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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in partnership with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 National Police Week mobile app.

Whether you are joining us in Washington, DC, or participating virtually, this is your one-stop app for all events and activities taking place during National Police Week.

The app includes the official list of names newly engraved on the Memorial and their panel locations. The app also keeps you informed of any updates or changes to the schedule of events with notifications.

Tickets to the National Law Enforcement Museum and special National Police Week gift shop items can be purchased through the app.

Finally, the app is where you can watch the live stream of the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm. 

Be sure to download the app in Apple and Android stores by searching “National Police Week 2022.” To view on your browser visit eventmobi.com/nationalpoliceweek2022.


34th Annual Candlelight Vigil

Friday, May 13th will be dedicated to the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall. Together, we will honor the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their names will be read, with reverence, by high-ranking government and law enforcement officials. The ceremony will begin at 8pm.

This year, we are asking those who are not registered for the C.O.P.S. conference to register to attend the Candlelight Vigil here. Survivors, federal, state, and local government officials, law enforcement personnel, and the general public are welcome to sign up here.


Special Honor Guard Registration for National Police Week

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund offers several opportunities for law enforcement honor guards to participate in National Police Week. Honor Guard Cordons, Stand Watch for the Fallen, and a special reception just for Honor Guard members are among the opportunities to register for now!


Visit the Museum!

During National Police Week, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be open each day May 11 – 15, 10am to 5pm.

This is your opportunity to experience unique exhibits, our driving and decision-making simulators, and walk through time and discover the Museum’s collection of thousands of artifacts gathered throughout law enforcement history.


The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Verizon; platinum sponsor, Motorola Solutions Foundation; and all of our sponsors who have been instrumental in making National Police Week possible.

Stay tuned for more information about 2022 National Police Week over the coming weeks!

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Clay County Sheriff’s Office Gets Narcan Kits for K9s

Article by Heidi Schmidt for FOX 4 | fox4kc.com

 

LIBERTY, Mo. — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a donation that will help keep its K9 officers safe.

An organization called Vested Interest in K9s (VIK9s), donated Narcan kits to members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.

The kits are designed to be worn on the handler’s belt. Each kit holds a 4 mg nasal spray dose of Narcan. It can be given to a K9 if the animal is ever exposed to an opioid and overdoses on it.

“Thank you so much, @VIK9s! Narcan can reverse an opioid overdose and save lives. These will protect our canines in the event they come into contact with fentanyl. Only 2 mg of fentanyl is fatal for a human,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.

VIK9s is a non-profit organization that works to provide ballistic vests and other gear that can protect K9 while they are on duty.

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Could a Fire Service Shift Schedule Work for Law Enforcement?

Chief Aaron Nelson (pictured second from right) believes the new shift schedule solves officer health and wellness issue issues and creates longevity in the career. (Kittitas Police Department)

 

Article by Tim Dees for Police 1 | Police1.com

Law enforcement officers kid their fellow first responders in the fire service over the firefighters’ ability to sleep at the firehouse while they’re on the clock. A small police agency in Washington state is scheduling its officers on a similar model and getting great results.

The City of Kittitas (KITT-i-tass) lies in central Washington. The city is surrounded by farmland, has about 1,500 people, and is seven miles east of Ellensburg, home to Central Washington University. The police department has four sworn officers, including the chief, Aaron Nelson.

Nelson came onto the chief’s job suddenly, about a year ago. “My chief retired unexpectedly, and I was left trying to figure out how I can possibly provide 24-hour coverage with four cops, myself included, and still somehow train and account for vacations, with an overtime budget of $3,000 for the whole year. It just didn’t seem possible.”

Officers are able to park the cars inside the heated garage of a former fire station and have them plugged in.
Officers are able to park the cars inside the heated garage of a former fire station and have them plugged in. (Kittitas Police Department)

FIRE SERVICE-TYPE SCHEDULE

When the town’s fire department merged with a regional fire authority, it left vacant a newly remodeled firehouse, attached to city hall and across the hallway from the police station. Chief Nelson got the idea to put the city’s police officers on a fire service-type schedule. “Initially, we tried a 24/48, 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. That worked really well but just didn’t give the officers enough time to reset. A two-day weekend was just really not conducive to good mental health and wellness for our officers.”

The chief then tried a 48/96 schedule, two 24-hour days on duty, followed by four days off.

“The intention of this was just to somehow manage to fill our coverage,“ said Nelson. “What it ended up being was a huge boost to officer wellness and a huge boost to how the officers interact with people. I’ve lost count of how many compliments we’ve gotten from citizens on how well they’re treated and how happy the officers seem to be. And just in my daily interactions with the officers who are working the schedule, their morale is through the roof.”

EXTRA FACILITIES, CONTROL OVER SCHEDULE

The repurposed fire station offered facilities the officers didn’t have before.

“We have a full bunk room, a full kitchen, a living room and a laundry center,” said Nelson. ”Officers are able to park the cars inside a heated garage and have them plugged in. We retrofitted the cars so they’re plugged into a 110-volt outlet, so the computer and hotspot stay powered up. You’re ready to work on a moment’s notice.”

Initially, officers were required to spend a minimum number of hours patrolling, splitting the time between day and night. That gave way to a more flexible arrangement, where each officer decided when they were going to patrol and for how long.

“The less we manage them, the more proactive they are, the better they do about managing their own time and making sure they’re present,” said Nelson. ”I came from the private sector. I had my own company for 10 years before I became a cop. One of the things I learned as a leader is if you give somebody something good, they will go out of their way not to ruin it. By allowing the officers to budget their time as they saw fit, they made more traffic stops, more social contacts and patrolled more in the hours after midnight. They saw to it that the school zone was monitored every day when students were going to and from class.”

Sergeant Alan Parker echoed how the flexible schedule made him more productive: “When we had a set schedule of when you should be sleeping, it kind of restricted what we could do. If I have to be up at a certain time, then that means I’m going to go to bed at a certain time. Now that we’ve transitioned, we just basically take naps throughout that 48 hours. We’re getting consistently more proactive police work out of each officer for each 24-hour cycle.”

SCHEDULE LOGISTICS, COMPENSATION

Compensation hasn’t been as much of an issue as one might expect. Officers are paid for 18 out of every 24 hours on duty. The remaining six hours are considered to be “on call.” If they are called out during that time, they are paid overtime, with a two-hour minimum. Officers wind up working nine to ten 24-hour shifts over a calendar month.

With regard to ensuring adequate coverage for high-risk calls, Kittitas PD has the same issues any small agency experiences. Chief Nelson works a more conventional schedule, so there is usually only one officer on duty at any one time. The chief makes himself available to cover when needed during his duty hours and when off duty. The county sheriff’s office can also respond to back up city officers. The chief is trying to get another two officers hired so that there would be two cops on duty most hours.

Although Kittitas PD is clearly a small agency, Chief Nelson believes that the 48/96 schedule would work even better in a larger department. “A city with a 30,000 to 40,000 population has, probably, 30 cops. They’re used to having two to four cops per shift. With the 48/96 plan, you have 10. So if somebody goes to training, no big deal. If somebody goes on sick leave, no big deal. You have plenty of people.” If an officer takes a week off for vacation or training, the PD doesn’t have to backfill four or five duty shifts. They need to cover only one 48-hour tour if they even need to cover the shifts at all.

Word is spreading fast on the effectiveness of the 48/96 schedule. Nelson is meeting with a nearby agency that is considering the adoption of this schedule and is flying out soon to meet with management at another 50-officer department that is interested.

This innovative schedule clearly offers a benefit to the citizens of Kittitas, but Chief Nelson feels just as strongly about its benefit for the cops who work it. “It solves health and wellness issue problems. It creates longevity in the career. I mean, at eight years, I was ready to go, burnt out. I spent my whole career on the night shift, mostly working weekends, never saw my family, missed my kids growing up. Does that sound familiar? Like every other cop in the world. And that’s why you get people who punch out of this career after seven or eight years because it dominates your life. With this schedule, it no longer dominates your life. You can have a life outside of law enforcement.”

POLICE1 READERS RESPOND

  • I think it would be a great schedule for my agency. Even with dispatchers. We have a perfect building that we patrol that would work perfectly for this kind of schedule. It’s all about how you present it to the board and showing them the statistics in numbers of the benefits that this schedule would provide.
  • It sounds great, but for larger departments, where would officers park and snooze? No empty buildings or garages and for the city to put up buildings, would not fly with taxpayers. I’m retired and we worked 16 hours on/8 hours off, then 16 hours on/4 days off. It’s worth a try for larger departments. 

Could this schedule work in your jurisdiction? Share your opinions.

About the author

Tim Dees is a writer, editor, trainer and former law enforcement officer. After 15 years as a police officer with the Reno Police Department and elsewhere in northern Nevada, Tim taught criminal justice as a full-time professor and instructor at colleges in Wisconsin, West Virginia, Georgia and Oregon. He was also a regional training coordinator for the Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards & Training, providing in-service training to 65 criminal justice agencies in central and eastern Oregon.

Tim has written more than 800 articles for nearly every national law enforcement publication in the United States. He is the author of The Truth About Cops, a collection of answers written for Quora.com. He now writes on police applications of technology in law enforcement from his home in SE Washington state.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from San José State University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from The University of Alabama, and the Certified Protection Professional credential from ASIS International. He can be reached at tim@timdees.com.

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With or Without COVID-19, Some Nimble Court Processes Stick Around

St. Louis County Courts building in Clayton. (Photo: T.L. Witt)

Process changes at some local Missouri courts that occurred in response to COVID-19 may be here to stay regardless of COVID-19 community levels, judges are saying.

Cole County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Jon Beetem said that while the court had previously used occasional video, like for some confined defendants who waived their rights to confrontation, out-of-state witnesses and divorce cases where one party was located at a military site, the pandemic prompted the court to overhaul its equipment and video capability.

“To give you an example, the first few weeks of the pandemic, I ran my courtroom off my iPad,” Beetem said.

Fast forward to March 2022: Missouri’s courts are increasing their in-person proceedings and masks have become optional rather than a requirement, but judges are finding that some parts of court emergency policies make sense even with ebbing COVID-19 levels.

Remote proceedings in uncontested matters

Courtroom policy on which proceedings end up remote or in person varies based on individual judges. 

But Presiding Judge Michael J. Stelzer with the City of St. Louis Circuit Court said that across divisions, less formal discussions across all the court’s divisions can be easily held online, such as motions for continuances and setting cases for trial.

“I would say the less formal the procedure, the more likely the judges are to use Webex,” Stelzer said. “It’s not particularly a good use of the lawyer’s time to travel to the courthouse for literally a one-or-two-minute discussion with the judge about this and then leave to travel back to their office.”

Jackson County Circuit Court’s Presiding Judge J. Dale Youngs said he anticipates continuing to conduct case management conferences virtually.

“So I think no matter what the COVID numbers look like, I think we’ve realized that those kinds of proceedings, and others, can be safely and properly done remotely and I think we’ll continue to see that in the future,” Youngs said.

Others include uncontested matters, such as approval hearings for the settlement of a minor’s claim, a wrongful death action, and approving a person’s ability to settle their structured settlement payments that they’re receiving for one lump sum payment.

“If they’re traveling from one county to another or several counties away to appear in court, it doesn’t make sense to do that just for a setting, or something routine, if they can just jump on Webex and get it done,” Pulaski County Presiding Judge John Beger said.

Beetem said that his juvenile docket is almost entirely on video. While he prefers in-person review hearings upon first meeting parents of minors before him, he said that virtual hearings have greatly increased participation of parents.

“That’s probably the biggest advantage I’ve seen in juvenile cases,” Beetem said.

In a March 10 town hall meeting for the St. Louis County Circuit Court, its judges relayed the court’s plans to increase in-person proceedings. The court has phased out most of its reliance on Webex already in many of its divisions, but it is honoring summons sent out in January that still offered virtual proceedings as an option in cases before the associate civil and criminal courts. Associate Circuit Judge Jeffrey Medler estimated phasing out Webex for those proceedings by early June.

Presiding Judge Mary Otts said in the meeting that excluding appearances and evidentiary hearings that require the administration of an oath that must be held in person, informal proceedings may continue virtually rather than in person based on the judge’s discretion.

“That’s not to say that Webex is being abandoned,” Otts said. “That is not the case. There will be some efficiencies and some manners in which the judges in the associate criminal courts use Webex.”

Whether or not to go remote in court isn’t the only major shift in Missouri courtrooms.

Voir dire that’s here to stay

Stelzer said that for years, hundreds of jurors showed up on Monday mornings in St. Louis and the court had a “rough idea” of who needed jurors.

“It was a cattle call,” Stelzer said. “You had people lined up outside the courthouse coming in for jury duty, there’d be so many.”

Now, Stelzer said the court determines which cases are going to trial at least a week or two weeks ahead of time. Larger cases, which might have multiple criminal defendants, are scheduled between six to eight weeks in advance. Stelzer said it’s harder to find jurors who can participate in a longer trial, so jurors are brought in specifically for that case a week before.

“That system, how we’re doing that, was really developed in response to COVID,” Stelzer said. “We just could not bring in a large number of jurors like we used to.”

Stelzer said this has created more certainty for attorneys as they approach a jury trial in a given week.

“I think they’re not waiting around wondering if they’re going to get jurors or whether their case is going out,” Stelzer said. “It’s a little more certain that you’re going to trial, and there will be jurors for your trial.”

While Stelzer doesn’t anticipate ever eliminating the new voir dire process, the court is increasing the size of its weekly jury pools by April 18. 

Youngs of Jackson County said he anticipates his court’s nimble post-March 2020 approach to jury selection will be here to stay at least in the next few months.

“So I don’t anticipate if things continue to look good, we’ll not go back to the way we usually have done things,” Youngs said. “But for the time being, I think we’ll continue to summon jurors, select jurors for our cases, and hold cases the way we’ve been doing it.”

Youngs said that looking back on cases where attorneys highlighted the importance of the opportunity to explore the backgrounds of potential jurors leads him to believe that returning to a 250-strong jury pool is best.

“I think lawyers place a fair amount of importance on the jury selection process, and rightly so,” Youngs said.

At the same time, he’s received feedback from lawyers that they’ve had no trouble adapting to questioning smaller jury pools in less time.

“Because with the smaller group, they can be more efficient,” Youngs said. “You don’t have 72 people that you’re asking questions of, you have 35 people.”

Beger said that during COVID peaks in Pulaski County the court repurposed other buildings, including a community hall, a middle school gym and a Lion’s Club that held bingo, to spread out potential jury members for jury selection. Those precautions have subsided since then, and more recent jury trials are conducted the same as before, with the exception of some masks peppered throughout the jury box.

“I had a jury trial yesterday in Waynesville,” Beger said on March 16. “We just did it the good old-fashioned way.”

But in the event of a new variant or a rise in community levels, Stelzer said his court is prepared for whatever comes.

“We’ve had two years of doing it, and if we had go back — and I’m not saying it would be fun or that people would like it — but at least we have the orders crafted in place and we have procedures that we could put in place that we’ve had in place previously,” Stelzer said. 

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State Your Case: Should Crime Victims’ DNA be Included in a Criminal Database?

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Article from Police1.com

A woman in San Francisco was arrested for a property crime for which she became a suspect after a DNA match connected her to the crime. The DNA came not from a voluntary submission or as a result of a previous arrest, but from a sample that was volunteered as part of a forensic examination of her person after she reported being the victim of a sexual assault.

Officials say that the commingling of her victim DNA with the database for criminal investigation was an unforeseen and unintentional result of using various DNA samples for quality control measures. 

The undisclosed property crime was dismissed. Whether that was due to a looming lawsuit, an ethical and legal question that might not survive a court challenge, the case has rattled civil rights advocates and politicians. The woman now plans to sue the city.

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Funeral Plans Set for Slain Bonne Terre Police Officer

Article by Gregg Palermo for Fox 2 Now

ST. LOUIS–Funeral arrangements have been announced for the Bonne Terre police officer who was killed in a motel shootout early Thursday.

Officer Lane Burns died Thursday after being shot multiple times by a suspect at a Motel 6. Burns and another officer, who was injured, returned fire, killing the suspect. Burns had ten years of experience in law enforcement and six with the Bonne Terre Police Department.

A funeral service will be held at the Mineral Area College Field House in Park Hills on Saturday, March 26. The family will receive visitors starting at 9 am until the service at 12pm. A funeral procession is scheduled to begin at the C.Z. Boyer and Son Funeral Home in Desloge, Missouri at 9 am and will lead to the burial service at the Harvey Cemetery in Carthage, Missouri.

Officer Burns leaves behind a fiance, Shannon Chasteen, and a 9-year-old daughter.

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BackStoppers is Now Assisting the Family of Patrolman Lane Burns

BackStoppers is now assisting the family of Patrolman Lane Burns who was shot and killed on March 17, 2022 after responding to a disturbance call where a suspect opened fire.

Patrolman Burns was 31 years old and had served five years in law enforcement. He leaves behind his 5-year old and 9-year old children and his loving family.

We stand by the family and friends of Patrolman Burns, the Bonne Terre Police Department and every life that Patrolman Burns touched. Patrolman Burns will honored and we will never forget his sacrifice.

“My heart is heavy and is with everyone who loved Patrolman Lane Burns. This is a great tragedy and there have been far too many. We will support the family of Patrolman Burns and his legacy will be honored.” – Chief Ron Battelle, BackStoppers Executive Director

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We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that public servants make every day when they go to work. We understand the burdens placed on surviving spouses and children when tragedies occur. We believe our community has an obligation to care for the loved ones of those who have protected us. We accept the responsibility to make that happen.  Join us in our cause.  Help us provide life-long support for families of fallen heroes by donating or joining online or by mail to the address below.

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What Facts—Not the Media—Say About Police Shootings

Article by Jim Glennon for Calibre Press

 

The New York Times, who touts themselves as the “paper of record,” published a story titled, “Despite Uproar Over Floyd’s Death, the Number of Fatal Encounters with Police Hasn’t Changed.”

The premise of the article can be found in the subtitle, “George Floyd’s murder set in motion shock waves that touched almost every aspect of American society. But on the core issues of police violence and accountability, very little is different.”

The insinuation throughout the piece is that this nation’s police officers fatally shoot – unjustifiably – an outrageous number of people each and every year. A number so egregious that it proves the entire system is corrupt, overtly racist, and criminally violent.

The intimation is that this wholesale criminal behavior is pervasive in every one of the estimated 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. It’s woven into the DNA of the profession and infiltrates the souls of its members. In their minds, this obvious and observable criminality continues despite the spotlight on the problem because, systemically, there is no accountability and racist violence is encouraged and endorsed.

Now to the Washington Post, whose motto is, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” which I interpret as they believe light need be shined on the truth.

So, let’s help them find it.

In 2015 the Post started tracking every single fatal police shooting in the country. This endeavor is perpetual and constantly updated. It can be found on their website under the title, Fatal Force.

Why did they initiate this effort? Because there are no federal databases that track each fatal shooting by anyone in law enforcement. So, they decided to do it in order to support their hypothesis, which is, the numbers to be found would be outrageously high definitively proving that the police are out of control when it comes to shooting and killing people. This data would then be revealed to the public.

Media Bias and a Lack of Critical Thinking

Some questions.

What did a search of the data actually reveal? What was found in that darkness? What are the two papers respective perspectives of that raw data? And, are those perspectives skewed by their demonstrated anti-police bias?

Let’s consider the numbers.

Between January 1, 2015, through the end of 2021, on average 987 people were shot and killed by police officers in the United States annually.

Nine hundred and eighty-seven.

Both the NY Times and the Washington POST find that number to be prima facie evidence of a pervasive problem of violence, very often motivated by rampant racism throughout the profession.

But is it?

Is 987 people being shot and killed annually, in and of itself, an alarmingly high and unjustifiable number? Is 987 a shock to the conscience and conclusive evidence that wholesale systemic changes need be made across the 18,000 law enforcement agencies?

We find at least two obvious problems with both paper’s hypothesized problem with law enforcement.

The first, their interpretation of the 987 number.

In the aggregate, 987 is a quantity with no context. Little relative and contextual data is considered concerning the number.

Critical thinking requires questions concerning multiples of variables. Such as:

— How did 987 come to be?

— What were the details of each of those individual shootings?

— What were the behaviors of each of those 987 people who were shot?

— What type of calls?

— How many of those 987 were in possession of a deadly weapon?

— How many of those 987 threatened either the police or another person before being shot?

— How many were shot after repeated warnings to comply or drop a weapon?

— How many were resisting arrest?

— What time did each happen?

— How many times did officers have the legal right to shoot and didn’t?

— What is the percentage of the number of people shot and killed compared with actual police citizen/contacts?

— Was there a pattern of shootings across the 18,000 agencies?

— Was there a pattern among the 800,000 to one million people employed with arrest and force powers across the profession on all levels, local, county, state, tribal, and federal?

— Were the locations city, rural, high crime, low crime, etc.?

Most importantly…

— How many were truly illegal, unjustifiable shootings?

— What would be an acceptable number?

The second concern we have with the media’s hypothesis involves their perception of the public’s perception of law enforcement.

More questions.

What percentage of the general public has any idea at all how many people are shot and killed by the police every year?

Do they consider context?

Polls suggest very, very few do. In fact, some polls find that when asked to estimate how many people the police shoot and kill every year many people overestimate by tens of thousands.

Why?

Primarily the exaggerated hype pushed by those with multiple media platforms.

Celebrities, such as Lebron James, cable news anchors and many politicians, who should know better, rail on and on about criminal police violence. Scores literally denounce all in the profession as racist murderers. Don Lemon on CNN described police shootings as “Mass murder over the years.” He said that on a split screen with Jimmy Fallon who shook his head in solemn agreement.

Why would their audiences doubt them?

For many, to challenge these assertions is to put their careers at risk. Therefore, the characterizations of police as remorseless racist murderers goes unchecked and becomes an accepted fact. The science is settled, so let’s move on and eliminate the police and/or completely overhaul the system.

But to what end?

Contextual Analysis

What number would be acceptable?

Several years ago, a producer for a major cable news channel wanted to talk to me about what she described as the “epidemic of police violence” perpetrated on the populace of the United States.  I told her that I would talk to her if she could explain to me why it was an epidemic and if she could tell me how many people are shot and killed by the police every year.

She told me that the numbers were “hidden” but if she had to guess her number would be 50,000 annually.

Knowing the real number, I asked her what number would be acceptable. She replied that one is one too many.

Hard to argue with that (il)logic.

So, I told her that in 2016 the number was actually 957 according to the Washington Post. I don’t think she really liked hearing that as she changed the subject mentioning that 957 was almost 1,000 and that seemed high to her.

But “seemed high” based on what?

So, I brought out some statistics. After I presented them to her, she discontinued our conversation and I never heard from her again.

Here are the stats I gave her.

According to the FBI in 2015, the police had approximately 53.5 million contacts with people in the country. I believe that number is drastically low by the way and I can prove it, but that is for another article. But if we use the 53.5 million for 2016 and the 957 number as those shot and killed, then the percentage of people the police shot that they had contact with was approximately: 0.00178879%.

Let’s round that up to 0.0018%.

Is that a number that indicates an epidemic?

A number that requires a complete overhaul of the entire profession across 18,000 agencies?

By contrast, the CDC addressed the concerns of people afraid to take the Covid vaccines. (Full disclosure, I’m vaccinated and boostered.) They were trying to show, by sharing the statistical percentages, that the vaccines are safe.

From the CDC: “Reports of serious side effects are exceedingly rare. More than 363 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the U.S. from December 14, 2020 through August 23, 2021. During this time, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 6,968 reports of death (0.0019%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.”

The CDC contends that 0.0019% as a chance of death from a vaccine is, statistically, negligible. Therefore, the CDC finds no reason to change course and will continue to advocate for everyone to take the shot. No need to make wholesale systemic changes in an attempt to lower that number as the number is statistically at least, essentially zero.

So, let’s compare those percentages and perspectives for staying the course for the vaccine policy but calling for wholesale changes to the police profession: 0.0018% deaths at the hand of police via firearms vs. 0.0019% deaths at the hands of those putting vaccines in human bodies.

I didn’t use the vaccine number for any other reason than this.

Many, many of the same people who are advocating for everyone to get vaccinated (and again, I am) because the deaths from the vaccine are an infinitesimal 0.0019% are the same who demonize the police profession because they believe that 0.0018% is incontrovertible evidence that the police have a violence problem.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that the police profession, like every component of government, has its problems. Problems that need fixing. But avoiding reality, refusing to look at the science and research, stats, facts, context and the necessary multiple variables present in police shootings prevents the problems that do exist from being addressed.

Cops are retiring early or flat out quitting at rates never seen in the history of American law enforcement. Some are leaving large departments in the most violent cities to join smaller departments that pay better and have populations that openly support their police.

Recruitment is suffering and the police agencies that desperately need the most help are struggling to replace officers. Seriously struggling.

Uncontested characterizations of all in law enforcement as mechanisms of a systemically and overtly racist and violent profession only results in more cops quitting, less joining the ranks, record deaths of citizens at the hands of criminals and more violence perpetrated on the innocent.

Frankly, I’ve given up on expecting some of the most famous cop haters to make a turnaround. They will never admit their bias and actually make an effort to honestly examine the realities of the profession.

So, that leaves the turnaround to the average citizen.

Before it’s too late. And for thousands, victims of record murders, it already is.

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Opioid Settlement Funding: The Impact on First Responders

States have reached an unprecedented settlement against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Will public safety see an impact from this funding? (Photo/Getty Images)


Article by Sarah (Wilson) Handler From the source: Public safety grant funding | Police1.com

Opioid settlements have been reached nationally to resolve litigation brought by states and local communities. The agreement – announced Feb. 25, 2002 – with the drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, along with opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, will bring relief to states and communities affected by the opioid epidemic. A total of $26 billion is included in the settlement.

“The settlement is the first of its kind to administer resources directly to the state and local governments specifically for relief programs to help rebuild the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic,” the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee press release noted. The opioid settlement funding will have a direct impact on first responders, with states already moving to set up funds that expand naloxone training, fund pre-arrest diversion and post-overdose response, and provide wellness and support services for first responders who experience secondary trauma.

Following are key aspects of the settlement.

WHEN & WHERE WILL THE MONEY BE ACCESSIBLE?

The distributor settlement includes $21 billion in funding and is open to all states except West Virginia. For a local political subdivision to receive funds, the state must agree to the settlement. The $5 billion settlement against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson is open to all states. With the exception of Oklahoma, in order for a local political subdivision to receive funds, the state must agree to the settlement.

In both settlements, a limited number of “special districts,” such as school districts, fire districts and hospital districts, may be allowed to participate. Washington, D.C., and the five U.S. territories are treated as states in the agreements.

Multiple state Attorneys General filed joint lawsuits and 51 out of an eligible 56 states agreed to the settlement terms, although some are party to only one of the settlements. States that decline to participate may pursue further litigation at trial to obtain damages and abatement relief.

If the proposed settlements are fully adopted by states and subdivisions nationwide:

  • The Distributors will pay a maximum of $21 billion over 18 years, while Johnson & Johnson will pay a maximum of $5 billion over no more than nine years, with approximately $22.8 billion in settlement proceeds payable to state and local subdivisions. 
  • Funds can begin to flow to states and local governments as early as May 2022, depending on when a settling state meets certain requirements.

The Tribes, the distributors and Johnson & Johnson are also working toward resolution of Tribal opioids claims through mediations under the Multidistrict Litigation court.

HOW WILL FUNDS BE DISTRIBUTED?

States will receive funds based on the impact of the opioid epidemic in their state. The share of the impact is calculated using data such as the amount of opioids shipped to the state, the number of opioid‐related deaths that occurred in the state and the number of people who suffer opioid use disorder in the state.

The settlements require 85% of funds be allocated to programs that will help address the ongoing opioid crisis through treatment, education and prevention efforts. A majority of states have already passed agreements that dictate how funds will be distributed between state and local subdivision governments, ensuring funds will effectively reach communities in the coming months.  

HOW CAN THE FUNDS BE USED?

The settlements allow for a broad range of approved abatement uses by state and local governments. The list of pre-approved uses includes a wide range of intervention, treatment, education and recovery services so that state and local governments can decide what will best serve their communities. Although specifics vary by state, we can expect police, fire and EMS to benefit from the effects of the opioid-remediation efforts funded by the settlements and the injunctive relief the settlements provide.

Eligible uses of funds generally include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Mental health treatment and capacity building
  • Screening, intervention and referral services
  • Training and support to emergency services professionals re: opioid overdoses and opioid-related adverse events
  • Community education, outreach and prevention activities (special efforts are given to youth, criminal justice-involved populations and pregnant women)
  • Narcan and opioid-reversal interventions
  • Revisions to prescribing practices

HOW WILL THE FUNDS SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDERS?

States are currently developing guidance for distributing the opioid settlement funding. While the funds will be used for programs across local government – including schools, health care providers, community outreach and recovery programs – state plans also outline many uses that will have a direct impact on first responders. Here are some examples specific to how the funds may be used to support public safety:

Arizona

  • Expand first responder training in the use of naloxone or other FDA-approved drugs to reverse opioid overdoses
  • Increase availability and distribution of naloxone and other overdose treatment drugs for use by first responders and other impacted groups  
  • Support current and future law enforcement expenditures relating to the opioid epidemic
  • Educate law enforcement or other first responders regarding appropriate practices and precautions when dealing with fentanyl or other drugs

Florida

  • Provide medication-assisted treatment education and awareness training to healthcare providers, EMTs, law enforcement and other first responders
  • Provide funding and training for first responders to participate in pre-arrest diversion programs, post-overdose response teams or similar strategies that connect at-risk individuals to behavioral health services and support
  • Provide training for law enforcement, correctional and judicial personnel on best practices for addressing the needs of criminal justice-involved persons with opioid use disorder
  • Educate law enforcement or other first responders regarding appropriate practices and precautions when dealing with fentanyl or other drugs
  • Increase availability and distribution of naloxone and other overdose treatment drugs for use by first responders
  • Provide wellness and support services for first responders and others who experience secondary trauma associated with opioid-related emergency events

Ohio

  • Increase availability and distribution of naloxone and other overdose treatment drugs for use by first responders
  • Provide funds for first responders and criminal justice professionals for expenditures relating to community and statewide opioid supply-and-demand reduction strategies, including criminal interdiction efforts
  • Train public safety officials and responders in safe-handling practices and precautions when dealing with fentanyl or other drugs
  • Provide trauma-informed resiliency training and support, including services that address compassion fatigue and increased suicide risk of public safety responders

WHAT’S NEXT?

What steps should public safety leaders take next? In a word, advocate. February 25 kickstarted a 60-day countdown to the date this settlement is considered effective. This means your local leaders are determining how to spend this money now.

Review the guidance from your state MOU and contact your local government. Be prepared to address which abatement and mitigation efforts will help address the crisis in your community. What has the opioid epidemic done to your community? How has it affected your department in terms of response times, training and equipment? Is your local government body aware? What data supports your needs for training, wellness programs, equipment, etc.?

Advocacy is a means to get your response agency needs in front of the local government decision channel. Identify your needs based on the parameters of what opioid settlement funding can be used for and meet with your local government leaders now. They need to know how this funding will impact your department, address response needs and mitigate the impact this epidemic has had. Many of the same advocacy strategies used to tap American Rescue Plan funds apply to opioid settlement funding as well. Start those conversations with your local leaders today!

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The Importance of Mentoring in Law Enforcement

Mentoring can be one of the most valuable professional relationships we experience

 

Many organizations have formal or informal mentoring programs that help new people succeed. But what about after that? Is that when mentoring stops?

Hopefully not.

In this tip, risk management expert and Lexipol co-founder Gordon Graham discusses how mentoring can be a great way to supplement basic training.

Get more tips from Gordon here.

 

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DHS S&T Awards Funding to Auburn University for Detection Canine Research and Development

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $24 million contract, awarded over five years, to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AUCVM) to support research & development (R&D) in the detection canine field.

The award, funded under the S&T Detection Canine Program, will explore ways to improve the availability and efficacy of detection dogs, which are vital in protecting our Nation’s borders, transportation hubs, major public events, and more. To achieve this goal, AUCVM will study detection dogs’ odor detection skills, seek new ways to make domestic detection dogs more available, improve ways to identify suitable detection dogs, and optimize domestic detection dogs’ overall welfare and longevity.

“Canines are an important tool in support of the S&T mission to prevent and respond to national security threats. No other animal or technology has the ability to locate and track odors to source in real time,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for S&T. “I look forward to continuing our work with Auburn University to improve the Department’s ability to effectively and humanely field detection canines across the country.”

The S&T Detection Canine Program focuses on providing DHS operational components and the larger Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize detection canines. Together, the S&T Detection Canine Program and AUCVM will bring the latest scientific advances in areas such as canine genomics and mass spectrometry odor analysis from the lab to application in the field.

AUCVM will also support the assessments for canine teams in the HSE while developing new understandings of optimal handler characteristics and training approaches.

“People tend to see detection canines as a standard law enforcement capability that has remained the same over time,” said Guy Hartsough, S&T Detection Canine Program Manager. “In reality, our work with academic partners has produced notable improvements in how we can rely on detection dogs, and we are excited to see what next-generation capabilities the AUCVM team can bring to the table.”

Find out more information about DHS S&T’s Detection Canine work.

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