Ferguson shooting protests: In Oregon, it's perfectly legal to film police, but audio can be tricky

On August 20, 2014

In the rapidly evolving age of the smartphone, and with the nation focused on Ferguson, Missouri, confusion about rights as a digital citizen is understandable — especially when a cop in black riot gear is ordering you to stop recording. It doesn't help that some states, including Oregon, have been slow to modernize state electronic communication laws that have been around for decades, according to Oregon ACLU director Dave Fidanque. Oregon's "obtaining contents of communicationsRead more

Oregon State Police supports Washington's campaign to <br>think before tweeting

On August 20, 2014

In the age of social media, we've seen raw realities emerge without any filter — posts may contain too much information or can be completely false. In an effort to bring light to the modern day issue, police in Washington state asked the public to be careful about tweeting during shootings and manhunts as part of the "TweetSmart" campaign, which raises awareness that leaking information like positioning or number of officers could be harmful to law enforcement. The Oregon State PoRead more

Crowd control: The difference between a peaceful and violent outcome

On August 20, 2014

The controversial death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed and shot multiple times during a confrontation with a police officer, has sparked outrage. While the truth about what happened remains unclear, the local community in Ferguson, Missouri, has banned together to protest — and those protests have turned into riots. In light of these recent riots, it may be time to take a step back and look at how your police department handles crowd control. Your approach could make a huge differRead more

Oregon City fatal crash: Police release names of pedestrian, driver

On August 20, 2014

Oregon State Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a Highway 213 crash in Oregon City as Karen Edna Erie, a 44-year-old woman from Oregon City. According to police, Erie was apparently lying in the right southbound lane of the highway south of Meyers Road when she was run over by a Hyundai driven by Cassandra L. Kieling, a 22-year-old from Milwaukee. Erie died at the scene.Read more

University of Oregon police: Ethiopian runners plan to seek asylum

On August 20, 2014

One of four Ethiopian athletes who went missing after an international track meet last month in Eugene told a University of Oregon police officer that all the athletes plan to seek asylum in the United States, according to a newly released UO police report.Read more

Organized opposition mounts against marijuana campaign

On August 20, 2014

So far, there's been no organized opposition to Measure 91, the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot. That's about to change. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said the Oregon District Attorneys Association will decide how much money to invest in a campaign to fight recreational marijuana legalization in Oregon.Read more

Avoid these 2 killer Breathalyzer mistakes

On August 20, 2014

Today's officers are tasked not only with protecting the community, their colleagues and themselves but also with learning about and properly deploying myriad technologies. As a result, it is important to learn about common user errors. Here are the top two mistakes often made when choosing and using a Breathalyzer.Read more

10 leadership myths debunked

On August 20, 2014

Law enforcement agencies are defined by the quality of their leadership. To be successful, today's law enforcement leaders must be equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to build trust, inspire others, cultivate organizational change, lead teams, develop cooperation and promote ethical behavior.Read more

Driver allegedly shoots himself after standoff with Oregon State Police

On August 20, 2014

Oregon State Police say a driver shot and killed himself in his vehicle following a standoff with police on Highway 20 near Bend. State police say the Deschutes County sheriff's office received a call that a man described as armed and suicidal was driving on Highway 20 in the Santiam Pass area.Read more

In Missouri, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat

On August 20, 2014

The photograph shows a man with his hands raised in surrender or protest, and a clutch of police, clad in camouflage and body armor brandishing assault rifles. The patches on their shoulders read "police," but they look like soldiers. Since being published by The New York Times, the photo has gone viral — a shocking symbol of an American town seemingly gone mad.Read more

What happens when police officers wear body cameras?

On August 20, 2014

Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine. So it is in Rialto, California, where an entire police force is wearing so-called body-mounted cameras that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens. In the first year after the cameras' introduction, the use of forRead more

Feds rethink giving military gear to police

On August 20, 2014

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a confRead more

Shooting of pit bull sparks protest in Springfield

On August 20, 2014

The police shooting of a dog drew more than 30 protesters to the Springfield Police Department. According to reports, an officer shot a pit bull after it escaped from its yard and acted aggressively toward people. The dog survived the shooting and has a bullet in her shoulder.Read more

20 ways to never get a police promotion

On August 20, 2014

The big secret is that the people evaluating you for promotion are expecting you to walk into the interview or the scenarios already "walking the talk" as a good supervisor. So, you think you're really ready for that promotional exam? Perhaps you should read the list below and ask yourself if any of the following behaviors have crept into your "preparation" for promotion.Read more