Upcoming training: Current event news articles listed below training section.
NBC LA: The request for 32 specialists is part of a $55 million-a-year body camera proposal by LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
SHELBY, N.C. —
ATM and gas pump skimmers can be thwarted by Bluetooth technology and cellphones, according to a North Carolina police department.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
Governing: Institutionalized racism can result in misdirected resources that do little to solve serious crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
IIA: Internal auditors can enhance their image and improve stakeholder relationships by focusing on departmental branding.
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.
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.
Governing: A few areas of state government appear to be shrinking nationwide.
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.
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
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.
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.
Interesting research article. Lt. Dan
Nature human behavior: Abstract:
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.
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.
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.
Governing: Again and again, they get us through crises. So why do we treat them so badly?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
- 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.
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….
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.
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:
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:
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.