Peace enforcement – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:32:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://pledgepeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Peace enforcement – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ 32 32 Katerina D’Agnese from Carmel, NY completes SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute https://pledgepeace.org/katerina-dagnese-from-carmel-ny-completes-suny-potsdam-law-enforcement-training-institute/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:11:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/katerina-dagnese-from-carmel-ny-completes-suny-potsdam-law-enforcement-training-institute/

Katerina D’Agnese of Carmel, NY, recently graduated from SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute.

SUNY Potsdam’s Law Enforcement Training Institute offers students the unique opportunity to undergo rigorous pre-employment, state-approved police training as part of their undergraduate program. Cadets celebrated the completion of the program with a ceremony on December 18, 2021.

D’Agnese was among a cohort of nine cadets who graduated from the 15-week program after successfully completing Phase 1 of New York State Municipal Police Basic Training, which includes 56 of the full 60 components, in fall 2021. Phase 2, which includes the final four components, can only be completed by newly hired agents.

“These nine college students are considered pre-employment trained, which means city agencies can hire these interns on their civil service rosters and save thousands of dollars. In some cases, up to $20,000 at $30,000. They are simply already police trained. In other cases, where cadets choose to go into other branches of law enforcement, they have made themselves much more marketable because they now have a police academy on their resume. It has a plethora of value. This year alone we have had positions offered to cadets with the Suffolk County Police, Syracuse Police, NYPD, Ithaca Police, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, City Police of Oswego, federal and state corrections, New York State Police, Washington D.C. Capitol Police and a police department in Pennsylvania,” said police chief Sonny Duquette. Academy, retired Detective Sergeant of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Alongside the cadets, Enlisted Peace Officers John Barney and Robert Van Deusen (Franklin County District Attorney’s Office) and Deborah Fitzpatrick (School Resource Officer, St. Regis Falls Central School) received their special NYS DCJS/OPS patrol certifications during the fall 2021 police academy. at SUNY Potsdam.

As a New York State-accredited police academy, SUNY Potsdam’s Law Enforcement Training Institute offers courses in defensive tactics, emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation, the enforcement of field sobriety testing, crime scene processing and a plethora of other training topics. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/appliedlearning/lawenforcement.

SUNY Potsdam offers one of the very few police academies in New York State that chooses to prioritize student seats and then fill the remaining seats with hired officers.

“It was something I wanted to do here, and the College’s Lougheed Applied Learning Center fully supports it. With my 31 years of training and policing, I firmly believe that policing needs better trained officers. When cadets graduate here, they have four year degrees and a police academy under their belt. They are better trained, better educated and more mature. It simply improves decision-making skills, which in turn improves community policing. We need more of that, and we all know that,” Duquette said.

To be eligible for the SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute, applicants must be juniors or seniors in their undergraduate studies, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and be licensed to to drive. Community members or students from other institutions may contact the Office of Transfer Admissions to discuss their eligibility for the program by visiting http://www.potsdam.edu/admissions/transfer.

The SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning.

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State GOP bills seek to restore law enforcement capabilities https://pledgepeace.org/state-gop-bills-seek-to-restore-law-enforcement-capabilities/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:00:34 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/state-gop-bills-seek-to-restore-law-enforcement-capabilities/

Republican lawmakers have already introduced several bills seeking to undo law enforcement restrictions that were removed by Democratic legislation in 2021.

TWO BILLS WILL ‘RESTORE’ POLICE PROSECUTION, USE OF FORCE IF NECESSARY

Republican House Representative Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) introduced two bills this session, House Bill (HB) 1588 and HB 1589.

HB 1588 would restore the right of a “peace officer” to engage in a vehicular pursuit of a suspect when there is reasonable suspicion that he has committed a crime. This bill has 21 GOP sponsors, including 8th District (tri-cities) Reps. Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert.

HB 1589 would restore an officer’s right to use force to take a suspect into custody, it removes the troublesome “probable cause” put in place by the Democrats. This gives officers much closer leeway than they had in the past. This bill also has at least 16 GOP sponsors, including Boehnke and Klippert.

2021 CRIME BILLS CAUSED SPIKES IN VIRTUALLY EVERY CATEGORIES

We’ve reported stories where officers had to practically “let a suspect go” because they would be breaking one of the new laws restricting when and how they can pursue suspects. We also saw where the town of Kennewick had to “park” its 37MM beanbag gun in favor of borrowing Pasco’s 20MM gun because the legislature deemed the 37MM “too lethal” .

These bills will face an uphill battle, but with WA’s crime rate skyrocketing over the past year, a surprising number of Democratic lawmakers are straying from their previous “soft on crime” stance because that THEIR districts are experiencing spikes in crime.

25 real crime scenes: what do they look like today?

Below, find out where 25 of history’s most infamous crimes took place – and what these places are used for today. (If they remained standing.)

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$ 187 million in needed improvements to the law enforcement complex https://pledgepeace.org/187-million-in-needed-improvements-to-the-law-enforcement-complex/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:11:44 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/187-million-in-needed-improvements-to-the-law-enforcement-complex/ A consultant working with Midland County on a complex law enforcement master plan, including correctional facilities, recommends a range of improvements that could reach up to $ 187 million.

Burns Architecture told the Commissioners Tribunal that its recommendations and suggested priorities include that the county build:

  • A new prison in a new place. “Although it is more expensive to begin with, it offers the best, most cost-effective and long-term solution. This should be the county’s highest priority, ”according to the summary of the report presented to county leaders on Monday. Estimated probable cost: $ 124 million
  • New offices and courtrooms for justices of the peace, officers’ offices and a warrant office building on county-owned land adjacent to the existing law enforcement complex on South Main Street. Estimated probable cost: $ 16 million.
  • A new sheriff’s office. “Although slightly more expensive initially, it offers the best long-term solution,” the summary said. Estimated probable cost: $ 31 million.
  • A transition institution in mental health. “As of this writing, there are indications that the State of Texas is considering building a mental health facility in Midland. Further discussion regarding this facility should take place until more details on the state’s proposed facility are available, ”the summary said. Estimated likely cost: $ 16 million.

A representative for Burns Architecture told the court that the very preliminary figure of $ 187 million would not include land costs.

He recommended that the commissioners begin to put in place the process of a concept plan. With a concept plan, schematic designs and construction documents in place, the county would be ready to move forward. All three could take 12 to 15 months.


The main element of the facility is the prison. The summary presented indicated that the current prison “has many flaws and requires extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate the planned future capacity”. He also said the renovation and expansion of the current prison requires an estimated budget of $ 73 million (up from $ 124 million) and would take five to six years (up from three to four). It was also said the county would incur costs related to transporting inmates to and from other jails during the process of renovating the current Midland County Jail. Other potential problems would be obtaining the necessary land in this area south of downtown.

The recommended plan would allow the county to build a new prison that is more operationally efficient, capable of future expansion, and with a longer life expectancy. Potentially, 892 beds would be possible.

The study found that the sheriff’s office was “cramped,” “aging,” and needed about twice as much space as the current office. There are also parking issues, according to Burns Architecture.

“The renovation of the existing sheriff’s office and the construction of the additional building needed is estimated at 20 (millions of dollars) and would take four to five years,” the summary said. “Building a new sheriff’s office at a remote site has an estimated budget of $ 31 million and would take from two and a half to three years. “

The third priority for justices of the peace offices and courtrooms, police officers’ offices and warrant offices would consolidate all three into one building, creating efficiencies according to the report.

“The construction of this new building… would take two and a half to three years,” the report said.

Likewise, a proposed mental health transition facility would take from two and a half to three years. “This is an entirely new concept intended to help the mentally ill and ease the burden on the county jail by placing mentally ill people who commit low-intensity crimes in an alternative setting and preventing them to be housed in prison, ”the report said.

There was not a lot of discussion on this point as it was just a presentation.

Ward 1 Commissioner Scott Ramsey made the following statement to the telegram reporter after the meeting.

“Several months ago, the Midland County Commissioners’ Court began the process of evaluating the law enforcement complex. With the growth of Midland County and the surrounding area, our prison population has grown. We have been pushing the limits of capacity for some time. In order to face this problem, we have mandated a firm of architects expert in law enforcement installations to design plans and programs for 20-50 years. This study includes the jail, sheriff’s office, justice of the peace / constables, and mental health transition facility. I want to stress that this is only a first study. More work is needed before we come to the citizens of Midland County with a proposed plan. Until then, we invite everyone to give their thoughts and contributions. Such projects are expensive and must be carefully considered so that we can meet the needs of today while looking to the future.

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Hinojosa: Police Appreciation Day https://pledgepeace.org/hinojosa-police-appreciation-day/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 20:32:05 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/hinojosa-police-appreciation-day/

Today across Texas and the United States of America, we celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It’s a day to honor the courageous law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities.

For many of us, these are our partners or spouses, sons or daughters, brothers or sisters, or friends. They are on the front lines every day to protect our communities, sacrificing their lives to keep our families safe.

Our police, men and women, risk their lives on a daily basis. There is no routine stopping of traffic or a routine response to a call for help. We thank our officers for keeping us safe and for patrolling our neighborhoods, streets and highways day and night. We thank their families for the sacrifice they must make and for their suffering, pain and sorrow when their loved one does not come home. Actions speak louder than words and in the last session, the Texas Legislature delivered on its promise to ensure law enforcement has the resources they need to do their jobs.

Funding to keep our communities safe and to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools and resources was one of our priorities during the last session. The state budget included $ 22 million for the DPS to equip its vehicles with bulletproof windshields and $ 10 million for bulletproof vests. We have allocated $ 15 million in grants to local law enforcement agencies to establish a body camera program. The budget also included $ 200,000 for the peace officer mental health program; $ 15 million for border prosecution grants; $ 10.2 million in grants for local border security; and $ 7.9 million for anti-gang activity, among others.

In the last session, the Legislature established COVID-19 as a suspected illness for first responders who die or are disabled by complications from the virus. This will simplify the process of obtaining benefits, compensation and assistance. The state is also now requiring some first responders to receive full employee benefits and compensation if ordered to quarantine or isolate due to possible or known on-duty exposure to a communicable disease.

To prepare Texas peace officers for the incredible amount of responsibility and complexity that comes with their careers, the state must provide solid and effective training and the resources to properly train new officers. HB 3712 requires the basic training course to include training on prohibiting the use of certain cervical attachments such as chokes, an officer’s duty to intervene and stop or prevent another officer from using excessive force against a suspect; and an officer’s duty to call for emergency medical personnel and provide first aid or treatment in certain circumstances.

To protect both citizens and the law enforcement community, we passed SB 24 in response to the growing number of unfit officers moving from one law enforcement agency to another after dismissal. . This bill requires law enforcement agencies to review a candidate’s criminal history, personal records and past conduct before hiring them. The recruiting agency must then certify to the Texas Law Enforcement Commission that it has reviewed the required documents. If a recruiting agency does not comply with these basic requirements, TCOLE will suspend the peace officer license of the head of the law enforcement agency.

Equally important, we have focused on meeting the mental health needs of law enforcement officers. According to reports, 228 law enforcement officers committed suicide in 2019, nearly double the number killed in the line of duty (132). That same year, there were 19 suicides of police officers in Texas alone. During the last session, I had the pleasure of co-writing SB 64 which will create a voluntary peer support network focused on training our agents to support each other. I also supported SB 1359 which requires every law enforcement agency to develop and adopt a policy allowing the use of mental illness leave for peace officers experiencing a traumatic event on the job.

Finally, in the last session, I drafted SB 1071 to provide totally disabled state peace officers with a monthly retirement payment based on today’s salary scale. It is crucial that we take care of the peace officers who put their lives at risk for our families every day.

Join me on this Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, to thank our law enforcement personnel, men and women, for their service, dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety of our communities and our communities. families.

Editor’s Note: The guest column above was written by State Senator Juan Hinojosa de McAllen. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service with permission of the author. Hinojosa can be contacted by email via: [email protected]


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Following a suicide by the police – Justice officer https://pledgepeace.org/following-a-suicide-by-the-police-justice-officer/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 15:17:46 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/following-a-suicide-by-the-police-justice-officer/

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It has been said that with every death by suicide, at least six other people are affected in one way or another. However, this long-held belief has been called into question, and according to Dr. Julie Cerel and her team at the University of Kentucky, it is believed that many more people are affected. Cérel et al. (2014) devised a range of grief (eg, continuum) or “survivorship” that includes both short-term and long-term grief, classified as “suicide” and “suicide risk” (p. 5). It is believed that across a range of ailments from death to suicide, these single digit numbers jump to the double and triple digits of those affected or exposed in some way.

The consequences of suicide are numerous. Those closest to the deceased will often have the most damaging and impactful effects, as well as the longest lasting. However, when you think about the connections many law enforcement personnel have, that number could run into the hundreds, if not thousands. Those who stay after suicide include family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. Each of those affected will be so different, for different lengths of time, for different reasons and with often immeasurable grief.

So why is all of this important? According to Johnson (2020), since 2017, almost 600 officers (e.g., police and correctional officers) have committed suicide (www.nlesmd.com). This includes active / sworn officers, retired and former officers. This number only includes deaths confirmed as suicides, dozens awaiting verification by the medical examiner / coroner’s office. This is important because thousands of people must mourn this loss, and those who remain often must do so during their time, while working, supporting their families, and with minimal support. And, depending on the agency’s response (whether positive, negative, or indifferent), many agents may not feel supported in their grief and never feel completely closed off.

Suicide is traumatic and affects many people in its wake. The ripple effect left by a death by suicide is not only devastating but often with no definitive end in sight as memories, vacations, big events now unfold without your friend, family member, loved one.

According to Michael Hardee, national chaplain for the FBI National Academy Associates and consultant for the Blue Wall Institute, how we cope with these losses can often define how we recover, and now is the time to turn to faith and prayer. . In doing so, we increase our resilience with healing and closure. Hardee explains that God is with us forever; He will never turn his back and we can find hope in his word.

“He heals broken hearts and heals their wounds” Psalm 147: 3. God heals our broken hearts, even when we lose someone we love. Unfortunately, there is no timeline for mourning, but you can hold on to the promise that God will heal broken hearts.

For survivors, dealing with these tragic deaths can often leave us depressed, confused, alone, and often with more questions than answers. We have hope through our faith that God will bring us comfort and peace as we turn to him, especially in times of need.

Scripture tells us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For all those who ask receive; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7: 7-8).

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a mighty fortress; the godly race towards him and are safe.

Psalm 61: 3 “For you have been my refuge, a tour de force against the enemy. “

The number of people bereaved by suicide is considerable, and more than previously believed. The truth is that many are suffering and many are in need of healing, understanding and a certain sense of closure, for memories will again be viewed with love and joy and with pain and suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who committed suicide and those who remain.


If you or someone you know is suicidal, please consult the following resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

TEXT: BLUE to 741 741

Call Securely Now: 1-206-459-3020

Cops Helpline 2 – 1-866-C0P2COP

If you are suffering from suicide loss, please consult the following resources.

Answering machine health

Serve and protect: 1-615-373-8000

Blue suicide survivors

National Police Suicide Foundation

Believe 208

Association of Law Enforcement Chaplains


Dr Johnson is the founder of the Blue Wall Institute, an Air Force veteran and a former police officer. Dr. Johnson is an expert in police suicide and prevention and holds the American Association of Suicidology Law Enforcement Psychological Autopsy Certification. She has developed the National Suicide Mortality Database (www.nlesmd.com) where she has been tracking suicide deaths since 2017. She holds an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri, St Louis, and a doctorate in organizational leadership. Management of the University of Phoenix. Dr Johnson previously worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Intergovernmental Research Institute as a Senior Instructor for the VALOR Officer Safety Program and was a Program Advisor and Senior Instructor for the Suicide Awareness Program for Men and Women. law enforcement officers (SAFLEO).

Major Mike Hardee (retired) is the Chaplain of the National Council of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) and past president of the Florida Chapter of the FBINAA. His law enforcement career spanned over 40 years in senior management positions for over 30 years. He is a trainer / consultant for the Blue Wall Institute and Senior Director of Operations at Covert Investigations Group, a Florida-based private investigative agency specializing in high-level corporate investigations and undercover operations.


The references

Cerel, J., Brown, M., Maple, M., Singleton, M., van deVenne, J., Moore, M., & Flaherty, C.

(2018). How many people are at risk of suicide? Not six. Suicide and endangerment of life

Behaviour. DOI: 10.1111 / sltb.12450.

Cerel, J., McIntosh, J., Nemeyer, R., Maple, M. & Marshall, D. (2014). The continuum of

“Survivorship”: definitive questions the day after a suicide. Suicide and endangerment of life

Behavior, 44(6), 591-600. DOI: 10.1111 / sltb.12093

Johnson, O. (2021). [Unpublished raw data on the demographics of police suicides for the years

2017 to 2021]. Blue Wall Institute, Belleville, IL.

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Arizona Uses $ 7.5 Million In CARES Act Funding For Yuma Law Enforcement Academy https://pledgepeace.org/arizona-uses-7-5-million-in-cares-act-funding-for-yuma-law-enforcement-academy/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 12:45:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/arizona-uses-7-5-million-in-cares-act-funding-for-yuma-law-enforcement-academy/

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Thursday that the state is spending $ 7.5 million in federal COVID relief funding to increase skills training for law enforcement.

The CARES law money will be used to expand Law Enforcement Training Academy at Arizona Western College, a community college in Yuma.

“By increasing the capacity of this advanced training facility in southern Arizona, state law enforcement personnel will have the unique opportunity to learn about the challenges of protecting Arizonans in the border communities and across the state, ”Ducey said in a statement. Press release.

The academy offers a 20-week program fully accredited by the Arizona Peace Officer Training and Standards Council.

“This funding will allow AWC to build a regional training center serving local law enforcement agencies across rural Arizona,” school president Dr. Daniel Corr said in the statement. .

Arizona Western has been training law enforcement cadets since 1984 and works with 15 agencies in the region.

“By simply working together towards a common goal, the vision of a new, expanded and modern basic training academy for certified essential peace officers is a reality,” Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, a former student of the academy, said in the statement.

“What an outstanding achievement from everyone involved and a benefit to public safety for the Yuma County community for years to come. “

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Accidents, crowds and COVID-19: Eagle County law enforcement preaches patience as tensions rise https://pledgepeace.org/accidents-crowds-and-covid-19-eagle-county-law-enforcement-preaches-patience-as-tensions-rise/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:53:13 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/accidents-crowds-and-covid-19-eagle-county-law-enforcement-preaches-patience-as-tensions-rise/

Four Colorado State Patrol vehicles were struck by uncontrollable drivers on the I-70 mountain corridor this week.
Courtesy photo

Eagle County law enforcement is asking for patience as peak season, snowy weather, staffing issues and mask return warrants collide, leading to an increase in accidents and more public safety incidents.

“Let’s all practice patience on the roads, on the trails, with masks,” said Amber Mulson-Barrett of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

While a snowy holiday season was ideal for opening more ski runs in the mountains, almost all local law enforcement agencies reported an increase in car crashes and “skids.”



The Avon Police Department received 28 calls regarding motor vehicle accidents between December 23 and January 6, compared to just 15 calls in the same two-week period a year ago.

The Vail Police Department has reported 20 accidents in the past two weeks and Eagle has reported 10, according to spokespersons for both agencies.



The sheriff’s office reported 50 traffic-related complaints between late November and early January, many of which were weather accidents, Mulson-Barrett said.

The snowy conditions have also resulted in frequent Vail Pass closures and two rounds of avalanche mitigation, both of which can be frustrating for drivers but pose a potential danger to law enforcement, Commander Justin said on Friday. Liffick from the Vail Police Department.

Liffick also preached patience, asking residents to keep in mind that local law enforcement agencies have not been immune to the effects of the nationwide labor shortage and of the latest wave of COVID-19 infections.

“Law enforcement in general is understaffed right now and with the blizzard over New Years Eve and around this time the number of slips and calls from people stranded in their vehicles was absolutely insane.” Mulson-Barrett said.

The Eagle County Colorado State Patrol Regional Troop was particularly understaffed to respond to crashes and skids on Interstate 70, with only one soldier on duty on New Years Eve for the ‘entire region of the four counties, she said.

Master Trooper Gary Cutler said this was a combination of a particularly strong class of recruits reaching retirement age and having difficulty retaining and recruiting due to the current political climate around the police in the USA.

“We have these personnel issues that have plagued us a bit here, but we are also taking action right now to try to get those numbers back,” Cutler said. In the meantime, the agency has brought in soldiers from other areas to help it.

In cases of minor accidents in which both parties have insurance and are not injured, the Colorado State Patrol requires drivers to exchange information, leave the roadway, and complete a report on the company’s website. agency, rather than waiting for a soldier to arrive at the scene. That way, drivers don’t get stuck in unsafe conditions and soldiers can spend their time on more serious crashes, Cutler said.

Cutler advised tourists to be cautious when driving in the mountains or in snow and ice conditions they may not have experienced in their home country. He also reminded local drivers to prepare and slow down regardless of their level of experience.

“When we have that weather and it causes accidents, it comes down to two main things,” Cutler said. “One is speed. So, it’s the state of the road … Are you going too fast? And the other follows the other vehicles too closely. That’s the reason we have these big pile-ups because people don’t give themselves enough ability to see it, react to it, and have the right conditions to slow down before hitting another vehicle.

Colorado State Patrol on Twitter reported that 17 vehicles were involved in a shipwreck in Glenwood Canyon on Monday, January 3. Courtesy / Colorado State Patrol

“People are on the alert”

Before the holidays, Mulson-Barrett said he felt sheriff’s deputies were also called to the mountain more often than usual because “the crowd was large and the ski area very small.”

Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek fall under the jurisdiction of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, so they respond to any criminal incidents at both complexes.

Now, “the mountain is open and the tensions are still high,” Mulson-Barrett said. “We see it on the roads. We see it on the mountain.

Between December 16 and December 31, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office was called twice in Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek once following reports of minor assaults.

The victim of the alleged Beaver Creek assault, Eagle resident Steve Litt, was left with a displaced rib and numerous bruises after the Dec.31 incident.

It was a busy day on the slopes when a man bumped into Litt while skiing, Litt recalls. It wasn’t a big collision, but the man had hit it anyway, so Litt found him at the bottom of the trail to talk about it. When the man laughed at him for drawing his attention to the brush, Litt said he became frustrated, exchanged a few unsavory words, but decided to walk away.

Litt skied to the Beaver Creek Landing near the Strawberry Park elevator. It was then that he saw another man hurtling down the mountains towards him, he recalls.

“(The man) started taking off his skis and started rolling down the mountain towards me, then he completely tackled me… and started hitting me,” Litt said. “And I hadn’t even said a word to that guy.” Then they took off and left me there lying on the mountain.

He believes his alleged assailant was a friend of the man who hit him while skiing shortly before the assault, as the two were with a group of people.

Litt filed a report with the Beaver Creek Public Safety Department and eventually with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The case has since been closed without any indication of the identity of the alleged assailant, Mulson-Barrett said.

Litt received initial treatment at Beaver Creek Medical Center and his primary care doctor later confirmed he had a broken rib as a result of the assault, which means eight weeks of rest and recovery. He also reported bruising and other pain, mainly in his legs after being hit while wearing skis.

He said he believes the overcrowded conditions on the mountain caused an increased level of frustration and may have added to the escalation of the interaction that day.

After correspondence with a company spokesperson, Vail Resorts did not comment on the incident or answer questions about what the past few weeks have been like for their public safety departments.

“In my opinion, they’ve completely oversold these mountains,” Litt said. “I’ve been skiing here for 32 years and it’s amazing what you see now for the lifts and the people on the slopes.”

The mountains are understaffed, the buses are crowded and the lift lines are long, he said.

“People are on edge,” Litt added.

“Everyone is just agitated by COVID and everything that is going on in the world and it feels like everyone is… almost at the boiling point,” Litt’s wife said.

A view of I-70 in Vail on the morning of Thursday January 6.
John LaConte / Vail Daily

Friction mandate mask

The sheriff’s office has apparently borne the brunt of COVID-19 frustration, responding to 64 disruption calls between late November and early January, with the return of the indoor mask warrant causing tensions for some businesses.

They were called to the airport most often – 11 times in just over a month – to keep the peace amid “flight delays”, “mask problems” and “rental car problems” , taxi, ”said Mulson-Barrett.

“We don’t write tickets. We keep saying that we are not the mask police. We are just trying to keep the peace, ”she said. “Business owners have every right to deny you service if you don’t want to wear a mask and follow county mask guidelines.”

Sheriff’s assistants continue to take an educational approach to support the application of mask warrants and only get involved when someone refuses to mask themselves or leave a business, she said.

Avon, Vail and Eagle Police Departments have reported very few issues with the masks, officials said.

On the mountain safety front, the Avon Police Department sends officers to work with the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol on a semi-regular basis as a form of community policing and support, although the area falls under. within the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office, Chief Greg Daly said. . Chef Daly took his equipment and went up himself on Friday morning to check in.

The Beaver Creek Ski Patrol can be contacted at (970) 754-6610 and the Vail Mountain Expedition is at (970) 754-4610.

Trackers can intervene quickly and “very effectively defuse these situations on a regular basis.” It’s part of their role, ”said Daly.

In general, “I always recommend taking a deep breath first,” Daly said.

“You have to care about yourself, you can’t care about others,” Commander Liffick said. “As long as you protect yourself and you are masked, be patient when those lift lines are long or traffic has stopped for a while. Being patient will help you a lot and help us. “

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Seathorpe Espresso: Southend Council takes enforcement action https://pledgepeace.org/seathorpe-espresso-southend-council-takes-enforcement-action/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/seathorpe-espresso-southend-council-takes-enforcement-action/ A coffee kiosk set up in a front garden without a building permit will have to be removed.

Councilors voted 13 to 1 in favor of taking enforcement action against the one-story kiosk at 193 Eastern Esplanade, Southend.

Southend’s Development Oversight Committee learned on Wednesday that a retrospective planning request had been denied and another has since been submitted.

But council officials recommended enforcement action despite the latest demand because of the “significant damage” the makeshift company had caused to neighbors in terms of noise and trespassing.

Speaking at the meeting, Ward Councilor Ron Woodley said: “I totally and totally support the officers’ recommendation.

“As a municipality, we cannot allow businesses to be built in gardens without a building permit at the expense of the amenities of neighboring properties.

“I saw myself and also took pictures which I provided to the planning department in terms of the problems this caused to his neighbors.

Councilors were concerned the company was unregulated, not subject to commercial tariffs and may not follow hygiene rules, and urged relevant city departments to investigate.

Shoebury advisor Steven Wakefield added: “They probably make a really good cup of coffee, but we all have rules to follow. They broke the rules and moved on.

The execution action is likely to take enough time for the last planning application to be heard and examined on its merits.

The structure was built early last year.

Neighbors first filed complaints in March and April before city council ordered the owner in writing to submit a retrospective planning request.

In June, Applicant Beverley Clarke submitted her plans for the kiosk, to serve drinks and food from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.

Due to the house’s set back position, the front garden appears across the street as a space between the Beach Hotel at 192 and a house at 195.

In October, the council rejected the request, with councilors saying the development was out of place and created concentrations of people, noise and disruption, harming the peace and privacy of neighbors.

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Two senior law enforcement officials retire in Mobile County https://pledgepeace.org/two-senior-law-enforcement-officials-retire-in-mobile-county/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 15:26:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/two-senior-law-enforcement-officials-retire-in-mobile-county/

The two top elected law enforcement officials in Alabama’s second-largest county have announced their retirement effective next January.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, 53, and Mobile County Sheriff, Sam Cochran, 67, both said on Monday that they would not run for a four-year term in 2022. Cochran confirmed his decision with AL.com, while Rich announced his retirement at a press conference at Government Plaza.

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“I’m telling people I’ll be 68 and 48 by the end of this year,” Cochran said, referring to his age and longevity in law enforcement. “I’m not exhausted or anything. But do four more years? It is time for others to take the reins. It is time for me to do something else when I retire.

Rich said: “I am saddened to see him retire. I know there will be a lot of sad people to see me retire too. But there will be people who fill our shoes and work as hard as us and who have the passion and commitment that we make. “

Support candidates

Rich and Cochran are also backing Republican hopes as substitutes ahead of the May 24 primary. Rich said she supported Deputy Chief District Attorney Keith Blackwood, while Cochran supports Captain Paul Burch.

Cochran was with Burch on Monday as the two mingled in a meeting ahead of the Mobile County GOP executive committee meeting at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Burch currently oversees the Department’s Major Crime Detective Division.

“I shared with my staff at the start of this term that this would likely be our last year,” Cochran said. “They understood it well. Captain Burch is on my staff, and he knew it. He was interested in running for office and I encouraged him to run. He was one of my successes. We’ve solved every homicide we’ve had since 2016, which I think is an incredible mark. He’s a big part of it.

Rich said Blackwood will announce his candidacy next week.

“I wholeheartedly supported him to realize the vision I had during my tenure,” she said.

Retirement offers a rare opportunity for candidates to run for vacant district attorney and sheriff seats. Candidates have until January 28 to apply in this year’s election.

Rich won the last open seat race for District Attorney in 2010, when she was elected to replace retired District Attorney John Tyson Jr.

Cochran was appointed sheriff in June 2006 by the then governor. Bob Riley to fulfill the unexpired tenure of former Sheriff Jack Tillman, who resigned in April after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of perjury and breach of ethics. Cochran was then elected in November.

Surprising retreat

Of the two, Rich’s retirement is the more surprising. She had announced her intention to run again last fall and had started aadvertise their campaign. A re-election ad touted his experience as a “tough on crime” prosecutor who has sent killers to death row as a member of the district attorney’s murder squad since 2002.

But Rich, in an emotional press conference, said a change in state law allows him to retire with all the benefits. She said the new law, which came into effect in October, allows her to combine her 15 years of experience as a deputy district attorney with her 12 years as an elected district attorney.

“It had never been allowed before,” she said. “They were previous separate retreats.”

She said Alabama law, before the new parameters were put in place, required that an elected district attorney serve an 18-year sentence before accessing full retirement benefits.

“We were aware (of the new law) when they passed it,” said Rich, when asked if she was considering retiring early in her re-election campaign. “We didn’t know when it would come into effect. We did not know the parameters of when the new law would come into force. No one has yet retired under this new system.

Rich said she hoped she could continue working in the district attorney’s office as a district attorney, but added that she needed clarification from Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office first on how to proceed.

“I would love to do that, but this law is so new,” Rich said.

Cochran said he has no plans to return to the sheriff’s office once he retires. He has been an active voice over the past two months to oppose legislation that would prevent Alabama gun owners from purchasing concealed license to carry from sheriffs. In addition, he said he plans to be active in annexation efforts coordinated by the city of Mobile.

“If we grow up over those years, we would have a bigger tax base and the ability to spend on social ills and things of that nature,” Cochran said. “If you have a dying city everyone is a loser. “

Long terms

Rich and Cochran have a combined 73 years of law enforcement experience.

Cochran, originally from Mobile, is a graduate of the McGill Institute and holds a BA and MA in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from the University of South Alabama. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Cochran began his career as a Mobile Police Cadet and rose through the ranks over three decades. He 10 years – from 1996 to 2006 – as chief of the city police.

In 2006, Cochran was elected sheriff. He was re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

“I’ve been here and worked here my whole life,” Cochran said. “There isn’t a street that I haven’t come down to that I don’t have a history of.”

Cochran credited his tenure as police chief and sheriff with increasing the professionalism of agencies and making improvements within the prison. He said the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic have made prison operations difficult, noting that the latest wave of omicron has infected 60 to 70 inmates and 10 staff. None of them, he said, are “seriously ill”.

“The two to two and a half years have been the hardest in prison and that’s because of everything that strikes at the same time – overcrowding, COVID, shortage of employees, state refusal to take detainees,” did he declare. “It has become quite a challenge.

Rich has been a prosecutor for over 25 years, joining the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office in 1996. She credits her anonymous texting program for helping save the lives of young people. She also said that working with the Mobile County Public School System had helped address absenteeism issues and called the partnership between her office and the school system “incredibly productive and absolutely necessary.”

Rich said she takes pride in her office’s ability to support the family of a crime victim.

“The most important thing as a prosecutor is when you can turn around at the end of the trial and there’s a family sitting there and… I can look at them and say, ‘We did the best job. possible ”to do justice. Rich said. “And no matter what the outcome, we gave it our all and gave them some kind of peace by at least taking their case to a jury and letting a jury decide. For me, this is the greatest thing that we can as prosecutors (that we can offer) is hope and justice for victims. “

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PRO-9 strengthens law enforcement in the Zamboanga peninsula https://pledgepeace.org/pro-9-strengthens-law-enforcement-in-the-zamboanga-peninsula/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/pro-9-strengthens-law-enforcement-in-the-zamboanga-peninsula/

BLESSING BEFORE DEPLOYMENT. The chaplain of the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Police Office (RPO-9) blesses the personnel of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB-9) in a departure ceremony on Monday (January 3, 2022) as they will be deployed in various parts of the region. The deployment is part of the PRO-9’s move to strengthen its operations this year. (Photo courtesy of PRO-9)

CITY OF ZAMBOANGA – The Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Police Office (PRO-9) is strengthening its law enforcement operations in different parts of the region this year 9.

Brig. Gen. Franco Simbrio, director of PRO-9, on Monday deployed 217 members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB-9) to serve as an augmentation force in strengthening the law enforcement operations of the various units of line of command.

PRO-9 covers the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as the cities of Isabela and Zamboanga.

Simbrio reminded the RMFB-9 personnel at the farewell ceremony to do their best in the performance of their duties at their duty stations.

“Your work attitude, your track record and your reputation for service say a lot about you,” Simbrio said.

“The public has high expectations that we can successfully maintain peace and order in our duty stations,” he added.

The RMFB-9 serves as the maneuver and combat force of the PRO-9. The unit is ready to be deployed at any time to any part of the region.

Simbrio said they will focus on law enforcement operations which include the campaign against bulk guns, crime syndicates, the fight against illegal drugs and the fight against smuggling.

The focus on law enforcement operations is Simbrio’s first marching order to police forces this year in the region. (ANP)

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