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Cop missing in Russia after climbing mountain solo

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:56

By PoliceOne Staff

LITTLETON, Colo. — A Littleton police officer and National Guardsman is missing after a solo mountain climb in Russia.

Olivia, Officer Steven Beare’s wife, told The Denver Channel that he went missing on June 16 while climbing Mount Elbrus. It was his first solo climb without a guide.

She spoke to him when he first arrived in Russia on June 12. A blizzard hit the mountain shortly after Beare was reported missing.

"My biggest fear is that he's freezing to death, and he's alone somewhere in the snow, and I don't know if he's going to make it," Olivia said. "I'm really scared."

A Russian team began looking for him on Sunday, but the search was called off due to weather, the publication reported. Family and friends are working to deploy a private search crew and two helicopters that will fly over the mountain when the weather is better. Beare’s fellow officers are also raising money for ground efforts.

"I just picture him walking out of the storm into clear skies, I don't know if it will happen," Olivia said. "He's on the mountain somewhere."


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Photo: Cop sticks head in hole to save chihuahua

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:54

By PoliceOne Staff

WASHINGTON — Two officers used their heads to rescue a dog trapped in a hole.

Officials told the Washington Post that the officers called a humane rescue group to save a chihuahua named Max from a five-foot hole Saturday night. It’s unclear how the dog fell down the hole.

After becoming concerned for the dog’s health, one officer held onto the other’s feet while he was lowered into the hole.

The dog and the officer were pulled from the hole safely.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said the officers went “above and beyond” the call of duty.

Over the weekend 4D officers went above and beyond to rescue a chihuahua that fell down a five-foot hole. Glad everyone made it out safely. pic.twitter.com/XcPih5rZOM

— Peter Newsham (@pnewsham2) June 19, 2017


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20 signs you're a veteran police officer's spouse

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:48

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

Law enforcement is a unique profession. As a result, the longer a man or woman is a police officer, the more skills, attributes and sometimes eccentricities they take on. A police officer’s spouse will also adopt rather unique traits and skill sets.

Here are 20 signs that you are a veteran police officer’s spouse:

1. You work opposite shifts and have a bed that is in use as many hours a day as the bunk in a submarine … primarily for sleeping.

2. It seems as normal to have pizza or a burger at 8 a.m. as it is to have scrambled eggs.

3. When you walk into a bar, restaurant or even a grocery store and your spouse turns and says, “Uh oh, we’re outta here,” you nonchalantly turn and leave with no questions asked.

4. You give your spouse a hug as they leave for work with an extra pat for a vest check, because you know that, whether your spouse works in Motor City or the Cheese Curd Capital of the World, anything can happen anywhere.

5. You have never had to fight crowds for a table at a restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day, because you have not celebrated that holiday – or any other holiday – on the actual date for 10 years … and you don’t mind.

6. You are familiar with more acronyms than any of your friends, like: DT, ER, FOP, DWI, ROD. You have even caught yourself (just once on a really bad day) warning the kids to, “Quiet down, because if I have to come in there you’ll be DRT.”

7. You realize you are their “one and only,” because you are the one and only person allowed on their gun side.

8. You have mastered the subtlety of the one-hand-high-hug to bypass the concealed Glock.

9. You have no medical training, yet you can perfectly execute the post-emergency room care for a concussion, stitches, road rash and even human bites.

10. Forget about Disney, your pre-teen kids attend sleepovers wearing oversized Torch Run and Polar Plunge T-shirts for pajamas.

11. You received a scanner from a thoughtful relative as a present some time ago, but you have never taken it out of the box, because it is easier not knowing.

12. You have at some point engaged in a thousand yard stare at your spouse’s thousand yard stare and did not even have to ask, “What are you thinking, sweetheart?”

13. You have learned to appreciate cop humor.

14. Not only do you know nine – no, 10 – hyphenated insults that end with the word “bag,” but you also have acquired the skill of doubling that vocabulary by merely replacing the word “bag” with “ball.” You also have your personal favorite and directed it – under your breath – to that guy who stole your parking spot at Target yesterday.

15. You manage to fake laugh at the comment from non-police friends, “Does your spouse ever bring the handcuffs home?” even though you have heard it hundreds of times before.

16. On the other hand, you have to fight the urge to slap the spit out of anyone who cracks a donut joke, but you are not quite sure why.

17. You know on a cop’s wages there’s no living paycheck-to-paycheck unless some of the time worked was on the “big clock.”

18. You know what “big clock” means.

19. You also are familiar with “I got your six” and have come to realize how important it is to your police officer spouse that you always have had their six, even though they will never be able to adequately put that emotion into words.

20. You have discovered the best tonic for a rough shift is to go arm and arm with your spouse into the children’s rooms and just quietly hold each other while you watch them sleep.

As a veteran police officer’s spouse, it is important to stay safe, stay strong and stay positive – remember that they are better with you than they could ever be without you.


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Video released of fatal Seattle OIS of woman with knife

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:21

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

By Phuong Le and Gene Johnson Associated Press

SEATTLE — The two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had less lethal options and had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises.

The killing occurred as Seattle police are under federal oversight following a 2011 investigation that found officers were too quick to use force. All Seattle officers now receive training on how to better handle those with mental illness or abusing drugs. One of the officers who shot Lyles had been certified as a crisis intervention specialist.

Still, within minutes of arriving Sunday to take a burglary report, the officers drew their guns and shot 30-year-old Charleena Lyles with three of her four children inside her apartment.

Authorities say Lyles confronted the officers with two kitchen knives — less than two weeks after she had threatened officers with long metal shears when they responded to a domestic disturbance at her home.

Officials say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman they knew had a previous volatile encounter with law enforcement and had been having mental health issues.

Family members say they want to know why police didn't use a non-lethal option.

At a vigil for Lyles outside her apartment building Tuesday, family members called her a good person and demanded justice.

Monika Williams, who said she was Lyles' older sister, described Lyles as a woman who loved her kids and who liked to sing and dance.

"My sister was so loving and caring," Williams said. "If you met her you would be drawn in. She was always smiling."

Throughout the vigil and subsequent march, the crowd repeatedly chanted "Say Her Name," followed by "Charleena," while people held signs reading "Black Lives Matter," ''People with Mental Illness Matter," and "Rest in Peace Lena."

Police and the mayor say the shooting will be investigated.

Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal option to subdue suspects and have a choice between a Taser, baton or pepper spray.

He said the officers who killed Lyles did not have a Taser and he was unsure which option they had at the time.

Near the beginning of a roughly four-minute police audio recording of the incident and before they reached the apartment, the officers discussed an "officer safety caution" about the address involving the previous law enforcement interaction.

The officers talked about the woman previously having large metal shears, trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment and making "weird statements" about her and her daughter turning into wolves.

Seattle Municipal Court records show that Lyles was arrested June 5 and booked into King County Jail. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassment and obstructing a police officer.

She was released from jail on June 14 on the condition that she check-in twice a week with a case manager and possess no weapons "or items that can be used as weapons," and take all prescribed medications, according to court records.

The audio recording and transcripts released by police indicate that the officers had spent about two minutes calmly speaking with Lyles before the situation escalated.

The transcript shows one officer yelling "get back!" repeatedly and Lyles saying "Get ready, (expletive)."

An officer said "we need help" and reported "a woman with two knives." He urged his partner to use a stun gun but that officer responded: "I don't have a Taser."

Sue Rahr, a former sheriff who heads the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, noted that circumstances determine whether officers are able to use non-lethal force or resolve a situation without force.

Officers may be able to take their time to persuade a suspect who's standing in the middle of an intersection with no one nearby to drop a knife, but that might be different in cramped quarters or with children nearby, she said.

James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that "the officers knew she was vulnerable" when they went to her apartment.

"When we call police for help, we expect protection, we expect safety," Bible said. "It was their responsibility to protect her and they didn't."

He said family members are heartbroken and dedicated to finding justice.


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Europol – EUIPO 2017 Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the EU

EUROPOL - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:17
Today sees the release of the latest situation report into counterfeiting in Europe, prepared by Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). This report was presented at the IP Enforcement Summit in Berlin, an event organised by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, EUIPO and the European Commission.
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76 arrested during second international action on e-Commerce fraud

EUROPOL - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:52
The eCommerce Action 2017, a joint law enforcement operation which took place in 26 countries from 6 to 16 June 2017, resulted in the arrest of 76 professional fraudsters and members of internet based criminal networks suspected of online fraud activities. The suspects were responsible for more than 20 000 fraudulent transactions with compromised credit cards, with an estimated value exceeding EUR 5 million.
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Ex-cons encouraged to join Oakland police oversight commission

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:17

By PoliceOne Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ex-convicts are being encouraged by city officials to join a commission that will oversee everything from disciplining Oakland’s officers to the hiring and firing of the police chief.

Both a flyer and an application on the city’s website for positions on the city’s new nine-member commission state “formerly incarcerated individuals encouraged to apply.”

According to KPIX 5, the measure to create the police oversight commission was overwhelmingly backed by voters in November.

Oakland Police Officers’ Association President Barry Donelan said voters weren’t told felons would be allowed.

“This is a bait and switch,” Donelan said.

Tal Klement, one of eight panelists who will decide the commission members, told KPIX 5 that the police department “should be welcoming the viewpoint and participation of all members of the city of Oakland and that includes people with criminal backgrounds.”

Klement said they’re encouraging it because “that’s the population that has had the most contact with police and the measure itself asks for communities that have had frequent contact with police.”

Commissioners won’t undergo background checks either because the panel feels it will discourage formerly incarcerated people from applying, Klement said. The only group that is banned from applying are former or current Oakland police officers.

The application closes at the end of June.


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Dashcam video shows officer firing 7 shots into Castile car

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:59

By Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Video that shows a Minnesota police officer shooting seven rapid shots at Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July was made public Tuesday, just days after the officer was acquitted on all counts in the case.

The video was captured by a camera in the squad car of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges in the fatal shooting of Castile, a black motorist who was shot just seconds after he told Yanez he had a gun. The shooting gained widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

Unlike Reynolds' video, the squad-car video shows the situation's quick escalation and the shooting itself. It was played for jurors at trial but was not released publicly until Tuesday. Though the video has been described repeatedly, the footage offers a disturbing perspective on how a traffic stop for a faulty brake light turned deadly in mere seconds.

The squad-car video shows a wide view of the traffic stop and the shooting, with the camera pointed toward Castile's car. It captures what was said between the two men and shows Yanez, who is Latino, firing into the vehicle. It does not show what happened inside the car or what Yanez saw.

The video shows Yanez following Castile's car, then pulling it over. It shows Yanez approaching Castile's car and asking for a driver's license and proof of insurance. Castile gives the proof of insurance to Yanez through the driver's side window, and Castile puts it in his pocket. Castile is then heard saying, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me."

Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, had a permit to carry the weapon.

Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster. Yanez says, "OK. Don't reach for it then." There is shouting, and Yanez screams "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the car.

Castile's body is thrown to the right after the first shot. The video shows Yanez's backup, Officer Joseph Kauser, standing on the passenger side of the vehicle, jumping back and retreating when the shots were fired.

After the shooting, the video shows Yanez standing at the car window, breathing heavily and cursing repeatedly, with his gun drawn for some time. Reynolds' then-4-year-old daughter starts to get out of the car and is grabbed by an officer. The video then shows help arriving at the scene.

Officers order Reynolds out of the car, and she gets out, hands held high. Soon, she is heard wailing.

A fellow officer speaks repeatedly to Yanez to get him away from the car: "I'm going to take your spot. I'm going to take your spot. Listen, listen, I'm going to take your spot." Yanez slowly walks away, and another officer says: "You all right? You all right? You're not hit any, are you?"

Officers pull Castile from the vehicle and begin CPR. Yanez is then off-camera, but can be heard talking through his body microphone.

Yanez, 29, is heard telling a supervisor that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then saying that he told Castile to get his hand off it. Yanez testified, "What I meant by that was I didn't know where the gun was up until I saw it in his right thigh area."

Yanez's acquittal prompted days of protests, including one in St. Paul last Friday that attracted thousands and shut down Interstate 94 for hours. Eighteen people were arrested.


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Suspect shot after explosion at Brussels train station

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:59

Associated Press

BRUSSELS — Soldiers shot a suspect in the heart of Brussels after a small explosion Tuesday night at a busy train station continued a week of extremist attacks in the capitals of Europe.

A bomb squad performed a controlled explosion of a bomb belt the suspect had at the Central Station and was checking to see if there more hazards, VTM network reported. Authorities set up a wide perimeter around the station, located near the city's famed Grand Place square.

It appeared no one else was injured besides the suspect and the damage from the explosion was limited, Brussels prosecutor's office spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch told VRT. It was not clear if the suspect survived.

National newspaper La Libre Belgique quoted the prosecutor's office as saying the suspect was wearing a backpack and an explosive belt. The information could not be immediately confirmed. Photos posted on social media showed a small fire in the station.

Brussels police said via Twitter that there was "an incident with an individual at the station. The situation is under control." They asked the public to follow police instructions.

The Central Station is one of the busiest in the nation and soldiers could be seen patrolling there after the explosion. It was evacuated along with the Belgian capital's Grand Place, a major tourist site about 200 meters (656 feet) away.

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the Brussels subway and at an airport in March 2016.

There have been incidents involving extremists in Paris and London in recent days, including the attack by a van driver who tried to run down worshippers outside a London mosque.

Photo shows the scene of an incident at a train station in Brussels, Belgium, that police say is under control https://t.co/pLnOZEqql4 pic.twitter.com/ZiERRtNNMn

— CNN (@CNN) June 20, 2017

MORE: Brussels' Grand Place, a major tourist site, evacuated in addition to train station, Belgian media reports https://t.co/pPV9SETtTc pic.twitter.com/hsCXNo5UFB

— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 20, 2017

Video on the scene at the Brussels train station shows the arrival of law enforcement pic.twitter.com/iUesZKMd7g

— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 20, 2017


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Burglar shot to death by accomplice; shooter still at large

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:38

By Liz Fabian The Macon Telegraph

MACON, Ga. — The burglar shot to death by his accomplice Monday morning has been to prison multiple times.

James Robert Young Jr., 41, of Macon, had been out on parole for less than 10 months when he was fatally wounded after breaking into a woman’s home at 152 Bradstone Circle.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday, the woman was in the back of her house getting dressed when she heard her door bell ring.

Moments later, she heard the sound of someone kicking in the front door, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said during a news conference at the scene.

She came to the front of the house where she found Young and another man.

Young was trying to carry out a big screen TV and dropped it when the woman yelled at the men and they started to run.

The other man fired a gun back toward the house and hit Young, Davis said.

“I’d much rather see one burglar shoot another burglar than an innocent homeowner,” Davis said.

Young died in the threshold of the woman’s front door, Bibb County Chief Coroner Leon Jones said.

The shooter is still on the run.

A black Volkswagen was towed from the circular street off Millerfield Road in east Macon, but Davis said investigators have to determine if that vehicle was related to the burglary.

The identity and description of the gunman was not immediately released.

Young has been incarcerated at least five times in Georgia prisons for crimes committed in Bibb County, according to the Department of Corrections website.

Most recently, he was convicted of a burglary on Greenbriar Road on Feb. 16, 2010 and was released from prison in August.

He has been locked up for theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, theft by shoplifting and auto theft dating back to 1992.

Although neighbors said the neighborhood not far from Jeffersonville Road is normally quiet, another homicide happened on Bradstone Circle in 2008.

Gwendolyn Cole, 55, was gunned down in a barrage of bullets at her home at 242 Bradstone Circle.

Benjamin Finney was convicted of murder last November and sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 10 years.

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©2017 The Macon Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)


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Retired cop found with 200 lbs of pot: 'Today was not my day'

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:29

By PoliceOne Staff

TOOELE, Utah — A retired officer faces charges after he was found with more than 200 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Troopers pulled over Edward Jasper Hansen, 67, on May 23 for an alleged window tint violation, the Deseret News reported. The warrant said a K-9 was called after Hansen “seemed more nervous than the general motoring public. He observed the driver’s hands began shaking noticeably more, his breathing was heavy and he was sweating.”

The K-9 flagged something in the covered bed of Hansen’s truck. Troopers found 222 vacuum-sealed 1-pound bags of marijuana and cash inside trash and duffel bags.

Hansen told troopers as he was being arrested that “it’s a game. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Today wasn’t my day.”

Police officials said Hansen is a retired Atlanta police detective. The search warrant said he told troopers he retired in 1994 and worked in robbery and sex crimes.

Hansen was charged on May 24 with possessing more than 100 pounds of marijuana and manufacturing or delivering drug paraphernalia.


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Petplan insurance, National Police Dog Foundation grant program launched

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:53

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.— Petplan pet insurance today announced the launch of the National Police Dog Foundation (NPDF) K-9 Health Insurance Grant. The endowment, a joint effort between Petplan and the Foundation, will donate funds to pay for one year of pet insurance for five currently active police dogs and is open to police and other working K-9 units throughout the U.S.

In addition to hereditary health conditions a K-9 officer’s breed may dictate, occupational hazards like gunshot or stab wounds, lacerations, tail injuries, and exposure to highly toxic substances like illegal drugs all threaten a police dog’s health (and a local police department’s budget).

Veterinary care can run in the thousands to treat these types of injuries, so protecting four-footed police with pet insurance like Petplan, which reimburses up to 90% of the bill, makes good fiscal sense for municipalities.

“Police dogs may have the heart of a lion, but their bodies aren’t always so brawny—and they deserve the best protection in return for their years of heroic service,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “When Chris and I learned that K-9 units are notoriously underfunded and that police dogs are at risk for shorter and less comfortable lives because of the burden of the cost of their medical care, we knew had to get involved.”

The NPDF K-9 Health Insurance Fund, which is supported by donations, backs the grant awards. While the initial grant is for active working dogs, Petplan and the NPDF plan to expand the program to include retired K-9s, when the burden of their medical care shifts to the adopter. As donations to the Fund grow, more grants will be made available to K-9 handlers.

“Petplan’s support of the K-9 Health Insurance Grant, and their passion for improving quality of life and access to essential veterinary care for K-9 officers, dovetails perfectly with our mission,” says Jim Reilly, NPDF President. “Our hope is that this grant program will not only help cash-strapped police departments take the best care of four-legged officers, but also that it gets the message out to the public that there’s a simple way they can help ensure K-9s get medical treatment—and that is by donating to the grant fund.”

The first five pet insurance grants will be awarded in early September, 2017 and all municipalities and other working K-9 units are encouraged to apply at: https://nationalpolicedogfoundation.org/k9-health-ins-grant-app/.

To make a direct donation to support grant funding, or to learn more about Petplan’s sponsorship of the NPDF, citizens can point their paws to https://nationalpolicedogfoundation.org/petplan/.


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Police: Calif. officer intentionally struck by car during traffic stop

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:18

By PoliceOne Staff

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Police are searching for a second suspect after an officer was intentionally hit by a car.

The officer, a veteran with over 25 years experience, pulled over a vehicle for a minor traffic violation Monday when another driver intentionally struck him, Police Spokesman Tom Bussey told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Witness Toni Lessard told NBC San Diego that the officer was unconscious, but came to and was awake and breathing when he was transported to the hospital. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, he later underwent surgery. No other details were available.

Oceanside police officer hit by car. Details at 4, 5 and 6 @nbcsandiego pic.twitter.com/WK4AF6E9jB

— Katia Lopez-Hodoyan (@KatiaNBC) June 19, 2017

The driver and passenger in the vehicle that struck the officer fled and abandoned their car shortly after. Witnesses helped police take one suspect into custody. It’s unclear if the detained suspect was the driver or the passenger.

Authorities are still searching for the second suspect. Police said he is a black man last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and flip flops.

Bussey said the crash is being investigated as attempted murder.


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Police chief: Heroic Va. officer drew gunman's fire at baseball field

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:02

By Ben Nuckols Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A female police officer with less than 2 years' experience withstood a barrage of gunfire from a gunman who wounded a top House Republican and four other people on a Virginia baseball field last week, giving fellow officers an opportunity to return fire and kill the shooter, her police chief said Monday.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown lauded the heroic actions of Officer Nicole Battaglia and two other officers who were the first to arrive at a field where GOP congressmen were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip, was one of five people wounded in the shooting. A bullet entered his hip and shattered bones, blood vessels and internal organs, causing massive internal bleeding that put his life at risk. He has undergone several surgeries, and his condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Saturday.

The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, was an unemployed home inspector who volunteered for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and had a history of animus toward President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

Officers were first dispatched to the scene at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, Brown said, and Officer Kevin Jobe, a 16-year Alexandria police veteran, arrived less than two minutes later. Battaglia and another officer, Alexander Jensen, arrived around the same time.

Battaglia "immediately started taking fire from the suspect, and she jumped out of the car, without cover, and moved towards the firefight. Not away from it, towards it, to the point where she was actually pinned down in the parking lot with a barrage of weapon fire from the shooter," Brown said. "That act alone, probably, in my opinion, diverted the attention of the shooter away from the other officers, allowing them to get in position to deal with the situation."

Two U.S. Capitol police officers, who were among those wounded in the shooting, were the first to return fire at the gunman. The Alexandria officers were uninjured. Authorities have not revealed which officers fired the fatal shots.

The shooter was "neutralized" less than three minutes after the Alexandria officers arrived on the scene, Brown said.

Alexandria firefighters and paramedics also rushed to the scene to help the victims before they even got a 911 call, Fire Chief Robert Dube said, because the gunfire could be heard from two nearby fire stations.

Battaglia has been on the Alexandria force for 18 months, while Jensen is a 2-year veteran. Both work in patrol and handle calls including violent crime. Brown declined to say whether they had fired their weapons in a hostile situation before. All three officers are on routine administrative leave.

"What they went through is not something that most people go through, not in this business. We train for it all the time," Brown said. "They're doing fine."

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Sedans vs. SUVs: What vehicle is right for your agency?

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:00

Sponsored by Derive Systems

By Barry A. Reynolds for PoliceOne BrandFocus

With the variety of law enforcement patrol vehicles now available, some agencies are replacing some or part of their fleets with non-traditional vehicles. NYPD, for example, has been using Smart cars on a limited basis to replace three-wheeled scooters in their fleet. The Los Angeles Police Department uses electric vehicles as part of their unmarked fleet and even received a Tesla on loan to evaluate.

Apart from these examples, however, the vast majority of agencies around the country still need to restock their patrol fleets with traditional, multi-functional vehicles. Selecting the right type of vehicle for your agency requires analysis of the current models available and comparison with the demands of your agency and geography of your jurisdiction.

Most law enforcement patrol vehicles belong to one of two vehicle categories: sedan or the sport utility vehicle.

Sedans: Traditional police cruisers

The sedan category includes four-door vehicles of the traditional car body type. These are generally well-suited for urban and municipal areas in which off-road use or severe weather conditions are less of a concern. Typically these are rear-wheel-drive vehicles with trunk space for equipment and electronic components.

Sedans are the workhorses of police cruisers, with both power and speed. The disadvantage of sedans as patrol vehicles is that they are less suited for situations in which four-wheel drive and higher vehicle clearance are necessary in order to travel over rough terrain or through snow. They also offer less interior and trunk space than SUVs, which can affect driver comfort and restrict the amount of equipment that can be stowed.

Current sedan options include the Chevrolet Caprice, Dodge Charger and Ford Police Interceptor.

The Chevrolet Caprice is offered in a 3.6-liter, 301 horsepower version that provides an average of 21 mpg or a 6.0-liter engine that delivers 355 horsepower but at the cost of reducing average mpg to 18. Both models are rear-wheel-drive and provide 56 cubic feet of front seat interior space and 17.4 cubic feet of trunk space, both of which are leaders in the sedan category.

The Dodge Charger is available in a 3.6-liter, 292 horsepower model, which gets 20 mpg on average. Also available is the 5.7-liter engine, which has 370 horsepower – best in the sedan category. Both models have 55.6 cubic feet of front interior room and 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. Dodge also offers the 5.7-liter model with an option for all-wheel drive.

The Ford Police Interceptor Sedan comes in a variety of engine options, starting with a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecoboost model that sports an EPA estimate of 28 mpg on the highway. Ford also offers a 3.5-liter front-wheel-drive model and a 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive model, which come in at 240 and 288 horsepower, respectively. Finally, Ford offers the 3.5-liter engine in a turbocharged Ecoboost model with all-wheel drive that features 365 horsepower but reduces overall mpg to 18. The Ford sedan models have 54.8 cubic feet of front interior room and 16.6 cubic feet of trunk space.

It’s important to balance your need for speed and power with the need for fuel economy. The difference in fuel economy may sway your purchasing decision, but applying an aftermarket solution to recalibrate the engine can boost a vehicle’s fuel economy and close the gap between mpg and performance.

Sport utility cruisers: Gaining in popularity

The sport utility vehicle has gained immensely in popularity over the past few years. Once the common patrol vehicle for only the most extreme rural agencies, sport utility police vehicles are now being used by all types of law enforcement agencies for their versatility and ability to maneuver through the worst of on- and off-road conditions.

The sport utility category is dominated by two primary makes and models, the Chevy Tahoe and the Ford Police Interceptor Utility.

The Tahoe features a 5.3-liter engine that yields 355 horsepower with an average 18 mpg. The Tahoe is available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive models, both of which feature a turning radius of 39 feet and a minimum ground clearance of 8.5 inches – essential when negotiating rough terrain or through heavy snow.

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility comes in a 3.7-liter version or a 3.5-liter Ecoboost model. The 3.7-liter engine has 304 horsepower and an average of 17 mpg, while the Ecoboost model has over 60 more horsepower at the same level of fuel efficiency. The Fords have a turning radius of 38.8 feet and minimum ground clearance of 6.4 inches.

The lower mpg of SUVs may make these vehicles seem less attractive from a budget standpoint, but recalibrating engine settings, especially when idling, can significantly increase a vehicle’s fuel economy and yield savings without sacrificing performance.

Another key consideration is interior space. Sedans and available trunk space continue to shrink even as the amount of equipment officers must carry every day on patrol continues to increase. Aftermarket recalibration can close the mpg gap between sedans and SUVs when cargo space is a priority.

Police vehicle manufacturers have stepped up their games in recent years to meet the increasing and diverse needs of the nation’s law enforcement agencies. Whether your agency patrols the temperate highways of southern states or travels mountainous areas in the worst of winter conditions, you will be sure to find a vehicle that meets your needs.

About the author

Barry Reynolds has over 35 years of experience in the police profession, including 31 years in municipal law enforcement. He is a leadership author and instructor, and owner of Police Leadership Resources LLC, which provides leadership training and consulting to law enforcement agencies. Barry previously served as a senior training officer and the coordinator for career development programs for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau. Barry holds a master of science degree in management and is a certified leadership instructor.


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Jurors resume deliberations in Ohio officer's murder retrial

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:57

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Jurors in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist have resumed deliberations.

A court official said they began a second day of deliberations Tuesday morning. Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz sequestered the jurors Monday evening after they had the Ray Tensing case for about three hours.

Tensing's first trial in November ended in a hung jury after about 25 hours of deliberations on the murder and voluntary manslaughter charges.

Attorney Stewart Mathews said in closing arguments Monday that Tensing feared for his life when Sam DuBose tried to drive away from the 2015 traffic stop over a missing front license plate. Prosecutors said Tensing had no reason to use deadly force.


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Worldwide Operation Dragon sees 52 countries teaming up to thwart organised crime

EUROPOL - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 01:00
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City denies sick time donations to cop fighting cancer

PoliceOne - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:34

By PoliceOne Staff

WACO, Texas — Officers who wanted to donate their sick days to a colleague fighting breast cancer were denied by the city.

Officer Nicki Stone, 34, is missing work due to a double mastectomy and chemotherapy sessions, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. Stone, a single mother of two, used up the 480 hours granted under the Family and Medical Leave Act and is currently on short-term disability. The short-term disability allows her to draw 75 percent of her pay.

The city cited a longstanding policy against practices of sick time donations. The officers were also denied when they offered to donate time to a police detective missing work due to his 7-year-old daughter’s cancer battle.

City Manager Dale Fisseler told the publication that the city offered to grant the officers additional sick time, but the officers would have to use up all the other time off they’ve earned first.

“We don’t have a policy that allows that because you earn your own sick leave. If you donate yours to everyone and then you need it, then you can have a problem,” Fisseler said. “Right off the bat, if you get the city to pay for more by donating it to others, it is going to have a negative impact on the city’s costs.”

Waco Police Association President Ken Reeves said he wants the city to look at the officers, and all their employees, as “more than just money.”

“We aren’t even talking about that much money,” he said. “The officers have already earned that money in terms of benefits. It is their money, and they should be able to use that money in any way they want to, especially if it is to help someone sick or dying. The city’s best commodity is its employees, and taking care of them ought to be paramount.”

Officers have taken over Stone’s shift for the month, some of them pulling double shifts, to allow her to draw a salary, the publication reported. Stone hopes to be back at work mid-August. However in the detective’s situation, officers cannot pick up his caseload.


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Peelian principles of policing: Seeking the public's approval

PoliceOne - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:10

Author: Tim Barfield

In my first article in this series, I laid out the foundations of the principles of Sir Robert Peel. Like so many that came from that period, Peel had a wisdom that seemed to transcend time. His principles were as important then as they are now. The question is not how we got to the point where we need to review these principles but how do we return.

Rights vs. responsibilities

Peel’s principle #2 reads:

"The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police existence, actions, behavior and the ability of the police to secure and maintain public respect."

His second principle is proving to be difficult. There are many problems in our society that have created a disconnect. Among the problems facing all of us is the current trend to blame other people or groups for things that occur instead of taking responsibility.

All that withstanding, the police also have a responsibility to keep their end of this social contract. Peel was beginning his new London Metropolitan Police Department around the same time as the founding of this country. Like our principles for new government, the London Metropolitan area wanted citizens, not soldiers, to help enforce the laws. It was important to have a person who was a citizen take on this role, someone who had to live by the same rules and understood how to work with the very people who are being served in the neighborhoods.

Earning respect

The major disconnects, as evidenced by reports in the news media and protests in major cities, are not all caused by the police, but there are inherent problems. Recently, I was reminded that "community policing is what big cities call what little cities have been doing all along." We’ve dropped the ball when it comes to driving past people instead of getting out and engaging them. These are the very people from whom we should be seeking approval and respect. We need to get out and meet people where they are and show them that our desire is to serve and protect.

There are a lot of good books that speak to this issue but "Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect" by Jack Colwell and Charles "Chip" Huth and "The Ethical Warrior" by Jack Hoban both had a big impact on me. They both speak to the concept of treating people like people and not as objects. It seems like a no brainer but as cops we develop defense mechanisms to deal with the pressures of the job. Very often, we only make it harder as we move away from the reason we took this job in the first place: to help people.

Think about your last encounter with a really bad guy. While there is no need to kiss his backside, he’s just looking for some respect. If we would just start seeing people – in all their needs, anger and desires – as individuals who have hopes and dreams and who feel the world is unfair, maybe we can begin to make that connection.

Police work can be a ministry

It takes work to deal with the negatives all the time. So, change them into positives, begin to serve people again. This job can be a ministry with just a change of perspective by officers who decide to get back to the roots of helping people and meeting them on their level. There is a quote often used when speaking of leadership that says, "They won’t care to know until they know you care." Once you have connected with people and they understand you want to help you will gain their approval and their respect.

Let me close with a question from Jack Hoban. "When you walk into a room do you make people feel safe and respected?"


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Why every cop should carry naloxone

PoliceOne - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:04

Author: Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

I have a few questions for you: Do you wear your body armor? Do you practice your DT skills? Do you have confidence in your ability to accurately discharge your service weapon in a deadly-threat scenario?

My hope is that for the overwhelming majority of you, your answers are, “Yes, yes and yes.”

Okay, now another question: Do you carry units of naloxone on patrol?

My supposition is that for a significant percentage of you, your answer is, “Nope, no way and never.”

Here’s why that’s the wrong answer.

Naloxone, also available as Narcan nasal spray, is as important to your safety and survival as your vest, your hands-on skills, or your sidearm.

Self-care for accidental exposure

We’ve seen dozens of headlines on PoliceOne about cops who have suffered near-fatal overdoses from accidental exposure to opioid-based substances. Predominantly this has been caused by exposure to fentanyl.

Fentanyl, which has been blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans, is also threatening the lives of police officers, forcing changes in long-standing basics of drug investigations, from confiscations to testing and undercover operations.

Fentanyl is hundreds of times more potent than heroin. It is transdermal, meaning that it can be absorbed through the skin. Further, it can be inhaled if it becomes airborne. If an officer comes in contact with anything containing the drug – and it can be added to everything from Vicodin to heroin and has even been found in cocaine coming from Mexico – the potentially deadly drug can be almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream.

Recently we saw an officer in New Hampshire exposed to an opioid-based powder during a traffic stop. The local authorities said that naloxone wasn’t administered at the scene, but that the officer was transported to a hospital, where we might reasonably conclude naloxone was used to reverse the adverse effects of the accidental exposure.

When an officer is accidentally exposed to opioids like fentanyl, following the “What’s Important Now” philosophy is to quickly give a dose (or more than one) of naloxone. It is a lifesaving antidote to forestall the effects of heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses. Considering the opioid epidemic across the United States and Canada, it seems simply logical that all cops in North America carry two or more doses of naloxone.

Just another officer safety tool

On the Policing Matters Podcast, my partner Jim Dudley and I have discussed this matter. We’ve talked about PoliceOne members’ response to our original segment.

Paraphrasing, I recall members saying, “I’m not a paramedic. I didn’t sign up to be a paramedic. I don’t want the role of a paramedic.”

I totally get that. I agree with it. But policy and procedure can be written in such a way that we cover both bases. Something to the effect of, “Officers shall carry naloxone on their person or in their squad car to assist a fellow officer whom they believe – based on their training, experience and judgement – is experiencing a drug overdose due to accidental exposure to opioid-based drugs in the line of duty.”

Think of naloxone just like you would any other tool used to improve officer safety. In 2015, I wrote about how the Tucson Police Department had issued IFAK (Individual First Aid Kits) to all of its police officers. The contents of the kits included things like QuickClot combat gauze, tourniquets, halo chest seals and Olaes modular bandages. The primary purpose of the IFAK kit is self-care and buddy care. This is the same reason I now recommend naloxone as an officer safety and survival tool.

With the clear and present officer safety risk posed by opioid-based substances such as fentanyl, there is no question that carrying naloxone has become an important officer survival strategy.


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