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Law Enforcement Operation ‘Reverse Christmas Parade’ Yields Outpouring of Toys

Brevard County, Florida – Law Enforcement Officers from throughout Brevard County walked miles to gather toys for kids at Christmas. Continue reading Law Enforcement Operation ‘Reverse Christmas Parade’ Yields Outpouring of Toys

Queensland Police Cop a Cuddle At the Ekka

In showbiz they say not to work with children or animals, but it worked out great for some excited police officers at the Ekka this week.

The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the smell of dagwood dogs filled the air as officers and police volunteers had a ball meeting families at the Ekka this week. At both the Ekka police station on Gregory Terrace and the RACQ Animal Nursery marquee, officers were providing free wristbands for children, with their parent’s mobile numbers on the inside, just in case little Johnny wandered off in Sideshow Alley without telling Mum.

The police buggy at the Ekka police station was a big hit, with many families stopping to pose for a few happy snaps. Our officers couldn’t resist snapping one themselves!

In between wristbands, a couple of the officers managed to sneak in a few trips to the dog pavilion and cuddle some cute baby animals in the Nursery.

Senior Constable Diana Kratochvil was delighted to be reunited with Digby the Tifador Golden Retriever, who she met as a puppy three years ago. Diana, who next week begins fostering one of the gorgeous girl puppies from the XYZ litter, also picked up some handy puppy owning tips from breeding dog Ushka at the police display.

Diana and Acting Senior Constable Michelle Woods were very excited to visit the animal nursery, where they were welcomed by some lively baby goats. Michelle was even able to get close enough to give one a pat, conquering her fear of being rammed by an overly excited goat.

Diana and Michelle were also treated to cuddles from two cute seven week old puppies, who were so thrilled by their visit they couldn’t keep still. The puppies were the source of many smiles and laughter from the officers, providing a great end to a successful day.

Source: myPolice QPS News.

New Nissan X-Trail Provided for Lachlan Local Area Command by Local Business


Forbes business Frank Spice Nissan has again provided practical support to local police, supplying the Lachlan Local Area Command with a brand new Nissan X-trail.

The 2015 model X-trail is the third vehicle the Nissan dealer has provided to the Lachlan command, for use in community engagement activities.

Senior Constable Daniel Greef and his commander Superintendent Chris Taylor said the agreement with Frank Spice was a good example of working with the community.

“This is a great example of community engagement – of working with local businesses and local people to benefit the community. It brings a lot of benefits to both parties – the police and the community,” Superintendent Taylor said.

Read more in Parkes Champion Post.

Ballarat Police Launch Facebook Page

Ballarat Police want the community to like their new Facebook page.

Victoria Police’s Eyewatch social media page allows local police to share updates about crime and community safety. The page also allows the community to connect with police. 

The creation of the Ballarat police Facebook page comes three years after the program was launched in Victoria. 

Two years ago, former police and emergency services minister Kim Wells announced an expansion of the Eyewatch initiative to include Bendigo, Mildura and some Melbourne police service areas.

Read more in The Courier.

Source: www.thecourier.com.au

Teens Get Training In Student Citizen Police Academy In Binghamton, New York

Summer vacation may have already started, but nearly 20 students returned to a classroom in the basement of Binghamton City Hall on Tuesday to learn about becoming a police officer.

The class was part of the first Student Citizen Police Academy launched by Mayor Richard David in June. The free program ran from June 2 to July 2 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. David said the free SCPA classes would likely be offered again in the fall.

Students had to be 16 or older to enroll in the program. Those 18 and older could ride along in a police car with an officer, and all students learned about almost every unit within the Binghamton Police Department, including SWAT, CSI, K-9, Patrol Division, Computer Forensics, DWI, Special Investigations Unit and the Community Response Team.

Read more in Press & Sun Bulletin.

Source: www.pressconnects.com

Shoalhaven Cops Win NAIDOC Week Koori Cook Off

One of the most popular events at the Shoalhaven NAIDOC Family Fun Day at the Nowra Showground on Wednesday was the annual Koori Cook Off.

Four teams, representing the NSW Police Shoalhaven Local Area Command, Aunty Jean’s Chronic Care Program, Shoalhaven Jarmbies, the local Aboriginal men’s group and Waminda took part in the third annual challenge.

Hosted by the Heart Foundation, the aim of the cook-off was to find the best cooks on the coast.

Local elders judged the final results and for the record the boys and girl in blue from the Shoalhaven Local Area Command claimed the win with their abalone stir fry and salt and pepper squid.

Watch the report in South Coast Register.

Source: www.southcoastregister.com.au

Muslim Leaders Urged To Boycott Ramadan Dinners Organised By Australian Federal Police

Muslim community members are urging their leaders, imams and representatives to boycott Ramadan dinners being held this year by the Australian Federal Police.

A group called Concerned Muslims Australia has started a petition on change.org and encouraged all Muslims to stay away from the annual events in Sydney and Melbourne this month.

Nearly 500 people have already signed the petition, with some commenting that their reason for joining is that the AFP “stab us in the back and then invite us for dinner”.

Another comment read “it is incredulous that the same agencies that harass, discriminate and target the Muslim community would expect it to break bread with them. Not only incredible but disingenuous in the extreme.”

Read more in Naracoorte Herald.

Source: www.naracoorteherald.com.au

Former Cop: Comply With Police, Avoid Confrontation

The Florida-based South Brevard County Task Force hosted a seminar Thursday on interacting with law enforcement.

If young, distrustful black men lose their cool and try to resist or confront a police officer on the streets, they will lose 100 percent of the time, Larry Carter warns.

“When approached by the police for whatever reason, you should be focused on two major goals: avoiding a confrontation and staying out of jail,” said Carter, a retired Melbourne police sergeant with 29 years of law enforcement experience.

“Now, how do you avoid a confrontation? Comply. And that will keep you out of jail,” he said.

Carter addressed about 30 attendees during a “Police Interaction: Surviving the Police Encounter” seminar Thursday night at the Grant Street Community Center. The event was organized by the South Brevard County Task Force, a grassroots crime-fighting group.

Carter plans to organize a second seminar featuring a defense attorney within the next 30 days at the Grant Street Community Center. A police roundtable will highlight a third session, which has not yet been scheduled.

Read more in Florida Today.

Source: www.floridatoday.com

Toronto Police Aboriginal Liaison Officers Build Bridges With Community

Building bridges with Toronto’s aboriginal community is a job for a Toronto Police officer such as Const. Michael Jeffrey

“Certainly the walls have been coming down,” the veteran cop, an aboriginal liaison officer working in 51 Division, tells the Toronto Sun on a recent ride-along. “It comes down to respect, that’s where it starts. If you are respectful to them, they’re usually respectful back.”

Being Native himself also helps him to connect with the Aboriginal community, he said.

Jeffrey’s mother was from Kenesatake, a Mohawk settlement near Oka, Quebec — the site of the 1992 Oka crisis.

But Jeffrey knew little about his culture growing up. It wasn’t until adulthood that he began embracing his roots, giving him an identity, he said.

Jeffrey decided to become a police officer 13 years ago after working in Victim Services Toronto as a civilian. The married father of two teen boys was assigned to 51 Division 11 years ago.

“I knew immediately I wanted to work with the aboriginal community,” Jeffrey said.

It’s 10 a.m. and the streets of the city’s most active police division are bustling with a wide diversity of people — professionals off to work, cyclists, nannies pushing strollers, seniors out for a walk, disabled people on scooters, prostitutes out on the prowl and addicts looking for a fix.

Jeffrey has his first encounters of the day with some native people in Allan Gardens.

He chats briefly with an older native women reading on a park bench, then turns his attention to several aboriginal men at the next bench.

One has a bottle of beer tucked behind his back as he sits, the other is standing with one arm tucked against his side preventing the bottle in his jacket from dropping.

But rather than write tickets for drinking in public, he jokes with the men.

Read more in Toronto Sun.

Source: www.torontosun.com

Queensland Police Commissioner Explains Changing Nature of Blue Line

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says that with enough community engagement and awareness, domestic violence can become a scourge of the past.

Addressing the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s inaugural Conversations breakfast yesterday, Mr Stewart said it was only with stronger community effort and collaboration that domestic and family violence rates would be reduced.

It came under the broader topic of the role of police in community safety, which Mr Stewart told the sold-out breakfast, involved modernising policing methods which had changed over the past 40 years.

Read more in The Chronicle.

Source: www.thechronicle.com.au