From the Editors
Last month the COPS Office hosted the 2012 conference on the Evolution of Public Safety in America. The 2-day event featured dozens of interesting sessions and captivating keynote speakers. Videos of the keynote presentations will be posted on the COPS Office website later this year and many of the session presenters will be featured in upcoming podcasts from The Beat. And this month the Dispatch staff writers bring you recaps of some of their favorite sessions.
The audible cringe from the audience was understandable, as they watched the suspect in the video wave a gun within 5 feet of the officer who had pulled him over. Fortunately, the officer ultimately succeeded in talking him down from harming himself or others at the scene. After viewing the video, the attendees of the workshop Keeping Officers Safe through Collaborative Responses to Veterans in Crisis, commented on what the officer, whose actions were recorded in real-time by an in-car camera, did right and what she might have done better to secure her safety and those of her partners when responding to a call involving a military veteran in crisis. Read More
As attendees made their way into this session, three officers in uniform cheerfully greeted each new arrival, thanking them for coming and asking how they were doing. Read More
2012 COPS Conference Recap: Need a Way to Increase Police Efficiency and Enhance Officer Safety with a Limited Budget? There’s an App for That!
This year’s COPS conference focused on The Evolution of Public Safety in America. Many agencies and jurisdictions around the country are facing new challenges caused by shrinking budgets. Read More...
Have you ever gone for a ride on a Tweet-Along? Every 2 weeks, the Arlington (TX) Police Department (APD) invites its more than 3,000 Twitter followers on a virtual ride-along, giving them a glimpse into police work in real-time. Read More
Clandestine methamphetamine (meth) laboratories are an increasing problem in the United States. In an interview, Thomas N. Farmer reported that in 2010, when the United States had 11,804 meth incidents, Tennessee (TN) had 2,082 lab seizures. Read More
Celebrate Safe Communities is brought to you by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed in 2008 in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country. Read More
That these laws were—or still may be—real?
- Rhode Island: It's illegal to throw pickle juice on a trolley.
- South Carolina: Musical instruments may not be sold on Sundays.
- South Dakota: It's illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory.
Tennessee: It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
- Texas: You can't go bare foot without getting a special $5 permit.
- Utah: Birds have the right of way on highways.
- Vermont: Whistling underwater is illegal.
- Virginia: No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.
- Washington: It is illegal to attach a vending machine to a utility pole without prior consent from the utility company.
- West Virginia: It is illegal to snooze on a train.
Wisconsin: It is illegal to kiss on a train.
- Wyoming: Using a firearm to fish is strictly forbidden.