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Overtime and Fatigue

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,

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.

Taxed for Safety

Via The Philadelphia Inquirer: For decades, towns across Pennsylvania—many of them small, rural, and cash-strapped—have relied on the Pennsylvania State Police.   Some have shuttered their own police departments, realizing that it’s far cheaper to have troopers respond to calls within their borders than to pay the salaries, benefits, and equipment needed for their own

Chemical Weapon Traces

Via Raw Story: William Christopher Gibbs, a 27-year-old man from Fannin County, Georgia, is under FBI investigation after driving himself to the hospital last week, claiming he came into contact with the deadly substance ricin.   Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby confirmed that Gibbs’ car tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison that is found

VIDEO: Bad Move, Guys

There’s a wild video on YouTube showing armed men entering a police station in Michigan and nearly starting a blood bath. If you start a conversation about who represents the biggest threat to Americans, in terms of public safety, odds are people will usually wind up disagreeing about whether or not we should be more

FBI Was Called!

Via Denver’s CBS Channel 4: CBS4 has learned that local law enforcement authorities in Colorado warned federal authorities more than once that Joshua Cummings, who was on a federal terrorism watch list, was in Colorado and staying at a South Broadway motel.   However, it’s unclear precisely what federal authorities did with that critical information.

Tech Workers Revolt

Via The Hill: Cybersecurity researchers are not working with law enforcement agencies and conferences are reconsidering events in the U.S. in the wake of President Trump’s executive order temporarily halting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries and refugee resettlement.   “I have incredible respect for the law enforcement community,” Jon Sawyer, a well-known Android phone

VIDEO: Cops Under the Microscope

The Huffington Post: Nearly 24 hours after a federal judge ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport to grant attorneys access to green card holders detained as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order, customs officials continued to deny them access.   But the obstruction went event further. Customs

Abiding by Trump

Via the New York Post: One of America’s biggest metropolitan areas has submitted to President Trump’s call for an end “sanctuary cities” — as the Mayor of Miami-Dade County has ordered his jails to comply with requests from federal immigration officials, according to a report.   Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he made the move for

Police Hiring Standards

Via ABC News: Close to 60 recent recruits were accepted into New Orleans Police Department training academy classes despite red flags for several “risk factors,” including possible drug use, unpaid child support and domestic abuse, federal monitors said.   Their report, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, was the latest black eye for a depleted