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UPDATE: This story and headline have been updated to include clarification on the governor’s veto of restrictions on legislation to recruit and retain law enforcement officers.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed House Bill 68, a bipartisan package of initiatives designed to tackle crime in New Mexico communities and invest in public safety personnel across the state. The bill was part of the record $8.5 billion spending plan for the coming year.

“Every New Mexican deserves to feel safe in their community – and they demand action from their government,” said Lujan Grisham. “House Bill 68 expands on the transformative work we have done in previous years, strengthening our state’s public safety system and making the streets safer in every community in New Mexico. ”

While the governor left most of the spending proposed by the legislature, she used her veto to reduce some restrictions in the $50 million in funding for the recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers to administer. through allowances. The package provided funding only for agencies that use a community policing model. The community policing stipulation was left out, which the governor said would make funding more accessible to law enforcement agencies across the state.

The legislation:

  • Establishes programs to recruit and retain law enforcement officers, along with $50 million in the budget to establish an officer recruitment fund;
  • Strengthens penalties for crimes committed with a firearm, including a criminal in possession of a firearm and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime;
  • Creates criminal laws relating to violent threats, property damage and chops;
  • Eliminates the statute of limitations for second degree murder;
  • Increases death benefits for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty to $1 million, establishing New Mexico’s policy as the most generous in the nation;
  • Establishes the Violence Intervention Program Act, accompanied by $9 million in the budget to establish violence intervention programs statewide; and
  • Allocates crime reduction grants, along with $2 million in the budget for crime reduction grants.

“This legislation will help our justice system better deal with and reduce dangerous crime,” Rep. Meredith Dixon said. “Stronger penalties, coupled with investments in addressing the underlying causes of crime, will help us make our communities safer, now and in the long term.”

“Our constituents have demanded that we respond to crime in our city and state and we have heard them. HB 68 is an important step that will improve the effectiveness of our criminal justice system in deterring crime,” said Rep. Marian Matthews.

“Crime must be the priority of every session until we have a system that works top to bottom to protect families in New Mexico. This is a real first step, to gain support for our officers and to get tough on gun violence,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. Mexicans who live in metro Albuquerque.

The legislation also requires that recent GPS data kept on people on bail be more easily provided to law enforcement officers; redefines the role and composition of the Law Enforcement Academy Council and divides its functions into two separate entities; and creates new judges in the 2nd, 5th and 13th judicial districts.

GA Proposed Bill SB 403: Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health https://pledgepeace.org/ga-proposed-bill-sb-403-law-enforcement-behavioral-health/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:52:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/ga-proposed-bill-sb-403-law-enforcement-behavioral-health/ The legislation would offer officers the option of working with a virtual or in-person behavioral health specialist during a mental health crisis.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate on Thursday introduced a bill that would give local law enforcement the ability to partner with behavioral health specialists to help officers respond to an emergency mental health crisis .

According to a release from Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan’s office, SB 403, known as the “Georgia Behavioral Health and Peace Officer Co-Responder Act,” would provide a statewide framework for more teams. of co-respondents.

“In my home county of Forsyth, I have seen firsthand the impact behavioral health professionals can have on law enforcement response efforts,” Lt. Governor Duncan said. “Pairing law enforcement officers with professionals with specialized training to defuse a mental health emergency can yield long-term results that increase public safety and provide immediate access to mental health care for those affected. people in crisis. I commend my colleagues for putting public safety first with innovative and targeted strategies.”

Sen. Ben Watson (R – Savannah) is chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. It also sponsors SB 403 which would direct community service boards (CSBs) in Georgia to provide a behavioral health specialist to assist law enforcement agencies that choose to participate in the program. In Georgia, there are currently 23 CSBs in operation.

“As a physician with more than three decades of experience, I cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that people in behavioral health crisis receive an appropriate response, appropriate care, and consistent follow-up,” said said Senator Watson. “This legislation is an important step towards securing mental health services in Georgian communities by providing crisis intervention to those who need it most urgently.”

Under the program, CSBs would provide virtual or in-person behavioral health specialty to assist officers. With the help of a licensed counsellor, officers would have the power to refer someone to a treatment center rather than making an arrest.

SB 403 now heads to the House for consideration. For more information on the legislation, click here.

Accidents kill law enforcement officers in Florida and California https://pledgepeace.org/accidents-kill-law-enforcement-officers-in-florida-and-california/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 02:18:27 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/accidents-kill-law-enforcement-officers-in-florida-and-california/

Two crashes – one in a helicopter and the other in a collision with a car – have killed two law enforcement officers in Florida and California.

The two officers joined 49 other law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty across the country so far in 2022, according to the Memorial page of the shot officer.

Despite recent tragedies, deaths in the line of duty have fallen by 47% compared to the same period last year.

James Michael McWhorter

Florida Bureau of Farm Law Enforcement Cpl. James McWhorter died in a car accident on February 12 just south of the Georgia state line.

The 31-year-old father of four was engaged.

Florida Bureau of Farm Law Enforcement Cpl. James McWhorter was buried on February 19, 2022 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Composite of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Authorities said McWhorter collided with a pickup truck while crossing Interstate 95 near Yulee, Florida. Details of the crash remain limited as investigators investigate the fatal incident, but officials said McWhorter was driving from the northbound inspection station to the southbound building across the freeway when the collision has occurred.

At Saturday’s funeral at the Middleburg First Baptist ChurchFlorida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement Colonel James Wiggins hailed McWhorter as an exemplary officer, beloved by his colleagues. He posthumously promoted McWhorter to the rank of corporal.

“He was a friend,” Wiggins said. “He was a brother. He was always smiling and happy, especially when he talked about his family.

Wiggins said McWhorter became the fifth Florida farm law enforcement agency to die on duty. Burial at Jacksonville Memorial Gardens followed McWhorter’s funeral service.

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Florida Bureau of Farm Law Enforcement Cpl. James McWhorter was buried on February 19, 2022 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Photo by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Brittney Osborne told Coffee or Die Magazine that McWhorter, her fiancé, enjoyed his career in law enforcement and compared his fellow Bravo Shift officers to his family.

“It’s, like, the tightest shift they’ve had, in that they’re just really close,” Osborne said.

McWhorter maxed out her 112 overtime overtime hours during each 28-day rotating schedule, she said. They used the extra money to buy their new house and plan their wedding.

“He was coming home after a 14-hour drive and going straight into dad mode,” she said.

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Florida Bureau of Farm Law Enforcement Cpl. James McWhorter was buried on February 19, 2022 at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Photo by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

She said McWhorter dreamed of working with wildlife, especially alligators. They enjoyed taking the kids to visit a local alligator farm, although McWhorter seemed to enjoy the trips the most.

“They could just see it in his eyes, that if he could just get through the bulkheads, then he would be in there, and he would like that,” Osborne said.

Osbourne said McWhorter is a firm believer in reaching out to the community, including the annual Shop with a cop event, when law enforcement officers team up with impoverished children in Nassau County for holiday shopping excursions. He put his name on every open slot because he never wanted any kid to miss him.

“It wasn’t that he liked to do difficult things,” she said. “He loved doing things that mattered.”

James McWhorter was born on August 17, 1990 to Mark and Angela McWhorter. He is survived by his fiancee; Parents; the children, Jason, Jackson, Juliet and Juno; and his siblings, Jacob Everton, Mark Memmo, Angie Murray, Tiffany Desjardins and Joseph McWhorter.

Huntington Beach Police Officer Nicholas Vella, 44, suffered fatal injuries after his helicopter crashed on February 19, 2022, off the coast of California.

Nicolas Velle

Huntington Beach Police Officer Nicholas Vella, 44, suffered fatal injuries after his helicopter crashed around 6:30 p.m. Saturday off the coast of California.

Investigators continue to probe the cause of the crash, which happened five minutes after Vella, a pilot, and his unnamed 50-year-old partner responded in the HB-1 helicopter to a priority call to help the department Newport Beach police with an “ongoing fight,” according to a prepared statement released by the Huntington Beach Police Department.

Beach bystanders and nearby first responders rushed into the water to save Vella and his partner from the wreckage. Both officers were transported to local hospitals.

On February 22, 2022, a solemn procession of fellow law enforcement officers carried the body of Huntington Beach Police Officer Nicholas Vella from the Orange County Coroner’s Office in Santa Ana, California, at the La Habra funeral home. Vella’s funeral arrangements are pending. Photo by Tustin Police Department.

Vella’s partner was fired from hospital on sunday. Vella, a 14-year veteran of the department, died from his injuries.

He leaves behind a wife and a daughter. The Peace Officers Research Association of California is looking to raise $100,000 to support his family.

The National Transportation Safety Board classified the 1998 McDonnell Douglas 500N helicopter crash as an accident. The NTSB and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Major Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating the incident.

“No words can adequately express this loss,” the Huntington Beach police chief said. Eric Parra said in a prepared statement. “We deeply mourn Officer Vella’s family; and as a police department, we mourn too.

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How this free hiring tool aims to elevate the law enforcement industry https://pledgepeace.org/how-this-free-hiring-tool-aims-to-elevate-the-law-enforcement-industry/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 23:05:23 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/how-this-free-hiring-tool-aims-to-elevate-the-law-enforcement-industry/

Sponsored by Guardian Alliance Technologies

By Courtney Levin, Police1 BrandFocus Staff

Very few, if any, of the daily tasks of a cop can be described as “easy”. Not only has it become increasingly difficult to enforce the law safely among the general public, but administrative tasks are sometimes hampered by outdated processes and systems. Often at the top of the list of grueling office tasks is reviewing lengthy applications from potential candidates in an effort to determine who will be subject to a full background investigation prior to employment.

Agencies have long sought to hire people of the highest caliber, but due to the ongoing challenges facing police departments nationwide, even greater efforts should be made to employ the best of the best.

Agencies have long sought to hire people of the highest caliber, but due to the ongoing challenges facing police departments nationwide, even greater efforts should be made to employ the best of the best. (Getty)

It’s not uncommon for agencies to fall behind when hiring agents, especially when an increasing number of departments are understaffed and operating on tight budgets. In a world where tasks can be accomplished with just a few mouse clicks, the law enforcement hiring process often feels like an archaic and staggering challenge.

With a mission to ease the burden, the team at Guardian Alliance Technologies has developed digital tools to help streamline the hiring process. Through their free triage center, agencies can review applicants’ applications and determine who will receive a full background investigation more efficiently and conduct background investigations with greater confidence.


How confident are you that your agency can uncover all potential concerns about a candidate? When was the last time your background investigators were able to process applications at a rapid pace?

If your answers lean toward the negative end of the spectrum, you’re not alone. The process of hiring new agents can be overwhelming, especially because of the paperwork involved.

Although a critical step in discovering a candidate’s qualifications, the use of paper-based personal history questionnaires (PHQs) creates several problems. From storage issues to manually reviewing hundreds of questions per candidate, processing each HQP is anything but simplified.

“There has to be a better way,” said Justin Biedinger, founder and chairman of Guardian Alliance Technologies, when describing the initial idea to develop the Free Triage Center. “There has to be a way to not only speed up the process, but also catch errors and uncover more information.”

It is virtually impossible to cross-reference with other agencies to find out whether a candidate has altered an answer from a previous HQP submission to make themselves seem more favorable, and agencies may find themselves inadvertently leaving a candidate less ideal to slip through the cracks.

Instead, Guardian Alliance Technologies designed the Free Triage Center to process claims more efficiently and help agencies close information gaps and weed out bad apples.


The Free Triage Center does more than scan each candidate’s HQP. Visual cues provide at-a-glance information for quick review. Details, including HQP percentage complete, when a candidate was last applied, and what documents candidates have uploaded, are visible in an organized dashboard.

Guardian Alliance Technologies has also integrated access to several key databases to help agencies uncover potential candidate issues. Its National Applicant Information Center (NAIC) is a centralized database exclusively available to Guardian users that stores a candidate’s job search activity, such as the agencies they have applied to, and flags any concerns arising from changes applicants may make from one substantive questionnaire submission to the next.

Additionally, Guardian’s Triage Center includes a feature that allows agencies to easily run candidates through the National Decertification Index (NDI) early in the hiring process to find out if the candidate has been decertified as a as a peace officer or is the subject of an investigation.

Agencies can then document any issues found and make them visible in the applicant’s file under the concerns report. It is important to note that NDI should not be viewed as a blacklist, but rather as a tool for agencies to obtain more information about their applicants.

Using the free triage center creates an ever-increasing advantage for law enforcement as a whole, Biedinger says.

“It has a compounding effect on the overall value of the system. By allowing agencies to use this contributory database for free, we get 100% of the candidates in the system, which makes the system more valuable for all other agencies that join,” he said.


Streamlining the hiring process isn’t just about reducing the time spent reviewing HQP. The primary goal of the Free Triage Center is to change law enforcement for the better.

“Guardian is not just a software platform that we sell to police departments to make money,” said Biedinger, a former member of the Stockton Police Department. “It’s literally a move to change the industry and improve the optics of the profession.”

Agencies have long sought to hire people of the highest caliber, but due to the ongoing challenges facing police departments nationwide, even greater efforts should be made to employ the best of the best.

“Given the times we live in, we can’t afford a bad hire,” said Ryan Layne, CEO of Guardian Alliance Technologies. “Public confidence in law enforcement is at an all-time low. Gaining public support is essential to fighting crime and maintaining public order. The less support our law enforcement officers have from the public, the more we will see an increase in crime.

“Additionally, we are facing a severe hiring crisis and it is increasingly difficult to attract good candidates into the profession when the prospects of being a police officer are so low,” Layne said. “We must do everything in our power to ensure that we hire the best candidates to minimize behavior that will only continue to damage the reputation of this honorable profession.”

The free triage center gives agencies added organization and confidence when hiring agents, and unlike other software solutions, it’s truly free to use. Guardian Alliance Technologies offers additional paid survey tools, but many agencies choose to rely solely on the free triage center.

The importance of uncovering every potential problem during the prescreening process is now being highlighted, says Biedinger.

“As a background investigator, you have to lie down at night knowing that you recommended someone to hire and hope that you found out everything you could about that person,” Biedinger said. “I would have slept much better at night if this tool was available when I was doing backgrounds.”

“It is an honor to provide this solution to my brothers and sisters in blue who carry this burden on a daily basis,” continued Biedinger. “It is my hope and prayer that by providing this tool for free, we will eliminate any excuse not to use it and prevent bad apples from entering our profession.”

To visit Guardian Alliance Technologies for more information.

Read next: Why Guardian Alliance Technologies made easy access to the National Decertification Index a standard part of its free triage center

Platkin issues updated guidelines on law enforcement involvement in election activities https://pledgepeace.org/platkin-issues-updated-guidelines-on-law-enforcement-involvement-in-election-activities/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 20:16:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/platkin-issues-updated-guidelines-on-law-enforcement-involvement-in-election-activities/

Acting Attorney General Platkin issues updated guidance on

Involvement of law enforcement in electoral activities and protections

Against illegal voter intimidation

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TRENTON- Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today issued guidance to New Jersey law enforcement officials regarding new rules regarding election-related law enforcement activities. The acting attorney general also reinforced past guidelines aimed at ensuring that all eligible voters can vote safely and without fear of intimidation.

Originally released in 2020 following troubling reports of election interference in other states, and updated in 2021 to reflect New Jersey’s historic adoption of in-person early voting, the guidelines are now updated to reflect the enactment in January 2022 of legislation that imposes new limits on the activity of law enforcement officers around polling stations, early voting locations and ballot boxes.

“New Jersey is fully committed to protecting the right to vote in free and fair democratic elections,” Acting Attorney General Platkin said. “The role of law enforcement in elections is limited, but we have zero tolerance for criminal acts of voter intimidation or interference.”

The updated guidance is directed to chief law enforcement officers and county prosecutors across the state, and emphasizes that civilian election officials — not law enforcement officers — are charged to administer elections at the county and local levels.

At the state level, the Division of Elections within the Office of the Secretary of State has election administration responsibilities, not the Department of Law and Public Safety or the Office of the Attorney General.

In light of recent legislation, today’s guidelines highlight five key rules designed to protect the voting process in New Jersey while avoiding polling places, early voting sites and ballot boxes that may be disconcerting or intimidating for some residents.

They understand:

  • Although a poll worker may request police officers to help maintain peace and order in and around an advance polling place or polling station, a poll worker cannot such a request only with respect to a “specific emergency, allegation of criminal conduct, or disturbance that exists at the time the request for assistance is made.” When such a request is made, officers responding to the call may only remain on site long enough to deal with and resolve the emergency, criminal allegation or disruption.
  • When an officer is sent to an early polling place or polling place, the Secretary of State must be notified by the county board of elections or the county superintendent of elections. The Secretary of State, County Boards of Elections, and Election Superintendents must maintain a record of such dispatches, including information such as time of dispatch, location of polling place, and reason for dispatch. dispatch, together with the name of the officer involved, the badge number, the duration of the presence of the officer on the scene and the immediate outcome of the incident.
  • Police officers may continue to assist, and be tasked with assisting, election officials in transporting specific election materials to and from an early voting location, polling place, or ballot box.
  • No police officer – whether on duty or not, in uniform or not – may remain or stand within 100 feet of an advance polling place, polling place or ballot box during an election, unless the officer is there at the request of election officials in response to a specific emergency. Exceptions apply, such as if an officer’s residence is within 100 feet of these locations or if the officer votes in a personal capacity.
  • No full-time or part-time law enforcement officer may serve as a poll worker or authorized candidate in elections unless that person is on leave. Under no circumstances may an officer participating as a poll worker or authorized protester wear the uniform of a police officer or carry an exposed weapon.

As with previous election guidelines, today’s update reiterates that federal and state laws protect all members of the public from intimidation and coercion, interfere with the right to vote, or tamper with, mutilate or destroy a ballot box, and that individuals engaged in voter intimidation or obstruction may also violate laws that do not specifically relate to elections.

Acting Attorney General Platkin’s updated guidance is posted at:


Residents concerned about voting and elections are encouraged to call the Division of Elections at its Voting Information and Assistance Line: 877-NJVOTER (877-658-6837). For more information, please visit the NJ Division of Elections Voter Information Portal at https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote.shtml.

Not just a dog – law enforcement community service animal killed in the line of duty | Recent news https://pledgepeace.org/not-just-a-dog-law-enforcement-community-service-animal-killed-in-the-line-of-duty-recent-news/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 14:46:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/not-just-a-dog-law-enforcement-community-service-animal-killed-in-the-line-of-duty-recent-news/

York County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Fifield, Nitro’s partner, carried the urn to the lobby of the convention center where a memorial ceremony was held.

The hall was filled with law enforcement officers, many of whom were state department dog handlers who had participated in the motorcade.

There were dozens of flowers and cards on display in the room, which had been sent to the sheriff’s department by many members of the community. A photo of the young K-9 deputy was in the foreground, which included the words “End of custody, February 8, 2022.”

As York County Sheriff Paul Vrbka rose to address the crowd, it was hard to ignore the barking coming from other service dogs, in the various units parked just outside the gates.

With grim candor, Sheriff Vrbka recounted how Hampton teacher and coach Kyle Ediger, along with Nitro, were killed on February 8.

“This was a horrific incident for our department, our community, the Hampton School District, Hamilton County, all of us,” Sheriff Vrbka said. “We feel very badly for the Ediger family and we remember them today.

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“We are also here to remember Nitro and honor the canine/handler teams,” Sheriff Vrbka said. “There is a special bond between them. I would also like to thank the agencies that assisted in the investigation of this accident and crime, including the Nebraska State Patrol, Seward County Sheriff’s Department, the York Police Department, the York Fire Department, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Hitz Towing and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department It was a horrible situation and we will not forget your help and your support.

Lake Region State College program seeks to fill law enforcement jobs – Grand Forks Herald https://pledgepeace.org/lake-region-state-college-program-seeks-to-fill-law-enforcement-jobs-grand-forks-herald/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 13:01:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/lake-region-state-college-program-seeks-to-fill-law-enforcement-jobs-grand-forks-herald/

GRAND FORKS — For the 12th consecutive year, Lake Region State College will bring its law enforcement training program to Grand Forks this summer.

John Maritato, LRSC Police Department Lieutenant and Director of the Peace Officer Training Program, came to Grand Forks for each of these academies. Maritato said the program has an employment rate of nearly 100% for graduates, if those graduates are willing to move to another part of the state.

“My last three classes, every student who went through the academy actually had a job planned before they even graduated,” said Maritato, who works at the college’s Devils Lake campus. “There is definitely a need in North Dakota.”

One of the reasons academy graduates can find jobs so easily is that many state law enforcement officers are approaching retirement age. Every day, Maritato said, there are more than 30 vacancies statewide.

The coronavirus pandemic may have dampened some enthusiasm for a career in law enforcement, Maritato said. Additionally, heightened surveillance of law enforcement officers, following high-profile incidents across the country, could play a role. For example, the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in 2020, sparked nationwide protests and prompted calls for police reform.

This heightened oversight does not lessen the need for law enforcement, Maritato said, and his program is tasked with filling statewide vacancies with qualified applicants.

“It doesn’t matter what city you live in, we need police,” he said. “We are here to serve, protect and maintain order, and we must be able to provide good candidates for the jobs that are in North Dakota for law enforcement.”

The program takes the form of a police academy, with morning physical training followed by class work. The program is 14 weeks long and is part of the Lake District Associate Degree in Applied Law Enforcement Science. Enrollees can either take the full two-year course or opt for the academy only.

Those who complete the latter become eligible to work in law enforcement positions, either in municipal forces or in sheriff’s offices, statewide. To work for the largest police departments in cities – including Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Mandan and Minot – applicants must complete 60 semester credits of coursework.

Lake Region students who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement have various options. They can do the associate degree, which qualifies them to work for the largest police departments in the state, or attend the academy, which is offered at various times throughout the year. Upon completion of the academy, they can then work towards an associate degree. The courses are also available online.

Students study a variety of topics, such as arrest, search and seizure laws, crime scene handling, hazardous materials, use of police equipment and firearms . Ethics is also taught.

Maritato said the training modules are evolving with the goal of producing a more competent and better trained law enforcement officer.

The Lake District Police Academy in Grand Forks runs from May 17 through August 18. Another academy will take place at the same time in West Fargo. The last day to apply to the academy is May 6. More information, including program requirements and how to apply, can be found at lrsc.edu, by emailing Jennifer.Wignall@lrsc.edu, or by calling 701-662-1683.

New Agent Database Provides Enforcement Transparency https://pledgepeace.org/new-agent-database-provides-enforcement-transparency/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 12:06:39 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/new-agent-database-provides-enforcement-transparency/

COLORADO SPRINGS — There have been several local and national movements calling for greater police transparency and accountability. Our state has just launched a new website allowing the public to access information about officers who have abused their badge and authority.

The Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Council maintains this database which allows anyone to search for details on any officer statewide. The database shows you which officers have been decertified, convicted of a crime, or lied on the job.

“When law enforcement officers do things that are not good, they can commit crimes and be decertified, we put them in a publicly available database. Anyone can search it,” said POST Board Chairman and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. “When other officers are fired for cause, for doing something wrong, they are also on this list so they are not hired again unknowingly.”

Colorado lawmakers passed legislation in 2020 and 2021 creating this database at coloradopost.gov making each officer’s state certification, compliance with training requirements, and employment status publicly available.

Weiser says it’s part of a shift in transparency in our state.

“Colorado passed legislation not only to create this transparent database, but to provide body cameras in all cases so we know what’s going on. Then when an officer is charged, it’s not about not to believe me or disbelieve me, it’s Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Weiser said.

It is important to point out that not all policy violations lead to decertification, but the database includes 8 different items that an agent can be flagged for on their profile.

“What I’ve heard time and time again from so many dedicated police officers is that no one hates a bad cop more than a good cop. Those bad cops who dishonor the profession, they dishonor everyone who risks their lives “, said Weiser.

By law, officers are allowed to request a review of their database entries and have information removed if they present new evidence through a request process.

“They are notified. They have a right to be heard. We have a process to review all of these decertification actions and officers can come forward and tell their side of the story,” Weiser said.

If you would like to take a closer look at the website, database, and areas of responsibility for peace officers, please visit: https://coloradopost.gov/

Narcotics Commission strengthens the capacity of law enforcement agencies | Social https://pledgepeace.org/narcotics-commission-strengthens-the-capacity-of-law-enforcement-agencies-social/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 16:47:53 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/narcotics-commission-strengthens-the-capacity-of-law-enforcement-agencies-social/

The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), with the support of the UK Government, organized a practical regional training course to hone the skills and abilities of its staff and those of other law enforcement agencies in container handling.

The training will also help the 40 delegates from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone who are taking part in the intensive four-day course to foster regional and inter-agency cooperation in maritime security.

The Search of Container Course, which started in Accra last Tuesday, is being led by officials from the UK Customs and Medicines Agency (UK) and will provide participants with in-depth knowledge on screening containers at points of entry into means that will allow them to detect contraband products, in particular illicit drugs.

The course content has been selected to respond to the evolving trend of illicit drug trafficking via containers, the areas covered being health and safety, container types and vulnerabilities, handling of seals and image interpretation .

The rest is about tendencies and mode of concealment, intelligence-based and rules-based targeting, insider threats and anti-corruption measures.


NACOC Acting Director General Mr. Kenneth Adu-Amanfoh commended the Governments of Ghana and the UK for organizing the training in Accra and for the law enforcement officers.

“Drug trafficking is a transnational organized crime that requires effective and efficient international collaboration to combat and dismantle complex international criminal syndicates,” he said.

He said West Africa had had its fair share of being continually exploited as a transit point for illicit drug trafficking from Latin America to Europe and North America.

He said it was therefore imperative that customs and port control officers be equipped with the skills and knowledge to profile and target suspicious shipments, including the expertise to examine and carry out drug seizures.

According to Mr. Adu-Amanfoh, the commission had, in September 2020, intercepted 152 kg of cocaine hidden in sugar containers from Brazil.

“After familiarizing with the course content, I am confident that at the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the required technical skills and know-how in seaport drug interdiction”, said- he declared.

He urged participants to pay attention and be open-minded to engage, learn and share their knowledge.


The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms. Harriet Thompson, expressed the hope that the participants would benefit from the training by applying what they had learned to make a difference in their respective programs in the sector.

She tasked the participants to apply what they would learn during the training to combat illicit drug trafficking in and around the West African sub-region.

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Suspects impersonate law enforcement officers to commit robbery – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News https://pledgepeace.org/suspects-impersonate-law-enforcement-officers-to-commit-robbery-medford-news-weather-sports-breaking-news/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 20:04:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/suspects-impersonate-law-enforcement-officers-to-commit-robbery-medford-news-weather-sports-breaking-news/

The suspects pretended to be law enforcement; two arrested, two still at large

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, at least four gunmen posing as police attempted to rob an old hemp farm around 1:30 a.m. Friday in the 3600 block of Bellinger Lane outside of Medford.

Police said the suspects arrived at the property claiming to be law enforcement officers serving a warrant. Residents of the property confronted the suspects and fired several shots as they fled, according to the sheriff’s office. It is unclear whether the suspects fired any shots.

Deputies saw the suspected getaway driver, Derek Whitfield Gargus, 36, of the 100 block of Huntley Lane, Phoenix, leave the property at high speed. He was taken into custody.

Another suspect, Ryan Mitchell Drennen, 44, was found in a nearby pond where he had apparently fallen running in the dark. He was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Two other suspects are still at large.

Gargus was arrested for conspiracy to commit first degree larceny, first degree larceny, second degree larceny, reckless driving and driving without a valid license. He is being held in Jackson County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Drennen was arrested for attempted first-degree robbery, trespassing in possession of a firearm, and criminal impersonation of a peace officer. He was released on bail.

Anyone with information about the fate of the two outstanding suspects has been asked to call the emergency dispatch at 541-776-7206. Refer to JCSO File Number 22-0487.