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Schedule

February 20 - 22, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101

Phoenix, Arizona

March

19 - 21, 2019

Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101

West Palm Beach, Florida

April

8-10, 2019

Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations IA-101

Peoria, AZ. (Phoenix Area)

April

16 - 19, 2019

Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (LEIAC)™ Course # LEIA-201 Phoenix, Arizona
April 30 - May 2, 2019 Introductions to Internal Affairs Investigation IA-101

Chesapeake, VA (Norfolk, VA. Area)

We will be adding more classes to the schedule in the next few weeks.  If you would like to host a class please contact me at Dan@LDConsultingllc.com

Jan 30: The new L.A. County sheriff is off to a bumpy start. Makes you wonder why we appoint police chiefs but elect sheriffs

LA Times: Sheriff Villanueva, now on the job for just a matter of weeks, has wasted no time raising questions about his own competence and desire to move the department out of the shadows. On Tuesday morning I watched as the county Board of Supervisors laid into him for boldly and defiantly reinstating a deputy who had been fired over allegations of domestic abuse.

I’ll get to the specifics in a minute, but let me first note that close observers were already flinching during the campaign, when Villanueva criticized reforms instituted by McDonnell.

Rather than sticking up for the people of L.A. County, Villanueva stuck up for deputies he said were being treated unfairly, despite the department’s culture of violence against jail inmates. He spoke out against requirements for reporting minor uses of force. He wanted to bring back metal flashlights despite concerns about their misuse. And he smacked McDonnell’s attempt to give prosecutors the names on a secret list of deputies with histories of discipline for dishonesty and misconduct.

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-sheriff-20190130-story.html

Jan 29: Ex-sheriff Scott Israel challenging suspension, requests Senate hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff suspended this month by the governor and accused of failing to prevent a school shooting has requested a state Senate hearing.

An attorney for ex-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel requested the hearing Tuesday. Florida law says the legislative body has the final say in the removal of local elected officials. No hearing date was announced.

http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/mobile-app-news-feed/ex-sheriff-scott-israel-challengingsuspension-requests-senate-hearing

Jan 29: Familial DNA searching- an emerging forensic investigative tool

DOJ Funded Research: Abstract

In recent years, jurisdictions across the United States have expressed a growing interest in aiding criminal investigations through the use of familial DNA searching (FDS)- a forensic technique to identify family members through DNA databases. The National Survey of CODIS Laboratories surveyed U.S. CODIS laboratories about their perceptions, policies, and practices related to FDS. In total, 103 crime labs completed the survey (77% response rate). Labs in 11 states reported using FDS, while labs in 24 states reported using a similar-but distinct- practice of partial matching. Although the majority of labs had positive perceptions about the ability of FDS to assist investigations, labs also reported a number of concerns and challenges with implementing FDS. Respondents reported using either practice a limited amount with modest numbers of convictions resulting from both FDS and partial matching. The article reports on varying practices related to official policies, training, eligibility, the software search, lineage testing, requirements for releasing information, and subsequent investigative work. Finally, the article discusses what can be learned from this survey, accompanying limitations, and implications for decision-makers considering using FDS.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135503061830234X

Jan 28: OIG to Probe LAPD Metro Division Following Surge in Black Drivers Pulled Over

My News LA: Responding to a report that an elite Los Angeles Police Department division oversaw a surge in traffic stops involving African American drivers, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday the Office of the Inspector General will be conducting an audit of the unit.

https://mynewsla.com/crime/2019/01/28/oig-to-probe-lapd-metro-division-following-surge-in-black-drivers-pulled-over/

Jan 28: Ex-Kansas trooper gets probation for lying to FBI in federal gambling probe

Kansas.com: The case against the retired trooper opened the widest window so far into the gambling investigation, which involves a prominent Wichita business family.

The sentence imposed on Michael Frederiksen by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren was less than what prosecutors had recommended. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst recommended five years of probation, with some of it being supervised and with the requirement that the retired state trooper not take part in any form of gambling — whether it was legal or not. Also, Furst asked for a $1,000 fine.

https://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article225183150.html

Jan 28: How a Michigan police chief was charged in military equipment scheme

THETFORD, TWP., MI – Alleged misuse of a military surplus equipment program by a rural Genesee County police department has embroiled its chief and may now include other police officers.

But the $1 million in equipment collected by suspended Thetford Township police Chief Robert Kenny over a nearly 10-year period didn’t come to light until two township officials wouldn’t stop asking questions.  Kenny, 45, now faces two felony charges after allegations that he scrapped some of the equipment and pocketed the money rather than give it to the township.

https://www.mlive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/3e1c7258167910/how-a-michigan-police-chief-was-charged-in-military-equipment-scheme-.html

Jan 28: Audit finds 50 guns missing from MCSO; armed volunteer posse members not certified

AZFamiliy: Sheriff Penzone said there is no indication that ANY of those weapons have gone missing since he took office, and blamed the "previous administration" for not being able to account for all the weapons.

"It is unacceptable for any law enforcement agency to be this negligent to not keep accurate records and to allow for weapons to be distributed in a matter that doesn't have any oversight or accountability," said Penzone.  He says MCSO is implementing new policies and measures to make sure all weapons are tracked and accounted for.

https://www.azfamily.com/news/audit-finds-guns-missing-from-mcso-armed-volunteer-posse-members/article_121b20e4-20d6-11e9-8436-d319ddd9bdd8.html

Jan 26: St. Louis police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter in fatal shooting of fellow officer

Nathaniel Hendren, 29, is accused of killing Katlyn Alix, 24, Thursday at his residence, authorities said. She was off-duty when the shooting occurred and Hendren was on-duty, according to the probable cause statement supporting the charges.

The statement said Alix, Hendren and Hendren's partner were playing with guns when Hendren produced a revolver. Hendren emptied the bullets from the revolver and put one of the bullets back inside the gun, spun the cylinder and fired the gun pointing away from Alix, the statement said.

The gun did not discharge. Alix took the gun and pulled the trigger while pointing at Hendren, but it did not fire, the statement said.

Hendren grabbed the gun back from Alix, pulled the trigger and this time it fired, striking Alix in the chest, the document said.

The third officer at the scene has not been identified. According to the probable cause statement, he advised Alix and Hendren they shouldn't be playing with guns and left the room. He returned after hearing the gunshot.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/26/us/st-louis-police-officer-charged-in-killing/index.html

Jan 25: Cincinnati police revise Taser procedure: no young children, medically infirm

CBS Local: The change comes about five months after an officer working an off-duty detail used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting from the Kennard Avenue Kroger. Before the revision, officers were permitted to use anyone between the ages of 7 and 70 who was "actively resisting arrest when there is probable cause to arrest."

https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/cincinnati-police-revise-taser-procedure-no-young-children-medically-infirm

Jan 23: Tulsa mayor setting up office to monitor police force

Charlotte Observer: Mayor G.T. Bynum announced Wednesday that the Office of the Independent Monitor will follow up on citizen complaints, review use-of-force incidents and work on outreach and policy. Bynum says the new office will make recommendations, not impose discipline.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article224836525.html

Jan 21: Tucson police officer arrested after allegations of unlawful sexual conduct

TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Tucson police officer was arrested Sunday after allegations of unlawful sexual conduct were brought against him. According to the Tucson Police Department, Officer Richard Daniel engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with a woman whom he was investigating on Jan. 13.  Police say they learned of the allegations four days later.

After detectives investigated the allegations, they were able to get probable cause for the arrest of Daniel, a three-year veteran with the department.  Daniel was arrested for one count of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of tampering with physical evidence. He was booked into Pima County Jail.

https://www.azfamily.com/news/tucson-police-officer-arrested-after-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/article_e39c36ac-1d58-11e9-8033-bfdd17034214.html

Jan 21: AG’s office opens criminal investigation involving deputy Salem police chief

Union Leader: A town-commissioned audit released in November determined the Salem Police Department demonstrated a pattern of mismanaging internal investigations, ignored or discouraged citizen complaints, failed to keep complete records of internal investigations and violated department policies regarding complaints and personnel issues. The report also includes the allegation that some officers, including former police chief Paul Donovan, worked outside details during their paid shifts. The audit recommends a “complete overhaul” of the department’s internal affairs program, as well as other changes to policies and procedures.

Link to report: http://www.townofsalemnh.org/sites/salemnh/files/redacted.ta_.final_.pdf

Chief’s response: https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/unionleader.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/17/31747c9a-b629-53b1-92b2-e062ec87bf6b/5bf82ff70d90c.pdf.pdf

https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/ag-s-office-opens-criminal-investigation-involving-deputy-salem-police/article_09074d0a-1d14-5e56-9031-b25b10ef166c.html

Jan 21: Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

NY Times: With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/science/dna-crime-gene-technology.html

Jan 19: Expert on Trooper Investigation: 'It’s Slipshod, It’s Sloppy'

NECN: News Video: Massachusetts State Police conducted an internal investigation of one of their troopers without speaking to a single person

https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Massachusetts-State-Police-Internal-Investigation-Clears-Trooper-Without-Interviewing-Anyone-504552912.html

Jan 19: Oakland police union fights potential discipline of 3 officers in court

Oakland’s police union is asking a judge to block the city from disciplining three officers accused of misconduct, because a citizens’ oversight agency allegedly violated state law during a recent probe.

The Community Police Review Agency, or CPRA, unlawfully interrogated four officers by declining to first provide the officers with records of allegations against them, the Oakland Police Officers’ Association claims.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Oakland-police-union-fights-potential-discipline-13542778.php

Jan 19: Monitor: Baltimore police dysfunction ‘deep and widespread’

The Baltimore Sun - reports attorney Kenneth Thompson spoke Thursday to the House of Delegates' Judiciary Committee in Annapolis and called the department "a highly dysfunctional organization." He said he believed it would take longer to reform the department than acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle's prediction of five to seven years.

Mike Mancuso, president of the Lodge 3 union of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, criticized Thompson's description, saying "to insinuate that there is an ongoing culture of corruption is irresponsible."

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article224720710.html

Jan 18: 'Blue Alert': Notification system would help law enforcement in danger

MagicValley.com: Boise Idaho: Legislation to create a “Blue Alert” system in Idaho will receive a formal hearing in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, the committee voted Wednesday afternoon. The notification system, which works in a similar way to the Amber Alert system, would send out identifying information — such as license plate numbers — for the public to help locate suspects in situations where a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured, threatened with death or serious injury, or missing in the line of duty. More than 30 states currently have some kind of Blue Alert system in place.

https://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/blue-alert-notification-system-would-help-law-enforcement-in-danger/article_c4f7cf4d-b60b-5362-92d0-ee859e638882.html

Jan 18: Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to Nearly 7 Years for Murdering Laquan McDonald

NYTimes: On Friday, Mr. Van Dyke, an officer no longer, was sentenced to just shy of seven years in an Illinois prison for second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, one for every bullet he fired on that October night in 2014. Though an appeal is possible, the sentence provided a measure of finality in a case that dominated Chicago’s news cycles for years, laying bare this city’s racial divisions and upending its government. But the final chapter left few people satisfied.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/us/jason-van-dyke-sentencing.html

Jan 18: Former L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Found Guilty of Lying to FBI Agents as Part of Cover-Up of Attack of Visitor to Men’s Central Jail

DOJ: The Deputy was convicted today of lying to the FBI during an interview on July 17, 2012. The Deputy falsely told the FBI that the victim was the aggressor, and that he saw the victim swing at a deputy, tried to push past a deputy in an attempt to escape, and that he saw the victim punch a deputy in the chest. Those statements were lies because the victim remained handcuffed during the entire beating.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/former-la-sheriff-s-deputy-found-guilty-lying-fbi-agents-part-cover-attack-visitor-men

Jan 18: On-duty Chicago cops used as chauffeurs, babysitters for supervisor’s child: OIG

On-duty Chicago police officers were ordered for almost an entire year to pick up a supervisor’s child from school and baby-sit the child at a police station for hours at a time, according to a new report from the city’s government watchdog.  The Office of Inspector General recommended possible firing for the supervisor, but the Chicago Police Department opted instead for a seven-day suspension.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/on-duty-chicago-cops-used-as-chauffeurs-babysitters-for-supervisors-child-oig/

Jan 18: Texas sheriff's office uses cardboard cutouts of cops to stop speeding drivers

I think those will soon become a collector items for locals.  Lt. Dan

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office recently deployed a cardboard cutout sign showing a deputy pointing a radar gun.

The cutout was placed near a school zone in hopes of slowing down speeding drivers.

https://abc13.com/travel/texas-county-tries-cardboard-cutout-cops-to-deter-speeding/5093269/

Jan 18: 3 Chicago Cops Acquitted Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Cover-Up

AP: In rejecting the prosecution’s entire case, Judge Domenica Stephenson seemed to accept many of the same defense arguments that were rejected by jurors who in October convicted officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/chicago-cops-acquitted-laquan-mcdonald-shooting-cover-up

Jan 17: Video shows Pinellas FL. deputy striking inmate in wheelchair, Sheriff’s Office says

LARGO — A jail deputy was fired for striking an inmate who uses a wheelchair, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The agency released video of the incident, which Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Friday was appalling and troubling to watch.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/watch-video-shows-pinellas-deputy-striking-inmate-in-wheelchair-sheriffs-office-says-20190118/

Jan 17: As States Lag on Cyber Training, Agencies Are Fertile Phishing Grounds

Governing: A 2018 survey by NASCIO and consulting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP found that only 45 percent of states require that all executive branch employees complete cyber training, Ward said. That’s up from 37 percent in 2016.  The officials named phishing and ransomware as two of the top cyber threats facing states.

Training won’t stop every data breach, but it teaches staffers how to detect irregularities and report them.  “Everyone should have mandatory cybersecurity training,” said Srini Subramanian, a state cybersecurity principal at Deloitte. “It is absolutely important. It is fundamental.”

http://www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/sl-cyber-training-states-crime-hacking.html?utm_term=As%20States%20Lag%20on%20Cyber%20Training%2C%20Agencies%20Are%20Fertile%20Phishing%20Grounds&utm_campaign=6%20Innovative%20Ways%20States%20and%20Localities%20Are%20Preparing%20for%20the%202020%20Census&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

Jan 16: Five officers fired from Fort Worth police following man’s death in custody, police say

Star Telegram: The department said the arrested man began to complain about medical issues on the way to the station, but officers did not call for medical aid. The officers left him handcuffed in the back of the patrol car as they interviewed witnesses. They returned to find him unresponsive, they said. Police called an ambulance and the man was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article224578930.html

Jan 14: Three More Miami Cops Misused Body Cams, Investigative Panel Says

If your agency uses body cameras you need to ensure you have good policies and inspections to ensure those policies are being followed.  Lt. Dan

MiamiNewTimes: Moreover, police disciplinary records obtained by New Times show that, of the three officers, the department's internal affairs bureau disciplined only one for failing to record an incident.

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/three-miami-cops-misuse-body-cameras-civilian-investigative-panel-says-11044827

Jan 14: Shaun Ferguson named new NOPD chief by Mayor LaToya Cantrell

NOLA: Ferguson, 46, who had been seen as a rising star in NOPD by some observers, has served as a district commander at NOPD since 2014. Commanders, 16 of which are appointed “at will” by the NOPD superintendent, fall administratively just behind the three assistant superintendents and the superintendent. Ferguson currently serves as commander of the Education and Training Division, which oversees the academy. He has held the position for the last six months.

https://www.nola.com/politics/2019/01/shaun-ferguson-named-new-nopd-chief-by-mayor-cantrell.html

Jan 12: Sheriff’s Deputy in Tennessee charged with buying opiod

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee has been charged with illegally buying opioid pills from an undercover detective. Memphis police said Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffery Crossley bought five oxycodone pills for $130 at a Cracker Barrel in Memphis on Thursday. A police affidavit says the 27-year-old Crossley was arrested after he left the business. Police said they found an amphetamine pill and two loaded guns inside his vehicle.

https://whnt.com/2019/01/12/sheriffs-deputy-in-tennessee-charged-with-buying-opioid/

Jan 12: Maryland man who attacked police station in 2016 gets 195 years

A Maryland man who opened fire on a police station in 2016, leading to the friendly-fire death of a narcotics detective, was sentenced Thursday to 195 years in prison.  Michael Ford, 25, was convicted in November of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and weapons charges in the killing of Prince George's County Police Detective Jacai Colson. Ford said he was trying to get himself killed by police when he fired his handgun nearly two dozen times outside the station, but didn't intend for anyone else to be harmed.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/maryland-man-who-attacked-police-station-gets-195-years

Jan 11: Florida governor suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

Fox News: Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who faced criticism over his department's response to the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting last year, was officially suspended by newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. DeSantis later tweeted that he was suspending Israel for 'his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty.'

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5988540276001/?#sp=show-clips

Jan 11: Atlantic City officials back police chief after media force report

Here is an example of what can happen if LE and does not track and is not transparent about their UOF.  LT. Dan.

Pres of ATLANTIC CITY — City officials are backing their police chief after a North Jersey-based media company published statistics that ranked the department second-highest in the state for use-of-force incidents.

NJ Advance Media on Nov. 29 published “The Force Report,” a database that ranks every police department in the state by the number of times they used force, including compliance holds, takedowns, hands/fists, leg or baton strikes, pepper spray and fired a weapon from 2012 to 2016.

Force Report: The Force Report, a 16-month investigation by NJ Advance Media, found New Jersey's system for tracking police force is broken, with no statewide collection or analysis of data, little oversight by state officials and no standard practices among local departments. Two decades ago, officials envisioned a centralized database that would flag potentially dangerous cops for scrutiny. But that database was never created. So we built it.

Link to the Force Report: https://force.nj.com/

https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/crime/police/atlantic-city-officials-back-police-chief-after-media-force-report/article_c4b062aa-7234-511f-9409-98e7a6bfe1b8.html

Jan 9: Florida deputy resigns after sending toy bomb to colleague

NBC News: Pinellas County, FL: A handwritten note with the word “Boom” was included inside the package, authorities said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-deputy-resigns-after-sending-toy-bomb-colleague-n956691

Jan 8: New FL. governor Ron DeSantis pushed to remove sheriff over Parkland massacre

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/florida/2019/01/08/ron-desantis-broward-county-sheriff-parkland-school-shooting/2518575002/

Jan 8: Baltimore Mayor Picks New Orleans’s Police Chief to Lead Troubled Force

Big Easy recorded fewest homicides since 1971 under Michael Harrison’s watch

https://www.wsj.com/articles/baltimore-mayor-picks-new-orleanss-police-chief-to-lead-troubled-force-11546982815

Jan: FBI arrests fired S Carolina police chief over $78,000 theft

Miami Herald: MANNING, S.C. A fired police chief in South Carolina has been arrested by the FBI on charges including money laundering.

Jan 7: As opioid crisis deepens, officers are becoming victims

All LE should read this. Lt. Dan

The scourge has struck police departments across the country.

https://www.policeone.com/drug-interdiction-narcotics/articles/482542006-As-opioid-crisis-deepens-officers-are-becoming-victims/

Jan 6: Merger of St. Louis County, St. Louis City Policing Proposed

The St. Louis County police chief has proposed a consolidation of city and county police departments. St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden issued a statement saying it would be premature to comment on the plan, which he said he had not seen. The union for city police and the county' NAACP president expressed concerns about the proposal.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2019-01-04/merger-of-st-louis-county-st-louis-city-policing-proposed

Jan 5: Deputy who failed to confront Parkland shooter is disciplined after scathing report

Miami Herald: A day after a statewide commission released a scathing report on the handling of the Parkland shooting that left 17 students and high school faculty members dead, a Broward Sheriff’s deputy who did not confront the gunman was placed on restricted duty.

Link to Report: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/MSDHS/CommissionReport.pdf

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article223901120.html

Jan 4: Police lip-sync challenges shed positive light on law enforcement in 2018, but taxpayer organization argues costs were too highn

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Law enforcement lip-sync challenge videos took the internet by storm in 2018, bringing out creativity and shining a positive light on police officers, but one taxpayer organization is calling them a waste of money.

https://abc30.com/society/the-cost-of-law-enforcement-lip-sync-challenges/5012161/

Jan 4: Senate memo blasts U.S. Marshals Service for alleged misconduct, overspending

The memo prepared by Grassley’s staff summarizes the committee’s examination of claims by more than 100 purported whistleblowers who came forward to allege misconduct and mismanagement by senior Marshals Service officials.

It highlights years of alleged misdeeds, from deputy marshals forging hundreds of subpoenas to gather telephone records — a years-long practice that, even when it was discovered, led to no personnel dismissals — to repeated attempts to retaliate against whistleblowers who brought misconduct to light.

The agency’s former director, Stacia Hylton, violated federal hiring rules in filling positions at the agency and misspent money.  The agency repeatedly spent taxpayer dollars on lavish and unnecessary items, such as a $22,000 conference table and a speechwriter who received contracts totaling over a million dollars,”

Decision last year to allow a senior official to retire with full benefits after two inspector-general investigations found he misused government resources, engaged in sexual harassment, and threatened and retaliated against employees who participated in an investigation of his conduct. The official was not identified.

The committee and inspector general also found evidence that when senior officials at the agency came under investigation, they responded by trying to ferret out whistleblowers and punish them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senate-memo-blasts-us-marshals-service-for-alleged-misconduct-overspending/2019/01/03/d322ee7c-0f9a-11e9-831f-3aa2c2be4cbd_story.html?utm_term=.eeacc2f44423

Jan 3: Police Foundation 2018 Annual Report

Some great information. Lt. Dan

Police Foundation: Take a look at some of our most innovative projects in 2018. Inside the report you will find data visualizations from our research, testimonials from law enforcement executives and community leaders, and so much more about how we are advancing policing through innovation and science. View the full annual report here. You can also view the online version at www.npfannualreport.org.

http://npfannualreport.org/?utm_source=Website%20Signup&utm_campaign=a30c9e78e3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_17_07_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cc7e50d847-a30c9e78e3-108153841

Dec 3: California State Supreme Court Denies Attempt to Block New Access to Police Misconduct, Shooting Records

KQED: The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an attempt by a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies' union to block public access to existing records of police misconduct and use of deadly force. Those records have for the most part been kept secret in California for decades, but that changed with a new state law that took effect on New Year's Day.

https://www.kqed.org/news/11715442/state-supreme-court-denies-attempt-to-block-new-access-to-police-misconduct-shooting-records

Dec 3: NSF Could Improve its Controls to Prevent Inappropriate Use of Electronic Devices

National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General REPORT: NSF could improve its controls to detect, deter, and remedy inappropriate use of its electronic devices. Specifically, NSF does not always 1) ensure its mobile phones and tablet computers are properly enrolled in mobile device management software, 2) prevent users from installing inappropriate applications on its mobile devices, 3) ensure an ongoing business need exists for mobile devices, or 4) review reports identifying excessive attempts to access inappropriate websites. As a result, NSF may be missing opportunities to prevent and remedy inappropriate use of its IT resources. Additionally, NSF may be paying for mobile communication devices that are no longer needed or services beyond the business needs of its users.

Report also posted on LEIAG library.

https://www.nsf.gov/oig/_pdf/19-2-003_Controls%20of%20Electronic%20Devices.pdf

Jan 2: Suicide leading cause of deaths for law enforcement for third straight year

KSHB: The statistics come from a national group called "Blue H.E.L.P." an organization that tracks the grim figures while seeking ways to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

In 2018, at least 159 officers died by suicide, including three in Kansas and four in Missouri.

Jan 2: Female Beverly Hills police chief accused of racism, anti-Semitism amid $2.3 million settlement

Fox News: A Beverly Hills police chief is at the center of an ugly, costly and lengthy legal battle after the wealthy city agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a former high-ranking police officer amid an onslaught of other allegations.

Chief Spagnoli is accused of referring to yarmulkes worn by observant Jews as “funny little hats,” asked if she had to “dress Mexican” when invited to a meal at a Latino employee’s home, and reacted with revulsion when she was informed that an employee was gay. Other court documents contain allegations that Spagnoli had sex with subordinate officers who were later rewarded with promotions, according to the Los Angeles Times.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/female-beverly-hills-police-chief-accused-of-racism-anti-semitism-amid-2-3-million-settlement

Jan 2: Two New California Laws Aim to Improve Law Enforcement Transparency

One of those laws, Assembly Bill 748, will require all video showing officer shootings be released on demand within 45 days of the incident. It goes into effect July 1.

The second bill has to do with police records involving officer-involved shooting investigations having to be made public. That law went into effect Tuesday.

https://fox40.com/2019/01/01/two-new-california-laws-aim-to-improve-law-enforcement-transparency/

Dec 31: The Evidence Base for Body-Worn Cameras: What Law Enforcement Leaders Still Need to Know

Police Chief Magazine: Cynthia Lum and Christopher S. Koper, Professors, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are one of the most rapidly spreading technologies in policing today. As of 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that 60 percent of local police departments and 49 percent of sheriffs’ offices in the United States were using BWCs for all of their officers.1 The U.S. federal government has facilitated this trend by providing tens of millions of dollars for BWC acquisition and training since 2015. The adoption of BWCs in the United States has been propelled by a crisis of legitimacy in policing, caused largely by controversial police shootings and the perception of aggressive crime control techniques, particularly in minority communities……..

http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/rib-eb-body-worn-cameras/

Dec 31: Former Somerset (Ohio) Police Chief Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail

Ohio State Auditor: Columbus – Former Somerset Police Chief Jeremy VanDermark was sentenced today to 90 days in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail for one count of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, for using the Perry County village’s credit card to pay for personal purchases for his family’s personal vehicles, testosterone supplement and other transactions. The total cost of his improper purchases is nearly $5,189.80.

https://ohioauditor.gov/news/pressreleases/Details/5090

Dec 31: Former Police Chief Indicted for Alleged Misuse of Donations

Ohio State Auditor: Columbus – A former police chief for the Village of New Vienna was indicted last week for allegedly misusing donations intended for the purchase of a police K-9. The former Chief admitted to spending some of the money on personal expenses, such as clothing, food and gasoline.

https://ohioauditor.gov/news/PressReleases/Details/5174

Dec 31: Number of law enforcement fatalities goes up in 2018 after a low in 2017

The figures, released today by the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund, shows that the number of firearm deaths outpaced the number of traffic related deaths in 2018, with 52 officers dying because of gunshots and 50 dying as a result of a traffic incident.

The 2017 fatality total marked one of the two lowest years in the past decade, and experts had been hoping that it was the start of a downward trend.

Dec 31: Off-duty Pinellas deputy found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

WFLA.Com: Deputy Felipez is the third, local first responder to die by suicide in recent weeks. Sadly, suicide claims more first responders than line of duty deaths.

According to a study done by the Ruderman Foundation, in 2017, 93 firefighters died in the line of duty and at least 103 firefighters took their own lives. A total of 129 police officers died in the line of duty and 140 committed suicide.

https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/off-duty-pinellas-deputy-found-dead-from-self-inflicted-gunshot-wound/1678858195

Dec 31: Genesee County sheriff's deputy accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

wxyz.com: He then removed the man's girlfriend from her vehicle in the parking lot, according to Genesee County (Michigan) Prosecutor David Leyton. Zofchak handcuffed the woman and put her in the back of his patrol car.  Sheriff Robert Pickell believes Zofchak had probable cause to arrest the woman for shoplifting. Zofchak instructed another deputy to bring the male suspect to the Genesee County Jail and then took the woman to a local hotel where she was staying.

“When Zofchack did that, he made a decision that he was going to betray the trust of this office and take advantage of her," Pickell said. "Back at the hotel, he removed the handcuffs and sexually assaulted her ... he threw her to the bed and proceeded to grope and grab at her."

Zofchak left the woman with explicit instructions not to tell anyone what happened, Pickell said.  The victim's sister called the sheriff's office on Christmas Day to report the allegations against Zofchak.

https://www.wxyz.com/news/genesee-county-sheriffs-deputy-accused-of-kidnapping-sexually-assaulting-woman

Dec 31: Sheriff’s Lieutenant Arrested For Alleged Workers’ Compensation Fraud

(CBS SF) — A Santa Clara County sheriff’s lieutenant was arrested on Wednesday in Las Vegas for allegedly faking the extent of an injury and receiving workers’ compensation.

Lt. Mandy Henderson was arrested by Las Vegas police after sheriff’s investigators saw her engaging in “strenuous workouts” despite her

injury, according to the sheriff’s office.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/12/28/sheriffs-lieutenant-arrested-for-alleged-workers-compensation-fraud/

Dec 25: San Diego PD and the City Attorney Breached Ethics Rules and Attorney-Client Privilege in Aggressive Leak HuntInteresting IA case. Lt. DanVoice Of San Diego: In their zeal to determine who leaked documents to Voice of San Diego, SDPD and the city attorney’s office breached a suspect’s right to attorney-client privilege and broke the State Bar’s rules of professional conduct, an appellate court confirmed in a ruling this week.https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/public-safety/sdpd-and-the-city-attorney-breached-ethics-rules-and-attorney-client-privilege-in-aggressive-leak-hunt/

Dec 25: Three middle school girls were unlawfully arrested to 'prove a point.' San Bernardino County just paid them $390,000

LA Times: “The people they have as school resource officers are not well trained,” said Jerry Steering, the girls’ lawyer. “This guy was a bad egg.”

Steering said his clients were the victims of bullying. He said the school did not discipline any of the seven girls involved, and no criminal charges were filed.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-middle-school-false-arrest-20181222-story.html

Dec 23: Inglewood to destroy more than 100 police shooting records that could otherwise become public under new California law

LA Times: The city of Inglewood has authorized the shredding of more than 100 police shooting and other internal investigation records weeks before a new state law could allow the public to access them for the first time.

The decision, made at a City Council meeting earlier this month, has troubled civil liberties advocates who were behind the state legislation, Senate Bill 1421, which takes effect Jan. 1. The law opens to the public internal investigations of officer shootings and other major uses of force, along with confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-may-2018-city-of-inglewood-to-destroy-more-than-1545504782-htmlstory.html

Dec 23: Employees disciplined for time card fraud

Amtrak OIG: Case Number: PA-18-0308-O: An Amtrak Building and Bridges Supervisor in Baltimore, Maryland, was terminated from employment following an administrative hearing on October 23, 2018, for violating company policy by claiming and receiving pay for unworked hours and instructing a subordinate employee, also based in Baltimore, to use the supervisor’s company identification card to clock the supervisor in and out for his shifts on several

occasions. The subordinate employee was also found to have violated company policy for his role in assisting the supervisor and, following an administrative hearing on October 25, 2018, the subordinate employee was suspended for 30-days.

https://amtrakoig.gov/sites/default/files/reports/OIG-WS-2019-301.pdf

Dec 24: Cincinnati police ID sergeant found dead in vehicle in Eden Park

Fox 19: Sgt. Arthur T. Schultz was a 28-year veteran with the department who was well respected, police officials said.  The coroner said it was not a natural death and could be a suicide.

http://www.fox19.com/2018/12/20/police-lockdown-eden-park-krohn-conservatory/

Dec 24: Cincinnati PD Vice Unit under federal investigation, 2 cops suspended, prosecutor says

Fox19: The scope of the investigation was not immediately clear. One of the suspended officers, Simpson, is CPD’s “subject matter expert on the liquor permit process and has extensive knowledge on liquor laws and regulatory violations," according to her latest job evaluation.  Local authorities are not involved in the probe at this point, FOX19 NOW has learned. It was not immediately clear Friday night when the investigation began or what the result will be.

http://www.fox19.com/2018/12/22/cpd-vice-unit-under-federal-investigation-cops-suspended-prosecutor-says/

Dec 23: Five former guards indicted in Boyd County jail inmate's death

WSAZ:  Huntington WV: During the investigation, detectives say they learned that Moore was highly intoxicated when he was booked at the jail, which led to his confinement in a restraint-chair, and rendered him mentally and physically helpless.

Detectives say the investigation further revealed that, while incarcerated, the five jail deputies intentionally abused Moore, or knowingly permitted his abuse, and that the mistreatment caused Moore’s death.

https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Inmate-death-reported-at-Boyd-County-jail-501545542.html

Dec 23: 3 Prince George's County cops remain suspended after party shooting

Fox 5 DC: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. - Three Prince George’s County police officers remain suspended, while eight have been released, after an accidental shooting at one of a Brandywine home during a holiday party.

Police are still investigating the incident, in which 11 officers were suspended after an incident which they describe as unintentional.

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/3-prince-georges-county-cops-remain-suspended-after-party-shooting

Dec 23: Dancing FBI Agent Who Accidentally Shot Someone Won’t Face Jail Time

Slate: Remember that video that went viral of the FBI agent accidentally shooting someone after doing a backflip on the dance floor at a Denver bar last summer? Well it turns out Chase Bishop won’t face any prison time after pleading guilty Friday to third-degree assault. Instead Bishop was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. “We believe that this agreement strikes an appropriate balance of seeking justice for the victim and ensuring that this type of incident does not happen again,” Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said. The FBI has not commented on the case, but the Reddington’s lawyer said he had heard the agency fired Bishop shortly after the incident.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/chase-bishop-the-dancing-fbi-agent-who-accidentally-shot-someone-wont-face-jail-time.html

Dec 23: RTA police commander indicted on felony misuse of law enforcement database charge

Cleveland.com: Jordan, a member of the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Police Department since 2011 and a commander since 2015, was off-duty on May 16 when he called into his police department’s dispatch and requested information contained in the Law Enforcement Automation Database, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s Office spokesman Tyler Sinclair said. The prosecutor’s office refused to say what information Jordan is accused of requesting from the database.

https://www.cleveland.com/crime/2018/12/rta-police-commander-indicted-on-felony-misuse-of-law-enforcement-database-charge.html

Dec 23: Former Police Detective accused of joining DEA to protect drug smugglers

Daily Northwestern: A former detective with the Evanston Police has been accused of joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration so he could protect a Puerto Rico-based drug organization responsible for numerous killings and other violence.  Gomez resigned from EPD to begin a career with the DEA, Glew said. EPD is directing further comment to the U.S. Attorney’s office, he added.

Gomez was charged with racketeering conspiracy for alleged affiliation with the Organización de Narcotraficantes Unidos — which translates to the United Organization of Drug Traffickers — for over a decade. The organization is a group of drug traffickers based in Puerto Rico who are responsible for importing cocaine into New York and elsewhere.

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where the charges were filed, said in a written statement on Dec. 11 that Gomez “obtained firearms from drug dealers, transported those firearms to Puerto Rico, and provided those firearms” to Jose Martinez-Diaz — a member of La ONU who is also being charged in the indictment.

Gomez “then joined the DEA so that he could help members of the narcotics conspiracy, including Martinez-Diaz, evade prosecution by law enforcement,” the statement reads.

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2018/12/21/top-stories/former-epd-detective-accused-of-joining-dea-to-protect-drug-smugglers/

Dec 23: An Understaffed Oregon Sheriff’s Office Released A New Recruitment Video, And It’s Memorable

Willamette Week: If you’re looking for ideas for a recruitment video, this might give you some.  The video following the Sheriff’s speech may give provide some ideas.

https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2018/12/20/an-understaffed-oregon-sheriffs-office-released-a-new-recruitment-video-and-its-memorable/

Dec 22: This is the first police officer charged with a federal hate crime in at least 10 years

CNN: Small town police chief (now retired) charged by the feds.  His employees were secretly recording his racial statements before the incident as well as after.  These recordings along with other evidence were used by the FBI to charge the chief. Lt Dan

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/21/politics/first-police-officer-charged-with-hate-crime-in-years/index.html

Dec 22: Former police chief in western Pa. charged with stealing heroin from evidence room

Elizabeth is a small department and this case demonstrates the need to have internal controls for property and evidence.  In smaller departments this can be a challenge but internal controls must be put in place to mitigate the risk of this type of incident occurring. Lt. Dan

The Morning Call: Officers searched (Elizabeth Police Chief) Butler’s office. In his trash can were approximately 2,700 loose stamp bags and 62 bundles, which each contain 10 bags, according to the complaint. All were empty.

In and around Butler’s desk, investigators found 535 loose stamp bags — all empty. An evidence envelope labeled as containing “approx. 2,531 bags of heroin” was found empty, according to the complaint.

More evidence was missing from the evidence room.

One evidence envelope supposed to contain 1,000 stamp bags actually held 900 empty bags. Another empty envelope was supposed to contain 146 bags and had 134 empty bags inside. Another envelope held 554 empty stamp bags instead of the 627 full bags it was supposed to contain.

Butler, according to the complaint, also was in charge of collecting and depositing parking meter money. In previous years, the total had been between $4,000 and $6,000. No deposit was made in 2017.

https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-police-chief-charge-stealing-heroin-20181221-story.html

Dec 22: Police chief: Commander fired for actions during 'rough sex'

It will be interesting to see how this case turns out, based on privacy issues. Lt. Dan

KWTX: Dusterhoft has said sex with the woman was consensual and his attorney, Jason Nassour, says Manley is inserting himself into Dusterhoft's private life.  Nassour says his client will appeal the firing.

https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Chief-Austin-commander-fired-for-actions-during-rough-sex-503324301.html

Some L.A. pensions are so huge they exceed IRS limits, costing taxpayers millions extra

Agencies that have DROP take note, abuse of the system as outlined below is troubling.  AZ lost DROP a few years ago, not based on abuse, but mainly based on poor public perception regarding the program, based on some media coverage.  The public questions a defined pension system and a DROP payout when few workers today qualify for a defined pension.  Lt. Dan

The DROP program came under scrutiny this year after a Times investigation found that nearly half of the cops and firefighters who have entered the program — which pays their salary and pension simultaneously for up to the last five years of their careers — subsequently took injury leaves, typically for bad backs, sore knees, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions that afflict aging bodies regardless of profession.

The average absence was about 10 months, but hundreds took more than a year off, at essentially double their usual pay.

In response to The Times’ investigation, Mayor Eric Garcetti and leaders of the unions representing police and firefighters called for reform, requiring that people in DROP show up for about half of their scheduled hours in any given month in order to get the extra pension check. The proposal passed its first reading in the city council 12 to 0; a second vote is expected in January.

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-drop-pension-excess-20181216-story.html

Dec 21: Virgin Islands Police Department Achieves Substantial Compliance With Policing Consent Decree

Congrats VIPD: LD Consulting had an opportunity to work with VIPD and provide training for EIS and Inspections and Auditing. Lt. Dan

DOJ: The Justice Department today announced that the federal district court for the District of the Virgin Islands yesterday found the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) in substantial compliance with a consent decree relating to VIPD’s use of force practices.  The consent decree requires VIPD to now maintain compliance for a period of two years. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of the Virgin Islands have worked cooperatively throughout the duration of this matter.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/virgin-islands-police-department-achieves-substantial-compliance-policing-consent-decree

Dec 21: Watch a video about the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

NIJ: Joshua Young, a retired corporal of the Ventura Police Department in California and Class of 2015 Scholar of NIJ’s Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Program, discusses the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, which encourages the use of data and research to inform policing. He also talks about a randomized control trial he conducted on body-worn cameras and the support he has received from the LEADS program.

https://nij.gov/multimedia/Pages/video-leads-scholar-spotlight-american-society-of-evidence-based-policing.aspx?utm_source=eblast-govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=multimedia

Dec 21: The Special Challenges of Law Enforcement Fleet Safety

Fleet Weekly Newsletter: When we think of the safety of law enforcement officers, we usually think of the dangers they face from armed criminals. But when they drive a department vehicle, they also face the same kinds of dangers as every other fleet driver, with one difference: to do their jobs properly, they are forced into high-risk behaviors, like high-speed chases and interactions with drivers on the shoulders of roadways with fast traffic, often at night.

https://www.fleetmanagementweekly.com/the-special-challenges-of-law-enforcement-fleet-safety/

Dec 21: Rank and File reflections on emerging issues in law enforcement

Although this meeting was in 2017 COPS just released this information.  It may have been released previously, but has some good information.  Lt. Dan

COPS: As challenges to public safety evolve, so too must our responses. And who better to provide insights on the growing opioid crisis and other emerging issues facing law enforcement than the men and women who face them personally on a daily basis. It was for this reason that the COPS Office convened a forum of rank-and-file police officers in August 2017. Designed to discuss strategies and debate ideas for reducing crime—in particular illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime—the forum covered a wide range of issues facing the modern law enforcement officer.

https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-w0868-pub.pdf

Dec 20: Officers Using Firearms at Lowest Rate on Record, NYPD Says

NBC: Police officers' use of Tasers, meanwhile, jumped about 45 percent last year to 728 incidents

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYPD-Police-Officers-Using-Firearms-at-Lowest-Rate-on-Record-503146501.html

Dec 20: New Police Chief Announced for City of Pasadena, CA.

Pasadena, CA—John Eduardo Perez, a thirty-three year veteran of the City of Pasadena Police Department, has been appointed the City’s new Chief of Police by City Manager Steve Mermell.  Perez had been serving as the Interim Chief of Police since April 2018, after former Chief Phil Sanchez announced his retirement.

https://www.cityofpasadena.net/city-manager/news-releases/new-police-chief-announced-for-city-of-pasadena/

Dec 20: Thief In Wisconsin Walks Off With Cardboard Cutout Of Police Chief

A shoplifter with a sense of humor!  Lt. Dan

The life-size replica of the Green Bay police chief was warning against shoplifting, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. Chief Andrew Smith says over all, shoplifting is down 5 percent.

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/19/678089549/thief-in-wisconsin-walks-off-with-cardboard-cutout-of-police-chief

Dec 19: Former Elizabeth Borough (PA) Police Chief Resigned Over Drug Problem

Sources tell KDKA News that it appears Butler bought heroin from an undercover police officer and police are looking into missing drug evidence that Butler may have been able to access.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/12/19/elizabeth-borough-police-chief-drug-problem/

Dec 20: Web-based procurement could’ve saved state $1 billion

Oregon Secretary of State: Web-based procurement could’ve saved state $1 billionToday, the Secretary of State audit team and I released an audit showing that adoption of a statewide eProcurement system (such as OregonBuys) could have potentially produced more than a billion dollars in savings if it had been in use during the last biennium. If quickly implemented statewide, savings of this magnitude could close Oregon’s 2019-21 budget gap without raising taxes.

https://oregonsos.com/blog/2018/12/19/great-news-oregon-could-close-623-million-budget-gap-without-new-taxes

Link to audit report: https://sos.oregon.gov/audits/Documents/2018-45.pdf

Dec 20: Are Cops 'Off the Hook'? How Police Reform Has Changed Under Trump

Governing: The Trump administration has shifted away from overseeing police in favor of tackling violent crime.

Among this shift in policing priorities, Sessions revamped a community policing program in September 2017 that was established by Obama in 2011. Under the Collaborative Reform Initiative (CRI), departments could request a DOJ review of their practices, and afterward, receive a public assessment with recommended changes. Departments could also receive federal funding and training to help implement the changes.

Under the newly restructured Collaborative Reform Initiative, for example, 65 police departments across nine states have received technical assistance since the updated program launched in March of this year. Fifty-five of those departments have received de-escalation training, according to DOJ records.

http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-trump-sessions-consent-decrees-police-reform.html?utm_term=Are%20Cops%20%27Off%20the%20Hook%27%20How%20Police%20Reform%20Has%20Changed%20Under%20Trump&utm_campaign=U.S.%20Police%20Under%20Pressure%20to%20End%20Their%20Relationship%20With%20Israel&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

Dec 20: U.S. Police Under Pressure to End Their Relationship With Israel

Governing: Police departments have been sending their leaders to Israel to learn about the country's counterterrorism strategies since the 1990s. But growing opposition is pushing some to rethink these exchange programs. But critics of these programs, which include human rights groups, view them as a problematic sanctioning of the country's treatment of Palestinians.

http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-israel-us-police-training-programs.html?utm_term=U.S.%20Police%20Under%20Pressure%20to%20End%20Their%20Relationship%20With%20Israel&utm_campaign=U.S.%20Police%20Under%20Pressure%20to%20End%20Their%20Relationship%20With%20Israel&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

Dec 19: Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General to Investigate Spike in Pepper Spray Use at Juvenile Halls and Camps

News Video: NBC LA: Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday officially called on the Office of Inspector General to investigate a dramatic spike in the use of pepper spray by probation officers at juvenile halls and camps.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Pepper-Spray-Use-Investigation-502976261.html

Dec 19: Sheriff: Hillsborough deputy kills family, alerts fellow deputies over radio, then kills himself

Tragic case:  Lt. Dan

News Video: ABC: A supervisor got on air and tried to calm him down. During this time, three other Hillsborough County deputies located him off of school property. They made every attempt to convince the deputy not to kill himself, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news conference on Wednesday. Deputy Strawn ultimately killed himself in front of the three deputies.

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/deputies-investigating-murder-suicide-near-plant-city-high-school

Dec 19: Mississippi sheriff arrested on trafficking, witness retaliation, other felony charges

WREG.com: WEBSTER COUNTY, Miss. — State authorities have arrested a Mississippi sheriff on multiple felony charges.

Webster County Sheriff Timothy Mitchell was charged with embezzlement, two counts of trafficking stolen firearms, attempting sex with an inmate, tampering with physical evidence, retaliation against a witness, permitting possession or sale of a controlled substance in jail, and two counts of furnishing an inmate with weapons, cellphones and narcotics.

https://wreg.com/2018/12/19/mississippi-sheriff-arrested-on-trafficking-witness-retaliation-other-felony-charges/

Dec 18: New Questions About Dallas Police Response Time Claims

New Video: NBC 5: There are new questions about Dallas Police response times over calls that went unanswered by police about the safety of a North Dallas resident who turned out to be a murder victim.

The latest Dallas Police figures show Priority 1 response time averages around eight minutes. But response can be much, much longer for lower priority calls, if there is patrol response at all.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/New-Questions-About-Dallas-Police-Response-Time-Claims-502218361.html

Dec 17: Former Lincoln Arkansas police chief faces charges

LINCOLN -- State police arrested former Lincoln Police Chief Brian Key on Thursday on drug-related charges.

Key, 41, is accused of tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies. He was booked and released from the Washington County jail on $1,500 bond.

Officer Zeb Rone told Brown that he seized 12 prescription Xanax pills during a traffic stop and placed the pills in a drawer in the agency's squad room.

Rone said that when he went to get the pills to process them into the Police Department's evidence room, he found only three pills in the drawer. Morphis requested the surveillance video from the day in question and the video showed Key opening the drawer and removing an item, which he concealed in his hand, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also said that surveillance video showed Key prying open a locker belonging to officer Jeremy Brown and removing an envelope. A subsequent search of Key's office turned up a manila envelope with the initials "JB" on it, the affidavit said. The envelope listed the contents as a glass pipe with residue. The pipe wasn't in the envelope and couldn't be found in the office, the affidavit said.

Also found in the office was a small plastic bag with what appeared to be crushed pills in it, the affidavit said.

Brown reported that he was contacted by Morphis on Nov. 8, and Morphis said he had found numerous drug-related items in Key's police vehicle, which was used only by Key. Brown searched the vehicle and found drug paraphernalia.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/dec/17/former-lincoln-police-chief-faces-charg/

Dec 17: Sheriff tells deputies to change their stories about what happened after pursuit

NewsChannel5: SPARTA, Tenn. (WTVF) — Body camera video from May of last year appears to show White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe telling his deputies to lie about what happened following a long pursuit.

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/nc5-investigates-sheriff-tells-deputies-to-change-their-stories-about-what-happened-after-pursuit

Dec 16: Lawsuit Against Prince George’s Police Includes Allegations of ‘Egregious Misconduct’ by White Officers

NBC Washington: “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dennis Corkey, an attorney for the Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Lawsuit-Against-Prince-Georges-Police-Includes-Allegations-of-Egregious-Misconduct-by-White-Officers-502740801.html

Dec 16: War on cops is hurting morale -- Paula Fitzsimmons

Wisconsin State Journal: Editorial: Until attitudes change and cops are no longer treated as societal pariahs, this trend will likely continue.

https://madison.com/wsj/opinion/letters/war-on-cops-is-hurting-morale----paula/article_fcf377ab-beeb-57f4-ad27-fb30d4be37cb.html

Dec 16: Police officer busted after leading cops on chase after holiday party

NY Post: A New Jersey police lieutenant was arrested for leading cops on a chase early Friday morning after a boozy holiday party, sources tell The Jersey Journal.

Michael Dillon, 50, of the Jersey City Police Department, was charged with moving violations and released after the pursuit in Monmouth County, police said.

He has been suspended without pay and other charges are “pending” as cops investigate.

https://nypost.com/2018/12/15/police-officer-busted-after-leading-cops-on-chase-after-holiday-party/

Dec 16: Police Commissioners Spar with Oakland Police Department Over Authority to Revise Search Policy

East Bay Express: OPD's new version informs officers that they don't automatically have to search someone just because they're on probation or parole. Instead, the officer is advised to consider the entire context of the stop and whether a search will advance the rehabilitative goals of probation and parole and ensure public safety.

Ultimately, however, OPD's new version still gives officers discretion over whether to search someone who is on probation or parole.

Oakland's police commissioners say OPD's revision doesn't go far enough in limiting officers' discretion.

“The real modifications we did in the OPD version was simply, in most respects, to change a single word from should, that is discretionary, to must," Oakland Police Commissioner Jose Dorado explained to the city council last night during public comment on the item.

The police commission's version would bar OPD officers from searching someone simply because that person is currently on probation or parole. Instead, the officer must have some type of reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed in order to justify a search.

https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2018/12/12/police-commissioners-spar-with-oakland-police-department-over-authority-to-revise-search-policy

Dec 16: Columbus police vice unit to resume some operations during FBI investigation

10TV: The Columbus Division of Police says a select team of vice officers will resume operations.

All operations of the vice unit were 'paused' and placed under review in September after two high-profile cases: the arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels and the fatal shooting by an officer during a prostitution sting.

On Friday, police said the select team will focus on nuisance abatement in conjunction with the City Attorney's Office as well as liquor violations beginning immediately.

https://www.10tv.com/article/columbus-police-vice-unit-resume-some-operations-during-fbi-investigation

Dec 16: Portland police chief calls sluggish public records 'huge issue' that must be fixed

Oregon Live: "We don't want to re-victimize anyone again by making them wait for a long time and charging them for it," Chief Danielle Outlaw told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday.

The interview followed up on the news outlet's recent investigation that found people face high fees and long waits to get their own police reports from Outlaw's department largely because the function has been relegated to a skeleton crew.

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/12/portland_police_chief_calls_pu.html