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DOJ Drops Ball

The one thing that’s exceedingly clear about the current administration is that they’re very big on press releases, memos, and executive orders that are largely symbolic in nature. A good rule of thumb, at least as far as the criminal justice system is concerned, is don’t pink slip everyone before you’ve lined up replacements. After

Hate Crime Killings

Via CNN: A man fatally shot three people in less than two minutes in what police in Fresno, California, are calling a hate crime.   The three victims from the shooting rampage Tuesday were white, and apparently chosen at random, police said. The suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is black.   Muhammad had posted on

Pulse Response Report

Via the Orlando Sentinel: Nearly half of those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting died where they were dancing, without a chance to react or run for help.   Thirteen died in the bathrooms waiting for help during the three-hour hostage situation.   The revelations are part of a newly released 78-page presentation Orlando Police

Pursuit Policies Questioned

Via the Newnan Times Herald: The question of risk vs. reward was recently tested following a recent high-speed pursuit by Newnan Police Department (GA) and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.   The pursuit of a person suspected of armed robbery began outside the Newnan Pavilion retail area. The chase lasted only six minutes before the driver

ATF Warns Police

Via CBS Los Angeles: Federal authorities are cautioning Southern California law enforcement officers not to sell their firearms illegally.   In a March 31 memo sent out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, local sheriffs and police chiefs were warned of a growing trend

Gun-Free Zones

Via Greenville Online: Law enforcement officials and anti-violence activists are blasting a state proposal that would allow South Carolinians to carry guns — concealed or openly — without a permit or any training, saying it would endanger police and the general public.   “It would create opportunities for additional violence to occur,” said Greenville Police

You Mad, Bro?

Via the Pocono Record: Monroe County’s (PA) police and sheriff’s patrol officers are near the top of a new state list of comparative salaries, earning 25 percent more than its state counterparts.   The information is part of a massive database released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Development and Analysis Monday.

Dispatcher of the Year

Via SFGate: San Francisco emergency dispatcher Janet Atchan was in the last hour of a 12-hour shift when she got the call she and her colleagues fear most.   “Shots fired. Officer down.”   Atchan, 46, drew on her 25 years of experience as a dispatcher as she mobilized emergency crews and backup police officers

Policing In Paradise

Via KHON2: KHON2 has been telling you how Honolulu police are looking for new recruits.   Now the Kauai Police Department is also hiring and it’s even looking to the mainland for potential candidates.   Kauai has the smallest police force in the state, but they say don’t be fooled by their size.   “If

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