Local law enforcement reacts to legalization

On November 19, 2014

After a nearly $4 million legalization campaign, and despite opposition from sheriffs and district attorneys throughout the state, Oregonians voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana on Nov. 4. Local law enforcement has identified intoxicated driving, trafficking, large-scale grows and youth use as areas of concern once the law takes effect July 1. Bend Police Chief Jim Porter and Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton said in the aftermath of the election legalization would require tRead more

Convenience store robbery suspect shot dead by Klamath Falls officers

On November 19, 2014

Klamath Falls police officers shot and killed a man suspected of robbing a convenience store. Officers from the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police pursued a trio of suspects leaving the Frontier Market in Klamath Falls allegedly with stolen cash.Read more

Redmond police release victims names

On November 19, 2014

Redmond police have released the names in two separate and unrelated cases of bodies recently found. In the first case, 21-year-old Samuel Quintin Villa was found inside of a burned car in Redmond. The Redmond Police Department later responded to a report of a deceased female in the COID canal. She is identified as 19-year-old Jamie Garr.Read more

GPS tracking devices: The benefits and pitfalls for car dealers

On November 19, 2014

Law enforcement officials recently announced the rescue of Philadelphia nursing assistant Carlesha Freeland-Gaither thanks to the GPS tracking device in her abductor's vehicle. However, what has been a godsend for law enforcement officials and the kidnapping victim has turned into somewhat of a headache for auto dealers — depending on how the technology is used. For dealers, the practice of placing these devices has aroused controversy following accusations of discrimination and privacy vioRead more

Portland detectives investigating sex crimes involving high school students

On November 19, 2014

Portland police sex crimes detectives are investigating reports that students at Grant High School recorded themselves having sex — on and off campus — and then shared those videos to other students. Sharing videos of minors having sex or engaging in sex acts is a crime, and Portland police said the teens who shared the videos could face child pornography-related charges.Read more

IACP webinar on Dec. 9: 'Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents during Investigative and Tactical Operations'

On November 19, 2014

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice will host a free, interactive webinar, "Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents during Investigative and Tactical Operations," from 11 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Panelists will discuss the potential risks to children of arrested parents during investigative and tactical operations and will present strategies and best practice recommenRead more

FBI releases crime statistics for 2013

On November 19, 2014

The FBI released "Crime in the United States, 2013," which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. There were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes reported to law enforcement last year, along with an estimated 8,632,512 property crimes.Read more

A better way to hire police officers?

On November 19, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa-area police chiefs are studying ways to streamline the police hiring process, a move that could save taxpayer dollars, provide a regional location to screen candidates and administer exams, and allow job candidates to fill out just one application and undergo the testing process just once. The chiefs also hope an improved recruitment process will lead to a larger and more diverse pool of candidates.Read more