New poll: Marijuana legalization measure in close race in Oregon

On October 29, 2014

Oregon voters are closely divided about passing a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to a new poll conducted for The Oregonian and KGW. The Oct. 26-27 survey of 403 likely voters found that 44 percent backed the legalization measure while 46 percent were opposed. Another 7 percent were unsure and and 2 percent would not say. The difference between the yes and no sides is well within the poll's margin of error of 5 percentage points.Read more

Former Beaverton police officer's child rape trial begins

On October 29, 2014

The jury trial of a former Beaverton police officer accused of raping a 5-year-old girl began Monday, Oct. 27, in Clark County Superior Court. Christopher R. Warren, 34, of Vancouver, is charged with first-degree child rape.Read more

Ford, Telogis develop technology to improve police officer and public safety

On October 29, 2014

Ford Motor Company and Telogis have partnered to develop a solution built specifically for law enforcement agencies in order to safeguard against hazardous driving, identified as the No. 1 threat to officer and civilian safety. Available in early 2015, the new solution builds on the success of Ford Crew Chief powered by Telogis, the existing commercial vehicle telematics program, but was developed to deliver data that is specific to how police vehicles are driven — for instance when responding tRead more

Portland police sergeant out of hospital after crash with <br>alleged car thief

On October 29, 2014

A Portland police sergeant has been released from the hospital after a Roseburg man crashed into his patrol car near a Portland Community College branch on Oct. 26. Sgt. Norm Staples sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, which sent his car into a light pole, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman. The other driver, 28-year-old Troy L. Harrison, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Oct. 27, on allegations of assault, attempting to elude a police officeRead more

Halloween safety tips from Oregon State Police

On October 29, 2014

The Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in reminding motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night. Nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours.Read more

Oregon State Police: Traffic stop led to arrest of armed felon in stolen car

On October 29, 2014

A traffic stop in Milton-Freewater led to the arrest of an armed felon in a stolen car, according to the Oregon State Police. An Oregon State Police trooper pulled over Andrew Kenneth Thorson, 30, for failure to display a license plate and spotted a handgun in the driver's side door storage compartment. Thorson, of Walla Walla, Washington, is wanted on two felony probation violation warrants out of Umatilla County.Read more

IACP teams to launch new training series to combat child sex trafficking

On October 29, 2014

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI and the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, have developed a training series to educate frontline officers on how to recognize and respond to victims of child sex trafficking. The toolkit contains a series of training videos to be utilized for training within law enforcement agencies across the country.Read more

NYPD equips officers with biometric smartphones

On October 29, 2014

New York Police Department officers and vehicles are to be outfitted with new technology as part of a $160 million program that will lead to fewer arrests and more summonses after being fully implemented next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Oct. 23.Read more

California startup unveils gun-monitoring technology for police

On October 29, 2014

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired.Read more

Accused Massachusetts child rapist struck in Oregon, police say

On October 29, 2014

Accused child rapist Gregory Lewis of Southbridge, Massachusetts, is now a suspect in another violent attack. Police said Lewis is suspected in attacks in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon. Investigators obtained a surveillance image of Lewis, who is a Massachusetts most-wanted criminal, in Oregon. Investigators believe he is kidnapping and raping women and stealing their money.Read more

Human trafficking: Local law enforcement awareness

On October 29, 2014

Incidents of human trafficking have occurred in all 50 states, but it can be a difficult crime for local law enforcement to recognize. It is often misidentified during the initial law enforcement encounter as a possible prostitution problem, domestic argument, workplace altercation, etc. Victims of human trafficking are usually scared when they encounter local law enforcement, because they know that their forced actions at the hands of their exploiter are illegal and they fear arrest. First respRead more