Author Archives: American Police Beat

This Ain’t Colorado!

This Ain’t Colorado!

Via the Times-Herald Record: WARWICK, NY – Police said they seized 275 marijuana plants, with a street value of about $360,000, during Monday night’s raid of a four-bedroom Colonial in the Horizon Farms subdivision that drug traffickers had turned into a grow house.   The operation resulted in the arrests of two Bronx men who

Sheriff Wants Out

Via (Virginia)—The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department is dropping its application to partner with federal-immigration officials under the controversial 287(g) program because Sheriff Bob Mosier no longer believes it’s necessary.   Mosier said Wednesday he made the decision because of what he understands to be a recent change in protocol by U.S. Immigration and Customs

Ft. Lauderdale: What Went Wrong

Via the Sun Sentinel: The 12 hours of turmoil that engulfed Fort Lauderdale’s airport after a gunman slaughtered five travelers in January was sparked by false reports of gunshots and aggravated by authorities who struggled to manage the crisis.   Security screeners abandoned their posts and ran; a swarm of police officers terrified passengers and

We Need Cops!

Via The San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego’s struggles to recruit and retain police officers have gotten worse since last fall, prompting the leader of the city’s police officers labor union to demand new solutions and “straight talk” from city politicians.   Despite recent compensation increases and stepped-up recruiting efforts, the number of officer vacancies

Cops or “Security?”

Via the Chicago Tribune: The union representing Chicago’s airport police officers moved Wednesday to halt the city’s effort to rebrand them as members of a security force — signs of a battle that is emerging as aviation police are under internal review and outside investigation in the wake of the United Airlines passenger dragging incident.

Hero Cops Honored

Via Five people, including a Jersey City firefighter who ran into a burning building while off-duty, will be honored with Valor Awards at the annual 200 Club of Hudson County luncheon later this month.   The five — New Jersey Transit Police Officer Victor Ortiz, Jersey City Firefighter Luis Colon III, and Jersey City

Meet the Secretary

As President Trump’s DHS Secretary, John “Mad Dog” Kelly (above) is a high-profile member of the new administration where previous DHS secretaries weren’t quite as well known. Here are few quotes from Sec. Kelly that can give people a window into the way Kelly thinks about things. On reading media reports about DHS and so-called

How Was School Today?

Via No drugs were found in a search of Worth County High School in Georgia Friday; a search that has the community buzzing.   Students went home to tell parents that not only did law enforcement search the school for drugs, but their persons were patted down by officers.   Worth Co. Sheriff Jeff

We’re Not Interested?

Via Forbes: Taxpayers across the country breathed a sigh of relief after the arrest of Sagar Thakkar, a 24-year-old Indian man accused of running those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. Indian police arrested Thakkar earlier this month, claiming he was the mastermind behind the scam where callers posed as IRS agents to collect bogus

Police Report Questioned

Via the Los Angeles Times: The Chicago aviation officers who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines flight filed reports saying the traveler was “aggressive” when responding to requests to give up his seat and flailed his arms while fighting with officers.   The reports, released Monday in response to Freedom of Information Act