A Hero Even Off-Duty E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   
In Texas, an off-duty sheriff's deputy is being called a hero for shooting a man who burst into a Walmart during a gunfight with police near the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce.

According to story in the Dallas Morning News, the gunman was killed in the afternoon shooting. Delta County Deputy Paul Robertson was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening after exchanging rounds with the gunman.

The deputy, from all accounts, was simply shopping when the suspect came to the store.

NASCAR Champ Pitches In To Help E-mail
The path that led Tony Stewart, a two-time NASCAR champion, to outfit the entire Indiana State Patrol K9s with custom-made bullet and knife resistant vests started with a tragedy. Gary Dudley, an Indiana State Patrol (ISP) lieutenant, died in an accident while on a Concerns of Police Survivors fund-raising bike ride.

An ISP K9 officer asked the lieutenant's widow, Carolyn, for permission to name his new canine partner "Dudley" in memory of her husband.

Carolyn gave her blessing and decided her husband's namesake needed to be kept safe on duty. Carolyn contacted Susie Jean, a woman with a passion for providing vests for K9s around the country, for help.

It's Just A Movie? E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   
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.

"You Should've Seen The Look On Your Face" E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   
If you're still too freaked out to fly after the attempted underpants Christmas bombing, rest easy.

The men and women of the TSA are working hard to protect the flying public from terrorism. That is, when they're not playing "hysterical" practical jokes on aggravated passengers.

A college student returning to school after last winter break fell victim to a "prank" at Philadelphia's airport by a Transportation Security Administration worker who pretended to plant a plastic bag of white powder in her carry-on luggage.

Immunity? For What, Again? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
In the movies you frequently hear the phrase, "No one is above the law."

It's a nice idea. But what if you are local law enforcement and the suspect is a paid informant for the Feds?

Anyone familiar with the sordid tale of Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger can tell you that these kinds of arrangements can get people killed.

But there are other cases of a lower profile that, while not as deadly, can be every bit as frustrating for a police officer trying to bring a protected informant to justice.

Meet Josef Franz Prach von Habsburg-Lothringen, the Prince of Austria. If that fake name is too much of a mouthful, try using the suspect's real name - Josef Meyers.

High court to look at police seizures E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

As cuts to law enforcement have become increasingly popular with state and local legislators looking to get out from under monster budget deficits, the practice of seizing monies and properties suspected in crimes has increased dramatically. Law enforcement officials say that as the result of declining tax revenues and increasing deficits, the seized money and property now play a crucial role in funding basic police services. But there is a growing chorus made up of individuals that question the practice and legal challenges to police seizures are on the rise.

Under Arrest For "Failure To Tweet" E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   
If you want to get a sense of just how fast technology is changing the game in terms of law enforcement, imagine a scenario where someone gets arrested for not using Twitter. But when you're dealing with thousands of 13-year-old girls, a Canadian pop star and an appearance at a mall, things can get complicated.

According to a report in Newsday, Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber was due to conduct an album signing at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York. Thousands of teenage girls turned out to see their favorite pop star - so many, in fact, that the frightened Bieber didn't even show up.

Smart proposal would increase public and law enforcement officer safety E-mail
Written by Jose Torres   
Congressman J. Randy Forbes from Virginia announced that he has introduced legislation to modernize federal firearms laws to increase public safety and ensure proper protection for law enforcement officers.

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2009, H.R. 3752, would improve current law to permit qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms.

"About five percent of law enforcement officers who die each year are killed while taking action in an off-duty capacity," said Forbes. "Convicted criminals often have exact memories, preventing law enforcement officers from ever being ‘off duty', whether active duty or retired.

Myth Busted: You Can Make Up For Lost Sleep. E-mail
There's not a law enforcement officer in the country who hasn't suffered with problems associated with sleep deprivation. The impact of shift work, working an overtime shift back to back with one's regular shift, and a major disaster where it's all hands on deck for 12 hours a day, every day, can have a debilitating impact on everything from hand- eye coordination to ability to make informed decisions quickly.

Scientists studying the ramifications of not getting enough sleep have found it can take a week or more for the cognitive and physiological consequences of poor sleep to wear off - even after getting the appropriate amount of rest.
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