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Partners for life E-mail
Written by Howard Vanick   

I met my K-9 partner two days after his arrival from Germany in July 2001 at Rudy Drexler’s School for Dogs in Elkhart, Indiana. Nobo was two years old and Rin-Tin-Tin handsome. One eye to eye look and I knew we would be partners for life. We won awards and honors and he was a welcome guest at church, schools and all kinds of events. He had a deep affection for children and seniors with disabilities.

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Who's "acting stupidly" now? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

President Obama once accused police of “acting stupidly.” Well who’s acting stupidly now? Could it be a president so out of touch with reality he wants an alleged cop-killer to head up the civil rights division at DOJ? Obama’s nominee, Debo Adegbile, is said to be a supporter of one Mumia Abu-Jamal. For those that don’t pay attention to these things, it appears that Obama wants someone that supports cop-killer to head up the DOJ division responsible for bringing cases against police officers and law enforcement agencies. Thankfully plenty of law enforcement groups have made their displeasure with the president’s choice abundantly clear.

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DHS to pay for officer's overtime E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

In Kentucky there’s an interesting partnership underway between the Dept. of Homeland Security and the local police department. According to the local paper, the Times Tribune: “The Barbourville Police Department has “gone federal” — by request.” During a recent meeting of the Barbourville City Council, Barbourville Detective Steve Owens told city councilors that their department was “tapped” by the federal Office of Homeland Security.

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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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Labor's last stand- fighting off the pension thieves E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

The union coalition We Are One Illinois and a group of active and retired public employees filed suit today in Sangamon County Circuit Court to overturn pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 (Public Act 98-599). Defendants in the suit are Governor Pat Quinn, other constitutional officers, the state retirement systems and their boards. “Our suit makes clear that pension theft is more than unfair, it’s unconstitutional,” said Illinois Police Benevolent & Protective Association Director and Chief Counsel Sean Michael Smoot. 

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Lies, damned lies and statistics E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

In the old days before scary terrorism plots and threats and almost daily school shootings, people used to be very concerned about local crime rates. In the 1970’s everyone agreed that based on the data, crime was unacceptably high. When the crack market stabilized in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s everyone agreed that crime had dropped. Now no one knows what to think- even the law enforcement officials that people assume would know about these things. How else can you explain a situation where police chiefs and DAs can’t get on the same page?

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Wildchild Beiber bust arrest report E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Justin Beiber is a Canadian one-man boy-band who's worth $160 million dollars. Beiber is wildly popular with young audiences because of his musical and lyrical genius. It's unclear if he plays any instruments, writes any of the songs or can be tolerated without help from Autotune software but that's beside the point. Behold the artistic genius revealed in Bieber's "One Time." Aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye, aye-Me plus you (I'ma tell you one time) Me plus you (One time, I'ma tell you one time) Me plus you (One time, I'ma tell you one time) One time (one time) one time. If that's not art I don't know what is. But the boy wonder appears to be unraveling- which is not uncommon for ultra-rich and hugely stupid entertainers. First a Bieber pal was arrested for cocaine possession after cops responded to a call from Biebers neighbors after he'd egged their house. Now he's been busted for drunken-drag racing in Florida. For your entertainment this weekend we have the police report from the Miami Beach PD. Click "read more" for the play by play. Apologies for the profanity but you know how these foul-mouthed youngsters talk to cops these days.

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FBI close to cracking the case E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

If you’ve ever read the book “Wiseguy,” or seen Martin Scorcese’s film “Goodfellas,” you’ll be happy to know that the FBI has made at least one arrest recently in the 1978 Lufthansa Heist. According to reporting in the New York Times, several men who investigators believe to be linked to the Bonanno crime family were expected to be arraigned in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Oddly, there was no word as to what charges the men might be facing.

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Badge bunnies kill careers E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

There are only a couple of things that we can say we know for sure. Frequently we invent sayings to convey these truths. One would be “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” There’s another saying having to do with law enforcement that’s also irrefutable- the job will get you tail but the tail will get your job. According to a recent report from WFTV in Florida, Ocoee Police Officer Shaun Whiting has been forced to resign after it was revealed that he’d set a system with a woman he was involved with sexually where she would call 911 and he would come meet her.

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PTSD covered by workers' comp E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   

As far as police health and safety and insurance claims go this story is as big as they come- according to a recent article from the Island Packet, police officers in South Carolina who suffer post traumatic stress disorder after shooting someone will be eligible for workers compensation benefits under a bill that recently passed the South Carolina State House. The bill was inspired by Brandon Bentley, a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Deputy.

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Off-duty law carry is back! E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to an article in the Times Picayune Newspaper out of Louisiana written by reporter Lauren McGaughy, “It's one of the worst-kept secrets that off-duty police officers in Louisiana often flout state law by bringing their service weapons into bars and restaurants that sell alcohol.” Now a state lawmaker is proposing that such restrictions by done away with in order to increase public safety and officer alike.

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First arrest using drones- more to follow E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Well it was only a matter of time. For the first time in the U.S. a man has been sentenced to jail for an arrest that was only made possible by the use of a loaned drone. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Fourth Amendment privacy-advocacy group, Rodney Brossart was arrested in 2011 after refusing to relinquish six cows that had wandered onto his property.

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Shocking allegations- DEA worked with drug cartel E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It’s the kind of thing that would get a person laughed out of a cocktail party- the ridiculous notion that the DEA made a secret deal with a Mexican drug cartel to allow drugs to be smuggled into the US in exchange for information on that cartel’s competition. Everyone knows how dependent federal law enforcement agencies are on CI’s or criminal informants. But this story makes the series of murders committed by Whitey Bulger while he was on the FBI’s payroll look trivial. According to an article posted on the Business Insider website, an investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had a deal with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs in exchange for information on rival cartels. And yes, there is a Fast and Furious connection.

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When the bad guys are untouchable E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

What do we really mean when we invoke the term “public safety?” Like a lot of terms that we think we understand, they actually can mean different things to different people. For instance if you ask a police chief what he or she means when they say “public safety,” odds are the term is being used to describe the day to day operations of local law enforcement- drunk driving enforcement, crime-fighting initiatives and so on.

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Verdict is a disaster for law enforcement E-mail
Written by Steve James   

As police officers, we are all aware of jury decisions that we disagree with. Those disagreements are usually about cases where we are confident that the bad guy is guilty, but the jury finds otherwise. While these cases are often times frustrating, they pale in comparison to the recent jury verdict here in California in the Zerby case.  Knowing the facts of that case as most of us do, it becomes incomprehensible that members of the public we serve could get it so wrong.

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Chief tells citizens to arm themselves E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

An increasing number of law enforcement leaders are suggesting that cops can’t really be there when needed and everyone should carry firearms. While the most vocal proponents of no-restriction carry policies are county sheriffs, some big city chiefs are also advising the public to arm themselves instead of waiting for police to help them. The latest law enforcement figure to get in on the act is Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

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Line of duty deaths plummet in 2013 E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Perhaps the thing the law enforcement community was most thankful for in 2013 was the good news on officers killed in the line of duty. While car crashes continue to be the most lethal threat that cops face, the news on the number of officers killed feloniously in 2013 is nothing short of shocking. Just 33 law enforcement professionals were killed by gunfire in 2013. That’s the lowest number since 1887, according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Dear Kanye West, E-mail
Written by David Oliver   

I am honored to be writing such an important star. I am a mere Internet sensation. I’m not sure I am worthy to address you, although the Huffington Post did say I was “Humorous and Insanely Popular.” I don't pay much attention to those things. Anyway, please excuse my interference in your life for a quick second. I read your interview and also watched it on video. You said:
“I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally.….and I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”

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Mug shot mania E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

If people can make a buck they will no matter how odd the business seems. And mug shots of the famous have been bringing in big bucks for years. The newest mug shot start-ups - Mugshots, BustedMugshots and JustMugshots - make their money (from $30 to $400, or even higher) by posting mug shots and information about the arrest and then charging to take the picture down.
As everyone in law enforcement knows, mug shots are just an artifact of the arrest.

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Watch out who you line up with and why- local law enforcement and the surveillance state E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Forget all that crap about layoffs, draconian budget cuts, the dissolution of tried and tested anti-crime programs and the rest of it. According to Vernon Keenan, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), the ongoing revelations about the NSA spying are the real threat to the future of public safety in this country.

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A legend returns- Bratton back to NYPD E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Bill Bratton, who pioneered the crime-fighting techniques that helped make New York the nation’s safest big city 20 years ago, is back in the familiar saddle of NYPD Commissioner.
Incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio knows he lucked out with Bratton agreeing to take his old job back. "He knows what it takes to keep a city safe, and make communities full partners in the mission," de Blasio said at a press conference in Brooklyn this morning.

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