Women are effective police officers

A couple of days ago I found this interesting article on the subject of women police officers and the national concern about police use of force.  As you might guess, I was pretty interested in what it had to say. I also gave a report on the police department to the members of the city […]

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Arrested Person Calls to Thank Us After Home Raid

This is an interesting job.  Some surprising things happen sometimes.  This morning we got an email from Police Service Officer Raquel Reyes: I received a phone call from XXXX at approximately 1230 hours on 8/28/15. He wanted to express his appreciation & thanks towards the multiple officers that came out to his residence (XXXX Commonwealth) on […]

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Barricaded Subject Last Night

Last night, in one of our neighborhoods in the south end of the city we received a call of a subject barricaded in a home with a machete threatening suicide.  He also threatened any officer who tried to come into his room.  He is a young adult with a history of mental health issues who […]

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The Challenges of Dealing With the Mentally Ill

One of the bigger challenges we have is dealing with the mentally ill.  It has become a commonplace call for our officers.  People in a mental health crisis are often combative, frightened and can be frightening. Yesterday I was reviewing incidents of force use as we do here to look for policy compliance, need for training […]

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What We Can Learn From the Police That Pioneered Body Cameras – Governing Magazine

Among police and their communities across the country there is an important conversation occurring about police worn body cameras.  Should we or shouldn’t we?  There are many aspects to be considered on this important and expensive topic.  We have already had discussion with our city council to educate them on the issues that surround any […]

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Are Police Body Cameras the Answer? Or a New Problem?

If you are a person who believes that body cameras for police are the answer to improved police conduct, consider this:  what are we going to do with all of this video?  We have to store it and we have to release it under the Freedom of Information laws, subject to exceptions in that law […]

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Chinese Businessmen Visit AHPD and Shoot Guns on Our Range

We had a really great experience today.  A group of 18 Chinese businessmen visited our department and shot guns on our range.  Our Economic Development Director (now retired) Laurie Renaud, asked me about this when the visit was being planned way back in the spring.  I was a little concerned because I didn’t want to […]

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Mall Exercise Last Night

We had an EXCELLENT training event last night at Great Lakes Crossings Mall.  It was a full-scale event involving people who played roles as the bad guys AKA active shooters, press people, wounded victims.  Most of us, including me, played our own roles–what we would do in the event of an incident like this.  FBI […]

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How Much Military Equipment Does AHPD Have?

Virtually none is the answer.  We have about 7 ceremonial rifles used by our Honor Guard.  That’s it.  We’ve seen these programs come and go over the years based on what is happening with the military and what war they are or are not engaged in. We have not seen a lot of usefulness for us […]

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