police officer – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 20:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pledgepeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png police officer – Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ 32 32 New UTSA Chief of Police to Focus on Partnerships and Community | UTSA today | UTSA https://pledgepeace.org/new-utsa-chief-of-police-to-focus-on-partnerships-and-community-utsa-today-utsa/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 19:33:42 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/new-utsa-chief-of-police-to-focus-on-partnerships-and-community-utsa-today-utsa/

As Chief of Police, Schoenborn will focus on expanding community and university police partnerships through a wide range of programs and outreach initiatives focused on improving accountability, accessibility and visibility on campus.

“My goal is to introduce exciting new strategies that promote safety and a sense of belonging on campus,” Schoenborn said. “I want to make sure we stay focused on mutual respect between officers and the Roadrunner community.”

As part of its commitment to supporting success and innovation, Schoenborn will actively explore opportunities to improve community engagement, create specialized response units, and improve agent retention and hiring.

Schoenborn joined UTSAPD in 1993. She became a police officer in 1995, graduating from the 60th UT System Basic Police Academy. Promoted to captain in June 2016, she was selected by the UT System Police Department to serve for a term in 2018 as the Acting Deputy Chief of Police at the UT Medical Branch in Galveston.

Schoenborn’s commitment to community service extends beyond campus. She holds a Master Peace Officer’s License and is a 238th Session graduate of the FBI National Academy, where she later served on the Board of Trustees for nine years, including as Chair of the Board of Directors. administration in 2019. During this time, Schoenborn has been actively involved in coordinating specialty training events in the greater San Antonio area. She is currently the Chair of the Alamo Area Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board.

Army vet and former law enforcement officer help Bismarck officer protect himself from attack https://pledgepeace.org/army-vet-and-former-law-enforcement-officer-help-bismarck-officer-protect-himself-from-attack/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 02:12:13 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/army-vet-and-former-law-enforcement-officer-help-bismarck-officer-protect-himself-from-attack/

An army veteran and former law enforcement officer sprang into action on Monday morning when a Bismarck police officer was attacked at the airport.

At around 11 a.m. Monday, an officer was asked to check on a man at the airport, according to Bismarck police.

They say the man, Christopher Fonseca, 34, was disturbing other passengers waiting in the security line.

The officer spoke with Fonseca and then went to the security office to investigate further, according to police. While the officer was in the security office, police said Fonseca walked away from his backpack, which he left at the main entrance.

The agent then went to collect Fonseca and asked him to leave the premises. It was then that police said Fonseca attacked the officer, punching him multiple times in the face and body.

The officer called for help as a bystander helped subdue Fonseca.

An affidavit identified this witness as Ron Elkins.

KX News contacted Elkins who said he was at the airport to drop off lunch for his wife who is employed there. It was then that he said he heard a commotion and saw the officer and a man fighting.

So Elkins, an Army veteran and former law enforcement officer himself, took the initiative.

“A lot of people were saying hero, hero, hero. I am not the hero. People in blue, in brown, EMS, ambulance, firefighters, even the guys over there keeping the streets clean. These are the heroes, these are the heroes,” Elkins said in an interview.

Elkins says others also came to help.

According to an affidavit, Fonseca was seen holding a box cutter in his hand at the time of the alleged attack and wearing brass knuckles rings on both hands. Airport personnel believed Fonseca had turned off circuit breakers in the computer operations building prior to his arrest.

The emergency generator kicked in and airport staff did not immediately know the cause of the power outage until they reviewed surveillance video.

The affidavit indicates that Fonseca also made comments about the Bismarck airport explosion after his arrest.

The officer was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries which required stitches.

Fonseca is charged with assault on a peace officer, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and criminal mischief.

Law Enforcement Reports March 3-6, 2022 | News https://pledgepeace.org/law-enforcement-reports-march-3-6-2022-news/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/law-enforcement-reports-march-3-6-2022-news/

Here’s a look at the arrests reported by the Cullman Police Department on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:


Domestic Violence: Katelynn M. McCown, 28, of Cullman, arrested on Main Avenue SW.

Public intoxication: Todd A. Woodruff, 27, of Albertville, arrested 2nd Avenue SW.


Driving under the influence; endangering the welfare of a child: John L. McLeod, 26, of Falkville, arrested at Phelan Circle SE.

Failure to appear – theft of property, fourth degree; Driving Under the Influence: Anthony G. Drane, 35, of Cullman, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Failure to Appear – Criminal Trespass, Third Degree: Christopher P. Harris, 31, of Falkville, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Failure to Appear – Theft of Property, Fourth Degree: Christina J. Moore, 44, of Hartselle, arrested on 2nd Ave SW.


Theft of property, fourth degree; Resisting Arrest: Ashley N. Kirby, 28, of Trinity, arrested on 2nd Ave SW.

Here is a rundown of arrests reported by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:


Failure to Appear – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First Offence: Harley Davidson Benafield, 23, arrested on County Road 1573.

Violation of probation – possession of dangerous drugs: Richard Earl Bollen, 57, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Domestic Violence Protection Order Violation: Ryan William May, 40, arrested at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Grand Jury – infringement; forged instrument; theft-miscellaneous, $500 to less than $1,500; trading in a worthless instrument; Illegal Possession/Use of Credit/Debit Card: Robin Lee Ritchie, 41, arrested on County Road 314.

Failure to appear – possession of methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First Offense: Tonya Alise Stephens, 35, arrested in Cullman County.

Public poisoning: Willie James Wilson, 39, arrested in Topre.


Interlock offence; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol: Shanice Yevette Brown, 29, stopped on I-65/299 SB.

Domestic Violence Protection Order Violation: David Earl Cason, 45, arrested on County Road 260.

Violation of probation-possession of dangerous drugs: Daniel Alexander Ellis, 41, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Failure to appear – possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; possession of marijuana, second degree; promote prison smuggling (drugs); probation violation-meth possession: Raphael Maurice Foster, 37, arrested at Priceville McDonalds.

Failure to appear – possession of methamphetamine: Autumn Michelle Gardiner, 25, arrested at exit 272.

Failure to appear – driving a vehicle without insurance: Shelley Denene Harris, 47, arrested on County Road 616.

Violation of probation-burglary-residence (force): Mitchell Dewayne Hood, 43, arrested at the Red Roof Inn.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence: Ashley Brooke Hyde, 44, arrested at Jones Chapel.

Methamphetamine possession: Joshua Randall McDonald, 40, arrested at Jones Chapel.

Fail to Appear – Fail to Stop at Stop Sign: Brandon Chase Mosley, 22, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Possession of methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First Offense: Trula Ann Otey, 52, arrested on Wesley Avenue N.

Grand Jury – Sexual Misconduct; First Degree Sexual Abuse: Bryan Lewis Parker, 38, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

public intoxication; Disorderly Conduct/Disorder of the Peace: Unique Nicole Pendergraft, 29, arrested on County Road 1223.

Trying to escape a policeman; receipt of stolen goods, $500 to less than $1,500: Patrick Eugene Phillips, 24, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Failure to appear – driving while license suspended; Misuse of Lanes: Robin Lee Ritchie, 41, arrested on County Road 314.

Possession of methamphetamine; possession of dangerous drugs: Shara Leigh Smith, 49, arrested at Hoover Prison.

Homicide by criminal negligence-other (other than a vehicle); Reckless Driving: Lee Everett Warren, 38, arrested at Anniston Army Depot.

Residence Robbery: Keith Thremayne Whitehead, 48, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Ex-criminal in possession of a firearm: Corey Glenn Wilburn, 37, arrested on County Road 437.


Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; failure to appear – promoting prison smuggling (drugs); possession of dangerous drugs; residence theft; using a false identity to avoid/impede prosecution; illegal possession/use of a credit/debit card; driver’s license not in possession; Misuse of Lanes: Mary Magdelene Baker, 37, arrested on County Road 1071.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offense: Anthony Terral Banks, 53, arrested on Wesley Avenue N.

Failure to appear – assault-harassment (harassment/intimidation); possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; possession of dangerous drugs, two counts; attempt to evade a police officer; resist arrest; criminal trespass-enter/stay on premises; driving with suspended license: Shane Robert Cray, 35, arrested at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Cause of delinquency, addiction or need for supervision: April Laragan Light, 39, arrested on departmental road 1374.

Failure to Appear – Domestic Assault-Harassment (Family): Lisa Marie McClendon, 32, arrested at the Cullman County Detention Center.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; possession of dangerous drugs: Christy McAnnalley Palmer, 48, arrested on AL. Highway 69 N.

Threatening domestic aggression (strong arm); criminal mischief; attempt to evade a police officer; resisting arrest: Jody Glen Smothers, 55, arrested on County Road 1114.


Possession of marijuana, second degree; attempt to evade a policeman; violation of probation-theft of property, second degree, $1,500 to $2,500; failure to appear – possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; miscellaneous theft, $500 less than $1,500; Illegal Possession/Use of Credit/Debit Card: Christopher Jared Bailey, 29, arrested on County Road 1718.

Harassing Communications: Brent Raymond Buck, 45, arrested at Cullman County Detention Center.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; possession of marijuana, second degree; giving fake IDs to law enforcement; public drunkenness: Edward Garrett Crandall Jr., 51, arrested at Dodge City Shell.

Possession of Marijuana, Second Degree: Tammy Jo Cummings, 55, arrested on County Road 1693.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; failure to appear – possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia, first offence; driving with a suspended licence; Driving under the influence of a controlled substance: Katherine Dawn Davis, 40, arrested on County Road 1693.

Possession of marijuana, second degree; tampering with physical evidence: Brandon Jamel Kelley, 26, arrested in Cullman.

Possession of methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First Offense: Heather Nicole Myrex, 39, arrested on County Road 1527.

Possession of methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First Offense: Jacky Lee Nunnelley, 47, arrested on the highway. 67.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, first offense: Tracie Diane Pirkle, 40, arrested on US Hwy. 278W

Possession of methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, First Offense: Blake Sanderson Smith, 33, arrested on County Road 1527.

Failure to appear – driving a vehicle with an expired tag: Tony Dwight Wooten, 47, arrested on County Road 222.

Time Travel: A History of Law Enforcement in Dundalk https://pledgepeace.org/time-travel-a-history-of-law-enforcement-in-dundalk/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 22:03:39 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/time-travel-a-history-of-law-enforcement-in-dundalk/

We have celebrated various events related to the birth of our nation over the past six years, but the one that has been barely mentioned and which has greatly affected Dundalk over the past 100 years is fast approaching.
It’s the arrival of the Civic Guards in Dundalk on November 1, 1922!

I deliberately write ‘civic guards’ because that is how ordinary people in Dundalk have referred to members of the An Garda Síochána police force for many years – and some older people still do! The reason is simple, as this is how they were officially known when they first arrived in Dundalk and the name was only changed after the Free State government passed the law An Garda Siochana in 1924.

The history of policing in Dundalk is a long and complicated one and I am aware that many law-abiding citizens of the town treat any police officer on duty with a degree of suspicion and that this sentiment should be understood and respected by anyone in a position of authority.

It was just a general feeling, and I’ve developed very good relationships with many people over the years who have been involved in something that would have caused them to be suspicious, and I very quickly learned to ” shut my mouth!”, in many circumstances.

In general, however, the people of Dundalk have always held most locally stationed An Garda Síochána members in very high regard, and indeed relied on them for simple things like filling out official forms and getting in. in contact with relatives who had emigrated during times of trouble and sorrow!

All of this has become even more important in the current time of the COVID-19 lockdown and guards are often called upon to act beyond the ordinary call of duty; especially in caring for the elderly and the infirm!

The first organized form of policing in Dundalk appears to have been the establishment of a ‘night watch’ around 1825 by the Corporation which was then in charge of municipal affairs.

It seems to have been an almost “laughable” force of elderly and, at times, infirm men, who roamed the city during the hours of darkness, armed with oil or candle lanterns and a long stick.

They also had a wooden rattle with which they could summon their comrades when they encountered suspicious activity.

There were only about a dozen of them to begin with, and they operated out of a small hut next to the Market House in the square.

I suppose, however, that they must have been some kind of comfort to law-abiding citizens sleeping in their beds to keep thieves from breaking into their properties!

Sir Robert Peel organized the Irish Police in 1822 as the ‘Constabulary of Ireland’ and enlisted around 6,000 men in the following years.

They were only given the name Royal Irish Constabulary in 1867, during the reign of Queen Victoria.

They first patrolled around Dublin city and do not appear to have reached Dundalk until the 1840s when a police barracks was opened in Clanbrassil Street near present-day GPO, then moved to the other end of Clanbrassil Street in premises that would later become Duffner’s jewellers. ‘ store.

There was also a police barracks in Crowe Street, opposite the old jail and courthouse which was to become the Tempest Building where the Democrat of Dundalk had offices for over ten years at the turn of the present century.

I don’t know when this barracks was used but I think it must have been mainly for service at the courthouse.

Shortly after the arrival of the Irish Constabulary in Dundalk, the old Night Watch was abolished by the newly formed Town Commissioners in 1855.

The RIC left Dundalk on 29 March 1922, from their barracks in Bridge Street and Anne Street – they had previously evacuated a barracks in Quay Street and others at various stations around rural areas – and IRA members took over Anne Street. Barracks.

A volunteer civilian force resumed patrolling the streets of Dundalk shortly thereafter.

They only wore armbands to indicate they were acting as auxiliary police and were unarmed.

The first members of the Irish Civil Guard were enlisted at Ballsbridge, Dublin on 21 February.

1922 and the first Garda Commissioner, Michael Joseph Stains, of Newport, County Mayo, was appointed in March, but the first Civic Guards did not arrive in Dundalk until after Halloween.

There was a very interesting account published in the Dundalk Democrat the following Saturday, November 4, which said: “The long-awaited civic guards arrive on Tuesday.

The first thing they did was remove the elaborate sandbag barricades and entrenchments from the front of the St Anne barracks they had taken over from the army (the Civil War was still raging in the area at the time) and the place no longer resembles a beleaguered outpost in Waziristan.

One result is likely to be that residents of Anne Street and Park Street will be allowed to sleep peacefully at night.

The report goes on to state that – “For four months the barracks in St Anne’s were the obvious target of the ‘kind sniper’ crouching in a clump of the estate and locals came to apprehend that he There’s more sedating stuff than a sniper’s bullet jumping off the roof at regular intervals between nightfall and 4 a.m.

The Civic Guard, being an unarmed force, there will be no excuse for firing on their quarters.

The author then goes on to make an interesting comment about the new police force.

“These are big guys recruited, no doubt, in the agricultural community, for the most part.

They look like they can use their fists, not to mention their batons, very effectively.

We wish them the best of luck and extend to them the sympathy of any law-abiding citizen.

A Garda Síochána remained at Anne Street Barracks, using it as headquarters for the district, until moving to what had been the Governor’s House in the former Dundalk Gaol at the Crescent since 1854, which had been refurbished at a state cost of around £8,000, in January 1946 and has stood there ever since.

Green Mountain Falls Provost warns of new reporting requirements for law enforcement | Mail from Pikes Peak https://pledgepeace.org/green-mountain-falls-provost-warns-of-new-reporting-requirements-for-law-enforcement-mail-from-pikes-peak/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/green-mountain-falls-provost-warns-of-new-reporting-requirements-for-law-enforcement-mail-from-pikes-peak/

Green Mountain Falls Marshal Virgil Hodges last month issued a warning about legislation that will add time and cost to every Colorado law enforcement agency.

Hodges, who is retiring in April, warned Mayor Jane Newberry and the city’s board of directors to be aware of the new reporting requirements that come into effect in July 2023.

“Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 passed in 2020 has placed a burden on law enforcement across the state. Reporting on the bill is pretty intense,” Hodges said at the Feb. 15 city council meeting. “Fortunately, I won’t be there to do it, but my successor will.

A summary of the Law Enforcement Integrity Improvement Bill states that a peace officer must wear and activate a body-worn camera when responding to a call for duty or during any interaction with the public initiated by the peace officer while enforcing the law or investigating possible violations. of the law. The law requires that all records of an incident be made public within 21 days of the local law enforcement agency or Colorado State Patrol receiving a misconduct complaint.

Hodges suggested the board consider hiring a full- or part-time employee in the marshal’s office to handle reporting requirements.

Recognizing that calls to the marshal’s office are not numerous, nonetheless, the reporting requirements are state-mandated. “The marshal is still responsible for keeping the city compliant,” he said. “I spoke to the City Manager (Becky Frank) in a memo about some of the things that will come out of this Senate bill that are going to be very costly.”

For example, in January, every officer on the street will be required to wear a body camera. “Body cameras are not a big deal; I’ve worn them before and personally love them,” Hodges said. “They keep more officers out of trouble when they get in trouble.”

The problem for the small town is in the details. “We need to find a mechanism to provide this information in digital format to courts, lawyers, whatever,” he said. “And, if there were to be a case where the city would be sued, we have to keep these things, basically, forever. Because these lawsuits drag on for years and years and years.

Along with the warning, Hodges urged the board to consider how to store information videotaped from body cameras. “We end up having to keep things because of world events that don’t affect Green Mountain Falls,” he said.

As chief cop, Hodges said he tried to provide realistic law enforcement that matched the city. “Thank goodness we haven’t had any of the incidents that have happened nationwide,” he said.

Hodges spoke that evening via conference call with the city. After the warning, the marshal expressed his gratitude to the city for the opportunity to serve.

After 45 years of law enforcement to include service as a military police officer, Hodges said he began his civilian career as a deputy marshal in another small town.

“And I can’t think of a better way to end my career,” he said. “The board has been tremendously supportive of me and my office.”

Hodges recalled his response when asked in his interview why the city should hire him. “Because you need me, or someone like me,” Hodges said. “I hope and pray that I fulfilled that expectation and that promise I made to you five years ago. I’m nervous about retiring, but I’m also excited.

Among the things that excites Hodges, he said, is fishing.

Newberry replied “I was scared and wary about hiring a new marshal, but I knew we needed a marshal and you more than filled what we wanted. You were a shining example of the quality of community policing,” she said. “I can’t say enough how much we appreciate you, your professionalism, and your chance to try your luck in Green Mountain Falls.”

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.

Florida and California
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.

Florida and California
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.

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.

Debate on the appropriate use of force for law enforcement | Washington https://pledgepeace.org/debate-on-the-appropriate-use-of-force-for-law-enforcement-washington/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 18:17:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/debate-on-the-appropriate-use-of-force-for-law-enforcement-washington/

OLYMPIA — The degree of force used by a police officer must be “proportionate and reasonable,” according to a bill recently approved by the state Senate.

The bill also specifies that officers will also be allowed to engage in vehicular pursuits as long as there is a “reasonable suspicion” during a traffic stop.

The Senate voted 31-18 on Senate Bill 5919 on Feb. 9 with a handful of Republicans joining majority Democrats. The bill cleans up language adopted last year on the use of force that many in the law enforcement community have called confusing and contradictory.

“The Sheriff’s Office…believes that Senate Bill 5919 strikes the right balance between correcting errors and overreacting while preserving the positive, reform-minded intent of last year’s laws,” said a statement from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.

The bill also states that an officer can use physical force to:

• protect against criminal behavior when there are probable grounds for arrest;

• to detain for investigative purposes;

• protect against an imminent threat of bodily harm to the peace officer, another person or the person against whom the force is used.

At a public hearing, Lakewood Mayor Jason Whalen said last year’s legislation required police to have “probable cause” to stop a vehicle. It’s a higher standard than “reasonable suspicion” and sometimes makes it “difficult, if not impossible” to stop a vehicle, he said.

In this year’s bill, before using physical force, a police officer should use all available and appropriate de-escalation tactics and, where safe and feasible, use less lethal alternatives before using any physical force. .

Less lethal alternatives include, but are not limited to, verbal warnings, a taser, pepper spray, batons, and beanbags.

Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone said the current law makes his officers hesitant instead of helpful and questionable instead of decisive. He urged the committee to pass the bill.

Sonia Joseph of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability testified against the bill saying the new language allows for more racial profiling, and she told how her son was killed by police in 2017.

“He was a young person of color who had expired the tabs and was disarmed and killed,” she said. “Allowing the use of physical force based on investigative stops, which include traffic stops based on offenses such as expired tabs, opens the law up to racial profiling.”

Carmen Rivera, a criminal justice educator at the University of Seattle, said last year’s use of force legislation encouraged officers to use less lethal forms of force. More time is needed to judge the law’s impact, she said.