Criminal Justice News

Monday, April 30, 2007

Three Cops from Local Agencies in New York State

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. The police officers from local agencies in New York State: Vincent Faggiano, Michael T. Rayburn and William Keegan.

Vincent Faggiano retired from the Rochester Police Department (New York) at the rank of captain. He was responsible for the initial development of the BowMac Critical Incident Response training programs, both for first responders and executive command post managers. He has delivered these programs to thousands of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and elected officials in the United States and abroad. He is the co-author of Critical Incident Management. According to the book description, Critical Incident Management, “shows you how to respond effectively to any incident. The book focuses on first responders and initial actions, the areas typically overlooked by police agencies and the ones most criticized after the fact.”

Michael T. Rayburn has over 26 years of experience in the law enforcement and the security field; and, is currently a 17 year veteran of the Saratoga Springs Police Department (New York). He is also an Adjunct Instructor for Smith & Wesson at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield Massachusetts where he teaches Instinctive Point Shooting, Vehicle Stops, Rapid Shotgun Deployment and Instinctive Point Shooting Instructor Certification.

Michael Rayburn has written a number of articles for various law enforcement related magazines including Law & Order, The Police Marksman and Police magazine. He is the author of three books, Advanced Vehicle Stop Tactics, Advanced Patrol Tactics and Basic Gunfighting 101. His video, "Instinctive Point Shooting with Mike Rayburn" is a top seller in the law enforcement and combat shooting communities. According to former Calibre Press, Inc. Street Survival Seminar Senior Instructor Dave Grossi, "Mike Rayburn is a gifted writer, an experienced trainer with a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience to dispense."

Lieutenant
William Keegan, Jr., is a twenty–year veteran of the New York Port Authority Police Department. He was awarded the highest medal for his contribution as Operations Commander of the WTC Rescue/Recovery Teams. He was also awarded the Medal of Valor for his rescue of children trapped in an elevator during the 1993 WTC bombing.

According to the book description of his book, Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission, “On the morning of 9/11, the New York Port Authority Police Department was the first uniformed service to respond to the attack on the World Trade Center. When the towers collapsed, thirty-seven of its officers were killed -- the largest loss of law enforcement officers in U.S. history.

That afternoon, Lieutenant
William Keegan began the work of recovery. The FDNY and NYPD had the territory, but Keegan had the map. PAPD cops could stand on top of six stories of debris and point to where a stairwell had been; they used PATH tunnels to enter "the pile" from underneath. Closure shares many never-before-told stories, including how Keegan and his officers recovered 1,000 tons of gold and silver from a secret vault to keep the Commodities Exchange from crashing; discovered what appeared to be one of the plane's black boxes; and helped raise the inspirational steel beam cross that has become the site's icon.”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 509
police officers (representing 214 police departments) and their 1075 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Fed and Two Local Cops

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. The website added a federal law enforcement agent as well as two local police officers.

Anna Mydlarz has been a career law enforcement officer, serving with the city of Buffalo Police Department for over 20 years. She has had experience in patrol work and has been promoted to detective, serving with the burglary task force, vice squad and narcotics squad. She currently serves in the communication crime unit, which specializes in high-tech crimes. stalking, telephone harassment, and Internet crimes. Furthermore, she serves on several task forces that are at the foremost of emerging issues.

Anna Mydlarz co-authored with Donald Hutton Guide to Homeland Security Careers and Guide to Law Enforcement Careers. According to the book description of the Guide to Law Enforcement Careers, “Hundreds of jobs are listed and described in local, state, federal, military, and special law enforcement agencies. Here’s advice on where to look for job openings, how to apply, and how to meet law enforcement agency qualifications. Careers cover a variety of areas including municipal police officer, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, state police officer, federal agents, criminal investigators, and many more. Advice is given and opportunities are cited for current and recently retired law enforcement officers. Helpful web sites are listed in this edition, and more than 100 law enforcement insignia patches are illustrated.”

Donald B. Hutton served as an executive staff member for the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Canal Corporation. He worked progressively for several
law enforcement agencies; with the New York State Office of Inspector General as executive deputy inspector general, as a Delaware & Hudson Railroad Police Department special agent, as a United States Department of Veteran Affairs police officer, and as a United States Customs Service Inspector.

Donald B. Hutton served in the United States Coast Guard as a reservist from 1976 until 1992 in the following capacities: as a boatswains mate, a pollution investigator, a special agent in intelligence, and in mobilization/augmentation administration. In 1992, Donald Hutton received and honorable discharge. He has a master's degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo

Donald Hutton is also the author of numerous articles and books. He co-authored with Anna Mydlarz Guide to Homeland Security Careers and Guide to Law Enforcement Careers. He also wrote Guide to Military Careers, and in 2000 published a suspense thriller, A Deep Blue Sounding Dark Voyage with the U.S. Coast Guard. According to the book description of A Deep Blue Sounding Dark Voyage with the U.S. Coast Guard, “The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cape Solace mysteriously sinks while on patrol off the coast of Florida, taking 26 crewmembers to a deep water grave. At the same time, Coast Guard Intelligence Agent Brad Thomas surfaces from a deep cover sting operation in New York City netting two “coasties” involved in smuggling for the mob.” According to John Wallace, author of POW-83, “This riveting book will alter America's view of the Coast Guard. Don Hutton is a writer of genuine purpose and originality.”

Robert "Bob" Taubert is thought of by FBI veterans as the finest firearms and tactics instructor to serve in the FBI. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physical Education and served 12 years as a reconnaissance infantry Marine pulling two combat tours in Vietnam, rising to the rank of Major and serving as company commander.

Robert Taubert joined the FBI serving his country as a Special Agent for over twenty-four years. While in the FBI he was heavily involved in Special Operations and was one of the founders and trainers of the FBI’s Elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT. Bob served as the FBI SOG liaison for the USMC and US Navy special operations entities. Bob is responsible for the birth of the widely known SEAL Team 6 and assisted what was to become today’s US Navy's Development Group, in gaining official recognition as a national counter terrorism asset by the military.

Serving as the senior instructor at the FBI Academy in the FBI’s SOARS, the elite Special Operations units he was chosen by the DEA to train and equip DEA agents in Close Quarters Battle, SWAT tactics and combat survival skills. These agents went on to participate in some of the most highly secretive joint agency covert operations that the US has ever run. During his tours of duty with the Bureau and DEA he attended every major firearms school in the world and qualified as a Master or Expert in long and short firearms.

Following the FBI he was a staff instructor at the Smith & Wesson Academy; he is a subject matter expert in SWAT, Anti-
Terrorism, Hostage Rescue and Police Survival issues; he is a Staff Instructor for the US Department of State's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and is also an adjunct Instructor at Alan Brosnan's Tactical Explosive Entry School and Kelly McCain’s Crucible Training Center. He is an accomplished author and is a staff writer for many LE Magazines, publications, and journals. Robert Taubert is the co-author of Soldiering on: The Stories of Two Former Kiwi SAS Men in Their Continuing World-Wide Careers of Adventure.

Police-Writers.com now hosts 506
police officers (representing 213 police departments) and their 1070 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

War Hero, Firefighter, Police Officer, Actor and Writer

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. Police-Writers.com added James McEachin to the website. He is a war hero and has been a firefighter, police officer, accomplished actor, writer and now a movie director.

James McEachin, a former police officer for the Hackensack Police Department (New Jersey) is an African-American actor and award-winning author most notably noted for his role as the first black man to have his own show on NBC called TENAFLY, and for his many character roles such as portraying police lieutenant Brock in the Perry Mason television movie series.

As a young man,
James McEachin served in the U.S. Army before, and then during the Korean War. Serving in King Company, he was wounded (nearly fatally) in an ambush and left for dead. He was rescued by a young blond boy who carried him for two days and many miles over difficult terrain and nearby gunfire to safety before disappearing from McEachin's life forever. McEachin was one of only two soldiers to survive the ambush. He was discharged from the Army as a corporal. He was awarded both the Purple Heart and Silver Star in 2005 by California Congressman David Dreier after McEachin participated in a Veterans History Project interview given by Dreier's office and in which they discovered McEachin had no copies of his own military records. Dreier's office quickly traced the records and notified McEachin of the Silver Star commendation and awarding him all seven of his medals of valor shortly thereafter and fifty years after his service.

Following his
military career James McEachin dabbled in civil service as first a fireman and then a police officer. In 1953, he had a brief law enforcement career as a police officer for the Hackensack Police Department (New Jersey) before he moved to California and became a record producer. Known as Jimmy Mack in the industry, he worked with young artists like Otis Redding and went on to produce The Fury's. He began his acting career shortly after, and was signed by Universal as a contract actor in the 1960s. He was regularly cast in professional, "solid citizen" occupational roles, such as a lawyer or a police commander, guesting on numerous series such as Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, and Dragnet. He played the dee-jay Sweet Al Monty in Play Misty for Me (1971) with Clint Eastwood. In 1973, McEachin starred as Harry Tenafly, the title character in Tenafly, a short-lived detective series about a police officer turned private detective who relied on his wits and hard work, rather than guns and fistfights.

While continuing to guest star in many television series and appearing in several feature-length films, McEachin landed his most memorable role, that of police lieutenant Brock in the 1986 television movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun. He would reprise this role in more than a dozen Perry Mason telemovies, appearing opposite the late Raymond Burr.

In the 1990s, McEachin semi-retired from acting to pursue a writing career. His first work was a
military history of the court-martial of 63 black American soldiers during the First World War, titled Farewell to the Mockingbirds (1995), which won the 1998 Benjamin Franklin Award. His next works, mainly fiction novels, included The Heroin Factor (1999), Say Goodnight to the Boys in Blue (2000), The Great Canis Lupus (2001), and Tell me a Tale: A Novel of the Old South (2003). McEachin also published Pebbles in the Roadway in (2003), a collection of short stories and essays which the author describes as "a philosophical view of America and Americans." In (2005) McEachin produced the award-winning audio book VOICES: A Tribute to the American Veteran.

In early (2006) the film short REVEILLE in which
James McEachin starred with David Huddleston began to play to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and people began to request copies of the film. The film was posted on video,google.com and quickly garnered 1.5 million hits and a deluge of fan mail to the jamesmceachin.com website which inspired McEachin's latest contribution, OLD GLORY in which he wrote, produced, directed, and acted. OLD GLORY is McEachin's directorial debut.

In 2001, McEachin received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Morgan State University. In 2005, he became an Army Reserve Ambassador, this distinction carries the protocol of a two-star general. (Source for some of the information was en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McEachin)

As a former member of the U.S. Military,
James McEachin is also listed on www.military-writers.com

Police-Writers.com now hosts 504
police officers (representing 211 police departments) and their 1066 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Friday, April 27, 2007

NIJ Funding Opportunities

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has recently issued the following solicitations. Please be aware that you must submit your application electronically using Grants.gov. Instructions for the Grants.gov registration process are available at: www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.

Forensic Science Training Development and Delivery Program
Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Number: 2007-NIJ-1602

Deadline: May 29, 2007, 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

As stated in the President’s DNA Initiative, Advancing Justice Through DNA
Technology, the forensic science community has a critical need for trained forensic scientists in public crime laboratories. NIJ is seeking proposals from training provider(s) to develop or deliver (or both) knowledge-based forensic science curricula at the State or local level (or both). Applicants are encouraged to propose enhancements or modifications to existing training programs for computer-based or Web-based delivery. Dissemination of the product and sustainability of these initiatives is a priority. Applicants that propose to deliver training will be responsible for all aspects of the training delivery, including, but not limited to, travel, lodging, and per diem for participants, and any other training-related logistics. The project period for proposals submitted under this solicitation is up to 24 months.

Download entire solicitation:
www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl000797.pdf

Operations Research Applied to
Law Enforcement Operations
Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Number: 2007-NIJ-1443

Deadline: May 21, 2007, 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

NIJ seeks applications to research, develop, and demonstrate operations research models and methods that enable
law enforcement and corrections agencies to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of their operations and to improve the judicial process. Proposed models and methods must identify and account for legal, cultural, and social factors that may affect the adoption and use of new technologies, practices, and procedures by criminal justice agencies. For example, a contractual agreement between organized labor and management may limit scheduling options for shift changes.

Download entire solicitation:
www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl000798.pdf

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Criminal Justice online leadership as well as police and military personnel who have authored books.

Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology

NLECTC Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology News Summary
Thursday, April 26, 2007

"Cutting-Edge Scheduling Help for
Police"
Washington Post (04/22/07) P. SM1; Rucker, Philip

Charles County, Md., is implementing an Internet-based tool called CourtDates to enable police officers to understand and manage their court appearance schedules online. CourtDates will go live on May 1, 2007, and will work much like an online banking tool.
Police officers will be able to use a password and user-name to log onto their schedule through any Internet portal to check in, see updates, and make changes. Today officers receive court notice through paper subpoenas, must track their court dates on a calendar, and are responsible for tracking whether a court date has been moved or cancelled. This Web system will make it "vastly more efficient," says State's Attorney Leonard C. Collins Jr. Soon when police officers all have vehicle-based computers, they will be able to check each day for the week's court appointments, says Collins. Charles County IT director Richard A. Aldridge says it cost the county $12,500 to develop CourtDates. Nearby countries also will have access to this tool.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-

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"Jail Ups Security Since Escape"
Columbus Dispatch (OH) (04/22/07) P. 1C; Hassett, Kelly

The Ross County, Ohio, jail has taken a number of steps to improve security in the aftermath of last July's high-profile escape of John W. Parsons, who was serving a life sentence for killing a Chillicothe
police officer. For instance, the jail replaced the only camera in the recreation area, which was at least 10 years old and did not work. In addition, authorities added another camera in the center of the ceiling of the recreation area. The new camera is capable of turning 360 degrees and is protected with security casing. But there is still more work to be done. For instance, the Sheriffs Department's new body-orifice scanner, which is supposed to be able to detect metal anywhere in or on the body, failed to detect a hypodermic needle that was being smuggled in by an inmate this month. According to Sheriff Ron Nichols, the needle probably escaped detection by the scanner because it was wrapped in plastic. In light of that incident, Nichols said that his deputies will continue to physically screen inmates in addition to using the scanner.

http://wwwphp.dispatch.com
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"Gadget is Parolees' Last Call"
Tampa Tribune (04/21/07); Mullins, Richard

Facing crowded prisons and high costs of incarceration, judges are giving nonviolent offenders a choice: Wear a tracking bracelet or go to jail. Most have chosen the latter, in a new wave of monitoring devices that have allowed authorities to keep track of offenders without contributing to overcrowded jails. The bracelets are typically used for drunk driving convictions, but have also been used to monitor sexual predators. Advanced GPS
technology enables parolees to stay on house arrest or in the case of alcohol detectors, monitor ethanol levels emitted by the body to track the offender's alcohol consumption. Some 34,000 people in the United States have been under Alcohol Monitoring Solutions' surveillance, the largest company in the tracking market. It costs roughly $1,300 to $2,000 monthly to incarcerate an individual, compared with the approximately $400 monthly cost of wearing a bracelet.
http://www.tbo.com/news/metro

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"Interrogations May Be Recorded"
Hartford Courant (CT) (04/21/07); Poitras, Colin

The Connecticut state Appropriations Committee has approved $100,000 per year of funding for a pilot program to install video surveillance in
police interrogation rooms. If this provision passes, police interrogation areas in Connecticut will experience videotaping for the first time. Videotaping is in fact standard in most areas within police department buildings. The pilot program will help create clear evidence of interrogation sessions, which could be useful in court, says Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane. The Innocence Project in New York reports that a number of large cities already do this, while Alaska, Maine, and Minnesota are states that require videotaping of interrogations for serious criminal cases. Innocence Project policy advocate Amanda Melpolder says one out of five wrongful convictions relied on dubious evidence gained through interrogation. Melpolder argues that electronic surveillance will improve court evidence.
http://www.highbeam.com/do

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"L.A. Gets Nation's Largest Crime Lab"
Daily News of Los Angeles (04/19/07) P. N4; Anderson, Troy

Los Angeles city and county officials have scheduled a May 11 official opening for the area's newest crime lab, the $102 million Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center at California State University, Los Angeles. The new, five-story facility will merge the existing
LAPD and sheriff's labs and will help reduce the backlog of DNA samples and other evidence. The 209,080-square-foot forensic center will also accommodate classrooms from the university's School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics and the California Forensic Science Institute. The lab will provide evidence testing for all law enforcement agencies in the county via such means as DNA analysis and crime scene reenactments using computer programs. Scanning electron microscopes will help assess trace evidence, including gunshot residue and fire-scene substances. In addition, chemical processes and laser analysis will allow personnel to develop fingerprints on surfaces such as plastic bags, paper, and other surfaces that are usually incompatible with conventional powders. The new center will also have sufficient space for upwards of 70 DNA analysts, up from the existing 30 at the sheriff's lab, and will be able to accommodate 400 staff members; evidence from some 140,000 criminal cases is estimated to be submitted yearly for assessment. http://www.dailynews.com/news

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"North Huntingdon Police Latest Department to Employ Taser Device"
Greensburg Tribune-Review (PA) (04/20/07); Kaufman, Dirk W.

Police officers in Penn Township, Pa., recently finalized training on the use of Tasers, five of which were recently purchased by the department. The devices cost about $800 each and were purchased using grant money. Two officers in the department who were certified as trainers in the use of Tasers trained all of the other officers. During the training, the officers had the option of being shot at with the device. Officials note that the Tasers are effective when officers just warn suspects about their use. "They have been used as a deterrent several times successfully," notes Penn Township police Chief Michael Mastroianni. "Once you put the red dot on a person and order them to cease and desist what they're doing, they stop." He adds that the Tasers are a powerful tool in safeguarding officers from harm. Currently, all 21 officers in the department carry the devices. Officers are required to record when they fire a Taser as well when it serves as a deterrent with discharging. Officials consider the devices as one of many types of deterrents, including billy clubs and special munitions. Officers at the Delmont police department are required to undergo yearly training at the Greensburg police department, which involves mandatory shooting of the device. Officials say although such training is costly, it allows officers to be familiar with the Taser's capabilities.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x
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/news/westmoreland/s_503388.html

"More Parolee GPS Tracking"
San Bernardino County Sun (CA) (04/17/07); Watson, George

San Bernardino County, Calif., officials would like to partake in a California program that links monitoring devices to parolees with gang connections. On April 17, the County Board of Supervisors voted to ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be included in his pilot program. The program calls for parolees who had a gang-improvement conviction as part of their sentence have gadgets placed on their ankles, electronically connecting them to a GPS. It is not known how long it will take for San Bernardino County to find out whether it will be part of California's pilot program. Officials think the county is host to 300 gangs and over 13,000 gang members. Of those, a minimum of 2,000 are on parole. As part of the supervisors' April 17 vote, letters will be mailed to Sacramento supporting state Senate bills 390 and 657, in addition to Assembly Bill 360, all of which further fortify existing gang laws.
http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_5691647

"
Technology Cuts Response Time"
Raleigh News & Observer (NC) (04/17/07) P. B3; McDonald, Thomasi

On April 16 at Raleigh, N.C.'s Wake County Emergency Medical Services
Training Center, a new vehicle monitoring system was introduced. Financed by a $1.1 million grant from the federal government, the system depends on GPS that will permit emergency dispatchers to send the nearest available emergency workers to a situation and allow law enforcement to talk with EMS on their way to a 911 call. The Automated Vehicle Tracking System will be employed in all emergency vehicles utilized by EMS, the Wake County Sheriff's Office, the City-County Bureau of Identification, and Animal Control. By employing one infrastructure, emergency vehicles will be able to answer a 911 call quicker, noted Wake EMS Chief Skip Kirkwood.
http://www.newsobserver.com

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"Watching Workers: More Checkpoints Possible: Airport Screening Debated"
Tulsa World (OK) (04/11/07); Stewart, D.R.

The recent gun-smuggling scandal at Orlando International Airport has prompted widespread calls for airport and airline employees to be subjected to screening at airport security checkpoints, but some airport officials believe that this move would be unnecessary, disruptive, and burdensome. The Reason Foundation's director of transportation studies, Robert W. Poole Jr., offers several suggestions to significantly increase access control measures at airports while also ensuring that operations are not disrupted. Among these are requiring stronger background checks for airport employees--to the point where a criminal record of any kind would disqualify a job applicant from being hired anywhere on the airport. Poole also believes that special security checkpoints should be established. These checkpoints would have unique rules and procedures, be for airport employees only, and be manned by private security companies. Lastly, Poole calls for airport employee badges to be enhanced with biometrics, preventing anyone but the employee who holds the badge to access secure areas. Companies whose employees have these badges should be required to immediately turn in the badges of any employee whose job at the airport has ended or risk severe penalties, Poole says.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/business

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"Butler to Join County Crime Data System"
Dayton Daily News (OH) (04/19/07) P. Z3-15; Hulsey, Lynn

In Ohio, Butler County is linking up with Montgomery County's
Criminal Justice Information System, a data warehouse that merges information from multiple sources. These sources include county and municipal courts as well as courts outside the county. Montgomery County Commissioners approved Butler County's entry into the system on April 10, which means Butler County will have to bear the cost of preparing its information to be ready for submission into the system. The cost of access is free for counties. Although the counties of Greene, Miami, and Preble joined earlier in 2007, Preble and Miami have yet to place any data into the system, which now holds some 2 million records, according to Joe Spitler, executive director of the criminal justice council for Montgomery County. Data on the system helps law enforcement, courts, children services, and adult protective service in verifying if an individual has had any interaction with the criminal justice system, including convictions, prison sentences, or pending charges. The addition of new counties to the system helps officials promptly find any evidence of suspects' criminal activity across county borders.
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/

content/oh/story/news/local/neighbors
/2007/04/19/ddn041907z7computer.html

"City to Put Surveillance Cameras in Park"
Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) (04/18/07) P. B1; Wang, Herman

On April 17, Chattanooga, Tenn., authorities stated the city is ready to spend as much as $660,000 for security cameras in its
police cars and parks. Chattanooga will purchase 23 fixed cameras from Motorola to be erected in Coolidge and Renaissance parks and four mobile cameras to be placed in police cars. Police officers will be able to utilize laptops in their vehicles to access a wireless online program that will enable them to see images from every camera, Chattanooga CIO Mark Keil noted. Motorola representative Bob Randolph explained that the cameras can archive images that could be studied by law enforcement following an incident. "When cameras are installed, the biggest benefit is as a deterrent," he pointed out. "With the images, you have the ability to prosecute." Although the capital budget for the security cameras includes $660,000 to cover all of Chattanooga, the initial camera purchase for the city's North Shore area will cost $395,000. On April 24, the City Council will vote on the spending.
http://www.timesfreepress.com

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"Centers to Help Agencies Share Information"
Herald-Sun (NC) (04/20/07); Freyvogel, Colleen

Federal and State
law enforcement agencies are devising new strategies to effectively manage emergency situations. Fusion centers have been created as a coalition endeavor between social and federal agencies, safety officials, and state law enforcement members to create databases for emergency calls. Events such as Hurricane Katrina have illustrated deficiencies in systems of coordinating between federal and private sectors, while in the case of 9/11, technological lapses prevailed in failed attempts to call New York City. Veronique Pluviose-Fenton of the House Homeland Security Committee cites the government's endeavor to expand technology to efficiently communicate during crucial situations. With North Carolina's creation of the Information and Analysis center, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) says both state and local governments are better prepared for 2007 in the event of a disaster.
http://www.heraldsun.com

"Appriss to Provide Sex-Offender Information to Law Enforcement Agencies"
Business First of Louisville (04/17/07)

Appriss has signed a deal with Watch Systems of New Orleans in which Appriss will be able to use Watch System's OffenderWatch database. OffenderWatch is a sex-offender registration database that is Web-based. It helps
law enforcement authorities by incorporating the data from OffenderWatch with its current product offerings. Appriss manufactures criminal justice technology products and is well-known for its VINE system, which permits crime victims throughout the United States to acquire data concerning criminal cases and the custody status of violators around the clock by phone, the Internet, or email. For the past six years, Appriss has offered sex-offender notification services in numerous states. Appriss now notifies residents and companies when registered sex offenders move into their communities, although it does not directly offer information to law enforcement agencies, notes Appriss President Mike Davis. http://louisville.bizjournals.com

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"Feds: Accuracy of Face Recognition Software Skyrockets"
LiveScience (04/13/07); Wood, Lamont

Face recognition software is 20 times better than it was five years ago, according to the National Institute of Standards and
Technology. In NIST's latest results from its Face Recognition Vendor Test, the best face recognition algorithms had a rate of false rejections of 1 percent, compared with a failure to make correct comparisons 20 percent of the time in 2002. Speed is not a key characteristic of the algorithms, which make use of the single comparison approach, rather than compare every face in a database to every other face. "We fed the algorithms lots of data to get a statistically meaningful answer," explains Jonathon Phillips, an electrical engineer who directed the test. "Our goal was to encourage improvement in the technology, and provide decision makers with numbers that would let them make an educated assessment of the technology itself." With random lighting on each face, the rejection rate was about 12 percent, compared with 20 percent five years ago.
http://www.livescience.com

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cognition.html

"Expert: 'Flasher'
Technology Digs Deeper for Digital Evidence"
Purdue University News (04/12/07); Medaris, Kim

Rick Mislan, Purdue assistant professor of computer and information
technology and former U.S. Army electronic warfare officer, said a technology currently in use in Europe could potentially be used to help solve thousands of cybercrimes in the United States. The "flasher box" can be used to download and analyze every bit of information from a wide variety of cell phones, a huge advantage over current forensic techniques that requires investigators to issue specific commands and receive only information relating to the command. With the flasher box, investigators can download the entire contents of a cell phone for examination, including call history, text messages, contacts, and deleted images and videos. "Using a flasher box is like taking a snapshot of the cell phone," Mislan said. "This method shows a lot of promise." The content of the phone is downloaded and appears as a stream of letters and numbers that only requires a mathematical translation to turn the code into useable information. Mislan said the key to success with flasher boxes is finding the correct software and cables to match the wide variety of phones available on the market.

http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x
/2007a/070412MislanFlash.html

"Preparing for the Worst"
Police (03/07); Hamilton, Melanie

Local and county governments interested in further help with their emergency preparedness systems can turn to the latest online tool from the federal government, "The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program" (HSEEP). Agencies on the local level can access the site and implement various scenarios and exercise drills in their local area to determine if their emergency response systems are adequate. The online tool also offers tips on designing standard policy, methodology, and language for all agencies at the local level. Agencies need to first set up policies and infrastructure that is uniform across the emergency response system, then assess individual targets in their region in terms of likely attack and resulting devastation. Once those tasks are completed, agencies can perform mock drills and engage the help of nearby agencies and other parties. Mock drills also need to be as realistic as possible, including the use of volunteers to play injured parties or those interested in helping others during a disaster. However, each agency involved must understand that clear, concise communications are a top priority if disasters are to be dealt with appropriately and quickly. Once drills are completed, agencies will want to conduct their own internal reviews to see what procedures were successful, which were minimally successful, and which failed completely. The audit will provide workers with areas to continue working on before a real emergency requires a response, but responders also need to keep abreast of how the interaction among agencies aided or hindered the responses given during the drill.
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"Each
Police Chase Could Mean Change in Policy"
Bellevue Leader (04/18/07); Buzzell, Jason

In general, police departments rarely change their pursuit policies unless death or severe damage occurs; but at the Bellevue
Police Department in Nebraska, that is not the case. The eight-page policy is gone over at the police academy and rigorously reviewed periodically to ensure that public safety is a number-one priority when pursuits occur. Officers are trained as recruits for eight-hour stretches when they first sign on with the department and for two-hour stretches periodically as veteran officers. However, officials note that not all chases are perfect; and when officers disobey protocols, they are disciplined accordingly per the instructions of a commander committee that reviews the actions of the officer in conjunction with the current policy rules. The department's pursuit policy was changed in February; and officers now are required to cease pursuit if apprehension is a viable option later on, suspects have crossed state lines, or commanders order the pursuit to stop. The debate over pursuit policy restrictions is heated; but with recent rulings from the Nebraska Supreme Court, which ruled that cities could be held liable for third-party injuries even after the pursuit ended, pursuit policies are carefully monitored for weaknesses.
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"Emergency Communications: Taking Command"
Government Security (03/07) Vol. 6, No. 1, P. 12; Carey, Carol

Three jurisdictions--Columbus, Ohio; San Diego, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.--demonstrated superior Tactical Interoperability Communications Plans (TICPs) that could serve as "best practice" models for areas developing emergency aid procedures. In Columbus, aggressively allocating 50 percent of the Urban Area Security Initiative and other grants toward communications made interoperability a priority. The city formed a Homeland Security Advisory Council to develop protocols, such as talk groups for various geographical zones and functions--like bomb squads and hospitals. A decade of forest fighting through mutual aid helped San Diego develop a TICP plan with superior coordination, involving not only police and fire departments, but also forestry services and the
U.S. Coast Guard. The city's technology uses both mobile and fixed gateways; and because frequencies are pre-programmed into the radios, responders are able to quickly connect with one another, according to city officials. D.C.-area emergency staff can communicate anywhere in the country through national interoperability frequencies, and officials emphasize that speaking in "plain English," rather than in code, can facilitate communication among various agencies.

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Free Justice Survey Software from BJS

Justice Survey Software (JSS) Web-based Version, 2.0

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has developed FREE web-based software for State and local justice agencies to conduct their own surveys to collect data on topics such as crime victimization, attitudes towards policing, and other community or organizational-related issues using standardized questions available from various sources.

This system includes:

A user-friendly interface for designing surveys
A library of turnkey surveys that can be used as a starting point
Real time tools for monitoring progress during data collection
A built in reporting module
Easy data export in various industry standard formats
This system runs entirely on the web, so there is no complicated software to set-up, install, or configure.

To explore this new software, please visit
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Biological Attack Investigator’s Handbook

“Criminal and Epidemiological Investigation Handbook, Federal Bureau ofInvestigation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the USDepartment of Justice, and the US Army Soldier Biological ChemicalCommand. 2006.”

Available At:
http://www2a.cdc.gov/phlp/docs/CrimEpiHandbook2006.pdf

Book Excerpt:
“Current information indicates that, regardless of location, American assets and citizens will continue to be targets of
terrorist activities. Terrorists have demonstrated their willingness to employ non-traditional weapons to achieve their ends. One such class of non-traditional weapons is biological agents. Biological agents pose new challenges to both law enforcement and public health officials in their efforts to minimize the effects of a biological attack and apprehend those responsible for the attack. In the past, it was not uncommon for law enforcement and public health officials to conduct separate and independent investigations. However, a biological attack requires a high level of cooperation between these two disciplines to achieve their respective objectives of identifying the biological agent, preventing the spread of the disease, preventing public panic, and apprehending those responsible. The lack of mutual awareness and understanding, as well as the absence of established communication procedures, could hinder the effectiveness of law enforcement’s and public health's separate, but often overlapping, investigations. Due to the continued likelihood of biological attacks, the effective use of all resources during a biological incident will be critical to ensure an efficient and appropriate response.

The purpose of this handbook is as follows:

To provide an introduction to epidemiological and criminal terrorist investigations so public health and
law enforcement personnel have a better understanding of each other's information requirements and investigative procedures.

To identify potential conflicts
law enforcement and public health personnel will encounter during their respective biological incident investigations and to provide potential solutions that can be adapted to meet the needs of the various jurisdictions and agencies throughout the United States.

To enhance the appreciation and understanding of each discipline's expertise by all parties.”

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

College and University Emergency Notification: How has the world changed?

One hour Webinar:

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:00 am

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Panelist(s) Info: Featured guest speaker: Dr. Robert C. Chandler, crisis communications expert, author, consultant, and educator, Pepperdine University

Duration: 1 hour

Description: Crisis communication expert, Dr. Robert Chandler of Pepperdine University, speaks on campus safety and emergency communications.

We are shocked. We are angry. We are grief-stricken. We are motivated to do something to move forward.

We have a profound sense of sadness and deepest heartfelt sympathy for those in pain and grief in the aftermath of the campus violence at Virginia Tech. We have the utmost respect for those crisis managers and emergency responders who worked bravely and diligently during the shocking events at Virginia Tech. It is far too early to reach final conclusions about failures; the de-briefing of this particular event will unfold in the coming months and years. We can, however, as campus security personnel, college and university administrators, business continuity planners, emergency notification service providers, and members of the global community, seek to begin to learn from the events of April 16 in order to work more diligently to prevent horrific and extensive tragic events like the Virginia Tech massacre from happening again. In fact, we have an obligation to do so. Join 3n and distinguished crisis communications expert, author, consultant, and educator, Dr. Robert C. Chandler of Pepperdine University, as we chronicle the sequence of crisis management and communication events on April 16 at Virginia Tech and identify insights for our own responding to and mitigating risk in such a crisis and ways for improving our crisis communication performance.
Discussion topics include:


Case-study analysis of the sequence of events at Virginia Tech
Information processing and decision-making in a crisis
Communicating in a crisis – what you say, how you say it, when you say it
Emergency notification systems for colleges and universities
Importance and role of multi-channel communications in a crisis

This webinar will include a 15-minute Q&A session.

About Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D., Pepperdine University
Dr. Robert Chandler is a recognized expert on organizational behavior and crisis communication with research expertise focusing on issues such as crisis
leadership, crisis teams, crisis decision-making and behavior, human factors during organizational crises, and organizational communication assessment. He has written more than 75 papers and published articles and has authored three books. Dr. Chandler is the Blanche E. Seaver Professor and Chair of the Communication Division in the Center for Communication and Business at Pepperdine University.

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Two Cops, a Fed and a Civilian

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. The website added to state and local police officers, one federal law enforcement officer and a civilian police writer.

Shane Moore is a detective with the Gillespie Police Department (Illinois). His debut novel is A Prisoner's Welcome. Shane Moore describes his work as a fantasy similar to Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but with much heavier writing and themes which are best suited for the adult reader.

One reader/reviewer of
Shane Moore’s novel said, “A Prisoner's Welcome is a rare fantasy that lacks the troupes of almost every fantasy novel out there. It starts out with young Lancalion searching for a person to read some parchments that are supposed to detail the murder of his parents-an orphan with power trying to discover the one responsible for his parents murder-SAME OLD troupe! That is where it all changes. Moore takes us on a whirlwind ride with politics, deceit, trickery, and backstabbing on a grand scale.”

Michael Levine, called “America’s top undercover agent” by 60 Minutes, is one of the Drug Enforcement Administrations most highly decorated officers and the author of New York Times best-seller Deep Cover and national bestsellers The Big White Lie, Fight Back and Triangle of Death. During his 30 year law enforcement career he served as a military police officer, Treasury Agent, DEA Agent and with the Barnstable County Sheriffs Department (Massachusetts) as the Director of Drug Bureau.

He is also a world recognized court-qualified expert witness, trial consultant and lecturer in all matters relating to undercover work, narcotics trafficking and the handling of criminal informants. He has testified as an expert in over 250 civil and criminal trials internationally and domestically.
Michael Levine is currently the host of New York City’s Expert Witness Radio Show which can be heard on 99.5 FM.

Special Agent
Raymond Sherrard (ret.), of the United States Treasury Department, is the author of Encyclopedia of Federal Law Enforcement Patches and Federal Law Enforcement Patches: An Illustrated Reference Manual. He co-authored The Centurions Shield: Badges of the LAPD with retired LAPD Command Keith Bushey; and, co-authored Badges of the United States Marshals, with retired Deputy United States Marshal George Stumpf.

In 1951,
William L. Childers joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in Korea from 1951 to 1952 at a gunner on an M46 tank. In 1954, after discharge he attended Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1961 as Methodist Minister. William L. Childers entered into the Navy Chaplain Corps; Later, from 1968 to 1969, he served as the Chaplain for the 2BN, 9th Marines in Vietnam. He completed his career as a Methodist Minister and spent 11 years as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Dallas. In 2003, William L. Childers became a volunteer chaplain for the Dallas Police Department.

In addition to writing poetry, William L. Childers published Integrity of the Spirit...Escaping the Mind-Game!

Police-Writers.com now hosts 503
police officers (representing 210 police departments) and their 1061 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

U.S. Working to Pop Afghanistan's Drug Market Bubble

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

April 24, 2007 – The United States has a "five-pillar" plan to counter the Afghan narcotics industry, which supplies about 93 percent of the world's opium and has a virtual monopoly over the global heroin market, a top Defense Department official said here today. "The five pillars are public information, alternative livelihoods, eradication, interdiction and justice reform," Richard J. Douglas, deputy assistant secretary of defense for counternarcotics, counterproliferation and global threats, told reporters at the Pentagon.

Narcotics trade in Afghanistan hinders the country's economic growth and undermines its democratic institutions by providing extremists,
terrorists and other dissidents the resources to oppose the central government, Douglas said.

The Defense Department is using the five pillars to "increase the capacity of the government of Afghanistan ... to stop narcotics trafficking," he said. "When the Afghan government is in a better position to pick up the load, it's going to take a lot of pressure off of our people, and that's what we're hoping to see."

Douglas, who visited with the governor of Afghanistan's Helmand province last year, said that despite some "sobering challenges" operationally, there is "quite a bit of political will on the part of the Afghan government to deal with this problem."

"The fact is, we're better off than we were three years ago when we started the program," he said. "There's certainly cause for optimism that Afghans themselves ... are going to be able to deal with this mission."

Drug Enforcement Agency mentors are
training and equipping a specialized Afghan interdiction unit to directly address traffickers. "We are developing an Afghan intelligence fusion cell, a communications system and a number of bases of operation," Douglas said.

Additionally, a squadron of MI-17 HIP H helicopters will support the interdiction unit. "The helicopter squadron is very important because of the need for air mobility in a country with extremely rugged terrain (like Afghanistan)," he said.

In conjunction with the State Department, the Defense Department will engage in the "border management initiative, which will assist in hindering the flow of drugs leaving Afghanistan and the importation of precursor chemicals needed to turn opium into heroin," he said.

Douglas said the tactical
training Afghan border police are receiving "has already reduced casualties during confrontations with narco-traffickers at the border."

The Defense Department also is cooperating with counternarcotic authorities in Central Asian "transit zone" countries to help clamp down on illicit drug exports from Afghanistan -- the "source zone."

"We have efforts under way in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan," Douglas said. "The idea is to do similar efforts to build capacity on the other side of the border, so the Afghan and bordering authorities are able to cooperate and work better together."

A softer approach in which the departments of State and Defense are jointly engaged is the "alternative livelihood pillar" that aims to introduce new crops or alternative yields into Afghanistan's agriculture to wean Afghan farmers off the poppy crop used for opium and heroin production.

Douglas said international challenges are exacerbated by consumerism in "arrival zone" countries. "The No. 1 narcotics problem we face is demand in the United States," he said.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Methamphetamine Driven Combat Operations

Based on combat observations and medical studies by the US and British military it is becoming apparent that methamphetamine use among the terrorist population is on a dramatic increase. Used as a strategic tool methamphetamine offers those in the Iraqi Area of Operations a whole new trend of issues that compromise the safety of those combating terrorism. Whether operating as a contractor or a soldier the dangers associated with methamphetamine use among those you are fighting need to be addressed.

First reports of the drug appear to have come out of the Basra area. Known as “pinkies” the stimulant was in the form of a tablet.

Stimulants in the combat zone are nothing new. The fact that we are encountering them in the “War on Terror” should not surprise us in the least. The Germans used methamphetamine during World War II. We all heard of the blitzkrieg conducted by German forces during the early days of the war. German soldiers would march for days taking up large pieces of land and conquering everything in their wake. Everyone thought that the German soldier was some sort of “super” soldier that could not be stopped. They marched, fought and destroyed with little food or rest.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

500th Police Officer Author

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. With the Jack Sullivan, Mary Sullivan and Joe Sanchez, Police-Writers.com now lists over 500 state and local police officers who have written books. Command Jack Sullivan, USN(r) is the 500th Writer added to the list.

Commander
Jack Sullivan, United States Navy (R), was called to active duty in three wars: World War II; Korean War; and, Vietnam War. He was also called to active during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His book, Shields of Honor, “tells of his part in these wars and realistically portrays the role the Reserve Component of the Navy played in each. He combines the lighter parts of his life in the Navy with his role in combat. His characters are portrayed with true service humor, but also depict their sincere dedication to duty as well. It's an interesting read for anyone who had a friend or relative in the Reserve or National Guard.” When he wasn’t serving his county in the Navy, Jack Sullivan was a detective for the New York Police Department.

According to Lona Manning,
New York Police Department, “policewoman Mary Sullivan was banished from the undercover assignments she loved, to a succession of dreary station-houses, doing the usual woman’s work – looking after lost children and guarding female suspects. It was the height of the Roaring Twenties, there were plenty of bootleggers, drug traffickers and fake fortune-tellers to apprehend, and Sullivan, a young widow with a friendly Irish manner, impressed her superiors with her ability to transform herself into a dance hall girl or a society dame looking for a good speakeasy.” Mary Sullivan’s Biography, My Double Life: The Story of a New York Policewoman, was originally published in 1938 and re-released in 1983.

Joe Sanchez is a former New York Police Department police officer who lived the life and times he writes about in his book A Tale of Police Omerta from the NYPD. The stories are his, and though they're fiction, he has drawn on his on-the-job experience for their inspiration. He returned from Vietnam as a combat-wounded veteran to embark on a law enforcement career that included the Port Author of New York City, the New York Police Department and the New York Department of Corrections.

According to the book description, Joe Sanchez “has been trying to tell this story for some time. It’s his story, but not his alone. It’s also the story of those who lived and died alongside him, in Viet Nam and in that other battle, for justice and safety under the shield of the law, that is fought daily in the streets of every big city by every honest cop. In his case, the city was the Naked City and the cop was a Latino. And the battle was neither for the civilians alone, nor just against the bad guys in the street. Sometimes the bad guys were in the Department. And sometimes the people who needed protection were the honest cops.”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 501
police officers (representing 208 police departments) and their 1057 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Homicide, Mafia and Problem Solving

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. Three New York Police Department police officers turned authors were added to the website.

Carolann Natale was a member of the New York Police Department. Moreover, she was one of the first women to be appointed to the homicide squad. She co-authored her story in Homicide Cop: The True Story of Carolann Natale. According to the book description, “This woman is a hunter. Murderers are her prey. She's a small-town mother of two, a one-time waitress who dared to become a cop on the toughest turf of all: the crime-ridden streets of New York City. Opera is her pleasure, her family is her pride and joy, but murder is her business and the perilous Fourth Zone her beat.”

William Oldham, the co-author of Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia, is a decorated twenty-year veteran of the New York Police Department and a retired investigator for the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Nicholas Pileggi, the author Wiseguy, “The Brotherhoods is a great story brilliantly told. And no better story teller than William Oldham, the misfit detective who not only exposes the arrangement between a Mafia boss and the pair of New York City detectives who killed for him, but the bitter, egotistical battle for credit that breaks out between the handful of lawmen who expose it.”

Rana Sampson is a national problem-oriented policing consultant and the former director of public safety for the University of San Diego. She was previously a White House Fellow; National Institute of Justice Fellow; senior researcher and trainer at the Police Executive Research Forum; attorney; and patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer and patrol sergeant with the New York Police Department, where she was awarded several commendations of merit and won the National Improvement of Justice Award.

Rana Sampson has also been a judge for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing, a former judge for the police Fulbright awards, and a commissioner with California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Sampson holds a law degree from Harvard and a bachelor's degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Rana Sampson coauthored (with Michael Scott) of Tackling Crime and Other Public-Safety Problems: Case Studies in Problem-Solving, which documents high-quality crime control efforts from around the United States, Canada and Europe. She is also the author of the Department of Justice sponsored Problem-Oriented Guide for Police Problem Specific Series issue Misuse and Abuse of 911; False Burglar Alarms; Drug Dealing in Private Owned Apartment Complexes; Acquaintance Rape of College Students; and, Bullying in Schools. All of Rana Sampson’s works are available at no cost via Department of Justice and hyperlinks are provided directly to the works from Police-Writers.com

Police-Writers.com now hosts 498
police officers (representing 208 police departments) and their 1054 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Closing in on 500 cops

Police-Writers.com is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. With the addition of Larry Waimon, Conrad Jensen, Donald J. Schroeder and Frank Lombardo, Police-Writers.com now lists 492 state and local police offices who have written books.

Larry Waimon is retired from the Millburn Police Department (New Jersey). He is the author of When Tears don’t Work. In his book , Larry Waimon tells how three separate drunk drivers killed his mother, his father and critically injured him. He then outlines policies for reducing drunk driving incidents. During the 1980s, Larry Waimon was involved in promoting his story and ideas about reducing driving under the influence. He was featured on over 28 TV/radio Talk shows including Sally Jessy Raphael and Matt Lauer. Over 50,000 of his books were endowed to schools across the county, at no charge. Today, Larry Waimon continues to conduct school seminars and speak at a monthly Victims Impact Panel.

Donald J. Schroeder, Ph.D., is a retired New York Police Department captain who earned promotion to captain within 10 years of service. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice awarded by the City University of New York. In 1973, Donald Schroeder joined the adjunct faculty at John Jay College. Throughout the 1980s, Donald Schroeder served as a police promotion consultant to many major law enforcement and personnel agencies, and has personally written dozens of official police examinations. In the early 1990s, he switched his focus and became engaged in training those seeking police promotion.

Donald J. Schroeder is the co-author of seven books dealing with entry level and advanced promotion testing, and two management and supervision textbooks. Some of his most popular books, co-authored with Frank Lombardo, include Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, Bullets for Law Enforcement Promotion: A Question and Answer Study Guide, the Barron's Police Officer Exam Preparation Guide and the Barron's Police Sergeant Examination Preparation Guide.

Frank Lombardo is a retired New York Police Department deputy inspector. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. Frank Lombardo earned promotion to captain within 10 years of service, and subsequently was promoted to deputy inspector. Frank Lombardo is the co-author (with Donald Schroeder) of seven books on entry level law enforcement examinations and promotional examination is law enforcement.

One of Schroeder and Lombardo’s most recent books, How To Be Successful On Written Assessment Exercises For Police Promotion, provides “priceless insight into the pivotal written portion of promotional exams and expert guidance for achieving optimal scores and top ranking! Includes keys to understanding the scoring process, foundational principles of administration and supervision, time management advice and helpful samples including forms, memos, even a complete In-Basket practice exercise! Also shares detailed explanations of other important exercises including "Scheduling," "Video Simulation," and "Report Writing.” This book is listed by the Justice Institute of British Columbia Library as an essential book on preparing for promotion.

Another of their popular books is Barron’s How to Prepare for the Police Officer Exam, is an “Updated to reflect the most recent exams given across North America, this test prep manual presents four full-length practice exams with all questions answered and fully explained. Tests include two that were actually given by the New York City Police Department. Brand-new in this edition is a completely new diagnostic exam. It contains the latest question types found on recent police entry-level exams and guides candidates in quickly directing and focusing their study efforts. Other helpful features include instruction on writing police reports, advice on making the right impression at an admissions interview, an overview of police officers’ responsibilities, and additional practice questions with answers, which follow in-depth explanations of each question type normally found on official
police officer exams.

Conrad Jensen is a retired inspector from the New York Police Department. He is the author of the 1964 work, Twenty-six Years on the Losing Side. The book is an account of the social problems of the day from a Christian perspective. Chapters include: Justice; Thou Shalt Not Kill; Gambling; Strong Drink; Corruption; Juvenile Delinquency; Degeneracy; Responsibility; A Losing Fight; Marching Saints; What the Bible Says About Policemen, What is a Cop? Among the quotes from his book is, “God grant that we who fall into the category of policeman, might recognize our God given opportunity to help the helpless, defend the defenseless and bring to justice those who turn their backs on God and country and live by their own code.”

Police-Writers.com also maintains an additional list of civilian
law enforcement personnel who have written books. Glenda LaTour has been a police dispatcher and 9-11 evaluator for the St. Louis Police Department for over 20 years. She has published her first book, Murders Near the Arch. According to the books description, “Who hated the 911 dispatchers in St. Louis so badly that he wanted them all dead, and would do all he could to make it come true? Someone did, and he was killing them one at a time, leaving their bodies at different locations around the St. Louis Arch. Was it a jealous lover, or maybe someone who blamed the city police officers for the death of a loved one? Whatever the reason, he picked 911 dispatcher Cassie to be the dispatcher that he would call and brag to about the killings. He promised she would be the last one he killed!”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 492
police officers (representing 208 police departments) and their 1038 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.