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Military Equipment Sent to Washington State Law Enforcement Agencies

hummveeAnyone watching the national news over the past week or so has probably seen some video of protestors facing off against heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri. Some were surprised that a relatively small police department had such military grade hardware.

Many of the smaller state and county law enforcement agencies received military equipment from under the 1033 Defense Department program from 2011 to 2013.

Here is a list of Washington state agencies that received military gear from 2011-13:

The total value of this equipment was $10,165,752.23. Most expensive item I could find was a “Helicopter, Utility” with a value of $922,704.  Also found several “Mine Resistant Vehicles” with a total value of $2,798,000 were sent to Washington state during that period. Handy for community policing.

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Seattle area law enforcement ask people to “Tweet Smart” during emergencies

Just got this notice from WSP- asking folks to exercise a little self control when things go wrong.

Joint Media Release
Seattle-Area Law Enforcement Agencies

**For Immediate Release**
July 29, 2014
Contacts: See Below

Local police ask you to “Tweet Smart” during emergencies

(Seattle)—Social media has become the tool of choice for sharing life events, from mundane things like family dinners to major, life-changing, emergencies

Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to “Tweet Smart” during emergencies, to help public safety responders keep you safe.

“Please don’t tweet about the movements of responding police officers, or post pictures,” said Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “Sooner or later we’ll have an emergency where the suspect is watching social media. That could allow an offender to escape, or possibly even cost an officer their life.”

The agencies’ concern began to grow after watching events in Moncton, New Brunswick and Portland, OR.

“We watched these incidents as they unfolded on social media. In both cases, there was real-time information posted by individuals that could have compromised officer safety,” said Chief Bret Farrar of the Lakewood Police Department.

Along with not posting information about police movements, posting pictures can also put officers at risk.

“If it’s safe to do so, go ahead and take pictures of our deputies in action,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer. “We’re very proud of the work they do. We’d simply ask that you wait to post those pictures until the emergency is over.”

In fact, pictures posted after the emergency can help investigators determine what happened as the event unfolded.

Here are some suggested dos and don’ts for the use of social media in emergencies.
· Do get to a safe place and call 911 if possible. Live telephone calls to dispatchers are law enforcement’s best source of real-time information in an emergency.
· Do feel free to let family and friends know you’ve reached safety.
· Do feel free to warn friends if you have first-hand knowledge of a developing emergency.
· Don’t tweet or post about the movements of police, or post pictures of officers. Even what seems like vague information could be used by a criminal familiar with the area.
· Don’t endanger yourself to get a picture, no matter how compelling.
· Don’t spread rumors. If you’re not sure, don’t post, tweet or re-tweet.
· Do feel free to tweet about the response and post pictures after the emergency is over.

Although the term is “Tweet Smart,” the advice applies to whatever is your preferred social media platform.

Participating Agencies:
Bellevue Police Department
Des Moines Police Department
Federal Way Police Department
King County Sheriff’s Office
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
Lakewood Police Department
Seattle Police Department
Washington State Patrol

Dashcam video of motorcycle pursuit

Video of a police chase a couple of days ago in Tennessee. Check out the construction worker at the start of the chase, bike buzzes past him and the patrol car can’t figure out if he wants to drive on the sidewalk or the roadway.

A police motorcycle officer with liberal pursuit policy in action

motorcycle officer in high speed pursuitA lot of law enforcement agencies have different pursuit policies for motorcycle units- they are harder to see, have much higher risk of injury in the event of an accident, and obviously they are not capable of the PIT maneuver to terminate a pursuit.

Most agencies will allow a motor officer to initiate the pursuit but require the officer to give up the pursuit to a marked patrol car as soon as possible.

That’s what makes the following footage so unusual- this motor unit starts the chase and continues in a pursuit that lasts several minutes. It’s pretty impressive riding by the officer, but the multiple intersections and opportunities for him to get hit by an inattentive driver are hard to overlook.

In the end the dirtbag in the car was captured and booked, but I question if the risk was worth it in this case.

Check out the video:

Law Enforcement Fatalities Decrease 44% In The First Half Of 2012, Reaching A 52-Year Low

Press release from the  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

Law Enforcement Fatalities Decrease 44% In The First Half Of 2012, Reaching A 52-Year Low

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2012  In a reversal of recent trends and positive news for the law enforcement community, law enforcement fatalities declined significantly nationwide during the first half of 2012, reaching a 52-year low.

Fifty-three law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the first six months of this year, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), in conjunction with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).  This represents a 44 percent decrease over the 94 officers who lost their lives during the same time last year.  Officer fatalities decreased across all circumstances yet peace officer ambushes remain the leading circumstance of fatal shootings.

Of the 53 officers who were killed during the first six months of this year:

Twenty-one officers were killed in traffic-related incidents representing a 36 percent decrease during the period.  This includes 17 who died in automobile crashes, three who were struck by automobiles while outside of their own vehicles, and one officer who was killed in a motorcycle crash.

Nineteen were shot to death, representing a more than a 50 percent decrease from the same period last year.

Thirteen officers died due to causes other than traffic or firearms-related incidents representing a 38 percent decrease.  This includes seven officers who died due to physical-related illnesses, three who were stabbed, and three who died in a fall.

“After two years of rising numbers of peace officer fatalities, the law enforcement community has joined together to make officer safety the utmost priority,” said Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd.  “It is good to see those efforts paying off and the number of peace officer fatalities decreasing thus far in 2012.”

Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas were the deadliest states in the nation thus far in 2012 with three fatalities each.  Eight states (Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, and Utah) each lot two officers during the same period.

Nineteen of the officers killed during the first half of the year were municipal officers, 19 were county officers, ten were state officers, three were territorial officers, and two were federal officers.  The average age of the officers who died was 43.  On average, they served for 12 years and eight of the officers who died were women.

“Line of duty deaths are down by almost 50% which is amazing news!” stated Madeline Neumann, National President of Concerns of Police Survivors and surviving spouse of Essex County (NJ) Patrolman Keith Neumann, who was killed in a drug raid on August 3, 1989. “This trend shows the value of raising awareness on safety issues for law enforcement officers.  Both NLEOMF and Concerns of Police Survivors have worked extremely hard to get the word out about how important officer safety is and it is apparent that our efforts are paying off.”

A copy of the full report, “Law Enforcement Officer Deaths:  Mid-Year 2012 Report,” is available at www.LawMemorial.org/ResearchBulletin.

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The NLEOMF maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

About Concerns of Police Survivors

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. For more information, visit www.nationalcops.org.

CONTACT: Steve Groeninger, (202) 737-7135 or steve@nleomf.org

SOURCE National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Web Site: http://www.LawMemorial.org

 

Lynnwood Police makes no secret of bulldozing state law on red light camera use

Someone contacted me today and sent me a link to an article in the Herald from 2011 regarding Lynnwood’s use of red light camera footage for investigations totally unrelated to traffic offenses, an apparent violation of Washington State law that forbids the use of that footage for anything but violations related to running a red light or speeding.

My favorite quote from the article is from Police Chief Steve Jensen, he said “his cops are using the cameras for investigations in ways he thinks most people in Lynnwood would support.” Well I guess if the majority of people in Lynnwood think it’s okay, screw Washington State law.

Maybe Seattle Police should let the cowboys from Lynnwood PD come down and work those two shooting investigations for them.

Here’s a link to the original article on Heraldnet:

Heraldnet Article

04-19-12 Marysville pursuit ends with suspect ejected after hitting power pole

Marysville police engaged a reported car prowler in a pursuit that began just after midnight on April 19th. A fairly short pursuit ended when the suspect hit a power pole near Highway 9 and Soper Hill Road. The suspect was ejected and power lines went down in the area. Here is the audio of the chase and the resulting chaos afterwards: Audio from 04-19-12 marysville pursuit