Sunday, September 30, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Books

October 1, 2007 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists over 750 state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three deputy sheriffs from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Wesley D. McBride, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (ret.), spent 28 of his 35 year career in law enforcement investigating gangs. From 1972, until his retirement in 2002, he continuously worked street gang investigations as an intelligence officer, investigator or team leader. In addition to being a nationally recognized gang expert, he is the past president of the California Gang Investigator’s Association and the National Alliance of Gang Investigator’s Association. Wesley McBride is the co-author of Understanding Street Gangs.

According to the book description of Understanding Street Gangs, it “offers a unique and pioneering approach to the street and prison gang dilemma and provides both local and national perspective. This popular book is used by colleges, universities, and academies, and also for advanced officer training throughout the country. The authors are leading authorities on gang activities. No other book offers such insight or understanding into this escalating threat. It covers causative factors, family structure and profiles, socioeconomic pressures, and drugs. It also defines gangs, membership, structure and organization, communication, and measurements of gang violence, offers perspective on gang activity, and suggests possible solutions.”

Detective Lieutenant
Frederick Price, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (ret.), served over 33 years in law enforcement. After discharge from the military, he joined the ranks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Over a 33-year career he served in a variety of law enforcement assignments including patrol, vice, and special investigations. His last five years on the department were spent monitoring and investigating cases involving casino gaming, Asian organized crime, and terrorism, which lends background to his writing. He is the author of the novels Lair of the Dragon and Dragon’s Ghost.

According to the book description of Lair of the Dragon, “It began with a simple lie. A concocted report, written by a veteran cop, to close what he thought was an unworkable case. And it wasn't intended to hurt anyone. When Metro Detective Sergeant Chad Belmontes wraps up a case by falsely reporting he has met with the witness, he unwittingly gives the witness an alibi for murder. Caught up in his lie, he attempts to find the witness before his superiors can discover the truth. But the witness has vanished. And what the detective doesn't know, but will soon learn, is that his bogus report has set in motion a scenario of death and deceit that will threaten to end his career–and his life. The more he searches for the witness, the more complicated things become. It turns into a game of cat and mouse leading to a ruthless Chinese crime boss who will go to any lengths to prevent Belmontes from finding the witness and uncovering the real reason behind his mysterious disappearance.”

Stephen M. Passamaneck, Rabbi, Ph.D. is Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he has taught Talmud and medieval Jewish legal material. Early in his career he wrote on maritime and insurance law in Jewish sources. Since 1976, when he first affiliated with law enforcement agencies as a chaplain, he has written almost exclusively on law enforcement and administration of justice in Jewish sources. He was trained and sworn as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served as a line Reserve for eleven years. He continues to serve as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency. He was elected President of the Jewish Law Association and has also been an officer of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

In addition to the eight books he has authored or co-authored,
Stephen M. Passamaneck is the author of Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition. According to the book description of Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition, “Jewish tradition has a great deal to say about morals and ethics in various modern fields of public concern, including police ethics. In Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition, author Stephen Passamaneck explores three areas of interest: loyalty, bribery and gratuities, and deception. Loyalty will always be a part of police culture and administrators are faced with the task of minimizing its abuses. Jewish tradition encourages the support of the whistleblower who exposes wrongdoing for the sake of the public good. This can sometimes lead to a clash between tradition and the "blue wall of silence." now hosts 759 police officers (representing 347 police departments) and their 1635
law enforcement books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Police Tactics and History

September 29, 2007 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists over 750 state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three law enforcement officials who have written extensively about police tactics and/or police history.

In 1969,
Charles “Sid” Heal joined the United States Marine Corps. After serving a combat tour in Vietnam, he returned home, joined the Marine Corps reserve and attended college. Commander Charles “Sid” Heal began his law enforcement career in 1975 as an investigator for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In 1977, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. During his law enforcement career, he has worked various assignments within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including Men’s Central Jail, Firestone Station and Industry Station.

Upon being promoted to Sergeant in 1983, Commander
Charles Heal worked at Crescenta Valley Station and the Special Enforcement Bureau. After being promoted to Lieutenant in 1989, Commander Charles Heal worked Central Property and Evidence, Firestone Station, Lennox Station, Hall of Justice Jail, Transit Services Bureau, Walnut Station, Emergency Operations Bureau, Special Projects Unit, and Field Operations Region III Headquarters. In January 2000, he was promoted to Captain and selected to command the Special Enforcement Bureau.

During his 35 years in the
Marine Corps he has served in over 20 countries including military operations in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia and Iraqi Freedom. Charles “Sid” Heal retired from the United States Marine Corps at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO5).

Charles Heal holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pasadena City College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. Commander Charles “Sid” Heal is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming.

According to the book description of Sound Doctrine: A
Tactical Primer, “In recent years, law enforcement has suffered a number of tactical fiascoes. Besides the loss of life and deterioration in public confidence, officers and agencies have been the subject of both civil and criminal actions. Unlike most tactical books, which reach tactics as a “skill set,” this book emphasizes an intuitive application of fundamental principles. These principles have evolved over the centuries of tactical operations and form a body of sound doctrine.”

Steven Wayne Knight’s 19 year law enforcement career included being a police officer in Newport Beach (California), a deputy sheriff in Washoe County (Nevada) and a Deputy Marshal for the Los Angeles County Marshal’s Department. Steven Knight is the author of 1857 Los Angeles Fights Again and 1853 Los Angeles Gangs.

According to Midwest Book Review, “1853 Los Angeles Gangs by Steven W. Knight is an impressively written, historical novel of the lawless gangs of Los Angeles, and the determined Rangers who stood against them. The superbly drawn story of a turbulent "yesteryear" city is populated with such memorable characters as Juan Flores who intends for his gant to dominant a rapidly expanding and ethnically diverse city by first killing off the Chinese, and then the Americans; Don Thomas Sanchez struggling to preserve political power in the face of American landgrabs; and Horace Bell with his implacable dedication to the law. Drama, action, bloodshed, love and great courage fill the pages of this exciting and entertaining saga from cover to cover.”

John Kolman, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (ret.), is the founder and first director of the National Tactical Officer’s Association. John Kolman is the author of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander, Patrol Response to Contemporary Problems: Enhancing Performance of First Responders Through Knowledge And Experience and Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams.

According to Commander
Sid Heal, The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander, “is clearly modeled after "Duffer's Drift" and fills a gap in those texts that deal with essential material and the more interesting fiction by combining an interesting scenario with an abundance of lessons learned. Consequently, it should be considered a "must read" for law enforcement SWAT personnel, but especially entry-level and first-line supervisors. The lessons are durable, reliable and relevant for all domestic law enforcement but are focused on that critical first-line supervisor.” now hosts 756 police officers (representing 347 police departments) and their 1623
law enforcement books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Law Enforcement Technology

NLECTC Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology News Summary
Thursday, September 27, 2007

"7 Carrying GPS Units in Weeklong Tryout to See How Tracking Software Worked"
Modesto Bee (CA) (09/23/07); Raguso, Emilie

The Stanislaus County Probation Department recently held a trial for a new program that outfitted
law enforcement and county officials with global positioning system (GPS) equipment. The trial put GPS units in the hands of a select group of town officials, including the Modesto district attorney, county supervisor, two Turlock police chiefs, sheriff, and the mayor. The GPS units were rented by the department and given to the group to determine how the equipment and tracking worked. Most trial participants took their GPS tracking devices along with them everywhere they traveled. The monitoring technology not only tracked the whereabouts of the participants, but also informed those monitoring the group how fast they were driving. The monitoring devices, which are designed for probationers, keeps a log of everywhere the person wearing the device goes to make sure people do not violate the terms of their release conditions.

"L.A. Turns Cameras on Gang Graffiti"
Christian Science Monitor (09/25/07) P. 3; Wood, Daniel B.; Tully, Alison

The City of Los Angeles has installed surveillance cameras in a crime-ridden section of the city's east San Fernando Valley area in an effort to deter gang-related graffiti and other gang-related activities. The cameras sit atop poles at locations such as back alleys and have a motion-detection system that flashes the lens when someone is loitering in front of them. After the camera takes a picture, the system plays a voice recording that warns suspects that their picture has just been taken and that they will be prosecuted if caught committing a crime. The cameras have other features that previous generations of surveillance cameras did not have. For instance, the cameras have a wireless feature that allows them to be moved easily and more often to new locations. Officials can also download the photos taken by the camera without having to go up to the camera in a bucket raised and lowered by a crane. Some residents in the east San Fernando Valley area say the cameras are helping to reduce graffiti and other gang-related crimes. Critics, however, say the amount of money the city is spending on the cameras--roughly $70,000 for the 10 that will eventually be installed--is small compared with the $8 million the city pays on average each year for graffiti removal.

"High-Tech Law Enforcement"
Tucson Citizen (AZ) (09/21/07) P. 4A; Gargulinski, Ryn

The new $180,000, 400-lbs. robot used by the Tucson
police bomb squad is just one of many high-tech devices debuting on the law enforcement front. The robot is a crime-fighting tool used to protect officers from potentially hazardous chemicals or explosives, entering about 30 percent of the Tucson Police Department's bomb squad crime scenes. Technology that allows license plate scanning will soon be launched in the form of a $24,000 scanning device enabling officers to track license plates of stolen vehicles in one swooping motion. James Wysocki, administrator of information services at the TPD, says the tool will save officers hours of time in addition to maximizing the amount of vehicle plates they can scan. COPLINK, used from coast to coast, is another device that departments largely depend on. The system is accessible from a police car's Mobile Tactical Computer (MTC), enabling officers to view mug shots and maps, among other information. The convenient E-Citation program also allows officers to automatically fill out citations with license information due to a separate high-tech scanning device. Though technology has made strides within the department, Wysocki said the TPD has not eliminated any employees, and has reassigned them instead. He adds, "There seems to be an elastic demand for law enforcement services. Our problem is one of growth, not of shrinking."

"Big Bro's Coming to Transport Hubs"
Boston Herald (09/24/07); Underwood, Mike

In an effort to buffer against future possible threats, the
Massachusetts state government revealed its plan to expand surveillance to all major transportation facilities, including metro stations, ports, and airports. Homeland Security Undersecretary Julliette Kayyem says the initiative is in response to the July 7, 2005, bombing attack in London, and believes video security will enable authorities to respond quickly if a similar attack occurs in Boston. Sen. James Timilty (D-Walpole), the state Legislature's Homeland Security committee chairman, says the new strategy is an important step but there are still other vulnerable public areas. "My biggest fear is that our softest targets are places like schools. I'm very scared about what could happen so we ought to have cameras in certain places," Timilty says. Along with public surveillance, the state government will organize a statewide emergency response program as part of it's heightened focus on transportation, while plans to build an Internet-based alert system and to coordinate evacuation and relocation are also being discussed.

"Police Get a New Weapon in Arsenal to Detect Hazardous Radiation"
Buffalo News (09/19/07) P. B3; Michel, Lou

New York state troopers and members of the Erie County sheriff's bomb squad are regularly carrying radiological detection units on their patrols. The devices, which cost $1,500 and are the size of a paper bag, are so sensitive that they start emitting beeps if a patrol car traveling at 55 mph or higher comes close to another car transporting even a tiny amount of radioactive substances. After radioactivity is located, another unit is sent to the scene to determine what the material is.
Police can then decide whether the radiation being given off from a person or a vehicle's cargo is of real concern. The hand-held "identiFINDER" machine obtains a reading and then deciphers the substance. It also informs police as to whether the radiation is at a satisfactory level. If the portable database in the device cannot provide an answer, the officer can instantly email the data to a government facility. The 450 detection units were purchased with money from the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

"St. Louis Police Will Get Help Locating Gunfire"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (09/20/07) P. B5; Bryan, Bill

St. Louis
law enforcement have received a Department of Justice grant for installing an "urban gunshot detection monitoring system" that can identify the sound of gunfire and its location. The $500,000 grant will be split between financing the new system and the Police Executive Research Forum thinktank, committed to creating strategies to reduce gun-violence. "We believe this joint venture will help us understand and examine the root causes of violent crime, especially those involving firearms," Police Chief Joe Mokwa said. Officers also say the technology will assist in the process of making arrests and lead to confiscation of more weapons. The monitoring system contains microphones that have a range of roughly one mile used to pinpoint the location of a shot. Similar technology is employed by the military, and other police departments in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Oakland, California.

"Cameras Provide Extra Eyes for Police"
Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) (09/21/07) P. B2; Harris, Ryan

The Fort Oglethorpe, Tenn.,
Police Department is testing a license-plate recognition system outfitted on patrol vehicles. The system is run by eight cameras erected on the light-bar of a police car, and a processor in back of the cruiser interprets the license-plate number and compares it to area and national databases. In addition, a GPS system lists the site of every vehicle, as well as stores a time and date stamp. During three hours of testing, Fort Oglethorpe police were able to take 1,467 license-plate photos with the system and were informed about 14 suspects. Numerous citations were given, and an arrest was made. Implementing the system would cost $30,000 to $35,000 for each patrol vehicle. Though there are not any immediate plans to buy the equipment, Police Chief Larry Black noted he will write a report based on the police department's tests to show to the Fort Oglethorpe City Council, which would have to sanction such a purchase. Black pointed out that money obtained from drug busts could help finance the equipment.

"Machine Aims to ID Liquids at Airport"
USA Today (09/20/07); Hall, Mimi

Scientists working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are developing a machine that is able to identify liquid explosives, which could be used to screen baggage at airports. The project, named SENSIT, uses magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] to identify the molecular structure of chemicals in a liquid. If the
technology is implemented in airports, it could result in the end of the restriction on the size of liquids in carry-on baggage that has been in place since last September. Currently only bottles up to three ounces in weight and smaller than a quart-sized plastic bag are allowed, because current X-ray scanners can't "differentiate between a sports drink and a material somebody could use for a bomb," according to scientist Bob Kraus. The SENSIT machine currently can identify a total of 50 safe and unsafe liquids, with safe liquids showing up as a green dot on a monitor and dangerous liquids being labeled with a red dot. SENSIT is scheduled to be tested next summer at Albuquerque International to determine if the scanner can be effective in a crowded airport environment.

"San Jose Cops Unveil Interactive Crime Map"
San Jose Mercury News (CA) (09/18/07); Skipitares, Connie

San Jose, Calif.'s
police department has launched new crime-tracking software on its Web site that lists the precise location of crime reports. Created by the Salt Lake City firm Public Engines, the software replaces a service that was much less exact. Residents can now look at a report's status, including where an arrest was conducted or if an investigation is still going on or was terminated. In addition, with much more in-depth mapping, they can focus on a region as small as a one-mile radius of their school or house. Map icons reveal where robberies, car thefts, sexual attacks, and additional crimes are being reported. San Jose is only one of a few cities in the country to provide this kind of in-depth and simple to access data. The software enables residents to obtain automatic notification through email when crimes are reported close to their houses or schools. The database is updated each morning at 1 a.m. with the approximately 1,500 crime reports produced daily across San Jose.

"$6 Million Grant to Improve Cape Police Response"
Fort Myers News-Press (09/18/07)

The Cape Coral, Fla.,
Police Department has received a $6 million grant from the federal Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Cape Coral will work in tandem with other public-safety groups in Lee County and the county government to utilize the grant to buy and install a highly-advanced digital radio communications system, which will enable each public-safety group in Lee County to communicate with one another. Presently, Southwest Florida public-safety agencies employ radio systems that are not compatible with one another and cannot swap information, which makes it hard for agencies to work jointly to improve crime-fighting and public safety. In remote sections of Lee County, the existing analog system also witnesses drop zones. Changing over to a digital system will result in faster response times for first responders, greater officer safety, and more access to emergency services for local residents, police claim. In addition, the new system will be more dependable and will have broadened channels to accommodate more users. The Lee County Board of Commissioners has earmarked $2 million for the project, meaning that $8 million overall will be utilized to improve the radio communications system.

"Bay Area Leaders to Build Disaster Communications System"
Insurance Journal (09/14/07)

With grant funding, the Bay Area Public Safety Interoperable Communications Initiative will link communication channels for public agencies in a number of urban counties in California, including San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Cost, Alameda, and Santa Clara. The public agencies' interoperable communications system will enable greater disaster response efficiency and disaster relief coordination in the event of earthquake or other catastrophic events. The $200 million project also will connect these counties' communication systems to Sacramento.

"SAPD Secures $6 Million From Justice Department"
San Antonio Business Journal (09/13/07)

San Antonio Police Department will receive a $6 million federal grant through the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), part of a U.S. Department of Justice effort to improve communications technology and fight crime. "This funding will help San Antonio first responders fight crime and keep our communities safe," U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said. "It's critical that we provide our law enforcement officials the resources necessary for emergency preparedness and other homeland security efforts to protect homes and families." The funding can be used to purchase technology that allows for increasing communications and data interoperability between law enforcement agencies and other first responders in the area.

"Clear Connection"
Governing (08/07) Vol. 20, No. 11, P. 56; Walters, Jonathan

Chicago's Citizen and
Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) database is changing the way members of its police force do business. CLEAR has a number of capabilities designed to better connect the area's law enforcement agencies to each other and to their communities. The system is accessible to squad-car laptops, mobile devices, and community members with an online subscription. All the typical data needed to catch a criminal is made available, including warrants, fingerprints, rap sheets, identifying marks, aliases, license plates, and firearms information. High-tech equipment also monitors video and sound in areas of potential criminal activity, or can be taken on the go to track stolen vehicles or suspects in transit. CLEAR can even screen crime-rates by district or neighborhood, allowing officers to alert communities to potential dangers, ratchet up the heat on suspects, and make sure police presence is felt where it is most needed. The system has proved extremely successful, improving community relations and bringing down crime-rates in and around Chicago. In fact, CLEAR has proven itself so many times, even the federal government has taken notice, ordering similar systems for military use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Medical Remedies Prevent Death by TASER"
Police and Security News (08/07) Vol. 23, No. 4, P. 27

For the past seven months, emergency medical technicians in Miami have been participating in a pilot program that aims to prevent
TASER-related deaths. The program calls for EMTs to spray the sedative midazolam in the noses of subjects who have been TASERed if the first electroshock does not control them. EMTs then inject the subject with iced saline solution to cool their body and sodium bicarbonate to neutralize the toxic acids released by their tense muscles. The treatment, which is the first of its kind in the country, has been used at least 12 times by Miami EMTs to reduce TASERed subjects' body temperatures and calm them down. Government officials and TASER International are hoping the treatment will help to restore public confidence in TASERs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

750 Police Officers

September 26, 2007 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists 750 state and local police officers who have written books. The 750th law enforcement official listed was Lieutenant Lee Ballenger, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In 1951 and at the Age of 17,
Lee Ballenger enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his first year in the Marine Corps he trained with the 3rd Tank Battalion. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Lee Ballenger was shipped out to Korea, arriving in January 1953. After a short stint “with the 1st Reconnaissance Company, he returned to tanks in time to participate in the Nevada Cities fighting at the end of March.” Lee Ballenger continued as a tank crewman until the end of fighting in Korea. He re-enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a military police officer until his discharge in 1957.

After his discharge
Lee Ballenger began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He retired in 1989 at the rank of Lieutenant. Lee Ballenger is the author of a two volume set on the Korean War: The Outpost War: U.S. Marine Corps in Korea, 1952 and The Final Crucible: U.S. Marines in Korea, 1953.

According to David Alperstein of Library Journal, “In his first book, Ballenger succeeds in presenting a lucid account of the 1st Marine Division in western Korea in 1952, a period of the war (June 1950-July 1953) he describes as a "stalemate" while also pointing out that 40 percent of all Marine casualties occurred after April 1952. Ballenger argues that this period is ignored by historians. This book is actually the first of a two-part set whose second volume will cover 1953 and the final bloody months of the war. The author uses the personal experiences and insights he gained while serving in the 1st Division Reconnaissance Company and the 1st Tank Battalion as well as his battalion command diaries and other sources to write a concise, readable study of what he calls the "Unknown War." The
tactics and strategies used by the Marines, Chinese, and Korean (North and South) are described and analyzed. The appendixes provide a detailed list of the many hills, outposts, and military sites relevant to the 1st Division's story. The book is not meant to be a detailed historical study, but it is an intelligent look at one phase of the Korean War. Recommended for public and academic libraries, this will be of special interest to veterans and military history buffs.”

According to Roland Green, in Booklist, “In his second volume on marine operations during the Korean War's last years, Ballenger continues to be a
military historian equally useful to the scholar and the casual buff. The fighting centered on outposts, as each side sought to obtain the best positions to influence the peace negotiations through numerous small operations, occasional larger ones, and many raids, patrols, and outbursts of harassing fire. Highlighted in this volume are one of the largest raids, of Ungok; the bloody ambush at Gray Rock; the long fight for a complex of outposts named after Nevada cities; and the worst battle of 1953, for Boulder City--the last marine engagement in Korea. Lee Ballenger continues to provide model accounts of small-unit actions, to enlighten readers on the value of tanks in infantry support (a high-velocity tank gun is good backup), and to be none too charitable toward what is described as the army's tendency to leave the marines holding the bag. Like its companion, The Outpost War (2000), this is a nearly indispensable Korean War history” now hosts 750 police officers (representing 346 police departments) and their 1599
police books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Three LAPD Cops is a website that lists nearly 750 state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three
LAPD police officers.

Ronald M. McCarthy served as a Los Angeles police officer for over 24 years. He was assigned to the tactical unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor and assistant commander. Ronald McCarthy was the chief of Tactical Operations for the Department of Energy from 1984 through 1986. He was the director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police from 1986 through 1988.

Since 1992,
Ronald McCarthy has been the owner of R.M. McCarthy & Associates, a training, consulting, and marketing resource for law enforcement. He has trained police officers from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and more than 30,000 police officers and military here in the United States.

Ronald McCarthy is the co-author of The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units. According to the book description, “Managerial responsibility of a SWAT team requires continuous research in the material area of long-term criminal trends as well as keeping abreast of new developments in relevant tactics, technology, and techniques of law enforcement and the legal issues covering their use. The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units explains the steps for developing and maintaining a realistic, effective response to increasing levels of violent crime. The book makes extensive use of actual field examples such as the North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout, the Mogadishu Airport Incident, the Springle Street Incident, and the confrontation between police and the Symbionese Liberation Army.”

E. W. “Ted” Oglesby was a Los Angeles Police Department police officer for 31 years. He is the author of Angel Dust: What everyone should know about PCP and the co-author of Street Narcotic Enforcement.

Thomas E. Page, LAPD (ret.) is the former Officer-in-Charge of the Los Angeles Police Department's Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Unit. Thomas Page is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement, having served in both the Los Angeles Police Department and Detroit Police Departments. During his career with the Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant Thomas Page was the coordinator for the 1985 Los Angeles Field Validation Test (173 case study) of the DRE Procedure. This study validated the effectiveness and reliability of a standardized and systematic approach to drug influence recognition. These procedures have been adopted nationwide by professionals in government, law enforcement, military, private industry and health care.

Thomas Page has taught drug influence recognition and the behavioral indicators of drug use to a wide range of audiences. These audiences include the American Bar Association, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, the California Department of Mental Health, the Swedish National Police Federation in Stockholm, the Russian Procuracy Training Academy in Moscow, the Victoria Police in Melbourne, Australia, the Department of the Army, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, toxicologists, and private industry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology, and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Detroit.

Thomas Page is the co-author of Drug Information Handbook for the Criminal Justice Professional and the co-editor of Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit.

According to Drug Information Handbook for the
Criminal Justice Professional, it is a “Compilation of over 570 drugs, agents, and substances for the criminal justice professional.”

According to Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit, “If you regularly handle cases involving substance abuse or need information on newly compounded substances, as well as re-discovered drugs of abuse such as Ecstasy, Meth, PCP, Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, otherwise know as the "Date Rape Drug", and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids popular with today’s athletes, this is your reference of choice.” now hosts 746 police officers (representing 346 police departments) and their 1587
police books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Monday, September 24, 2007


By Greg Ferency

Since September 11, 2001 the citizens of the United States have been introduced to a type of warfare that they are not very familiar with and not altogether comfortable being involved in. We are now facing groups of individuals who operate in a manner that is concealed, motivated and “group-serving”. They show themselves at will and either die in the carnage or slip back into our society. They have the capabilities to kill a small or large number of us and show little regard for human life in general. I am obviously talking about the
terrorist and their actions.

Americans in general are not all that comfortable with the “
War on Terror”. It seems to be an ideation that is new and puzzling to the average citizen. Here we have cells of individuals, not armies or governments, who seem to come out of nowhere and do us harm for reasons that we don’t not fully understand or accept, not armies threatening our borders or bombing our harbors from aircraft carriers. What the average citizen doesn’t recognize is that we have been fighting this type of “war” for many years now. Not on foreign lands but on our own streets. On paper the “War on Drugs” is very similar to the “War on Terrorism” but most people don’t seem to recognize that fact.


The Death Penalty: Cruel Vengeance or Justice Served?

By James H. Lilley

Is the death penalty for a savage, cold-blooded act of murder cruel vengeance or justice served? The debate over Capital Punishment has been argued on local, state, and federal levels and still rages on almost daily. Our nation has served up the death penalty in many forms from hanging, to electric chair, to gas chamber, and even firing squad. Over the years each of these methods was damned as cruel and inhumane treatment of the person who had committed a crime of violence. So, along came lethal injection as an alternative to these “cruel” methods of carrying out a death sentence. Suddenly there was an outcry over the way the needles were inserted into the arm of the condemned, because surely they were experiencing pain.

Is the discomfort of lethal injection any more painful than a flu shot, or giving blood? All require insertion of a needle into the arm, or vein. Does the act of voluntarily taking a flu shot, or donating blood make the pin prick less painful than death by lethal injection? Or, does death ordered by the court for a violent crime somehow increase the level of pain for the condemned? Then came the argument over the dosage, the drugs employed, and were they acting quickly enough to ensure the condemned didn’t suffer. Excuse me, but what horrible pain was being inflicted upon this person who’d been sentenced to death for violently taking the life of another?


Disguised Weapons

The mission of the California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, is to provide its customers and clients extraordinary service in forensic services, forensic education, narcotic investigations, criminal investigations, intelligence, and training. In support of this mission, the Division’s Criminal Intelligence Bureau’s (CIB) Organized Crime Analysis Unit conducted an in-depth intelligence-gathering and examination effort into law enforcement safety handbook.

The Disguised Weapons Handbook is a quarterly report to inform
law enforcement officers of what new items are available to suspects. In addition, the purpose is to inform law enforcement of the creativity some suspects have when converting everyday items into homemade weapons. The information contained in this report was obtained from various law enforcement sources and databases. Many of the weapons shown in this publication have websites listed where items can be viewed in greater detail.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Two Cops and a Civilian

September 23, 2007 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists nearly 750 state and local police officers who have written books. The website added two police officers and one civilian police consultant.

Timothy Staab began his career with the Glendora Police Department (California) in June 1983 as a Police Cadet. In February 1985, Sergeant Timothy Staab was hired as a Glendora Police Officer. He has served as a Patrol Officer and motor cycle officer. As a motorcycle traffic officer he spent nearly six years enforcing traffic laws and investigating traffic accidents.

Throughout his career, Sergeant
Timothy Staab has taken a special interest in investigating traffic collisions. In 1993, he became an” Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist,” joining an elite group of approximately 800 such accredited individuals worldwide. Timothy Stabb is the author of The Pocket traffic Accident Reconstruction Guide.

According to the book description of The Pocket traffic Accident Reconstruction Guide “Traffic accident investigators and reconstructionist probably have the common speed and sliding formulas memorized. However, there likely are formulas out there that you haven’t committed to memory. While it’s not practical to carry around a large textbook to every accident scene, having some type of reference would make your job easier. That is why the Pocket Traffic Accident Reconstruction Guide was created.

Laurence Miller, PhD is a clinical, forensic, and police psychologist in Boca Raton Florida. He is the consulting psychologist for the West Palm Beach Police Department, a forensic psychological examiner for the Palm Beach County Court, and a police trainer and instructor at the Police Academy-Criminal Justice Institute of Palm Beach Community College. Dr. Laurence Miller is the author of numerous publications in law enforcement journals, as well as nine books, including Practical Police Psychology: Stress Management and Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement and the upcoming book METTLE: Mental Toughness Training for Law Enforcement.

According to the book description of Practical Police Psychology:
Stress Management and Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement, it “addresses the psychologically complex world of modern policing. It analyzes the unusual crises and everyday challenges faced by all law enforcement personnel, from the street cop to the departmental brass. But Practical Police Psychology goes beyond mere academic analysis, to offer usable, down-to-earth, and immediately applicable - that is, practical -guidelines and recommendations for improving the quality of policing on a daily basis.”

Jerry C. Scott is a 29-year-veteran law enforcement officer. After four years in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller during the beginning years of the Vietnam conflict, stationed in Okinawa, he began his work as a city police officer in the state of Washington, in 1966. He spent a year as a motorcycle cop, walked the beat in the downtown tavern district, worked radar, and performed patrol duties.

After five years he moved to Provo,
Utah, in 1977 and took up his profession with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. He moved through the ranks as a patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, lieutenant division commander, and finally operations bureau chief, holding the rank of captain before his retirement in 1995. His many police experiences include being a co-captain and assisting in the organization of the first department SWAT team in 1974. The team members joined the 19th Airborne Special Forces Group with the Utah State National Guard, and they held the distinction of being the only jump-qualified SWAT team in the United States. Jerry Scott’s assignment was sniper and bomb technician. He was a graduate of the Redstone Bomb School in Alabama, and was a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigations. He was also an explosive instructor for a number of years at the Utah State Police Academy and Weber State College. As a jail commander during the 80's, he rewrote the Utah State Jail Standards and served on the Utah State Jail Inspection Team.

During all the years of his
law enforcement career, nothing was more rewarding and enjoyable than his patrol duty assignments. The excitement of conduction arrests of drug suspects and burglars, and the general assistance to the public in general, are experiences he holds sacred. Jerry C. Scott is the author of Glass Mountain.

According to the book description of Glass Mountain, “true police experiences topple over each other as this fictional narrative unfolds starting with the watts riots, engaging the Mexican mafia, and creating an unforgettable love story. This story involves the real guts of police work.” now hosts 743 police officers (representing 346 police departments) and their 1583
police books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Iraqi Police Surge Dramatically Reduces Baghdad Violence

By David Mays
Special to American Forces Press Service

Sept. 21, 2007 - Violence in Baghdad has been cut in half, thanks to a massive influx of new Iraqi
police officers, a top U.S. military advisor said today. "Along with the surge of U.S. forces is also the surge of Iraqi police," Brig. Gen. David Phillips told online journalists and "bloggers" during a conference call from Baghdad.

As deputy commanding general of the Civilian
Police Assistance Training Team, Phillips helped stand up the Baghdad Police Academy in January 2004. Yesterday, he watched 744 brand new officers graduate from that academy.

"A community (in) which in the past we saw a significant al Qaeda presence now has concerned local citizens come forward (to join) the police forces," Phillips said. "You saw a lot of pride in these new
police officers as they graduated."

An additional 1,000 Iraqi
police officers are set to graduate in a few days at a temporary academy set up in Abu Ghraib, just west of central Baghdad.

"We're talking almost 2,000 new police officers ... within two months," Phillips said.

Applications to join Iraqi
police forces far outnumber available positions, the general said, noting that nearly 6,000 Iraqi citizens applied for the two Baghdad-area academy classes.

"We're having no problem filling all of these slots," Phillips said. "If anything, we're turning away literally hundreds if not thousands of people in some areas who want to join the police forces."

In Anbar province, 3,000 new recruits were recently accepted, and in Diyala province, 5,000 students will soon begin
police training, the general said.

"All academies are taught by Iraqis," Phillips said, noting that American troops offer only a support role. "The best instructors are Iraqi instructors."

Iraqi police applicants who are turned away are encouraged to join the equivalent of a "police auxiliary."

"We equip them with a cell phone, and they pick up that cell phone and use that cell phone and give us some very good actionable intel," Phillips said. "They are guarding their own community. They know who belongs and who doesn't"

Many Iraqis who once felt a strong sense of belonging in their neighborhoods fled because of death threats, the general explained, but thanks to a wider deployment of local
police, that's changing in Baghdad.

"We are seeing a significant downward turn in violence," Phillips said. "And we are seeing some of the mixed communities coexist much better than they were about six months ago."

As a prominent example of
police presence prompting exiled Iraqis to return, Phillips mentioned an influential Baghdad resident who was hired in 2003 to lead Iraq's police internal affairs division, but who was forced to flee the country with his family in 2005 amid insurgent threats.

"He said he watched from Jordan long enough, and it was his turn to come back and try to get things fixed over here," Phillips said. "That's one individual in a country, but I think he's just a representative of the tip of the iceberg with people coming back."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

LAPD writer smudges thin blue line with novel "L.A. Rex"

Will Beall was on the staff of his college paper when he was conned by a suspected murderer into writing a story that suggested his innocence. When the suspect was swiftly convicted, an embarrassed Beall abandoned a planned journalism career and joined the Los Angeles Police Department.


Monday, September 17, 2007

64 Los Angeles Police Officers, a website that lists all Los Angeles Police Department police officers that have written books, added three police officers.

Tony Alvarez has been a contributing writer for the California Narcotic Officer's Association quarterly magazine. He is an instructor for the California Narcotic Officer's Association on Narcotic Officer Survival and has made his training presentations at the FBI Academy in Quantico (Virginia); and, has also instructed local, state and federal officers nationwide. In 1995, Detective Tony Alvarez was awarded the DEA Award of Valor, the INEOA Medal of Valor and the Al Steward Memorial Award (California Narcotic Officer of the Year). In 1996, he was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor. He is the author of Undercover Operations Survival in Narcotics Investigations.

According to the book description of Undercover Operations Survival in
Narcotics Investigations, “undercover work is one of the most dangerous yet challenging types of police investigation, requiring extensive tactical preparedness and close continuing assessment throughout the operation. If proper planning is lacking, explosive conflict can occur without warning. The author presents the wide range of considerations necessary to execute safe undercover teamwork, eliminating complacency, demonstrating how to seize contraband, obtain evidence and arrest violators. Conducted properly and safely, investigations provide immediate gratification to all involved. Furthermore, the techniques and procedures outline in this book can be easily adapted to any undercover operation.”

Ralph Askew was born in 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent a total of 10 years in the Ohio National Guard, the California National Guard and the United States Marine Corps where he developed an interest in military history. After graduating from UCLA, he joined the LAPD where he spent most of his patrol time at the Newton Street Patrol Division as a training officer. He retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 21 years. He is the author of Battleslave.

According to the book description of Battleslave, “Chrisinda Balderack, a battledroid, was artificially produced in a laboratory solely for the purpose of fighting wars for the Galaxy. The production of battledroids meant that planets associated with the Galaxy did not have to provide the Galaxy with their own men to be killed in a far off war. Very few battleroids ever returned home. Many of the missions the battledroids were sent on were without support. They were trained to kill their wounded to prevent them from falling into enemy hand, and revealing the objective of the mission or slowing down its completion. Battledroids were trained to have no feelings. After meeting a young girl her own age, Chrisinda develops emotions and feeling for her own fellow battledroids and finds that she cannot bring herself to kill her fellow wounded.”

A.C. Germann, Professor Emeritus, Department of Criminal Justice, California State University, Long Beach was a Los Angeles Police Department police officer before pursuing an academic career. He is responsible for founding the Police Science program at California State University, Long Beach and is the author of three books: Introduction to Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice; Police Personnel Management; and, Police Executive development lists 64
Los Angeles Police Officers and their 122 books.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

California Police Authors is a website that lists nearly 750 state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three police officers from California.

Charles Hale began his career in the public sector as a police officer with the El Segundo Police Department (California) in 1965, where he served for seven years as a patrol officer, investigator and field supervisor. While working full-time as a police officer he attended California State, Long Beach where he attained his bachelor's in 1970 and his master's in 1972.

From 1972 to 1974
Charles Hale served as the Assistant Director of the Police Assaults Study conducted by the Oklahoma University Research institute and funded by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in 1973. Charles Hale served on a team of consultants involved in a management and organization study of the police department in Amarillo, Texas. Since that time Charles Hale has conducted similar studies in over 200 police departments in several states. Charles D. Hale is the author of Fundamentals of Police administration, Police Community Relations, The Assessment Center Handbook for Police and Fire Personnel and Police Patrol: Operations and Management.

According to the book description of The Assessment Center Handbook for Police and Fire Personnel, “Drawing on current knowledge and his own extensive experience, the author provides a thorough overview of the design and administration of an assessment center for fire and police personnel.”

According to the book description of Police Patrol: Operations and Management, “Covers patrol operations, goals and strategies. It combines management theory with case study examples taken from small police departments. New edition adds coverage of community and problem oriented policing. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of police patrol operations.”

Joseph Klein, a retired member of the Fullerton Police Department, had a law enforcement career that spanned well over 25 years. He had worked all major law enforcement assignments including street level and major narcotic enforcement. He was a nationally recognized drug expert, and was selected by the International Association of Chief's of Police as one of the top ten officers in the nation. Joe Klein was a Certified Drug Recognition Expert, and a court qualified drug expert. Joseph Klein was also a officer in the California Narcotics Officer Association; likely a chapter president. He is the author of Street Narcotic Enforcement.

According to the book description of Street Narcotic Enforcement, “This is a powerful and informative handbook for identifying the most commonly abused street drugs, and for recognizing symptoms of abuse. This book contains everything from Heroin to GHB, including drug photos and a step by step guide for conducting "under the influence evaluations." This book is a must for
criminal justice practitioners, private security professionals, educators, and parents.”

Camerino Sanchez was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the Santa Barbara Police Department (California) in November 2000. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief of Police of San Rafael Police Department (1997 to 2000) and Hollister Police Department (1993 to 1997). Camerino Sanchez began his law enforcement career in 1981 when he joined the Los Angeles Police Department. In the LAPD, he served as a police officer, detective and sergeant. Chief Camerino Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Chief of Police
Camerino Sanchez has been the Vice President of the California Police Chief’s Association. He has also served with the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Cal-Chiefs Executive Board. He is the recipient of numerous community service and association awards. Camerino Sanchez is the author of Law Enforcement, Communication and Community. now hosts 738 police officers (representing 344 police departments) and their 1578
police books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Police Books from Northern California is a website that lists over 730 state and local police officers who have written books. added three law enforcement officials from Northern California law enforcement agencies to the website.

William DeNisi’s law enforcement career spanned over three decades and exposed him from every policing job from rookie to chief. Additionally, the retired Fountain Valley Police Department police captain worked a wide variety of assignments including narcotics, vice and homicide. William DeNisi is the author of Choking Sam and Trinity.

According to the book description of Choking Sam, “Choking Sam While global attention continues to be riveted on the Middle East, the North Koreans stumble upon the one thing that could instantly catapult their tiny country to world dominance. Their find is, literally, out of this world and its chilling potential for energy and weaponry far eclipses mere nuclear fission. The Koreans struggle to develop their secret and keep their people in line. Serial murder, deep sea exploration, international intrigue and enemy secret agents operating in the Southern
California shadow of mouseville coalesce to provide another roller-coaster adventure for Orange County Sheriff's Detective Mike Sullivan and his sidekick, Charlie Gomez.”

Scott Morrison is a former detective with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department who served in the homicide, sex crimes, and intelligence units. He is the author of Murder in the Garden: Famous Crimes of Early Fresno County.

According to the book description of Murder in the Garden: Famous Crimes of Early Fresno County “Presenting 15 famous cases from Fresno,
California, set in the first part of the 20th century, a long-time detective in the sheriff's office introduces key figures such as a bootlegger, an unfortunate local dubbed Alligator Jack, and a perpetrator known as the Fig Garden Fiend. Featuring local landmarks such as Mussel Slough—the setting for Frank Norris's The Octopus—and offering additional commentary that compares these sensational past cases to current high-profile criminal cases. A consideration of the changing face of crime, this history reveals a modern upswing in child abuse, multiple murders, and kidnapping cases and highlights the extended nature of the current legal process as compared to the open-and-shut character of the early 1900s.”

O.R. Shipley is the former chief of police of the Eureka Police Department (California). He is also the author of the Police Policy Manual. now hosts 735 police officers (representing 342 police departments) and their 1572
police books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Verbal Judo Way of Leadership

The Verbal Judo Institute is pleased to announce that the latest book written by Dr. George "Rhino" Thompson, “The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership—Empowering the Thin Blue Line from the Inside Up," is now available!

For many years Dr. Thompson has sought to present the Verbal Judo philosophy on leadership in written form. "The Verbal Judo Way of
Leadership" is a unique co-authorship between George Thompson, founder and president of The Verbal Judo Institute and VJ instructor/retired "Green Beret" Greg Walker.

This book features exclusive new material on the art of
Tactical Communications and the elusive art of superior leadership. Dr. Thompson and Greg Walker combine their diverse professional backgrounds with their shared vision of Verbal Judo concepts to help Peace Officers achieve excellence as law enforcement supervisors, managers, administrators, and beyond. Drawing from Dr. Thompson's street and courtroom proven Verbal Judo philosophy and his co-author's dual careers as an Army Special Forces combat leader and civilian peace officer "The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership –Empowering the Thin Blue Line from the Inside Up" is MUST reading for the 21st Century law enforcement officer, First Responder, and military man or woman intent on achieving true success as a leader in his or her chosen profession.

For additional information, please review the attached Verbal Judo Merchandise Catalog or visit our

Friday, September 07, 2007

Criminal Justice Management Degree

The Union Institute and University, in partnership with the Brea Police Department (California), is offering a Bachelor’s Degree program in Criminal Justice Management. The next session begins on October 22, 2007 and will be held at the Brea Police Department facility.

8-week sessions on Monday nights from 6:30-10:30pm
• Physical attendance required for only (5) of the (8) nights
• Fully accredited, and taught by experienced professionals

Police Officers:
• Receive 32-college units for their Basic POST Certificate
• Receive up to 30-college units for advanced POST training
• Financial Aid available for those who qualify.
• With their Basic POST, and a significant amount of lower level transfer units, can finish their degree in about 8-months

Program Briefings:
• Friday, September 14, 2007 0900 hours
• Monday, September 17, 2007 1500 hours
(Both in Community Room A, Brea Civic Center)

More Information:
Criminal Justice Degree

Contact Information:
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA at 909.599.7530 or

Thursday, September 06, 2007

New Hampshire State Police to Receive Employer-Support Freedom Award

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

Sept. 5, 2007 - The
New Hampshire State Police will receive the Defense Department's top employer-support award for the exceptional financial and emotional support it provides law enforcement officers who deploy as National Guard or reserve members. New Hampshire State Police Capt. Stephen Barrett, an Army reservist who embedded with and trained elements of the Afghan National Army from August 2004 to July 2005, nominated his employer because of the unwavering support the organization demonstrated during his deployment. The New Hampshire State Police is one of 15 companies or organizations slated to receive the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award during a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building here Sept. 12.

While deployed, Barrett said, the
police force continued to cover his and his families' medical and dental insurance and financed various other benefits in his absence. Because Barrett's military salary was lower than his police salary, New Hampshire State Police made up the difference, reimbursing all income lost.

As he supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, one of Barrett's colleagues on the
police force made sure Barrett's wife and two young children were managing well. "In my case, there's a neighbor who's a (state) trooper, so he was checking on the house and was available if needed," said Barrett, noting that such support alleviated some of the stress that stemmed from being away from home.

To keep him abreast of
New Hampshire news, Barrett said, he exchanged e-mails frequently with his boss and fellow police officers. And when he received care packages, birthday and Christmas gifts from coworkers back home, Barrett said, it reminded him that he wasn't forgotten by his buddies on the force.

"In a way, it brought home there," he said. "The (sense of) belongingness was still there."

Barrett said knowing that he had a job with New Hampshire State Police when he returned from deployment gave him one less thing to worry about. When he and other reservists and National Guard members came home after their tour, they were greeted with a hero's welcome.

In keeping with
New Hampshire State Police tradition, a half dozen troopers provided a special reception for the returning veterans, driving them in a police escort from the Massachusetts state line back home to New Hampshire.

"The state police has been here for us and for the other deploying members every step along the way," Barrett said.

The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recognizes U.S. employers that rise above the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, manages the award process. ESGR assists Guard and Reserve members and their employers understand employee eligibility and job entitlements, employer obligations, benefits and remedies under the act.