Trooper Rescues Toto After Twister E-mail
Written by APB Staff   
In Western Massachusetts, a puppy has been rescued from beneath the wreckage of a Monson residence that was demolished by a recent rare EF3 tornado. The 25-pound, six-month-old Sharpei-Chow mix was rescued a full three days after the tornadoes struck western Massachusetts. Police say trooper Brian Pearl crawled under a pile of splintered wood and broken glass and pulled the dog from the rubble. Pearl was patrolling Monson when a woman flagged him down for help to rescue the dog.
"Paper Terrorism" directed at LE E-mail
If you read American Police Beat, you already know about so-called "sovereign citizens" and the deadly threat they pose to local law enforcement professionals.

But in Albany, New York, police officers and other officials were not targeted by anti-government extremists using weapons. Instead they were buried under mountains of paperwork. Fake liens, warrants, and other phony documents are one of the favorite techniques used by sovereign citizens to harass and intimidate the people they perceive as the enemy. An anti-government group member apologized recently for using bogus legal papers to intimidate and attack government officials in Ulster County.

Area police union gets WTC beam for national police memorial E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   
In New York, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #333 in Dutchess County has facilitated the acquisition of a 2,200 pound piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center.

According to a report by the Mid-Hudson Valley News, the beam will be sent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The beam will be on display at the National Law Enforcement Museum scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

Federal Turf Wars E-mail

According to a recent survey from the Government Accountability Office, a full third of federal agents surveyed have gotten into turf wars with other federal law enforcement agencies during the course of an investigation during the past five years.

Out of that third of the agents that said they had experienced turf battles, 78 percent said those disagreements negatively affected the investigation.

The GAO randomly surveyed 315 field agents who work for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).

NYPD pulls plug on FBI task force E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

According to a recent article in the New York Times, the NYPD has informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it plans to pull all six of its detectives from a joint task force that investigates armed bank robberies. Law enforcement officials with knowledge of the plan told reporters that detectives, who are currently assigned to FBI headquarters in Lower Manhattan, would be redeployed to units around the city to focus on broader crime issues.

"Social Media and Felony Stupid" E-mail
Rank and file officers need to be made aware that anything they say via social media sites can be used against them in a court of law or a disciplinary proceeding so it was fitting that Steve James' presentation at the APB sponsored seminar at the Harvard Law School in April was titled "Social Media and Felony Stupid."

Steve, who is the president of the Long Beach POA, pointed out that over the past few years the phenomenon of social media has spread across the nation. Many officers use social media extensively and do so in a carefree manner as if the information being exchanged was private and confidential. Some officers shoot from the hip and say what they want to say without regard to possible ramifications which can be easily linked back to their employment.

Cameras: Much Cheaper Than Police Officers E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   
If you're in one of the cities hit the hardest by budget cuts, the loss of federal funding and other issues, it might be harder to find a cop when you need one than ever before.

Situations like the one in Camden, New Jersey - where half the police force was laid off recently - are the most dramatic in terms of numbers, but the trend of layoffs to ease budget woes is nationwide.

While there are most definitely fewer human eyes and ears in uniform than there were a few years ago, the number of electronic eyes and ears is through the roof. Experts say the interesting part of the increase in surveillance cameras is not only the numbers, but the locations as well.

Belts Can Save If You Wear Them E-mail
Every commanding officer in the country knows that too many of their officers, deputies and troopers don't put on their seat belts when out on patrol or responding to a call.

An incident in the Kansas City Police Dept. is just one of many where officers were injured on duty because they had not put on their seat belts.

The calamity occurred when a suspected drunken driver ran a stop sign and slammed into the side of a Kansas City patrol car in December, knocking one of the officers unconscious. Video from the patrol car's interior revealed that the officer's head most likely knocked against his partner's. Neither officer was wearing his seatbelt.

Courts refuse to prohibit recording E-mail
Odds are we'll see a lot more of these cases in the near future. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun Herald, the Mississippi House of Representatives recently passed a bill that clarifies the public's right to record law enforcement officers while they work.

The bill passed by the slightest of margins and the author of the legislation says he expects it to be dead on arrival in the state senate.

State Representative Bob Evans authored House Bill 168, which recently passed the House.

Evans is a lawyer and says he's represented clients arrested for recording officers. He says there has been some resistance from law enforcement groups that oppose the measure.

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