Monday, October 16, 2017

Carson-Newman University holding fund raiser for injured security officer

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Jefferson City TN Oct 16 2017 Carson-Newman University has set up a benevolent fund to help a security guard who was injured last weekend when a speeding SUV hit the vehicle he was in.
Security Guard Lucas Trent and Jefferson City Police Sgt. Scott Winstead were involved in the crash and airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Trent is now recovering.
“He’s doing real well,” said Boyd Hodges, deputy director of security for Carson-Newman. “He’s very sore.”
Carson-Newman is asking for donations to help with medical expenses for the security guard.
The officers were in a cruiser when the SUV ran a red light and struck their vehicle, officials said.
The car burst into flames and students rushed to their aid, using fire extinguishers to put out the flames. Students were able to get the officers out.
Brittany Brown, 27, was ejected from the SUV and died at the scene of the crash. Kelly L. Livesay, 35, survived the crash.
An investigation is ongoing on the incident.
Anyone wishing to donate money for Trent can mail to Carson-Newman University, Department of Public Safety, 2130 Branner Avenue, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

You can also drop off a donation in person at the Department of Public Safety, Carson-Newman University, 2209 Branner Avenue, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Online donations can be made at

Two men charged with shooting at Hickory Hill nightclub security

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Oct 16 2017— A late-night shootout at a Hickory Hill nightclub led to assault charges for two men accused of firing at nine security guards.
Police responded to a shooting call at the Truth Night Bar in the 6700 block of Winchester near Kirby at 3:10 a.m. Saturday.
An officer reported seeing a black Cadillac Escalade driving north through a parking lot with the front-seat passenger firing back at security guards at the club.
The Cadillac jumped a curb and crashed into a ditch. When an officer opened the passenger's door, he said he saw a handgun fall between the passenger's legs and onto the floorboard.
Police also said they saw an AR-15 assault rifle in the rear floorboard behind the driver's seat and a Glock 9 mm handgun.
Nine security guards at the club told officers that both occupants in the Cadillac had fired at them, and some of the guards had returned fire.
The passenger, Lucas Smith, was taken into custody and to Regional One hospital with a gunshot wound to the left leg.
The driver, Reggie Weeks, was also taken into custody.
Smith, 34, faces nine counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in commission of a dangerous felony and reckless endangerment.
Weeks, also 34, faces the same charges. He was later released on $50,000 bond.
"There was tons of traffic because cops were blocking the entire area," said Armaan Virani, a clerk at a nearby convenience store. He says store surveillance shows drivers getting caught in the cross hairs of a drive-by shooting.
"Kind of crazy that people would just start shooting in a crowded area like that."

Virani says he's most concerned with customer safety and he doesn't want the gunplay to keep business away.

No injuries after patient, 78, fires handgun inside Saginaw hospital

SAGINAW, MI Oct 16 2017 -- Police are still piecing together what took place after a patient fired a handgun inside a third-floor room at Covenant HealthCare late Saturday night in Saginaw.
Officers from the Saginaw Police Department responded shortly before midnight Saturday, Oct. 14 to the hospital at Cooper and North Michigan avenues for a report of an active shooter. 
Kristin Knoll, a spokeswoman for Covenant HealthCare, confirmed "there was an isolated incident that was quickly identified and contained."
The elderly patient became disruptive and a security alert was issued at 11:52 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Cooper campus and security was dispatched, according to Larry Daly, a Covenant spokesman.
"While staff attempted to calm the patient, he produced a handgun from his bag and proceeded to wave it around," said Daly. "Staff exited the room, taking the other patient in the room out to safety with them. A shot was heard, but no one was injured, and the armed patient remained in the room behind a closed door."
A heightened security alert went out at 11:55 p.m. and police arrived less than 10 minutes later, entered the room, subdued the patient, and secured the weapon.
"At 12:47 am the police deemed the patient no longer a threat, and an "all clear" was issued," Daly said. "There were no reported injuries. A Covenant security officer is now stationed with the patient 24/7."
Daly noted "Actions are being taken to assist those staff and patients who were immediately affected by the incident through the Covenant Second Victim program" as well as a "thorough analysis of the incident and response is planned as part of the Covenant Culture of Safety."
"Covenant leadership expresses deep appreciation to the clinical and security staff involved who took quick, heroic action, and to the members of the Saginaw and Michigan State Police for their fast response, and immediate command of the situation," he said. "We are extremely thankful that no one was hurt. This incident stands as a reminder of the importance of the safety procedures and drills we perform on a regular basis."
Michigan State Police are assisting the Saginaw Police Department with the investigation. Deputies with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department were also dispatched to the scene.


Morton Hospital security nab three persons including patient selling cocaine

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TAUNTON MA Oct 16 2017 — Three people, including a patient, who police say engaged in a crack-cocaine transaction in a hospital room last week will be summoned into district court to face drug charges.
Taunton police say they were alerted at 10 p.m. by Morton Hospital’s security department that the three had been observed by nurses making the deal.
The patient, a 48-year-old Taunton woman, was allegedly found in the bathroom of her room with a visitor, identified as 53-year-old Betty L. Rogers, also of Taunton.
The two allegedly were caught by a security officer holding a glass, crack pipe and several small pieces of the narcotic, police said.
Police said in addition to the pipe and cocaine, they found a receipt for a $40 withdrawal made about 40 minutes earlier from the ATM on the building’s first floor.
Police said they retrieved a Direct Express Mastercard — a prepaid debit card available to recipients of electronically transferred federal benefits — that allegedly was used to make the withdrawal.
Hospital security told police they managed to intercept and detain a man, identified as Michael A. Alifonso, 35, of Norton, as he exited the room.
Alifonso allegedly told police he had come to the hospital “to visit a friend” and wasn’t aware of any illegal activity.
When police told him that he and Rogers were caught on video using the ATM and then heading back to the patient’s room, he allegedly handed over $40 from his pocket to an officer.
Rogers, meanwhile, allegedly told police she had no knowledge of any crack cocaine and was with the patient in her bathroom, because they “always use the bathroom together.”
Police say the patient told them the $40 was in her purse.
Police said there was no $40 in the purse but said they did find as many as 20 hypodermic needles, several of them uncapped; a number of empty Fireball whiskey nips; a small bag of pot; and a “very large, plastic bag” containing various prescription medications.
Alifonso, police said, is being charged with distributing a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Rogers will be charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

The patient, police said, will face arraignment for Class B possession and conspiracy.
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Peace Harbor Hospital patient dies in police custody

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FLORENCE OR Oct 16 2017— A person who refused to leave PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center died Friday while in custody of the Florence Police Department.
Police officers had taken the person into custody after a complaint by workers at the hospital in Florence that he or she was being disruptive and refusing to leave, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. The hospital discharged the person earlier Friday. The hospital staff, including security guards, asked the person to leave.
The police officers also tried to convince the person to leave, but he or she continued disruptive behavior, according to the sheriff’s office. Once in police custody the person’s health deteriorated rapidly and despite efforts by hospital workers to aid them, the person died.
The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the person, pending family notification.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the death along with the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Event Workers Aren’t Trained For Active Shooters and It Scares Them


Las Vegas NV Oct 16 2017 What should a stagehand do if the event they are working is suddenly interrupted by a man with a gun? Teresa Hull, a lighting specialist currently on tour with the classic rock band the Eagles, has always wondered what her response should be – and the recent attack on a Las Vegas country music concert has sharpened the questions in her mind.
Should she throw the room into darkness so the shooter can’t see to shoot? Turn her spotlights on the shooter so the audience can see their attacker? Or should she abandon her control board and get herself to safety? She doesn’t know. “The problem is there’s nobody telling us what to do,” says Hull. “There’s got to be some standard for what are we supposed to do.”
Event workers and security experts across the country tell Newsweek there is a frightening lack of training and guidance on how the people who staff large events should react when their audience is attacked. And in the wake of the Route Harvest 91 music festival shooting that killed 58 people in Las Vegas on October 1, industry associations and informal groups of event workers are questioning the lack of training and working to come up with a plan to solve the problem.
Workers are prepared for handling common events like medical emergencies or lost children, says Michael Rozin, president of a security consulting company that bears his name and an ex-Israeli soldier. “But when it comes to active threats, they do not receive adequate training,” he says. “The consequence is simple: number of casualties.”
The lack of guidance has sparked worried posts on Facebook pages like the one for members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. “Lights up. Let people evacuate quickly and as safely as possible,” the head electrician for an opera house in Dallas commented on a post questioning how event workers should respond to a shooter. “So you're saying to raise the house lights when a sniper is picking people off?” another person responded.
And a draft letter that’s circulating among event workers demands “training that will consist of pre-planning and distributing of what do in the event of a bomb threat, riot, and active shooter scenarios,” with plans to send the letter to lawmakers or other authorities.
When passengers board a plane, stewardesses instruct them on what to do in case of an emergency. “But we don’t do that generally at places of assembly. We don’t do it at arenas, we don’t do it at churches,” says Kristi Ross-Clausen, the theater director at the high school in her Wisconsin town and the vice president of her IATSE local.
The audience as well as event workers needs to be educated on what to do if they are attacked – including how to exit and plans for prerecorded messages with instructions to be played on video screens and broadcast over the sound system, Ross-Clausen says. “There’s a core group of us in the live event industry ringing the bell saying, ‘Hey guys, we can do this better.’”
There’s also a significant difference in the amount of emergency training provided for workers at fixed facilities, like Madison Square Garden, as opposed to mobile festivals like Lollapalooza. Staff at fixed facilities are regularly trained to evacuate the facility or instruct people to “hold in place,” but at a festival site like the Route 91 Harvest festival, there could be event employees and lights people who are working there for the first time, says Russ Simons, managing partner at Venue Solutions Group, consultants for public assembly facilities.
Examples of the training that event workers should receive include getting on communication systems – like a bullhorn or microphone system – to tell the public what is happening and what they should do, says Rozin, the security consultant. “It’s really simple. The goal of this type of training is guide people how to get to safer place and how to communicate to others how to get to a safer place,” he says.
A spotlight operator who was working the Route 91 Harvest festival says he had no idea what to do when Stephen Paddock began firing into the crowd. “Nobody knew what to do, where to go. We, the guys on the towers, we could turn a few degrees and look directly at where that guy was shooting from,” Paul Weiss told Pollstar, a concert trade publication.
The communication lines remained open between event workers, Weiss says, but nobody gave him or the other workers any instructions other than “Stay down.” And an OSHA trainer told Pollstar that the agency’s active shooter trainings focus on office employees and not workers at open spaces like music festivals.
Las Vegas was only the latest attack on a concert or event, with 90 killed at a rock concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris in 2015 and 22 killed in a bomb blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May.
The problem with current training – besides the fact that it doesn’t reach all workers – is that it follows a “Run/Hide/Fight” strategy that doesn’t work well for people attending a concert or big event. “Run, hide, fight presumes a high level of situational awareness. First, you have to know what gunfire sounds like, [but] ‘Oops, most people don’t,’” says Steven Adelman, vice president of Event Safety Alliance, a nonprofit founded after a roof collapsed onto a country music concert at the Indiana State Fair and killed seven people in 2011.
A better model would acknowledge that event attendees are in crowded dark spaces that are unfamiliar to them, sometimes they’re drunk and they aren’t paying attention to anything except the act onstage – so they need event professionals to guide them away from the attacker. 

“Most people in an event audience aren’t situationally aware. They’re basically sheep. Sheep need to be led, they need shepherds,” says Adelman. “There might be better outcomes if event professionals are taught to be shepherds, to lead people who are confused or frightened or paralyzed how to move someplace safer.”

Former Loyola Marymount University security officer awarded $16.3 million after tripping on curb

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Los Angeles CA Oct 16 2017 A former security guard from Maywood who suffered a spinal cord injury after tripping on a curb at a Loyola Marymount University construction site in 2013 was awarded $16.3 million today in his lawsuit against a contractor, but his attorney said the total his client receives may be about a third of that amount due to the contributing negligence of the plaintiff and the school.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for several days before finding in favor of 61-year-old Steven Paul Picazzo in his lawsuit against C.W. Driver Inc.
The panel apportioned negligence at 40 percent to C.W. Driver, 15 percent to Picazzo and 45 percent by LMU, which was not sued.
Attorney Harvey Horikawa, who stood in for plaintiff's trial attorney Edward Deason to take the verdict, said he believed Picazzo will receive about $6 million after all the setoffs are calculated.
Horikawa said Picazzo's main goal in filing the lawsuit was to be able to get the care he needs at home after spending the last four years in a care facility.
Horikawa said confidential settlements were previously reached with three other defendants.
Picazzo, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, said he was pleased with the verdict. Asked if he believed the long legal fight was worth it, he replied, "I've never been through something like this, so I guess so."
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According to the lawsuit, LMU hired C.W. Driver to build a $110 million Life Science building across the road from the Pereira Hall of Engineering structure. The contractor took over a part of a small internal campus roadway to provide a place for trucks and a construction crane, which required the building of a temporary bypass road.
Picazzo, who worked for a private security service, went to LMU about 6 p.m. Aug. 30, 2013, to work a special event that night at the gym, his court papers stated. He suffered the spinal injury when he stepped on a rolled black asphalt curb, lost his balance and fell head-first at about 7:50 p.m. into a k-rail barricade in the construction area, his court papers stated.
Picazzo's lawsuit alleged C.W. Driver negligently created the trip hazard and failed to take steps to make sure it was not dangerous to pedestrians

Bealls loss prevention charge Naples woman with shoplifting, trespassing

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NAPLES, Fla. Oct 16 2017 -- A 37-year-old Naples woman is in custody, Saturday, after stealing almost $500.00 worth of items from a Bealls department store, according to investigators.
Collier County Deputies arrested Vivian Rodriguez-Rodriguez at the Bealls on Tamiami Trail in Naples, Friday. A security guard watched her take jewelry, clothing, intimates, and several perfumes into a fitting room, and exit the fitting room with nothing.
Rodriguez-Rodgriguez was apprehended outside of the store, where employees realized she put the items in her purse.

She is being charged with retail theft and has been trespassed from Bealls.

Man arrested after making threat at LaGuardia Airport,

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Queens NY Oct 16 2017 A man was arrested at LaGuardia Airport Saturday morning after police say he threatened an airline employee with what he said was a bomb.
Police say the man got into an argument with a Spirit Airlines employee at Terminal B.
The suspect told the employee he was coming back with a bomb and then returned a short time later carrying a bag, according to the NYPD.
The ticketing area of Terminal B was temporarily evacuated.
The NYPD Bomb Squad was called in as a precaution to identify the package.
The suspect, identified as 70-year-old John Park of Farmington, Michigan, was quickly taken into custody.
No explosive was found and no one was injured.
The Port Authority said the airport was functioning normally by 9:30 a.m.

Port Authority police interviewed the man and charges were pending.

Man shot, guard slashed outside Westbury nightclub, police say

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Nassau County NY Oct 16 2017 A man was shot in the back and a security guard was slashed in the face outside a Westbury nightclub early Friday morning after three people were thrown out of the establishment, police said.
The three suspects, who have not yet been identified, first slashed the male security guard after they were ejected from Oasis Long Island at 270 Post Ave. around 3 a.m., Nassau County police said in a news release.
The group then confronted a second male victim, who was standing on the corner of Post Avenue and Belmont Avenue, police said.
One of the trio, who was described as wearing a cast on his right arm, pulled out a handgun and shot the second victim in the back and shoulder area, police said.
The victims, both age 24, were taken to hospitals with nonlife threatening injuries, police said.
An Oasis representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

One dead, one injured in shooting at Arlington bar

ARLINGTON TX Oct 16 2017
A shooting early Sunday at a sports and billiards bar left a 25-year-old man dead and another man hospitalized, and police are seeking the public’s help locating possible suspects.
Officers responded to a shooting call around 1 a.m. at Speed’s sports and billiards bar, 700 N. Watson Road.
Police received several reports of shots being fired in the parking lot of the bar. An armed security guard encountered two males he believed were involved in the shooting, police said, and investigators at are still trying to determine if others were involved.
Arlington police spokeswoman Vanessa Harrison said the security guard — who is not a suspect in the case — told officers that he heard gunfire and then entered the parking lot and found the two men.
The security guard “admitted to firing his weapon,” said Harrison. “But right now we can’t tell if he shot the individuals or not.”
Harrison said the security guard and the owner of the bar are cooperating with the investigation.
The identification of the deceased will be released by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office once the next of kin has been notified. Harrison said the second victim was treated and later released.

Harrison said there were several potential witnesses in the parking lot police are asking anyone with information about the case to call detective Gildon at 817-459-5691. Tipsters may remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Police Officers and Agencies Scrutinized for Off-Duty Security Price Fixing

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You’ve seen them at sporting events, concerts, downtown social events or even when you’re doing Christmas shopping.
Police officers and deputy sheriffs in full uniform standing guard or watching the crowd for any sign of trouble. Others direct traffic at shopping centers, construction sites and private events.
But the officer is not really on duty, per se.
These officers and deputies are among the thousands of officers who take private security assignments in their off-duty hours to supplement their incomes.
It’s a practice common in many departments and there’s nothing illegal about it as long as they comply with their department policy and state laws.
In recent years, individual officers and several law enforcement agencies have come under scrutiny by state and federal law enforcement for price fixing, threatening or harassing private security companies, (their competitors) and theft from customers who hired police for off-duty work.
One such allegation has surfaced in Seattle Washington.
 The Seattle police department and some of its officers are coming under scrutiny by the FBI amid allegations of price-fixing and attempts to intimidate competition.
The FBI is investigating allegations that the (private) companies that provide the off-duty officers — one of which is connected with the department’s union — tried to intimidate a rival company and customers and engaged in price-fixing.
Blucadia, a private company from Olympia Washington, matches off-duty officers with customers.
Off duty officers employed by this or similar companies are technically “security guards” since they are not on duty nor on the payroll of their police agency.
Allegations have been made that the private companies and possibly some law enforcement personnel have been using heavy handed intimidation against other security providers in an attempt to discourage customers away from lower private security bids.
Some police agencies prefer to maintain control of their off-duty programs including drafting a list of who can participate and how much they are paid.
Numerous police agencies have formed an office of secondary employment who receives the requests from the public for off-duty service and assigns the manpower from the available off-duty pool. Additionally, the law enforcement agency is paid direct and provides the officers with the necessary liability insurance that protects them from lawsuits as well as workers compensation which would cover the officer should they be injured during the off-duty assignment.
While some police agencies handle all of the scheduling and collection of fees in-house, others sub-contact the duties out to private companies such as Extra Duty Solutions of Trumbull, Conn.
The company fields the requests, pulls officers from a rotating seniority-based list and sends the payment for the officer’s services to the city or county agency, which then relays it to the officer.
Extra Duty Solutions may or may not be paid by the police or sheriff agency based on the terms of their contract. In some areas, EDS collects a $2-per-hour fee from those wanting to hire officers.
Extra Duty Solutions was founded two years ago, and services 25 police departments across the country, said CEO Rich Milliman.
“Usually, it’s an administrative burden on the departments, and (off-duty employment programs) can be expensive to run,” Milliman said.
Recent issues with off-duty police use include the arrest of a 14-year Jacksonville police veteran and officer of the month for numerous counts of grand theft, petty theft and official misconduct, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Undersheriff Patrick Ivey said Adam R. Boyd, 44, was paid for providing security at apartment complexes and shopping malls for secondary jobs that he didn’t show up for. It involved about $800 and records that were falsified to indicate he was at the work sites. When officers are employed by private groups, they still have full police authority, Ivey said.
Walmart officials recently accused a Hartford, Connecticut, police officer with theft while he was working an off-duty security job at the store.
Officer Luis Feliciano, 34, turned himself in to police and was charged with fifth-degree larceny and possessing a shoplifting device.
Feliciano, who had been a member of the department for two and a half years at the time of his arrest was later terminated from the force.
Prior to his work at the police department, Feliciano spent 10 years as a loss prevention officer for a large retailer in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission.
Another incident at a Walmart involved off-duty police officers working as loss prevention.
Britton Cornell and Ryan Duggar, off-duty officers from Franklin, a city north of the Walmart store in Columbia TN. Stopped a shoplifter.
The report states Cornell displayed his Franklin police badge and stopped the shoplifter, which is against company policy.
According to the report, while escorting the suspect into the store, the off-duty officer and the shoplifter began to fight and Cornell put the shoplifter in a choke hold that is not authorized by Franklin police. According to the report, the shoplifter broke free and began kicking Cornell, who got the man down on the ground.
The report states that Cornell began punching the shoplifter in the head with his right fist and that the officer was injured in the scuffle, which he didn’t report to his department supervisors.
The fight reportedly caused Cornell to miss SWAT school he was mandated to attend.
During the investigation, Franklin officers discovered that Cornell was using the police department’s criminal justice portal excessively and inappropriately for personal use.
Supervisors notated names he accessed that matched friends on Facebook. Officials also saw the name of the Columbia shoplifter that Cornell fought in the Walmart.
The Franklin officers also failed to report the fight to their supervisors until the investigation.
Phoenix police officers were also embroiled in an off-duty work scandal a few years ago that resulted in indictments of several officers. Officers were accused of taking money from businesses for hours not worked. Eventually, the officers were not prosecuted and the Phoenix police took over an internal investigation against the officers.
Authorities also investigated a Prince George Maryland police officer who was also indicted on a theft charge after it was found that he billed a company for work he didn’t do, law enforcement officials said.
Cordell Barbour was supposed to monitor the Willow Hill Community in Largo in a police cruiser from April 10 to June 28 as part of an approved secondary-employment agreement, but there were several hours for which he billed the property management company but wasn’t there, prosecutors said.
“Officer Barbour not only stole from and defrauded the company for which he was working secondary employment, he also violated the oath he took as an officer and we take this charge very seriously,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement announcing Tuesday’s indictment from a county grand jury.
Barbour received more than $4,000 for work he didn’t do, prosecutors said.
Bayonne NJ Police Officer James Wade also has been arrested on a charge of theft by deception, accused of falsifying his timesheet at an off-duty security job to get paid for more work than he did. He faces termination from employment and possible jail time.
Dozens of police officers have been investigated, arrested, fired and even jailed in off-duty security duty schemes.
High ranking police officials have also started their own security firms while in the employment of their agency resulting in some unfair advantages against the private security contractor.
The Ramapo NY ex-police chief, who had been the highest paid local public employee in the state, was one of those who also ran a private security firm on the side, using town resources, a Journal News/ investigation found.
Peter Brower, who raked in roughly $369,000 a year, used his Police Department secretary to prepare payroll for his private business, he testified in 2014. Brower also testified that he "possibly" used telephones in the Police Department for the job.
Asked by The Journal News whether he did a second job while working as police chief, Brower said, "That may or may not be so."
When asked again, he said, "That may or may not be so, but is there anything illegal about that?"
Allegations were made when Brower testified under oath during a deposition in a gender-discrimination lawsuit brought by police Sgt. Margaret Sammarone, that he used staff and resources for his private security business.
During that deposition, he was asked about his job running security for Pierson Lakes, an exclusive gated community on more than 1,000 acres in Sloatsburg with multimillion-dollar homes.
His testimony raises questions about whether he did a second job on town time and whether the job in his department's jurisdiction created any conflicts with him carrying out his police duties. Ramapo police have jurisdiction over Pierson Lakes.
Brower, retired after 45 years with the department.
Brower was the highest-paid local government employee in New York, according to the Empire Center's 2015 "What They Make" report, which said it used pay data reported to the New York State and Local Retirement System between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015.
He refused to comment about his employment dates with the security company, whether he told the Town Board about it, whether he kept it separate from his police job and whether it had its own phone number.
Reports of police harassment, intimidation, price fixing, theft from customers and threats against competitors is nothing new.
Private security contractors often charge 30-55% less for their services compared to the price of an off-duty law enforcement officer where hourly rates can run from $35-$100 hour.
There have also been questions about accountability, officer decision-making, police/community relationships, and the role that police agencies play in modern society.
The need for off-duty police officers has grown since the tragedy of 9/11 and some businesses prefer law enforcement over the use of private security because of their authority to arrest and their expanded authority.
However, when off-duty officers are hired without the control of their agencies or a secondary employment company, it leaves no oversight and often, no insurance coverage for the officer or their client.
The use of off-duty law enforcement does have its merits and is sometimes necessary or even governed by statute for certain traffic duty assignments on public roads or government assignments or when law enforcement is necessary to maintain law and order.

But when the police become competitors against private security firms, how can the deck not be stacked?

Buffalo police diver missing in Niagara River

Police agencies looking for Officer Craig Lehner as it gets dark on Saturday. The search will end at 7 p.m. and resume Sunday morning. (Sharon Cantillon /Buffalo News)

Buffalo NY Oct 15 2017 A Buffalo NY police officer on a diving training exercise is missing and the effort to locate him has been called off temporarily.
The missing Buffalo Police diver Craig E. Lehner was training along with other divers in the Niagara River off Broderick Park.
Authorities said they believe they know the area of the river that diver Craig Lehner is located in.
"We're pretty confident of the area where he might have been snagged or caught up in," said Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo.
When asked at the evening press conference how long the search might last, Rinaldo said, "The search will continue until we find our officer."
Divers, in pairs of two, are conducting search patterns on the river bottom. Search teams are using "robotic vehicles with cameras" to try and find the missing officer. The Air One helicopter from the sheriff's office is up in the air.
Rinaldo said the divers found a river full of full grown trees and boulders the size of cars, not to mention the fast Niagara currents.
Cadaver search dogs brought in from the state Federation of Rescue Teams are also being used on the shore and on boats in the hope that they can provide clues and narrow the area where the officer went missing.
"At this point, it is a search-and-rescue mission," Rinaldo said at a briefing for the media Saturday morning at Broderick Park.
In addition to the agencies on the scene now, a piece of "extremely sophisticated sonar technology" that normally is used by the U.S. Navy is being flown to Buffalo from the New York Police Department by a State Police Aviation Unit to assist in the search, Rinaldo said.
Rinaldo said the all-hands-on-deck effort is designed to "narrow down an area to search for our officer."
He said that search remains concentrated in an area from the start of the breakwall to the International Bridge.
Lehner went into the Niagara River at the foot of West Ferry Street during a training exercise Friday but did not come out. The search for Lehner, a 34-year-old police diver and full-time K-9 Unit officer, started at about 12:50 p.m. Friday and stretched until 9 p.m., with portable flood lights on the shore. Four rescue boats equipped with sonar conducted a grid search in the swift waters off Broderick Park, and underwater robots scoured the river's bottom.
Then, Saturday morning, the search continued shortly after daybreak.
Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and District Attorney John Flynn joined Rinaldo at Broderick Park to address the media Saturday morning.
"Our hearts are certainly hurting this morning," Brown said, "but we continue to be prayerful as the search continues."
Flynn said the agencies from outside of Buffalo – including federal, state, county and local first responders, and even some from Canada – who are helping in the search effort are a testament to the support the Buffalo Police Department has.
"These are dedicated men and women who want to help," Flynn said.
"We didn't have to make one call for assistance," Rinaldo added of the search. " It's heartwarming and makes us proud to be law enforcement."
Rinaldo said the search includes an unprecedented number of law enforcement agencies, twenty in all, including divers from New York City.
Flynn said he spoke to Lehner's sister who said that the massive search effort reflects "Buffalo at its best."
Rochester sent a team to help in the search. According to Rinaldo, the team members have experience training in the murky waters of the Genesee River.
Before the identity of the officer was released Friday night, several police sources provided The Buffalo News with his name, explaining that his family members had been notified and some were at the scene, keeping vigil.
Lehner's fellow divers repeatedly searched the 25-foot deep water off Bird Island Pier, but they were called to shore at dusk to avoid the possibility of more tragedy.
"Unfortunately, this is a very, very dangerous section to dive in," said Rinaldo, who would not speculate on what might have gone wrong Friday morning. "The water moves anywhere from 12 to 15 knots, and under the water here there was a number of serious … obstacles, debris, downed trees, rocks, shopping carts, cars, over the years things found themselves in the water right there.
"This is the fastest fresh water, I believe in the country and Canada as well" Rinaldo told reporters.
"It is extremely dangerous, and that's why our team trains for these situations."
Rinaldo said divers don upward of "40 to 80 pounds" of additional equipment when they dive. That just adds to the challenge.
Other police explained that the team trains there because practicing in the swift currents enables them to be prepared for hazardous missions.
Visibility beneath the water, Rinaldo said, was "somewhat decent," about 10 feet, at the time the team was training.
First responders from about 15 agencies, including from Canada, were taking part in the search.
Even Shield, Lehner's 4-year-old German shepherd K-9 Unit partner, was at the scene for a short time. Lehner named the dog Shield last year in honor of Buffalo Police Officer James A. Shields, 36, who was killed in the line of duty in October 2002 when his patrol vehicle crashed into a tree on Delaware Avenue while he was responding to a robbery call.

Lehner, who is not married, joined the police department in 2008 and served in the Army National Guard with deployments to Iraq and the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Fellow officers said Lehner is well-liked — and devoted to his job.
Asked how local police were coping with this tragedy happening to one of their own, Rinaldo said: "We're a family. As you saw, every uniform, from here to Rochester, was offering assistance. We've pulled together. We have a job to do right now. … There will be time for emotions after we get our job done."
The 14-member Underwater Recovery Team, Rinaldo said, conducts monthly practices in the waters off the foot of West Ferry, and Friday was one of those practices.
The U.S. Coast Guard, which provided a 45-foot response boat to the search effort, said crews discovered the diver's tender cable had parted, according to a news release from the Coast Guard's Great Lakes district. A Coast Guard helicopter from Detroit also aided in the search along with the Air One helicopter from the Erie County Sheriff's Office and another from the U.S. Border Patrol.
The Coast Guard also reported a diver's secondary dive tanks were discovered on the surface of the river, but Rinaldo told reporters the tanks were not connected to the missing Buffalo police diver.
At about 4:15 p.m., police sources told The News teams searching the waters off the Bird Island pier found a glove of the type worn by members of the dive team. A Buffalo police photographer took pictures of it before it was taken from the water.
City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels, whose department provided one of the sonar search boats, said the waters off the park move at 10 to 12 mph.
"They are doing the best they can out there, but along the shore I'm sure there are a lot of heavy hearts," said Foels, as he watched the search efforts from the park.
"It's in God's hands," said Buffalo Police Chaplain Bilal Abdullah. "We hope for something positive."
The Buffalo Fire Department deployed crews to various spots downstream along the Niagara River to keep a lookout for a body in the water, according to department radio traffic.
The Grand Island Fire Department was also deployed to maintain a lookout at River Oaks Marina. And one of that department's boats was providing sonar assistance off Broderick Park.
"I would estimate there are a dozen to 15 agencies assisting us all the way up to Grand Island and on the other side of the border," said Michael J. DeGeorge, spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department and Mayor Byron W. Brown, who visited the scene.
Divers from departments around the area, including the City of Tonawanda and Hamburg, also assisted in the search.
Before the day turned tragic, Steven Chamberlain said he and a companion had arrived at the park in the late morning.

"We showed up here around 11 a.m. when the divers were just going into the water," Chamberlain said. "We were here to go fishing, and we moved along because we didn't want to get in the way of the dive team."
Chamberlain and his fellow angler returned after noticing a number of emergency vehicles in the area.
"When we came back, we just learned one of the divers was missing," Chamberlain said. "I asked a Border Patrol officer what happened. He told me one of the diver's rope broke."

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Bartlett Regional Hospital security take arson suspect into custody

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Bartlett AK Oct 15 2017 A Juneau man detained was quickly detained by hospital security after an explosion and fire at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
The man was then charged with felony arson in the second degree.
A Juneau grand jury indicted Arlo Michael Bradstreet, 32, on Thursday.
About 3 a.m. Oct. 4, witnesses in the emergency room’s waiting area either heard an explosion, or saw smoke and fire in the bathroom.
According to Juneau police, Bradstreet was recorded on video surveillance entering the bathroom, and then running out a short time later with smoke and water pouring out of the bathroom door.
According to charging documents, hospital security pursued after and was able to take Bradstreet into custody.
The Juneau police officer who arrested Bradstreet reported that he smelled strongly of smoke and his clothing was wet. He also had a Bic lighter in his pocket.
Another officer found an inch of water in the bathroom and a plastic garbage can that was melted and blackened. The sprinkler system activated in the bathroom when it detected a fire.

There were no injuries reported during the incident.

Security officer shot by Carroll County sheriff deputy

Carroll County GA Oct 15 2017  A security guard who was on duty for a movie production company was tired and decided to drive down to a nearby Dollar General store to catch some shuteye.
At around 3:20 a.m. a Carroll County deputy sheriff spotted the suspicious vehicle and deputy Tyler North tried to wake up the driver, security guard Joshua Mapson.
Mapson said that he thought the person banging on his car door while he was trying to sleep was a robber — not an officer investigating a suspicious person call.
Mapson, 22, was shot at 3:20 a.m. Monday as back up recklessly toward the deputy and sped off.
Dashcam video shows Mapson pulling off and North opening fire on the car. One of the bullets hit Mapson in the hand.
 “It was terrifying,” he said of the encounter with the deputy. “…My mind was in shock.”
Mapson told North he never heard his commands.
“Had I known it was an officer, from the beginning that’s what it would’ve been: total compliance,” he said.
Mapson’s attorney Jackie Patterson said the loitering and reckless conduct charges should be dropped against his client.
Patterson said the shooting was excessive and that his client could’ve died from it.
Mapson said he’s thankful to be alive: “At the end of the day, that could’ve been my life.”
The sheriff’s deputy was in a full uniform and driving a marked patrol vehicle when he approached Mapson.
The shooting is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

San Bernardino marijuana dispensary security officer shoots would be robber

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San Bernardino CA Oct 15 2017 A security officer shot and wounded a man thwarting an attempted robbery at a San Bernardino marijuana dispensary Thursday night, according to San Bernardino police.
Officers were called to the 300 block of West 16th Street around 8:30 p.m. on reports of “multiple shots were fired,” according to officials.
They learned a security officer opened fire on a man who possibly had tried to rob the dispensary, according to Lt. Michael Madden, however he said witnesses were “less than forthcoming with officers about what took place.”
Police officials did not say how extensive the wounded person’s injuries were but he was eventually placed under arrest. His name was not immediately available.

The shooting is under investigation. Police ask anyone who may have witnesses anything to call the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-384-5742.