Author Archives: American Police Beat

Sin Tax Funding

Via WPDS Local 6 News: Mayfield, KY — The first of four liquor stores coming to Mayfield has opened, and the Mayfield Police Department is reaping the benefits.   A percent of the taxes paid by customers and license fees paid by the owners goes straight to the police department. Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent

Police Hostility Increasing

Via An alderman running for St. Louis mayor has asked the union representing city police officers to fire their business manager, Jeff Roorda, over a social media attack leveled at another mayoral candidate.   Thursday evening’s statement from Alderman Lyda Krewson, D-28th Ward, targets Roorda’s Facebook post that called city Treasurer Tishaura Jones a

Blue Lives Legislation

Via The Missourian: Protecting law enforcement officers is the main objective of two bills that the Missouri house passed Thursday.   One bill increases criminal penalties for some crimes against law enforcement officers. The other creates a mass-alert system to help track down perpetrators who harm or kill a law enforcement officer. Both bills now

Overtime and Fatigue

Via the Boston Herald: Boston police officers and detectives earned millions of dollars in detail pay last year—with 17 pulling in more than $100,000—in what some law enforcement experts warn is risky on-the-beat behavior that can lead to fatigue, potentially placing the public and even the cops in danger.   “If you’re fatigued and exhausted,

Cops Love Data

Via USA Today: For more than a decade, coteries of academics, and ex-cops who became academics, have been selling the idea that CompStat, the police command accountability and crime strategy system developed in the New York Police Department in the mid-1990s, is responsible for the deterioration of police-community relations across the country.   Nothing could

Overtime to Skyrocket

Ed. note: President Trump said a lot of stuff on the campaign trail, including the following: “I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done.” Yet he’s been going to his country club in Florida almost every weekend. If this pattern holds course, it could mean massive OT for

VIDEO: All Drive-Thrus Matter

Generally speaking, when people hear about cops saving someone, it usually involves a person or animal. And obviously there’s nothing the internet loves more than videos and photos of certified peace officers pulling old ladies out of flaming vehicles or risking hypothermia by diving into an icy pond to save a dog that chased a

No Immigrant Cops

Via The Denver Post: The national immigration debate amplified by President Donald Trump colored the discussion Monday about a Colorado measure to require U.S. citizenship for law enforcement officers.   The Republican-led state Senate approved the bill on an initial voice vote but Democratic lawmakers blasted the effort as “extreme” and “anti-immigrant.”   State Sen.

One Happy Family

Via the St. Louis Post Dispatch: A Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader might have been shot in his sleep because he had told his wife he wanted a divorce, St. Francois County Prosecutor Jarrod Mahurin said Monday after filing murder charges.   “It may have been a marital issue,” he told a reporter. He said