similar to lozenges, the half-life of patches varies but is generally around 17 hours.

Fentanyl taken via injection has a significantly lower half-life of around 3.7 hours. However, estimating dosage via injection from illegal means is very difficult.

It’s worth noting that even in medical applications, fentanyl is only prescribed to patients who have taken opioids before. Fentanyl is so potent that patients need to have a tolerance of opioids for it to be safely prescribed.

Whether fentanyl has been used legally or illegally, first responders should always look for the signs of a potential overdose when a patient is unresponsive.

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Ga. deputy shot in chest saved by ballistic vest

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:11
Author: P1 Community

By Ellen Eldridge The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

COMMERCE, Ga. — Officials were searching for a gunman who shot a Banks County sheriff’s deputy in the chest at the Tanger Outlet mall in Commerce about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest and is expected to be OK, but the suspect ran off, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

Deputies first responded to a reported armed robbery in progress at the Atlanta Dragway, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The suspect stole a car and drove toward the outlet mall.

GBI Forensic Artist completes sketch of man wanted for shooting a Banks County Deputy Sheriff. Please share.

— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) April 27, 2017

When a deputy tried to pull the car over, the driver got out and shot the deputy, who was still in his patrol car, the release said.

The suspect continued to run and deputies were last searching in the area of Steve Reynolds Industrial Parkway.

The man is believed to be armed with two weapons. He is described as in his 40s with short hair, approximately 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark clothing.

The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Copyright 2017 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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911 call: Man wants K-9 to search for stolen heroin

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:11
Author: P1 Community

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio — Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him.

WEWS-TV reports a 20-year-old man in Bath Township, near Akron, made the call in January. The recording was released this week.

When the call operator asks why the caller needs a police dog, he replies that a female stole heroin from him.

Bath Police Chief Mike McNeely says it's among the most bizarre things he's heard in four decades of policing.

McNeely says the man is expected to face a drug charge after he pulled a brown, waxy substance from his pants while being interviewed by police.

The substance was seized and sent to a lab for testing. The caller was released pending the test results.

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Search underway for missing Texas cop in 'emotional distress'

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:48
Author: P1 Community

By PoliceOne Staff

AUSTIN, Texas — A statewide search is on for a missing police officer who was reported to be in emotional distress.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that colleagues and family members notified the Austin Police Department Tuesday when they couldn’t contact the officer.

Police discovered the officer’s vehicle near a lake in West Texas Wednesday morning, TWC News reported.

Local police agencies have joined the search. We will update you once more information becomes available.

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Masked man with loaded guns in car arrested outside Dallas police station

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:15

Author: P1 Community

By Naheed Rajwani The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he showed up at the Dallas Police Department's southwest patrol station and threatened to open fire, police say.

Adan Salazar, 22, has been charged with terroristic threat, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and possession of marijuana.

Officers confronted Salazar after he parked outside about 2:40 p.m. and put on a Guy Fawkes mask similar to those worn in the political thriller film V for Vendetta, said Deputy Chief Albert Martinez, who oversees the station.

When officers confronted him, Salazar said he was thinking about shooting at the station or its officers, Martinez said. Police found marijuana and two loaded 9 mm handguns in his car.

It's unclear what prompted him to go the station.

"His behavior was very erratic. He was yelling; he was just saying words," Martinez said.

Salazar was taken to the Dallas County jail, where he could be evaluated to determine whether he needed to be taken to a hospital for mental health treatment.

It common for people to visit the station to file crime reports, ask questions or complete child custody exchanges.

The Police Department bolstered security at its stations after the July 7 ambush in which a gunman killed five officers downtown.

Martinez said Wednesday's encounter with the masked man greatly concerned him.

"We have a duty to protect our citizens, but we also have a duty to protect our officers in this work environment," he said. "They've got to have a safe place to come to."

#DPD officers continue working hard. 1 guy arrested at SW with this. Unrelated SE Officers now searching woods for possible robbery suspects

— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) April 26, 2017


©2017 The Dallas Morning News

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Pa. police ambush killer gets death sentence

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:07

Author: P1 Community

By Michael Rubinkam Associated Press

MILFORD, Pa. — The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, it rang again.

Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury's decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shouted "yes!" from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer's mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

"Jurors have delivered full justice in this case and issued the penalty that is so richly deserved by Eric Frein," said District Attorney Ray Tonkin.

Frein, 33, did not react visibly to the sentence.

Minutes after the jury issued it, a Pike County's sheriff climbed the courthouse cupola and rang the bell eight times, following a tradition that dates to the 19th century.

Prosecutors said Frein was hoping to start an uprising against the government when he opened fire on the Blooming Grove barracks in the Pocono Mountains on Sept. 12, 2014. Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, a Marine veteran and married father of two, was killed, and Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded.

Frein led police on a 48-day manhunt after the ambush, and for a time he was among America's most wanted criminals.

Prosecutors portrayed him as a remorseless killer who attacked troopers at random in hopes of fomenting rebellion.

Frein kept a journal in which he coolly described shooting Dickson twice and watching him fall "still and quiet." In a letter to his parents, written while he was on the run but never sent, he complained about lost liberties, spoke of revolution and said, "The time seems right for a spark to ignite a fire in the hearts of men."

Frein showed "wickedness of heart" when he "made a choice to pull that cold trigger again, again, again and again," Tonkin said in his closing argument Wednesday.

The gunman likely won't face execution for decades, if ever. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty, and Pennsylvania's last execution took place in 1999. The state has executed only three people since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976.

Frein's lawyers promised to tie up his case in appeals.

Defense lawyer Bill Ruzzo told reporters he was disappointed by the death sentence, and surprised the jury failed to find a single mitigating circumstance that would point to a sentence of life without parole. His lawyers had urged jurors to spare Frein's life, telling them he'd grown up in a dysfunctional home.

"The jury has rejected our defense, so we'll go back to the drawing board," Ruzzo said.

Col. Tyree Blocker, the state police commissioner, thanked the jury for delivering justice.

"Cpl. Dickson will always remain in the hearts of all members of the Pennsylvania State Police, forever," he said outside the courthouse.

Douglass, who has endured 18 surgeries and might lose his lower leg, smiled broadly as the sentenced was pronounced but did not comment afterward.

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NC corrections officer killed in inmate attack

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 06:47
Author: P1 Community

By Alan Wooten The Fayetteville Observer

WINDSOR, N.C. — A man convicted of first-degree murder in Cumberland County 13 years ago has been named in an assault by an inmate leading to the death of a jailer in Bertie County.

Craig Wissink was found guilty of first-degree murder April 1, 2004, and is serving a life sentence. N.C. Public Safety officials said he is being investigated in the death of Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan, a 29-year-old who died about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday following the incident at Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor.

Callahan was assaulted about 5:30 p.m. Life-saving measures were administered by the medical staff at the prison and first responders.

"I am deeply saddened and send my heartfelt sympathies to Sergeant Callahan's family," Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks said in a news release. "We will do all we can to support her family as well as the correctional family. The department will cooperate fully with the law enforcement investigation as well as conduct its own internal investigation."

The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the probe.

Callahan, of Edenton, had been with the department since January 2012. She was promoted to sergeant in February 2016.

Wissink received a life sentence plus a minimum of 39 months for the shooting of John Lawrence Pruey during an attempted robbery on Cumberland Road on June 27, 2000. He was convicted nearly four years later along with Lawrence Lee Ash.

Wissink's life sentence has no parole; the additional sentence was reduced by the state Court of Appeals in 2005. Ash is also serving a life sentence. Prosecutors in the 2004 trial said the two went to Pruey's mobile home with the intent to rob him; each defendant said the other pulled the trigger on a shotgun blast through a door that killed Pruey.

___ (c)2017 The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, N.C.)

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Del. trooper fatally shot ID'ed, suspect killed

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 06:37

Author: P1 Community

By Randall Chase Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Del. — A man suspected of fatally shooting a Delaware state trooper has been shot and killed by officers after an overnight standoff, state police said Thursday.

The man, who has not been identified, walked out of the home where he had been holed up since the fatal shooting of the trooper a day earlier, "engaged officers" and was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, police said in a statement. Police planned a news conference Thursday afternoon to release more details.

The man had been barricaded inside the home since Wednesday afternoon, not long after Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, 32, was shot several times after he approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear.

State police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen said the vehicle had two suspicious people inside. One man got out of the car and shot Ballard several times before running away, McQueen said Wednesday. The other man was arrested at the scene.

"This is a sad day for our state and for the Delaware State Police family," McQueen said as Gov. John Carney stood at his side.

Police tracked the suspected gunman to his home in a subdivision of two-story houses near Middletown, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of where Ballard was shot. The gunman, alone in the house, refused to leave and fired several shots at officers surrounding the home, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said. No other officers were injured.

"There have been multiple gunshots that have come from the house at police officers," Fournier said.

Hostage negotiators were on the scene and established contact with the man in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully, Fournier said. But there was no quick resolution as the standoff stretched into the evening.

Shortly after 8 p.m., police used an explosive device to blow the door of the house off its hinges, but officers did not immediately enter the home, Fournier said.

Officers came under fire again Thursday morning and authorities used explosives to blow off windows, but did not immediately enter the home, police said.

A local fire company opened its space to temporarily house evacuated residents while police continued to negotiate with the suspect.

Sarah Adkins, 18, who lives with her parents on the same street where the suspect was barricaded, said that shortly after arriving home early Thursday afternoon, she started hearing sporadic gunfire that lasted for about an hour and resumed at other intervals.

Adkins said the man believed to be the suspect went to school with her brothers, and has always seemed friendly, smiling and waving at her when she last saw him a couple of weeks ago.

Police used a robo-calling system to tell residents in the areas to stay inside and lock their doors.

Ballard had been on the force for more than eight years, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.

"My heart is with the officer's family and the officers who have served beside him," Carney said in a statement.

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Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty

PoliceOne - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 02:00

Author: P1 Community

By Will Weissert Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" early Thursday, empowering local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail.

The vote came just before 3 a.m. and followed 15-plus hours of heated, sometimes tearful debate, much of it from outnumbered Democrats.

The bill would allow Texas to withhold funding from county and local governments for acting as sanctuary cities — even as President Donald Trump's efforts to do that nationally have hit roadblocks. Other Republican-led states have pushed for similar polices, but Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and other officials could face a misdemeanor criminal charge of official misconduct and be removed from office for not helping enforce immigration law.

An entity that fails to follow the law could be subjected to a civil penalty of $1,500 for a first offense and $25,500 for any subsequent violation.

The proposal is needed to "keep the public safe and remove bad people from the street," said Republican Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth, its House sponsor.

The term "sanctuary cities" has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal authorities as part of a larger effort to crack down on criminal suspects in the U.S. illegally.

The Texas House bill originally allowed local law enforcement officers to inquire about federal immigration status only if someone is arrested. A version passed in March by the state Senate went further, permitting immigration inquires of anyone who is detained, including during traffic stops.

But a floor amendment backed by the tea party movement extending the House version to apply to those detained as well as those arrested passed on an 81-64 vote — bringing the full bill closer to what the Senate previously approved.

Democrats, and even some veteran Republicans, opposed the change to no avail. It drew rebuke from the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, who tweeted: "We're disappointed House voted to allow police to inquire into legal status during detention rather than arrest."

Trump is trying to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities, but a federal judge in California on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction preventing him from doing so. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared the issue an "emergency" item, saying the state is poised to pass an anti-sanctuary cities law, regardless of what happens nationally.

Sally Hernandez, the sheriff of Travis County, which includes liberal Austin, enraged conservatives by refusing to honor federal requests to hold suspects for possible deportation if they weren't arrested for immigration offenses or serious crimes such as murder. But Hernandez softened her policy after Abbott cut grant funding to the county and she has said she'll conform to the state's ban if it becomes law.

Other sheriffs warn the bill could make their jobs harder if immigrants — including crime victims and witnesses — fear the police.

"Today we've made real that fear," said Roland Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat. Many of his colleagues decried what they called a "show me your papers law."

Wednesday night, dozens of protesters, many waving signs and banners skewering the bill and its supporters, gathered inside the Texas Capitol to chant pro-immigrant slogans in English and Spanish. Some later filed into the House visitors' gallery to applaud bill opponents on the floor. "God is watching what you're doing," one woman yelled at Republican lawmakers before being escorted out.

Things had quieted hours later, when the bill was approved. Still, Democratic Rep. Mary Gonzalez of El Paso, on Texas' border with Mexico, wept openly as she recalled being sexually assaulted, saying the bill will empower criminals. Rep. Victoria Neave, a Dallas Democrat, staged a four-day fast in opposition.

"I have seen the fear of children who worry their parents are going to be deported," Neave said.

The state Senate's version is different enough from what the House passed that the two chambers must compromise before sending a bill to the governor. Similar efforts have collapsed in the past, though, meaning the issue isn't yet fully settled.

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Police: Armless security robot loses fight to drunk man

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:14

By PoliceOne Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A security robot was attacked by a drunk man during a parking lot patrol last week.

Jason Sylvain, 41, allegedly approached and pushed over the 300-pound armless Knightscope robot, ABC7 reported.

"I think this is a pretty pathetic incident because it shows how spineless the drunk guys in Silicon Valley really are because they attack a victim who doesn't even have any arms," citizen Eamonn Callon said.

The robot, named K5, suffered minor scratches and is back on patrol.

Meet K-5 ---the droid taken down by an alleged drunk man last week. Don't worry, he's back on patrol :) details @abc7newsbayarea at 11

— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) April 25, 2017

Knightscope’s co-founder told ABC7 that this event proves the technology is useful because police caught and booked the suspect.

Sylvain is facing prowling and public intoxication charges.

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France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:02

By Sylvie Corbet Associated Press

PARIS — France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in the May 7 presidential runoff, were present at the ceremony at the Paris police headquarters. Others present were Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

President Francois Hollande paid tribute to 37-year-old Xavier Jugele, who was killed last week when an assailant opened fire with an assault rifle on a police van parked on the most famous avenue in the French capital. Two other officers were wounded.

The attacker was shot and killed by officers. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hollande said the French people must "support the police. They deserve our esteem, our solidarity, our admiration."

In a message to the presidential candidates, Hollande also asked France's future government to "provide the necessary budget resources to recruit the indispensable people to protect our citizens and give them means to act even more efficiently."

Hollande recalled that France's police and military forces are deployed on French territory and abroad to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria and in Africa's Sahel region.

This is "a combat that will last, a combat that will be fought until the threat is definitively over. That combat will be long, demanding, difficult but, I am certain, victorious," he said.

Jugele was one of the officers who raced to the Bataclan concert hall the night three armed men with suicide bombs stormed a show and slaughtered 90 people on Nov. 13, 2015.

He returned to the concert venue a year later as a spectator when it reopened with a concert by Sting. Jugele told People magazine at the time how happy he was to be here "to celebrate life. To say no to terrorists."

Jugele also was a member of a French association of LGBT police officers. He was in a civil union. In a speech during the ceremony, his partner, Etienne Cardiles, said: "Let's stay dignified, let's take care of peace and preserve peace."

Jugele had worked in the Paris area as a police officer since 2011. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Paris police department's public order and traffic division.

He had received praise from bosses earlier this year for his courage during the evacuation of a building after an accidental blast in the western suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt.

Jugele has been promoted to police captain and awarded Chevalier of the Legion of Honor posthumously.

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States alarmed by laser strikes on aircraft are passing laws

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:33

By David Eggert Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Police pilot Jerry King was flying his state plane back to the Lansing airport after a mission when he saw a green pulsing light in the night sky.

Suddenly, he was blinded by a bright flash, much like staring into a camera flashbulb as it goes off, and he was unable to see for several seconds.

"It'll seem like 10," King said. "If you lose control of the aircraft, that's it. It's not like a co-pilot's going to take over."

The cockpit of the single-engine plane was hit by a laser beam directed by someone on the ground. Such incidents once happened occasionally to pilots, as laser devices became commonly available to amateur astronomers, construction engineers and others, but now are reported at least 7,000 times a year.

Michigan is poised to join a growing list of states enacting new laws to combat increasingly frequent laser attacks and put those responsible in prison. Twenty-two states now have passed such laws, most in the last few years.

The Michigan legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate Tuesday and could be referred to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature as early as next week. It would make "lasing" an aircraft or train a felony punishable by five years in prison.

Though there have been no known air crashes caused by laser strikes, some pilots have been injured, and authorities are alarmed by the danger of pilots temporarily blinded as they are landing or taking off at airports. King sustained a flash burn in his left eye, requiring a trip to an ophthalmologist and a course of eye drops.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is currently a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but enforcement has been difficult in part because of the complicated coordination necessary between federal and local officials. Only 70 people have been charged between 2012 and 2016.

Authorities believe the state laws will make it easier to quickly deploy police to the site of a laser attack.

State police helicopter pilots in some cases can swiftly head to where the beam is originating and alert patrol cars for assistance. Police armed with high-tech cameras and GPS trackers can be used in places where attacks are most frequent, such as around airports.

"We could prosecute them at the state level right then. We don't have to contact the FBI and wait for agents to be able to have time to do that and a U.S. attorney who is involved with high-level matters to worry about this," said Sgt. Timothy Fitzgerald, legislative liaison for the state police. "Once we start enforcing this, I think we're going to see these incidents go way down."

Lasers have become more powerful and cheaper in recent years. Popular green lasers cost as little as $10, and are more visible than red ones.

Hobbyists use them to point at stars and construction crews use them for leveling. Some of the people who point them at aircraft are pranksters, but others deliberately target law enforcement aircraft involved in police chases and surveillance. Three of the four full-time pilots in Michigan's aviation unit have been struck by lasers.

In February, state police arrested a man suspected of repeatedly shining a laser at one of its helicopters and three passenger jets on approach to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

"That's actually how they honed in on him. As he keeps shooting it, they keep narrowing his location," Fitzgerald said.

He is facing federal charges. A week later, a Delta airliner was lasered while approaching the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

The FBI urges those with information about someone pointing a laser at an aircraft to call the local FBI office or 911.

"The FBI takes these actions very seriously and is committed to identifying and prosecuting individuals who violate this federal law," said spokesman Timothy Wiley.

Recently, Michigan extended the authority of airport police to respond to laser attacks beyond airport boundaries.

"When you have pilots testifying that it's very hazardous," more has to be done to stop the attacks, said Rep. Laura Cox, a sponsor of the new legislation. "We don't want any crashes."

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Man accused of impersonating cop, giving kids jail tours

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:32

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio — A man has been accused of taking children in handcuffs to tour an Ohio county jail and courthouse while wearing a police uniform.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Christopher S. Hendon claimed he was part of a police program that gives kids prison tours to scare them off from committing crimes.

Police say Hendon tried to enter the courthouse and jail four times and left each time after being denied access. Authorities arraigned Hendon on Tuesday on charges of impersonating an officer, criminal trespass and taking a gun into a courthouse.

A councilwoman says Hendon wanted to be an officer and mentor young people. Hendon attended a police academy but didn't graduate.

Hendon is jailed. Attorney Don Hicks says he'll represent Hendon but hasn't met with him.

Authorities are trying to identify the children involved in the tours.

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Spotlight: Steiner Optics products meet the demands of first responders in all types of environments

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:38

Author: PoliceOne Sponsors

Company: Steiner Optics Headquarters: Colorado Signature Product: Steiner Poro Prism Binoculars Website:

Q&A Questions:

1. Where did your company name originate from?

Karl Steiner started the company in 1947 in post-war Germany.

2. What was the inspiration behind starting your company?

Karl Steiner started a one-man workshop in Bayreuth, Germany, obsessed with a single goal: creating optical products so functional, sturdy and uniformly flawless that nothing in the chaotic, mass-production post-war world could compare. His passion for unmatched optical perfection pushed Steiner-Optik from a hardscrabble startup to a 50-man factory within six years, and on to become a worldwide optical icon with binoculars and rifle scopes for every purpose, a history of innovation, and legions of diehard enthusiasts in every category.

3. What is your signature product and how does it work?

Steiner Poro Prism binoculars were designed for use by the military. The binoculars are extremely rugged with no internal moving parts, a Makrolon chassis that will withstand hundreds of pounds of G force, and a Sports-Auto-Focus system that brings all objects from 20 yards to infinity into sharp focus.

4. Why do you believe your products are essential to the police community?

They have been proven to be rugged and reliable on battlefields around the world and are designed to meet the demands of first responders who work in all kinds of conditions.

5. What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced?

The biggest challenge is continued improvement in optical systems, better lens coating for greater light transmission and competition from lower priced competitors.

6. What makes your company unique?

We offer a wide range of optics from binoculars to riflescopes. In addition, Steiner recently entered the eOptics category. We now have laser rangefinders, laser aiming systems and night vision equipment.

7. What do your customers like best about you and your products?

Bright, clear optics that perform as well as those costing hundreds of dollars more. Steiner stands behind its products with industry leading customer service. We can still repair most binoculars.

8. What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community?

The most rewarding part is hearing from those who use and rely on our products and how they help them perform better in the field.

9. Is there any fun fact or trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company?

In the first Gulf War, an armored vehicle was hit with an IED that blasted and burned everything but the men inside. They all got out safely but much of their gear was destroyed, except for pair of Steiner military binoculars. Although they were charred and misshapen, they still worked – the lenses and prisms were intact.

10. What's next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?

Development of optics for LE that are more affordable for those who have to buy their own gear.

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