Firearm fatalities for law enforcement officers jumped 72 percent
A new study states firearms fatalities against law enforcement jumped in the past year (Sinclair Broadcast Group)
At the National Police Officers Memorial in Washington DC, the wreaths keep arriving. “Unfortunately we are the only memorial here in the United States in our nation’s capital that has to add new names to that memorial each and every year,” said Craig Floyd, President & CEO National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. For Officer Brian McWilliams, with the Indianapolis Sheriff’s Department, it was a trip he hoped he wouldn’t have to make. “Got a few friends that I worked side by side with that passed away over the last few years,” said McWilliams who was visiting the memorial with his 8-year-old son, Brian Jr. He says his job has gotten much more difficult in the last two years and now every call that comes poses a risk. “You might go on the same call multiple times a day but you’re dealing with different personalities, different ethnic groups,” he said. Floyd echoed his sentiments. “Every assignment is potentially life-threatening and that could be the most mundane traffic stop that officers do over and over in their career,” he said. As of July 18, 2016, firearms fatalities for law enforcement officers had jumped 72 percent from the previous year – with 18 in 2015 and 31 in 2016, which includes the five officers targeted and killed in Dallas, TX on July 7 and the three in Baton Rouge, LA on July 17. Barbara Anne Cady, visiting the memorial from Mississippi, said there seems to be a new reality. “People just don’t feel safe, the people on the job or the public,” Cady said.
Indiana State Police Pay Ping Pong with Crowds at RNC
It's the fourth day of protests and heavy security in Cleveland, during the 2016 Republican National Convention, but police have been playful when they're not protecting the public. As temperatures spiked into the 90s, a handful of Indiana state troopers challenged crowds to friendly games of ping pong next to REBoL, a cafe in Cleveland's Public Square. Troopers and citizens took turns playing, though no winner was named. It was a sweet moment of comradery in a week full of heated protests and arrests in the city. Gabe Niardi of Columbus, Ohio played several rounds with one trooper, before walking off, grinning, "That was cool, man."The same Indiana troopers stopped to play Pokemon GO with a syracuse.com reporter earlier this week. This week is the first time Trooper Curtis Jones has visited Cleveland, and he said it's been a great experience. "Coming here, we were expecting the worst and hoping for the best," said Jones, of Indiana. "Everything's turned out far better than we could have imagined. Everybody in Cleveland has been kind. "All week, Curtis said citizens have been thanking him and his colleagues, and asking to take photographs with them. The Indiana state troopers are just one of the many out-of-state groups, called in to back up the Cleveland Police Department. The city prepared heavily for this week, if protests grew into dangerous riots. As part of its security plan, Cleveland organized a massive police force of 5,000 officers, recruiting from surrounding suburbs and nearby states to bolster its existing force of about 1,200. Cleveland.com reported the city intended to buy 2,000 sets of riot gear, including riot-control suits and collapsible batons. Cleveland received $50 million in federal money to pay for security during the RNC. Mayor Frank Jackson's administration planned to spend roughly $30 million of the grant on personnel and $20 million on equipment.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Finds Sweet note on Door after Shift
As the nation continues to be in turmoil over a series of attacks on law enforcement officers, several agencies in Oklahoma are thanking citizens for their support. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol posted a note that was left on a trooper’s door when he got home. “For my neighbor, while peering out my window, I saw my neighbor passing by. I felt compelled to stop and pray and let me tell you why. You see… he wears a uniform, a target he is now. God protect him from the evil, bring him home tonight somehow. His family needs and loves him, and his dog he does the same. As do his friends and neighbors who call him by his name.So Lord, protect him while he serves, keeping harm from everyone, bring him safely home again to rest when day is done,” the note read.
Nevada State Trooper Saves Bikini Clad Woman
The Nevada Highway Patrol released dash cam video of one of their troopers saving a woman’s life on a busy highway. It happened last month on Interstate 15, KNSV reported. Trooper Dave Becker was on patrol when he heard the call for a pedestrian on the highway. He saw a woman wearing nothing but a bikini on the left side of the busy roadway. The trooper got out of the car and tried to reason with her. But she took off running across the highway and he went after her. The video shows him pulling her from under a large red vehicle at the very last moment. “Even my sergeant asked me “why’d you go after her?” My job’s to keep her safe, she took off I took off, its what we do,” he told KNSV. The woman was taken to a hospital. The trooper went back to work.
Arizona State Trooper named national Trooper of the Year
Trooper Jeremy Barr, a 12-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Division, has been recognized nationally for his lifesaving actions. The American Association of State Troopers recognized Barr’s heroic actions by naming him the 2016 national Trooper of the Year for risking his life and preventing injury to innocent citizens traveling the Arizona roadways. Barr was presented the award on Monday, July 11, 2016, at a ceremony held during the 2016 National Law Enforcement Police Exploring Conference, Northern Arizona University Skydome, Flagstaff, Arizona. On August 22, 2015, during the early morning heavy traffic period Trooper Barr responded to the call of a wrong-way-vehicle north of Phoenix on Interstate 17 at milepost 244. The call indicated a vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the two lane roadway at approximately 70 miles per hour. Interstate 17 at milepost 255 is located in a mountainous region between Phoenix and Flagstaff and there are only two lanes dedicated for southbound traffic. Due to the geographical location, the section of road has a blind curve with a rock berm bordering its western side, and a rock ledge bordering on the east side. The combined factors allow little room for maneuvering and avoiding hazards. As Trooper Barr approached milepost 255, he observed the wrong-way vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, still traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. Without hesitating, Trooper Barr continued toward the wrong-way driver with his lights and siren activated, knowingly placing himself between an active lethal threat and innocent motorists. Although his fully marked police vehicle was illuminated, the wrong-way driver continued to approach Trooper Barr. As the wrong-way vehicle came head-on toward him, Trooper Barr skillfully drove the left front corner of his Chevrolet Tahoe into the pickup trucks left front corner. The resulting impact effectively crippled both vehicles, and the velocity of the impact successfully pushed the truck into the rock ledge. Trooper Barr’s heroic actions came with a personal cost. He suffered extensive injuries including seven herniated discs in his back, fractured vertebrae, a broken neck, injuries to his shoulder and kidney. Trooper Barr’s injuries are so severe, he has not yet been able to return to active duty. Trooper Barr has not only loyally served the citizens of Arizona as a State Trooper, but also served with the Phoenix Police Department, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Trooper Jeremy Barr risked his life to prevent injury or death to innocent citizens traveling on the Arizona roadway. For this reason, it is an honor of AAST to recognize him as the 2016 Trooper of the Year from a pool of nominations from across the country.