Police launch Operation Roam in the hope of getting the community to assist with catching 18 individuals on the run from the law.
The country’s most wanted offenders are currently at large and possibly hiding in plain sight in communities across the nation, according to Crime Stoppers Australia.
Operation Roam: Rogue Radar kicks off today (August 21-27), in an attempt to catch Australia’s most wanted.
“The individuals named in this year’s Operation Roam are responsible for a range of offences, including murder and armed robbery,” Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Trevor O’Hara said.
“These criminals could be working alongside you in your community. It might be a new person you’ve noticed in your area or a more familiar face such as a neighbour, work colleague, friend or even a family member.”
Last year 19 persons of interest were named as part of the campaign. Of those police were able to locate and arrest 11 offenders.
This year four fugitives are wanted in New South Wales, six in Queensland, six in Victoria, three in South Australia and one in the Northern Territory.
“We urge members of the public to visit http://www.rogueradar.com.au to see if they recognise any of these faces and report anything they know about these individuals.
“Many of these people are wanted for a range of serious offences so we advise members of the public to put them on your radar but do not approach them under any circumstances.”
If you have any information on anyone on the Rogue Radar list, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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.
2. These kindhearted cops raised money and bought Christmas toys for sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC.
Most daring, dangerous, wildest, and shocking videos of police and criminal shootouts ever caught on tape.
3…Police helicopter video shows dramatic highway shoot-out
4…Drug addict shot dead in police hostage situation in China
5…Published on Jan 14, 2014
DENVER — Raw video from the Denver officer-involved shooting. In the video, an unidentified man takes a woman and uses her as a shield while police yell for the man to surrender.
WARNING: This video may not be appropriate for some viewers.
As the man tries to take the woman back inside the store, an officer opens fire hitting the man. He falls to the ground, the hostage runs away and officers swarm the area.
The man was taken to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment and was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
(DenverChannel) DENVER – Denver Police have identified the suspect who allegedly took hostages inside a 7-Eleven Monday. Police said 34-year-old Blas Leroux was shot in the shoulder as he tried to use one of the hostages as a human shield.
The standoff began at 8:30 a.m., after witnesses saw the suspect running from police.
“He dropped his coat,” said Dino Gallegos, who was exiting the store as Leroux ran in, “and the officer picked it up. The suspect ran around the corner and into 7-Eleven.”
Police Chief Robert White said negotiators tried for nearly an hour to get him to surrender. He refused and instead used one of the three hostages as a shield in an attempt to escape.
“The officers demanded that he let her go, at which time he attempted to pull her back into the store,” White said. “So out of fear for her safety, one of the officers fired a shot striking the individual.”
Leroux was taken to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The hostage was not injured.
A Colorado Bureau of Investigation report shows Leroux has used several other names. He has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for trespass, motor vehicle theft, assault, burglary, child abuse, escape and harassment.
6…SWAT TEAM SHOOTOUT
7…Wild Police Chase – South Los Angeles, CA – April 30, 2013
Published on Apr 30, 2013
Police chase a stolen van in South Los Angeles, California. The suspect crashes into a multiple cars during the dangerous pursuit including a LAPD patrol car. The suspect jumps out and runs after spike strips disable the white cargo van.
8…Officers Shoot & Kill Suspect on LIVE TV! Phoenix Car Chase (23 October 2014) KTVK
Published on Oct 26, 2014
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Police in a Phoenix suburb fatally shot a machete-wielding man Thursday after he rammed a patrol car in a stolen truck, injuring an officer.
Avondale police said the man was shot after he refused to drop the machete and a pocket knife.
Authorities identified the man as Jeremy Bustos, 43, and said he was rushed to a hospital along with an Avondale police officer who was injured in the collision.
The officer’s name hasn’t been released, but Avondale police Sgt. Brandon Busse said the officer was in stable condition and improving at a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Witnesses said the suspect was shot at least twice and helicopter news video showed him falling to the ground before he was taken to a trauma center.
Busse said the spree started when a man assaulted a city maintenance worker on the side of a roadway and stole his city truck about 9 a.m. The man took the truck on a joyride as police pursued before officers got a helicopter to track the stolen vehicle and backed off, authorities said.
Police began a pursuit and used tire-puncturing devices and the chase ended with the truck ramming the police car.
Officers confronted the suspect, who refused their commands and advanced toward them with a machete and pocket knife and was shot, according to Busse.
Avondale Fire Department crews extricated the police officer from his vehicle and he was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital.
9…PCH DUI Chase Suspect Dances, Confronts Officers
A DUI suspect leads CHP officers on a chase on the Pacific Coast Highway on April 16, 2013, before resisting arrest. As the chase ends on the PCH, the suspect gets out of his vehicle, dances and then walks right up to armed officers, forcing police to take action in a nail-biting scene that ends in his arrest.
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Published on Dec 16, 2014
Compilation : video BEST OF the best Police and epic FAIL / crash.
11…Best COP CHASES Compilation – Police VS Street Racers – CHASES GONE WILD
Published on Mar 9, 2015
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Aiming for a leg or shooting a weapon from a criminal’s hands may be an option for cops in the movies, but real police officers are trained to shoot for the center of mass, not necessarily to kill, but to stop – although the end result can often be one and the same. “The Alternative” is designed to give officers a less lethal option in the form of a clip-on “air bag” for semiautomatic pistols that reduces the velocity of a standard round to make it less lethal.
Developed by Alternative Ballistics of Poway, California, the Alternative is designed to improve the chances of imparting a stopping force on the target without penetrating or causing lethal damage.
Based in part on feedback from law enforcement and special forces, the Alternative consists of a plastic carrier that normally sits in a belt pouch. It’s designed to fit over the muzzle of a semiautomatic pistol, with installation a one-handed operation that doesn’t require the officer to look away from the situation. The carrier is designed not to interfere with the pistol’s sights or under-barrel rail, which may carry a torch or laser sight.
At the front of the bright orange carrier is a hollow sphere made of a proprietary alloy that catches the bullet and firmly embeds it as it leaves the barrel. The ball and bullet fuse, slowing the round by 80 percent. At this speed, the ball-encased round is less likely to penetrate flesh, but it will transfer enough kinetic energy across a wide surface to knock a suspect down with less chance of a lethal outcome. Essentially, it’s like a small, powerful bean-bag round, which Alternative Ballistics claims is as accurate as a standard pistol round.
After firing, the carrier is ejected as the pistol chambers another round, which allows the police officer to immediately fire a second, lethal round if needed. If the Alternative ends up not being required, it’s easily removed and returned to its pouch.
Alternative Ballistics not only provides the less-lethal rounds, but also a two-day instructor course in the product, its use, history, and legal implications.
A new technology will allow authorities to tell whether you used drugs recently, if you’re a smoker, even what sex you are—all from your fingerprints.
In 2010, a North Carolina woman was found on the side of a roadway, brutally murdered. At first the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department had no suspects, but they knew from witness testimony two key facts: that the victim was last seen with a man, and that a baby seat in the back of the car had been removed during a struggle.
When they found the car seat and powdered it for fingerprints, there were prints all over it. The problem? The fingerprints came from at least two different people: the person who they believed may have committed the crime and someone who had nothing to do with it. No hits for either print came up in the FBI’s national fingerprint database, called IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System).
But imagine if there were more to fingerprint science than running patterns of whorls through a database. Picture forensic investigators using fingerprints to find out whether the person who left them was a smoker, whether they had recently handled drugs or explosives, or even to determine their gender.
“We had a suspicion the suspect was a guy, because people had seen the victim with someone. If we knew early on how to eliminate the female prints, we could have just focused on the male prints,” said Sgt. Patricia Wisneski, crime scene investigative unit manager for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office in Greensboro. While the man in the murder case was eventually arrested, officers might have found him a lot faster if they’d been able to analyze fingerprints this way.
Now, they are. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is one of several law enforcement agencies testing a new fingerprint technology that can analyze metabolites left behind in fingerprint residue for a variety of factors. The ability to eliminate certain crime scene prints from the start enables investigators to send out fewer samples to be tested for DNA, which can be a costly and time-consuming process, Wisneski said. Knowing whether the person had handled drugs or explosives doesn’t hurt, either.
“Knowing any additional information about a suspect is always helpful and can generally lead the detectives in the right direction earlier in an investigation. Obtaining information sooner is always better than later,” Wisneski said.
What Your Fingers Tell About You
The technology, created by ArroGen Group, a forensic solutions company based in Greenville, North Carolina and Newcastle, U.K., uses a powder that contains sub-micron particles that adhere to the amino and fatty acids in fingerprint residue. While scientists have long used powders to develop fingerprints, these new materials produce images with higher contrast, better clarity, and less background staining.
The Fingerprint Molecular Identification (FMID) process, as the company calls it, works like this: Scientists sprinkle the powder on the print at the crime scene, then remove it from the crime scene using lift tape. The samples are sealed and brought to the lab, where they are put into a mass spectrometer that scans the print with a laser. As the machine pans the surface, it vaporizes and ionizes the particles in the powder and molecules in the fingerprint residue, enabling the machine to detect molecular profiles in the residue.
Depending on the level of compounds in the secretions left in the print, the machine can detect not only the sex of the person but whether whomever left the print had consumed drugs like cocaine, marijuana, heroin, or methamphetamine; smoked or chewed nicotine; or had touched a gun or explosives. What’s more, ArroGen says they can detect all this information up to a month after a fingerprint has been left—and they’re testing for the ability to read read prints left as long as a year ago.
“The engineered particle powders provide higher contrast and clarity when developing latent fingerprints, and allow for the collection of molecular information when coupled with mass spectrometry,” says Kim Sandquist, chief science officer of chemistry at ArroGen.
Prints lifted with this powder have a greater sensitivity when analyzed with the mass spectrometer, meaning that it picks up more data and smaller amounts of drugs or other biomarkers. Sensitivity can make the difference between getting a result and not getting a result, especially when you’re working with minuscule amounts of material.
Still, ArroGen is being intentionally cagey about how exactly they determine all this information from just a fingerprint, beyond saying that your fingerprints include “hundreds of molecules, including but not limited to fatty acids, amino acids, and lipids.”
One of Sgt. Wisneski’s great frustrations is seeing prints that she knows (or strongly suspects) are from the suspect, like fingerprints left on a glass window when someone pushed it up to break into a house, yet the print is unusable because a portion is smudged. It happens a lot, especially because many substances, such as the plastic gas containers often used in arsons, are not good for capturing useful prints, she said.
“Certain plastics break up the ridge flow,” Wisneski said. “You might see finger marks were someone touched it, but there’s just no ridge detail to be collected because of the surface it was left on.”
ArroGen hopes it could fill the missing details in smudged fingerprints by following the chemical residue left behind and then mapping out where it is. A high-resolution image could then be reproduced. For now, ArroGen doesn’t advertise that as one of the product’s features, but it could be coming next year, Sandquist said.
What You Leave Behind
Mark Dale, ArroGen’s Chief Operations Officer, likes to cite the concept in forensic science called the Locard Principle, named after the French criminologist Edmond Locard, who said every perpetrator of a crime brings something into the crime scene and leaves with something from it. When it comes to fingerprints, they have to be identifiable and compared to fingerprints of known suspects.The idea behind ArroGen’s technology, though, is to let investigators glean far more information from what the perp leaves behind.
The French criminologist, Edmond Locard, once said every perpetrator of a crime brings something into the crime scene and leaves with something from it.
“We’ve increased very significantly the amount of data that can be taken from a crime scene to help support law enforcement’s hypothesis about how a crime occurred or did not occur,” Dale said.
This kind of fingerprint analysis opens up all kinds of new investigation avenues. Say there is a suspected meth lab operating out of someone’s home. Fingerprints from a child living in the home could be tested for the drug, possibly giving police the probable cause they need to search the house, Dale said. Likewise, a company could use the technology to replace drug testing that uses urine or hair, both of which only provide a snapshot into the past, or to replace a blood draw, which gives a snapshot of present drug levels but is an invasive test. The product would be useful in environments that have a zero tolerance policy toward drugs, such as parole or probation offices, correctional facilities, as well in the transportation field, as pilots, drivers, and passengers can be tested for drugs as well as explosives, Dale said.
“There’s a billion airline passengers a year who go through security. The technology could be used to screen those individuals for explosives, and pilots for any type of controlled substances or substances that could cause impairment,” Dale said.
There is a cost to a test being less invasive: It doesn’t require someone’s permission to be conducted. Civil liberties advocates fear that our rights could be violated without us even realizing it – with a test whose accuracy is not yet known.
“We generally think if you’re intruding into people’s bodies, you shouldn’t be able to do that without probable cause,” said Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Stanley likened ArroGen’s testing to DNA testing done when a suspect throws away a cigarette butt or can of soda or licks an envelope. It’s possible for police to test those items and obtain DNA from them without the subject’s consent, which he and his organization oppose.
“We don’t think police should be testing people’s DNA without a warrant based on probable cause. I think it’s safe to say the same should hold for other tests into bodily secretions,” he said, referring to fingerprint residue. In other words, Stanley argues, police should have probable cause before conducting the fingerprint test—not using these tests in order to create probable cause.
“We’re always concerned if companies or government agencies are trying to look into how you’re living your life when they don’t have a need or right to know,” Stanley said.
“We are a science and technology company providing advanced solutions that serve those who fight crime and terror,” said ArroGen’s Mark Dale in response. “We serve law enforcement, public safety, and government.”
How those entities ultimately use ArroGen’s technology will be for them—and the courts—to decide.
In 2010 the Oakland, CA, Police Department became the first large police force in the country to wear body cameras that record everything the officers see, say, and do. Chief Sean Whent describes the transition:
“There was some skepticism at first, but the officers have been won over. They really see the value in it. The cameras show that they are hardworking and do the right thing consistently. There are other factors to attribute this to as well, but over the last two years we’re looking at a more than 50 percent reduction in complaints. Those complaints that do come in, we’re able to resolve them a lot faster. And while occasionally we’ll catch somebody doing something they shouldn’t be, the video evidence used in complaints overwhelmingly supports the police—more than 90 percent support the officer.
“It used to be that you turn on the camera when you get out of the car to walk up to the car you’ve pulled over. We realized that works great for your routine car stop, but it does not work if it becomes a pursuit. So now, before you even attempt to make a car stop, you turn on the camera.
“The cameras are not perfect. They show a frontal view from the direction the officer’s chest is facing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the officer is looking in that direction or that he isn’t talking to somebody at his side. Also, nighttime video is not great. The technology may improve, but you don’t want better vision than the officer is capable of seeing either, because then there’s no way to know what the officer actually saw.
“One of our major goals as a police department over the last few years has been to work on trust within the community. This is the way of the future. Law enforcement going forward has to be dedicated to some level of transparency. The public demands that, and rightfully so.”
Two companies dominate the wearable camera market for law enforcement: Vievu and Taser.
This waterproof 2.8-ounce Vievu camera has a five-hour battery life and sixteen gigabytes of internal memory—enough to hold six hours of HD footage or twelve hours of standard-definition. According to Vievu, the 68-degree field of view limits image distortion and provides a closer and larger picture. In Oakland, unless it is being used in an active case, footage is currently stored for two years.