Former police officer weighs in on delayed law enforcement response in Uvalde school shooting
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plans to curb Chicago summer violence includes focus on 15 high-violence beats
Facing pressure to reduce skyrocketing Chicago violence, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday said her administration will focus this summer on 15 police beats that she said account for a major chunk of the city’s street crime. Police will work in these areas but the city also will team up with community groups, libraries, and other providers to mentor young people as part of Lightfoot’s summer strategy, mirroring her administration’s previous approach to Chicago violence. The beats are largely concentrated on the South and West Sides, ranging from Austin, North Lawndale and West Humboldt Park to South Chicago, Roseland and Auburn Gresham.chicagotribune.com
Virginia law enforcement training in Lynchburg teaches new philosophy for interviewing suspects
Law enforcement from across the Commonwealth were in Lynchburg to learn a new philosophy from Justice 3D Consulting. Mark Mackizer, co-owner and retired FBI special agent, said the training goes against traditional modules of interviewing suspects.
Middle school resource officer named Salem’s 2020 Officer of the Year
SALEM, Va. – If you’re walking the halls of Andrew Lewis Middle School, you’ll find a friendly face: Officer David Goodman. He’s been a school resource officer there for the past three years, following in his dad’s footsteps who also worked for the Salem Police Department. But Goodman’s making a name for himself as Salem’s 2020 Officer of the Year. Principal Jamie Garst said Goodman redefines what school resource officers should be. “We can teach them to be good officers, we can’t teach them to be good people,” said Crawley.
Ford City Mall shopper shot, seriously injured during ‘alarming, but isolated’ incident, officials say
Local law enforcement cleared the mall to resume business, though some retailers decided to close for the remainder of the day, and have certified that there is no present or immediate danger to the public, the statement said.chicagotribune.com
Bedford County Sheriff’s Office approved to apply for new body cameras
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is taking another step in protecting the community and its deputies. It can now apply for a grant to purchase 15 new body cameras, after getting approval from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office currently has about 70 cameras, but this will replace those that are worn out and take months to repair. The technology is used whenever a deputy is out of a patrol car and helps assure transparency. The $10,000 grant also requires a 50% match from the Sheriff’s Office.
Amherst leaders urge lawmakers to protect qualified immunity for law enforcement
AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – Amherst County leaders are urging Virginia lawmakers to protect qualified immunity for law enforcement. The Board of Supervisors issued a letter to express opposition against House bill 2045, which would make officers personally liable for any damages and fees. Dean Rodgers, the county’s administrator, says the existing law already promotes accountability, allowing prosecutions and civil lawsuits to move forward. “If you’re outside the scope of your employment; if you’re doing something that you weren’t taught, trained, advised, managed to do, then you’re on your own,” said Rodgers. Rodgers says the bill would also force localities to pay higher insurance costs and make it harder for them to recruit law enforcement.
Pulaski County deputy killed in Route 11 crash laid to rest
PULASKI, Va. – The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office mourned one of their own on Sunday. Sergeant Perry Hodge, a well-known school resource officer in Pulaski County, was killed early Thursday when his truck was hit head-on while driving on Route 11 near Dublin. Deputies paid tribute to Hodge with a group ride from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office to the funeral. Pulaski-based motorcycle club Faith Ryders stopped to pray at the Route 11 memorial before the funeral. Pulaski County Sheriff's OfficeCharges are pending against the other driver, 26-year-old Michael Morris of Pulaski.
Vinton hires familiar faces as new town manager, police chief
The town hired familiar faces to replace the outgoing town manager and police chief. Assistant town manager Pete Peters takes over as Vinton’s town manager, and deputy police chief Fabricio Drumond is now the town’s head of law enforcement. Peters had been assistant town manager for five years. He had served as interim town manager since his predecessor, Barry Thompson, announced his retirement. He replaces former police chief Thomas Foster, who became the United States Marshal for the Western District of Virginia.
Roanoke County leaders consider raising officer pay after losing nearly 20% of department this year
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Roanoke County leaders are springing into action as the police department deals with record shortages. “26 is darn close to 20% of our workforce out in a year and you know we still have another five weeks left of the year,” Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall said. When it comes to starting pay, Roanoke County isn’t far off from others in our area, at $39,221. The table below shows how Roanoke County compares to some other localities in the region:Locality Starting Officer Salary Radford $42,555 Montgomery County $40,800 Lynchburg $40,019 Roanoke County $39,221 Roanoke City $38,639.75 Danville $36,812 Franklin County About $36,000 Bedford County $34,641It’s the pay beyond that starting salary holding Roanoke County leaders back. Hall said they should have a proposal for a new pay scale soon.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office recognizes members for service
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. – Family, friends and Campbell County law enforcement officials gathered at Rustburg High School Friday to recognize 40 people who, according to Sheriff Whit Clark, have gone out of their way for the community. “Every single day they come to work to serve the citizens of Campbell County. One of them was Deputy Brian Davis, who retired from the department after seven years. Davis started in Campbell County elementary schools following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. He said after that mass shooting, protecting the lives of thousands of Campbell County students meant even more to him.
Police, race and inequality experts share mixed reactions about Virginia police reform bill
A new law would limit what offenses police officers could pull people over for. Law enforcement agencies and race and inequality experts have mixed reactions. The bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly stops law enforcement officers from stopping or searching anyone solely based upon the odor of marijuana. Law enforcement has no interest in doing something like that," said Ramsey. The governor has to sign the bill by Wednesday night or he can recommend changes and send it back to the General Assembly.
Cops and community gather for ‘National Night Out’
The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. The department participated in “National Night Out,” an annual event focused on strengthening the bond between law enforcement and the community. Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema stressed the department’s connection with the community following violent demonstrations earlier this year. “If we’ve heard anything as a part of this movement, it’s that we’re going to continue to listen to our residents. We got a lot of really good feedback from folks in our community, and I think that’s an ongoing process" said Zuidema.
FBI warns U.S. law enforcement to be vigilant
FBI warns U.S. law enforcement to be vigilant Following the two hostage crises in France, the FBI is warning American law enforcement to be alert. U.S. officials are studying the attack in France, as it has every terrorist strike since 9/11. Jeff Pegues reports.cbsnews.com