When a minor child is responsible for someone else’s property damage or personal injury, the juvenile justice system takes a different approach to liability than in cases involving adults. Often, the courts assign liability to the child’s parents. Many parents don’t realize that the courts can hold them legally responsible for the actions and behavior of their minor child. Almost every state has enacted a version of parental responsibility laws. Texas is no exception. Continue reading
Vandalism is a bigger problem than you may think. Have you ever seen graffiti-covered walls, torn pages in library books, scribbling on fences, or spray painted garbage cans? All of these things count as vandalism. Vandalism is the willful destruction of property that is not your own. A community that has signs of vandalism gives criminals the impression that residents don’t care about their neighborhood, and a neighborhood that doesn’t care is an easy target for crime. To repeat—a neighborhood that doesn’t care attracts criminal activity. Don’t let this happen to your neighborhood—take a stand against vandalism. Continue reading
with Rich Emberlin
True leadership isn’t a self-assessment; it’s a position that is measured by your peers and earned by the troops that trust and respect you enough to follow you into the field
This article concludes the 10-part Lessons in Leadership series by Rich Emberlin. Click here to access all of Rich’s leadership lessons.
Policing has historically been a job; today it is recognized as a genuine profession. Today’s police force is comprised of highly trained, exceptionally smart individuals who possess specialized knowledge and skills. Whether it’s a police chief overseeing a department or a patrol officer responding to 9-1-1 calls, law enforcement leaders exist in all ranks of our profession.
Lessons in Leadership is a 10-part series covering the most important principles I learned during my nearly 30-year career with the Dallas Police Department. From explosive confrontations to quiet defining moments, there’s no shortage of wisdom to be earned in one of the world’s most dangerous professions. Continue reading
by Doug Wyllie – Also by this author
The estimated number of violent crimes in the United States decreased 0.2% in 2017 compared to 2016, according to FBI data released on Monday.
Property crimes reportedly dropped 3.0%, according to the FBI.
“The 2017 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 382.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the estimated rate of property crime was 2,362.2 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants,” the FBI said in a statement. Continue reading
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the COPS Office would like to highlight some resources available for addressing domestic violence:
- “A Difference Response to Intimate Partner Violence” (article). In this article, Chief Marty Sumner of the High Point Police Department in North Carolina describes how his agency is tackling intimate partner violence using the focused deterrence approach.
- “Domestic Violence Focused Deterrence” (podcast). In this podcast, Captain Ellenberger of the major crime deterrent and prevention section at High Point Police Department discusses the High Point Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative Strategy. Read More
August 7, 2018
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
With the summer travel season in high gear, the FTC is warning drivers about skimming scams at the pump.
Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to payment terminals. These card readers grab data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe without your knowledge. Criminals sell the stolen data or use it to buy things online. You won’t know your information has been stolen until you get your statement or an overdraft notice.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid a skimmer when you gas up:
• Make sure the gas pump panel is closed and doesn’t show signs of tampering. Many stations now put security seals over the cabinet panel. If the pump panel is opened, the label will read “void.” Continue reading
May 31, 2018
Assistant Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC
Has someone asked you to go get a gift card to pay for something? Lots of people have told us they’ve been asked to pay with gift cards – by a caller claiming to be with the IRS, or tech support, or a so-called family member in need. If you’ve gotten a call like this, you know that the caller will then demand the gift card numbers and PIN. And, poof, your money is gone.
Scammers are good at convincing people there really is an emergency, so lots of people have made the trip to the Walmart or Target or CVS to buy gift cards to send these callers. And scammers love gift cards – it’s one of their favorite ways to get your money. These cards are like giving cash – and nearly untraceable, unless you act almost immediately.
So here’s the most important thing for you to know: anyone who demands payment by gift card is always, always, always a scammer. Try this gift card buying exercise out at home – especially when anyone asks you to pay with a gift card:
Q: Should I buy an iTunes, Google Play, Steam, Kroger, Walgreens, BestBuy, Amazon, CVS, Rite Aid or ANY OTHER gift card for someone who demands payment? For any reason?
Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. If you’ve bought a gift card and lost money to someone who might be a scammer, tell the company who issued the card. (The contact info might be on the card, but might require some research) Call or email iTunes or Amazon or whoever it was. Tell them their card was used in a scam. If you act quickly enough, they might be able to get your money back. But – either way – it’s important that they know what happened to you. And then please tell the FTC about your loss. Your report helps us try to shut the scammers down.
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Why police departments need military surplus equipment
Passion for the Job with Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.
If criticism of the 1033 program rises again, LE agencies need to be ready to educate their communities about why cops need military surplus equipment
A recent report in Newsweek showed that law enforcement agencies have acquired six billion dollars of military surplus equipment over the past 18 years. The article, titled “Militarization of Police,” points out the majority of products fall in the “uncontrolled” category. The article also states that some police agencies have been expelled from the program. Continue reading.
More Than A Cop with Althea Olson and Mike Wasilewski
Millennials demand to feel what they do for a living adds value to the world – harnessing that passion can only benefit police departments
Soon after we began writing for law enforcement, we developed a training program called “Police Morale for Supervisors: It IS Your Problem!” The intended audience was line supervisors and administrators ill-equipped to address widespread challenges caused by low morale. For the most part, audiences were receptive and open to new ideas until we came to the section on working with millennials, when the mood could turn a little hostile. Continue reading