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Utah detective dies from medical condition while on duty

PoliceOne - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 10:47
Author: American Military University

By PoliceOne Staff

SALT LAKE CITY — A Unified police detective is dead after he suffered a medical emergency while on duty Thursday.

Detective Brian Holdaway, a 19-year law enforcement veteran, died from a medical condition while at work, according to KSL.com.

"I am heartbroken and devastated to inform you that early this morning, UPD detective Brian Holdaway suffered a medical condition and has fallen in the line of duty surrounded by friends and colleagues at the sheriff’s office building, who heroically tried to reverse this tragedy," Sheriff Jim Winder posted on the department's Facebook page.

Holdaway worked in the special victims unit dealing with sex crimes, the publication reported.

In 2013, Holdaway was awarded the chief’s award for breaking a high-profile sex crimes case.

Holdaway’s passing is the second death in the department within two weeks. Detective Brooks Green died from sudden cardiac event at his home on Jan. 25.


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Texas Senate panel OKs 'sanctuary city' bill

PoliceOne - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 06:51

Author: American Military University

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas Senate panel on Friday approved a so-called sanctuary cities bill that would withhold state money from local jurisdictions that don't hand over immigrants already in custody for possible deportation.

The Senate's state affairs committee passed the measure after more than 16 hours of often emotional testimony marked by outbursts and protests from spectators.

The bill moves to the full Senate for a vote expected next week.

Hundreds of people registered to testify before the panel Thursday, and the hearing was disrupted repeatedly, prompting security to remove several people. Committee Chairwoman Joan Huffman warned that the chamber would be closed if the outbursts continued.

The term "sanctuary cities" has no legal definition, but Gov. Greg Abbott has promoted the legislation as a move to crackdown on criminal suspects who are in the country illegally.

Individual sheriffs and police chiefs — particularly those in heavily Democratic areas of the state — have long opposed enforcing federal immigration law. Abbott has already ordered $1.5 million withheld from the Travis County sheriff who has said the jails in the state capital, Austin, would no longer honor most federal immigration detainers. That money supports projects such as family violence education and a special court for veterans. Abbott has warned that more money could be cut.

Opponents of the measure also contend immigrant communities wouldn't cooperate with law enforcement for fear of deportation.

Sen. Eddie Lucio, one of only two Democrats on the state affairs committee, said he has "moral" objections to the bill.

"(This) undermines trust between police and immigrant communities. We risk further endangering women and children who fall prey to violence and extortion such as human trafficking," Lucio said Thursday.

But the author of the bill, Republican state Sen. Charles Perry, said local authorities must enforce the law.

"This is not a deportation bill, this is a rule-of-law bill," Perry said. "We have almost a culture of contempt for federal immigration law."


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Machete-wielding man shot, wounded after attacking soldiers outside Louvre

PoliceOne - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 06:34

Author: American Military University

By John Leicester, Raphael Satter, and Angela Charlton Associated Press PARIS — A knife-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" attacked French soldiers on patrol near the Louvre Museum Friday in what officials described as a suspected terror attack. The soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker and then opened fire, shooting him five times.

The attack at an entrance to a shopping mall that extends beneath the museum sowed panic and again highlighted the threat French officials say hangs over the country, which was hit repeatedly by extremist attacks in 2015 and 2016.

A police union official said the attacker was carrying two backpacks and had two machetes. He said the man launched himself at the soldiers when they told him that he couldn't bring his bags into the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall underneath the world-famous museum where the "Mona Lisa" hangs and which went into emergency lock-down.

"That's when he got the knife out and that's when he tried to stab the soldier," said the official, Yves Lefebvre.

The four soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker before opening fire, said Benoit Brulon, a spokesman for the military force that patrols Paris and its major tourist attractions. President Francois Hollande praised the troops' "courage and determination."

Anti-terrorism prosecutors took charge of the investigation. There were no immediate details about the identity of the attacker. "Allahu akbar" is the Arabic phrase for "God is great."

The military patrols — numbering about 3,500 soldiers in the Paris area — were instituted following the January 2015 attacks on Paris' satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and reinforced after Nov. 13 suicide bomb and gun attacks that left 130 people dead at the city's Bataclan concert hall and other sites.

Friday's attacker slightly injured one of the soldiers, in the scalp, officials said. Another soldier opened fire, gravely wounding the attacker.

"He is wounded in the stomach," said police chief Michel Cadot. "He is conscious and he was moving."

Checks of the man's two backpacks found they didn't contain explosives, he said.

Something is going down at The #Louvre 30 National Police vehicles with guns drawn pic.twitter.com/kpLTCtVdZN

— VoiceB0xx (@voiceb0xx) February 3, 2017

Cadot said a second person who was "acting suspiciously" also was arrested, but appears not to have been linked to the attack.

Restaurant worker Sanae Hadraoui, 32, was waiting for breakfast at the Louvre's restaurant complex when she heard the first gunshot, followed by another and then a couple more.

"I hear a shot. Then a second shot. Then maybe two more. I hear people screaming, "Evacuate! Evacuate!"

"They told us to evacuate. I told my colleagues at the McDonald's. We went downstairs and then took the emergency exit."

Hadraoui, who has worked at the Louvre for seven years, said the evacuation was orderly.

The museum in the center of Paris is one of the French capital's biggest tourist attractions. Police sealed off entrances and closed the area to vehicles, snarling traffic, and shooed away confused tourists.

The Louvre's security protocol kicked in, with entrances locked down and visitors who came to admire the paintings and sculptures shepherded into rooms without windows.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said about 1,000 people were inside and were held in safe areas before the all-clear was given.

Conor Bakhuizen, 18, who was in the museum on a school trip, said his group was "rushed upstairs really suddenly" and kept in a safe room before they were later slowly let out.

The attack's timing was poor for Paris, coming just hours before the city was unveiling its completed bid for the 2024 Olympics. Paris is competing against Budapest and Los Angeles for the games, which it hasn't hosted since 1924. With the International Olympic Committee choosing the host in September, Friday's attack generated renewed questions about security in the City of Light.

Speaking outside the Louvre, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said terrorism threatens all of the world's big cities and "there is not a single one escaping that menace."

The speed with which Paris largely went back to normal after the attack, with officers gradually dismantling barricades and pulling down police tape around the Louvre some three hours later, underscored how the French city has — unwillingly but stoically — been forced to learn to live with the extremist threat. Within hours, French radio stations went back to talking about storms battering the west coast and school holiday traffic.

Exterminator Olivier Majewski says he was just leaving his scooter in the parking lot beneath the Louvre when he saw a crush of people running and screaming "there's been a terror attack."

"They were panicked," he said.

The 53-year-old hid for about 15 minutes before gingerly making his way upstairs.

Intervention des forces de l'ordre en cours dans le quartier du Louvre apres un "evenement grave". Les pompiers presents egalement. pic.twitter.com/mWRjZBzlSP

— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) February 3, 2017
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Policing Matters Podcast: Community outreach and crime reduction in 21st century policing

PoliceOne - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 04:00
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

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Download this week's episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed

In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the fourth pillar — Community Policing and Crime Reduction — and in coming weeks will tackle each subsequent pillar in turn.


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What is your inner voice telling you when you're on scene?

PoliceOne - Fri, 02/03/2017 - 04:00

Author: Duane Wolfe

Despite all of the possible jokes about the voices in your head, officers need to understand how powerful your internal voice is. That voice is with you every day and it can lead you to success or failure in your professional and personal life.

Only you can hear the voice. Think about the last “conversation” you had with it and ask yourself if the conversation was helpful or not. If a friend spoke to you in the same way, would you remain friends? That voice, positive or negative, helpful or harmful, has a great influence on you.

By understanding and harnessing that power, you can make dramatic, positive steps in police work and home life. The first thing to understand is, ultimately, you control the voice. If that voice is harsh and critical, you can change the tone and the context of the conversation. Just that simple change of how you choose to talk to yourself can have a dramatic effect on how you perceive and respond to the world around you.

Here are three ways you can harness the power of your internal voice.

1. Positive mental imagery

There are several programs out there. I had the privilege of attending police trainer Brian Willis’s “Excellence in Training” course several years ago. It is the only class that I have ever been to that has a money back guarantee. If you don’t think it is the best training program you have ever attended, you get a refund. One of the main focuses in the class is the understanding and creation of Positive Mental Imagery sessions. The sessions can be created for you or for others that you train, your spouse or your kids.

It entails a specific method of addressing identified needs and then programming your brain on a subconscious level to begin working towards those goals. The method is relatively easy once you understand it, and it only takes the time to create a session by recording it and then listening to it. The session can be used once or on a regular basis depending on your need.

I have personally experienced the benefit, and Willis uses this method on professional and Olympic athletes with great success. If it has a proven record of success for elite athletes, why not give it a try yourself? Willis has sessions on healthy eating habits, rest and relaxation for better sleep, and firearms proficiency available.

I highly recommend the “Excellence in Training” program. Brian can be reached at Winning Mind Training where he also has a subscription training series, “Excellence in Training Academy” which provides resources and access to information for trainers.

2. Stress reduction

I first met Lisa WImberger of the Neurosculpting Institute at the ILEETA Conference in 2013. During that class, she took us through a guided meditation involving stress reduction. After that session, I had one of the best night’s sleep I have ever had. You can listen to her talk about the process.

Lisa has a series of DVDs specifically tailored to the reduction of stress, ending self-defeating behaviors and healing trauma. She has worked with LE personnel around the country using her techniques to improve the lives of officers.

3. Heightened situational awareness

You also have that little voice that speaks to you when there is danger. With time and experience, you know what the behaviors and the environment feel like when responding to specific calls or stops. As you approach each call and each stop, ask yourself these questions:

Does this look normal? Is what you are seeing matching up with your previous experiences? Are people acting within the range of normal behavior for this type of situation? Does this sound normal? Is it too quiet? Are people talking too much or too little? What is or isn’t being said? Take the time to truly listen to what people say. Does this feel normal?

Your brain can pick up on cues on a subconscious level. Deep down it may have identified a danger cue, but on a conscious level you cannot specifically identify it. You may just have an uneasy feeling, or the hair goes up on the back of your neck, or you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something just isn’t right.

If the answer to any of the above questions is no, slow down, identify what seems out of place, and attempt to deal with what it is that you are seeing or feeling. That may mean stopping and doing a better assessment of the scene, moving to cover, creating distance or calling and waiting for back up.

Those little voices are there for a reason. Use them to your advantage. Harness them to move you in a positive direction in your personal and professional life. Ask yourself right now what the little voice is telling you. Is it motivating you to make positive changes or is it telling you that you don’t have the time for all that? The little voices can guide you to excellence or mediocrity. You choose the voice you listen to and, as a result, the path you take.


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