American Confidence in Law Enforcement Very High

Highlights Per Gallup, 85 percent of Americans either have a great deal or some confidence in law enforcement. The media and Congress are at the bottom of the ratings. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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Highlights Per Gallup, 85 percent of Americans either have a great deal or some confidence in law enforcement. The media and Congress are at the bottom of the ratings. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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The Overwhelming Number of Police Shootings Involve Armed Suspects

  Observations The vast majority of police officers have never fired their guns. The overwhelming number of police shootings involve armed suspects. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist […]

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  Observations The vast majority of police officers have never fired their guns. The overwhelming number of police shootings involve armed suspects. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist […]

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Rate of Police Officers Decreases By 11 Percent

Introduction The increase in full-time law enforcement officers does not keep pace with the growth in population (8 percent versus 21 percent). The rate of full-time police officers decreased by 11 percent from 1997 to 2016 Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state […]

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Introduction The increase in full-time law enforcement officers does not keep pace with the growth in population (8 percent versus 21 percent). The rate of full-time police officers decreased by 11 percent from 1997 to 2016 Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state […]

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We Demand That Cops Be Warriors

Observations If the public demands quick resolutions to school and mass shootings or acts of terrorism, they are also insisting on military training and equipment. We train and encourage officers to be warriors because it’s necessary for many aspects of law enforcement. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning […]

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Observations If the public demands quick resolutions to school and mass shootings or acts of terrorism, they are also insisting on military training and equipment. We train and encourage officers to be warriors because it’s necessary for many aspects of law enforcement. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning […]

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The Media Is Not Our Enemy

Observations Regardless as to your feelings about media relations and the justice system, reporters will let you influence them if you are seen as knowledgeable and trustworthy. It’s in our best interest to fully engage. American cops feel that they are taking a beating, but as a profession, they are the most respected in the […]

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Observations Regardless as to your feelings about media relations and the justice system, reporters will let you influence them if you are seen as knowledgeable and trustworthy. It’s in our best interest to fully engage. American cops feel that they are taking a beating, but as a profession, they are the most respected in the […]

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Hacking Police Bodycams

Suprising no one, the security of police bodycams is terrible. Mitchell even realized that because he can remotely access device storage on models like the Fire Cam OnCall, an attacker could potentially plant malware on some of the cameras. Then, when the camera connects to a PC for syncing, it could deliver all sorts of malicious code: a Windows exploit…

Suprising no one, the security of police bodycams is terrible.

Mitchell even realized that because he can remotely access device storage on models like the Fire Cam OnCall, an attacker could potentially plant malware on some of the cameras. Then, when the camera connects to a PC for syncing, it could deliver all sorts of malicious code: a Windows exploit that could ultimately allow an attacker to gain remote access to the police network, ransomware to spread across the network and lock everything down, a worm that infiltrates the department's evidence servers and deletes everything, or even cryptojacking software to mine cryptocurrency using police computing resources. Even a body camera with no Wi-Fi connection, like the CeeSc, can be compromised if a hacker gets physical access. "You know not to trust thumb drives, but these things have the same ability," Mitchell says.

BoingBoing post.

from https://www.schneier.com/blog/

UK Police Leaders See Safety Risk in Brexit Quagmire

As a Brexit deadline approaches, UK police officers stand to instantly losing vital access to cross-border investigative powers and crucial databases. Police leaders have implored the UK Home Secretary to make contingency plans.

A no-deal Brexit poses a substantial risk to public safety, with police officers instantly losing vital access to cross-border investigative powers and databases, reports the Guardian. In a leaked letter, the national body of police and crime commissioners urge Home Secretary Sajid Javid to immediately draft contingency plans, warning that officers faced “a significant loss of operational capacity” should the UK crash out of the European Union in March. They say that they are becoming “increasingly concerned that such a loss of capacity could pose significant risks to our local communities.” The letter from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) nonpartisan Brexit working group expresses alarm that the government does not appear ready for such a crisis.

The European commission’s Brexit preparedness unit, operating under its German secretary general, Martin Selmayr, has already said it would “switch off the databases” if a deal was not struck in the coming months. The APCC letter says British police make regular use of 32 different law enforcement and national security measures that depend on EU membership. These include the European arrest warrant – under which 1,735 arrests were made in the UK last year and more than 10,000 people were extradited since 2004 – and the Schengen information system (SIS), a vast database used by police to search for terrorist suspects, missing people and to check vehicle registrations and passport details. The SIS was checked 539 million times by British officers in 2017. UK courts depend on the European criminal records information system to establish the history of foreign offenders.

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Austin PD Addresses Lingering Trauma Officers Can Face

Involvement in traumatic events like shootings can lead to years of anxiety and worse for police officers. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, acting on an increase in alcohol-related incidents among officers this year, says he has made their mental health a priority.

Police officers often endure years of anguish after they are involved in shootings and other traumatic events. The stress, trauma and burnout from these life-or-death encounters have prompted the Austin Police Department to examine whether it provides the necessary resources to police and civilian staff, reports the city’s American-Statesman. Seeing an increase in alcohol-related incidents among officers this year, Chief Brian Manley has made mental health in the department a priority. He has commissioned a group of experts — including physicians, wellness specialists, peer-support officers and chaplains — to look at how to identify symptoms of post-traumatic stress and how to prevent and treat mental health crises.

“This is an issue that is problematic for police departments across this country,” Manley said. “We recognize that there is probably more that we can and should be doing…We care about them as people, and I think that we have a duty to do everything we can to enhance their health and well-being.” During their career, an officer experiences an average of 188 critical incidents, including being beaten, shot at or threatened with a gun, a 2018 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found. Law enforcement officers are five times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress in their lifetime than the general population, according to the report. First responders, including police and firefighters, also are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, it found. “This is a career where you can’t unsee things that you have seen,” Manley said. “Every officer walks around with visions of things that they have experienced during their career. That impacts you.”

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MN Sheriff, Small-Town Editor Face Off After Drowning

Larry Dobson says he was doing his job when he made his way to the scene of a drowning on July 17. The local sheriff said the journalist was intruding. The two have been trading barbs over who was right and wrong.

Newspaper publisher Larry Dobson crawled through brush last month to get three photos of Dodge County, Minn., officials investigating the drowning death of a 7-year-old boy, but his newspaper never published the photos. Instead, Dobson, 75, has been thrust into a First Amendment controversy after the sheriff’s office confiscated the memory card from his camera and held onto it for more than a week while Dobson’s actions were scrutinized for possible criminal violations, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The resulting brouhaha has become big news in farm communities west of Rochester, where the publisher of three weeklies and the sheriff have been trading barbs over whose rights may have been trampled in the wake of a small-town tragedy.

In an editorial published July 25, Dobson blasted Sheriff Scott Rose for “spreading lies” and prompting social media attacks aimed at destroying his reputation. “I did nothing wrong, but the sheriff sure did,” Dobson wrote. The sheriff replied with a lengthy rebuttal on the agency’s Facebook page. While saying his office would not charge Dobson, the sheriff maintained that the journalist intruded on a potential crime scene, which was “upsetting to those conducting the highly stressful work of recovering a deceased child, near the child’s family members, while knowing they are being photographed.” The dispute started on July 17, when Dobson traipsed through the woods to get access to a pond where officials were investigating a drowning. The sheriff accused Dobson of “hiding in the brush,” and one of investigators confronted the journalist.

 

 

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Watchdog Group Crowdfunds Police Domestic Violence Records

Collaborative news group Muck Rock is launching a new project that aims to shed light on the problem of domestic violence perpetrated by police officers. But according to the group, the cost of paying for these records is “daunting.”

Collaborative news site and watchdog group Muck Rock is asking for the public’s help in paying the “huge fees” involved in getting law enforcement to release police domestic violence records.

“Tracking the number of police officers accused of domestic violence is vital to public safety, particularly for women, as these public servants are tasked with responding to calls from victims of domestic violence,” Muck Rock noted in a release on Tuesday.

“According to the National Center for Women & Policing, 40 percent of families with police officers in them experience domestic violence, a far higher rate than the 25 percent affected in the general population.”

Muck Rock reports that Plano, Texas is charging $508 for the records; the Dallas Police Department wants $341.11; and Collier County, Fla. says the reports cost $257.85. The project is still in the launching stage.

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