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When Citizens Force The Police To Resort To Using Force

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From a letter to the Ledger:

Thanks to the president, his former attorney general, Al Sharpton, Black Lives Matter and their ilk, a once great America is currently approaching lawlessness. Increasing murder and other crime rates seem to coincide with attacks on law enforcement officers. Gee, what a coincidence.

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New Jersey Police Association: Christie Politicizing Police With ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’

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Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey
From the too-little-too-late-department:

The New Jersey state police association rejected a move by Gov. Chris Christie to make tomorrow “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,” accusing the Republican presidential candidate of politicizing police to gain traction in the national polls.

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New State of the Art Police Training Center Opens In Philadelphia

With a snip of enormous scissors, Mayor Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, and other top city officials Thursday inaugurated a new police training center in Northeast Philadelphia that they hope will go a long way to create a force for this era.

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Special Victims Unit: Female NYPD Officers Reveal Their Most Heartbreaking Stories

Life in the NYPD is something that’s highly regarded in pop culture and also something that’s heavily scrutinized in the media. What it isn’t, though, is an easy feat in terms of mental and physical stability — or longevity. This is especially true for the women detectives.

Note: Some stories in this article may be disturbing to readers, as they involve child abuse, sexual abuse, and graphic violence. Last names have been omitted according to the wishes of the sources and the confidential nature of the information published.

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Fargo, North Dakota, Police Use New Social Media App To Live-Stream Traffic Stops

Officer Schindeldecker with the Fargo Police Department explains the use of apps.
Officer Schindeldecker with the Fargo Police Department explains the use of apps.
Could someone be watching your traffic stop live on the internet? Fargo, North Dakota police are using Periscope, an app that lets you live-stream video.

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Corinth Officer’s Gun Used To Shoot Him In Chest And Shoulder

A Corinth, Mississippi police officer, is recovering after being shot twice early Wednesday morning.

Officer Kevin Parker, Jr. was responding to a prowler call on Bell School Road when he was shot around 4:40 a.m. 

A man ran in front of his car, charged the officer and was able to get his hand on the officer’s gun during a struggle and turn it on him.

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St. Louis Police Puts Emphasis On Strong Social Media Presence

The St. Louis County Police Department’s Twitter feed was buzzing this week with moment-to-moment updates during protests commemorating Michael Brown’s death one year ago.

As Black Lives Matter demonstrators gathered in Ferguson, Mo., officers provided a wide breadth of coverage that almost resembled posts from local media outlets or citizen journalists.

This embrace of social media marks a shift in priorities for a police department that was relatively quiet last year. At the time, the department had just one public information officer, Sgt. Brian Schellman. That’s not uncommon for a department its size, but it proved utterly insufficient in the wake of the countless emails and interview requests that inundated Schellman after Brown’s death.

“I think he was going on two or three hours of sleep a night, so they expanded the [county] department, which included opening up a social media position,” says Vera Culley, who was hired to handle the county’s social media accounts in November 2014.

Culley, an African-American web producer with extensive journalism experience, says her goal was tell the police department’s story, which she felt had gotten lost.

“There was no way in the world they were going to ‘win on social media,’” she says. “But there was no reason for them to not be in the conversation. My approach was to simply join the conversation. Make sure the facts were being reported as facts.”

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p id=”yui_3_18_1_1_1439567714026_1789″>St. Louis is not alone in awakening to the importance of social media in shaping the narrative of controversial events; police departments across the nation are overhauling their public relations strategies.

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Minnesota Police Trained To Identify Veterans In Crisis

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Some police officers across Minnesota are going through training on how to identify veterans in crisis.

The training is meant to help officers recognize and offer support for a growing number of returning war veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.

Officers from St. Paul, Minneapolis and Richfield police departments as well as University of Minnesota and Metro Transit officers took part in the training. Minnesota has the distinction of being home to the longest deployed national guard unit in the country.

Baker is a defense attorney who co-teaches a class called, “De-escalation Strategies for Minnesota Veterans in Crisis.” He tells officers what to look for, like combat badges, bumper stickers or clothing that helps identify a person as a veteran.

“What we want is to understand that this is a veteran, and if it’s a veteran crisis, how do we get them to treatment,” Baker said.

Officers from the St. Paul Police Department took part in the training, too.

“It’s a new item in our bet that we will be able to use and hopefully use less force,” St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Paulos said.

Sgt. Paulos says it’s not a free pass for veterans, but a tool that can be used to get them the help they need.

Source: CBS Minnesota.

San Francisco PD Finding Criminals On Instagram

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Please, do continue posting incriminating evidence on Instagram. Thank you!
San Francisco Police Officer Eduard Ochoa is SFPD’s “Instagram Officer.” 

“[Instagram] does help us tremendously in obtaining information from suspects,” said SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. “They post pictures of illegal activity. Some criminals even brag about it.”

That’s what led to the arrest of a 17-year-old who went by the Instagram username “40glock-” and was later charged with two counts of possessing firearms.

Officer Ochoa had been monitoring the minor’s Instagram account after becoming familiar with him as well as another man, Marquis Mendez, from prior investigations.

“I saw [the accused] and Marquis Mendez, all possessing a firearm at one point or another in these Instagram photographs. I knew [the 17-year-old] was on probation. I knew Mr. Mendez was a wanted felon and a prohibited person,” Ochoa said in a testimony that appeared in the court’s ruling.

The photos showed the teen with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

Based on the Instagram pictures, the officers decided to perform a probation search, where the suspects were detained — still wearing the same clothes they had been wearing in the Instagram photographs that Ochoa had seen earlier that evening.

Instagram photos often end up being used as evidence in court.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.