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Pittsburgh Pirates honor slain officer in pregame tribute

PoliceOne - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 10:59

By Kevin Gorman The Tribune-Review

PITTSBURGH — Steffan Shaw stood on the mound as the sun set over PNC Park on Saturday night, honoring the memory of his brother by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Pirates played the Cincinnati Reds.

"Honestly, it was breathtaking," Shaw said. "It was absolutely amazing."

What Shaw was wearing took his mother's breath away.

The Pirates had home white jerseys made with "Shaw" and No. 29 on the back for the family in tribute to the badge number of the late New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw, a Lower Burrell native who was killed in the line of duty Nov. 17 during a traffic stop.

Not only did Steffan Shaw wear the number on his back, so did Shaw's parents, Stephan and Lisa; his cousin, Mary Shaw; Brian's girlfriend, Haylee Oliver; and Steffan's girlfriend, Jackie Nichols.

"I wear it every day," said Steffan Shaw, a Penn Hills police officer who keeps a replica of his brother's badge in the left breast pocket of his own uniform. "My mom broke down a little bit when she saw the jerseys."

The Pirates' tribute to Shaw didn't stop there. They pledged to donate a portion of proceeds of the 50/50 raffle to the Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Fund, with Pirates owner Bob Nutting promising to ensure an impactful donation that will help provide updated equipment for smaller police boroughs and establish a scholarship fund in Shaw's name.

A moment of silence tonight for Officer Brian Shaw.#FirstRespondersNight pic.twitter.com/ruP0E5YobI

— Pirates (@Pirates) April 7, 2018

Nutting said the Pirates wanted to "celebrate Officer Brian Shaw's life and to be able to honor his commitment as a first responder, someone who runs to danger but also someone who helps builds communities."

"We've all gotten good at honoring the military," Nutting said. "We need to get really good at honoring these local heroes who are impacting lives right here in Pittsburgh and, as we've seen with Officer Shaw, putting his own life at risk. I said, 'Thank you for being here. We honor and respect his life, and today we're here to celebrate his life and all that he's done.' "

Pirates president Frank Coonelly and manager Clint Hurdle also visited the Shaw family in the home dugout before the game, extending their thanks and sympathies.

Steffan Shaw thanked them back, saying the city's pro sports teams "don't have to do this, but they go out of their way to make contact with us and provide this opportunity."

"It's humbling for us, because we do have so much going on in our lives and (are) still going through the mourning process," Shaw said. "But, at the same time, the support from everyone that's out here — family, friends and complete strangers who have absolutely no idea who we are but knew that this might be happening today, that the Pirates have afforded me and my family this opportunity is just absolutely breathtaking."

Penn Hills police officer Steffan Shaw, brother of slain New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw, throws out the first pitch at PNC Park before the Pirates take on the Reds Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/xQ75QOYVsm

— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) April 7, 2018

Throwing out the first pitch, however, was nerve-wracking for Steffan Shaw.

Shaw admitted to having pre-throw jitters, "for fear of bouncing it." So he took practice throws to prevent a flub, as his fellow officers "were relentless" and "I would've never lived it down if I did."

By the time he talked with Hurdle, Shaw was joking he had "a heck of a knuckleball."

If you throw it well enough, Hurdle responded, we'll use you in the sixth inning.

After introducing the family and adding Officer Shaw "will always be remembered for his charismatic, outgoing personality and addictive smile," Pirates public address announcer Tim DeBacco asked for a moment of silence before the national anthem on a night the club recognized local first responders.

Four members of the New Kensington police department — Chief Robert Deringer, Sgt. Paul Manke and officers Marty Lepovsky and Matt Saxman — presented the colors in a ceremony that brought smiles and tears to fans' faces.

#Pirates honoring fallen New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw before the game tonight. New Ken P.D. presented the colors for the national anthem & Ofc. Shaw’s brother, Steffan threw out the first pitch. pic.twitter.com/VeAvQG0EsF

— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) April 7, 2018

"It's our way and the community's way of keeping his memory alive," Steffan Shaw said. "My brother was an amazing person who touched thousands upon thousands of people, from high school to college to friends and family and police work.

"He was a likeable person, very easy to speak with, very easy to get along with. He wasn't anyone to make pre-judgments on anyone. He'd figure you out for himself.

"He was a very good person. And he was a goofball, too."

The goofball in Brian would have enjoyed Steffan's pre-game jitters and his ceremonial toss, right into the glove of Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams behind home plate.

"I know my brother was happy," Shaw said with a smile, "that I didn't bounce it."

©2018 The Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.)


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Off-duty DC officer killed in motorcycle accident

PoliceOne - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 10:47

Associated Press

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Maryland police are seeking the public’s help as they investigate a motorcycle accident that left an off-duty District of Columbia police officer dead.

Prince Georges County Police say they want to speak with anyone who witnessed the accident shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday in Clinton.

Police say 27-year-old Jamal Shaw was riding his own motorcycle westbound on Piscataway Road when a vehicle, also westbound, changed lanes in front of him, forcing Shaw to take evasive action.

Investigators say Shaw’s motorcycle slid on its side, and that he was struck by a car heading eastbound. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police are trying to identify the driver who changed lanes in front of Shaw and who did not remain on scene.

Shaw joined the DC Police department in 2015.

#DCsBravest extend our deepest sympathies to @DCPoliceDept and the family of MPD Officer Jamal Shaw, who died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Friday. pic.twitter.com/JsCxZ7Czgs

— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 7, 2018

Family members say they will miss Officer Jamal Shaw’s personality. He was great with kids and was a mentor in the community. He wanted to motivate people to do better @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/PzAnKPuQ8v

— Michael Quander WUSA (@MikeQReports) April 7, 2018


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High-tech police tools added for Super Bowl remain at work in Minneapolis

PoliceOne - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 10:33

By Andy Mannix Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Fletcher remembers his pre-Super Bowl tour of the police command center, when the video feed was so crisp that cameras could zoom in on the front door of his downtown apartment building.

Now, two months after the Super Bowl festivities, the surveillance technology added for the occasion remains, and Fletcher wants more public discussion about what some of his constituents worry will be a permanent intrusion on their privacy.

“I don’t like to see things come in that feel like they were temporary and they just stick around,” Fletcher said. “That feels like we skipped a part of the process where we have a public discussion about the technology we’re using to keep ourselves safe.”

The new technology includes 17 cameras installed downtown by Verizon at no cost to the city — which join the 300 police cameras already recording throughout Minneapolis. There’s also a product called “FieldWatch,” which allows police officers to stream their cellphone video to the command center, and a system that allows police to get a 3-D view of the interior of a building, such as U.S. Bank Stadium, and track officers’ locations.

Police say they’re not sure if they will buy the cameras from Verizon once the contract expires this summer, but they plan to incorporate the rest into daily policing.

Minneapolis police Cmdr. Scott Gerlicher emphasized the boon to public safety this technology has already created.

Gerlicher said police went through every proper channel to receive approval from the Minneapolis City Council last year — before Fletcher was elected — with no condition that the contracts would end with the Super Bowl.

“I just want to make that perfectly clear,” he said. “We’re not circumventing any process or doing anything back door. This is all completely above board.”

Gerlicher said police may not have sought the technology if not for the Super Bowl. Nonetheless, they always intended to continue using these systems for major events, such as the 2019 NCAA Final Four tournament.

“I don’t know how we could be any more transparent,” he said.

Shane Zahn, who’s in charge of safety programs for the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and monitors the cameras from the police command center, also praised the added technology as a way to better monitor everything from crime to traffic from a single location.

“They are a valuable tool, I think, when it comes to public safety and vibrancy,” Zahn said.

Fletcher commended the policing around the Super Bowl, but he’s heard concerns from constituents about the advanced technology, he said.

He said he’s not necessarily opposed to more surveillance, and recognizes the potential for safety benefits. But he also believes the public should have the opportunity to learn more about the technology and offer input before police put it into permanent use.

“The balance of privacy and safety is a challenging one, but it’s important to take both very seriously,” Fletcher said. “And if we’re dismissive of either ... I think we’re not doing our job as a city that needs to be wrestling with this nuance and getting the policy right.”

©2018 the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)


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Killer of Texas officer dodges death sentence

PoliceOne - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 09:54

By Bruce Selcraig San Antonio Express-News

JOURDANTON, Texas — A jury deadlocked Friday over a possible death sentence for convicted cop killer Shaun Puente, so state District Judge Donna Rayes sentenced him to life in prison without parole for the 2013 killing of San Antonio Police Department officer Robert Deckard.

The decision was automatic under state law. The Atascosa County jury had deliberated Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and could not agree on either sentence, the only two allowable for capital murder. The jurors left the courthouse looking exhausted, not speaking to news media or attorneys.

“I’m not heartbroken about this,” said Fred Williams, an uncle of the slain officer. “Puente can’t be a menace to society any longer. Even if he had gotten the death penalty there would not have been any closure. That’s a comfort word. We all have to move on with our lives, but I will never call it closure.”

District Attorney Audrey Louis had told jurors early Thursday that Puente, 36, deserved to die for shooting Deckard by repeatedly firing a pistol out the back window of a car as police chased him in Atascosa County after midnight on Dec. 8, 2013.

Puente had robbed four small businesses in San Antonio at gunpoint in the space of two weeks and had a history of violence toward two former wives, testimony showed. Police said his girlfriend, Jenevieve Ramos, was driving the getaway car and also was charged with capital murder.

As Ramos and Puente — both dressed in a black mask, black jacket, pants and body armor — led the chase at at speeds over 100 mph south on Interstate 37 around 2 a.m., Puente leaned back in the passenger seat of their Mitsubishi Lancer and fired some 36 rounds of his 9 mm semi-automatic pistol at Deckard’s SAPD vehicle.

A ballistics expert testified that a “one in a million shot” struck Deckard in the forehead. Jurors watched an eerie dashcam video from his Chevy Tahoe as the SUV veered quickly into a wooded median, out of control, until it hit a tree.

Deckard, 31, died 13 days later, leaving a wife and two children. Fellow police officers and family members described him as a loving father who had the name of his daughter, Cheyenne, tattooed on his forearm.

“I take Cheyenne out to Bobby’s gravesite,” her mother, SAPD officer Tammy Ayala, said in the five-week trial’s last day of testimony. “She tells him how she’s doing in school. She asks more questions now about what happened. I know the pain won’t go away.”

When Deckard would come to family gatherings, testified another uncle, Eddie Williams, “you could hear the kids squealing, ‘Bobby’s here! Bobby’s here.’ He loved children, and they loved him.”

Prosecutors did not immediately comment on what effect Friday’s sentence would have on their plans to try Ramos, who remains jailed in Wilson County, where she and Puente were finally captured. She is represented by San Antonio attorney Joel Perez and has a pre-trial hearing scheduled in Atascosa County next week.

Defense attorney Anna Jimenez wiped away tears as she spoke about the verdict.

“First and foremost, my condolences go out to the Deckard family for all that they have gone through,” said Jimenez, a public defender who has worked on more than a dozen death penalty cases. “We appreciate what the jury has done. They were not going to move on their personal decisions, and I respect that.”

Jimenez speculated, without having spoken to the jurors, that they might have had difficulty getting past the first of three issues the judge instructed them to decide before they could reach a death penalty — would Puente pose a continuing threat to society if ever released?

Defense lawyers had offered witnesses to document Puente’s childhood of poverty, abuse and neglect and his adulthood as a low-functioning 6th grade dropout and methamphetamine addict. His jailers acknowledged Puente became cooperative and stopped violently resisting authority after his incarceration prevented further drug use.

Jimenez said Puente cried in a conference room after being sentenced, realizing he would not be put to death.

“He didn’t say much,” she said. “He was just processing what it all meant. He was thanking God and thanking us.”

District court officials said Puente will likely be transferred to a state prison facility within about 10 days. He reserves the right to appeal his conviction, but it is not an automatic, constitutionally-required appeal as occurs with all death penalty sentences, a process that often takes a decade or longer in Texas before a convicted murderer is executed.

Ironically, in a state that leads the nation in executions, juries throughout Texas have dramatically turned from the death penalty since about 2005, when then-Gov. Rick Perry signed a law giving juries the option to sentence capital murder defendants to life in prison without parole.

Legal experts say some juries take that option because of Texas’ other unique distinction - leading the nation in the number of wrongful convictions. Small rural counties are also often reluctant to embark on expensive, multi-year capital murder cases that can cost nearly $1 million for legally-required indigent defense attorneys, investigators and experts.

Atascosa County, which had not had a death penalty trial since 1996, avoided that expense in the Puente case, having joined some 175 other Texas counties in contracting with a Lubbock-based organization called the Regional Public Defenders Office, which offers “murder insurance” to provide a defense team.

At a trial recess, Judge Rayes remarked that attorneys on both sides of the often emotional and contentious trial handled it “with the utmost civility and professionalism.” That was tested before the trial even started, when the defense unsuccessfully sought a change of venue because Louis had sent a list of potential jurors to county law enforcement officers and asked them, in a signed email, to help her identify those “who won’t be afraid to kill this guy.”

Louis, a prosecutor under former Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, said afterwards she saw nothing wrong with the practice and would do it again.

Outside the courthouse, Eddie Williams, speaking for the Deckard family, said, “We didn’t get everything we wanted, but we do feel we got justice for Bobby Deckard.”

An unsigned statement by Deckard’s family, released by SAPD officials, echoed that sentiment, and thanked the department, prosecutors, Atascosa County deputies and courthouse workers and the San Antonio community for “unwavering support … over the past four plus years.”

“Bobby had a passion for helping people,” it said. “Please help us continue honoring his memory by also helping others in need.”

©2018 the San Antonio Express-News


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2 dead, 20 injured after vehicle crashes into German crowd

PoliceOne - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 14:34

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Ferdinand Ostrop Associated Press

MUENSTER, Germany — A van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said.

A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27 p.m. on a warm spring day.

Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site.

Six of the 20 injured were in severe condition, according to police spokesman Andreas Bode.

Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Muenster is located, said the driver of the gray van was a German citizen. He stressed that the investigation was at an early stage but said “at the moment, nothing speaks for there being any Islamist background.”

“We have to wait, and we are investigating in all directions,” Reul said, adding that it was clearly not an accident.

Reul said two people were killed in the crash and the driver killed himself — lower than the earlier police toll of three dead plus the driver.

Police spokesman Peter Nuessmeyer told The Associated Press that he could not confirm German media reports that the perpetrator reportedly had psychological issues.

Bode told reporters that police were checking witness reports that other perpetrators might have fled from the van at the scene. Hours later, police spokeswoman Vanessa Arlt said “we didn’t find anything (to those reports) but we’re still investigating in all directions and not excluding anything.”

Police tweeted that residents should “avoid the area near the Kiepenkerl pub” in the city’s historic downtown area where a large-scale police operation was underway.

Police also said they found a suspicious object in the van that they were examining to see if it was dangerous. They told German news agency dpa that was the reason authorities cordoned off such a large area.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said the suspect’s apartment was being searched Saturday night for possible explosives.

The Muenster University Hospital put out an urgent call for citizens to donate blood — and so many people rushed to help that long lines of donors formed. Jan Schoessler, who was among those in line, said dozens of people were waiting shortly after doors opened at 7 p.m.

The university cancelled the call after only an hour and thanked everyone on Twitter “for your overwhelming support.”

Muenster, a major university city, has about 300,000 residents and an attractive medieval city center that was rebuilt after World War II. TV footage showed a narrow street sealed off Saturday with red-and-white police tape. Dozens of ambulances were near the cordoned-off area and helicopters were flying overhead.

The Kiepenkerl is not only one of the city’s best-known traditional pubs, but also the emblem of the city, depicting a traveling salesman with a long pipe in his mouth and a big backpack on his back.

Ugur Hur was working at a nearby cafe in downtown Muenster when the crash took place.

“I heard a loud bang, screaming. And the police arrived and everyone was sent out,” he said. “A lot of people were running away screaming.”

Lino Baldi, who owns an Italian restaurant near the scene of the crash, told Sky TG24 that the city center had been packed with people out enjoying a Saturday market and summer-like temperatures, which had risen to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) from just 12 degrees (54 degrees F) a day earlier.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “deeply shocked by the terrible events in Muenster.”

“Everything conceivable is being done to investigate the crime and to support the victims and their relatives,” Merkel said in a statement. “My thanks go to all the responders at the scene.”

#BREAKING NEWS: Here are images from the scene after a van plows into pedestrians in #Muenster, Germany. We can confirm there have been multiple casualties pic.twitter.com/bgd8sn2MFM

— NewsAlertHQ (@NewsAlertHQ) April 7, 2018

#BREAKING: Several dead after vehicle drives into crowd in Münster, Germany Prayers for families of Germany! #Muenster pic.twitter.com/5rrPi6IJbC

— ?? (@EUniversee) April 7, 2018

Video from scene in Münster, Germany following car ramming incident, leaving at least 4 people dead and 20 others injured. pic.twitter.com/lP7zg1zQrC

— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) April 7, 2018


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Conn. trooper killed in crash remembered as 'a true guardian'

PoliceOne - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 04:00

By David Owens The Hartford Courant

HARTFORD, Conn. — Hundreds of police from across Connecticut and the nation gathered at Pratt & Whitney Stadium Friday to honor Trooper Kevin Miller, a 19-year state police veteran who was killed in an on-duty crash a week ago.

“He was a marine, a trooper, a friend, but most importantly, he was an amazing father, a father who loved to share stories about his children Ryan and Sarah,” Trooper David Piela said in eulogizing his colleague. “Everything he did every day was for his children.”

Miller, 49, was killed March 29 when his patrol car crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on I-84 in Tolland. The accident remains under investigation. Miller was remembered Friday as a solid state trooper and a good man. He would have been eligible to retire in five months.

He is survived by his children, 10-year-old Sarah and 13-year-old son Ryan..

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal were among those who attended Miller’s funeral. .

A Mass of Christian Burial took place inside a large room inside the stadium with Miller’s family and closest colleagues in attendance. Outside, as snow fell, hundreds of police officers watched the service projected onto a screen on the stadium’s scoreboard.

Col. George F. Battle, the commander of the state police, described Miller as a man with a tremendous work ethic and concern for others. If you were in distress, Miller is who you wanted to come to your assistance, he said.

“He was a true guardian,” Battle said. “Kevin was taken from us all too soon. But it is important to remember his selfless dedication … for which we will be forever grateful.”

Piela described his friend of 17 years as a man with a heart as big as his smile.

“Kevin was an extremely generous person,” Piela said. “He always wanted to know how you were doing, regardless of troubles in his own life.” The two worked together and fished together at hot spots throughout eastern Connecticut. As his children got older, they joined in on the fishing trips.

And Piela had a message for Miller’s children. “Sarah, Ryan, the two of you have brought such joy into your father’s heart,” he said.

“We have your patrol from here, brother,” Piela said. “Rest easy brother, you are now in the hands of the Lord.”

TFC Kevin Miller laid to rest during funeral services. Photos of him with his children shown during broadcast of service. @CT_STATE_POLICE @WTNH pic.twitter.com/n3dADUT5fi

— Brian Spyros (@BrianSpyros) April 6, 2018

Family friend Jason Bishop said Miller was a constant presence at his children’s softball and baseball games. “Kevin loved watching Ryan and Sarah play ball,” he said. “I would see him constantly leaning on the end of the fence with his arms crossed waiting for the next play to happen.”

Miller would ask for tips so that he could help his daughter be a better player, Bishop said.

“Ryan and Sarah, you must know your dad loved you very much,” he said. “I could see it in his face and I’m sure you could too.”

Bishop said that when he had health issues arise, Miller volunteered to drive him to New Haven for treatment. “That’s the kind of guy Kevin was,” he said.

The funeral service ended with a soloist singing “How Great Thou Art,” and photos of Miller on duty, in the marines, at his wedding and with his children were projected onto the scoreboard screen.

"It's a difficult time because a lot of the troopers are fathers, they are mothers" In wind driven snow...@CT_STATE_POLICE say final goodbyes to Trooper First Class Kevin Miller. @WTNH pic.twitter.com/yS2wuuh7DU

— Scott McDonnell (@ScottMcDonnell_) April 6, 2018

Focus then shifted outside, where police officers stood at attention as they waited for the casket to be transferred to the field. A bagpipe band played as a state police honor guard marched to stand by the casket, which was draped in an American flag. A firing squad fired a 21-gun salute, then a bugler sounded Taps. A marine honor guard then folded the flag that had been on the casket.

Hundreds of local police and state police from as far away as California, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin attended the funeral and calling hours Thursday night.

The state police union has started a fund in Miller’s family following his death.

Checks may be mailed to the Kevin Miller Memorial Fund, Connecticut State Police Union, 500 Main St,, East Hartford, CT, 06118-1034.

Miller, the union said, is the 22nd trooper to die in the line duty. The last trooper killed on the job was Trooper Kenneth Hall in 2010.

©2018 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.)


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Plan to create board that could fire Chicago officers could get vote

PoliceOne - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 04:00

By John Byrne Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Backers of a long-shot proposal to give an elected board power to investigate and fire Chicago police officers threatened Thursday to force a vote on their idea, resurfacing a third option into an ongoing debate about civilian oversight of city police.

The Civilian Police Accountability Commission ordinance has been languishing in a City Council committee since summer 2016, and it almost certainly lacks the aldermanic support to approach the 26 votes needed to pass the 50-member body.

Still, Northwest Side Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, said Thursday he intends to use a parliamentary procedure to bring it to aldermen for an up-or-down vote. He said he was prompted to act when the mayor’s hand-picked Public Safety Committee chairman, Northwest Side Ald. Ariel Reboyras, 30th, introduced his own police oversight ordinances. Ramirez-Rosa called them inadequate.

“The reality here is that we know that Mayor Rahm Emanuel controls the Chicago City Council,” Ramirez-Rosa said at a City Hall news conference. “We know he appoints the chairs of our committees. And we know the committee chairs do not do anything without coordinating with the fifth floor. So the demand here is coming forth from the public, and the demand is that we have a real conversation about police accountability reform.”

Members of the Civilian Police Accountability Commission that Ramirez-Rosa supports would be elected from each of the city’s 22 police districts. They’d have their own staffs and the power to investigate police misconduct. Findings could be referred to federal grand juries for possible criminal indictments against police officers.

The full board could fire officers and would hire the Police Department superintendent. It would replace most of the city bureaucracy currently in place to oversee the Police Department.

Ramirez-Rosa said that while he prefers his plan, he also could live with a competing one from the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability. Under its proposal, the police superintendent and command staff would continue to run the day-to-day operations of the department, but the commission would have final say on policy decisions.

More controversial is the alliance’s recommendation that the commission be able to fire the superintendent, a decision currently left to only the mayor. The commission's oversight would extend beyond the Police Department to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates police misconduct allegations, and the Chicago Police Board, which decides discipline.

While the alliance proposal gives the commission no authority to review individual disciplinary decisions by COPA, it would have the power to hire and fire the head of that police oversight agency as well as the head of and members of the Police Board. Those hiring decisions would be subject to City Council confirmation.

After the alliance came forth with its framework last month following two years of community meetings on the topic, Reboyras introduced two police oversight ordinances of his own to the City Council.

Reboyras’ documents envision an oversight board more advisory in nature. Under his plans, the members would be appointed by some combination of the mayor, the City Council and other commissioners, rather than by publicly elected councils in each police district. Neither of Reboyras' proposals gives the board power to fire the superintendent.

Ramirez-Rosa said he would time his move to force a floor vote on his plan to when Reboyras’ ordinances also come up. That could take a while. The Emanuel administration could try to find a way to combine proposals to create a single oversight package that allows him to keep as much control as possible, while also incorporating parts of the community-driven plan so the mayor can say he listened to their ideas.

Emanuel has not publicly taken a position on the competing police oversight plans, saying he would leave it to the City Council to debate the proposals' merits.

©2018 the Chicago Tribune


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Police: Driver intentionally crashed into Miami police substation

PoliceOne - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 04:00

By Howard Cohen and Joey Flechas Miami Herald

MIAMI — Miami police say a man intentionally crashed his car into the utility room of a Miami police substation Friday morning, prompting a bomb scare after a safe was found inside the vehicle.

After investigating for about three hours, the bomb squad determined that there was no threat inside the older model Chevrolet Impala that careened through a gate behind the North District Sub Station in the Liberty City neighborhood.

The crash occurred at around 7 a.m. Authorities now believe the driver, 36-year-old Giftson Cherefant, intentionally drove through the gate and smashed into the back of the station, breaching a utility room.

No one was inside the room, and Cherefant was the only person injured. Police Chief Jorge Colina said that after investigators reviewed surveillance tape of the accident they believe Cherefant acted intentionally, but it is unclear why.

Colina said the video shows the driver crashing through the gate and gaining speed again as he plowed through the station’s rear exterior wall.

Colina said Cherefant does not have violent past. A search of Cherefant’s driving record found he had been issued 32 traffic citations since 2000, including four for knowingly driving with a suspended license.

“There really is nothing in his history that would indicate why he behaved this way,” Colina said. “He does have a history of narcotics use. We don’t know if that’s a factor here. It’s too early to tell.”

Cherefant has two convictions for felony cocaine possession and three misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana, but served no time in Florida.

Colina added that members of Cherefant’s family told investigators he was acting “peculiar” and “differently than he normally would” in recent days.

Cherefant was pinned in the driver’s seat of the Impala after the collision. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and is in stable condition as investigators interview him.

The incident closed nearby streets and an evacuation of nearby buildings as the bomb squad investigated the safe. Authorities also recovered a rifle in the Impala. Police spokeswoman Kiara Delva said investigators were looking into whether that firearm was licensed.

Charges are pending.

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(Miami Herald staff writer David Neal contributed to this report.)

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©2018 Miami Herald


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Texas PD receives next-generation body armor

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 15:29

San Angelo Standard Times

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo Police officers will have the protection of rifle-resistant body armor thanks to a $98,938 grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office, according to a news release.

The grant was made possible by the 85th Texas Legislature’s Senate Bill 12, which created funding for Level IV vests to law enforcement agencies throughout Texas.

With the nationwide increase in active-shooter events and officer ambushes, these level IV vests will provide a level of protection that earlier vests could not match, a press release stated.

Full Story: San Angelo Police receive next-generation body armor


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Texas PD receive next-generation body armor

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 15:29

San Angelo Standard Times

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo Police officers will have the protection of rifle-resistant body armor thanks to a $98,938 grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office, according to a news release.

The grant was made possible by the 85th Texas Legislature’s Senate Bill 12, which created funding for Level IV vests to law enforcement agencies throughout Texas.

With the nationwide increase in active-shooter events and officer ambushes, these level IV vests will provide a level of protection that earlier vests could not match, a press release stated.

Full Story: San Angelo Police receive next-generation body armor


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Association formed to encourage responders to join FirstNet

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:08

By PoliceOne Staff

RESTON, Va. — An association was formed to promote responder participation in FirstNet by “bridging the gap” between responders and network engineers.

StateScoop reported that the FirstNet Association is meant to open communication between engineers who are working to increase efficiency during the five-year buildout period.

The FirstNet Association is led by former International Association of Fire Chiefs president Al Gillespie, and Sonim Technologies national public safety strategy and technology manager Roger Wespe will be executive director.

“Our goal with this organization is to empower a new generation of first responders by providing them with the tools to participate in the advancement of their network,” Wespe said in a statement. “FirstNet will succeed because first responders collectively choose to engage in this endeavor.”

Members of the association will attend educational events, and committees will conduct research studies that focus on network fundamentals.

“The emergence of the FirstNet Association offers great promise for the FirstNet public safety user-community and vendor community," FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson said. “We stand ready to encourage its success so that FirstNet fully realizes its exclusive public safety mission.”

Membership currently costs $45. Click here for more information.

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Remembering the fallen: California Highway Patrol Newhall Memorial

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:12
Author: Mike Wood

In the closing moments of April 5, 1970, California Highway Patrolmen Roger Gore and Walter Frago stopped a vehicle whose driver was suspected of threatening another motorist with a handgun. Less than five minutes into the new day, Officers Gore and Frago lay dead, alongside brother officers George Alleyn and James Pence, Jr., as the pair of felons who killed them escaped into the night.

The "Newhall Shooting" as it came to be known, was the worst day in the history of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and a pivotal day for American law enforcement. The murder of these four officers led to significant improvements in tactics, training and procedures throughout the nation. There is no officer who has served since Newhall, regardless of agency, whose work has not been influenced by this critical event.

In Memoriam

In order to commemorate the fallen officers, the California Highway Patrol built a monument outside the Newhall Area Office later that year. It consisted of a small, stone wall with plaques that bore the names and birthdates of the officers.

Additionally, Officer Roger Palmer, who arrived on scene as the last shots were being fired, and who pursued the killers into the darkness as they escaped, planted four Italian Cypress trees to honor his friends and fellow Highway Patrolmen. They were planted side by side, standing together as the officers did in their final battle.

When the rapidly expanding Newhall Area Office outgrew its small facility a few years later, a larger station was built a few miles north, just beyond the site of the deadly shooting. A new monument was erected at the site with a single plaque that listed the names and birthdates of the officers, the seven-pointed star of the Highway Patrol, the date of the shooting, and the title, "Killed In The Line of Duty."

Four new Italian Cypress trees were planted with the memorial, because the originals could not be moved. The roots of the original trees planted by Officer Palmer had become intertwined to the extent that they were now one – a poetic and fitting tribute to the men they represented, and their solidarity in life – and any attempt to transplant them would kill the magnificent trees. They still stand today, at the site of the old Newhall Area Office, appearing to the world as four individuals, but united at their very core.

This second Newhall memorial served well, but with time, the brick wall housing the memorial plaque began to break apart, and the plaque itself was deteriorating from the elements. It was decided that the memorial needed to be refreshed, and a team of volunteers from the Highway Patrol and the community banded together to make it happen. Local businesses donated materials, services, and expertise. Volunteers from the community, the department and the CHP Senior Volunteer Program did the rest, and saw it through to completion.

A New Reminder

On April 5, 2017, the 47th anniversary of the enforcement stop that led to the shooting, the CHP rededicated the newly-built memorial in a touching ceremony under beautiful blue skies.

The event was attended by family members of the fallen officers, two officers who were there in the closing moments of the fight (Erwin Holmes and Roger Palmer), CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, department leaders, officers from the CHP and allied agencies, the volunteers who turned the dream of a new memorial into reality, and supportive members of the public. All had gathered to pay their respects to the fallen officers and remember their ultimate sacrifice.

The newly-dedicated memorial features a granite boulder with the professionally-restored plaque of the second generation Newhall memorial set into it. Additionally, the boulder bears a plaque with a tribute quote from then-Governor Ronald Reagan, which reminds us that, "Often times the only thing that stands between a citizen and the loss of everything he holds dear is the man wearing the badge." These elements all stand in the center of a seven-pointed star, shaped like the CHP badge. Benches stand nearby for visitors to rest upon.

Four new cypress trees have been planted in the tradition first set by Officer Palmer in 1970, and each is accompanied by a bronze image of the officer it represents. The entire display is illuminated during evening hours.

We Shall Not Forget

In May 2016, the CHP dedicated a new exhibit at the CHP Museum on the grounds of the CHP Academy in Sacramento, California. This exhibit, like the CHP Memorial Fountain on the academy grounds (which bears the names of all CHP officers who have fallen in the line of duty), is closed to the public. However, the Newhall Memorial at the CHP Area Office is not only open to the public, it is located in plain sight, where the citizens of the state of California can see it daily, and reflect upon the sacrifices made by the officers, their families, and all of our nation's law enforcement officers and families.

It's a respectful and fitting tribute, and a challenge to all who wear the badge, to ensure that the vital, lifesaving lessons of Newhall are not forgotten.


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Policing Matters Podcast: Primary considerations for crime scene management

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:43
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

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At a crime scene, patrol officers, investigators, and others need to do a lot of things simultaneously. They must create and maintain an inner and outer perimeter, ensuring that access is only given to those who warrant it. They must begin a crime scene log and maintain it all the way through. They must preserve evidence, and make note of how evidence may have been affected by responding EMTs and/or firefighters. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug discuss the best practices for ensuring that the scene is processed thoroughly and properly.


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Poem: The Meaning Behind the Badge

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:09

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

Calling all police poets! PoliceOne’s new column highlights some of the inspirational, moving and funny poems authored by our readers.

“The Meaning behind The Badge” is by Rebecca "Punchy" Thomason, a Deputy Sheriff II with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department and 911 operator with the Forsyth County 911 Center, both in Cumming, Georgia. Rebecca has been in public safety for over 17 years.

Email your original writing submission for consideration to editor@policeone.com.

The Meaning Behind the Badge

We work in a job most people wouldn’t do.

The blood running through our veins isn’t red but blue.

Many hours of training through blood, sweat and tears.

The patrol car is our home a majority of the year.

Some don’t understand the split decisions we at times must make.

Whether it’s a life we must save or a life we must take.

Just look through our eyes and take a walk in our shoes.

Then you’ll know THE MEANING BEHIND THE BADGE we hold so true.

It means we will depend on our dispatchers to be our lifeline and sometimes our ears.

It means we will help calm you down through your sorrows and tears.

It means we will run into the bushes or give chase through the trees.

It means we will push through the exhaustion and the pain crippling our knees.

It means we will comfort your loved ones and rescue the injured from wrecks.

It means we will breathe for a child who is struggling to take a breath.

It means we will stand there for hours and listen to those who just need to talk.

It means we will search in any type of weather for those who are lost.

It means we have seen the good and we have seen the evil too.

It means we have laughed…and yes, even cried with you.

It means we are brothers and sisters forever bonded by a Thin Blue Line.

It means I am HONORED to face the unknown…to save a life at the risk of losing mine.


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Law Enforcement United: Honoring the fallen, remembering the survivors

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:47

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Susan E. Sagarra, P1 Contributor

Chad Dermyer was a trooper with the Virginia State Police when he was killed in the line of duty on March 31, 2016. He was participating in a training session with his fellow officers at a Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond, Virginia. He approached a suspicious person who produced a handgun and opened fire on Dermyer, fatally wounding him. The suspect fired on the other police officers, who returned fire and killed the suspect.

Dermyer, who was just a couple of weeks shy of his 38th birthday at the time of his death, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Virginia State Police for 17 months. He previously had served with the Newport News Police Department; Jackson, Michigan, Police Department; and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police.

At a candlelight vigil held two days after his death, Dermyer’s mother Anne Barnett crossed paths with Sam Frye, the national marketing manager and national chaplain for Law Enforcement United, Inc. (LEU).

The organization is a group of law enforcement, survivors and civilian supporters whose mission is to “honor the fallen and remember the survivors.” LEU also provides monetary and awareness support for five causes:

The Road to Hope Bicycle Ride; Project Active Armor; Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.); The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP); Spirit of Blue Foundation.

“I have no idea how Sam and I gravitated toward each other at the candlelight vigil,” Barnett said. “I honestly have no recollection or idea how we ended up meeting but it was what I needed at that time.”

That is one of the goals of LEU, which honors officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and provides support and assistance to the surviving family members.

“We have raised about $5 million over the years to support the five main causes,” Frye said.

LEU honors fallen members and survivors

LEU was established in 2009 and is a 100 percent volunteer-driven organization. Donations go directly to the causes it supports and board members, staff and members never receive monetary compensation. ?Members pay annual dues of $50.

“The idea is to honor fallen officers killed in the line of duty, but also the survivors who are left behind,” said Frye, who is also a police officer. “We were initially part of another organization, but a handful of us branched off and made a commitment in the bylaws to always be 100 percent volunteer. Now we have chapters in nearly 40 states.”

LEU supports the five causes with financial support from donations, member dues and sponsorships.

“We have raised approximately $500,000 for C.O.P.S.,” Frye said. “That money goes to helping kids attend a week-long camp with other kids who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The camp is an opportunity for them to slow down and heal. Members of LEU have become mentors and now survivors also are becoming mentors at the camp. In August 2004, it cost $557 to send a camper. Today, it costs $670 per camper because there are so many more kids to minister to. There is a lot of healing happening. We also provide grants for the Spirit of Blue Foundation to provide training equipment to communities that can’t afford it.”

Hope Memorial Bicycle Ride features six routes

Frye said one of the most inspiring events is the bicycle ride during Police Week.

The annual Road to Hope Memorial Bicycle Ride is May 10-12, traveling to Washington, D.C., during Police Week. The Ride encompasses six different routes:

The Road to Hope from Virginia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey; The Ruff Ride using mountain bikes and traveling from Maryland; The FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) Long Ride from Brunswick, Georgia; The Tough Ride from Virginia.

Riders must be active or retired law enforcement officers or corrections officers, or an immediate surviving family member of a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and do their own fundraising to ride or act as a supporting participant (such as working at watering stations along the route or as arrival teams at police departments visited along the way). Bicycle riders must raise a minimum of $1,500, while support members must raise at least $850.

“We have six different routes and some ride 1,000 miles, some ride 850 miles,” Frye said. “We stop at the towns and departments along the way where an officer has been killed in the line of duty. Every one of us must raise our own funds for the privilege of riding in rain, snow or sleet. But, it’s really cool when we meet the survivors and minister to them.”

Family members riding together

Barnett and her husband, Scott Barnett, participated in LEU’s Road to Hope Bicycle Ride last year to honor her son Chad. This year, Barnett’s other son, John, will ride his brother Chad’s bicycle. Dermyer’s wife, Michelle, also rides, and their teenage children, Phillip and Page, are scheduled to be in Washington, D.C., for the arrival of all the riders.

“Sam and I got to talking about cycling and he invited me to go on the bike ride,” Barnett said. “My husband and I drive down (from their home in Michigan) to Chesapeake, Virginia, to join the Virginia Division of the Road to Hope Bicycle Ride. When I first got there, I thought it was going to be intimidating. But so many people were so supportive and took us under their wing. We had a car following us throughout the route with Chad’s name on it. When we got tired, we would look back and it felt like he was there to remind us to keep going. It was like we had him there pushing us along.”

The riders converge at a designated area before making their way together as a group for the arrival ceremony in D.C.

“There is absolutely no better feeling than seeing the survivors, families and departments there,” Frye said. “We are able to present the checks and have time for the riders to meet and talk to survivors. Each year each rider gets a bracelet they wear throughout the ride. We also place a flag with a fallen officer’s photo and end-of-watch date on our bikes before we arrive. We then give the bracelet and flag to the surviving family members.

“You go there and plan to serve someone you but you’re the one who gets blessed. Once you give the flag and bracelet to the family, it’s all worth it. Last year, I rode for a New York City officer. His daughter spotted the photo on my flag and yelled, ‘That’s my Dad!’ That was heart-warming and so great to meet the family of the man I was riding for.”

LEU helps families year-round

While the bicycle ride is the most high-profile event LEU participates in, Frye said LEU is available year-round to help families.

“Our national division meets once a year and our state divisions meet throughout the year,” Frye said. “It’s a 12-month ministry organization. People call me, or they reach out to each other. I’ve spent hours on the phone. We all develop relationships and people heal listening to each other, trying to define their new reality. So many friendships have formed because they all have a common bond.”

And Frye said there are numerous ways for communities and the public to get involved.

“Anyone can go to the departments along the way and be part of the arrival in the communities, or work water stations,” Frye said. “People can contribute donations to support our five causes. At the end of the day, it is all about making sure we ‘Honor the Fallen, Remember the Survivors.’ ”

Barnett said LEU has lived up to its mission.

“I feel like I’ve gained a family of 300-plus on Facebook,” Barnett said. “I love keeping up with them and their families. People check on us and the support has been unbelievable. LEU has kept in touch. Sam always immediately responds if I have questions or need anything.”

For more information, to donate, or to become a member, visit www.LEUnited.org.

About the author Susan Sagarra is a writer and author based in St. Louis, Missouri.


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Man who stole guns, wrote manifesto threatening to kill cops arrested

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:46

Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Sophie Haigney San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Police arrested a man in San Francisco on Friday who was accused of stealing guns and threatening to kill people, authorities said.

Dustin Hamilton, 44, was taken into custody without incident Friday morning, the San Francisco Police Department tweeted, after getting a “tip from a community member.” Two firearms were recovered at the scene, police said.

Hamilton, identified as a “transient” by police, had stolen several firearms from a home in San Jose on Wednesday night, according to police. He left behind a note, threatening to kill civilians and police officers in San Francisco, officials said

Police in San Jose and San Francisco enlisted the public’s help in their search for the man.

Hamilton, who is on probation, had two outstanding felony warrants out of San Francisco for assault and vandalism, officials said.

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6 considerations for on- and off-duty active shooter response

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:24

Author: Mike Wood

The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) at SHOT Show draws officers from all over the world and gives them a unique opportunity to share information and experience with each other on a variety of important topics.

In the wake of several high-profile active shooter events in 2017 – including the horrific attack at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Music Festival – tactics for confronting these attackers were a primary area of concern for the LEEP attendees.

Fortunately, Eastern Beacon Industries, a manufacturer of tactical bags and cases with integrated ballistic panels that can withstand rifle fire, sponsored Andrew Gonzalez to lead a class on active shooter response tactics for both on-duty and off-duty officers.

Gonzalez is a seasoned gang unit officer from the Los Angeles area with a strong tactical background and a passion to share lessons learned with his fellow officers. Using his intensive experience and training, Gonzalez led a guided discussion about the tactics used to confront active shooters, drawing heavily upon audience participation in a fast-moving session that, at times, highlighted strong differences of opinion on this complex and difficult subject.

Gonzalez outlined six key areas of consideration:

1. The importance of training

Gonzalez noted that we need to break out of our comfort zone when we’re training because it helps to form the basis for our decisions in the field. If we allow our training to become stagnant, routine and unchallenging, we will be unprepared to handle the dynamic and novel situations we encounter in the field. Rigorous, challenging and dynamic training under the supervision of qualified, vetted instructors is essential to guarantee operational success.

2. The importance of preparation

Looking at the San Bernardino attack, the Pulse nightclub attack and the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Music Festival attack, Gonzalez reminded the class that the average time between the first shots fired and the arrival of the first officers on scene was approximately four minutes.

If you find yourself caught in the middle of an active shooter incident as an off- duty officer, you’ll need a plan to get you through those first minutes until help arrives. Similarly, if you’re the first on-duty officer to arrive on scene, you’ll need an effective solo response plan for the period before backup arrives. Work on building that plan now, while you have time.

3. First things first

Using careful questioning to guide the discussion, Gonzalez helped the audience to realize that blindly “rushing to the sound of the guns” was not beneficial.

While officers will understandably want to respond to the scene as quickly as possible when the call comes in, there are some critical actions that need to be taken before arriving on the scene to guarantee the greatest chance of success. For instance, an officer might consider stopping to don improved armor (such as rifle plates), strap on a “go bag” and access/check long guns before continuing the response to the scene. This will improve the officer’s safety and capabilities from the moment he arrives on scene, and will prevent critical equipment from getting left behind in the chaos upon arrival.

4. Communication is vital

The importance of clear and concise communications was highlighted by all participants in the conversation, but Gonzalez challenged the audience to back up the timeline a bit and consider the things they could do to improve communication “left of bang.” For instance, officers and agencies can prepare contingency plans for prime targets that address issues that can be coordinated ahead of time like:

Rendezvous points; Primary points of access; Perimeter control positions; Casualty collection points; Helicopter landing zones; Fire-EMS marshalling areas.

Establishing standards for who will request mutual aid and what resources (type, quantity) will be automatically dispatched to an active shooter scene are also worthwhile pursuits.

The goal of all these efforts is to build a shared mental model ahead of time that will decrease the need for nonessential communications during the event and also increase the situational awareness of all participants. Even if a plan has to be modified to meet the tactical requirements of the real life situation, starting from a known baseline will help to reduce errors in communication and understanding, and minimize radio traffic.

5. Establish clear priorities

Responding officers should clearly understand what their priorities are during an active shooter event. Officers on a contact team should understand, for example, that their sole objective is to find the shooter and end the threat, not to aid or evacuate innocents that they encounter after making entry. Similarly, while contact team officers can provide valuable intelligence and information to officers arriving behind them, their first priority must be to find and stop the threat as quickly as possible, and any other task that interferes with this priority must be delayed.

6. Know your tactics

Officers should be trained in a manner that they understand their true capabilities, and already have the answers to tactical problems that they are likely to encounter such as:

Should an officer bypass a door without clearing the room if he hears gunfire ahead, down the hall? How close does an officer need to get to ensure they are capable of making a hit on the suspect? Where should a suspect be shot to end the threat in the fastest manner? What should an officer do if he downs a suspect – remain with him, or secure him and continue hunting for the next threat? How should an officer down situation be handled if the shooter still hasn’t been stopped? How would your tactics change if you were off-duty or in plain clothes? Closing thoughts

It was a bold move for Officer Gonzalez to run this class as he did, acting more as a facilitator of the discussion than a platform instructor, leading the class through a prepared presentation. However, his ability to carefully guide the discussion with probing questions allowed the members of the audience to get much more out of the experience. The officers present had to wrestle with the problem and come up with their own solutions to the problems and curveballs that Gonzalez presented, which is exactly what they would have to do at the scene of an active shooter.

In this sense, they got a two-for-one deal out of the training: Access to the combined experience of a diverse crowd of officers, and the experience of a problem-solving exercise that got them working on that plan that Gonzalez talked about early in the session.

What’s your plan for an active shooter callout? If you don’t have one, there’s no better time than the present to start working on it. Talk it over with your fellow officers, and get to work.

Be safe out there!


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Trooper uses computer cable, decorative arrow to save man’s life

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:19
Author: Mike Wood

By PoliceOne Staff

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A New Jersey trooper’s quick thinking helped save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself.

WNBC reports that Trooper Roy Sanchez and several other troopers responded to a call Thursday about an accidental shooting at a home. Sanchez found a man who accidentally shot himself bleeding profusely from his leg.

While waiting for additional support, Sanchez grabbed a computer cable and a decorative arrow hanging from a wall to create a makeshift tourniquet. Two other troopers arrived and moved a desk to help render aid to the wounded man.

Medical personnel later arrived to apply second tourniquet to control the bleeding. Police said the man was taken to a hospital where he’s in stable condition.

New Jersey State Police praised Sanchez and the other troopers for their quick actions that helped save a man’s life.

"As Troopers, we must rely on our training and experience to make split-second decisions," NJ State Police said. "Great job by all of the Troops involved, whose quick and decisive actions undoubtedly increased the victim's chances of survival."

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SC deputy killed in crash while responding to call

PoliceOne - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:16
Author: Mike Wood

By PoliceOne Staff

SALUDA COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina deputy was killed in a crash while responding to a call.

Authorities said 30-year-old Corporal Dale Hallman was killed Thursday in a traffic accident while on his way to assist deputies who were pursuing a suspect, WLTX reports.

Police said the suspect led authorities on a pursuit before getting out of his car with a rifle and a child. The suspect later left the child, who was taken into protective custody. After police called for a bloodhound team to track the suspect, Hallman, who’s a member of the team, responded to the scene. Hallman had his lights and sirens activated but later crashed.

Cpl. Dale Hallman had bravely served the Saluda County Sheriff's Office for nearly 5 years & was a K9 handler. He was responding to a call for bloodhound assistance when killed in the line of duty. The K9 survived the vehicle accident. We are forever grateful for his service. pic.twitter.com/NTLMWTmcq2

— Solicitor11thCircuit (@Solicitor_11th) April 6, 2018

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said Hallman's car traveled off the right side of the road, and the LEO over-corrected before the car flew off the left side and overturned, according to WIS. Hallman was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.

Hallman was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Sheriff John Perry said in a statement that Hallman served five years with the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office. He leaves behind a wife and an unborn child.

“As Sheriff, I would like to ask everyone to please lift up the Hallman Family, along with the Saluda County Sheriff's Officer with your prayers at this time,” Perry said.


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Glass eel traffickers earned more than EUR 37 million from illegal exports to Asia

EUROPOL - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 03:37
Europol has supported Operation Elvers which was led by the Spanish Guardia Civil in collaboration with the Portuguese authorities. Ten members of an organised crime group involved in illegally exporting glass eels to Asia have been arrested. The ring was based in Spain, but also operated out of Portugal and Morocco. Ten suspects arrested
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