Colorado Police on alert after anonymous caller threatens to kill cops

In National, Officer Safety by rapsheet

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 …

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

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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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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 …

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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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Calif. Cops save driver seconds before train collision

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Rescue caught on tape of sheriff dragging driver from car seconds before a train smashes into it By PoliceOne Staff SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Two San Mateo sheriff’s deputies dragged a driver from a car seconds before a train plowed through it in a dramatic rescue captured on video, SFGate reported. The collision happened Aug. 3 after two deputies, Lance Whitted …

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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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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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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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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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Bridging the Divide

In Local, National, President's Message by rapsheet

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 …