Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The first new episode is called, 'The Making of a K9 Officer,' and I have no idea what K9 unit they're following this time around.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I smell a book in the offing.....
An ex-cop-turned-model has come out in open to reveal the sex secrets of police officers in the UK.
Maxine Barham has revealed how the officers in Blue uniform made out with fellow cops whenever they found a chance.
“No one cares because everyone is at it, in patrol cars, at the station. I did it with one senior PC in a police van on duty. Boy were we rocking it,” the News of the World quoted Maxine as saying.
The 26-year-old has revealed that she had her first glimpse of the trend soon after she joined the police force, and caught sight of four cops going all over in her hotel room.
“I was sharing with two girls and when I came back to the room they were at it with PCs on the beds. They told me to stay and watch,” she said.
And it wasn’t long before she was at it too.
“My PC would make sure we were on night shift together. We’d drive the van into a park climb into the back and do it. It made the shift go faster,” she said.
She also claimed that many times detectives used cases as an opportunity to have sex.
Maxine said: “DC’s are notorious for it. Gathering statements can take a few days and several meets with the witness. They would build up banter, go to their houses and seal the deal in more ways than one.”
She also said that many patrol car PCs would look for drunken girls at weekends to give them a lift home.
“They would chat them up and s**g them,” she said. (ANI)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
BUT both episodes of COPS are brand new tonight, so ONLY YOU can decide if the tv is a 'nonessential light'.
I've already made up my mind.
The Earth has hung on this long, it can wait a half hour for me;)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Ok, COPS lovers, do you recognize the officer in this ss? A reader wants to know who it is. I thought it was Officer Aaron Williams of ChattaNOOOga, but after checking out his picture, the person thinks it might not be him. She said the officer has short blonde hair.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Scott Caan will lead the cast of Fox's Brett Ratner-directed comedy pilot "Cop House," Michelle Trachtenberg will co-star on NBC's drama pilot "Mercy," and Josh Charles has joined CBS' drama pilot "The Good Wife."
On "House," set at a halfway house for troubled cops, Paradigm-repped Caan will play a champion marksman who suffered a nervous breakdown after his wife left him for his sister.
Also cast in the pilot is Curtiss I'Cook as an intense cop prone to random, violent outbursts.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Phoenix Police officer Fabian Gonzalez sits in the F-16 cockpit as he is briefed by Lt.Col. Derek Routt before his honorary flight as part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds' Hometown Hero Program.
The Air Demonstration Squadron arrived early to prepare for this weekend's Thunder in the Desert air show at Luke Air Force Base. On each visit, the Thunderbirds honor a local hero through their Hometown Hero program.
Gonzalez, who was working off-duty, was chosen for subduing a man who was holding a Westgate City Center security guard at gunpoint. The Phoenix Police Department has also recommended him for the Medal of Valor.
Gonzalez said he learned he was chosen to fly with a Thunderbird pilot about a month ago and was excited to inspect the fighter jets he's seen so many times at air shows.
"I can't wait to sit in the bird," he said. "I would have been fine if I were to just sit inside, take a picture and meet the pilots, but this is so much more than I ever expected."
Gonzalez had to go through four hours of training and briefing before he could step into the F-16. Thunderbird pilots and crew took him through everything he needed to know.
The team also had him fit into a G-suit, which helps withstand high G-forces, and he was taught how to breathe and prepare his body for the effects of high-speed flight.
Lt. Col. Derek Routte, operations officer for the Thunderbirds, gave Gonzalez his one-hour flight.
He said he would be performing barrel rolls, loops and a variety of other maneuvers to give Gonzalez a taste of what it's like to be a fighter pilot.
"This flight is for you, and we honor your service just like any other officer," Routte told the policeman.
Major Charla Quayle, a flight surgeon for the Thunderbirds, said this is a way for the team to reach out to the community and show appreciation to local heroes.
"We want to thank him for his service and give him an experience he will always remember," Quayle said.
Gonzalez said he was in the Army for four years, so some of the procedures were somewhat familiar to him.
"I'm excited and nervous, but it feels great to finally be here," he said before takeof
When it comes to doing her duty, the newest and junior-most member of the Foxborough Police Department truly knows what it is to work like a dog.
That’s because she is a dog.
Jada, a nearly 2-year-old Labrador-beagle mix, recently joined the town’s police force and has already earned the chief’s praise for a job well done.
Her exclusive assignment: Drug busts.
"Just this past weekend she helped with two arrests dealing with heroin," Police Chief Edward O’Leary said Monday.
Perhaps nobody could be more proud of Jada than her owner and trainer, Officer John Chamberlain, who keeps the lively pup with him 24-7.
"She’s found crack and heroin in Foxborough, and marijuana, she’s done about a half dozen school searches, and (at a bust in Ashland) she alerted them to a couple thousand dollars in currency," Chamberlain said. "A lot of people give it all up (if they have drugs) right away when she arrives on scene."
Jada, who is rewarded with a handful of food every time she performs her duty, is an enthusiastic and efficient worker.
On a recent afternoon, Chamberlain lead Jada into a garage at the Foxborough Police Department and showed her a car where he had hidden some drugs. The small black, 35-pound dog circled the vehicle excitedly, sniffing all the way until stopping by the front, driver’s side wheel and poking her nose up into the wheel housing, alternately pawing at the tire and pressing her nose to the scent that had caught her attention.
Reaching up under the car, Chamberlain pulled out a small package of cocaine, then produced a handful of high calorie Eukanuba from a pouch on his belt and fed it to Jada.
The process was repeated inside the car, where Jada located a bag of marijuana cleverly hidden behind a panel under the passenger side front seat.
"She found that in about 20 seconds," said Chamberlain with a smile for the dog as Jada quickly lapped up the reward from his palm.
In all, the K-9 located two grams of cocaine and three grams of marijuana in less than five minutes.
"It would have taken hours for officers to look through everything in the car," said Chamberlain. "Put her in, and she finds it right away."
Chamberlain, who has been with the Foxborough department for nine years, last year asked O’Leary about reinstituting the department’s K-9 program. The department previously had a dog who was more focused on patrols and tracking suspects and who retired in 2001.
"I thought it would be good (to have a drug dog) because we’ve had numerous arrests for crack and other drugs in the town," said Chamberlain.
O’Leary agreed it was a good idea and gave Chamberlain the green light.
"It certainly has added to our capacity to deal with drug-related crimes," the chief said. "I felt it was something that we should try. And now very often when (a suspect) sees the dog, voluntarily they turn over their drugs."
Jada is actually a rescued dog, and is among about 20 rescued canines — and about 70 dogs in total — at work with police departments around the state, Chamberlain said.
"She was rescued from Brockton when she was about 6 months old," he said. "She was on her own, eating out of trash cans and was put into one of the shelters in Brockton."
Chamberlain and Jada train together in a program offered by the Barnstable Sherriff’s office. The lead trainer, Chamberlain explained, often visits shelters to look for prospective K-9 officers, judging them for temperament, character and physical health. And that’s how Jada came to the trainer’s attention.
"He determined Jada would be perfect for finding drugs," Chamberlain said. "And her small size is good for searching cars." Unlike a larger German shepherd, he said, "she can fit under the dash."
Chamberlain and Jada, who last fall completed an intensive 12-week training program consisting of eight-hour days and 40-hour weeks, continue to attend formal training sessions twice monthly, where Jada works on learning new drug scents — she already knows crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and ecstasy. But Chamberlain said he is constantly training Jada on his own.
It takes about a week now for Jada to learn a new scent. When she first started, it took two to three weeks.
"What you do in uniform is only half of what you do (with a K-9)," Chamberlain said. "You actually have to structure your whole life around the dog. Jada comes home with me, the cruiser comes home with me. We’re on call all the time."
But the Chamberlain household doesn’t mind, he said. His two children and the family’s pet dog love playing with Jada, and Jada enjoys their company as well.
"She likes to play ball, she likes to go for walks, she likes to play with the kids, and she likes to play with the other dog," Chamberlain said. "Everyone gets along."
When on the job, Jada, whose second birthday will be recognized in July, works eight- to 10-hour days. Chamberlain said she has become a highly valued member of the police force.
"We can use the drug dog on any shift and she can be used for education and also prevention. If (a suspect) knows there’s a drug dog in town, it’s a deterrent," he said. "I think it’s definitely something to have."
As the one of the only active K-9 unit in the area, Jada is available for other police departments to call on if necessary … with Chamberlain in tow, of course.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Two policemen walked their beat in the East-European capital. One of them suggested:
“Don’t you think it would be wise if we learned a foreign language?”
Hardly had he finished speaking, when a big American car stopped near them. A man leaned out of the window and asked:
“Do you speak English?”
Both policemen shook their heads in negation.
The man tried again:
“Sprechen Sie Deutsch?”
“Parlez vous Francais?”
To each of the questions, the policemen just looked at him uncomprehendingly. At last the foreigner muttered under his breath: 'Damn!' and drove off.“You see, that man spoke at least five languages and where did it get him?” – asked the second policeman.
When Virginia State Trooper Justin T. Mahalik pulled an unconscious man out of a burning vehicle last spring on Interstate 66 in Fair Oaks, uppermost in his mind was getting himself and the man to safety.
His actions have earned him the title of National 2008 Trooper of the Year. He was feted Friday, March 13, in Alexandria at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference of state and provincial police.
“It was a complete surprise to me to even be nominated for this,” said Mahalik, 28, of Vienna. “To win the region was great, and to then find out I won the award for the whole nation was an honor, and I’m grateful.”
The award’s official name is 2008 IACP/Motorola Trooper of the Year, and Mahalik is the first trooper to achieve such an honor since the Virginia State Police was established 77 years ago. He received his award before an audience of family and friends, plus State Police and Highway Patrol superintendents from around the nation.
In February, he was named the North-Atlantic Region’s Trooper of the Year, one of only four troopers from the U.S. and Canada to earn such recognition. The national winner is then selected from them by a committee of superintendents.
“TO HAVE the IACP present its highest state police honor to Trooper Mahalik for his heroic efforts is of tremendous pride for our department,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent. “Justin is most deserving of this esteemed award, and we are grateful for his full recovery and commitment to return to the road.”
The incident occurred April 30, 2008, around 12:45 a.m., on Interstate 66 west, about a half mile east of Route 50. Mahalik stopped a Toyota pickup truck for a window-tint violation and had the driver sit in the front seat of his marked, 2004 cruiser so he could do the paperwork. The cruiser was on the road’s shoulder with its lights activated when a 2006 SAAB crashed into the back of it.
“The driver came up on my rear radar at 77 mph, and I saw him cross over the solid line onto the shoulder,” said Mahalik. “He struck the cruiser on the left, almost dead-on in the back. It happened within seconds and there was minimal time to react. I tensed up and locked my arms.”
Upon impact, the trooper’s arms hit the steering wheel. “My momentum was forced up into the roof of the car, breaking my neck,” said Mahalik. “The man next to me went forward into the dashboard. The back seat and undercarriage of the car went up in flames immediately — you could feel the heat.”
So Mahalik exited through the driver’s side, made his way around to the passenger side, opened the door and removed the unconscious man. “I pulled him in front of the car,” said Mahalik. “A passerby stopped and I asked him to help me move the man farther away. I knew something was wrong with me because I felt pain in my back and neck. I got about 50 feet away and laid down on the shoulder.”
Another trooper responded within minutes and found the cruiser fully engulfed in flames. “The valiant action Trooper Mahalik took — in spite of his own injuries and how quickly the fire spread — is incredible,” said Capt. Tracy Russillo, Fairfax Division VII commander. “His quick thinking and response ultimately saved his life and the person inside his car.”
Mahalik sustained fractured ribs, a broken neck and minor burns and spent the next four or five days at Inova Fairfax Hospital. “I was in bad shape, about a month,” he said. “But when the neck collar came off, after six weeks, I could go to physical therapy.”
HIS FIANCÉ, whom he married in October 2008, also helped nurse him back to health and, after three months, he was healed completely. The man he rescued refused medical treatment, and the SAAB driver was charged with DUI.
Mahalik was assigned to the State Police’s Fairfax office then, but is now one of two dog-handlers on a special, five-person, counter-terrorism/criminal interdiction unit. He’s been a trooper since 2005, deciding on a law-enforcement career while in college. “I wanted something interesting that allowed me to do different things, so that nothing’s ever the same or routine,” he said.
When he returned to work after the accident, he continued as a patrol officer for a few months, before attending K-9 school for his new position. His close brush with death, he said, made him “that much more observant” of his surroundings. You pay attention to what’s going on; traffic is constantly on your mind.”
But that’s not all. “It changes how you live life,” said Mahalik. “You appreciate friends and loved ones more, the folks who care about you, and you don’t harp on the little things.”