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VIDEO: Grammy Winner Supports Our Police

VIDEO: Grammy Winner Supports Our Police

We thought you’d enjoy listening to this moving song that Grammy winner Jon Secada wrote and recorded to support law enforcement officers everywhere. The Dade County PBA commissioned the song, which has been incredibly successful. You can download “Line of Duty” from all sites that sell music, including iTunes. What a boost for law enforcement at just the

Police Week Reflections

By Eric Kaiser For those of us in law enforcement, Police Week is one of our most important celebrations of the year. It is always celebrated during the week in which May 15 (Peace Officer Memorial Day) falls. Primarily, Police Week is geared towards remembering the 21,000 names that are on the Law Enforcement Officers’

Scared to Death

Via The New York Daily News: The family of an Illinois 16-year-old who killed himself hours after officers confronted him about an alleged recording of a sexual encounter on his phone intends to file a lawsuit against both the school district and the police department.   “I think they wanted to scare him straight,” Maureen

Infighting In Buffalo

Via The Buffalo News: Six African-American police officers who were promoted by the Buffalo Police Department earlier this year say they’ve been harassed and “treated like criminals” by their police union and fellow officers for accepting provisional promotions from the commissioner against their union’s directive.   Officer Deidre Carswell recalled how excited and honored she

The Motive Question

Via The Baltimore Sun: Authorities are investigating whether the stabbing death of a black college student who was visiting the University of Maryland during graduation weekend was a hate crime. The chief of the university police said Sunday the suspect, a white University of Maryland student, is a member of a racist Facebook group. An

Chief is Outraged

Via The Connecticut Post: The state’s police chiefs have fired back at criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union about how Bridgeport Police handled the shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron last week.   In a letter sent Tuesday morning, John L. Salvatore, president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, decried what he called “the current

Best Of Luck

Via The Hill: D.C. Metropolitan Chief of Police Peter Newsham called Tuesday’s attacks on protesters at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington “brutal.”   “Yesterday afternoon we witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the 1600 block of 23rd St. NW,” he said Wednesday at

Agency In Disarray

Via The Gazette: For years Delores Hiltz railed about shoddy work by Fremont County sheriff’s investigators after her 17-year-old daughter’s body was found stuffed under a bed in their Cañon City-area home.   The grieving mother couldn’t understand why detectives left a quilt she says her daughter “bled out on” after being nearly decapitated by

DOJ Blue Alerts

Via Breitbart: The Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) jointly announced the rollout of a “Blue Alert” program mandated by Congress in 2014 at a press conference Friday.   The National Blue Alert Network will work similarly to the more well-known AMBER Alert system. Instead of missing children, Blue

Yeah…That’s Illegal

Via IndyStar: Indiana’s two largest police departments both want drones; one for crowd surveillance at major gatherings Downtown, the other to monitor traffic at events such as the Indiana State Fair.   There’s just one problem. Both uses appear to be against the law in Indiana.   As the cost of drones drops and police