Salem police run torch for Oregon Special Olympics

On July 16, 2014

About 20 runners made their way through the streets of downtown Salem to the inspirational lyrics of a Katy Perry song: "You're going to hear me roar." Officers with the Salem Police Department, volunteers and athletes with the Oregon Special Olympics all joined for the annual carrying of the Law Enforcement Torch, called the Flame of Hope, across the state of Oregon.Read more

Eugene police investigating swastika graffiti

On July 16, 2014

The Eugene Police Department is investigating 11 black swastikas that were etched on a cluster mailbox close to a Jewish fraternity near the University of Oregon. The mailbox belongs to a neighboring apartment complex, but it directly faces the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity building. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a international Jewish fraternity.Read more

Hyperthermia: When heat turns deadly

On July 16, 2014

Heat-related illness are well-known mitigating factors to an officer or warrior's performance. It is essential that officers be aware of the symptoms and first aid of these conditions not only for themselves but also to recognize them in their partners, detainees and citizens. Failure to do so can lead to death.Read more

Talking with gangsters: Dos, don'ts and reasons why you should

On July 16, 2014

Conversing with gang members is about as appealing as doing your taxes. Gang members are criminals who don’t like law enforcement and many in law enforcement don't have love for them, either. But like the tax rebate check you get as your reward for your labors at tax time, conversations with gang members can pay dividends.Read more

ACLU digs deep into the law enforcement war machine

On July 16, 2014

The ACLU's extensive report on police militarization shows a nation at war with itself. The War on Terror — a 13-year windmill joust that has generated an excess of military equipment — has merged with the War on Drugs, an exercise in futility seven years removed from the half-century mark.Read more

Falls City man busted after towing undercover police car

On July 16, 2014

A Falls City man accused of running an illegal towing operation in Oregon was arrested after allegedly towing an undercover police vehicle. Michael Alan Selmer, 35, is under investigation by Oregon State Police in connection to an alleged illegitimate towing business. He was arrested on charges of failing to register as a sex offender and violating his parole.Read more

3 things cops need to know about Juggalos

On July 16, 2014

The National Gang Intelligence Center defines Juggalos as, "a loosely organized hybrid gang" rapidly expanding into several states, including Oregon. Law enforcement professionals should be aware that this group routinely attracts members who come from difficult lives filled with trauma, parental neglect and, in many cases, serious mental disorders.Read more

How do we change police culture to save the lives of fellow officers?

On July 16, 2014

As a profession, we openly talk about officer safety, yet we refuse to talk about the No. 1 killer of police officers: law enforcement suicide. Law enforcement suicide is real, yet the police culture continues to ignore the facts. What makes us afraid to talk about a real problem? Why do we not have stronger leadership on this issue?Read more

High-tech spray catches criminals in their tracks

On July 16, 2014

Just as finger printing and DNA revolutionized law enforcement, there's a new, liquid, crime-fighting tool being used to catch criminals. SmartWater CSI is a potion made of 26 rare earth metals, and each bottle contains a signature that links owners to their belongings — and criminals to the scene of the crime. Cops in Florida and Indiana recently have been using the high-tech spray, which has been used for years in the U.K.Read more

Polk County sheriff: Budget cuts giving bad guys the upper hand

On July 16, 2014

Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe continues to express concern regarding the ability of his agency to handle calls and provide back up to local agencies due to loss of staff and budget reductions. Staffing levels for the patrol division on July 1 is now at six deputies and three sergeants. Last year at this time, there were 14 deputies and four sergeants.Read more

70 percent of US police departments use license plate readers

On July 16, 2014

Your local U.S. police department has likely already turned to surveillance cameras that can automatically read all visible license plates on passing cars. Such license plate readers can do more than help find stolen vehicles or robbers' getaway cars; they have begun to transform law enforcement by allowing officers to home in on criminal hideouts by tracking crime patterns over time.Read more

Law enforcement says deadly force decisions the hardest

On July 16, 2014

Law enforcement officers, at any time, could have to make split-second decision — when to use deadly force. Those who train officers to handle such situations says it is the toughest challenge those who carry a badge can face. Deputies train to be ready in case of danger. It's something that all law enforcement officers know they could face with little warning and train to be prepared.Read more

The dangers of vehicle pursuits: New emerging issues

On July 16, 2014

Ss long as crime has existed, criminals have been attempting to elude justice. The invention of the automobile gave criminals one more way to attempt to escape the grasp of law enforcement. While the use of motor vehicles by criminals is widespread, one could assume that vehicle pursuits have become safer for officers over time. Improvements in vehicle safety technology have made cars more maneuverable and safe, increasing the likelihood of surviving a high-speed crash. Advances in emergency traRead more