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Tactical wellness? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Getting cops to take better care of themselves emotionally is a little bit like trying to get blood from a stone. It's not that cops don't understand how important mental health is to their survival, both on the job and afterwards. They know only too well that more police officers die by their own hand each year than are killed by assailants. Cops also have higher rates of divorce and alcoholism than people in other fields. In addition police officers are statistically more likely than non-law enforcement to commit acts of domestic violence. According to a recent article in the Portland Tribune, Richard Goerling is on a mission to change all that.

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New agency takes over E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

The idea behind the new countywide police force in Camden, New Jersey is to provide the same level of service with fewer people getting paid less.According to a recent article in the Camden Star Ledger, Gov. Chris Christie introduced the new police force in May. Christie says the new force will take back the city’s most dangerous streets and save neighborhoods from a rising tide of crime. At an “invitation only” news conference with local leaders and newly sworn officers with the new agency, Christie promised that the force would have 400 police officers by the end of the year.

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Old habits die hard- recording interrogations E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Best patterns and practices have determined the best way to reduce one of the major flaws in the American criminal justice system: wrongful convictions. Getting something done about it is another story entirely, however. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, incoming Illinois State Rep. Scott Drury has introduced two bills he hopes will make a difference. Drury is a former federal prosecutor. Now he represents part of Lake County, which has a history of convicting the wrong men.

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National security and cell phone repair E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Federal law enforcement is confusing. People entering the country illegally are in violation of our immigration laws. So one would imagine that ICE really has the same mission as the Border Patrol. Is that the case? And if tobacco, firearms and alcohol are legal, what is the ATF supposed to do? It’s easy to see where people could lose the plot. According to a South Florida TV news station, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been raiding local smartphone repair shops and seizing counterfeit Apple parts.

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Criminals target the elderly E-mail
Written by Katti Gray   

Americans aged 65 and older are the nation’s fastest growing demographic group, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. And although crimes committed against the elderly are increasingly a matter of concern, advocates say too little is being done to address the problem. “It’s the dirty little secret no one wants to talk about,” said Robyn Grant, public policy and advocacy director for the “National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care” in Washington, D.C. “We’ve got to give it the attention that child abuse and domestic abuse are given in this country.”

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Strengthening Your Emotional Armor E-mail
Written by Barbara A. Schwartz   

Long before officers wore Kevlar, they put on emotional body armor heaping on more and more layers when investigating crimes against children. The vulnerability, innocence, and defenselessness of children makes the crime resonate and tug at the essence of the police officer as a protector. Dr. Vincent Henry, a retired NYPD officer and author of Death Work: Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival, admits that law enforcement has done a poor job in preparing officers for the emotional upheaval of the profession and crimes against children are especially toxic.

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Meth is back thanks to inaction E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

After a concerted effort by law enforcement that took years, it was starting to look like we had methamphetamine on the run. Now, without the support they need, law enforcement leaders say all that progress has been lost. Meth’s making a comeback - especially in Tennessee. So how bad is the situation?

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Immigrants afraid of cops E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

For years there's been tremendous debate about whether draconian, "get tough" immigration enforcement by local law enforcement is good for public safety or not. The answer generally depends on what's more important to the individual you're talking to- illegal immigration violations or traditional public safety. For the immigration hard-liners a policy's impact on overall public safety is a secondary concern to the symbolism, however ineffective or costly it may be, of laws like Arizona's SB-1070. But if you're interested in whether those policies make immigrants, undocumented or not, more or less likely to report crimes the data is clear.

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We don't need cops up here E-mail
Written by Jeff Barnard   

There's no room in the county jail for burglars and thieves. And the sheriff's department in a vast, rural corner of southwest Oregon has been reduced by budget cuts to three deputies on patrol eight hours a day, five days a week.But people in this traditionally self-reliant section of timber country aren't about to raise taxes to put more officers on the road. Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. A virtual neighborhood watch uses Facebook to share tips and information.

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They'll keep fighting but will we? E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

Just two years ago a phenomenal effort led by a coalition called “We are Ohio,” comprised of members of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) along with the state’s teachers, firefighters and other pubic and private sector workers, resulted in the voters overwhelmingly rejecting SB5 - a bill to limit collective bargaining rights for government workers. But the forces of evil have regrouped.

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Sheriffs sue over new gun laws E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to KOB.com, Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell thinks the new state gun laws passed in Colorado are ill-advised and unenforceable. And the law man is not at all shy about saying he has no plans to enforce them.

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Police Week 2013- reducing threats to police officers E-mail
Written by Diane Goldstein   

National Police Week is upon us and recognizes those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It’s held in Washington D.C.each year, and includes a moving ceremony and vigil at the Police Officer’s Memorial. I have not been to the ceremony but have visited the memorial each time I have been in our capital to find the names of the many officers I knew whose funerals I have attended. Like visiting the Vietnam Memorial I have been moved to silence to see the names of so many officers who lost their lives throughout the years.

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What is it that you do exactly? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Here’s a question for you. What is Homeland Security? Is it what we used to call national security? Is it public safety? Is it a massive sinkhole where taxpayer money gets dumped to be lavished on former government employees through no-bid, cost-plus contracts? If you have no idea what “homeland security” is, or what DHS does you’re not alone. No one knows. Not even the folks at DHS.

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That's a very bad dog! E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Dog the bounty hunter and Mrs. Dog recently sat down for a televised interview to discuss Dog’s new hustle where he “trains” other bail bondsmen and, according to Dog, police officers as well, in the fine art of…well…whatever it is that Dog does.

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Team work pays off E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

A team of law enforcement officers arrested Jordan Dennis, in Truth or Consequences, NM recently according to the US Marshal’s Service. The team was made up of Deputy United States Marshals, Carlsbad Police Officers, Drug Enforcement Administration Agents, Las Cruces Police Officers, Truth Or Consequences Police Officers, and Sierra County Investigators.

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Many opting for security guards, not cops E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Here’s how disaster capitalism works. First you say something like “government is not a solution. It can only be a problem.” You repeat that for several decades until even government employees buy into the idea. Then you cut funding for government functions like local law enforcement. When the cuts create entirely predictable problems, you then use those problems as evidence that “the system is broken.” Enter “private sector solutions.” According to a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor, budget cuts in Oakland have led to a shortage of cops on the beat.

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Unique idea to curb violence in schools E-mail
Written by Ryan Millbern   

If you are the Chief, a patrolman, detective or a school resource officer, there is a good chance you have found yourself in conversations with friends, colleagues, or citizens about school violence in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Whether these conversations take place in the squad room, a City Council meeting, or over dinner, it becomes obvious that there is no clear answer to the prevention of school violence. The depravity of the Sandy Hook shooting has shed a very public spot light on the dark reality of how vulnerable our youngest citizens can be at school.

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Help us end police residency requirement E-mail
Written by Mike Crivello   

Here in Wisconsin and particularly my city, Milwaukee, all the members of the Milwaukee Police Association are working hard to overturn the residency requirement for police officers. The city has refused to bargain over the issue so we have been forced to turn to the legislative process to accomplish our goals. During the last legislative session we nearly garnered the required support we needed to overturn the law that’s been on the books since the 1930’s and  forces all Milwaukee police officers to live within the city limits.

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Deputy 1- Alligator 0 E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

A Florida sheriff's literally deputy took matters into her own hands recently when she corralled a seven-foot alligator that was spotted trying to break through the fence of a local middle school. Jessica McGregor, a 29-year-old Lake County Sheriff's Deputy and mother of two, responded to the frantic call about a gator near school kids.

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Next generation fake IDs E-mail
Written by Jermaine Galloway   

As far back as we can remember there has been a market for fake ID’s.  Mostly they’ve been used by underage kids to get served alcohol in bars and restaurants, along with adults who were attempting to change their identity.  
In the “old days” those wanting to get a fake ID would stand in front of a poster board, or attempt to go to the DMV and fraudulently acquire one. Or they would just ask a friend for theirs.  

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Who needs cops anyway? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

“I can tell people throughout this land, because of the fiscal state of affairs we have, there will be less police officers, not more, over the next decade.” - NC Senator Lindsey Graham. Now why would that be? Could the fact that Americans’ tax dollars are spent everywhere and anywhere but here at home have anything to do with it?

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