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Stress and children of the badge E-mail
Written by Mark Bond   

Law enforcement children can develop traumatic stress vicariously by watching and listening to their parents who are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. According to a 2002 study led by Rudy Arredondo, this exposure can cause symptoms such as hyper-arousal, intrusive thoughts, eating disorders and aggressive agitated behaviors. Children can even share the same memories or re-enact their parents’ trauma just by knowing that a traumatic event was experienced by the parent.

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Please bear with us.... E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Editor's note: If you were wondering why there isn't much going on, we've been very busy getting ready for the launch of our new website. Check back here for details in the coming weeks. In the meantime here's an article about the United States giving a huge contract to the firm that vetted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and cleared him for intelligence work:

You know all those generals, senators and media personalities that claimed Edward Snowden was a direct and extremely credible threat to national…sorry, homeland security? I wonder why they haven’t said anything at all about this?

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Imbedded feds and the law E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

We do our best at APB to figure out what’s what as far as the goings on in the public safety profession. But there are times when despite our best efforts we wind up drawing a blank. In this issue we have an article about the State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision to eliminate the requirement for warrants for vehicle searches. Essentially cops in the Key Stone State now have the same level of authority as federal agents with agencies like the DEA and FBI to conduct searches without having to get a judge to sign off on the probable cause.

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Sex-texts sink careers E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There are so many sayings about stuff like this. “Don’t get your honey where you get your money,” is just one of them. According to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel there is yet another on-duty police sex scandal in Florida. According to the Sentinel’s reporting, two Seminole County deputies sent each other about 6,000 text messages while they were on duty. Many of the texts documented their extramarital affair and sexual exploits, according to an internal affairs investigation.

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Assault prevention with SARS E-mail
Written by Tom Wetzel   

Most of the men and women who enter police work will strive to protect and serve members of their communities with distinction. They will work with their peers and risk their lives to make their particular jurisdictions a safe place to live and work. But there will also always be officers who look to expand beyond their borders to make those they serve safer.  These officers will commit to go way "above and beyond" by working more and investing personally into their visions. 

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You cops are just like the Nazis! E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Let’s face it- some of the people running for office in this country have lost the plot entirely. And that’s assuming that they were in fact previously tethered to the reality-based community. According to the Arizona Republic, Republican congressional candidate and hotel owner Gary Kiehne was complaining to reporters recently about police.

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Blaming the cops just feels right E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

The media loves a good mass shooting like Elliot Rodger’s recent killing spree. Not only does it guarantee ratings- it’s also opportunity to blame police officers for our national mental health treatment crisis. Consider this opening line from an article posted by ABC News: “In the weeks and months leading to Friday's killing spree in Santa Barbara, local law enforcement confirmed they had interacted with the alleged killer multiple times. The news that police had spoken with Elliot Rodger before his alleged killing spree, which injured 13 and killed seven including Rodger, has drawn attention to how police officers are being called to act in mental health matters.”

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Critical Information For Injured Officers Applying For Disability Retirement Benefits E-mail
Written by Michael Kalmus   

Police officers put their lives on the line every day. They’d like support while performing their duties, but most would settle for simply being treated fairly. When it comes to disability retirement benefits, that’s not the case in what seems to be a growing number of instances. In recent years, states and municipalities, faced with budgetary constraints and other issues, have become less likely to grant benefits -- especially line of duty or “Accident Disability” pensions -- to worthy applicants. This has left many deserving retirees without the means to support themselves and their families, and bitterly wondering why the process seemed so unfair.

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LAPD now has LAMBO E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

The Los Angeles Police Department recently added a stunner of a Lamborghini Gallardo to its fleet of squad cars. The price tag of $182,000 comes with a top speed of almost 199 miles per hour.
The Lambo features the traditional black and white law enforcement colors and the LAPD logo.

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Civil forfeiture now on the media radar E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

In libertarian circles and even in the mainstream media there is increasing criticism involving civil forfeiture. In one such controversy, Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff Ed Kilgore defended the practice of stopping motorists on U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars even if no criminal charges are filed.

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Cops struggle with overdose epidemic E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Unless you’ve been out of the country or in a coma, you might have heard something about a nationwide heroin epidemic. As is usually the case there are all kinds of theories. For law enforcement professionals the challenge now is saving people that would otherwise O.D. by administering a new drug called Narcan.

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More on body cams and contracts E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Editor's note: In the May 2014 issue we have an article discussing body and lapel cams for police officers. Rocky Lucia’s article in the May 2014 edition of American Police Beat: Body Cams, a game changer, discusses the labor perspective on the issues related to body worn cameras policies.  Rocky asserts that the state collective bargaining statute for local government employees in California (Government Code section 3500, et seq.) mandates that these policies are subject to bargaining. He believes that due to the significant issues raised in these policies, labor associations have an affirmative duty to negotiate the terms and conditions of body worn camera policies. For a list of some of the issues that a labor organization should anticipate, examine and develop in a policy please visit Rains Lucia Stern, PC's website: http://www.rlslawyers.com/category/bulletins/.

 
Sheriffs refuse to disarm and walk out E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It looks like the drama surrounding guns and politics is on the rise. According to recent media reports, a group of county sheriffs trying to get into the state capitol building to attend an annual meeting with legislators were outraged after they were told to check their weapons.

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Supreme Court restricts gun access E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

People convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns even in states where no proof of physical violence is required to support the domestic violence charge according to a recent ruling from The Supreme Court. According to reporting by the Associated Press, James Castleman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child in 2001 in Tennessee.

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Thank you for helping us grieve E-mail
Written by LAPPL   

The Los Angeles Police Protective League would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support as the LAPD mourns the loss of three police officers in the line of duty this year. Last week, Officer Roberto Sanchez was killed by a hit-and-run driver. In March, Officer Nick Lee was killed when his patrol car was hit by a garbage truck and in April, LAPD Motorcycle Officer Chris Cortijo died after he was struck by an alleged DUI driver.

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Developmental Competence: What it is and how you can use it E-mail
Written by Lisa H. Thurau   

Teens hear and see things differently from adults. Neuroscience shows that young people’s brains process and respond to stimuli differently than adults’ — leading them to behave differently.  This explains why adolescents “are less able to regulate their own behavior in emotionally charged contexts…more sensitive to peer pressure and immediate rewards…[and] show less ability to make judgments and decisions that require future orientation.” That’s why policing teens can be such a headache.

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FBI's got a lot on its plate E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to multiple news reports, the colorfully dressed an heavily armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who allegedly pointed weapons at law enforcement during a showdown at Bundy's ranch last month could soon face consequences. Las Vegas TV station KLAS reported yesterday that the FBI is interviewing Clark County sheriff's officials in what the news station describes as a "formal investigation into alleged death threats, intimidation and possible weapons violations" on the part of the Bundy militia.

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Hero cop credits his training E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Master Patrolman Jeffrey King was recently honored for his life-saving efforts after he saved an 18-year-old woman who had been stabbed 15 times. Four other first responders from Allenstown, New Hampshire were also recognized for helping save the life of the victim.

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Detroit plan takes shape E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Here’s where things stand currently in Detroit as far as the restructuring plan and the wages and benefits of Detroit police officers- it’s a slow slog. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has approved the city’s restructuring plans. The city said the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association and the Detroit Police Command Officers Association have both agreed to five-year contracts involving wages, pensions and health care benefits. No details on those agreements have been made public. Now documents laying out Detroit’s restructuring plan can be mailed out to 170,000 creditors who will then vote the plan up or down. But here’s the catch.

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Gizmo the trooper E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There’s a special place in hell for people who victimize the vulnerable. We’re talking about people that hurt kids and the elderly - the weak that prey on the weakest. But what can you say about a sick bastard that douses a sick puppy in hot sauce? According to an article in the Bradenton, Herald, a Sarasota, Florida man is behind bars after his girlfriend told Sarasota police officers he poured hot sauce all over a 3-month old puppy named Gizmo.

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Bundy Militia doing traffic stops? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Millionaire, freeloading cattle rancher Clive Bundy’s day in the sun is over but the sovereign citizen types that flocked to Nevada to “defend” Bundy against “jack-booted, federal government thugs,” look like they’re just getting started. But now that Constitutional Sheriff and Internet personality Sheriff Mack doesn’t have to use women and kids as human shields against the FBI and DHS what is it exactly that the tactical liberty brigade is up to? It looks very much like some improvisational and completely illegal do-it-ourselves policing

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