Current Events

Upcoming training: Current event news articles listed below training section. 

Schedule

Date/Time Event
10/31/2017 – 11/03/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Washington DC)
Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Chantilly Virginia
11/14/2017 – 11/17/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Phoenix)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
02/07/2018 – 02/09/2018
08:00 -17:00
IA-101: Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations (Peoria, AZ)
Peoria Public Safety Administration Building, Peoria Arizona
02/21/2018 – 02/23/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Phoenix)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
02/28/2018 – 03/02/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (West Palm Beach Area)
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Training Facility, West Palm Beach Florida
03/21/2018 – 03/23/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Norfolk Area)
Tidewater Community College Chesapeake Campus, Chesapeake VA
04/17/2018 – 04/20/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Phoenix)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ

Oct 21: A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations

NY Times: Usually, we behave better when we know we’re being watched. According to decades of research, the presence of other people, cameras or even just a picture of eyes seems to nudge us toward civility: We become more likely to give to charity, for example, and less likely to speed, steal or take more than our fair share of candy.

But what happens when the cameras are on the chests of police officers? The results of the largest, most rigorous study of police body cameras in the United States came out Friday morning, and they are surprising both police officers and researchers. For seven months, just over a thousand Washington, D.C., police officers were randomly assigned cameras — and another thousand were not. Researchers tracked use-of-force incidents, civilian complaints, charging decisions and other outcomes to see if the cameras changed behavior. But on every metric, the effects were too small to be statistically significant. Officers with cameras used force and faced civilian complaints at about the same rates as officers without cameras.

“These results suggest we should recalibrate our expectations” of cameras’ ability to make a “large-scale behavioral change in policing, particularly in contexts similar to Washington, D.C.,” concluded the study, which was led by David Yokum at the Lab @ DC, a team of scientists embedded in D.C. government, and Anita Ravishankar at D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (M.P.D.).

Link to digital version of the report: http://bwc.thelab.dc.gov/#home

Oct 21: Ex-Honolulu police chief indicted in corruption probe

AP: Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, right, and his wife, Katherine Keahola leave federal court in Honolulu, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Kealoha and his wife, a city prosecutor, have pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi on Friday released Louis and Katherine Keahola on $100,000 bond each. They entered the pleas Friday after a federal grand jury indicted both of them in a public corruption case. Authorities claim the couple used their positions to bilk clients and relatives out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund their lavish and overextended lifestyle and then used their power to target anyone who threatened them.

Oct 21: Police evaluations should focus on lawfulness of stops, Monitor Says

NY Times: A court-appointed monitor overseeing changes for the New York Police Department has asked a judge to enshrine a new evaluation system for officers that deemphasizes the number of street stops they make and focuses instead on the lawfulness of those encounters. 

OCT 21: PBSO deputy accused of stealing dead man’s pain medicine

Palm Beach Post: WEST PALM BEACH: A Palm Beach Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy is accused of stealing a dead man’s pain medication following a welfare check at the man’s house in the days after Hurricane Irma.

Deputy Jason Cooke took a total of 60 pills — a combination of pain pills, muscle relaxers and anti-psychotic medication — on Sept. 12 from a residence on Lombardy Street in suburban Boynton Beach, PBSO investigators said. Cooke was arrested Thursday on a warrant for burglary and grand-theft charges and made his first appearance before a judge Friday.

OCT 20: LASD-OIG Report: Immigration: Public Safety and Public Trust

On December 6, 2016, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion entitled “Protecting Los Angeles County Residents Regardless of Immigration Status” to address concerns of anxiety and fear among Los Angeles County residents as a result of President-elect Donald Trump’s public comments regarding immigrants. The motion asked county departments to make recommendations for protecting immigrants in the community and requested the Sheriff to report back to the Board on January 10, 2017, with “a description of policies, practices, and/or procedures currently in place in the Sheriff’s Department related to immigrant residents and any planned changes in any of these practices, policies and procedures should the president-elect move to implement mass deportation.”

Oct 20: No charges filed in OIS that prompted resignation of SF police chief

SF Gate: San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón declined to file charges Wednesday against a city police officer whose fatal shooting of a car-theft suspect in the Bayview neighborhood in May 2016 prompted the resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Gascón cited “insufficient evidence” while clearing Sgt. Justin Erb in the death of 29-year-old Jessica Williams, a homeless woman who was unarmed and high on methamphetamine when Erb and a second officer approached her on foot as she sat in a stolen Honda Accord on a dead-end street.

According to a 21-page report by prosecutors, the two officers said Erb shot Williams once in the chest after she tried to drive off, immediately crashed into a truck, backed up and then drove in Erb’s direction.

Oct 19: UPDATE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF REFORMS FOR PROBATIONARY DEPUTY SHERIFFS AND CUSTODY ASSISTANTS

LASD-OIG: Follow up to May 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report titled “Analysis of the Deputy Sheriff Trainee Probationary Period: Recommendations for a Meaningful Assessment Opportunity.”1 The report found documentation in trainee files was incomplete and untimely. The majority of evaluations were not meaningful and trainees were not individually supervised for two-thirds of their probation. In some cases, evaluations were simply cut-and-pasted with identical language.

Oct 19: Dallas PD reassures city council 911 problem is handled

Fox: The former Dallas interim police chief is reassuring city leaders it’s working hard to get first responders to 911 calls quickly. It comes six months after two people died after their families say they didn’t get help fast enough.

Assistant DPD Chief David Pughes told the Dallas City Council that he is confident what happened in March will not happen again.

 

Oct 19: Michigan Governor OKs law to ensure cops’ misconduct is known in hiring

Detroit Free Press: LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation aiming to prevent police misconduct from being kept secret when officers leave for a job at another department.

The law signed Tuesday takes effect in 90 days. It will require law enforcement agencies to keep records about the circumstances surrounding any officer’s employment separation. The officer will have to sign a waiver allowing a prospective employer to ask for the records, and the department will be unable to hire the officer unless it receives the documents.

Oct 19: Negative perceptions hurt hiring efforts, Arizona police agencies say

  1. Central: After years of unflattering viral videos, rifts with communities of color and protests against their profession, Arizona police recruiters have come to a painful realization: Police have a branding problem.

Leaders from three of the state’s largest law-enforcement agencies on Monday talked about an urgent demand to fill both sworn and civilian vacancies within their departments. They encouraged potential candidates to attend law-enforcement job fairs.

Oct 18: Attorney General Sessions Announces Director of Asset Forfeiture Accountability

Attorney General Sessions issued a memorandum to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this week, directing him to hire a Director of Asset Forfeiture Accountability (“Director”). The Director will review and coordinate all aspects of the Department’s Asset Forfeiture Program, and work with appropriate Department of Justice components to ensure compliance, review complaints, and advance the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the program.

About the memorandum, Attorney General Sessions made the following statement:

Oct 18: LAPD becomes nation’s largest police department to test drones after oversight panel signs off on controversial program 

LA Times: After months of often-heated debate, a civilian oversight panel Tuesday signed off on a yearlong test of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will become the largest police department in the nation to deploy the controversial technology.

The Police Commission’s 3-1 vote prompted jeers, cursing and a small protest that spilled into a downtown intersection just outside the LAPD’s glass headquarters — evidence of the opposition police have faced in recent weeks as they tried to reassure wary residents that the airborne devices would not be misused.

Oct 17: Chicago aims to hire 1,000 police to combat high crime rate, address surge in retirements

In one of its most ambitious recruitment drives ever, Chicago officials say they have received more than 10,000 applications for law enforcement jobs, ahead of the midnight deadline to “protect and serve” in a city grappling with a seemingly unending wave of high crime.

The recruitment campaign, named “Be the Change,” is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vow to hire more than 1,000 new police officers over a two-year period.

Oct 17: Disney World law enforcement spending increases

Reedy Creek to spend $15.8 million on outside deputies 

Interesting info to think about on your next trip to Disney World.  LT. Dan

Click Orlando: The Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is comprised of the Disney-controlled cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, has budgeted $15.8 million dollars for outside law enforcement in the fiscal year that began October 1.

Oct 17:  Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in 2016

FBI Report:

Oct 17: Did Legal Marijuana Really Reduce Opioid Deaths? Colorado Officials Are Skeptical

Denver Post: “These initial results clearly show that continuing research is warranted as data become available, involving longer follow-ups and additional states that have legalized recreational cannabis,” the study’s authors write.

Officials in Colorado met the study with skepticism Monday.

Oct 17: Findings of Misconduct by a Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for Engaging in Sexual Activity Within Government Space

DOJ-OIG: Attempting to Impede the OIG’s Investigation, Making a False Statement to the OIG, and Unauthorized Disclosure of Non-Public Information

Oct 15: LA Sheriff Proposes Hiring Forensic Specialists to Analyze Body Cam Videos

NBC LA: The request for 32 specialists is part of a $55 million-a-year body camera proposal by LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.

Oct 15: Albuquerque Chief Eden, police board at odds on spokesman’s suspension

Albuquerque Journal: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque police chief has concluded that a former spokesman should be suspended eight hours for providing the Journal with incorrect information about police investigating an alleged assault against a young girl who was later brutally killed.

APD Chief Gorden Eden

But Chief Gorden Eden disagreed with the Police Oversight Board, which said the officer “did lie” to the Journal about the Victoria Martens case, and should be suspended 80 hours.

Oct 15: Board says Albuquerque PD won’t let it make copies of videos

Albuquerque Journal: Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Board members said their investigators have recently been prohibited from making copies of police videos as part of their reviews of police shootings and other cases.

Oct 15: Denver police and deputy discipline cases have disparate outcomes

Denver Post: In fact, in the past year, several discipline cases from the Department of Safety have made the process that department labors under look inconsistent and flawed. Yes, these are complex cases with many mitigating factors that make it impossible to compare directly, but here is a sampling of rulings that seem disparate:

 

Oct 15: Deputy shot his ex as she walked dog then killed himself, cops say

Follow up on story recently posted. Lt. Dan

Wearing his uniform and sitting in his Palm Beach Sheriff’s-issued car, a deputy waited for his ex-girlfriend. When he found her walking her dog, he stepped out of his car and shot her before shooting and killing himself, police said Friday.

Oct 15: CDC invites comment on proposed shift work study for law enforcement

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites comment on, “Online training for law enforcement to reduce risks associated with shift work and long work hours.” This study will develop and pilot test a new, online, interactive training program tailored for the law enforcement community that relays the health and safety risks associated with shift work, long work hours, and related workplace sleep issues and presents strategies for managers and officers to reduce these risks.

CDC must receive written comments on or before Dec. 12, 2017.

Oct 15: Bluetooth can be used to detect card skimmers

SHELBY, N.C. —

ATM and gas pump skimmers can be thwarted by Bluetooth technology and cellphones, according to a North Carolina police department. 

Oct 15: Some police try out gun cameras

ABC News: A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers’ guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials and civil rights groups are skeptical.

Oct 14: Drones in Law Enforcement: How, Where and When They’re Used

Good info in text and infographic format: Lt. Dan

The Drive: What exactly are drones used for, mostly? In which scenarios are they most useful, or at least, statistically utilized? How can we improve law enforcement efficiency with this new tool of UAVs? Well, thankfully, DroneLife has put together a fantastic infographic that answers some of those questions. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Oct 14: Virginia Beach police chief wants to audit the department that handles complaints against officers

Pilot on Line: Police Chief Jim Cervera has asked for an audit of his Internal Affairs office to make sure it’s handling citizen complaints properly and to build trust with residents.

Internal Affairs handles investigations when the public has a complaint about officers as well as administrative issues, such as documenting evidence.

The specific programs city auditor Lyndon Remias will look into haven’t been determined yet, but the audit will include the department’s processes for receiving, investigating and following up on complaints. It will take three to four months to complete, Remias said.

Oct 13: NIST Offers free software to help agencies test computer forensic tools

NIJ, Tech Beat: Such a small item, this cellphone dropped by a suspect fleeing at the scene of a failed drug deal. But potentially, this small item could yield vital evidence in preparing a case that would stop the drug deals for good. And the investigators want to be absolutely sure they’re using the right version of the right forensic tool that will produce that evidence in a manner that will hold up in court.

They turn to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) project to get the help they need to ensure that it will.

Oct 13: Introduction to Audits and Inspections Course Completed in Phoenix. 

Today, LD Consulting completed a 3 day Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (LEIA 101) course attended by a number of Law Enforcement Professionals. Agencies in attendance included: Sheriff Agencies from California, Arizona and Oregon; Municipal agencies from Arizona and New Mexico; US Federal Reserve personnel; and the University of Maryland. Thanks to the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association (PPSLA), IAPro / CI Technologies and NLETS for co-sponsoring the training.

Oct 13: San Francisco police chief reports progress on slate of recommended reforms

San Francisco Gate: A year after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report criticizing the San Francisco police force’s handling of a variety of issues ranging from antibias training to tracking officers’ use of force, Chief Bill Scott said the department has submitted for approval its adoption of nearly half of 272 reform recommendations.

Close to half of the department has undergone use-of-force training that incorporates a new focus on de-escalation, crisis intervention and seeking to stop subconscious bias from affecting police work, said the chief, who took command in January.

Oct 13: Baltimore Police consent decree monitoring team plans community meetings, launches website

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore residents will have a chance to weigh in on a court-ordered plan intended to bring reform to the city police department.

Four public meetings will be held this winter – in North, South, East and West Baltimore – for citizens to offer recommendations to a team of monitors writing the reform plan. Once finished, the plan will be sent to U.S. District Judge James Bredar for approval.

Oct 13: Palm Beach County deputy shoots woman, kills self in Boynton Beach

Local 10: BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot a woman before killing himself Thursday morning in an attempted murder-suicide in Boynton Beach, police said.

Oct 13: California law enforcement agencies will have to count and preserve all of their untested rape kits

LA Times: California law enforcement agencies will have to preserve and count all of their untested rape kits and ensure they inform sexual assault victims of their rights under new laws signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The three measures are part of ongoing efforts in Sacramento to tackle rape kit backlogs at law enforcement agencies and to increase the number of victims who report sexual assault and seek treatment.

Oct 12: New police chief ready to demote some on force to get more officers on Dallas streets

Dallas News: The Dallas Police Department is about to undergo a shake-up — including possible demotions — to put more officers on patrol.

Hundreds of officers have left the department in the last year, leaving fewer officers working the streets. In that time, officers have been slower to respond to emergency calls.

Chief U. Renee Hall said Monday she plans to significantly reduce the number of assistant chiefs and deputy chiefs who oversee the department. She is also considering reducing the number of detectives in investigative units and officers serving on task forces.

Oct 12: Many (OH) law enforcement agencies don’t follow state lineup, interrogation rules, study says

 What are your agencies policies and procedures, are they in line with state laws or best practices?  Lt Dan.

Dispatch: law enforcement agencies do not follow a law designed to prevent innocent people from being locked up in prison, according to a study by the Ohio Innocence Project.

The law, passed in 2010, requires law enforcement agencies to use “blind” suspect lineups in which the investigator or officer administering the lineup either isn’t involved in the case or doesn’t know the identity of the suspect. Law enforcement can also use a photo lineup technique in which only the witness can see the pictures to ensure they aren’t biased. It also recommends, but doesn’t require, recording interrogations.

About two-thirds of the 156 law enforcement agencies responding to a survey by the Innocence Project, based at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the School of Criminal Justice, said they have a written policy on police lineups of suspects. Just over half said they have a policy on recording suspect interrogation.

Oct 12: Detroit’s ex-deputy police chief indicted in towing scandal

Freep: Four months after resigning from her job amid a corruption probe, ex-Detroit Police Deputy Chief Celia Washington was indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges for her alleged role in a towing scandal.

Washington, who resigned in June after top brass at the Detroit Police Department learned she was under investigation by the FBI for her alleged ties to indicted towing titan Gasper Fiore, is charged with helping a towing operator secure contracts in exchange for bribes.

Oct 12: Utah detective fired after viral nurse arrest

KOB: Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown has fired detective Jeff Payne and demoted Lt. James Tracy for their involvement in the controversial arrest of University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels.

Wubbels was arrested for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious man after he was involved in a fatal crash that stemmed from a high-speed police chase.

“I have lost faith and confidence in your ability to continue to serve as a member of the Salt Lake City Police Department,” Brown wrote to Payne in a scathing letter notifying him of his termination.

Oct 12: Mayor moves to dissolve internal audit department

In what appeared to be a response to a stinging external review that found the city of Santa Fe is at risk of fraud and abuse, Mayor Javier Gonzales on Wednesday introduced a measure that would eliminate the internal audit department — flagged as ineffective in the wide-ranging report on city operations.

Gonzales, who was ill and did not attend the City Council meeting Wednesday night, also is proposing a resolution directing the city manager to develop a plan to outsource the functions of the internal auditor, a move that was recommended by the recent report. The outside audit was conducted by an Albuquerque accounting firm and made public last month.

Oct 12: It’s Time to End Austin’s Failed Experiment in Police Oversight, Activists Say

APD’s refusal to act on recommendations given by a citizen review panel suggests that the city’s 16-year experiment in police oversight has failed.

Oct 12: Justice Department to Award $1 Million Grant to the State of Nevada in Response to the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

DOJ: The Department of Justice today announced it will offer a $1 million award to the State of Nevada in order to assist with the immediate costs of responding to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The grant is drawn from emergency response funds within the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The grant funds announced today recognize the hard work and dedication of law enforcement officers across Las Vegas and the State of Nevada, who worked tirelessly in the wake of the tragic shooting last week. The Justice Department is continuing to work with Las Vegas officials to address law enforcement and public safety costs related to this tragedy.

Oct 12: Wearable Technologies for Law Enforcement: Multifunctional Vest System Options

NIJ: Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice):

Oct 11: Former North Carolina Police Officer Sentenced to 15 years for participating in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

DOJ: According to trial evidence, Tillmon accepted $6,500 from undercover FBI agents posing as drug traffickers in return for transporting a total of 30 kilograms of heroin from North Carolina to Maryland on three separate occasions between August 2014 and April 2015.  On each occasion, Tillman carried with him his Windsor Police Department badge and a firearm, and was prepared to use his badge and fake documentation to evade drug interdiction by legitimate law enforcement.  The evidence at trial also showed that Tillmon was poised to participate in another drug run on a fourth occasion the day that he was arrested—and he had brought with him five firearms, including an assault rifle.

Fourteen other defendants, 12 of whom were law enforcement or correctional officers, were charged as a result of this investigation.  Those defendants all pleaded guilty to various offenses and were sentenced in June 2017. 

Oct 11: How Technology Can Help Police Departments Address Racial Bias and Be More Effective

Governing: Institutionalized racism can result in misdirected resources that do little to solve serious crimes.

Oct 10: Milwaukee Police Chief Pledges to Move Forward With Reforms

Governing: Two months ago, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn criticized a draft of a federal review of the department as riddled with errors.

Flynn would not detail what those mistakes were — then or now — and an updated version of the document doesn’t either.

Despite that, Flynn recently reiterated that he agrees with most of the draft report’s recommendations.

Oct 8: How We Think about the Police

Huffington Post: From Black Lives Matter to the horrific violence in Charlottesville and other places, the police have played a conspicuous role in public life in the past few years. This role has often been perceived as negative by progressives, even when there’s no evidence that the police have done anything wrong. Recently the widespread condemnation seems to have reached a fever pitch. It’s my opinion that this attitude is counterproductive, especially for the American left.

Oct 8: Sacramento’s police force is one of the nation’s most shortstaffed. Here’s why

Sacramento Bee: Two officers celebrated a homecoming at the Sacramento Police Department last month, returning to the agency after a stint with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who attended the event, said their return spoke “in the most positive way about the future of this department and the future of our city.”

The officers’ badge pinning ceremony was a change from an exodus of rank-and-file officers within the police department, brought on by lower salaries than other, more suburban, agencies in the region, low morale and frayed public trust following a series of high-profile police shootings last year.

Oct 7: President’s Message: Use of Force Issues: Warning Shots and Shots Discharged at Moving Vehicles

Warning shots are a BAD Idea.  Lt. Dan

Warning Shots. The inclusion of an allowance for warning shots in the Consensus Policy should not negate the establishment of a more restrictive policy on the topic by individual agencies.

Link to IACP Consensus Policy on UOF: http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/documents/pdfs/National_Consensus_Policy_On_Use_Of_Force.pdf

Oct 7: Sheriff’s Supervisor on Leave Amid Nude Photoshoot Claim

US News: A Clackamas County sheriff’s supervisor was placed on paid leave amid allegations that male deputies staged a nude photoshoot at the courthouse for a calendar they gave to a retiring colleague.

​​​​​Oct 6: Georgia sheriff, deputies indicted after body searches of 900 high school students

James Town Sun: The sheriff’s full-court press, however, would yield legal consequences – for Hobby and his office. In the days following the sweep, students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed.

Oct 6: California Police Sex Misconduct Case Fizzling in Court

US News: Charges have been dropped against a police officer and a former sheriff’s deputy in a California sex abuse case involving the teenage daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher.

Oct 6: Feds raid house owned by Oakley police chief

MLIVE: GAINES TWP, MI – Federal agents raided a home owned by the Oakley police chief, who was accused of allowing the rich and famous to join his police ranks.

Reznick’s leadership of the department came under scrutiny after it was revealed wealthy individuals and celebrities were able to join his police force as reserve officers.

Oakley is a village of less than 300 people and had a reserve police force of about 150.

The village kept the identities of its reserve force secret and would not surrender them to citizens or in response to an MCOLES subpoena until after multiple lawsuits forced the release of reservist documents, including applications bearing the names of wealthy businessmen and celebrities such as Kid Rock.

Oct 6: 9 Cook County sheriff’s employees face firings related to alleged sexual assault of female detainee

Chicago Tribune: The Cook County sheriff’s office has a tentative $3.25 million settlement with a female detainee who allegedly was sexually assaulted by two male detainees at the Markham Courthouse, and the sheriff’s office wants to fire nine employees who allegedly allowed the alleged attack to occur, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Friday.

“Our investigation has shown gross misconduct on behalf of the involved employees,” said Cara Smith, Dart’s policy chief. “We don’t have any evidence at this point that there was anything intentional, but the negligence was extraordinary.”

Oct 6: JSO: Detective swiped $100 bill during drug raid

News4jax: nville Sheriff’s Office detective was arrested Thursday evening after police said he swiped a $100 bill during a drug raid.

Undersheriff Pat Ivey said Detective Jason Mann, an 11-year veteran of JSO, is charged with petty theft and tampering with evidence, which is a third-degree felony.

Oct 6: Jail Time For Former Lawrence (OH) Police Chief

Poor internal controls, I would guess.  Lt. Dan

LAWRENCE TWP., Ohio (Mix 94.1) – The former police chief in Lawrence Township will spend 60 days in jail and do 200 hours of community service for taking nearly $24,000 in township funds for his personal use.

54-year-old Paul Stanley was sentenced on a felony Theft in Office charge.

He pleaded guilty to that charge back in August.

Investigators say he took some 16 withdrawals from the township’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund

He has made restitution.

Oct 6: Jury awards former South Pasadena police officer $4.8 million in disability discrimination case

LA Times: Los Angeles jury has awarded $4.8 million to a former South Pasadena police officer who alleged he was fired by the city because of a disability.

After a two-week trial, the jury on Thursday found unanimously in favor of Timothy Patrick Green, an 18-year veteran who was dismissed from the Police Department in 2013.

Green’s lawsuit said the reason given for his dismissal, dishonesty, was untrue and that the real reason was discrimination based on his attention-deficit/hyper-active disorder.

Oct 5: DOJ revives strategy to reduce gun crimes, local gangs

USA Today: WASHINGTON — As violent crime rates continue to rise, the Justice Department is reviving a community-based effort to target local gangs and reduce gun crimes in hot spots across the country.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a memo to the nation’s 94 U.S. attorneys, said federal prosecutors’ performance would be regularly measured on their re-commitment to the Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy, first introduced 16 years ago to combat violence by strengthening partnerships among law enforcement officials and community leaders.

Oct 5: Sheriff’s Office: SRO neglected duties in child abuse case

AP: OCSO report: Former Okaloosa County deputy Dwayne Vasiloff “blatantly” failed to assist the Florida Department of Children and Families in child abuse investigations at Kenwood.

Oct 5: Sheriff’s Detective Arrested on Malfeasance Charge

US News: A Louisiana sheriff’s detective faces charges after an internal investigation found he had released confidential information to possible suspects related to ongoing narcotics investigations.

Oct 5: Audit indicates fraud, improper spending by sheriff’s office

Seattle Times: FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Davis County Sheriff’s Office staffers misspent department money, committed time card fraud and failed to properly account for jail inmates’ personal property, a series of audits concluded.

The audits of the sheriff’s office from 2013 through 2016 found questionable expenses, the unauthorized use of vehicles and equipment and improperly recorded work hours, the Standard-Examiner reported Tuesday.

Oct 5: 12 Atlanta firefighter paramedics may not have had proper training, audit shows

WSBTV: The Atlanta Professional Firefighters, said out of the 25 who graduated in the class of 2016, only 12 passed the paramedics test. Those 12 were pulled off the streets and put back in training.

Oct 5: How Unions Are Already Gearing Up for a Supreme Court Loss

Governing: Public-sector unions are already preparing for a potential exodus of members and a loss of revenue. Can they survive without charging mandatory fees?

Oct 5: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AWARDS NEARLY $37 MILLION TO SUPPORT SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT TESTING, TRACKING AND INVESTIGATION

BJA: WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice today announced awards totaling nearly $37 million to help state, local and tribal government agencies improve the response to sexual assault and victim services, and analyze unsubmitted sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody. The grants will aid jurisdictions in reducing backlogs of sexual assault evidence and solving crimes of sexual violence.

Oct 4: Build Your Brand

IIA: Internal auditors can enhance their image and improve stakeholder relationships by focusing on departmental branding. 

Oct 4: FBI evidence teams provide expertise to local law enforcement

Kitsapsun: Special Agent Cheryl Hinderer leads the FBI’s Seattle-based Evidence Response Team, and her work brings her to rural areas across the state, including most recently to Mason County.

Oct 4: NIJ and partners released a mini-documentary to raise awareness about the scope and impact of erroneous convictions.

NIJ: “Just Wrong: The Aftermath of Wrongful Convictions, from Crime Victims to Exonerees” features the true stories of six individuals affected by wrongful convictions in the United States criminal justice system. These stories reveal the dire consequences of these events, and the lack of systematic response to the needs of exonerees, original victims, and their families.

Oct 4: The States Cutting Their Government Workforce

Governing: A few areas of state government appear to be shrinking nationwide. 

Oct 3: Judge appoints Baltimore consent decree monitor proposed by city and DOJ

Baltimore Sun: A federal judge has appointed Kenneth Thompson, an attorney at the Baltimore-based law firm Venable, as monitor of the sweeping consent decree mandating local police reforms between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Oct 3: The Police Are Using Computer Algorithms to Tell if You’re a Threat

Time: Can a computer predict violence? In Chicago, Illinois, an algorithm rates every person arrested with a numerical threat score from 1 to 500-plus. The process has been going on for four years, and almost 400,000 Chicago citizens now have an official police risk score. This algorithm — still secret and publicly unaccountable — shapes policing strategy, the use of force, and threatens to alter suspicion on the streets. It is also the future of big data policing in America — and depending on how you see it, either an innovative approach to violence reduction or a terrifying example of data-driven social control.

Oct 3: Oversight.gov website launched:

Great place to view different audits done by different Federal IG’s. Lt. Dan

Today, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) announced the official launch of Oversight.gov.  This new website creates a single home for thousands of Inspector General (IG) reports from across the federal government.

Oct 3: Audit of Compliance with Standards Governing Combined DNA Index System Activities at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Services

Bureau Crime Laboratory Los Angeles, California

Oct 3: Court Extends Lenient Bail Rules for Immigrants to 8 Western States

Governing: Immigrants who are being held while seeking the right to remain in the United States, and who would pose no threat if released, are entitled to have bail set in an amount that considers how much they can afford to pay and whether they can be safely monitored without bail, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Oct 3: ‘THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO HELP ME’

Startribune: Minnesota rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.

Oct 3: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to get ‘systemic’ review after detective’s misdeeds

Oregon Live: Clackamas County commissioners on Tuesday gave a pair of outside consultants the green light to move ahead with a comprehensive review of how the Sheriff’s Office handles internal affairs complaints and employee supervision.

The county set aside $40,000 for the review, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2017/10/clackamas_county_moves_ahead_w.html 

Oct 2: Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime

Interesting research article. Lt. Dan 

Nature human behavior:  Abstract:

Oct 2: New CA. law bans interfering with a state audit, after UC tampering

SFGate:.Anyone who knowingly interferes with the duties of California’s independent state auditor will be fined up to $5,000 under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Under the law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, people who obstruct a state audit “with intent to deceive or defraud” will have to pay the fine.

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance (Los Angeles County), and two other Democratic lawmakers wrote AB 562 after state Auditor Elaine Howle said in April that she had to discard part of her audit of the University of California president’s office because administrators there interfered with the probe. The president’s office runs the 10-campus system.

Oct 2; Portland’s new police chief starts her first day on the job

Oregon Live: Portland’s new chief of police officially starts Monday morning. She was sworn in by city auditor Mary Hull Caballero during a private ceremony in the chief’s office on the 15th floor of the Justice Center.

Chief Danielle Outlaw is expected to spend her first day meeting with Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as police commissioner, Chris Uehara, who recently served as interim chief, the bureau’s public information officers and address one or two precinct roll calls.

Oct 2: Veteran DEA agent Chad Scott charged with 10 counts in sweeping federal indictment

TheAdvocate: Chad Scott, a federal narcotics agent who made a name for himself with a series of major drug busts along the Interstate 12 corridor, pleaded not guilty Monday to a raft of federal charges, including perjury and stealing thousands of dollars in drug money.

Oct 2: What Our Public Workers Deserve: Our Respect

Governing: Again and again, they get us through crises. So why do we treat them so badly?

Sept 29: ‘I screwed up royally,’ accused leaker confessed to FBI agent

SLTrib: Savannah, Ga. • A young woman charged with leaking U.S. secrets to a news organization told FBI agents she was frustrated with her job as a government contractor when she tucked a classified report into her pantyhose and smuggled it out of a National Security Agency office in Georgia, according to court records.

Prosecutors are using Reality Winner’s own words against her as they urge a federal judge to keep the former Air Force translator jailed until her trial. In a court filing Wednesday, prosecutors attached a 77-page transcript of Winner’s interview with FBI agents before her arrest in June.

September 28: For First Time Ever, Charlotte’s Civilian Review Board Sides Against Police

Governing: For the first time in its 20-year history, Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board ruled against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Tuesday with a 7-1 vote.

The vote came on a complaint against CMPD involving an allegation of excessive force after one officer put a gun to an unarmed man’s head and threatened to kill him in March 2016.

Sept 28: Audit: State contractors can’t account for 234 seized vehicles

WRAL.com: RALEIGH, N.C. — A pair of contractors tasked with towing, storing and auctioning off cars seized from impaired drivers and people who run from police can’t account for 234 vehicles, according to a state auditor’s report released Tuesday.

Martin Edwards & Associates, the Cumberland County-based contractor for the state’s eastern half, was responsible for all but 13 of those vehicles and “actively hindered” the inquiry, the audit states. At one point, someone from the company threw a subpoena at an auditor trying to serve it, it states.

Link to audit report:

Sept 28: Civilian oversight group tells L.A. Sheriff’s Department to ground its drone

LA Times: In its first nine months, the $10,000 device has hovered over hard-to-reach spots in Los Angeles County, searching for gunmen and missing people.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say the 20-inch-long unmanned aircraft system, equipped with a camera, has been deployed only five times out of the 1,000 events this year that could have used the special set of eyes.

But after months of public debate over possible surveillance and weaponization, the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission voted Thursday to call on the department to permanently ground its drone.

Sept 28: Deputy Indicted, Arrested, & Fired in Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Drug Theft Investigation

Smith county Insider: Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a now former Smith County deputy accused of stealing drugs from the department’s evidence room.

On Monday, at the request of 15th District Attorney General Tom Thompson, TBI Agents began investigating the theft of drugs from the evidence room at the Smith County Sheriff’s Department in Carthage. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that, on two occasions – one on-duty and one off-duty – Brandon McKae Marshall removed items from evidence lockers for personal reasons. The department subsequently terminated Marshall’s employment.

 

Sept 28: St. Louis mayor, police chief call for independent investigation into police response to protests

  1. LOUIS Post: • St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and the city’s interim police chief have called for a third-party investigation into the department’s handling of protests over the last two weeks.

They have pledged an investigation into complaints, but called on the U.S. attorney to conduct an independent probe.

Sept 27: Police Departments Across New York Are Being Run Like Secret Clubs

An ACLU look at transparency in Florida.  Are your policies avail to the public, on the web, etc.. they should be, as a best practice.  Lt. Dan.

ACLU: Do you have any idea how your local police department works? Do they have policies or practices that might affect how they interact with you or your family or the people you care about?

It may be harder than you think to find out. Over the past two years….

September 25: FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics

FBI: The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased for the second straight year, rising 4.1 percent in 2016 when compared with 2015 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes dropped 1.3 percent, marking the 14th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

September 22: St. Louis Residents Call for State Audit of City — With Focus on Police

RiverFrontTimes: Local activists are pushing for a state audit of St. Louis’ Department of Public Safety — something they say will ease public concern over how funds are allocated to police.

In June, Comptroller Darlene Green released an audit of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s overtime, finding that hundreds of thousands of overtime hours could not be verified. Now a group of progressives calling itself Audit STL is pushing for state Auditor Nicole Galloway to dig even deeper.

“No Audit, No Sales Tax Increase,” is the slogan they’ve adopted, referencing the sales tax increase being pushed for November to fund salary increases for police and fire.

Link to 2015 OT report by City Comptroller:

September 21: FBI investigates off-duty work by Seattle police officers

King5: Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation into “a small number” of police officers.

Neither she nor the FBI would discuss the details. But O’Toole said it has to do with the “management of secondary employment,” according to her statement the department released Wednesday.

Link to 2016 Seattle overtime report:

September 21: The Interaction and Impacts of State DNA Database Laws

NIJ: This is the final summary overview of the methodology and findings of a project whose primary goal was to test the effect of other-State DNA profiles on own-State crime rates.