1 Newsletter for events during the month of July, 2012 Below you will find some information related to current events in policing. Most of them have inspections/audit implications. In reviewing this information consider the implications for your organization / operations. Most incidents have a short summary with associated links. They are divided into the following categories: 1. Officer memorials 2. Training 3. Audit activity 4. DOJ activity 5. Oversight activity 6. Special interest categories 7. Personnel Misconduct Comments in italics are mine. Hopefully you will find some of the information useful. Lt. Dan 1. Officer Memorial (line of duty) Police Officer, Josh Williams Waxahachie Police Department, Texas End of Watch: Saturday, July 28, 2012 Officer Williams was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver. Officer Williams had served with the Waxahachie Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. Read more:
2 Page 2 of 31 Postal Inspector, Preston Boyd Parnell United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2012 Inspector Parnell succumbed to injuries from a 2007 on duty car accident. Inspector Parnell had served with the United States Postal Service for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Deputy Sheriff, William Mast, Jr. Watauga County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2012 Deputy Mast was ambushed while responding to a 911 open line call. As he approached the call he was shot in the face. His partner returned fire and killed the suspect. Deputy Mast is survived by a wife who is pregnant.
3 Page 3 of 31 Police Officer, Jose Torres Westfield Police Department, Massachusetts End of Watch: Thursday, July 26, 2012 Police Officer Jose Torres was struck and killed by a dump truck while directing traffic at a construction site near the intersection of Pontoosic and Little River Roads at approximately 7:30 am. Officer Torres had served with the Westfield Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. Police Officer, Matthew Tyner Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado End of Watch: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Police Officer Matt Tyner was killed in a motorcycle accident while performing traffic enforcement on Austin Bluffs Parkway, Oro Blanco Drive and Old Farm Drive, shortly after 2:30 pm. His motorcycle collided with another vehicle, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. Officer Tyner had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Kansas City Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the Specialized Enforcement Motorcycle Unit. He is survived by his mother and siblings.
4 Page 4 of 31 Officer, Chad Morimoto Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii End of Watch: Monday, July 23, 2012 Officer Chad Morimoto was killed in a motorcycle accident while participating in a training course at approximately 11:45 am. He was performing motorcycle escort training at Mililani District Park when he crashed on Lanikuhana Avenue, between Keaoopua Street and Kuahelani Avenue. Officer Morimoto had served with the Honolulu Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Traffic Division. Border Patrol Agent, James R. Dominguez United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Border Patrol, U.S. Government End of Watch: Thursday, July 19, 2012 Border Patrol Agent James Dominguez was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting a disabled motorist on US 90 near Cline, Texas. he driver of the disabled vehicle had experienced a flat tire. Agent Dominguez was assisting the driver pick up some of the tire debris when he was struck from behind by a large pickup truck. Agent Dominguez had served with the United States Border Patrol for 12 years and was assigned to the Del Rio Sector. He is survived by his wife, son, three daughters, father, and brother. His brother serves with the Border Patrol and his father is retired BP.
5 Page 5 of 31 Master Police Officer, Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr. Lumberton Police Department, North Carolina End of Watch: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest a man at a local gas station in the 5000 block of Fayetteville Road. He was shot by a 27 year-old ex-convict, who was charged with first degree murder, is being held without bond in the Cumberland County Jail. Officer Goodson had served with the Lumberton Police Department for six years. He is survived by his expectant wife, son, daughter, parents, and two siblings. Police Officer, Brian Lorenzo Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania End of Watch: Sunday, July 8, 2012 Police Officer Brian Lorenzo was killed when his department motorcycle was struck head-on by a drunk driver on I-95, near the Cottman Avenue exit at approximately 3:15 am. Officer Lorenzo had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years and was assigned to the Highway Patrol. He is survived by his wife and three children. He is also survived by a brother who serves with the Philadelphia Police Department.
6 Page 6 of 31 Patrolman, Christopher Reeves Millville Police Department, New Jersey End of Watch: Sunday, July 8, 2012 Patrolman Chris Reeves was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of North 3rd and East Broad Streets at approximately 2:15 am. His patrol car was struck on the driver's side door by the driver of a vehicle that was fleeing other officers. Patrolman Reeves suffered fatal injuries in the collision and his partner suffered serious injuries. Patrolman Reeves was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Millville Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and son. His wife also served with the Millville Police Department. Border Patrol Agent, Leopoldo Cavazos, Jr. United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Border Patrol, U.S. Government End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2012 Border Patrol Agent Leopoldo Cavazos succumbed to injuries sustained in an ATV accident while on patrol near Ft. Hancock, Texas. He was patrolling an area along the border fence, approximately a half mile from the port of entry, when the accident occurred. Agent Cavazos had served with the United States Border Patrol for six years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two daughters.
7 Page 7 of 31 For more information and statistics see Law enforcement officer fatalities reach 52 year low in first six months of 2012 July 20, Disclaimer: The material in this newsletter is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing academic instruction or legal advice. Consult an attorney to obtain legal advice with respect to legal issues / problems. 2. Upcoming Training offered by LD Consulting: September 12-14, 2012 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing LEIA-101 Phoenix, AZ. Presented by LD Consulting, register at /schedule October 17-19, 2012 Intermediate Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing LEIA-102 Phoenix, AZ. Presented by LD Consulting, register at /schedule October 23-25, 2012 IAPro Users Conference San Antonio, TX. LD Consulting will be presenting at the event Free to IAPro agencies Go to http//www.iapro.com for details December 5-7 Advanced Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing LEIA 200 Phoenix, AZ. Presented by LD Consulting, register at /schedule Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificates (LEIAC) to be awarded
8 Page 8 of Audits: If you are looking for some high risk areas of interest in your organization to work into your audit schedule here are some recent examples. Audit shows abuse of overtime at Philiadelphia Police Dept. July 2, 2012 An audit of data from 2006 to 2009 shows that the Philadelphia Police Department poorly supervised its payroll, which led to overtime abuse. Allegedly, officers put their own time into the payroll system without approval from a supervisory. It was found by auditors that officers reported to have worked overtime 13 out of 16 times. Officials say that some of these issues have been corrected since 2009 when Commissioner Charles Ramsey created an overtime management unit. According to the DOJ here are the Top 10 Audit Findings regarding grants 1. Financial Status Reports not submitted timely 2. Accounting procedures need improvement 3. Suspension and Debarment Certifications not obtained 4. Programmatic reporting requirements not met 5. Subrecipients not adequately monitored 6. Fixed assets not adequately monitored 7. Grant management procedures need improvement 8. Segregation of duties not adequate 9. Cash management procedures need improvement; and 10. Procurement procedures need improvement (1) Office of Justice Programs. (No date). Part III - Chapter 19: Audit Requirements. Retrieved November 1, 2009 from More information on grant/audits at AUDIT OF OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS SOUTHWEST BORDER PROSECUTION INITIATIVE FUNDING RECEIVED BY KLEBERG COUNTY, TEXAS Audit objective: determine if the SWBPI reimbursements received by Kleberg County were allowable, supported, and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and terms and conditions of the SWBPI.
9 Page 9 of 31 Findings: Kleberg County claimed and was reimbursed for some cases that were ineligible under the SWBPI guidelines resulting in questioned costs totaling $2,900 for 24 cases. These cases were submitted under both the prosecution and pre-trial detention category, but did not meet the requirements for pre-trial detention. AUDIT OF COMPLIANCE WITH STANDARDS GOVERNING COMBINED DNA INDEX SYSTEM ACTIVITIES AT THE LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT S FORENSIC LABORATORY LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Audit Objectives: Determine if the: (1) LVMPD Laboratory was in compliance with the NDIS participation requirements; (2) LVMPD Laboratory was in compliance with the Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) issued by the FBI; and (3) LVMPD Laboratory s forensic DNA profiles in CODIS databases were complete, accurate, and allowable for inclusion in NDIS. Findings: The LVMPD Laboratory was in compliance with the NDIS participation requirements we tested. The LVMPD Laboratory was in compliance with the QAS we reviewed. US Dept of Education to audit colleges reference crime statistics reporting As a result of the Penn State incident involving Jerry Sanduski a report was done by a firm operated by Louis Freeh, retired FBI director regarding crime reporting procures. Freeh s report concluded that university staff did not report the incidents. Since 2007 the US Department of Education has been doing random audits on a number of colleges to determine if they are in compliance with the Clery act passed in 1990 that enacted a federal law that requires the nations 4700 colleges them to publicly report details of serious crimes, such as sex assaults. At this point only 34 colleges have been audited since 2007 and Penn state was not one of them. Milwaukee Panel Bringing In Consultant to Audit Police Crime Stats July 19, 2012 Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission will hire a consultant to audit the Police Department's crime reporting system, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The move comes after the newspaper found that more than 500 violent assaults were misreported as minor offenses over three years and were not counted in the city's violent crime rate. Later, the department launched an internal audit that found more than 5,300 aggravated assaults were underreported as lesser crimes since 2006.
10 Page 10 of 31 Mike Tobin, executive director of the Fire and Police Commission, said the independent review would cost in the "$25,000 range," and likely would take three or four months. "The issue has brought about a certain degree of community questioning about whether the Police Department is recording the statistics accurately," Tobin said. "One of our jobs is to promote community trust in the Police Department, and the only way we are going to help improve community trust is to assure our community members that the statistics are being reported correctly." Police Chief Edward Flynn supports a consultant's audit, said spokeswoman Anne Schwartz. Boston Police Get 400 Hours of Court Overtime Not Sought by Prosecutors July 21, 2012 Boston police officers collected more than 400 hours of overtime pay over two years for court appearances that were not officially requested by the prosecutors overseeing the cases, found a Boston Globe analysis of a costly system that police acknowledge has been ripe for abuse. The 32 officers, from the department s drug unit, received pay for 91 instances in which they said they were called to testify in court for trials, case conferences, or motions hearings claims that were not backed up by copies of court notices kept by the Suffolk district attorney s office. The Globe discovered the pattern as part of a review of 40 cases between 2008 and 2010 that appeared to draw an excessive number of officers to court on the taxpayers dime. Boston police disputed the findings, saying that in each of the cases a sergeant who supervises squads in the Police Department s drug unit had ordered the officer to court, or the prosecutor had verbally asked the officer to appear. Court overtime has long been a costly burden on the department s budget. Last year, the department spent $8.6 million, with the drug control unit charging $1.8 million. Audit finds significant issues with Kings County (WA) Sheriff s Office July 24, 2012 Executive Summary: Significant issues with King County Sheriff s Office s (KCSO) policies and procedures for documenting and investigating complaints, and inconsistent adherence to those policies among KCSO units undermine organizational and individual accountability. KCSO s inability to enforce the procedures for complaints and policy violations was also inconsistent with Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies standards or best practices. In addition, efforts to implement civilian oversight in King County have been hampered by labor and legal issues from the policy development phase to the collaborative efforts of the new Office of Law Enforcement Oversight Director and the Sheriff to launch an effective oversight function. Sixteen recommendations are offered in the report to improve KCSO complaint policies, processes, and investigations, as well as to provide effective law enforcement oversight
11 Page 11 of 31 as envisioned by the King County Council and by the former KCSO Blue Ribbon Panel. Recommendations (summarized) 1. All complaints, misconduct, and policy violations will be categorically captured and reported into Blue Team. 2. Management should formally and informally remind personnel of the importance of compliance misconduct reporting requirements. 3. Sheriff and/or IA should have the ability to initiate investigations when supervisors refuse. 4. Develop more detailed policies regarding complaint receipt and investigations 5. Insure compliance and consistency with CALEA polices 6. Specific policies for completion of misconduct investigations 7. IA commander should report directly to the Sheriff 8. Extend 90 day rolling period for complaint review to one year 9. Utilize Blue team template for review and storage of lower level complaints 10. Train supervisors in use of Blue team 11. Explore additional methods to address recurring performance issues Role of an oversight group Download the full audit at: Furloughs are not cutting Oregon prison cost July 27, 2012 State audit found that furloughs have not produced expected savings at prisons, largely because of the round-the-clock nature of the operation The report released Thursday by Secretary of State Audits Division examined overtime and personnel costs at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville and Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. aren-t-cutting-ore-prison-costs/article_6b2e9cc5-f5d dce- 6816f4efa715.html%3Fcomment_form%3Dtrue&hl=en&geo=us 4. DOJ and State AG activities: DOJ created 142 years ago On July 1 st 1870 DOJ was created by congress to handle the increase in litigation. The DOJ is the largest law office in the world.
12 Page 12 of 31 City of Corpus Christi Responds to Department of Justice Lawsuit July 5, 2012 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX : The DOJ filed a lawsuit against the City in relation to an investigation they conducted regarding allegations that the police department discriminated against women trying to join the police department between based on physical fitness requirements. Leaders were in negotiations with the DOJ when they learned the DOJ filed a lawsuit in the matter. The City is responding to a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice. City of Corpus Christi officials say the lawsuit filed on Tuesday caught them off guard. Assistant City Manager Troy Riggs says he found out about the Department of Justice lawsuit when he was bombarded by phone calls and s asking him what happened. The suit was filed even though the city and the DOJ had been negotiating for two years to resolve the issue. The City has been told that a consent decree should be signed and put into action by this Fall. Justice Dept., FBI to review use of forensic evidence in thousands of cases July 10, 2012 The Justice Department and the FBI will examine thousands of criminal cases to determine whether any defendants were wrongly convicted or deserve a new trial. Seattle City attorney rebukes Mayor s DOJ strategy July 16, 2012 City Attorney Pete Holmes has sent a sharply worded letter to Mayor Mike McGinn, warning that McGinn's legal strategy in negotiating police reforms with the Department of Justice has put the city on the verge of a civil-rights lawsuit that could have dire consequences. New Orleans Police Consent Decree agreement reached July 24, 2012 The 122 page agreement calls for changes in the following areas: Use of force Searches and seizures Arrests Interrogations Photographic lineups Recruitment
13 Page 13 of 31 Training Performance evaluations Promotions Misconduct complaint issues Off duty work Racial profiling US DOJ Attorney General Eric Holder called the agreement, a critical step forward that could serve as a reference point and potential model for success in our future efforts. In light of this statement it would be in the best interest of your agency to be aware of the changes, for issues the DOJ will be looking at. They have continued to expand their efforts in law enforcement over the last several years. The consent decree must be approved by a judge before full implementation. USDOJ Announces Agreement with City of Seattle to Implement Reforms of Seattle Police Department Friday, July 27, 2012 The agreement includes a settlement agreement and stipulated order of resolution that is subject to; an independent monitor, court oversight, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be enforced by parties with community oversight and the assistance of the monitor. Agreement covers some of the following areas: revise its use of force policies enhance its training reporting investigations and supervision of uses of force. Revise Bias-free policing supervision relating to both bias-free policing and stops and detentions improve supervision and accountability mechanisms to ensure implementation of the reforms on the ground creates the Community Police Commission a civilian oversight board with responsibilities regarding particular areas of reform detailed in the settlement agreement and MOU. The settlement agreement is subject to approval of a federal judge and must be court-ordered. This agreement provides a blueprint for reform with innovative methods for ensuring community engagement and sustainability, said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the city, Mayor McGinn, the Seattle Police Department and the community to ensure that effective and constitutional policing takes place in Seattle.
14 Page 14 of 31 A court-appointed monitor, to be selected jointly by the city and the Justice Department, will oversee the implementation of the settlement agreement and provide expert assistance to the Community Police Commission in the MOU. The department s investigation of SPD was announced on March 31, 2011, and conducted by the Civil Rights Division s Special Litigation Section and the U.S. Attorney s Office for the Western District of Washington. The investigation focused on whether SPD engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing through the use of excessive force or discriminatory policing. On December 16, 2011, the department issued a written report of its findings. The department found reasonable cause to believe that SPD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of The department did not make a finding that SPD engages in a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing, but raised concerns about some of SPD s policies and practices, particularly those related to pedestrian encounters. DOJ violated nepotism rules July 26, 2012 Eight Justice Department officials tried to get their children and other relatives hired at the department in violation of laws and regulations, according to a report released Thursday by the department s inspector general. According to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz. His office found similar improper hiring practices in 2004 and FBI says it may probe Anaheim police following shootings July 27, 2012 The FBI has stated it will consider investigating police in the city of Anaheim, in the wake of several high profile officer involved shootings, resulting in protest and civil unrest. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait recently said he met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI. The Mayor has called for a federal review of an officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed, suspected gang member ,0, story
15 Page 15 of Oversight Houston Tx. Crime lab pulled from police oversight June 7, 2012 HOUSTON The City Council agreed Wednesday to hand control of Houston's scandal-plagued crime lab to a nine-member board of lawyers, academics, business people and a state legislator in hopes that plucking it from the Police Department will protect it from a pro-prosecution bias. 6. Special Interest Compstat and organizational Change: A National Assessment, Funded by the NIJ This study provides a systematic exploration and assessment of the adoption and adaptation of Compstat and strategic problem solving in police agencies across the country. This site has a number of research projects that may be of interest under research/professional services tab under recent projects POLICE FOUNDATION RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW STUDY July 1, 2012 This report was released around Jan of this year but has some good info, especially if your agency is considering shift changes. This report presents the results of the first known comprehensive randomized experiment of CWWs in law enforcement. The Police Foundation experiment was designed to test the impacts of three shift lengths (8-, 10-, and 12-hour) on performance, health, safety, quality of life, sleep, fatigue, alertness, off-duty employment, and overtime among police. In addition to scientifically rigorous research design and methodology, the number of reliable outcome measures employed to analyze the impact of shift length, including departmental data, laboratory simulations and exercises, and previously validated self-report instruments, make this study one of the most comprehensive ever undertaken in this area.
16 Page 16 of 31 Interested in new policing concepts? July 1, 2012 Check out the Justice Department s database of what works in law enforcement as well as other components of the CJS. The site provides ratings of programs success based on research and organizes the information in an easy to read format. Drop in reported crimes on cruise ships raises question July 1, 2012 In case you are planning a cruise, FYI: Congress passed a new law in 2010 requiring cruise line operators to report all crimes occurring on their ships. Since the law passed the number of reported crimes has dropped from more than 400 a year to 12. Unfortunately the FBI and Coast Guard asked congress to revise the verbiage in the final bill/law, and they did. The revision requires the reporting of all cases that are closed and no longer under investigation. These cases are used for the statistics released to the public ,0, story Some states trim use of planes in speed traps July 1, 2012 Due to fiscal restraints a number of states have discontinued this practice as it is not cost effective. Cellphone firms share location data with law enforcement, not users July 2, 2012 Cellphone companies hold onto your location information for years and routinely provide it to police and, in anonymized form, to outside companies. As they note in their privacy policies, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile all analyze your information to send you targeted ads for their own services or from outside companies. At least tens of thousands of times a year, they also hand cellphone location information to the FBI or police officers who have a court order. But ProPublica discovered that there is one person cellphone companies will not share your location information with: You. We asked three ProPublica staffers and one friend to request their own geo-location data from the four largest cellphone providers. All four companies refused to provide it.
17 Page 17 of 31 Cellphone firms share location data with law enforcement, not users - The Denver Post ACLU-NJ Releases Police Accountability Smartphone App for Summer Beach Season July 4, 2012 Android app allows citizens to record and store video and audio of police encounters, includes guide to citizens rights Please tell your officers about this technology. There is little doubt that people will be downloading and using this technology. NEWARK Citizens can hold police accountable in the palms of their hands with Police Tape, a smartphone application from the ACLU of New Jersey that allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police, as well as provide legal information about citizens rights when interacting with the police. Thanks to the generosity of app developer OpenWatch, the ACLU-NJ is providing Police Tape to the public free of charge. The Android Police Tape app records video and audio discreetly, disappearing from the screen once the recording begins to prevent any attempt by police to squelch the recording. In addition to keeping a copy on the phone itself, the user can choose to send it to the ACLU-NJ for backup storage and analysis of possible civil liberties violations. A version awaiting approval from Apple will be available later this summer in the App Store for ios to audio record encounters with police. The Police Tape app is available for download at A how-to video created by the ACLU-NJ shows Lady Liberty as she goes through each step of the app as she records and uploads her own run-in with police. The New York Civil Liberties Union released a similar, New York City-specific app to target stop and frisk searches by the New York Police Department in early June. Oakland's police crime lab backlog is safety risk July 5, Sheriff Baca recalls 200 badges given to local politicians July 11, 2012
18 Page 18 of 31 Police Officers may face added health risk: Study July 15, 2012 On top of putting their personal safety on the line every day, police officers also face mental stressors and other effects of the job that could be putting their health at risk, according to a new study. Police Make Wide Use of Social Tools July 20, 2012 The survey, of more than 1200 law enforcement professionals with federal, state, and local agencies, found that 83% of the respondents are using social media, particularly Facebook and YouTube, to further their investigations. Florida man killed in police mix-up July 20, 2012 ORLANDO, Florida Lake County Sheriff Deputies looking for an assault suspect in Leesburg, FL. Knocked on the door and did not identify themselves as Law Enforcement. When the resident answered his door holding a gun he was shot and killed by deputies. The suspect was later found in an adjacent apartment. The Lake County Sheriff has no policy requiring deputies to announce themselves. St. Paul crime lab ran poor operation with no oversight, experts said July 20, 2012 The lab was not accredited and as a result of the tough economy was generating revenue by completing drug analysis for other agencies. According to experts lab personnel were not qualified to do the work and the lab was not accredited. Interesting article. N.J. Officer settles lawsuit over hair put in his sandwich July 21, 2012
19 Page 19 of 31 In 2010, a short order cook was unhappy about a traffic stop and placed his body and pubic hair in an officer s sandwich. The officer found the hair/s and sued and received $14,000 settlement. The cook was convicted of agg assault and sentenced to 15 days in jail and two years probation. The officer did not feel that was enough and sued. LAPD fingerprints backlog spurs rationing plan July 23, 2012 LAPD has accumulated a huge backlog of uanalyzed fingerprints and due to limited resources are implementing a rationing plan to process prints. The plan, expected to be implemented in the near future will give LAPD s 21 work units 10 cases per month to be analyzed promptly. All other cases will be placed on a waiting list. Some officers will also receive training in taking prints to allow print techs to spend more time analyzing prints. Currently it takes two-three months to get prints back from the lab. In some cases in can take more than a year, and if a case agent is not on top of the case, prints can be ignored altogether. State Panel clears Austin Police crime lab July 27, 2012 The Austin Police crime lab was the subject of two complaints. This first was filed by an independent lab in Euless, near Dallas, that reached conclusions different from the police lab in a drug case. Another complaint came from a former analyst fired by the lab, who alleged improper shortcuts were taken during drug evidence testing. The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and the Forensic Science Commission findings conducted separate investigations and concluded there was not misconduct. An investigation by the FBI and state authorities also determined there was no deficiencies in the lab's work. LA Sheriff Baca acknowlege he has screwed up in the past regarding his jail system. July 27, Interesting article regarding the commission looking into the problems in the LA Sheriff s Department Jails.
20 Page 20 of 31 Anonymous hackers post Ahaheim Police Chief s personal information online July 27, 2012 Anonymous indicated this was done in protest of the recent officer involved shootings in Anaheim. The group said the are acting in support of protestors. They have threatened to deface the Anaheim Police Department s website as well as tamper with their in an effort to get people to boycott the city. Predictive Policing takes a bite out of crime July 29, 2012 One of the better articles I have seen regarding this new technology, which I feel will be huge in the next few years. The article is in a tech magazine and and not a police perspective. Great information about who is doing what and what vendors are getting involved. Americans Say They Love Cops, But Their Pensions? Not So Much July 30, 2012 Traditionally, U.S. voters have backed generous pay and benefits for the cops and firefighters willing to risk their lives to keep citizens safe--especially after the deaths of many emergency workers in the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York. But as economic conditions have worsened and many local governments have run into severe fiscal problems, that attitude has started to change, reports Reuters. Since the 2007 recession, some cities have tried to roll back pension benefits and pay, among the most rigid and, in some cases, highest expenses in municipal budgets. For example, the average annual pension for Suffolk County cops who have retired since 2007 was $86,702, according to figures from the Manhattan Institute, a public policy think tank, against $37,270 for other county employees, excluding teachers. The county, facing a three-year deficit of $530 million, declared a fiscal emergency in March. From New York to California and points in between, cops and firefighters have been drawn into pitched battles over their pay and benefits. In San Diego and San Jose, California's second and third biggest cities, voters in June overwhelmingly backed sweeping pension reforms. In San Jose, all employees will have to choose between reduced benefits or higher retirement contributions.