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Tribute to Law Enforcement Heroes

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve, and its media partners Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, and iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio or TV outlet in America, today announced …

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2016 National Police Week

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In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and …

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My Husband Is A Police Officer, And I Owe You An Apology

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By  Melissa Littles Thomas Hawk/Flickr There’s a reason my husband is an officer and I am not. I’m a relatively good person, but he’s better than me. He became an officer for all the right reasons. He was that little boy who never knew his daddy. He watched his mother struggle to make ends meet. He easily could have chosen …

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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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About National Police Week Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  National Police Week (NPW) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C. honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.  On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the week-long …

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Z Man Scholarship Foundation hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within”

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The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation and the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within” Grand Finale, Friday, May 20th 2016.  Metro Area High Schools including Barlow, Benson, Centennial, David Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Jefferson, Lincoln, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, Sunset, Tualatin and Wilson will all send representatives to compete.  At each participating school, the student body and school …

Drunk driver crashes into Ohio officer in cruiser

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The collision sent car parts flying into the air BRATENAHL, Ohio — An encounter that could have turned for an officer was caught on dashcam and body camera video. FOX 8 reported Officer Timothy O’Haire was conducting a traffic stop when his cruiser was sideswiped by a speeding driver. The collision sent car parts flying into the air. Two officers …

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Video resurfaces of traffic stop that led to Kasich calling cop ‘idiot’

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John Kasich is now being called ‘anti-cop’ by law enforcement COLUMBUS — A video tweeted out by a Milwaukee County sheriff shows a traffic stop of Republican presidential nominee John Kasich, who called the officer who pulled him over an “idiot”, AOL reported. Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. tweeted the video along with the caption “This rat ba*tard @JohnKasich lied about …

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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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About National Police Week Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  National Police Week (NPW) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C. honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.  On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the week-long …

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Z Man Scholarship Foundation hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within”

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The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation and the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within” Grand Finale, Friday, May 20th 2016.  Metro Area High Schools including Barlow, Benson, Centennial, David Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Jefferson, Lincoln, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, Sunset, Tualatin and Wilson will all send representatives to compete.  At each participating school, the student body and school …

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KGW Great Toy Drive Donation

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On December 11th, Portland Police Association Members were out bright and early shopping at the Jantzen Beach Target to purchase $1,000 in toys for the KGW Great Toy Drive. Then, PPA President, Daryl Turner, made the deliver to Drew Carney in the KGW Toy Box. For more than 30 years, the KGW Great Toy Drive has provided hundreds of thousands …

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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If you are experiencing domestic violence, HELP IS AVAILABLE. Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline, Operated by the Portland Women’s Crisis Line 888.235.5333 Portland Police Bureau: Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (D.V.R.U.) National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233 What is domestic violence? …a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against a family member or …

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PPA Joins the Community Outreach to Support the Blazers Boys & Girls Club

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Last Friday, the PPA in collaboration with Central City Concern Alumni, Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, NIKE Community Store, Comcast SportsNet, Soo Bahk Do, and Skate-Like-A-Girl participated in the Blazers Boys & Girls Club Family Fest Event. The end of summer, Back to School Family Fest featured games, food, a back pack & school supply giveaway, free hair cuts, a …

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2015 Picnic Recap

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Thanks to all who came out to the picnic last weekend! The weather was perfect and we had a great turnout. It was so good to see the current members and their families as well as the retirees. Congratulations to our 2015 Stan Peters Memorial Award recipients, Dave Virtue, John Grable, and Mark Chamberlain, for their outstanding commitment and the years …

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National Night Out – First Tuesday in August

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What is NATW & NNO? Once upon a time, we kept our porch lights on. We opened the door even if we didn’t know who rang the bell. And we could always leave the back door unlocked during the day. National Association of Town Watch is the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime …

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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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About National Police Week Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  National Police Week (NPW) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C. honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.  On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the week-long …

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Z Man Scholarship Foundation hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within”

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The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation and the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within” Grand Finale, Friday, May 20th 2016.  Metro Area High Schools including Barlow, Benson, Centennial, David Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Jefferson, Lincoln, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, Sunset, Tualatin and Wilson will all send representatives to compete.  At each participating school, the student body and school …

10 money-saving tax tips for police officers

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Tax season is right around the corner, would you like to save some cash? By Megan Wells When you sign up for the badge, you aren’t signing a multi-million dollar contract for a life of luxury. You’re signing up for a modest paycheck and gratitude from those you help. If you’re like most officers, managing your money is a necessity. …

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Celebrating Black History Month

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Local Black History in the Portland Police Bureau During WWII, Duke had been a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Learn more >>> Dec. 11, 1946: Almost the First Black Portland Police Officer George Hardin, Portland’s first African American police officer, in 1884 (image courtesy of the Portland Police …

Holidays 2015

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PPA Donates $1,000 in toys to the KGW Great Toy Drive On December 11th, Portland Police Association Members were out bright and early shopping at the Jantzen Beach Target to purchase $1,000 in toys for the KGW Great Toy Drive. Then, PPA President, Daryl Turner, made the deliver to Drew Carney in the KGW Toy Box. For more than 30 …

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KGW Great Toy Drive Donation

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On December 11th, Portland Police Association Members were out bright and early shopping at the Jantzen Beach Target to purchase $1,000 in toys for the KGW Great Toy Drive. Then, PPA President, Daryl Turner, made the deliver to Drew Carney in the KGW Toy Box. For more than 30 years, the KGW Great Toy Drive has provided hundreds of thousands …

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Portland Police Association Launches “Having Enough Police Matters” Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Daryl Turner Portland Police Association daryl@ppavigil.org 503-225-9760 OurCityOurPolice.org Campaign urges Portland City Council to address dangerously low staffing levels (October 7, 2015 — Portland, OR) – Billboards are going up throughout the City of Portland today to educate the public about the dangerously low staffing levels in the Portland Police Bureau. With this effort, the Portland Police …

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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If you are experiencing domestic violence, HELP IS AVAILABLE. Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline, Operated by the Portland Women’s Crisis Line 888.235.5333 Portland Police Bureau: Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (D.V.R.U.) National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233 What is domestic violence? …a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against a family member or …

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10 money-saving tax tips for police officers

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Tax season is right around the corner, would you like to save some cash? By Megan Wells When you sign up for the badge, you aren’t signing a multi-million dollar contract for a life of luxury. You’re signing up for a modest paycheck and gratitude from those you help. If you’re like most officers, managing your money is a necessity. …

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Frank K. Springer

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Portland Retired Police  & Widows Association  Obituary of                                                                                                          Frank K. Springer   Frank K. Springer died peacefully at the age of 102 on March 8th, 2015 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  Frank was born in Lebanon, Oregon on March 24, 1912.  He graduated from Washington High School in Portland, Oregon and was employed as a postman and furniture finisher before being …

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ABC’s of FPD&R

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There are many FPDR rules to remember when you sustain a service-connected injury or illness.  Additionally, there are steps that you can take to make your FPDR claim process operate more smoothly.  Please review the following important points:   You have 30 days from the date of your injury to file a claim.  This is a strict rule.  Completing an …

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Getting Closer to Retirement? Need to Save More?

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The annual plan limit for the City’s deferred compensation plan is $17,500.  If you are over age 50, take advantage of the Over 50 Catch Up Option.  It’s another $5,500 a year, up to $23,000 for 2014.  In addition, the City allows for a 3 Year Catch Up Provision.  If eligible, you may elect to defer twice the Normal Limitation …

Retiree Newsletter for September

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              OVER THE HILL GANG On Wed. July 24th, we gathered for our monthly meet. There was about the usual number attending, which included Mace Flye,  Dave Edstrom, Randy Pulley, Norm Rosenbloom, Dick and Doris Kuntz, Millie and Ken Blodget, Elaine Maxey, Henry Groepper, Glen Griffitts, Rob Aichele, Jim Bonar, Ruth Dunafon, and Sally Bible. Sally also brought her friend …

Taps

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Margot J. Kennedy, widow of Norman F. Kennedy, born April 29, 1920, died Aug. 14, 2013, at age 93. Survived by children, Gerald Kennedy, wife, Mary Ann, Rondi, and Raymond; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Norman Kennedy retired in 1977, and was deceased in 2000.   James Larry Grant, born Jan. 29, 1938, died July 27, 2012, at age 75. …

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Retiree Newsletter July 2013

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Newsletter Reporter            OVER THE HILL GANG On Wed. May 22nd, we met at the Clackamas Banquet and Catering Center for our monthly luncheon. We had about 21 PPB people there, including Glen Griffitts, Dave Edstrom, Bud Bladow, Randy Pulley, Norm Rosenbloom, Bob Dorney, Mardi Epps, Paul Fontana, Dick and Doris Kuntz, and Roger Haven.      Our thanks go out …

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Obituary – Michael Roger Barkley

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Barkley, Michael Roger, 58 May 04, 1955 May 18, 2013 Michael passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Michael was born in Hollywood, Calif. and graduated from Westchester High School. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He pursued a career in law enforcement and was recruited by the Portland Police Bureau. After 30 years of …

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Retiree June 2013 Newsletter

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              OVER THE HILL GANG  On Wed. April 24th we met at the Clackamas Banquet and Catering Center for our monthly luncheon. We had a fair size group present, as our speaker was an author. Linda and I arrived to find the parking lot pretty full, and inside many of our retirees, including Dave Edstrom, C.C. and Bob Cox, Sally …

TAPS

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Astrid Griffin-O’Hara, born Dec. 18, 1921 in Portland, died April 24, 2013, at age 91. She attended Kennedy grade school and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940. She married Fred Griffin April 8,1942. She was involved with Temple Baptist Church, and later attended Rivercrest Community Church. Astrid worked as a bookkeeper in the retail industry for many years. In …

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ABC’s of FPD&R

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There are many FPDR rules to remember when you sustain a service-connected injury or illness.  Additionally, there are steps that you can take to make your FPDR claim process operate more smoothly.  Please review the following important points:   You have 30 days from the date of your injury to file a claim.  This is a strict rule.  Completing an …

INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS IN THE FPDR SYSTEM

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The most frequently asked question with regard to FPDR claims is about so-called “independent medical examinations.”  These are also known as “IMEs” and a variety of less-savory titles.  Police officers and firefighters usually ask a variant of the question, “Do I have to go to this?”  The answer is “yes,” if a member wants to pursue a claim or maintain …

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The Court’s decision on cell phone searches: 3 things cops need to know

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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that with the exception of some emergency circumstances, police must obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized from someone who has been arrested The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the search incident to arrest of an arrestee’s cell phone is not permissible without a warrant — except in …

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ABC’s of FPD&R

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There are many FPDR rules to remember when you sustain a service-connected injury or illness.  Additionally, there are steps that you can take to make your FPDR claim process operate more smoothly.  Please review the following important points:   You have 30 days from the date of your injury to file a claim.  This is a strict rule.  Completing an …

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A Guide to Internal Affairs Statements

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For the past twelve years, I have been involved in representing officers in providing statements to Internal Affairs.  So, I’d like to provide a guide for officers who are requested to give statements as either the suspect officer or witness in Internal Investigations. When you are first notified by an investigator that they are requesting a statement, you receive an …

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Pulse of Policing: How individual cops are overcoming injuries of the mind, body, and spirit

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Because virtually everything in policing begins with the individual officer, we decided that our first series of pieces would address the issues officers face with regard to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Specifically, afflictions which have had significant negative impact on our law enforcers — maintaining morale in troubled times, reducing the risk of heart attack, and dealing with …

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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If you are experiencing domestic violence, HELP IS AVAILABLE. Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline, Operated by the Portland Women’s Crisis Line 888.235.5333 Portland Police Bureau: Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (D.V.R.U.) National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233 What is domestic violence? …a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against a family member or …

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Suicide Awareness

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September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among …

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Seattle sets national example with LGBTQ-friendly safe-haven plan

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By Sami Edge Seattle Times staff reporter SEATTLE — In the 2½ months since Jim Ritter began recruiting businesses to provide safe havens for the city’s LGBTQ community, he’s been working nonstop to keep up with demand for the rainbow-badge window decal that denotes “Safe Places” around Seattle. The sticker designates businesses as places of refuge for victims of assault …

The Paleo Diet for Police Officers: Police Nutrition Made Simple

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Police nutrition is a highly debated topic. Everyone agrees that police offers need to eat healthy but how to do it is a common question. The truth is there are many ways for cops to eat healthy. Anyone who is preaching just ONE way to eat healthy is being close minded and dogmatic. Every officer needs to find the healthy …

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Dear Officer, I See You

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Ask anyone in Law Enforcement why they do what they do, and chance are they’ll tell you it’s not for the glory, the thank yous, or the appreciation of the people they help serve and protect. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy hearing it once in a while. Unfortunately, that’s not too often—but an organization called Humanizing the Badge is …

Why Joint, Back and Shoulder Pain are Common in Cops (and how to fix it)

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There will never be a day when officers leave their duty belts and ballistic vests in the squad, so start taking preventative measures now — and take them often Feb 25, 2015 Injuries are inevitable in law enforcement. Back, shoulder, and neck pain are all too common to the profession, and can be credited to everything from your duty belt …

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Health care spending growth hits 10-year high

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Health care spending rose at the fastest pace in 10 years last quarter, a development that could foreshadow higher costs for consumers this year. Expenses for health care rose at a 5.6% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said last week. The jump triggered a sharp upward revision in the government’s estimate of consumer spending …

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The scale doesn’t tell the whole truth

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The scale is appealing because it shows an instant, tangible metric of how you’re progressing, and it seems like an easy way to tell if your weight-loss plan is working. But it’s also easy to get too attached to that number—and you might start to define yourself based on what your morning weigh-in says, despite your best intentions. What’s worse …

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Hepatitis C and Frequently Asked Questions

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By Cathy Baker Keaney, MSN, RN, MPH Law Office of Kevin Keaney Hepatitis C and Frequently Asked Questions What is Hepatitis? “Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is also the name of a family of viral infections that affect the liver; the …

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My Husband Is A Police Officer, And I Owe You An Apology

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By  Melissa Littles Thomas Hawk/Flickr There’s a reason my husband is an officer and I am not. I’m a relatively good person, but he’s better than me. He became an officer for all the right reasons. He was that little boy who never knew his daddy. He watched his mother struggle to make ends meet. He easily could have chosen …

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Thank you

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I just want to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the membership meeting last Tuesday night, those who participated in the survey, and those who have sent the dozens of emails, text messages and phone calls of support. Your input, ideas, and comments all are important in moving forward the message of the rank and file of the …

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I’m a Cop, and I Feel Grateful

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“If people could see what my eyes have seen, they would understand what the few do for so many. People would be so proud of these flawed yet extraordinary human beings who give so much hope and protection to the defenseless.” – Mike Parker Ed. note: American Police Beat received this message from Mike Parker at the L.A. County Sheriff’s …

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Remember 9/11

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In honor of the first responders that run towards danger, committed to serve and protect, willing to sacrifice their very lives, WE REMEMBER. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 caused more law enforcement line of duty of deaths than any other single incident in American history. One officer was killed when United Flight 93 crashed into a field in …

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What is a Policeman? By Paul Harvey (1918-2009)

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What is a Policeman? By Paul Harvey (1918-2009) A policeman is a composite of what all men are, I guess; a mingling of saint and sinner, dust, and deity. Culled statistics wave the fan over stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are news. What that really means is that they are exceptional. They are unusual. They are …

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PPA Joins the Community Outreach to Support the Blazers Boys & Girls Club

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Last Friday, the PPA in collaboration with Central City Concern Alumni, Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, NIKE Community Store, Comcast SportsNet, Soo Bahk Do, and Skate-Like-A-Girl participated in the Blazers Boys & Girls Club Family Fest Event. The end of summer, Back to School Family Fest featured games, food, a back pack & school supply giveaway, free hair cuts, a …

Officer, You Pulled me Over Today

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Officer, you pulled me over today. Not to be mean, or because of a “quota” Not because my car is old, Not because I’m young and female.. But because I was speeding. I was pulled over today. I pulled over before you turned your lights on. I waited for you with my papers In my hand, outside the window. I …

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Colorado Officer Sings to Young Girl after Fatal Accident

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Photo shows officer singing to little girl after accident kills father, injures mother and siblings By PoliceOne Staff The following article originally appeared on PoliceOne, the leading online resource for law enforcement, and is reprinted by permission of the PoliceOne editorial team. Visit www.PoliceOne.com to access news, commentary, education information, and training resources that help officers protect their communities and …

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Rock Star Cops’ Duet

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You may remember Cpl. Jeff Davis with the Dover Police Department in Delaware after watching a viral video of him driving around in his patrol car while lip-synching Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Millions did. Well, Davis is back, and this time he’s brought a buddy along—Cpl. Demetrius Stevenson, who works as a resource officer at Dover High School. Between the …

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Pulse of Policing: How individual cops are overcoming injuries of the mind, body, and spirit

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Because virtually everything in policing begins with the individual officer, we decided that our first series of pieces would address the issues officers face with regard to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Specifically, afflictions which have had significant negative impact on our law enforcers — maintaining morale in troubled times, reducing the risk of heart attack, and dealing with …

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What’s it Like Being a Police Wife?

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I was recently asked, “What’s it like being a police wife?” Being an author and advocate on the subject of law enforcement, it’s a question I’ve been asked quite often. By  Melissa Littles I’m quick to point people in the direction of my article “Selfish Is Not An Option.” It’s been around for years and pretty much covers all areas. …

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4 Keys to Living in Police Reality (not police fiction)

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Living your life based on police stereotypes sets you up for failure — look to those police officers who are successful professionally and personally and use them as your guide, because that is the real world Are you deceiving yourself? Are your beliefs of what a police officer are supposed to be setting you up for failure in your professional …

Why respecting even the most vile criminals is important to our survival

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Current literature strongly indicates that demonizing or dehumanizing others because of their relative values — be they ethnic, cultural, behavioral or criminal — exacerbates PTSD There is a segment of our society whose behavior can be so objectionable that it is sometimes hard to view these people as humans. They can be dirty, smelly, sloppy, lazy, egotistical, indignant, argumentative, and …

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The Misinformation Age

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The fact that you are reading this article on an Internet website means you probably get a lot of information and insight on the web. One of the first things you have to ask yourself about anything you read on the Internet is what is the agenda of the… What a remarkable information age we live in; with Smartphones and …

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From Buddha to the Blue Line

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Editor From Buddha to the Blue Line Editors Note: The following guest article was provided by Max Lewis who works in Child Protective Services for the State of Oregon Department of Human Services. I think you will find this article very enlightening and I encourage you to learn more through the resources he mentions at …

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Z Man Scholarship Foundation hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within”

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The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation and the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within” Grand Finale, Friday, May 20th 2016.  Metro Area High Schools including Barlow, Benson, Centennial, David Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Jefferson, Lincoln, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, Sunset, Tualatin and Wilson will all send representatives to compete.  At each participating school, the student body and school …

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Remember Officer Colleen Waibel 1953-1998

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Officer Colleen Waibel was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon as part of a large, extended farming family. She graduated from St Mary’s of the Valley High School and attended Portland Community College. She had been a secretary for the Washington County Sheriff’s office. She was appointed to the Bureau on July 3, 1991, at the age of 37. She …

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Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daryl Turner 503-225.9760 Phone president@ppavigil.org Portland, ORE – January 12th, 2016 Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It. For the past year, I’ve been telling Chief O’Dea that morale in the Portland Police Bureau is as low as I’ve ever seen it in my 24-year career, in large part because of catastrophically inadequate …

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PPA Partners with the Boys & Girls Club

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The Portland Police Association worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area to recognize 4 outstanding youth leaders within the Boys & Girls Club Organization. These youth leaders exemplify the the Boys & Girls Club mission to help those who need us most to become productive, caring, and responsible citizens. It was an honor to surprise them …

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NO-Shave November

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    Officer Byrd from PPB’s Traffic Division won the PPA ‪#‎BestBeardAward‬ for ‪#‎NoShaveNovember‬! The Portland Police Association has made $1,000 donation to the No-Shave November Campaign for Cancer Research in honor of the PPB Traffic Division. Thank you, Officer Byrd, the Traffic Division, and the rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau for the job you do everyday, …

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Thank You from Robyn Reister

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Dear Members, Families and Friends of the Portland Police, Dane loved spending time with family and friends, meeting new friends, helping people, and trying to make a difference and that’s why he loved his job as a Portland Police Officer. Dane considered his coworkers friends and family. It’s difficult to express how much we sincerely appreciate your kind words and …

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Portland Police Association Launches “Having Enough Police Matters” Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Daryl Turner Portland Police Association daryl@ppavigil.org 503-225-9760 OurCityOurPolice.org Campaign urges Portland City Council to address dangerously low staffing levels (October 7, 2015 — Portland, OR) – Billboards are going up throughout the City of Portland today to educate the public about the dangerously low staffing levels in the Portland Police Bureau. With this effort, the Portland Police …

Our Deepest Condolences

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The Portland Police Association joins with Oregonians and communities all across the nation in offering our deepest condolences and sympathy to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in the attack at Umpqua Community College this morning. Thank you to the law enforcement officers who were first on the scene, put their lives on the line, and …

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Tribute to Law Enforcement Heroes

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve, and its media partners Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, and iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio or TV outlet in America, today announced …

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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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About National Police Week Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  National Police Week (NPW) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C. honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.  On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the week-long …

Drunk driver crashes into Ohio officer in cruiser

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The collision sent car parts flying into the air BRATENAHL, Ohio — An encounter that could have turned for an officer was caught on dashcam and body camera video. FOX 8 reported Officer Timothy O’Haire was conducting a traffic stop when his cruiser was sideswiped by a speeding driver. The collision sent car parts flying into the air. Two officers …

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Video resurfaces of traffic stop that led to Kasich calling cop ‘idiot’

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John Kasich is now being called ‘anti-cop’ by law enforcement COLUMBUS — A video tweeted out by a Milwaukee County sheriff shows a traffic stop of Republican presidential nominee John Kasich, who called the officer who pulled him over an “idiot”, AOL reported. Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. tweeted the video along with the caption “This rat ba*tard @JohnKasich lied about …

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San Bernardino firefighters won’t respond to calls until police arrive

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Because the streets are so dangerous in San Bernardino, crews must wait until there is a police presence before responding SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — Firefighters in San Bernardino will not respond to a call unless there is a police presence because of how dangerous the streets have become. CBS LA reported firefighters were across the street from a 12-year-old boy …

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NYPD Officer Randolph Holder dies after East Harlem shooting

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“He ran toward danger. It was the last time he will respond to that call.” – William J. Bratton, NYPD Commissioner Officer Holder was a third-generation police officer whose father and grandfather had both served on the police force in Guyana. His father, also named Randolph, hurried to the hospital last night, where he privately addressed dozens of officers who …

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Remember 9/11

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In honor of the first responders that run towards danger, committed to serve and protect, willing to sacrifice their very lives, WE REMEMBER. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 caused more law enforcement line of duty of deaths than any other single incident in American history. One officer was killed when United Flight 93 crashed into a field in …

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Tribute to Law Enforcement Heroes

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve, and its media partners Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, and iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio or TV outlet in America, today announced …

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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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About National Police Week Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.  National Police Week (NPW) held May 11 – 17 each year in Washington, D.C. honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.  On May 11 and 12, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the week-long …

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Z Man Scholarship Foundation hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within”

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The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation and the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division hosts the 4th Annual “Talent Within” Grand Finale, Friday, May 20th 2016.  Metro Area High Schools including Barlow, Benson, Centennial, David Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Jefferson, Lincoln, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, Sunset, Tualatin and Wilson will all send representatives to compete.  At each participating school, the student body and school …

Drunk driver crashes into Ohio officer in cruiser

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The collision sent car parts flying into the air BRATENAHL, Ohio — An encounter that could have turned for an officer was caught on dashcam and body camera video. FOX 8 reported Officer Timothy O’Haire was conducting a traffic stop when his cruiser was sideswiped by a speeding driver. The collision sent car parts flying into the air. Two officers …

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Video resurfaces of traffic stop that led to Kasich calling cop ‘idiot’

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John Kasich is now being called ‘anti-cop’ by law enforcement COLUMBUS — A video tweeted out by a Milwaukee County sheriff shows a traffic stop of Republican presidential nominee John Kasich, who called the officer who pulled him over an “idiot”, AOL reported. Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. tweeted the video along with the caption “This rat ba*tard @JohnKasich lied about …

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San Bernardino firefighters won’t respond to calls until police arrive

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Because the streets are so dangerous in San Bernardino, crews must wait until there is a police presence before responding SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — Firefighters in San Bernardino will not respond to a call unless there is a police presence because of how dangerous the streets have become. CBS LA reported firefighters were across the street from a 12-year-old boy …

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Remember Officer Colleen Waibel 1953-1998

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Officer Colleen Waibel was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon as part of a large, extended farming family. She graduated from St Mary’s of the Valley High School and attended Portland Community College. She had been a secretary for the Washington County Sheriff’s office. She was appointed to the Bureau on July 3, 1991, at the age of 37. She …

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Tribute to Law Enforcement Heroes

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve, and its media partners Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, and iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio or TV outlet in America, today announced …

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At NYPD Officer’s Funeral, Police Reflect on Tough Time

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Officers arrived from as far as California, Louisiana, and Chicago to line the streets outside the church for the funeral of a young NYC police officer By Frank Eltman and Michael Balsamo Associated Press SEAFORD, N.Y. — Thousands of police from around the country came together at a slain New York City officer’s funeral on Friday, mixing grief with calls for respect …

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6 life-saving lessons for cops learned on the battlefield

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Tactical Medicine for LEOs with Chuck Soltys In a critical incident, there is an unspecified amount of time where even the best intentioned EMTs may not be able to get to you — you are on your own Much of what we do as police officers today in self-aid/buddy-aid was passed on by our military troops who paid a high price …

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How To Protect Yourself from Doxing

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By Leischen Stelter, managing editor of In Public Safety CBS News reported that after the fatal shooting of a man by a LAPD police officer, someone posted the officer’s private information online including his home address, phone number, and other personal details including his child’s school location. This practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual is …

Colorado Police on alert after anonymous caller threatens to kill cops

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AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora Police Department is on high alert after dispatch received an anonymous threat, Fox 31 reported. Local law enforcement is taking the Sept. 6 call very seriously. The caller threatened to shoot officers who were alone. “It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we …

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How To Improve Officer Training for High-Risk Traffic Stops

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The problem with ever-increasing stress during critical incidents such as a HRTS is found in an associated decrease in critical thinking abilities By David Blake The following article originally appeared on PoliceOne, the leading online resource for law enforcement, and is reprinted by permission of the PoliceOne editorial team. Visit www.PoliceOne.com to access news, commentary, education information, and training resources …

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PPA Files Staffing Grievance

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Today, the Portland Police Association filed a grievance over the officer safety and workload issues that have arisen given the dangerously low staffing levels of the Portland Police Bureau. For years, the PPA has urged City and Police Bureau leaders to address this critical staffing issue through dialogue and collaboration. Unfortunately, the only outcome has been an incomplete staffing survey …

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4 tactics that can save your life in a plainclothes gunfight

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Going armed while in soft clothes requires a different mindset than when you are in uniform In the recent ambush killing of two Las Vegas uniformed officers, the second phase of the incident resulted in the death of a citizen carrying a concealed weapon (CCW). When the male shooter entered a Wal-Mart and fired a round, the CCW citizen attempted …

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3 lessons from the Las Vegas police ambush about on-duty breaks

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Police officers are highly visible public figures who are vulnerable to attack any time they are out in public, regardless of what they are doing. The murders of two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers who were dining in a restaurant by a pair of radical militants happened less than a week ago, and the heinous crime is still under …

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How your Brain Handles Fear

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By Val Van Brocklin   Fear is the brain’s hard-wired survival mechanism. There are three key players in this system: •   The thalamus is your brain’s window to the world. It receives and processes at a low level sensory input and sends messages to: •   The amygdala, which scans the information for threats and musters a full body response if danger …

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Obama, Holder offer words at slain marshal’s funeral

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27-year-old marshal died in a shootout March 10 after he and others arrived at a motel to arrest a fugitive Yesterday at 4:40 PM By Margaret Baker The Sun Herald MOSS POINT, Miss. — On slain deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells’ 20th birthday, he put his future wife on the spot. “I asked him, ‘What do you want for your birthday?’” …

Oregon Legislative Update: Officer Involved Deadly Force Incidents

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Two proposed bills that deal with officer involved deadly force incidents are currently pending before the Oregon Legislature. Both bills propose significant changes to Oregon law, including mandatory post-incident drug testing for involved officers and investigations into officers’ use of deadly force by the Oregon Department of Justice. The first bill is House Bill 2951, introduced by Representative Lew Frederick …

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Oregon Legislature Wrapping Up

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You can tell that the Legislature is getting closer to wrapping up session: they’ve started shutting down committees. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee both wrapped up their business and had their last meetings of the session. Other committees will follow shortly, because with a few exceptions, all bills need to be …

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3 challenges that blindside rookie cops (and how to survive them)

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Obstacles will occur in every cop’s career, but with a positive attitude, perseverance, and integrity, you will live through them and you will become a mature, seasoned veteran Most every cop can clearly remember their rookie years. Most of us can even remember the very day we graduated from the academy, pinned on the badge, strapped on the duty belt, …

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From Buddha to the Blue Line

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Editor From Buddha to the Blue Line Editors Note: The following guest article was provided by Max Lewis who works in Child Protective Services for the State of Oregon Department of Human Services. I think you will find this article very enlightening and I encourage you to learn more through the resources he mentions at …

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A HISTORY OF THE PORTLAND POLICE ASSOCIATION, LOCAL #456

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The following article was taken verbatim from a story provided by the Portland Police Museum, Frank Springer on the origins of the Police Union A HISTORY OF THE PORTLAND POLICE ASSOCIATION LOCAL #456 By Frank Springer While reading the minutes of our organization in it’s early and formative years we were amazed at how much we had forgotten about our …

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Celebrating Black History Month

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Local Black History in the Portland Police Bureau During WWII, Duke had been a fighter pilot in the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Learn more >>> Dec. 11, 1946: Almost the First Black Portland Police Officer George Hardin, Portland’s first African American police officer, in 1884 (image courtesy of the Portland Police …

Holidays 2015

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PPA Donates $1,000 in toys to the KGW Great Toy Drive On December 11th, Portland Police Association Members were out bright and early shopping at the Jantzen Beach Target to purchase $1,000 in toys for the KGW Great Toy Drive. Then, PPA President, Daryl Turner, made the deliver to Drew Carney in the KGW Toy Box. For more than 30 …

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Portland Police Association Launches “Having Enough Police Matters” Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Daryl Turner Portland Police Association daryl@ppavigil.org 503-225-9760 OurCityOurPolice.org Campaign urges Portland City Council to address dangerously low staffing levels (October 7, 2015 — Portland, OR) – Billboards are going up throughout the City of Portland today to educate the public about the dangerously low staffing levels in the Portland Police Bureau. With this effort, the Portland Police …

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Accountability Does Not Discriminate

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The mission of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is clear to the rank and file, brave men and women who serve their communities. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing, unacceptably low staffing levels of the Bureau, our efforts to provide timely service to our community has been hampered. Daily, every shift in every precinct runs below minimums and hires on overtime …

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Staffing Issues Continue To Be Ignored

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The number of gang-related, violent incidents has surpassed last year’s numbers and is climbing to an all-time high; yet City Hall still has no answer for the Portland Police Bureau’s terminal staffing shortage. This past Wednesday, East Precinct’s day shift ran with 2 officers short of minimums and one officer on overtime. This happens daily in Portland precincts. Officers work …

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Staffing Survey?

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As I have for the past few weeks, so will I continue to address the dangerously low minimum staffing levels that the rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau work with every day. As many of you know the PPA has filed a grievance in regards to the staffing that continues to decline before our very eyes. Inadequate Staffing …

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PPA Files Staffing Grievance

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Today, the Portland Police Association filed a grievance over the officer safety and workload issues that have arisen given the dangerously low staffing levels of the Portland Police Bureau. For years, the PPA has urged City and Police Bureau leaders to address this critical staffing issue through dialogue and collaboration. Unfortunately, the only outcome has been an incomplete staffing survey …

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Staffing Issues Put Us All at Risk

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As the summer begins, the rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is faced with the daunting task of policing the city while being dangerously understaffed and overworked. Almost every shift, in every precinct, every single day is hiring officers to work overtime in order to reach the required minimums, which have been reduced by about 150 sworn …

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Bridging the Divide

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What is it that police associations can do to reconnect with citizens and communities By Daryl Turner  As the national discussion over law enforcement has grown constant and at times divisive, we noticed a huge void in the discussion – the voices of the men and women of law enforcement. Law enforcement officers don’t just work to protect and serve …

Police Staffing: Always A Priority

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Yesterday, I spoke on the Lars Larson Radio Show about staffing issues, particularly as they relate to the Gang Enforcement Team and the increase in gang related shootings. I’ve included my talking point. This is an issue that affects the very core of what we do and about which I’ve spoken numerous times in front of the Portland City Council, …

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Retiree Newsletter for September

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              OVER THE HILL GANG On Wed. July 24th, we gathered for our monthly meet. There was about the usual number attending, which included Mace Flye,  Dave Edstrom, Randy Pulley, Norm Rosenbloom, Dick and Doris Kuntz, Millie and Ken Blodget, Elaine Maxey, Henry Groepper, Glen Griffitts, Rob Aichele, Jim Bonar, Ruth Dunafon, and Sally Bible. Sally also brought her friend …

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Retiree Newsletter July 2013

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Newsletter Reporter            OVER THE HILL GANG On Wed. May 22nd, we met at the Clackamas Banquet and Catering Center for our monthly luncheon. We had about 21 PPB people there, including Glen Griffitts, Dave Edstrom, Bud Bladow, Randy Pulley, Norm Rosenbloom, Bob Dorney, Mardi Epps, Paul Fontana, Dick and Doris Kuntz, and Roger Haven.      Our thanks go out …

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Retiree June 2013 Newsletter

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              OVER THE HILL GANG  On Wed. April 24th we met at the Clackamas Banquet and Catering Center for our monthly luncheon. We had a fair size group present, as our speaker was an author. Linda and I arrived to find the parking lot pretty full, and inside many of our retirees, including Dave Edstrom, C.C. and Bob Cox, Sally …

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Retiree Newsletter May 2013

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              BREAKFAST AT DENNY’S Monday, April 8th, apparently came as a surprise for this group, since the month started out on a Monday, the second Monday came quickly. We only had six show up. This included Scott Field, Al Freauff, Glen Griffitts, Bob Dorney and Kenny Zapp.      The conversations were the usual, about old “what’s his name”, and old …

Retiree Newsletter April 2013

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           OVER THE HILL GANG Wed. March 27th was our time to meet at the new location for this gathering. This is the Clackamas Banquet and Catering Center, 15815 SE 82nd Dr. It is part of Denny’s restaurant, just north of highway 212/224. We had a large crowd, either due to the new location or the speaker. In any …

Taps

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TAPS   Eleanor Frances Nasby-Gowing, wife of Harold “Hal” Gowing, born Oct. 21, 1924,  in Portland, died Nov. 27, 2012, at age 88. She attended Cleveland High School, then Girls Poly. She joined the Portland Police Bureau March 29, 1954, and retired from the Juvenile Division July 11, 1979. She married Robert Nasby in 1967, He passed away in 2005. …

Taps

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TAPS   Bea Mc Intosh, Widow of Pat Donaldson, born Sept. 2, 1917, died May 28th, 2011 (?) no other info available.

Retiree Newsletter Oct 2012

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                 OVER THE HILL GANG   On Sept.26, we met again at the Refectory, for what was a promising presentation. Arriving a little after 11 am, we found several already there. Because the speaker was going to be “Dave” of Dave’s Killer Bread, we had a lot of new people show up. Many that I did not recognize. We …

Retirees Message for September 2012

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By PRESIDENT  BOB ROBERTS Newsletter Reporter                  OVER THE HILL GANG   On August 22nd, we met at the Refectory for our monthly luncheon, gabfest and to listen to a presentation by Jason Hubert, who has been with the Portland Police GET Team, (Gang Enforcement Team) for eight years. It was a fair sized crowd, who were looking forward …

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Retiree Newsletter August 2012

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Newsletter Reporter      OVER THE HILL GANG  Our gang met on Wed. July25th at the Refectory at 11:30 am. Most got there at 11. We didn’t have a big crowd, but a sizable group appeared, such as C. C. and Bob Cox, Mary and Bob Schippers, Randy Pulley, Ruth Dunafon, Bud Bladow, Glen Griffitts, Denny Baker, Bob Dorney and Jerry …

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Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daryl Turner 503-225.9760 Phone president@ppavigil.org Portland, ORE – January 12th, 2016 Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It. For the past year, I’ve been telling Chief O’Dea that morale in the Portland Police Bureau is as low as I’ve ever seen it in my 24-year career, in large part because of catastrophically inadequate …

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Portland Police Association Launches “Having Enough Police Matters” Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Daryl Turner Portland Police Association daryl@ppavigil.org 503-225-9760 OurCityOurPolice.org Campaign urges Portland City Council to address dangerously low staffing levels (October 7, 2015 — Portland, OR) – Billboards are going up throughout the City of Portland today to educate the public about the dangerously low staffing levels in the Portland Police Bureau. With this effort, the Portland Police …

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Accountability Does Not Discriminate

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The mission of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is clear to the rank and file, brave men and women who serve their communities. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing, unacceptably low staffing levels of the Bureau, our efforts to provide timely service to our community has been hampered. Daily, every shift in every precinct runs below minimums and hires on overtime …

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Staffing Issues Continue To Be Ignored

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The number of gang-related, violent incidents has surpassed last year’s numbers and is climbing to an all-time high; yet City Hall still has no answer for the Portland Police Bureau’s terminal staffing shortage. This past Wednesday, East Precinct’s day shift ran with 2 officers short of minimums and one officer on overtime. This happens daily in Portland precincts. Officers work …

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New York to Hire 1,300 Police Officers

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By Jonathon Lemire NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is set to hire nearly 1,300 new police officers as part of its $78.5 billion budget agreement, honoring — and even exceeding — a proposal put forth by the City Council over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initial objections. The new officers, who were announced amid a headline-grabbing surge in crime …

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Staffing Survey?

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As I have for the past few weeks, so will I continue to address the dangerously low minimum staffing levels that the rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau work with every day. As many of you know the PPA has filed a grievance in regards to the staffing that continues to decline before our very eyes. Inadequate Staffing …

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PPA Files Staffing Grievance

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Today, the Portland Police Association filed a grievance over the officer safety and workload issues that have arisen given the dangerously low staffing levels of the Portland Police Bureau. For years, the PPA has urged City and Police Bureau leaders to address this critical staffing issue through dialogue and collaboration. Unfortunately, the only outcome has been an incomplete staffing survey …

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Staffing Issues Put Us All at Risk

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As the summer begins, the rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is faced with the daunting task of policing the city while being dangerously understaffed and overworked. Almost every shift, in every precinct, every single day is hiring officers to work overtime in order to reach the required minimums, which have been reduced by about 150 sworn …

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Daryl Turner on Lars Larson Show

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GANG INVOLVED SHOOTINGS To date, we’ve had 67 gang related shootings and assaults (up from 51 at this time last year). Of those 67, over 60 were gang related shootings with 27 victims. 25 of the 27 victims were African Americans. Right now, the Gang Enforcement Team has been allocated 6 more officers, leaving them still understaffed. Realistically, the Gang …

Police Staffing: Always A Priority

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Yesterday, I spoke on the Lars Larson Radio Show about staffing issues, particularly as they relate to the Gang Enforcement Team and the increase in gang related shootings. I’ve included my talking point. This is an issue that affects the very core of what we do and about which I’ve spoken numerous times in front of the Portland City Council, …

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Matrix Roofing

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THANK YOU TO THE PPA COVER FOUNDATION 2016 GOLF SCRAMBLE COMMUNITY SPONSOR About Matrix Roofing… You don’t have to be a roofer to have the very best roof. QUALITY is our CRAFT. We believe a well-maintained roof does more than just keep the elements out. It protects and nurtures what matters most: The people we love and the experiences we cherish. Servicing the …

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Thank You to Our Hole Sponsors

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 The PPA and The Cover Foundation want to thank our 2015 Hole Sponsors for the Golf Tournament   21st Century Towing Advantis Ager Tank & Equipment Blackstone Ventures California Casualty Countrywide, Rusty Roberts Home Energy Group Mesher Supply Michael Starapoli Ray Tercek Red Door NW, Jennye Helzer Sexton Bar & Galley Tedesco The Snitily Family, Richard Snitily Tim Schiller UBS …

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Anctil Heating and Cooling

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Thank You to the PPA Cover Foundation 2016 Golf Scramble Community Sponsor Anctil Heating & Cooling A fixture in the greater Portland area since 1976, Anctil Heating & Cooling offers a full lineup of residential and commercial services—from installing brand-new furnaces in vintage Portland homes to repairing and maintaining commercial HVAC systems. Our experienced, highly skilled technicians are ready to assess …

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Portland Patrol Inc

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Thank You to our 2015 Silver Sponsor of the PPA Cover Foundation Golf Scramble Portland Patrol Inc. (PPI) is a private security company providing armed and unarmed security for both public and private organizations in Oregon. Working closely with the Portland Police Bureau, PPI employees help to ensure the safety and security of individuals, businesses, and property in the downtown …

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MAGNACORP

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Thank You the PPA Cover Foundation Golf Scramble 2016 Community Sponsor Magnacorp is a client-focused financial services practice.  We work with key executives, their employees, individuals and their families to establish financial priorities to help them achieve their financial goals.   We believe in building long-term relationships through needs-based analysis, review and excellent customer service. Our practice has over 50 years of financial services experience.  We offer a specialized …

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Frank K. Springer

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Portland Retired Police  & Widows Association  Obituary of                                                                                                          Frank K. Springer   Frank K. Springer died peacefully at the age of 102 on March 8th, 2015 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  Frank was born in Lebanon, Oregon on March 24, 1912.  He graduated from Washington High School in Portland, Oregon and was employed as a postman and furniture finisher before being …

Taps

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Margot J. Kennedy, widow of Norman F. Kennedy, born April 29, 1920, died Aug. 14, 2013, at age 93. Survived by children, Gerald Kennedy, wife, Mary Ann, Rondi, and Raymond; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Norman Kennedy retired in 1977, and was deceased in 2000.   James Larry Grant, born Jan. 29, 1938, died July 27, 2012, at age 75. …

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Obituary – Michael Roger Barkley

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Barkley, Michael Roger, 58 May 04, 1955 May 18, 2013 Michael passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Michael was born in Hollywood, Calif. and graduated from Westchester High School. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He pursued a career in law enforcement and was recruited by the Portland Police Bureau. After 30 years of …

TAPS

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Astrid Griffin-O’Hara, born Dec. 18, 1921 in Portland, died April 24, 2013, at age 91. She attended Kennedy grade school and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940. She married Fred Griffin April 8,1942. She was involved with Temple Baptist Church, and later attended Rivercrest Community Church. Astrid worked as a bookkeeper in the retail industry for many years. In …

Taps May 2013

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Lawrence W. Staudenmaier, born July 23, 1931, died Jan. 26, 2013, at age 81. He joined the Portland Police July 16, 1956 and retired March 3 1977. No other information available   Laverna L Sanders, widow of John C. Sanders,

TAPS April 2013

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Verta DeBellis, wife of William “Bill” DeBellis, born Sept. 28, 1922 in Staples, Minn. Died March 8, 2013, at age 90. She attended Franklin High School,  and later worked at Nabisco. She was an avid golfer, and was an active member of the women’s golf club in Tualatin.  She  volunteered with the Assistance League of Yuma. She is survived by …

Taps

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TAPS   Eleanor Frances Nasby-Gowing, wife of Harold “Hal” Gowing, born Oct. 21, 1924,  in Portland, died Nov. 27, 2012, at age 88. She attended Cleveland High School, then Girls Poly. She joined the Portland Police Bureau March 29, 1954, and retired from the Juvenile Division July 11, 1979. She married Robert Nasby in 1967, He passed away in 2005. …

Taps

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TAPS   Bea Mc Intosh, Widow of Pat Donaldson, born Sept. 2, 1917, died May 28th, 2011 (?) no other info available.

Taps October 2012

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Jack R. Childers, born Nov. 19, 1925, died July 5, 2012, at age 86. Jack joined the Portland Police July 15, 1950 and retired Nov. 19, 1989. He has been residing in Yuma Arizona for several years. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis. No other info available.   Stella M. Kutter, widow of Henry “Hank” Kutter, died Feb. 23, …

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How To Protect Yourself from Doxing

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By Leischen Stelter, managing editor of In Public Safety CBS News reported that after the fatal shooting of a man by a LAPD police officer, someone posted the officer’s private information online including his home address, phone number, and other personal details including his child’s school location. This practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual is …

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What agencies need to know about the limitations of body cam technology

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A camera may have perfect visual acuity, but it has no perception whatsoever — only the human brain can perceive and process the significance of the incoming data Feb 17, 2015 Police body camera technology has become a hot topic — both in law enforcement and the media — with many believing cameras will solve the statistically unsupported problem of …

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The Court’s decision on cell phone searches: 3 things cops need to know

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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that with the exception of some emergency circumstances, police must obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized from someone who has been arrested The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the search incident to arrest of an arrestee’s cell phone is not permissible without a warrant — except in …

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Pa. police face unique set of challenges with texting law

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Unless a driver admits or a passenger tells police that a driver was sending a message, it’s difficult to make a texting-while-driving citation stick ALLENTOWN, Pa. — From Allentown police Capt. William Reinik’s perspective, Pennsylvania’s law against texting and driving is a challenge to enforce. “Out on the street, is it very difficult to tell if a person is texting? Yes …

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The Misinformation Age

In Lifestyle, Technology by rapsheet

The fact that you are reading this article on an Internet website means you probably get a lot of information and insight on the web. One of the first things you have to ask yourself about anything you read on the Internet is what is the agenda of the… What a remarkable information age we live in; with Smartphones and …

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The Cover Foundation

In THE COVER FOUNDATION by rapsheet

Formed in 2007 as a way of supporting the men and women of the Portland Police, this foundation now serves many different functions for our current officers and the community. The Cover Foundation helps current officers and their families in time of financial and medical need, as well as giving back to the programs the officers themselves believe in. This …

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Tribute to Law Enforcement Heroes

In Current, National, Officer Down by rapsheet

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve, and its media partners Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, and iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio or TV outlet in America, today announced …

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My Husband Is A Police Officer, And I Owe You An Apology

In Current, Inspiring by rapsheet

By  Melissa Littles Thomas Hawk/Flickr There’s a reason my husband is an officer and I am not. I’m a relatively good person, but he’s better than me. He became an officer for all the right reasons. He was that little boy who never knew his daddy. He watched his mother struggle to make ends meet. He easily could have chosen …

6 life-saving lessons for cops learned on the battlefield

In Current, Officer Safety by rapsheet

Tactical Medicine for LEOs with Chuck Soltys In a critical incident, there is an unspecified amount of time where even the best intentioned EMTs may not be able to get to you — you are on your own Much of what we do as police officers today in self-aid/buddy-aid was passed on by our military troops who paid a high price …

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Thank you

In Inspiring by rapsheet

I just want to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the membership meeting last Tuesday night, those who participated in the survey, and those who have sent the dozens of emails, text messages and phone calls of support. Your input, ideas, and comments all are important in moving forward the message of the rank and file of the …

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Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It.

In Local, Staffing by rapsheet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daryl Turner 503-225.9760 Phone president@ppavigil.org Portland, ORE – January 12th, 2016 Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It. For the past year, I’ve been telling Chief O’Dea that morale in the Portland Police Bureau is as low as I’ve ever seen it in my 24-year career, in large part because of catastrophically inadequate …

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Pulse of Policing: How individual cops are overcoming injuries of the mind, body, and spirit

In Health, Lifestyle by rapsheet

Because virtually everything in policing begins with the individual officer, we decided that our first series of pieces would address the issues officers face with regard to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Specifically, afflictions which have had significant negative impact on our law enforcers — maintaining morale in troubled times, reducing the risk of heart attack, and dealing with …

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I’m a Cop, and I Feel Grateful

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“If people could see what my eyes have seen, they would understand what the few do for so many. People would be so proud of these flawed yet extraordinary human beings who give so much hope and protection to the defenseless.” – Mike Parker Ed. note: American Police Beat received this message from Mike Parker at the L.A. County Sheriff’s …

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What’s it Like Being a Police Wife?

In Lifestyle by rapsheet

I was recently asked, “What’s it like being a police wife?” Being an author and advocate on the subject of law enforcement, it’s a question I’ve been asked quite often. By  Melissa Littles I’m quick to point people in the direction of my article “Selfish Is Not An Option.” It’s been around for years and pretty much covers all areas. …

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Cops’ deadly hesitation and the danger of the ‘cascade effect’

In Training by rapsheet

Give the word “Birmingham” lasting meaning, and don’t let the practice of proactive police work die Aug 19, 2015 In the year since Ferguson, we’ve witnessed a dangerous and troubling trend in law enforcement — officers hesitating to act when action is required, as occurred last week in Birmingham. This goes beyond individual officers’ failure to use justifiable force for fear …

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How To Improve Officer Training for High-Risk Traffic Stops

In National, Officer Safety, Training by rapsheet

The problem with ever-increasing stress during critical incidents such as a HRTS is found in an associated decrease in critical thinking abilities By David Blake The following article originally appeared on PoliceOne, the leading online resource for law enforcement, and is reprinted by permission of the PoliceOne editorial team. Visit www.PoliceOne.com to access news, commentary, education information, and training resources …

Video: Black Panther LeaderUndergoes Shoot/Don’t Shoot Training

In National, Training by rapsheet

Anti-police protest leader and head of Houston’s New Black Panther Party was invited to undergo use of force training at a Texas police department Feb 5, 2015 MISSOURI CITY, Texas — An anti-police protest leader was invited to undergo use of force training at a Texas police department. The head of Houston’s New Black Panther Party, Quanell X, participated in shoot/don’t …

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Chief’s message: Ending the negative public perception of police

In National, Use of Force by rapsheet

If the message and the mission is to pursue peace, justice and tolerance for all, isn’t it hypocritical to lump 800,000+ American cops into a single, negative identity? Sep 3, 2015 I’m chief of police in a bedroom community near Boston. The demographics of our town have changed a lot since I was first hired in the early 1990s. However, …

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3 keys to improve public’s perception of force

In Use of Force by rapsheet

When used lawfully, reasonably, and within the totality of the circumstances, force is appropriate; we need to work hard to educate the press and the public that this is the case Law enforcement officials have always had the lawful ability to use force within the context of their jobs. Yes, force has been abused at times in American history and …

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8 keys to a well-written police use-of-force report

In Use of Force by rapsheet

A well-written force response report may take a little longer to write on the front end, but will certainly save you much more time (and trouble) later Taking Training to the Next Level with Ed Flosi Considering the number of contacts officers have with citizens, police use of force is statistically a rare event. “A 1999 BJS report estimated that …

Use of Force

In President's Message, Use of Force by rapsheet

Most of us are aware of the inherent dangers that cops face on a daily basis. While some of us have been involved in multiple force incidents, all of us do a good job treating each instance as a unique situation with its own set of circumstances. No cop leaves the precinct looking to be involved in a force incident; …

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