Why ‘bath salts’ are dangerous

On Saturday night in Miami, a naked “zombie-like” man attacked another man, biting off parts of his face. The attack was halted only when police shot and killed the attacker, identified as 31-year old Rudy Eugene.

What would make someone attack another man like an animal? Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, suspects that the attacker was under the influence of  drugs known as “bath salts.”

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What is Spice?

What Is Spice and Why Do People Call It the Zombie Drug?

A new drug has taken hold on streets across Europe and North America. Tribes of strangers are staggering around, looking lost and mumbling to passersby before passing out whenever their legs and minds can take no more. The drug is most widely known as “spice,” and newspapers — particularly right-wing tabloid newspapers — are having a field day.                Follow this  LINK to get more information.

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American Society of Crime Lab Directors warns of unprecedented drug threat

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors has issued an urgent public alert regarding the dangers posed by drugs circulating in America’s neighborhoods as a result of the current opioid crisis.

This alert is intended to help the public recognize and avoid suspicious materials when they are nearby.

“The threat is unprecedented,” said ASCLD President Ray Wickenheiser. “Some of the clandestine substances being sold or made accessible have formulations that are so toxic that it’s better to consider them poison.

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Unintended consequences of technology in policing

By Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, Faculty Member, Criminal Justice at American Military University

Technological advancements have caused major changes in policing in the past several decades. Compared to past generations, officers today are surrounded by technology that is intended to increase productivity, officer safety, and agency efficiency.

Communication, for example, has been dramatically improved. The days of communicating with dispatch only through the traditional police radio or tracking down a pay phone to call the station are long gone. Today, officers have cell phones and are responsible for monitoring communications through advanced police radios that can scan many channels or districts at one time. Police vehicles are also equipped with advanced computer-aided dispatch systems. These dispatch systems improve how quickly officers respond to calls for service, assist in the collection of investigative data, and clear calls without radio communication.  Read more.

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Improving Police Response Time Doesn’t Reduce Crime, So Why is it Still Important?

May 11, 2016

By Dr. Chuck Russo, Program Director of Criminal Justice at American Military University

In the summer of 2015, the New York Police Department (NYPD) launched an initiative to distribute smartphones to its officers with the intention, among many things, of improving response time of calls for service. In April, the NYPD said it reduced response times to crimes in progress by one minute, thanks to this smartphone initiative.

As early as the 1900s, improving response time and the efficiency of policy deployment have been top priorities of law enforcement administrators throughout the United States. Starting with entire departments on bicycles in 1905, followed by fully motorized patrol forces in 1910 (Wrobleski & Hess, 2000), agency administrators have been attempting to improve delivery of service to their communities.

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Sessions relaunches Bush era crime-fighting plan

By SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

Oct. 5, 2017 3:47 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes. Read More

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A SEAL’s Guide to Surviving an Active Shooter Situation

by Cade Courtley

Ten minutes and 30 seconds.

That’s the national average time it takes a police officer to show up at the scene after a high-priority 911 call is received.

In many larger cities, including Los Angeles and New York, there are full-time officers assigned to SWAT operations. Yet statistically, their response time is approximately 20–30 minutes before they can get to the scene.

Smaller municipalities often have officers who are regularly assigned to other departments, although they are trained for “active shooter” incidents. It can take up to 45 minutes or longer for these units to respond.

Nearly 99% of the time, these critical situations are handled by regular patrol officers before SWAT ever gets there.

This is why it is your response time and what you do that really count. Continue reading

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