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Who's got the best? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

It’s about time we figured out just who’s got the best looking police fleet in the USA. Unlike the anonymous black and white cruiser days of yesteryear, many police departments have come up with some pretty good looking designs.

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Some sheriffs won't enforce new gun law E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

According to an article from Bizpack review, a growing number of New York sheriffs are announcing that they don’t intend to enforce the SAFE gun legislation Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in last January. The legislation limits magazine capacities to seven rounds and bans the sale of certain types of semi-automatic rifles. The law gives current owners of such weapons one year to get them registered with the state.

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At DHS a billion is peanuts E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

For a country that’s allegedly broke, we sure like to spend money on useless crap. Increasingly that spending comes in the form of no-bid contracts doled out by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Big hearted cops pitch in to save hero-dog E-mail
Written by Steve Gibson   

When a four-year-old pit bull named Mercy received life-threatening knife wounds trying to protect her owner from four machete wielding males who tried to force their way into her home, the responding officers from the Edmonton, Canada PD,  chipped in $400 so the dog could have emergency surgery to save her life.

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Cops and Donuts is 100% Cop-owned E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

There is a doughnut shop and bakery in Clare, Michigan that has been in constant operation since 1896. This foundation business was within weeks of closing when the members of the Clare Police Department came to the rescue. All of them. That’s right, all nine members of the local police department banded together to save this historic business.

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Meet the new Boss at DHS E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It’s high times over at DHS, the sprawling big-government solution to national security created after 9/11. John Gotti may have been the “Teflon don,” but he’s nothing compared to the PR machine at the Department of Homeland Security. Despite a pretty impressive overtime scandal, high profile criminal activity by employees and serious questions about the agency’s effectiveness, DHS currently enjoys a 66 percent approval rating. After Barrack Obama announced that he would be nominating Jeh (not a misspelling) Johnson to run DHS in the wake of Janet Napolitano’s departure, the reaction from law enforcement and the public was identical. “Who?”

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The Perforated Cross - A true story E-mail
Written by Brian R. Arnspiger   

The date was May 15th, 1977 when my life changed forever. I was a police officer with the Burbank Police Department in California. Working a special burglary suppression detail in plain clothes, I was driving an unmarked police vehicle. We had been experiencing numerous business burglaries in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. I was patrolling the alleys behind the businesses, when I felt ill. It was five o'clock in the morning so I drove to the Police Department to request a few hours off. While standing in the Watch Commander's office an alert tone sounded. The alert was dispatched as "Burglary in Progress, Price Club."

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EMT training for tactical officers E-mail
Written by By National Tactical Officers Association   

The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is calling for basic Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) training for all police officers in light of recent incidents of mass violence. The Navy Yard massacre in Washington, D.C., the Boston Marathon bombing and lone shooters in Tucson and Newtown have focused attention on the response to changing threats in our society. These tragic events highlight the need to provide patrol officers with basic TEMS medical training and equipment.

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Drive-by media paints cops as killers yet again E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Editor's note:After a justified police shooting in Iowa recently the drive-by media has sunk to new lows with the typical B.S. headlines and characterizations of cops as trigger-happy thugs. Now that the news business is a largely automated enterprise where you sell the preferred narrative instead of the facts, we can expect to see a bad situation get worse- and fast.

A pissed off and possibly mentally or emotionally unstable young man steals a pickup truck after arguing with his father.The father calls police. Local law enforcement springs into action and pursues the kid who is driving with total abandon and putting lives at risk. The suspect rams an officer’s cruiser during the chase. The chase concludes as officers use their vehicles to prevent the suspect from fleeing again. Again- the suspect uses the stolen truck as a weapon against the cops on the scene and rams police vehicles with intent to injure or kill police officers.
Fearing for their safety and the safety of the public should the suspect manage to get back on the roads, officers discharge their weapons in according with policy.

One might think people would be happy that there are highly-trained police officers out there risking life and limb to preserve public safety.

But here are the headlines in the days after:

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Husband Tases wife after Bears beat Packers E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Let’s be honest. Boozing football-fans that are married and support different teams should not make bets that involve the use of ECDs (electronic control devices like Tasers.)  It’s dangerous enough for a Bears fan to be married to a Packers fan. Throw alcohol and less lethal weapons into the mix and odds are someone’s calling 911.

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Anal attention E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

It’s stories like these that are really turning off the American public when it comes to the utter, big-government failure that is our so-called “war on drugs”. By now you’ve probably heard about the horror story out of New Mexico where a man suspected of having drugs in his anal cavity was subjected to no less than eight invasive procedures. No drugs were found during the anal exams, colonoscopy, two enemas or during the meticulous search of the suspect’s stool.

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Cops versus NFL E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

The NFL might have bitten off more than the tax-exempt-billion dollar enterprise can chew with its new rules. New NFL stadium security rules ban off-duty law enforcement officers from taking their guns into stadiums. But many law enforcement officers and associations believe this prohibition on off-duty cops carrying firearms to games might be a violation of officers’ rights and may even be unconstitutional.

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He who is resistant to change... E-mail
Written by Diane Goldstein   

I recently heard an interesting quote: “Innovation never comes from established institutions.” This statement struck me profoundly because it provided a simple explanation as to why some law enforcement bureaucracies have been unable to evolve their stance on the issue of medical marijuana. The recent backlash from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) against the Department of Justice’s announcement that they would respect state laws on marijuana as long as the states regulate the trade responsibly is reflective of the lack of innovation of law enforcement leaders afraid to try new solutions when the old ones fail.

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We shouldn't need a warrant E-mail
Written by by Lance Burris   

In every traffic accident there is an underlying cause. Most traffic accidents occur because of the inattention of one or more drivers. Operator inattention can be caused by visual or auditory distractions such as not looking both ways when entering an intersection with a stop sign or having the radio volume so high outside noises can’t be heard. Lately the cell phone has proved the biggest distraction of them all. When the cell phone was first used in a car it led to an inability to maintain complete control of the vehicle;  an accident waiting to happen.

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Who needs a union? Boston cops, that’s who! E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

In late September, following an arbitration hearing that went on for 17 days, the panel ruled that Boston patrol officers deserve a 25.4 percent raise over six years.
Tom Nee, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) called the 17 day ordeal “unprecedented.”  “There were 17 days of hearings and we produced over 7000 documents,” Nee said. The seasoned police union leader, who’s a veteran of many intense battles over the years on behalf of his members, said “unbelievable” and “intense” are the only ways to describe the proceedings.

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Beware of blowback when messaging E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Here’s the thing about aggressive messaging and advertising for police agencies and associations- there are always unintended consequences. Cops have been asked to “more with less” for years now. Some law enforcement officials have taken to over-the-top advertising to call attention to budget cuts, layoffs and other issues. Consider the case of Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. His office stands to be decimated by budget cuts if a county executives plans go through.

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COPS grants to add bodies E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

According to a recent report from CBS News, cities and counties across California will receive nearly $20 million in federal grants to help hire more than 100 new law enforcement officers.
Some 39 agencies in the Golden State will receive funding through the Community Oriented Policing Services program or COPS. Oakland, California is getting a $4.5 million grant. That’s the biggest grant out of the bunch.

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NFL to cops- no off-duty carry at games E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Another day another controversy. Today’s kerfuffle involves a decision by the NFL to prohibit off-duty police officers attending games from carrying firearms. According to an article posted on The Blaze, the new NFL policy reportedly prohibits all law enforcement personnel from carrying their firearms into all NFL stadiums.

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Tickets tied to raises? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to CNN, a memo among Atlanta police officers has reignited motorists’ suspicions that something shady is going on with traffic tickets. "The mayor has designated traffic court and ticket revenue for future pay increases," Atlanta Police Union President Ken Allen wrote this month. Some residents could barely contain their disdain. "I'm probably going to switch from sales and join the police force in that case, if that's the way it's working," one resident, Ken Miller, told CNN affiliate WSB-TV.

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FBI: All your emails belong to us E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Do you use email? Of course you do. Just about everyone does. Should the federal government be able to read your emails without a warrant? Of course not. But they are doing just that. According to an article in the New York Times, a court case currently playing out between a businessman and the feds provides interesting insights into the “post 9/11 world.” According to the Times, a federal judge has unsealed documents in a case involving the owner of the encrypted email service provider, Lavabit, which former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was using. The case has been unfolding since last May.

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DHS "undercover" snares Marine in sex sting E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   

There are clearly some issues with mental health and the law enforcement profession. But as challenging as dealing with issues like depression, addiction and anger management affecting public safety professionals might be, it’s nothing compared to the mental health crisis among US military personnel. The fact that it takes more than a year for many vets to receive and audience with the VA is obviously not helping. But even if we did provide adequate health care for our soldiers the fact remains that a shortsighted reduction in standards for recruits has had a disastrous impact on morale.

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