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BODY WORN CAMERAS: TECHNOLOGY FOR TRUTH
Advances in technology continue to revolutionize the world of law enforcement, with new initiatives and products designed solely to make the streets safer for citizens. Body cams are the latest tech pioneering public protection, with these wearable cameras offering a discreet and powerful solution to both evidence obtainment and officer safety simultaneously.
So the question is: what makes these wearable cameras so revolutionary?
Read More:http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/11/body-worn-cameras-technology-for-truth/
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DETROIT AND MEMPHIS FACE POLICE BENEFIT CUTS
It’s called “Blue Flu”—police officers protesting working conditions by calling in sick. On July 7, 522 police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, stayed home because they were sick—of having their benefits cut. Although the Memphis Police Association did not sanction the work slowdown, nearly a quarter of the force in Memphis stayed home on Monday. Michael Williams, president of the Association, summed up what the officers were feeling: “I would characterize it as officers that are stressed out, and they are very concerned about their futures.”

The problems began in June when the Memphis city council voted a one-two punch: Officers would pay higher health insurance premiums and eliminate while losing the 70% subsidy they had enjoyed for years. The future, with additional cuts looming, looks even bleaker. “We're in a crisis mode,” said Police Director Toney Armstrong. “We're going to do absolutely everything we have to do to make sure that public safety isn't compromised.”
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/10/detroit-and-memphis-face-police-benefit-cuts/
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VERTX/JIM SMITH TRAINING SEMINAR GIVEAWAY

Do you know an officer or someone serving in the military who has gone above and beyond to serve their community? If so, nominate a fellow officer or military serviceman for a chance to train with Jim Smith!  Vertx is selecting 5 lucky nominees for a FREE trip of a lifetime to train, shoot, and learn from Jim himself at his Spartan Tactical Training Facility in Keller, Texas! Nominate someone you feel deserves the trip of a lifetime here:http://www.wearvertx.com/jim-smith-training-seminar-giveaway.aspx 

Hurry because nominations end 7/31/2014 at midnight!
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IN MEMORIAM: OFFICER PERRY RENN
Chief Richard A. Hite of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department sadly reports that Officer Perry Renn, 51, was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Officer Renn and his partner responded to a “shots fired” call on Indianapolis’ northeast side of Indianapolis near the area of 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue.
They located the alley where the shots were reported to have been coming from.  As they were searching for the suspects in the narrow space, they encountered a group of young people, one of which was extremely agitated.  As officers confronted him, he brandished a semi automatic assault rifle.  The officers ordered him to drop the weapon as he raised the weapon to fire.
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/07/in-memoriam-officer-perry-renn/ 
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NEW APPROACHES TO CRIME PREVENTION IN OAKLAND
Crime is down in Oakland, California this year, thanks to a variety of police and community initiatives. Although Oakland is notorious for dramatic swings in its crime rate, both authorities and residents say they’re seeing significant improvements that seem likely to last.
The statistics are impressive. In 2012 and 2013, Oakland had more robberies than any other major American city. This year the number of robberies is down by 38% (1,076 so far), and armed robberies are down by 50%. Shootings are down by 35%, and homicides are down by 18% (to 28 as of May 11.)
Police and civic leaders say that private citizens deserve some of the credit:
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/06/new-approaches-to-crime-prevention-in-oakland/
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FINDING HELP SHOULD BE EASY
I've often thought about the difficulty I had finding help while my husband, East Hartford Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan, was feeling depressed, anxious and in crisis during the fall and winter of 2012. We didn't know who to call or where to turn. Paul looked to me to help him. He died by suicide on March 12, 2013 at the East Hartford CT Police Department.
Looking back, I wish that there was more that I could have done for my husband. What we needed was the right information, resources, doctors, and options. Paul should not have ever felt fearful about sharing the truth about what he was going through. He should not have feared seeking help; and, most importantly, it should have been an easy process.
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/02/finding-help-should-be-easy/
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COP HATING N.J. COUNCILMAN FANALE RESIGNS
As reported earlier on LET, Councilman David Fanale of the Franklin Borough New Jersey Council had brought his attacks against law enforcement to a new low.  Nearly 200 local LEO’s showed up for the meeting on Tuesday night to express their feelings about his Facebook comments and attitude. The Borough may be quiet, but Mr. Fanale has not been. He continually criticized and belittled the police both in Franklin and elsewhere. The tipping point to his endless criticism of law enforcement was a picture he posted June 25, 2014. It depicted a Calvin cartoon character urinating on the thin blue line symbol while flashing his middle finger at the viewer. He took it down the next day, but not before the fallout spread nationwide.
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/10/cop-hating-n-j-councilman-fanale-resigns/ 
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SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ COUNCILMAN DAVID FANALE “PISSES” ON THE THIN BLUE LINE
As we start the new work week after the July 4th holiday, we mourn the loss of three Indiana LEOs in three different incidents. The thin blue line just got thinner by three. To those who are not familiar, he thin blue line separating two black fields is symbolic. 

The thin blue line separates the criminals from the rest of society, society being one black stripe and the criminals the other. The symbolism is that the only thing separating society from the criminals is this thin blue line. Thus that line, when we lose an officer, gets a little thinner. 

This Facebook post mocking something which law enforcement considers sacred, understandably, caused instant outrage in the law enforcement community, including me. We all called for an apology, which we didn't get. 

Now LEOs are calling for his removal as he posts more and more anti police rhetoric. According to the New Jersey Herald, Franklin Borough Mayor Paul Crowley has called for Fanale’s resignation. The Advertiser News has also called for his ouster.

Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/09/sussex-county-nj-councilman-david-fanale-pisses-on-the-thin-blue-line/
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THE OTHER PATRIOTS
As I sat on my front porch two days after the July 4th celebrations and revelry had become a fading memory, like the haze and sound of fireworks, two thoughts struck me. First, I had read of the line of duty deaths of the Gary, Indiana and Indianapolis Metro police officers. Death takes no holidays, I thought. The other thought, we just celebrated the deaths of so many patriots who helped give birth to and survival of this great nation. Death seems to be a holiday. Now this may seem a little deep, maybe even a little disturbing, but bear with me.

I am a student of warriors, servants, and leaders, from all walks of life - not just law enforcement. True warriors, servants and leaders throughout history face death. Be it physical, spiritual or emotional, the test each faces is how they handle these encounters with death.

As cops, we seem to eventually develop immunity to death. For urban police officers, the adage, “Death is a fact of life.” is easily understood. Pictures of news headlines of death in places like Chicago, Detroit or New York might readily come to mind. You need to merely watch the latest Hollywood mega-hit movie and you can become desensitized to death. 
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/08/the-other-patriots/ 
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IN MEMORIAM: OFFICER JEFFREY WESTERFIELD
Chief Wade Ingram of the Gary (Indiana) Police Department sadly reports that Officer Jeffrey Brady Westerfield was shot and killed. 

Officer Westerfield, 47, was found shot to death at 5:45 a.m by a passing citizen, seated in his parked patrol vehicle near the intersection of 26th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Gary.

No suspects are in custody.  
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/07/in-memoriam-officer-jeffrey-westerfield/ 
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BE WISE WHEN DISSEMINATING WISDOM
Every organization has one or more (depending on size – large agencies are filled with them) supervisors or managers who cannot get people to follow him or her to the water cooler without formal authority to command obedience. Everyone knows who these people are, except the individual him or herself. This person may have the science of leadership in the arsenal, and the plaques on the wall to prove it, but the art of leading is absent. This person can tell you what a good leader does, but is consistently incapable of doing it. And is unaware of this fact!

He or she is typically an avid reader. As a result, this person will forward nearly every article read via email or social media.

As with their leadership style, the articles typically arrive without comment, questions, or worthwhile editorial—but as a command to be followed. If they happen to arrive with commentary, the words used will be effortlessly condescending, because this boss is unaware that he operates this way.
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/04/be-wise-when-disseminating-wisdom/
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OVERCOMING AN ASI - PROTECT AND SERVE!
Protecting and serving are basic policing tenants. Protect and serve IS law enforcement’s foundation in overcoming the challenges of tomorrow. The greatest challenge before the law enforcement community today is to reduce the growing frequency of Active Shooter Incidents (ASIs). 

Protect and serve is the two-pronged approach not limited to traditional policing. The term also dictates the role of law enforcement in overcoming an ASI. I am a proponent of stopping an ASI before the first shot is fired. I must digress at this point. All ASIs are not committed by use of a firearm. 

Columbine HS gave birth to the term “Active Shooter.” In the USA the weapon of choice is a firearm, yet we have incidents involving knives, and IEDS (Improvised Explosive Devices). Thus, Active Shooter is part of an all-inclusive term of “Active Killing.”
Read More: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/07/03/overcoming-an-asi-protect-and-serve/
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