Friday, August 1, 2014

Gov. Jan Brewer, Signs the Blue Alert System into Law

On July 31, 2014, Gov. Jan Brewer Signed into law, House Bill 2323, which will establishes a Blue Alert notification system designed to issue and coordinate alerts following an attack on a law-enforcement officer.
The system, an effort among state officials, broadcasters and others, will disseminate information statewide about suspected offenders — including detailed descriptions of the offenders, their vehicles and license-plate information. The system would be activated if, among other things, an officer has been killed or seriously injured and investigators determine the offender poses a threat to the public or other law enforcement.
The Blue Alert system has been adopted in 18 states and is being considered in seven others.
Tom Berry, the Founder of the National Blue Alert System welcomes the Great State of Arizona to the Blue Alert Family and was at the Signing Ceremony with Governor Jan Brewer and other Officials for the Signing of the Bill into Law. With Arizona, this makes 19 States that have the Blue Alert System. Kansas is the 20th State to have the Blue Alert in their State.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jury selection continues in trial of man accused of killing deputy

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Jury selection in the trial for a man accused of killing a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy will continue for the third day on Wednesday.
Brandon Bradley is charged with the death of Deputy Barbara Pill two years ago.
During the traffic stop Bradley opened fire, hitting Pill multiple times in the face and killing her, according to investigators.
When Bradley and Kerchner were arrested, both pleaded not guilty. But Kerchner changed her plea last month. She is now spending 12 years in prison after admitting her role in the crime.
On Friday, Bradley was given another chance to plead guilty and avoid a trial, but he declined.
If he's convicted of first-degree murder, he could face the death penalty.
Kerchner is expected to testify against Bradley.
More than a dozen people have completed the first round of questioning.

The judge is allowing up to a week for jury selection and up to five weeks for the trial.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Alert Cancelled:Missing Child Alert from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee

UPDATE: Alert has been Cancelled by the FDLE, Case Resolved

A Florida MISSING CHILD Alert has been issued for Zach
Brown, a white male, 15 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, brown
hair, brown eyes, last seen in the area of 3000 Downan Point Drive in Land O'
Lakes, Florida wearing white tee shirt with an elaborate black design on the
front, dark gray or black
jeans but might possibly be wearing shorts, and bright
red high top shoes.  

If you have any information on the whereabouts of this
child please contact the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at 727-844-7711 or 911.

Monday, January 20, 2014

UPDATED: Cops find car they say struck, dragged New Britain officer

UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Police have recovered the vehicle used in the incident where an officer was severely injured. Police are doing a track of the the area with police dogs in area of Sandy Brook Drive and Blake Road. Officers are going door to door seeking informaiton. Police Chief Wardwell believe a citizen saw the description of the car on the news and called it in at approximately 8:20 a.m. this morning.

The vehicle will be seized and police are currently getting a searh warrant. Police have not determined how many suspects there are or released a description to the public yet.

As police were giving an 8 a.m. press conference on the events of last night that left an officer critically injured, more than two dozen officers ran out of the press conference to head to a Sandy Hook Drive address. It is believed the suspect is holed up at that location.

The injured officer has been in surgery for several hours as of 8 a.m. this morning, said Police Chief James Wardwell. He is expected to be in surgery for several more.

NEW BRITAIN -- Police released the following statement. They are looking for a blue 2011 Hyundai Sonata with tinted windows, license plate number 491ZUO in connection with an incident where an officer was run over and dragged by the vehicle.

On January 19, 2014, at approximately 8:02 PM, New Britain Police were dispatched to the area of North Street and Willow Street on the report of a stolen motor vehicle. Less than thirty minutes later, a New Britain Police Officer located the reported stolen vehicle in the rear of 56 Wilcox Street. The officer approached the vehicle to investigate further and was struck, run over, and dragged up the long driveway at that location and into the street. The vehicle was last seen traveling north on Wilcox Street, leaving the badly wounded officer lying in the roadway. Two other New Britain Police Officers arrived on scene a few seconds later and located the injured officer. The officers administered first aid and called for Paramedics. The injured officer was transported to an area trauma hospital and is currently undergoing surgery for serious injuries sustained in this incident.

The vehicle which struck the officer and fled the scene is a Blue 2011 Hyundai Sonata with tinted windows – CT Registration 491ZUO.

Any person with information about this incident or the above listed vehicle should call the New Britain Police Department at (860) 826-3000. The vehicle should not be approached and the person or person(s) operating the vehicle should be considered dangerous.

The name of the injured officer is not being disclosed at this time while family members are being notified. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Law Enforcement Fatalities Dip to Lowest Level in Six Decades

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 33 officers killed in firearms-related incidents is fewest since 1887
Law enforcement officer fatalities dropped for the second year in a row to the lowest level in six decades and the number of officers killed in firearms-related incidents this year was the fewest since the 1800s, according to preliminary data compiled and released today in an annual research bulletin published by the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide in 2013. This was the fewest number of fatalities for the law enforcement profession since 1959 when 110 officers died. This year's total was eight percent fewer than 2012 when 121 officers made the ultimate sacrifice.
The number one cause of officer fatalities in 2013 was traffic-related incidents, which claimed 46 lives. Thirty-three officers were killed in firearms-related incidents this past year, which was a 33 percent drop from 2012 and is the lowest number since 1887 when 27 officers were shot to death. Thirty-two officers died due to other causes in 2013, including 14 who suffered heart attacks while performing their duties.
Just two years ago, officer fatalities spiked to 169, which led to a number of new initiatives aimed at promoting law enforcement safety. Among them were: an increasing number of agencies requiring officers to wear bullet-resistant vests; the formation of the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group by the U.S. Department of Justice; and the VALOR program launched by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to provide training to help prevent violence against officers and to help officers survive violent encounters when they do occur. Since 2011, all categories of officer fatalities have dropped by 34 percent and firearms-related deaths have declined by 54 percent.
The statistics released by the NLEOMF are based on preliminary data compiled and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2014.
For a complete copy of the preliminary report on 2013 law enforcement fatalities, go .
Key Data as of December 29, 2013:
-- Traffic-related incidents declined 4 percent in 2013 (46) compared to 2012 (48). Of these 46 officers, 31 were killed in auto crashes, 11 were struck outside their vehicle, and four were killed in motorcycle crashes.
-- Firearms-related fatalities declined by 33 percent in 2013 (33) compared to 2012 (49). Of the 33 officers, seven officers were shot and killed in ambush attacks, six officers were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call, five officers were killed while conducting an investigative activity, three officers were killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call, three officers were feloniously killed during a traffic stop, three officers were shot and killed while responding to a robbery in progress and three officers were killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. Two officers were inadvertently shot and killed and one officer was killed during a burglary in progress.
-- Of the 32 officers who died due to other causes, 18 were caused by job-related illnesses; six officers fell to their death or died as a result of an injury sustained in a fall, two officers drowned while attempting to assist victims during a flash flood, two officers were stabbed to death, one officer was killed in a helicopter crash, one officer was killed in a boat related accident, one officer was killed by an explosive device and an officer was electrocuted.
-- During the past year, more officers were killed in Texas (13) than any other state; followed by California (10); Mississippi and New York (7); and Arkansas (6).
-- Nine officers killed in 2013 served with federal law enforcement agencies. Nine of the officers who died during the past year served with correctional agencies. Four of the 111 fatalities were female. On average, the officers who died in 2013 were 42 years old and had served for 13 years.
Supporting Quote:
"The only good news is zero deaths, but this very significant drop in law enforcement fatalities the past two years is extremely encouraging," declared NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd. "Our organization, in partnership with others, is working hard to create a new culture of safety in law enforcement that no longer accepts deaths and injuries as an unavoidable part of the job. This year's officer fatality report is strong evidence that this intensified effort to promote law enforcement safety is making a difference."
About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,981 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement in America through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, .
CONTACT: Steve Groeninger(202)
SOURCE National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Copyright (C) 2013 PR Newswire. All rights reserved 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

AZ: Valley law enforcement groups tout Blue Alert system

Valley law enforcement groups tout Blue Alert system

PHOENIX - You've heard of an Amber Alert, the call that goes out when a child is missing. Law enforcement groups in Arizona are touting a similar system for officers called a Blue Alert. 

"John was a sergeant with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  He was killed August 31st, 1990," his wife, Jan Blaser-Upchurch said.

Sgt. Blaser was killed by a drunk driver while on duty.

"The loss was tremendous. John and I had just celebrated our third wedding anniversary. He was 36 years old," Jan said.

His name joins dozens of others at the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial. His death inspired Jan to help others. She joined C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors.

The group is teaming up with the Arizona Highway Patrol Association to bring Blue Alerts to our state.

"The information can get out there much quicker," Jan said.

It's a system designed to let people know right away if an officer has been hurt or killed and police are still searching for the suspect, kind of like how an Amber Alert lets us know right away about a missing child.
"As many of us know, communication is very different from agency to agency," Jan said.

The Blue Alert would erase the problems of communication barriers between departments, making it easier to catch the bad guys. It's already being used in 18 states.

"California is one, Utah and Colorado, some of our states right around us," Jan said.
She hopes this year our state lawmakers will give Blue Alert the green light.

Story by Elizabeth Erwin of KPHO-TV, ABC15

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Deputy says goodbye to half-century of law enforcement

Deputy Norman Monroe
Norman Monroe said thanks but no thanks when the Lincoln Police Department called him in the late 1950s and offered a job.
He doesn’t remember why he declined. The farm boy from Farragut, Iowa, had worked a few odd jobs — including a short stint as a prison guard — since moving to Lincoln after four years in the Navy, and when the police department called he was unemployed and had a baby to feed.
He does remember picking the phone up a little later, calling the department back and asking whether he could change his mind.
Last week, Monroe, 79, retired from a career in law enforcement that spanned more than half of a century. This time, he retired from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
One of his first assignments with the police department was to guard 2843 S. 24th St. — the home of C. Lauer Ward and his wife, Clara — after Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate killed the couple, their maid Lillian Fencl and the family dog.
“They (law enforcement) were looking for ‘em. I was guarding the house because they thought they might come back,” Monroe said. “That house looked like somebody had butchered in it.”
He almost quit that day, but stayed on because he needed the job.
Starkweather killed 11 people during a two-month killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming with the help of Fugate, his 14-year-old girlfriend. He died in the electric chair at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on June 25, 1959. Fugate was released after 17 years in prison.
Monroe said he later got to know Starkweather’s mother, Helen. She was a nice person, he said, and worked as a waitress at a café on 12th Street, where Monroe usually stopped on his break.
Back in the 1950s, he said, new officers got most of their training on the job.
“When I first went out on the street with the police department, I didn’t have the foggiest idea what I was supposed to do.”
He spotted Officer Pete Peterson the next street over and asked for help. Peterson, who would later go on to become Lincoln’s first black City Council member and director of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, explained what was expected of him, taught him to be a beat cop.
A couple of years later, Lancaster County Sheriff Merle Karnopp had an opening. Monroe applied and got the job.
The county job was a much better fit for Monroe. He grew up on a farm and liked the quiet, stoic rural lifestyle.
Monroe worked his way up to sergeant and headed the sheriff’s civil division for 17 years in the 1960s and '70s. His coworkers became his family. They supported each other off duty in the same way they did on duty. It seemed about everyone in the office had gone through a divorce and been remarried.
Monroe was working in the civil division when he started seeing Cynthia, his current wife. She worked in the state Capitol recording livestock brands, and he walked by her desk every day.
Cynthia spent weeks breaking through the sober, quiet persona he presented to the world, she said. It took her almost a month to get a “hello” out of him.
A couple of years later, he asked her out for coffee. She said yes, “but that’s all you’re getting,” she recalls with a laugh.
They got serious and Cynthia told Monroe she already had a diamond from her last marriage. She didn’t need another. What she needed was a toaster.
So when Monroe popped the question at the East Hills Country Club in front of their friends from the sheriff’s office, he gave her a ring with a little toaster on it instead of a diamond.
“Boy did I get jawed for that,” he said, remembering the hard time his staff gave him after the dinner.
They married in 1978. As the wife of a deputy, Cynthia went through her own trials, the toughest in March 1987.
Monroe was bow hunting with a friend when she got a call: A deputy had been shot and killed. No other information was being released.
Cynthia paced the floors for hours not knowing whether her husband was dead. He still grimaces when remembering the emotional hurricane he returned home to that day.
They found out later that Deputy Craig Dodge was killed responding to a domestic abuse situation in Hickman. Authorities believe Dodge heard the cries of Terry Reynolds’ wife and went into the apartment without waiting for backup.
“Any one of us (deputies) probably would have done the same thing,” Monroe said.
Reynolds was later sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.
After the shooting, Monroe said, some of the younger wives pushed to be allowed to ride along with their husbands as they patrolled the county. It didn’t happen.
He retired for the first time in 1996. But when city and county officials opened up the Hall of Justice in 1999, he signed up as a security guard. He enjoyed the work, liked the people, and the extra cash came in handy after the dot-com bubble burst and wiped out his savings.
He saw people try to bring all sorts of banned things into the courthouse — marijuana pipes, knives, a cane with a sword hidden inside and a pet guinea pig.
In February, Monroe said he planned to work “until I get too old for the job.”
With his wife's encouragement, he finally decided it was time. He served under seven sheriffs, including John Packett, who was sworn in on Feb. 1, 1994, and resigned the next day.
Looking back, Monroe says he's glad he decided to pick the phone up 55 years ago and ask whether he could still have the job.