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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Law Enforcement News

Man Suspected of Shooting Hesperia Deputy May be Connected to Separate Homicide
Daily Bulletin, (03/16/2017), Beatriz Valenzuela
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy survived a shooting following an armed robbery in the early morning hours of March 16. The deputy was treated for minor injuries and released the same morning. Authorities were investigating an armed robbery that took place about 12:30 a.m.
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Duval County Creates Safety Hotline to Report School Threats
News4JAX, (03/16/2017), Francesca Amiker                
Duval County School Police will manage a new hotline, 904-348-SAFE (7233), and email address,, that students, faculty and parents can use to report threats or incidents of school violence. In addition to the anonymous tip reporting service, the school district is also instituting random searches and planning several educational programs.
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More Details Emerge in Shooting of 2 Detroit Officers
(03/16/2017), Associated Press
Two Detroit Police Department officers will recover from injuries sustained when a suspect in a narcotics investigation shot both of them during the night of March 15. One of the officers' body armor stopped two bullets to the chest area; he was shot in the ankle. The other took a hit in the neck but will survive, according to a police statement.
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'Drunk Goggles' to Help Laurie Police Educate Public About Dangers of Drunk Driving
Lake News Online, (03/18/2017)
The police department in Laurie, Mo., recently received approximately $3,500 in safety equipment thanks to a state grant, one of only three awarded by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The agency received a hand-held radar gun, six pairs of "drunk goggles" and portable breathalyzers. Police will use the goggles for public education at schools and at community events.
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Inman Police Honored for Driver Safety Program, (03/20/2017), Daniel J. Gross
The Inman (S.C.) Police Department recently received an award from the Safety Council of South Carolina's Alive at 25 program. The department has taken the 4.5 hour Alive at 25 curriculum and enhanced it by adding a component wherein high school students drive a golf cart through a parking lot course, first while texting and then while wearing "drunk goggles." The Safety Council honored the department for its innovation, which it hopes to expand to schools outside its jurisdiction.
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Madison Township Police Handle 5 Opiate Overdoses Over 3 Days as New Database Helps Track Addicts
The News-Herald, (03/21/2017), Jonathan Tressler
The Lake County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office and its Heroin Task Force have created a county-wide database that will track whether an individual who asks police for help in combatting a drug addiction actually follows through. The need to track status is a result of Ohio HB110, which allows individuals who are in violation of the state's narcotics statutes to request help in lieu of jail time. The legislation came about as police departments in Ohio, as in many others states, deal with an ever-increasing numbers of calls for opioid overdoses.
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Corrections News

How Community Paramedics Improve Care, Reduce Costs in Correctional Facilities
CorrectionsOne, (03/14/2017), Doug Wylie
In Scott County, Minn., a new program uses the skills of community paramedics to improve and expand health care provided to persons incarcerated in the local jail while also cutting health care costs. A community paramedic receives supplementary training in providing an expanded scope of care, such as extended assessments and exams, under the supervision of a licensed physician.
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Florida Senators Call Staffing Shortages in State Prisons a Crisis
WGCU, (03/16/2017), Sarah Mueller
Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones has asked the state legislature for additional funding to help the state recruit and retain corrections officers. She characterized corrections officers in general as being "young, inexperienced and tired," as well forced to work a great of overtime due to staffing shortages.
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Wisconsin's Rising Prison Population Poses Budget Challenges
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, (03/17/2017), Patrick Marley
The chair of the Wisconsin Assembly Corrections Committee says the state is looking to expand drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs to help deal with rising corrections costs. Other cost-cutting measures proposed include an expanded early release program for qualified inmates and the addition of a facility targeting the needs of elderly inmates.
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Judge Allows Vocational Nurses to Administer Naloxone in Prisons
The Fix, (03/17/2017), Paul Gaita
A federal judge has granted a waiver requested by California Correctional Health Care Services that will allow licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to administer naloxone in prison settings without first obtaining permission from a doctor. Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within minutes. Drug overdoses are among the leading causes of death in the state prison system.
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2 Mississippi Prisons Searched in Contraband Shakedown
NewsCenter 11, (03/17/2017)
Inmates at two Mississippi correctional facilities face disciplinary action after a predawn search operation on March 16 resulted in the confiscation of homemade alcohol, cell phones, cigarettes and suspected illegal drugs. Searches took place at the Yazoo County Correctional Facility in Yazoo City and the Holmes-Humphreys County Regional Correctional Facility in Lexington.
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