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Official use only E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

The fact that cops use public safety databases for a lot more than official duties is relatively common knowledge. That’s why no one was too surprised when one cop told another in the recent film, “End of Watch,”  he “ran” his current girlfriend through the system. But while the practice is well-known and widespread, that doesn’t make it any less illegal — even if for the most part it constitutes a “victimless crime.”

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Stopping pharmacy robberies E-mail
Written by Doug Long   

It’s a place where king salmon sells in an open market and roasted coffees send the aroma of flavored lattes onto its streets. But Seattle, until recently, was also known as the leader in pharmacy robberies. Drug stores were under siege by a new kind of addict; one that most likely started buying drugs through a prescription.

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Cop saves Cujo E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There’s definitely a children’s book in this. Residents of La Porte, Texas are calling Police Officer Kyle Jones a hero. Why? He stopped traffic on a local highway in order to save a small, lost dog. Cujo, a rat terrier, escaped his yard one morning and the owners, the Zapalac family frantically searched for the animal everywhere.

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DEA begs Obama to ignore voters E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Massachusetts decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana way back in 2008. Police and prosecutors fought hard to keep the law the way it was but were overwhelmed by the will of the voters. Thankfully none of the predictions about crime spikes or six-year-olds smoking weed in public have come to fruition. Now that scores of states, most recently Washington and Colorado, have followed suit, retired drug warriors are speaking out.

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Eleven states say no cop drones E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

At least eleven states are currently considering legislation that would bar police from using UAVs or drones for law enforcement operations. A Nebraska legislative committee recently showed interest in a bill that would keep remote-controlled surveillance drones out of police hands.

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SCOTUS backs drug dogs E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Is your drug detection dog actually able to smell narcotics and alert its handlers? Is that necessary for a drug conviction? According to the U.S. Supreme Court the answer is “not really.” The Supremes say police do not have to “extensively document” a drug-sniffing dog's reliability in the field to uphold its work in court.

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She said Yes! E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

In Oklahoma, Rock Minghetti, a Ponca City police officer, decided he would make proposing marriage to his girlfriend an event to remember. The cop surprised his girlfriend by proposing at a recent Town & Gown theatrical performance.
“I’ve been at some ballgames where people propose on the (big screen) and everyone has seen the airplanes that fly the banner,” Rock told reporters with the Stillwater NewsPress. “I’ve always seen these big productions with a lot of people watching.”

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FBI cracks down on FBI E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent article in The Week, FBI assistant director Candice Will says she’s concerned about a "rash of sexting" among FBI employees. Reports from the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility show that 1,045 employees were disciplined from 2010 to 2012 for a variety of reasons including sexting, dating a drug dealer, and visiting a massage parlor.

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For profit prisons don't create jobs E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Building on earlier research in which they challenged the widespread belief that rural communities can create job growth by hosting state prisons, researchers at Washington State University have now found local job growth is often impeded in communities that become hosts to privately operated prisons.

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DHS looks into FBI E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

According to the research wing of the Department of Homeland Security, allegations have surfaced that a domestic terrorist group in the 1970’s may have been funded by the FBI. According to multiple reports, there is an interesting entry at the website for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses for Terrorism (known by the acronym START), which is run by the Department of Homeland Security and is based at the University of Maryland.

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DHS creeping into domestic LE E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to the Business Insider, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have requested information to support the installation of a gunshot detection system known as “ShotSpotter” in Washington D.C.
The system is already up and running in various cities and it records more than just gunshots.

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Fake weed bust was a bust E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

In Kentucky, the Lexington Police Department will have to return hundreds of glass pipes, vaporizers and other items confiscated from a local smoke shop if a judge's recent order holds up to challenges. The merchandise was taken from The Botany Bay last summer during a raid. Tips that the store was selling synthetic marijuana prompted the action.

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Dept. of Corrections E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Generally speaking, it’s pretty hard to slip one past here at American Police Beat as far as submissions to the publication go. But no one bats a thousand when it comes to making sure people are who they claim to be. In short we were duped by one “Buck Buckhauser,” who authored the opinion piece that ran in the January 2013 entitled “Our diplomatic security service needs more funding.”

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Cops caught in the middle E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

In Burlington Vermont, a local shooting range recently barred officers from the premises. The move appears to be a not very well thought out response to the city's proposed ban on certain assault weapons. The Burlington City Council recently voted 10-3 in favor of, would ban assault-style firearms and large-capacity magazines within city limits.

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Seagal's LE career is HARD TO KILL E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Steven Seagal seems to be everywhere in law enforcement these days. Not only is he currently lending his law enforcement expertise to Texas sheriffs, the actor is also assisting Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in training Joe’s volunteer "posse" how to handle potential school shootings.

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Help me kill the unions E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to multiple media reports, the chief lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce has told state legislators that he wants to see them pass a bill to end automatic paycheck deductions for public employee unions. And in an extremely rare instance of a lobbyist or a politician actually letting some measure of truth pass their lips, lobbyist Eric Strafford isn’t saying anything about the rights of non-members or the evils of collective bargaining.

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Some in LE support gun control E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent article out of San Diego, law enforcement leaders are clearly divided when it comes to federal gun control proposals. While many high-ranking local law enforcement officials have been crusading against what they perceive as tyrannical government overreach, others are expressing support for the President’s suggestions.

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Church and state E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent report from KUTV in Arizona, officials are once more calling for the police force in the polygamous towns along the Utah/Arizona border to be closed down. Several attempts by multiple officials last year failed to do just that.

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Traft's the total package E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Pugilist and Boston police officer Billy Traft didn’t let his fans, friends and family down when he when he earned a unanimous decision over Joe Powers in a four-round middleweight bout at “Night at the Fights,” at Boston Garden recently. (It’s actually currently the “T.D. Garden” but the name gets changed so often most locals have given up on trying to stay current.)

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The bright side of the Dorner case E-mail
Written by Randy Sutton   

While we look for a reason for what Christopher Dorner has done, and while we might try to ascribe his actions to his rejection by the LAPD, Christopher Dorner did not lose his badge because he was a victim of vindictive racist Police Officers, but because he was a bad cop who after only months of wearing a badge demonstrated incompetence and the character flaws that no police career can or should survive…a lack of honor and integrity.

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Citizens serving ex parte orders E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It seems with each passing day, another proposal emerges to cut costs by giving the duties and tasks traditionally assigned to cops to civilians. Hiring more civilian employees to get cops out from behind desks and back on the street is one thing. But a proposal to allow private process servers to serve protective orders in domestic violence cases is a good way to get someone killed, according to Delegate Kevin Kelly.

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