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Over 200 guns recovered from NY gun smuggling bust

PoliceOne - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 06:47

By Anthony M. Destefano Newsday

NEW YORK — Billed as Brooklyn’s biggest ever gun smuggling bust, nearly two dozen people — mostly from Virginia — have been rounded up and arrested on charges they brought over 200 high-caliber weapons of all sorts into the city, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspects were taken into custody as part of “Operation Tidal Wave,” a joint operation conducted by the NYPD and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office — the latest effort to plug the “iron pipeline,” the name for the conduit of guns smuggled from southern states to New York City.

“In this unique case, we charged more defendants and recovered more firearms than in any other case in Brooklyn’s history,” said borough Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

At a Brooklyn news conference Wednesday, Gonzalez and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill displayed an assortment of assault rifles, Tommy guns and high powered handguns like .45-calibers, all purchased by a single undercover investigator from two groups of traffickers operating in Virginia, according investigators.

Many of the weapon sales took place at various locations in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Sunset Park and Boerum Hill sections of Brooklyn with the undercover investigator paying between $800 to $ 1,200 for a handgun and up to $2,200 for an assault rifle, officials said.

In all, some 217 firearms were sold by reputed associates of Bloods gangs in Brooklyn and Virginia. The $200,000 in proceeds raked in by the suspects went to fund “a lavish lifestyle, purchasing drugs, jewelry, clothing and sneakers,” Gonzalez said, adding that some of the money was sent to jailed associates of the suspects.

Gonzalez noted that some of the defendants were caught on wiretaps boasting about their ability to get weapons and mocking Virginia’s weak gun laws. In one recording made available to reporters, an alleged member of one of the smuggling rings is overheard talking about how easy it is for him to get weapons for resale.

“There is no limit to how many guns . . . you know what I mean? I can get 20 guns from the store tomorrow. . . . I can get that Monday through Friday,” the suspect on the recording says.

Investigators said three Virginia men — Damian King, 27, Jacquan Spencer, 22, and Levar Shelborne, 29 — were the conspiracy’s ringleaders. Those three, along with most of the other defendants were in custody and were in the process of being arraigned, Gonzalez said.

As of late Wednesday, a total of 21 of the 24 defendants charged in the case had been taken into custody. Charges in the 627-count indictment included conspiracy, criminal sale of firearms and related offenses.

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©2017 Newsday


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La. deputy found dead inside police HQ gym

PoliceOne - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 06:41

By Ramon Antonio Vargas The Advocate

NEW ORLEANS — An Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office lieutenant was found dead inside the gym at the New Orleans Police Department's headquarters Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Fred Austin, 55, joined the Sheriff's Office in February 2015, after retiring as an NOPD member. He was serving on the Investigative Services Bureau's Force Investigative Team at the time of his death, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

While the Sheriff's Office did not release a cause of death for Austin, it is possible he died from a heart attack while working out, said NOPD Capt. Michael Glasser, the Police Association of New Orleans' president.

Glasser said Austin spent much of his NOPD career in the homicide section as a detective and supervisor. Glasser remembered Austin as "effective, very well thought of, very well-liked and very competent."

"We were sorry to see him retire when he did, but we were delighted that he stayed in law enforcement," Glasser said.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman expressed condolences for Austin's family in a statement Tuesday.

"On behalf of the entire (Sheriff's Office) family, I'm saddened to hear to Lt. Austin's passing," Gusman's statement said.

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©2017 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.


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Crime in the age of technology – Europol’s Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2017

EUROPOL - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 03:02
More than 5 000 international Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) with more than 180 nationalities are currently under investigation in the EU. The number of organised crime groups that are involved in more than one criminal activity (poly-criminal) has increased sharply over the last years (45% compared to 33% in 2013)
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Chicago tries to learn from New York crime fighting success

PoliceOne - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 02:00

By Don Babwin and Colleen Long Associated Press

CHICAGO — Even before President Donald Trump tweeted a threat to send "in the Feds" to curb Chicago's gun violence, he was saying on the campaign trail that there was a simple solution to the bloodshed: police should get tougher. Chicago should follow the lead of New York City, Trump's administration has said, and crack down on even the smallest offenses.

It turns out Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson visited the New York Police Department weeks before the Trump administration advice. But what he gleaned from a city that has achieved long term success in fighting crime was more nuanced than a Trump-inspired police crackdown.

Johnson came home with ideas aimed at increasing community trust by using technology to get Chicago police officers out of their squad cars, and putting new cadets in neighborhoods to walk the streets and talk to locals.

"We are only as strong as the faith the community has in us," Johnson said.

Gaining that community trust will be a tall order in a city suffering from a toxic brew of rising violent crime in some of its poorest neighborhoods along with anger at police after the release in 2015 of a video showing a white police officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.

That lack of faith has had grave consequences in Chicago where many people living in high-crime neighborhoods are reluctant to help police solve them. While the number of homicides surged to the highest in nearly two decades last year at 762, the percentage of those murders solved by police fell ten points to 26 percent, according to a University of Chicago Crime Lab study. In New York, police solve about 70 percent of homicides.

"We need them (witnesses) to come forward and give us the information so we can put these bad guys in jail," Johnson said.

In one example of Chicago's dilemma, the police department is struggling to draft a new policy on the use of force. An October proposal prompted concern from the police union that the restrictions were so tight officers would put themselves in danger to comply. A new draft released Tuesday would give police more latitude in deciding when to fire their weapons, which pleased the police union but prompted concern from community activists about excessive force.

All this is a sharp contrast with New York, where the NYPD during the 1990s turned to the "broken windows" policing strategy of cracking down on minor offenses championed by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. That policy helped drive the number of homicides down in one decade from more than 2,200 a year to fewer than 700.

Since then, the number of homicides in New York has continued to decline. In January the police department announced that there had been a near record low 335 homicide in 2016 — less than half the tally in Chicago, which has less than half the population. And New York has done this with a lighter policing touch.

The NYPD has been making a targeted effort to repair damaged relationships with minority communities. Use of the "stop-and-frisk" tactic that disproportionally affected black and Hispanic men has plummeted in the past three years. Low-level possession of marijuana is now considered a ticketable offense, and overall arrests dropped 20 percent in 2016 from the year before.

Since his visit to New York, Johnson has begun applying what he learned about community policing with some encouraging results.

In New York, the department started giving officers smartphones that are equipped with policing apps linked to federal and state databases. Statistics show the officers are relying on those phones more and more.

In Chicago, those phones are part of a strategy that includes sensors installed around neighborhoods that alert officers immediately where and when a gun is fired and a computer system that takes information about arrests, 911 calls, gang activity and other data and predicts where violent crime might occur.

That gives officers instant access to information both when they are in their squad cars and out on the street. This is significant because there has been a growing concern that as officers become more dependent on technology, they are more reluctant to get out of their squad cars.

"You are never going to get the community to like you or trust you if all you did was race by at 30 mph and get out of your cars only to jack somebody up," said Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization. "It is absolutely important to get them (officers) out of their cars."

In two of Chicago's most violent police districts where the technology was introduced last month, the number of shootings dropped dramatically compared to February 2016 — 60 percent in one and 40 percent in the other.

Johnson was also impressed with how rookie officers in New York are assigned to more experienced mentors around the city. Trainees are pulled from the academy to spend a week at a precinct house, in a patrol car and then walk the beat over a nine-week period. The goal is to get those officers into the community to meet people and learn how to interact with them.

"Police officers are giving their cellphone numbers and email addresses to residents so that they can have a constant dialogue," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said after a speech in Chicago on March 3. "Arrest is the last resort, not the first one," he said.

Johnson liked that strategy so much that he will begin putting cadets from the training academy into communities this year. When they return to the academy, the hope is that the cadets will be better versed on the neighborhoods and their residents.


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Wash. Senate passes bill making crimes against police a hate crime

PoliceOne - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 02:00

Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Senate has passed a measure that would make crimes and threats against police officers a hate crime.

Senate Bill 5280 passed the chamber on a 35-14 vote and now heads to the House, where a companion bill did not receive a hearing there.

Under current law, it's a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure a person because of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

Lawmakers who voted against the measure said they were voting against the measure because of concerns of watering down the hate crime statutes.


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Hope amidst the riots: How a cop, activist's hug sparked a movement

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:18
Author: Cole Zercoe

In a year dominated by a narrative of how strained police-community relations had become, one of the most iconic images of 2016 was a symbol of hope: Amidst a fog of tear gas and smoke in a city on fire, a white police officer outfitted in riot gear stepped off the line and embraced a young black activist.

It was the hug seen ‘round the world — a moment of peace following two days of unrest over the fatal officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. After months marred by tragedy on both sides, the embrace Ken Nwadike and Officer Chris Frunzi shared was a powerful sign that the damage to the relationship between police and the public was not irrevocable.

‘Anarchy and chaos’

The horrors of the Charlotte riots were unlike anything Frunzi had seen in his eight years as a law enforcement officer. Twelve-hour shifts over multiple nights were soundtracked by helicopters buzzing overhead, fireworks exploding, glass shattering, full-throated chants calling for violence against police and non-stop radio chatter. Frunzi carried many of his colleagues off the line after they were pelted with rocks, bottles and any other objects agitators could get their hands on. On the first night, Frunzi went down twice. The most severe of those attacks, a shot to the groin with what he described as a “railroad rock,” left him in nausea-inducing pain. He would later undergo four weeks of physical therapy as a result of his injuries. As he endured the hostile crowd, Frunzi found himself escorting bystanders, who had locked or barricaded themselves in shops, to safety.

“I’ve never seen that before in the United States of America,” Frunzi said. “That people are afraid to leave a business because they don’t know what’s going to happen. We were all tired and hurting. Our skin was burning from all the chemical munitions we’d used. It was just so stressful getting hit with all that stuff and the constant yelling and screaming — just anarchy and chaos. It was scary as hell. You can’t see everyone in the crowd; you can’t tell if somebody has a gun pointed at you. You can’t tell if somebody is getting ready to shoot at you. You stand there and you just hope that everything’s going to work out.”

Eye of the storm

Nwadike entered the streets of downtown Charlotte on the second day of riots just as protesters were running away — a demonstrator had been shot in the head. A false rumor that he had been shot by police quickly spread among protesters. Amid the crowd’s shouts of “this means war,” Nwadike knew he needed to do everything in his power to de-escalate a scene that was spiraling out of control.

Over the course of the night, Nwadike stepped into volatile situations where he felt his calming presence was needed, often acting as a liaison between officers and protesters to get communication going when neither side was talking to the other.

Negotiating in such a pressure cooker was no small task, and breaking a protester out of their “zone of rage” took many different forms. Sometimes, it was as simple as reminding someone that they had kids they needed to return home to. In other instances, it required physically restraining someone until they cooled off. At one point, Nwadike stopped a crowd of protesters who had ripped out a concrete parking bumper and were planning to drop it on a line of officers below a highway overpass.

“It can be scary at times. Obviously there are protesters that show up with the intent to be destructive — not the majority — but there are some that show up with the intent of causing a ruckus,” Nwadike said. “Standing in the middle is not a safe place to be when bricks are flying and gunshots are going off. The police are trained for those things and they have gear that can protect them if something goes bad; I’m just out there as me. But I know that if I’m not out there trying to bring peace to those situations … I’ve seen in many cases where it could have gone terribly wrong if I wasn’t there to talk sense into someone.”

With a camera in tow, Nwadike has served as the voice of reason in a number of emotionally-charged situations between police and the public. He traveled to Dallas in a show of support for law enforcement after the ambush attack that killed five officers. He was also on the front lines keeping the peace during the Women’s March in D.C. following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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We're in this together. #Unity

Posted by Free Hugs Project on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

“I felt like there’s something that we’re missing here in the middle of all of this, and it’s people seeing each other as human beings again on both sides,” Nwadike said. “So I set out to really try to change the hearts and minds and attitudes that people have towards one another. Being on the front lines of protest is a great stage to be able to broadcast that message to the world: Hey, we’re better than this, why are we shouting at one another?”

His work as the “Free Hugs Project” began shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. A life-long runner who took up the sport as a way to overcome his childhood of living in homeless shelters, Nwadike watched in horror as those who participated in an activity he loved so much were maimed or killed in a devastating act of terror.

“I felt helpless; I needed to do something about the violence and hatred that was going on in the world,” Nwadike said.

The following year, Nwadike traveled to Boston to participate in the marathon. After he missed qualifying by just 23 seconds, he stayed at the event in a show of solidarity, cheered on participants, and handed out “Free Hugs” t-shirts. Video of his work quickly went viral, and his activism grew from there.

“It started out [in Boston] just to spread love; to be an example of love in the face of adversity, in the midst of chaos,” he said. “That mission has changed now because of the social climate we’re in — there are so many protests and riots and social injustice. People are shooting back at police officers now. All of the things that are going on; I just want it all to stop.”

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The first Free Hugs Experience

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By the time Nwadike traveled to Charlotte, he was already a viral star. Frunzi, as it turned out, was familiar with his work. As he stopped for a breather late into the second night of protests, he spotted Nwadike in a “Free Hugs” t-shirt. He recognized it from a video he had seen of Nwadike’s work in Dallas.

“I yelled out, ‘Hey man, where’s my free hug at?’ He turned and almost had this puzzled look on his face,” Frunzi said. “It kind of caught him off guard. He came over, gave me a hug, and I thanked him for keeping the peace and told him that I had seen the work he had done. Some of the other officers couldn’t believe it.”

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Free Hugs Charlotte, North Carolina Riots www.FreeHugsProject.TV

Posted by Free Hugs Project on Thursday, September 22, 2016

That moment was the lift Frunzi and his fellow officers needed after two exhausting nights in downtown Charlotte. The next morning, Frunzi woke up to a flood of missed calls and texts — he had no idea Nwadike had been filming.

“In all that chaos, destruction and violence, he captured a moment that was just amazing — that meant so much to me, my fellow officers, everybody,” Frunzi said. “I come to work every day hoping that I change at least one person’s life for the better. Because of that video, we touched millions of people and showed them that there can be unity between the police and community.”

A healthy dialogue

Despite the challenge of presenting his message in environments of heightened emotion often tied to complex issues like racial disparity and police use of force, Nwadike says the vast majority of those he speaks to are receptive, even if they initially cast him off as “just the free hugs guy.”

“It’s not just free hugs anymore — it’s full-blown activism and social justice work and really trying to get people to humanize both sides — for both sides to be able to communicate to one another,” Nwadike said. “Violence solves nothing. If an issue comes about that you want to discuss with your police department, set a meeting. Let’s talk about it. You can meet with politicians — write letters to Congress and city council people. That’s the way of really creating change."

He said his activism has taken on a new life recently with the rise of Black Lives Matter and other activist groups. While he doesn’t have anything against those groups, he thinks there’s a component of love that is missing in the protests.

“In trying to find justice for someone you want police to know is a human being, you can’t forget that the very officers that you’re talking to are human beings as well. That uniform doesn’t make an officer a robot. There’s still a person behind it,” Nwadike said.

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A Message for the Youth: Backing down from a fight doesn't mean you are weak, it shows that you possess great self-control to turn an enemy into a friend.

Posted by Free Hugs Project on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It’s that message — of love for one another, positive dialogue and building strong relationships on both sides — that Frunzi shares each day he spends on patrol, whether through connecting with kids on his beat or developing outreach events like a community barbeque. His hope is that this will encourage people to see officers in a new light and be more proactive in voicing their concerns to law enforcement before tragedy strikes.

“It’s always a tragedy — including for the police — when a life is lost, whether it’s taken by the police or it’s taken by another citizen,” Frunzi said. “The best thing that can happen after a shooting is the community coming together. If you want to come together, the police will come together with you.”

Changing the world, one hug at a time

Since the video went viral, Nwadike and Frunzi have remained close friends. They’ve been working together to spread their message through speaking engagements and community-based projects. They’re currently shopping around a TV show that’s aimed at showing the positive side of law enforcement.

“I feel like the way that police are being portrayed in the media right now is hurting their image,” Nwadike said. “One of the longest running police shows on TV is 'Cops.' But when you watch it, all you’re seeing is the officers kicking in doors and making arrests. You never see these cops constantly going in and doing good work in the community. A lot of people would say ‘controversy sells.’ These days, there’s enough controversy happening in real life. I think we’re at a point where people want to see the good stuff now.”

Frunzi has also set up a Facebook page that he intends to use as a way to put a positive face to policing and reach out to people across the nation.

“No matter what the color of your skin is, the color of your clothes, the color of your uniform, we all have the same color blood. And at the end of the day, we have to realize that — we’re all related in some way and we have the same genetic makeup. If we don’t stand together, we’re gonna end up as a nation falling apart. And I don’t want that to happen,” Frunzi said.

Nwadike hopes that his work as the Free Hugs Project will continue to serve as a model for what can be accomplished when the police and the public see each other, human-to-human.

“Even though it can seem like these days, with the media, that there’s a lot of aggression coming from the underserved communities, it’s not the majority of people from those communities that view police officers as bad,” Nwadike said. “The dialogue that I have with a lot of people from those communities … they have the utmost respect for police officers. It’s a tough time to be a cop — know that other people like myself are going to rise up to try to keep peace in these situations.”


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Police receive 'community comfort' K-9

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 13:58
Author: Cole Zercoe

Daily Gazette

STERLING, Ill. – Officer Brinkley reporting for duty.

The votes are in and the Sterling Police Department’s officer in charge of warmth and fuzziness has a new name and a new home: Brinkley moved into her new digs at the SPD on Monday, and it didn’t take long for her to melt the hearts of the men and women in blue.

The canine cop is the department’s new community comfort dog – and true to her job title, the community helped name her.

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Votes were taken through last week, via the City Hall’s Facebook page, to narrow down a name. The three choices were Brinkley, Henley or Scarlet. Like Lacey, her pooch peer at the Rock Falls Police Department, Brinkley will attend special events and work with community youth and abuse victims.

When police are faced with a tense or trying situation – especially one involving children – people are more likely to open up and relax, which can make an officer’s job much easier and enhance community relations, Mayor Skip Lee said.

Brinkley will partner up with officer Nicole Diehl, who will be dog’s primary caretaker. There’s no word yet on who will drive the squad car when they go out on assignment, but it’s a pretty safe bet that Brinkley’s license won’t buy her much credibility behind the wheel.

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©2017 the Daily Gazette (Sterling, Ill.)

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REPORTING FOR DUTY! A police department in Sterling, Illinois has a cute, furry new officer and she’s already the most popular member of the force! Meet Brinkley, a 2-month-old puppy who’s not your average K9. She’s being trained as a ‘comfort’ dog to connect with the community during stressful times and visit schools as a goodwill ambassador. Brinkley will also be at the station to help calm victims of crime. WATCH: http://abc7.ws/2lYBChZ

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Town's longest-serving K-9 retires

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:51
Author: Cole Zercoe

By PoliceOne Staff

GREENVILLE, S.C. — After 129 months of service with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Kroc is retiring from the force.

WYFF4 reported that Kroc joined the force in June 2006. He was critically injured when he was stabbed while pursuing a suspect.

After Kroc recovered from his wounds, he received the Medal of Valor from the sheriff’s office and a Valor award from the North American Police Work Dog Association, the news station reported.

Deputy Drew Pinciaro said Kroc’s service has led to 220 apprehensions, 415 arrests and 721 served warrants.

"We are extremely proud of Kroc’s accomplishments during his career and he will be greatly missed by our agency," Pinciaro said on Facebook.

Kroc will spend his time with his K-9 handler “eating doggy treats and relaxing.”

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As of March 1, 2017, we say farewell to K-9 Kroc who retired from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. Kroc was born...

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Utah trooper critically injured in wreck released from hospital

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:49
Author: Cole Zercoe

By PoliceOne Staff

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A trooper who was critically injured Monday when a driver fell asleep and struck his patrol car has been released from the hospital.

Trooper Devin Gurney, 27, was conducting a traffic stop when the driver of an SUV fell asleep, drifted across traffic and struck Gurney’s car at full speed, KSL reported. He was originally transported to the hospital in critical condition with severe leg injuries, but no broken bones.

When he arrived at the hospital, Gurney’s injures were deemed non-life-threatening and the hospital said he could be discharged as early as Tuesday afternoon.

"I had the worst possibilities in mind when I went [to the hospital]," Col. Michael Rapich told the publication. "And to have everyone with non-life threatening injuries and be able to walk from this, is really something that's remarkable, and we're grateful that's the case.”

Nearly half a dozen minor injuries were reported as a result of the three-car wreck. Charges against the SUV driver are pending.


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Baltimore police move 46 officers to patrol

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:49

Author: Cole Zercoe

By Justin Fenton The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Police Department has disbanded its primary plainclothes enforcement unit, sending 46 officers to patrol in the continued fallout from the federal racketeering indictment of a high-profile gun squad.

Officials made the change Tuesday evening. A copy of a personnel order obtained by The Baltimore Sun showed that three lieutenants, seven sergeants and 36 officers are being distributed throughout the patrol ranks. Police spokesman T.J. Smith confirmed the reassignments.

Last week, federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging members of another unit, the Gun Trace Task Force, with being part of a racketeering conspiracy. The officers are charged with robbing and extorting citizens, filing false affidavits and police reports, and applying for fraudulent overtime pay. All of the officers have pleaded not guilty.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis promised changes in the department in the aftermath, saying there would be "a lot of reviews, a lot of investigations and a lot of audits" with regard to overtime pay and other areas.

"That scandal, and that's exactly what it was, has ramifications, and it has ramifications for policies, procedures, protocols. It has ramifications for people who were in leadership positions as well," Davis said Thursday.

On Monday, Davis demoted Chief Sean Miller, who oversaw the intelligence section. Miller fell from a top commander to a lieutenant assigned to the Southern District.

The officers reassigned Tuesday fell under an intelligence section that also includes federal task force officers, the vice squad, undercover units, the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, and the Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Smith said those units remain intact, and said the disbanded unit represents 20 percent of the overall section.

Gene Ryan, president of the agency's Fraternal Order of Police lodge, said the change was sudden but may be in the best interests of the department. Officials have been struggling with a shortage in patrol in recent years.

"We've always been advocating to put more people in cars to beef up patrol properly," Ryan said.

Ryan, who said he was not informed of the move by Davis, said he recommended to Mayor Catherine Pugh's transition team that most officers should be moved into patrol, with a few units such as homicide and the citywide robbery unit remaining.

"It's definitely a culture change. Maybe it's time for a culture change," Ryan said. "Maybe we need a different way of looking at things and fighting the current crime patterns we have. Maybe we need to take a different approach to get crime under control."

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©2017 The Baltimore Sun


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Police: Video shows suspect in Detroit cop's slaying

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 06:33
Author: Cole Zercoe

Associated Press

DETROIT — Authorities have released a video they say shows a suspect in the slaying of campus police officer at a Detroit university.

Detroit police say the video recorded by a camera on a Detroit Department of Transportation bus shows the suspect running from the scene after 29-year-old Collin Rose was shot near the Wayne State University campus the evening of Nov 22.

Rose was shot in the head after he stopped to investigate a man riding a bike. He died the next day.

Investigators are still asking for tips from the public. The Detroit News reports a reward now exceeds $100,000.

Police previously released pictures of a blue mountain bike that investigators believe was used by the suspect. Charges against a man initially arrested in the case were later dropped.


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NC police suspend vehicle checkpoints amid immigration fears

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 02:00
Author: Cole Zercoe

By Mark Schultz The Durham News

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Police Department has suspended motor-vehicle checkpoints in response to growing immigration fears, Chief C.J. Davis announced Monday.

“DPD remains committed to addressing the concerns and expectations of all community members and therefore, last week suspended department-initiated traffic checkpoints,” Davis said in a statement. “This was done to dispel fears that have currently arisen and to further encourage sustainable relationships with the diverse community we serve.”

The department will continue to participate in multi-agency highway safety campaigns, such as Booze It & Lose It and Click It or Ticket, Davis said.

Checkpoints are under some scrutiny after a Durham County Sheriff’s Office traffic checkpoint Feb. 20 near the School for Creative Studies, which has a 22 percent Hispanic enrollment.

The Sheriff’s Office says it was responding to speeding complaints and that the checkpoint was 2.4 miles from the school. But El Centro Hispano (The Hispanic Center) and some school officials criticized the action, saying it happened on a Monday afternoon when parents may have been picking up their children.

“Considering that Immigration and Customs Enforcement have deported individuals for infractions as minor as license violations, this means that your officers’ actions are directly threatening the livelihoods of people who are residing and working in our community,” Brian Callaway, the coordinator of energy and sustainability at Durham Public Schools, wrote in an open letter to local law enforcement and school leaders.

The Sheriff’s Office stood by its practice Monday.

“The Sheriff’s Office is not suspending its law enforcement operational checkpoints,” spokeswoman Tamara Gibbs said, adding, “This goes without saying, but we want to reiterate that we do not conduct checkpoints in search of undocumented residents.”

In an interview sheriff’s Maj. Paul Martin agreed.

“These comments about ICE, they’re totally ridiculous,” he said. “I get calls almost every day about traffic. People want us to do something to prevent possible accidents. ... We’re trying to help people in these communities.”

The Feb. 20 checkpoint was one of four the Durham County Sheriff’s Office held that day that led to a total of 14 verbal or written warnings and eight citations, Gibbs said.

It might not have occurred in neighboring counties, however.

In Orange County, the sheriff’s office and the Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough police departments agreed after hearing concerns last summer not to hold checkpoints near schools when parents are dropping off and picking up children, Chief Deputy Jamie Sykes of the Sheriff’s Office said in an email.

In an interview, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison would not rule out holding a checkpoint near a school, but said, “I don’t know of one since I’ve been here.” Harrison has been sheriff since 2002.

The Durham Police Department, meanwhile, held 17 checkpoints in January, spokeswoman Kammie Michael said in an email.

The number did not differentiate between motor-vehicle and other types of checkpoints such as informational checkpoints that do not require presenting license and registration.

"When planned and executed appropriately, these operations are very effective," Davis said. “However, in recent weeks there has been national and local concern regarding the role of local law enforcement officers in federal immigration enforcement. There has also been misinformation regarding the intent and purpose of DPD’s routine checkpoints, which have not been used for immigration enforcement.”

About checkpoints

Motor vehicle checkpoints are controversial, Jeffrey Welty, an expert in criminal law and procedure, wrote in a 2010 UNC School of Government bulletin.

In North Carolina, state law allows motor vehicle checkpoints to detect impaired driving and other motor vehicle violations. Motor-vehicle checkpoints may not be used for general crime control, he wrote.

State law requires checkpoints be placed randomly or where “statistically indicated,” which Welty interpreted as meaning the law enforcement agency has reason to believe an area has “more problems than other locations ‘with unlicensed or unregistered drivers,’ impaired drivers or motor-vehicle violations in general.”

Raul Pinto, an immigration attorney at the N.C. Justice Center, said that has not kept some law enforcement agencies in North Carolina from setting up motor-vehicle checkpoints in majority-minority communities, like outside an apartment complex or mobile home park.

“I don’t think any court has defined what ‘statistically indicated’ means,” he said.

License and registration

What happens when drivers can’t produce their license and registration?

Officers have some discretion. People who can’t comply typically get a verbal or written warning – say, if the officer believes they have a license, just not with them – or a citation (ticket).

“By law the deputy can bring the driver without a license before a magistrate, but the agency tries to avoid that by asking for other forms of ID,” Gibbs said.

One form being used in Orange and Durham counties is the Faith ID, an unofficial alternative ID promoted by Durham-based El Centro Hispano after the state stopped accepting the matricula consular, a Mexican ID card that the FBI said was subject to fraud and forgery.

El Centro has enrolled about 1,800 people in the Faith ID program, which requires proof of identification and address, said director Pilar Rocha-Goldberg.

Even when drivers can’t comply, checkpoints rarely lead to immigration problems.

The exception can occur when an officer arrests someone upon evidence of a crime or on a warrant.

Once a person is booked and fingerprinted, a set of prints is sent to the State Bureau of Investigation.

If the person is wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the system flags the fingerprints and a technician sends a notice of arrest to ICE, which can ask the jail to detain the person.

If no detainer is issued, the person may leave the jail on bond or upon a magistrate or judge’s order.

If a detainer is received, the person will remain in jail until his or her case is adjudicated, Gibbs said.

Once all charges are adjudicated, the arresting agency notifies ICE, which has a 48 hour deadline in which to take custody, after which the detainee is released, she said.

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©2017 The Durham News, N.C.


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Miss. moves to ban immigrant sanctuary policies

PoliceOne - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 02:00
Author: Cole Zercoe

By Sarah Smith Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House advanced a bill to ban immigration sanctuary policies.

Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges can't prevent employees from asking someone's immigration status. These public agencies also can't give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an ID card.

The bill passed the House Tuesday and will return to the Senate.

"Here in Mississippi there have been efforts to create sanctuary cities, sanctuary policies and sanctuary campuses," said House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton.

The bill would override Mississippi's only sanctuary policy: a 2010 Jackson ordinance that prevents police officers from asking about immigration status. An effort to make the University of Mississippi into a sanctuary campus failed last year.

Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, wasn't convinced.

"How long did the committee lay up at night worrying about something that's not a problem in Mississippi?" he wanted to know.

Rep. Jarvis Dortch, D-Raymond, pointed out that the bill has no mechanisms for enforcement.

"What does it do other than say you want to be mean to immigrants?" he said.

Later, Rep. Joey Hood, R-Ackerman, said that public officials who break the law could be subject to contempt of court.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who focused on what he saw as the harms of illegal immigration earlier in his career, said during a Monday interview on Fox News that he supports a crackdown by President Donald Trump and actions by state lawmakers. Bryant said he wants to comb state and local jails for people without legal status.

"If they have committed those crimes, we want them to pay their responsibility, their duty to serve their sentence in the state of Mississippi and have them deported," Bryant said. "We are going to pass a law that says you can't have sanctuary cities in Mississippi, so that you can't hide these individuals from immigration and customs."

In 2014, Mississippi had about 25,000 immigrants who had entered the country without permission, the Pew Research Center estimates. As a share of total population, Mississippi's overall foreign-born population is among the smallest in the nation.


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17 arrested for smuggling glass eels worth EUR 10 million

EUROPOL - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 01:06
Greek and Spanish authorities, supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled an international criminal network suspected of having smuggled over 10 tonnes of eels from the EU to China. Raids in Greece and Spain have led to 17 individuals being arrested. Also, two tonnes of eels worth EUR 2 million were seized, along with data storage devices, documents, luxury cars, EUR 1 million in cash and gold bars.
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Report: Mont. Forest Service cop died after bike collision with grizzly bear

PoliceOne - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 14:01

By PoliceOne Staff

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Officials determined the June 29 death of a Forest Service officer occurred after his bike collided with a grizzly bear.

Officer Brad Treat was mountain biking with a friend in the early afternoon when he turned a blind curve and collided with the bear, the Great Falls Tribune reported. Investigators estimated he was going 20-25 miles per hour.

The officer was thrown over his handlebars and fell either on top of the bear or over the bear. Investigators said Treat broke both hands and his left scapula while trying to break his fall.

Treat’s friend, who was 20-25 yards behind him, said he heard the impact and the bear make a noise “like it was hurt,” the publication reported.

The friend told investigators he came around the curve and saw the bear standing over Treat. Around 30 seconds passed until the friend decided he couldn’t take down the bear and ran to a nearby highway to flag down a vehicle. The report said both men did not have bear spray, firearms or cell phones on them.

A driver called 911 and investigators discovered the victim on the trail with his helmet near his body. The helmet was reportedly bitten to pieces, but no part of Treat’s body was consumed by the bear. He was reported dead on the scene.


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How police can identify, respond to victims of human trafficking

PoliceOne - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 13:20

By Mandy Johnson

Human trafficking is the exploitation of another by force, fraud or coercion. This prolific criminal venture has two elements: forced labor (servitude) or commercial sexual exploitation (forced prostitution or sex trafficking). As of 2015, in addition to the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, every state had instituted its own anti-human trafficking statute. Within an agency, officers, investigators and detectives are typically going to encounter sex trafficking victims – those involved in commercial sex acts which have been caused by force, fraud or coercion.

Sex trafficking victimology

Although the victimology is applicable to both labor trafficking and sex trafficking victims, sex trafficking will be the present focus. Sex trafficking is present in multiple arenas: prostitutes walking the streets, massage parlors, escort services, online dating services, dark web purchases and brothels.

Victims might not only endure physical torture but many suffer from a plethora of psychological abuse, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, stress and anxiety. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, many victims are dealing with dreams and promises that quickly turned to traumatic situations. Victims find themselves trapped in the sex and service industry, living with inhumane treatment, physical and mental abuse and threats to themselves or their families.

Identifying sex trafficking cases, especially juvenile cases, can prove difficult but not impossible. Some victims may appear to be “free to move” or willing to work by their own volition, but in actuality, they may be operating out of force or fear (e.g., they may be “willing” to perform sex acts in an effort to protect their family, children, or themselves from threatened harm).

Some sex trafficking indicators law enforcement can look for are victims who:

Avoid eye contact Lack identification or money Have tattoos or branding of her “boyfriend” or “daddy” or known pimps Have unexplained bruises, cuts or other signs of physical abuse Are fearful of or aggressive toward law enforcement Change stories or refuse to be honest

Due to their experience, many do not self-identify as victims. Similar to Stockholm’s syndrome, many victims defend or protect their abusers or traffickers. They do this out of loyalty to or affection for their abuser, fear of law enforcement, fear of retribution, fear of retaliation or simple animosity toward law enforcement based on previous encounters.

Law enforcement response

There are three essential needs law enforcement can address: (1) sense of safety, (2) environment to safely express their emotions and (3) addressing the next steps.

1. Sense of safety

Law enforcement can create a sense of safety by establishing and building rapport, treating the individual as a victim despite their previous arrests and ensuring that they will not be required or asked (by officers, the district attorney or judge) to perform exploitive sex acts. Providing quick access to advocates, social welfare agencies, medical attention and community services can be vital in a victim’s long road to recovery.

Be quick to identify barriers or areas of concern that should be dealt with: Are there language barriers that need to be addressed? Are they U.S. citizens or from another country? Do they have proper housing, clothing or personal hygiene items? Are there children involved that need to be taken care of? Resolving some of these concerns has the potential to not only create a sense of safety for the victim, but can begin the crucial healing process.

2. Ability to open up

Law enforcement officers have an opportunity to show themselves as trustworthy for a victim to open up to, express their emotions and talk about their experiences. In many situations, victims are not cooperative and do not trust law enforcement. Some do not believe that they are victims and others simply adamantly refuse to assist law enforcement because of the lies their trafficker has instilled in their belief system. Law enforcement can abate some of those situations by maintaining communication, refraining from expressing judgment or judgmental comments and keeping their word (e.g. call when they say they will).

Simple gestures can also aid in establishing a sense of safety, such as ensuring the victim retains their personal possessions, speaking to the victim with respect, looking them in the eye, or giving them some space as the victims might be initially apprehensive to law enforcement.

Many victims have very few items and they hold them in high value - do not belittle that. Getting the victim food and some rest can be so much more important than getting a statement. He or she is likely dealing with a tremendous amount of stimuli, lack of food and likely a lack of rest. Nourishing his or her body and allowing the victim to rest physically and emotionally can be a huge help to any interview or investigation.

3. Addressing next steps

Informing a victim of the next steps is important to meeting the aforementioned needs: creating a sense of safety and providing an environment where they can safely express their emotions. Victims already expect to be let down by the system and law enforcement. The best way to keep a positive image and rapport is to not make promises you cannot keep. If you say you are going to do something, but are not sure you can keep your word, caveat your statement.

While it can be very difficult to maintain communication with a victim, do your best. They often go back to the life (for a variety of reasons: fear of a trafficker’s retribution, it is all they know, sense of worthlessness, see no other option, truly believe they love their abuser and trafficker, etc). In those situations, the victim may move, their number may change and their social media site may change.

Being diligent and maintaining contact with a victim can go a long way to ultimately pulling them from the life, potentially assisting in prosecuting the trafficker and moving the victim in the direction of a more positive life path.

About the Author

Mandy Johnson has been in law enforcement for over nine years as a crime and intelligence analyst. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice, a Master's degree in criminal justice and a certificate in crime and intelligence analysis. She has worked at police departments, sheriff's offices, the California Department of Justice and the California State Threat Assessment Center (a federally recognized fusion center). She has also worked as a criminal justice college instructor. Her areas of expertise are prison and criminal street gangs and human trafficking.


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Police arrive to shocking scene: Man holding knife, mother's head in hands

PoliceOne - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:37

By PoliceOne Staff

ZEBULON, N.C. — Police launched an investigation Monday after an 18-year-old called authorities after he allegedly decapitated his mother.

Oliver Mauricio Funez Machada walked out of his home when police arrived with a butcher’s knife in one hand and his mother’s head in the other, WNCN reported.

Police said they told Funez to drop his weapon and he was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies told the news station they discovered the body of Yesenia Funes Beatriz Machada, 35, inside the home. Investigators said the motive is currently unknown.

Two young girls were found unharmed inside the home. Another child was at school during the incident. They are in the custody of their father, who returned home when police were investigating.

“It’s a terrible situation for the family, a terrible situation for the neighborhood and this county. I’m just glad things worked out the way they did and no one else was hurt in taking the suspect into custody,” Sheriff Kent Winstead said.

Funez is charged with first-degree murder and is held without bond at Franklin County Detention Center.

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Police use mannequin to capture alleged killer

PoliceOne - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:28

By Chris Kudialis Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS — A man jailed for bludgeoning a Metro Police decoy mannequin with a four-pound hammer did so at the same intersection where two homeless men were found beaten to death in that same manner earlier this year, according to a police report.

Shane Schindler, 30, was booked into Clark County Detention Center on Feb. 24, just one day after he struck the bugged decoy mannequin, staged at the corner of Ogden Avenue and City Parkway, using both arms to “generate maximum force” and “with the intent to kill.”

The mannequin, designed to resemble a sleeping human being, was completely covered in blankets, police said, making it “impossible” to determine that it wasn’t a real person.

On Jan. 3, police found the body of Daniel Aldape, a 46-year-old homeless man, in an empty parking lot at the southeast corner of Ogden and City Parkway. Bundled in a blanket he used to keep warm, Aldape had been killed while sleeping, police said, after being struck with a blunt object.

One month later on Feb. 3, police found the body of David Dunn, 60, another homeless man, at the opposite corner of the same intersection. Like Aldape, Dunn was covered in a blanket when he was struck multiple times in the head, police said.

Autopsies of the two men revealed they both had fractured skulls caused with an object police believe to be a hammer.

On the night of Feb. 22 at 10:50 p.m., police placed the human mannequin decoy, which resembled a homeless person sleeping, completely covered by a blanket at the southwest corner of intersection where Aldape was killed, the arrest report said. At 3 a.m. the next morning, Schindler approached the area of the mannequin decoy, then stayed in there for “a period of time,” police said.

After surveying the area and approaching the mannequin for a third time, Schindler pulled a hood over his head to conceal his face and struck the mannequin on the head “several times,” police said. After being taken to Metro headquarters, he told police he kicked the mannequin before later admitting hitting it with the hammer. But he said he “knew it was a mannequin” before striking it.

Court records show Schindler will next appear in court on March 15 on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. His bail was set at $50,000.

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©2017 the Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas, Nev.)


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Cut the groupthink: Why police leaders need to play devil's advocate

PoliceOne - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:28

Author: Jeff McGill

George Bernard Shaw once stated, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” Whether intentionally created or the result of slow assimilation, officers and personnel who always say yes are an internal threat to any organization. There must be someone ready to challenge assumptions with an alternative response to ensure the best possible decision for the department is made – whether it’s a policy decision, staff restructuring, programmatic or a funding related matter.

The majority of agency hierarchy is usually groomed from within the organization. Young officers become line supervisors, then middle managers and finally administrators. While growing your own supervisors certainly has its benefits, such as extensive internal knowledge and the ability to focus on the development of desired traits, it can also lead to organizational bias, groupthink and limited input of opposing opinions.

We may all like to believe that we are not part of the groupthink process, but the reality is we often have least a small amount of assimilation of thought with our peer group. Even those who believe they are not part of the groupthink process may find themselves falling in line with their peers if they do not actively remind themselves to think critically. Groupthink is also detrimental to law enforcement investigations, where more than one cold case has been created by officers and supervisors focusing on a single suspect, who turned out to be innocent while other evidence was set aside.

From the street to the desk

When officers are promoted and their rank increases, a separation of priorities occur between the street and the desk. Many times the chief executive of the agency may find him or herself surrounded by people who are stuck thinking the same way as all their peers, and this may differ from the realities on the street. Sometimes the peers are correct, but sometimes they are wrong. This disconnect could lead to an avoidable liability, damage to the reputation of the organization or a lost life.

The creation of new agency policy is the most common example of this issue. Procedures developed in an office and sanctioned from a desk are likely to sound great by those who wrote them, but when brought to the field and applied on the streets, officers and line supervisors are often uncertain about why a particular policy was created and have difficulty applying it in practice.

Breaking the status quo

Preventing groupthink should be a priority for law enforcement leaders who are looking to expand their agency’s toolbox and work toward innovative responses to crime and quality of life concerns within their jurisdiction. Innovation requires challenging the status quo and outside the box thinking that often flies in the face of the group. Dissension is often viewed as a direct challenge to the authority rather than a method to improve the agency’s capability. Finding a person or group of officers who are willing to refute the majority is often a challenge. Most officers are focused on personal future career movement and promotion, which could be restricted if you are seen as someone who does not play well with others.

How do we ensure we have made an attempt to look at all the options before we make decisions on policy, procedure or tactics?

Some private businesses have adopted the use of a devil’s advocate in an effort to limit errors in judgment which could lead to costly mistakes. The devil’s advocate is often someone designated by the chief executive ahead of a decision to identify the errors in the majority’s work. While law enforcement agencies, just like private businesses, cannot employ this tactic at all times, there are enormous benefits to this strategy. Alternative response options addressing both internal policies as well as planned enforcement actions should be considered for devil’s advocate approaches when time permits.

Identifying the devil’s advocate

The best devil’s advocate is someone who is a critical thinker and aware of both organizational and personal bias that may limit the ability of themselves or others to see the big picture. They are independent, credible and capable of pushing the boundaries. They understand that their job is not to trample ideas, but to make effective counter arguments that challenge the administration to reconsider their views and ensure the best product is set forth. Finally, this individual must understand that this is not a personal win or loss for them. This individual understands that the decision will lie with the head of the agency, and he or she is there to help ensure the agency head has the best possible solutions presented.

Selecting the devil’s advocate

Agencies may find this person within their organization or may have to identify outside personnel to consult with their agency. Inside the organization, the best devils’ advocate is someone who does not have a vested interest in the final decision. Preventing bias is one of the benefits of the process, and as such, beginning with a member who stands to gain or lose based on the decision only serves to undermine the system. The devil’s advocate must be able to see the big picture from the streets, behind the desk and must be viewed as credible.

Outside sources may include partnering with researchers found at local colleges and universities. While these individuals are trained to review programs and manage bias, they may need some extra preparation since they will not have insider information about the agency.

Changing police culture is going to require some of us to challenge the law enforcement dogma, choosing what works over what we have always done. If you are not in a position to challenge things now, one day soon you may be, and when the time comes, be ready.


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11 more must-read books for law enforcement

PoliceOne - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:10
Author: Jeff McGill

A few months ago we posted 15 must-read books for law enforcement and asked our readers to recommend your favorite books in the comments section. The response was terrific. Based on your comments, and in no particular order, here are 11 more must-reads for LEOs.

1. Officer Down, Code Three, by Pierce R. Brooks

“Officer Down, Code Three” explores, in its 13 chapters, nearly 20 actual police cases in which an officer lost his or her life. Each case also details a synopsis of the errors in judgment and procedure that may have led to their death. Pierce R. Brooks writes this book as both a cautionary tale and training manual. It is written to protect officers who may one day face the same type of life-threatening situation.

2. Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement, by Jim Glennon

Borrowing from his 30+ years of law enforcement experience, Jim Glennon’s book, “Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement,” artfully employs a combination of police jargon and humor to describe the critical importance of effective communication, both on the job and off. Glennon goes on to describe a multitude of common-sense practices and procedures for creating positive interactions and diffusing potentially volatile situations before they happen.

3. Street Survival: Tactics For Armed Encounters, by Ronald J. Adams

When suspects on the street are armed, there are a number of positive tactics available to officers—controlling light, using verbal challenges, the element of surprise, etc. These tactics are designed to protect LEOs and the general public. his is the premise of Ronald J. Adams’ book, “Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters.” Drawing on the collective experience of nearly 50 police agencies, and 400 detailed reports, Adams expertly lays out strategies designed to prevent officers from risky situations escalating further and what you need to know to protect yourself.

4. Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life, by Patrick Van Horne

“Left of Bang,” is a phrase used in the military to describe an ambiguous fearful feeling. The feeling that something is not quite right is a sense we all get from time to time, and a sense that led General James Mattis to authorize a new program called the Marine Corp Combat Hunter Program. In this very important book, author Patrick Van Horne explains how this successful program can help law enforcement officers heighten their sense of awareness in the field and prevent them from being caught off guard.

5. Building a Better Gunfighter: Improving Marksmanship, Mechanics and Mindset, by Richard E. Fairburn (Foreword by Lt. Col Dave Grossman)

Written by Richard E. Fairburn (with a revealing foreword by Lt. Col Dave Grossman), “Building a Better Gunfighter: Improving Marksmanship, Mechanics and Mindset” points out that merely owning and knowing how to shoot a gun is not enough. Fairburn outlines a three-part system he calls the “Three M’s”:

Marksmanship Mechanics Mindset

He argues that each of these aspects is equally important when facing dangerous/deadly situations, and advises readers who choose to arm themselves of the enormous responsibility inherent in gun ownership and usage.

6. Law Dogs: Great Cops in American History, by Dan Marcou

Law enforcement officers, history buffs and any other reader who enjoys a good non-fiction story will love the book “Law Dogs: Great Cops in American History.” Written by retired Police Lieutenant Dan Marcou, the book profiles the lives and legacies of some of the most renowned and memorable law officers in American history, separating their actual achievements from folklore. From the rough and tumble lawmen of the Old West, the Gangs of the 20s and 30s, to present day heroes, “Law Dogs: Great Cops in American History” offers a genuine and unfiltered picture of law enforcement through the decades.

7. Use of Force Investigations: A Manual for Law Enforcement, by Kevin Davis

In his book “Use of Force Investigations: A Manual for Law Enforcement,” Kevin Davis has created a valuable resource for LEOS and other personnel involved in use of force investigations. The book serves as a comprehensive overview from legal, training, and educational standpoint.

8. The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, by Heather Mac Donald

Written by Heather MacDonald, “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe” defines “misguided and malice-laced” attacks on law enforcement, particularly in crime-ridden areas of the United States. She points to data to prove that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates, She goes on to say that targeted policing in high crime areas has not only garnered the results those policies seek to achieve, but also made those neighborhoods safer for the general public.

9. Force under Pressure: How Cops Live and Why They Die, by Dr. Lawrence Blum

“Force under Pressure: How Cops Live and Why They Die” is the culmination of a life’s work by author Dr. Lawrence Blum. Blum describes situations LEOs may face that represent extraordinary danger in the field. Blum argues that the current training protocol for officers neglects certain strategies that may help reduce officer injury and prevent unnecessary deaths. These additional training methods Blum addresses could help improve quick-thinking and concentration in times of conflict, stress and confrontation. Nimbleness can ultimately enable officers to clearly and consistently maintain the will to survive.

10. The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi

Penned in the year 1643 by the renowned—and reportedly undefeated—samurai Miyamoto Musashi, “The Book of Five Rings” offers a poignant look at the “art of human confrontation.” The book, which was originally written as a guide for martial artists, has now become a valuable text for leaders from many industries, including law enforcement. The book analyzes the various processes and struggles typically involved with human interaction, and provides tips and solutions on how to master the difficult and seemingly unsolvable problems that can—and often do—arise during confrontational dilemmas.

11. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

“The Art of War,” which historians believe was written in the 4th or 5th century by the Chinese military leader Sun Tzu, is an ancient text outlining the fundamental rules and principles of warfare, giving the reader advice on how and when to fight given a certain predicament. The 13 chapters lay out tactical advice, including how to proceed into dangerous and occupied terrain and how to select the correct weapon for specific battle-related scenarios.

From the tactics, policies and procedures that can keep you safe, to the stories about successful law enforcement officers of the past, each of these texts can help better prepare you to protect both the public and yourself.


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