Worked Near Meth Labs, Now Sick, But No Help E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   
For police officers dispatched to locations where crystal methamphetamine has been or is being manufactured, there are two threats to be aware of. The first has to do with what exposure to the toxic chemicals used in the drug's production will likely do to your health.

The second danger is getting left on your own financially when the medical bills start rolling in.

Much like the first responders at Ground Zero after the attacks of September 11, cops exposed to the chemicals used in the production of meth can suffer from a myriad of symptoms and diseases.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Sterner recently ticked off the ailments he attributes to methamphetamine exposure for an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune , including headaches, joint pain, esophageal problems and memory loss.

Just Sex Appeal, Or More? E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
There are very few enterprises that are "recession proof." But one type of business that has done very well even as the economy has tanked is what are now known as "brestaurants."

Unlike your ritzy joints that charge an arm and a leg for a small piece of chicken with some vegetables like the now-bankrupt Tavern on the Green in New York City, food and beverage providers that have scantily clad female employees like Hooters are doing great.

And then there's the popular junk-food joints where waitresses busting out of their suggestive nurse's uniforms take your blood pressure as you enjoy fried Twinkies.

Some coffee shops are packing them in after hiring attractive young women and outfitting them in tight bikinis.
But not everyone is pleased with the trend.

High Standards Are Nice, But We Need Bodies E-mail
Being physically fit is a prerequisite if you want to become a police officer. Knowledge of the laws of the land is also required for aspiring public safety professionals.

The question in Oklahoma is whether or not they've set the bar too high for recruits who will be required to pass new physical fitness and reading tests now mandated by state law.

Critics say the new standards are too tough, and that the tests could unnecessarily keep some Oklahoma police academy students out of law enforcement.

"Blue Alert" system: to catch a (cop) killer E-mail

Cathy, a Spring, Texas mother of two daughters and president of the Greater Houston chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, decided to do something.

She didn't want this scenario to happen to another law enforcement family.

"There had to be a way to find the offender as soon as possible," Cathy said, "before they can hurt someone else. And there had to be a better way to inform law enforcement around the state so they will hear about a line-of-duty death from dispatch, not an FM broadcast station." She points out that most people don't listen to their car radio, they listen to CDs.

She repeatedly wrote to the governor's office. Her pleas were finally heard on August 18, 2008, when Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the "Blue Alert" into law by executive order.

Jihad in Raleigh, NC E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
Blonde hair and blue eyes are not generally what come to the minds of many when they picture terrorists. But the recent indictment of a North Carolina man who authorities say was planning acts of terrorism in the name of "jihad" proves that the face of terror doesn't always look the way many people assume it would.

The case of Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, is nothing short of bizarre. Neighbors and family members unaware of Boyd's politics and intentions to kill innocent people say they are totally blown away by the allegations.

But authorities indicate that the suspect's history and the collection of weapons he was putting together paint the picture of a violent extremist.

A Little Harder Than Catching A Baby E-mail
Most of the time police work is just as messy and chaotic as human life in general. But every once in a while, if you're lucky, things can turn out like a Hollywood movie, where those in danger are saved by the good guys in cinematically spectacular fashion. In Philadelphia recently, two girls trapped in a house fire were crying hysterically and convinced they were about to be burned alive. Bianca Scott, seven years old, and her older sister, Ketura Lang, desperately pounded their fists against the second-floor window of their grandmother's smoldering row house.
Lawyer Was A Stone Killer E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

As far as lawyers go, Paul Bergrin was a rock star. The former prosecutor turned high-powered defense attorney represented the likes of soldiers accused of crimes at Abu Ghraib, the rap stars Lil' Kim and Queen Latifah, and even members of Newark's notorious street gangs.  But somewhere along the line, Bergrin went from representing gangsters to becoming one.

Federal officials are saying that their former colleague operated on a very simple principle to ensure a good result for his clients. Prosecutors say the concept boiled down to a phrase he repeated like a slogan: no witnesses, no case.

Policy is a deadly threat E-mail
Written by Gary Blankinship   

Last month Houston Mayor Bill White said the federal government "let us down" after Wilfido Joel Alfaro - an illegal immigrant with three recent drug arrests - shot Houston police officer Rick Salter in the face while Salter was executing a drug search warrant.As of this writing, Salter remains in Ben Taub Hospital with critical wounds. "We can't deport people," White explained. "That is the job of the federal government, and we're calling on the federal government to do their job."

A Thank You From One We Protect the Most E-mail
Sometimes a little kid makes all of us so-called grown-ups look pretty childish. When was the last time any of us went out of our way to thank a stranger even though we had just been visited by a personal tragedy? In Sacramento, California recently, doctors told a little girl that her mother wasn't coming home or waking up. The girl's mother had collapsed on the kitchen floor of her home. It's the kind of thing that happens to lots of families every day. But what made this tragedy different was the strength and class displayed by a nine-year-old girl who just lost her mother. The girl's first instinct was to personally thank the police officer that had been called to the scene.
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