These 19 Acts Of Kindness Prove That Police Officers Are Absolutely Awesome

On a daily basis, police officers protect innocent people and put criminals away.

This is a huge and important job in and of itself, but many of them take the time to make people’s lives easier — like the cops below. Whether they’re helping a person fix a flat tire or buying essential items for the homeless, these officers go above and beyond their duties in these awesome acts of kindness.

1. An officer tied a sick old man’s shoelaces for him.

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2. These kindhearted cops raised money and bought Christmas toys for sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC.

3. These officers rescued a fawn that was trapped in a storm drain.

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4. Nobody from this kid’s class showed up to his birthday party, so state troopers brought a cake, presents, and even police dogs to his house and threw him a party he’ll never forget.

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5. This pig was stuck in a dumpster, but police pulled her out and one of them even adopted her.

6. A Pizza Hut driver got into a car accident, so these policemen delivered the pizza for him.

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7. When this autistic teen’s beloved Halloween lawn decoration was stolen, a thoughtful officer helped him recover it and even bought him another one for Christmas.

8. This guy bought some shoes for a homeless man and gave him one of his shirts.

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10. Officers in Saskatoon, Canada, went out of their way to escort a family of ducks through busy streets and into a safer area.

11. This man bought a little boy some food as a final act of kindness before getting killed in the line of duty.

12. This woman bought a homeless man some breakfast and kept him company.

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13. An off-duty officer risked his life to pull a man out of a burning car.

14. This officer helped a guy change his tire on a freeway.

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15. These officers came to school with this little boy to show him that he wasn’t alone. He had just lost his dad, who worked alongside them.

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16. Not only did this officer buy some coffee for the homeless man in the background, but he also brought him shoes and art supplies because he likes to draw.

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17. This cop helped an elderly woman cross the street to get to a 7-Eleven and then drove her back home when she was done.

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18. This adorable little boy saved his allowance for months to buy lunch for this police department, so they returned the favor by presenting him with his own cruiser.

19. These police bought with their own money groceries

Okay, the next time I see a police officer, I’m definitely going to have to give them a big high five for all the awesome work they do.

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Henry Sapiecha

Police in South Australia adopting facial-recognition technology

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The South Australian government has awarded NEC Australia with a AU$780,000 contract to implement facial-recognition technology as of late October for the state’s police force in an effort to make it easier to identify persons of interest and missing persons.

The facial-recognition technology allows police to compare images of suspects from such sources as closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage against offender databases. In future, the technology has the capacity to instantly identify people on real-time CCTV footage, but this feature won’t be used on launch.

According to Police Minister Peter Malinauskas, the technology will be rolled out by late October as part of a state government push to reduce crime by boosting police numbers and resources.

“Our police budget is at the highest level in history, with more front-line police soon to be on the beat than ever before,” Malinauskas said on Monday.

“The world we live in is changing, and with that comes a need to change the way we police.”

The South Australian government’s decision to deploy facial identification follows the Northern Territory’s implementation of the technology in September last year.

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The success of the technology in the Northern Territory, which was also implemented by NEC Australia, influenced South Australia to adopt it, South Australia Police Superintendent Scott Allison said.

“They’ve had extraordinary results from CCTV images that they’ve captured, through to enhanced investigations, even historical investigations,” Allison said.

Northern Territory Police partnered with NEC Australia almost a year ago to implement facial-recognition technology, deploying NEC’s NeoFace Reveal solution following a trial of the tech in early 2015. The technology allows NT Police to search through its database of photos, CCTV footage, and videos taken from phones, drones, and body-worn cameras to compare to the police database of photos.

In April this year, NEC Australia also secured a AU$52 million contract with Australian law-enforcement technology agency CrimTrac to replace the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) in 2017.

The system will involve not only fingerprints, but also palm prints and facial recognition.

“The Biometric Identification System (BIS) will not only integrate with existing law-enforcement systems, but advance as our nation’s biometric capability advances,” Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism Michael Keenan said in a statement at the time.

“This is vital in the current national security landscape, because it is essential to have robust and efficient cross-border information sharing to support the law enforcement agencies that protect our communities.

“It’s also vital our authorities are one step ahead of the sophistication of organised criminal syndicates who are adopting new and advanced technologies to exploit Australians and increase the misery they peddle.”

The Australian government had allocated AU$700,000 to CrimTrac as part of its 2015 Budget for the development of the facial recognition system.

The federal government also announced last year that it would spend AU$18.5 million to establish the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability for image-sharing purposes by government and law-enforcement agencies, which was expected to be up and running by mid-2016.

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Henry Sapiecha

M1 chaos as truck rolls on to police car on Gold Coast’s M1 motorway Qld Australia

A TRAPPED police officer had to be cut from his wrecked car after a terrible smash with a truck on the M1 this morning.

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The M1 is in gridlock after a truck reportedly rolled on to the police car in the southbound lanes just after 11am.

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It is understood two police officers were sitting in the car parked by the side of the M1 when the truck veered out of its lane, clipping the police car on the side and crushing the police car on to the side barrier.

The collision caused the truck to tip on to its side. It then slid 70m down the road.

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The M1 is in chaos after a bad truck and car crash. Photo: Ali Marks

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police-car-crash-gold-coast-qld-australia image www.policesearch (4)A witness reported seeing an officer freed from his vehicle by emergency service personnel using the ‘jaws of life’.

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Traffic is rapidly building and is banked up several kilometres back to the Oxenford exit.

Traffic in the northern lanes is also slowing with reports it has banked up back to Gaven.

There are no details on any injuries from the smash.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Henry Sapiecha

 

LAPD Is Testing Tesla Model S P85D Police Cars

The LAPD is eyeing Tesla’s fastest, most powerful Model S as a potential pursuit vehicle. Extension cord not included.

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The LAPD has apparently been impressed enough with the Tesla Model S that it’s considering using them as police cars. The police department has been testing two high-performance P85D sedans for more than a year.

Speaking with CNBC, LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan said:

Tesla definitely stepped up and gave us the Model S to do some evaluation with them. To assess the vehicle’s performance in our environment and to learn what are the drawbacks and positives of this type of vehicle in our fleet operation. Not only on the regular transportation side, but also the future in the high-pursuit-rated vehicle arena.

Partly due to its high price, the Model S won’t see official duty for a while, but the LAPD already sees its potential in the long run.

“Is it practical now? No,” said Yegiyan. But in “the next three to five years . . . not only will the industry push toward electrification, but prices will drop on vehicles. While that’s occurring we’ll be in the space learning and contributing to the process.”

With the price of a Model S P85D pushing $100,000, it’s understandable that police departments would want to hold off on adding them to their fleets. Even loaded with all the necessary police equipment, an Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor still costs less than half that price.

But when it becomes reasonable to begin using electric police cars, the LAPD wants to be ready. It’s is also testing a BMW i3, and police officers are already using several electric motorcycles and scooters around the city.

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“In California, there’s pressure from above and there’s also a desire on the part of the (electric vehicle) manufacturers to get their vehicles out there,” Tom Libby, an analyst at IHS Automotive, told CNBC.

But don’t expect conventional automakers like Ford and Dodge to let Tesla move in on law enforcement fleet sales without a fight. “We are a leader in law enforcement, and we intend to remain the leader,” Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance fleet supervisor, told CNBC.

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POLICE CHARGE NAKED WOMAN WITH DRINK DRIVING OFFENSE IN AUSTRALIA

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A CASINO woman was completely naked and told police she’d had 10 schooners of beer, two cans of beer and a whole bottle of wine when she was pulled over while driving along Johnston St in Casino earlier this year.

Just after midnight on February 20, police patrolling the Casino CBD noticed a Holden Commodore sedan driving extremely slowly, without its headlights on.

Cynthia Fay Dickson was stopped by police when she turned into Walker St.

When an officer approached Dickson’s Commodore, he noticed she was completely naked and affected by alcohol, police facts stated.

“The accused did not have one stitch of clothing on or any footwear, her speech was slurred and difficult to understand, her eyes were glassy/bloodshot and the vehicle reeked of alcohol,” police facts tendered yesterday before Casino Local Court stated.

Dickson then underwent a roadside breath test, which returned a positive high-range reading.

She was arrested and given a blanket to cover herself, while she was taken to Casino police station for a second breath test.

In an interview with police, Dickson said she had 10 schooners of XXXX beer at a Casino pub, before going home and having two cans of XXXX beer and a full bottle of wine.

Officers were told this occurred between 5.30pm and 11.25pm the evening before, and she hadn’t eaten during that time.

Despite being clearly affected by alcohol, police facts said Dickson was open about why she was naked: “When questioned about her naked state, the accused was rather calm and collected, indicating to police she simply decided to go for a drive to Lismore.”

At Casino police station, Dickson registered a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.135.

When she was told about the result of the breath test Dickson had more words with police.

“That’s bad, I am fu**ed,” police facts stated.

“Who cares, you just learn not to do it again.”

When Dickson appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern at Casino Local Court yesterday, she pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving.

She told the court she had completed the Traffic Offenders Program, which was an “eye opener” for her into what could have been a tragedy the night she was arrested.

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Ford Mustang loses its police stripes after overheating within minutes of a simulated pursuit in Australia

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THE Ford Mustang may be in hot demand but it won’t be in hot pursuit.

The iconic US muscle car has lost its police stripes after failing a critical test at the final hurdle before it could become a highway patrol vehicle.

NSW Police are now likely to be driving Volvo sedans and wagons, after their highway patrol counterparts in Queensland took delivery of five Swedish cars last month as part of a trial.

News Corp Australia has been told the Ford Mustang passed a brake test in the simulated pursuit at the police driving academy in Goulburn, however the automatic transmission overheated after just two laps, or about three minutes of driving.

The Mustang was then taken to the local Ford dealership in Goulburn for repairs after the performance flagship went into “limp home mode”.

While Ford is now holding a record 6000 orders in Australia for the Mustang — pushing the waiting list to 18 months — none will join NSW Police ranks after failing the endurance test, which is conducted for safety reasons before a car can be put into police service.

The future of the Ford Mustang bought by NSW Police for the trial is unclear. It may be used as a show pony at road safety displays, or could be stripped of its livery and sold.

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The Ford Mustang was one of a number of vehicles police are considering to replace Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon pursuit cars, once they go out of production.

The Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon have been a staple of highway patrol fleets across Australia for decades, with more than 1000 in use nationally.

The Mustang’s police test failure means Ford will miss out on a large slice of the market it has previously dominated.

While cars like the Toyota Camry will replace general duties police sedans, finding suitable highway patrol vehicles is more difficult because the Falcon and Commodore have a lot of performance for the price.

Once the Ford production line closes in October 2016 and the Holden production line closes in late 2017, police will be forced to drive imported cars.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told News Corp Australia the Mustang “was not specially engineered for police use” and described the test as “extreme” as it involves “more than twice the amount of braking manoeuvres as the global standard”. Ford had to make upgrades to the brakes and transmission cooling to the current Falcon before it passed the police test.

Mr Sherwood added: “We are confident Mustang would help officers chase down bad guys if put into service”.

NSW Police said it would not comment as the evaluation process for highway patrol replacement vehicles was “ongoing”.

Last week, police in Victoria became the envy of their colleagues after taking delivery of a $200,000 Mercedes SUV that can sprint from 0 to 100kmh in a Porsche-like 4.2 seconds.

But it did not cost taxpayers one cent because it was donated by Mercedes for a 12-month trial.

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Henry Sapiecha

Don’t Bother Running From Italy’s Badass New Alfa Super Police Car

A twin-turbo, six-speed Alfa Romeo manual cruiser for the Carabineri.

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The Italian Carabinieri know how to do a police car right. Look no further than this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which was presented to the Carabinieri by Fiat Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne and John Elkann in a ceremony Thursday. Yes, it’s the 503-horsepower version of the Giulia and better still, it’s got a six-speed manual.

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You might be wondering, “why do Italian military police need a twin-turbo super sedan,” noting the lack of Charger Hellcats in most of America’s police fleets. It’s here for the same reason why the Carabinieri has a fleet of Lotus Evoras: They sometimes need something really fast for, you know, police duty. Stuff like delivering organs and blood or escorting important people.

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The force will only get two Giulia QVs, but Fiat Chrysler will provide the Carabinieri with 800 cars this year including Giuliettas, Jeep Renegades, and Fiat Panda 4x4s. Also at the presentation ceremony was a gorgeous Alfa Giulia Super police car from the 1970s.

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This might not be as ridiculous as some of the cars in Dubai’s police fleet–which includes a Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin One-77, Lamborghini Aventador, and other supercars–but there is something so right about this Giulia in a Carabinieri livery. It’s almost assuredly cooler than whatever your local constabulary drives.

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POLICE PULLS UP MOTORIST [ME] IN MARYBOROUGH QLD AUSTRALIA IN FLASH BLUE CAR

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Police officer reads out the riot traffic act to my Buddy Holly

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Pretty blue police car collecting taxes from motorists

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So Holly has some input into the alleged traffic breach

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My friend Buddy Holly does not get any reprieve for me. But at least the officer gave me options.

So at the end of it all we had to ‘cop’ a fine 4 some infringement

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INTERROGATION USING SLEEP DEPRIVATION RESULTS IN LARGE NUMBERS OF FALSE CONFESSIONS

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Figuring out whether someone is guilty of a crime isn’t a straightforward task. Juries are often asked to reach a verdict in the face of unreliable eyewitness testimony and contradicting evidence. That ambiguity can lead to a shocking number of wrongful convictions, as dissections of high-profile trials in the NPR podcast Serial and the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer reveal.

But when someone confesses, a guilty verdict seems justified. No suspect would ever admit to a crime they didn’t commit … right? Guess again. Studies have shown that false confessions contribute to as much as a quarter of known wrongful convictions. Now, the latest work suggests that a good amount of those false confessions may be due to a common interrogation technique: sleep deprivation.

Interrogators sometimes resort to extreme, morally questionable measures to extract criminal confessions, including deafening noise, intense emotional manipulations and withholding food, water and rest.

“Many of these interrogations involve these extreme techniques,” says study coauthor Elizabeth Loftus, a psychology and social behavior professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Given that many people are often interrogated when they are sleepy after long periods of staying up, there is a worry that investigators may be getting bad information from innocent people.”

Around 17 percent of interrogations happen between the normal sleeping hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m. According to previous work, the majority of false confessions pop up after interrogations lasting longer than 12 hours, with many exceeding 24 hours. That suggests plenty of suspects are sleep deprived while they are being questioned.

In the new study, 88 participants were asked to complete a series of trivial computer tasks over the course of three sessions. At the beginning of each session, they were repeatedly warned not to press the “escape” key on the computer keyboard, or all the experimental data would be lost.

“To dissuade participants who may have been tempted to press the forbidden escape key, a member of the research staff watched as participants completed the computer tasks,” the authors write in their paper.

After the second session, half of the participants slept for eight hours while the other half were forced to stay up all night. The following day, all participants were told to sign a written statement in which they were falsely accused of pressing escape during the first visit to the lab. If they refused, they were given a second opportunity to confess to this fabricated crime.

The sleep-deprived subjects were 4.5 times more likely to falsely confess—50 percent of them caved in to the demands of the researchers, while only 18 percent of the well-rested subjects admitted to the wrongdoing, the researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

When those strong-willed individuals who refused to sign were prodded a second time, the sleep-deprived subjects were 3.4 times more likely to own up to the crime—their numbers jumped to a total of 68.2 percent, while their rested counterparts rose to just 38.6 percent.

“There are a lot of cognitive tasks that are impaired when people are sleep deprived,” says Loftus. “Reaction times, judgment and problem solving, for example.”

Previous research also suggests that sleep deprivation impairs our ability to anticipate the consequences of our actions, to resist suggestive influences that might produce false and distorted memories and to inhibit impulsive behaviors. A subsequent analysis by the same team revealed that subjects who were naturally impulsive were more likely to falsely confess when sleep deprived.

For this study, the consequences were less severe than prison time—just the shame of potentially compromising the study-within-a-study. But Loftus believes the results still apply to crime fighting.

“We were interested in how the different variables affect the likelihood of confession,” says Loftus. “And I don’t have any reason to believe that sleep deprivation is going to affect behavior differently in this kind of a setting as compared to a real-world setting.”

So what motivates people facing more serious charges to confess to something they didn’t do?

“There are two types of false confessions that come about from police interrogation,” says Saul Kassin, a professor of psychology at Williams College who reviewed the study before publication. The first is a compliant false confession.

“These are situations in which people who know they are innocent reach their breaking point,” he says. “They are under stress and will do whatever it takes to escape the immediate short-term punishing situation—even if it involves a possible negative consequence later.”

The second is an internalized false confession, in which the innocent person not only confesses but actually starts to believe their own guilt.

“The police are allowed to lie to people,” says Loftus.They tell them that their fingerprints were at the scene when they weren’t, that they flunked a polygraph when they didn’t, that an eye witness saw them do it when there is no such person. And these are powerful ways of getting people to believe what they are confessing to.”

Both these types of false confession are influenced by sleep deprivation, adds Kassin: “When people are mentally and physically fatigued, which is what happens in a sleep deprivation situation, they are more likely to do whatever it takes to end a punishing current situation than someone who has more mental energy to fight,” he says. “They are also more suggestible to misleading or false information about evidence that doesn’t really exist.”

People also sometimes falsely confess because they want the attention associated with a a high-profile crime. “That’s how you get 200 people confessing to kidnapping the Lindbergh baby,” says Loftus, referring to the infamous 1932 abduction and murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh‘s son. “But that’s obviously not going on in this experiment.”

Based on their findings, the researchers recommend that law enforcement officials evaluate suspects for their degree of sleepiness before an interrogation. The team also urged that all interrogations be videotaped so that judges, lawyers and juries can assess the value of the confession.

Still, law enforcement officials are unlikely to alter their tactics anytime soon, says Loftus: “There is obviously a belief that sleep-deprived interrogations help capture the guilty better. Otherwise this wouldn’t be used so frequently.”

Future work might investigate how sleep deprivation affects true versus false confessions, and how education, age and other demographics may influence the likelihood of a false confession from a sleepy suspect. The hope is that innocent people will get better protection, and investigators won’t waste any time finding the real criminals.

“Interrogation is a great process when everyone you interrogate is the criminal,” says Kassin. “The problem is, law enforcement doesn’t know in advance whether they are interrogating the perpetrator or an innocent person. They always think they are interrogating the perpetrator, but they may not be. And this is what makes it so important to protect against that worst-case scenario

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