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Can I get that to go? E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Did you hear the one about the bear and the dumpster? Click here: Kleptobear

 
Welcome to Hell! E-mail
Written by Sgt. David L. Malhalab (Ret.)   

Detroit needs help! 800 rapes - 11 detectives - 72 case files each (July 2013) Bodies in the street and response times close to an hour. We bailed out the banks. We bailed out the auto companies. We can't we bail out one of our own great cities? Congress needs to send grant money to Detroit...Now...

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You've been warned... E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

In New York City, the police unions are battling supporters of a bill that if signed into law would encourage people to sue officers if they think they have been wrongly stopped. “A more accurate label for this dangerous legislation is the Criminal Protection bill,” said a radio ad broadcast produced by the Detectives Endowment Association.

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10 Signs you're dangerously out of shape E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

1. If you lose 125 lbs. By Thanksgiving, you’ll be 30 percent closer to what the chart says you should weigh.
2. The last time you worked out people were talking about last night’s episode of Friends at the water cooler.
3. Your idea of health food is Paula Deen’s Butter, Bacon and Cheddar Salad with a bowl of gravy on the side for the chili cheese fries.

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Droning on and on... E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   

According to FoxNews.com, the police chief of St. Louis reportedly wants drones to fight street crime. If his paperwork goes through, the unmanned aerial devices could be in city skies within a year.

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Civilians seizing cash E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Who needs cops anyway? With George Zimmerman’s patrolling their neighborhoods, an increasingly armed and tactically proficient populace, and civilians making traffic stops and seizing cash from motorists, it’s getting increasingly hard to ignore the writing on the wall. Case in point- after seizing more than $1 million in cash in drug stops this year, a district attorney has suspended further roadside busts by his task force because of growing criticism over a private company's “participation.” According to an informative article from the Oklahoman newspaper, Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks has been very busy explaining why civilians were making stops while working with drug task force.

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So much for states' rights E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Despite changing attitudes in the general population about marijuana, along with laws passed by voters in at least 13 states, the federal war on marijuana rolls on. According to reports from the Associated Press, federal agents have raided at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region recently.

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This guy's a boss? Seriously? E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   

Sometimes you really just have to shake your head about the quality of some of the people in the law enforcement profession. Usually, when a cop makes a complete ass of his or herself via the Internet it’s good for a laugh. But there’s nothing funny about the judgement and character of Gilberton, Pennsylvania Police Chief Mark Kessler.

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Radios vanish into thin air E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Let’s just be thankful the U.S. Marshals Service does a better job keeping track of dangerous fugitives than it does keeping track of it’s own gear. The US Marshals Service has lost track of about 2,000 encrypted two-way radios worth millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported recently.

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You'll read what we say you can read! E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

People really don’t like working for the Department of Homeland security very much. Recent surveys indicate less than half of the agency’s more than 200,000 workers like their jobs.
Maybe it has something to do with a boss telling employers what they’re allowed to read and what they’re not allowed to read. Quite frankly, that seems rather “un-American.”

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Ray Kelly to DHS? E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   

According to multiple media reports, it looks likely that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is the odds-on favorite to take the helm at the Department of Homeland Security. President Barack Obama said that New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be "very well-qualified" to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

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Not getting the message E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to RT News, police in Detroit, Michigan have launched an internal investigation after a Detroit Free Press photographer was detained for filming a group of officers as they arrested a suspect on a public street recently. Courts have basically decided that people have the right to film cops in the performance of their duties in public as long as they don’t interfere with an arrest.

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How (not) to win friends and influence people E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

You know who people love? Cops that’s who. Not that you’d ever get a cop to believe or admit it. Yet time and time again when asked about the way they feel about the guys and gals in blue, Americans overwhelmingly express their approval. Along with the military, police enjoy an approval rating in excess of 80 percent according to credible poling outfits like Gallup.
You know who people hate? Well yes, they do in fact despise Congress, the media and the IRS. But they really hate unions. Flip the police officer approval ratings and you get police union ratings- somewhere in the 10-20 percent range.

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Crooks and liars E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to the Washington Post, a string of thefts in the halls of power in the nation’s capitol were serious enough for the Capitol police to stage a sting to try and nab the thief.Throughout the Rayburn House Office Building police placed two envelopes. One was marked “birthday money,” the other “petty cash.” Both envelopes were put in desk drawers of former Rep. Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) chief of staff and scheduler.

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Old dogs and new tricks E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

For some in law enforcement, changing attitudes and laws regarding the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana or cannabis have been taken largely in stride. But for others the idea that attitudes and laws are changing have created a kind of bunker mentality where the war on drugs must be protected and defended at all costs- even if that means disobeying a court order.

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Sex scandal rocks police department E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” “The job will get you as#, but the a*s will get your job.” Whatever saying or metaphor one chooses to sum things up at the Lakeland, Florida PD one thing’s for sure. This is one epic sex scandal. For those not following the case, revelations emerged recently that a rather large number of Lakeland police personnel were having sex with a civilian crime scene analyst.

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Seatbelt 500 E-mail
Written by Kellen Chavez   

Over the past couple of years, the AZ DPS Officers assigned to Sgt. Jim Messerly’s highway patrol squad grew increasingly concerned about the number of fatal collisions that were occurring in their assigned area. The officers were saddened by the loss of lives and the fact that most of those killed in the traffic collisions would not have died had they simply been wearing a seatbelt.

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We need 178 cops. We've got 40. E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Law enforcement agencies across western Kentucky are struggling with a declining number of officers while crime is on the rise. Sheriffs in the region told reporters that having fewer officers available is leaving departments shorthanded for emergencies. It’s also making scheduling a nightmare and increasing response times to calls.

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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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