Policies
Report says we can’t even secure 1/2 the border E-mail
Why can't they secure the border? It's a question you hear night and day. And while the issue of border security is certainly complex, there are some basic facts that go a long way towards explaining the problems.

One such fact involves geography. The USA/Mexico border is 2,000 miles long. That's just too large an area to "secure."

According to a recent article by Reuters News Service, less than half of the United States' porous southwest border with Mexico is under the operational control of the U.S. Border Patrol.

That's coming from the GAO, or the Government Accountability Office.

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PERF on the border E-mail
Doing more with less. That's been the mantra in law enforcement for quite some time now. And based on the political popularity of "get-tough" immigration measures making their way through state house legislatures, the "more" that cops are charged with could increase exponentially.

According to a recent report from KGNS News, many local law enforcement leaders have finally reached their breaking point. Doing more with less is one thing. Doing everything with nothing is not an attractive proposition.

Reacting to the likelihood that tougher immigration laws like Arizona's controversial SB-1070 could be enacted across the nation, many law enforcement officials say it's a potential recipe for disaster.

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Clamping down on the sex trafficking of young children E-mail
San Diego is home to one of nearly 40 task forces nationwide that are dedicated to solving cases involving the sexual exploitation of juveniles. One of those efforts, the Innocence Lost National Initiative, was developed by the FBI in 2003 through a partnership with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The initiative started with task forces in a few cities to take on a new combined approach to combating domestic sex trafficking of children.

In the past seven years, the Innocence Lost Initiative has been responsible for the rescue of over 1,200 children and the prosecution of over 600 pimps and associates.

The recent Operation Cross Country V, a three-day national enforcement action, netted the rescue of 69 juveniles and the arrest of 99 pimps across the United States.

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"Stop Snitchin'" Activist Murdered E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
There has been a code of silence observed by the criminal element as long as there have been cops and robbers. The "stop snitching" culture of the street has long been a thorn in the side of police trying to close cases and bring guilty parties to justice.

Figuring out how to change the dynamic of mistrust of law enforcement and the "us vs. them" paradigm is difficult, to be sure. More difficult might be the task of convincing witnesses to come forward after high-profile murders involving individuals like David Lewis.

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Give Us Gear, Not Bodies E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
For a lot of police departments which receive federal stimulus funds, the question of what to do with the money comes down to two options - personnel or equipment.

According to a recent article in the Tulsa World newspaper, the city of Tulsa elected to rehire police officers with its $3.5 million stimulus grant.

But dozens of law enforcement departments and other law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma used similar funding to upgrade weapons and equipment, federal stimulus data show.

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Officer ignored his sergeant’s orders in order to save her life E-mail
Police officers are expected to be physically tough. When you're rolling to a call, there's no time for a bum knee or a headache. But there's another kind of toughness that doesn't have anything to do with injuries or pain.

It takes a special kind of toughness to take care of another cop in trouble, especially when you have to disobey orders to do it.

NYPD Police Officer James Atkins disobeyed a direct order from his sergeant recently when he decided that something was very wrong with his colleague, Sgt. Grevirlene Kersellius, 42.

Kersellius, 42, was recovering from a brain aneurysm at Roosevelt Hospital recently when she spoke with reporters about the heroism of Atkins.

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I Always Feel Like... Somebody's Watching Me E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
One of the ways that life today is different than it was 10 or 20 years ago is the fact that in 2010, it's easy to find out where almost anyone is and for how long they've been there.

Thanks to GPS location devices, parents can monitor the location of their kids, boyfriends and girlfriends can find out if their significant other was actually where they said they were, and police have been able to make arrests and secure convictions.

But one of the more interesting aspects of the increased use of GPS in private as well as professional life is how employers use the technology to monitor employees.

In Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, Police Officer Ronald Goulet allegedly spent almost 40 work hours over two weeks with his cruiser idle.

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The bill came today- for police E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

In Salt Lake County, Utah, residents recently found among their bills for electricity and gas, another bill –  for police service. Salt Lake County hired a California company to send the bills to 40,000 households and thousands of businesses in unincorporated suburbs such as Magna, Millcreek and Emigration Canyon. According to a story in the Salt Lake Tribune, the first payments were due on April first. Homeowners will end up paying $174 for the year.

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Honesty- the best policy E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Should a police officer lose his job just for appearing in a pornographic movie? That’s the question posed in the termination of former Hollywood, Florida police officer Michael Verdugo. A fifteen-minute appearance in a bondage scene in a film called “Rope Rituals” cost Verdugo his job. Now he’s fighting to get it back. At the time he was fired, Officer Verdugo was also appearing as himself on the Home and Garden Television network’s “Design Star” – a home makeover program. Now he’s preparing to sue the police department for discrimination. Hollywood police fired Verdugo after the 1996 bondage video turned up on the Internet.

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