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Monday, August 22, 2016

Officer Down


Sergeant Jorge Ramos
Florida Department of Corrections, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Age: 39
Tour: 9 years
Cause: Heart attack
Incident Date: 4/29/2016

Sergeant Jorge Ramos died two days after collapsing during a statewide Correctional Emergency Response Team competition being hosted at the Sumter Correctional Institution, in Bushnell, Florida.

He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he remained until passing away.

Sergeant Ramos had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for nine years and was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wake up people, this is what we call savagery...

If you've seen the movie or the trailer for American Sniper, Chris Kyle had to shoot a boy, who looked less than ten year of age, as he approached an American squad. The kid was handed the bomb by a woman, presumedly his mother. A mother would send her child to his death. And Kyle, completely justified, had to fire the shot to send him to his grave. Chris Kyle had a conscious, unlike that woman. This is what we are dealing with.

Another example of how the savagery of our enemy is not to be underestimated. And a great example of the courage of the police in Iraq. Holding the boy and stripping him of the bomb. This is unreal.
‘ISIS child suicide bomber aged between 12 and 13’ was thwarted in Iraq



The dramatic moment an ISIS child suicide bomber ‘aged 12 or 13’ is stripped of his explosive belt by Iraqi police as terrorists use child bombers in horrifying new tactic

The boy, who was wearing a Barcelona football shirt with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi on the back, reportedly burst into tears as he was detained by Iraqi police in the city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, yesterday.


After being stripped of the explosive, he is still fighting. 
In a Barcelona football shirt from FIFA


His arrest came less than 24 hours after another child suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and injured 100 more at a wedding party in Turkey.
It has led to fears children are increasingly being used by ISIS to carry out deadly attacks. Two other suicide bombers blew themselves up in Kirkuk on Sunday.

The boy, who was wearing a Barcelona football shirt with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi on the back, reportedly burst into tears as he was detained by Iraqi police

Three people were injured in one while in another there were no casualties...

...‘There is a dangerous campaign tonight against Kirkuk,’ a security official told the network.

It has been claimed the boy was planning to blow himself up outside a Shia mosque. The belt was later detonated safely away from members of the public.
Unbelievable.  From the article.

Earlier this year it was revealed that ISIS had released an app teaching the Arabic alphabet to its ‘cubs of the caliphate’ – using cartoon images of weaponry.
The terror group uses pictures of tanks, ammunition and swords to help children remember certain letters in its bizarre learning aid. 
It is the latest move by ISIS aimed at indoctrinating children in its Iraq and Syria stronghold. 
Videos have previously been released of boys – dubbed ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ – being put through rigorous training regimes and even being ordered to carry out brutal executions. 
Meanwhile, Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said it was likely that ISIS was behind the attack which saw a bomber, thought to be aged between 12 and 14, blow up people dancing in the street at a party in the city of Gaziantep last night. 
The boy was detained in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, less than 24 hours after a child suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and injured 100 at a wedding party in Turkey...
Give you an idea of what we are talking about, look at this explosion.  That is what this kid, who didn't even have a hair on his chest, was carrying and willing to kill himself with:

Sobering, to put it nicely.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Officer Down


Border Patrol Agent Jose Daniel Barraza
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Monday, April 18, 2016
Age: 29
Tour: 7 years, 8 months

Border Patrol Agent Jose Barraza was killed in a vehicle crash on I-10, near Fort Hancock, Texas, at approximately 7:30 am.

He was nearing the end of his shift when his patrol truck collided with the rear of a semi near mile marker 78. Agent Barraza was killed at the scene. His canine partner suffered minor injuries.

Agent Barraza had served with the United States Border Patrol for almost eight years and was assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and mother.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Officer Down


Police Officer Steven Michael Smith
Columbus Division of Police, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Age: 54
Tour: 27 years
Badge # 1386
Incident Date: 4/10/2016

Police Officer Steven Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier as the SWAT team attempted to serve a felony arson warrant at an apartment at 14 West California Avenue.

Officer Smith was riding in the turret of an armored vehicle as it approached the apartment building when he was struck by one round. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to the wound.

The wanted subject was taken into custody following the shooting.

Officer Smith had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Officer Down


Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer
Virginia State Police, Virginia
End of Watch: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Age: 37
Tour: 1 year, 5 months
Badge # 756

Trooper Chad Dermyer was shot and killed while speaking to a suspicious person inside the Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond, Virginia, at approximately 2:45 pm.

He and other officers were participating in an interdiction training course and were conducting stops of suspects. He spoke to the man briefly before the man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire, hitting him. Other officers who were on scene shot and killed the subject when the man opened fire on them following a short foot pursuit inside the bus terminal.

Trooper Dermyer was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

Trooper Dermyer was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Virginia State Police for 17 months and had previously served with the Newport News Police Department, Jackson, Michigan, Police Department, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, brother, and sister.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down


K9 Duke
Richland Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Gender: M

K9 Duke died after being found in his handler's patrol car.

His handler rushed him to a local veterinary hospital where he died a short time later.
Rest in Peace Duke…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!

In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Officer Down


Trooper Jeffrey Nichols
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Age: 27
Tour: 5 years

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols was killed in a single vehicle crash while on patrol in Lamar County, Texas, at approximately 11:00 pm.
His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree on FM 38, approximately one half mile north of County Road 35450, in Tigertown.

Trooper Nichols had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for five years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and brother.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down


K9 Ledger
La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Gender: M
Cause: Heat exhaustion

K9 Ledger died of heat exhaustion inside of his handler's patrol car while it was parked outside of the La Salle County Courthouse.

His handler had left the vehicle running, in accordance with policy, while conducting business inside the courthouse. When he returned outside he noticed that the vehicle was no longer running and he found K9 ledger on the driver's floor board with his head on the gas pedal. It was later determined that the vehicle had run out of gas, causing it to turn off. The vehicle had been driven approximately 100 miles since it had been filled up previously. The vehicle's heat alarm system did not operate once the engine stopped running.

Ledger had served with the La Salle County Sheriff's Office for one year.
Rest in Peace Ledger…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Officer Down

Police Officer Susan Louise Farrell
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Age: 30
Tour: 11 years, 5 months
Badge # 5184

Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Age: 34
Tour: 5 years, 5 months
Badge # 5172

Police Officer Susan Farrell and Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way, drunk driver on I-80, at mile marker 117.

They were transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs back to Des Moines when the crash occurred. Both officers, the prisoner, and the driver of the wrong way vehicle were killed.

Officer Farrell had served with the Des Moines Police Department for only five months and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 11 years.

Officer Puente-Morales had served with the Des Moines Police Department for five months and had previously served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and the Ottumwa Police Department. He was a member of the Army National Guard.
Rest in Peace...We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down


K9 Bruno
Amarillo Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Breed: Dutch Shepherd
Age: 5
Gender: M

K9 Bruno died from an injury sustained during a training exercise with his handler.

His handler threw a training aid as an award and while Bruno was retrieving it he ran into a tree, which fractured a vertebrae in his neck.

Bruno had served with the Amarillo Police Department for two years.
Rest in Peace Bruno…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Another oldie but goodie, Steve Martin

Besides being a great stand up comedian and a good actor, Steve Martin has musical talent. He is a very accomplished banjo player. Here he is with a satire song I hope you will enjoy

Tired officers hesitant to shoot black suspects....

Interesting look at the issue. Hey, there are a lot of tired cops out there on the street, and I'm about to take a nap before my shift starts!

New Washington State University study: Even tired cops are more hesitant to shoot black suspects

A new study concludes that officers tend not to be biased against black suspects in resorting to deadly force, even when fatigued and thus potentially more vulnerable to making angry, irrational, and impulsive decisions

The most explosive crisis law enforcement faces today is the allegation that rampant racial bias drives officers’ shooting decisions...

...Indeed, tired cops and rested officers alike are more hesitant to shoot black suspects than to shoot white ones in similar circumstances and to show better judgment in their shooting decisions when black suspects are involved.

“[T]oday’s police officers tend to be operating in a state of heightened awareness of the consequences of shooting a member of a historically oppressed minority group,” the study notes, and their extra caution regarding black suspects is not overridden even by the potentially debilitating effects of fatigue.

Lead author of the study is Dr. Lois James. She and her research associates, Dr. Stephen James and Dr. Bryan Vila, are connected with the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University in Spokane. A full report on the current study — titled “Does the ‘Reverse Racism Effect’ Withstand the Test of Police Officer Fatigue?” — has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. At this writing, the date of publication is pending.

Questions of Fatigue and Race

In an earlier study led by Lois James, scientific testing of a sampling of white officers revealed that overall they “hesitated significantly longer before shooting armed suspects who were black, compared to armed subjects who were white or Hispanic.” Also they were 25 times less likely to erroneously shoot unarmed black subjects than they were unarmed white subjects.

In contrast to activists’ vociferous claims, James reported that the research found that officer participants “even when they had strong implicit biases against black suspects were more hesitant when faced with black suspects in a simulator.” This hesitancy has been referred to as “counter bias” or the “reverse racism effect.”

Still, in light of the well-documented negative effects of fatigue on LEOs’ performance in other realms, James wondered if the hesitancy to shoot black suspects would vanish if involved officers were tired when their shooting decisions were made.

In other words, if an encounter occurred when an officer was dragging from a long shift, a crushing workload, or chronic sleep deprivation — surely a realistic possibility — would he or she still be “more hesitant to shoot black suspects compared to white suspects” and still be less likely to draw a deadly “mistake-of-fact” conclusion where black suspects were involved?

James guessed not. “[T]he parts of the brain responsible for executive functions such as moral decision making and impulse control tend to be affected the quickest by fatigue,” she explains.

So specifically, she hypothesized that officers would be “significantly quicker to shoot armed suspects” and “significantly more likely to mistakenly shoot unarmed suspects” when fatigued than when rested. And she expected the racial difference favoring black suspects to disappear when officers were tired; in effect, heightening the danger to black individuals...

...Surprise!

To James’s surprise, she told Force Science News, “My hypotheses weren’t supported” by the results. Instead, “Officers’ counter bias remained strong, even under conditions of fatigue.”

• Officers were “marginally” (although “not significantly”) quicker to shoot when fatigued than when rested — but on average they still took fractions of a second longer before deciding to shoot armed black suspects than armed white suspects.
• As to mistake-of-fact shootings, “the officers were more likely to shoot unarmed white suspects than unarmed black suspects in both fatigued and rested conditions,” James writes. Rested, “officers collectively shot 31 unarmed white suspects (3.6 percent of the total) and 2 unarmed black suspects (0.3 percent).” In the fatigued condition, they inexplicably showed an improvement in judgment, collectively shooting “23 unarmed white suspects (2.8 percent) and 0 unarmed black suspects (0.0 percent)”
• “No significant differences [in results] were observed [as to] participant gender and race,” the researchers report. “The key indication of the findings,” James writes, “is that both officers’ decisions to shoot and their tendency to be more hesitant to shoot black suspects than white suspects appeared to be unaffected by officer fatigue...”

Interesting look and if anything, this shows a form of the Ferguson effect in action. And that is scary. But there are cops out there worried if they pull a gun they will be the next YouTube sensation and the US Department of "Just-Us" will make it their mission in life to destroy them. I had similar worried two weeks ago when we had three suspects in a car, refusing to come out, and we were being videotaped by the local population.

If accurate (he does call for "more research," aka "give me more money") this is scary as hell, to say the least. Be safe out there guys!

From the files of "Who didn't see this one...."

Granted, it's Politico, but if they say it's an issue, you know it's worse than it's posted here!

German intelligence warns of ISIL ‘hit squads’ among refugees

Official says country has to accept it is home to terror ‘sleeper cells.’

German intelligence services have evidence that “hit squads” from the Islamic State terror group have infiltrated the country disguised as refugees, the deputy head of Bavaria’s spy agency told the BBC Thursday.

“We have to accept that we have hit squads and sleeper cells in Germany,” Manfred Hauser, the vice president of the Bavaria region’s intelligence gathering agency, BayLfV, told the Today program.

“We have substantial reports that among the refugees there are hit squads. There are hundreds of these reports, some from refugees themselves. We are still following up on these, and we haven’t investigated all of them fully,” said Hauser.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière will present a set of new security measures in Berlin on Thursday, following recent attacks in the country inspired by ISIL.

...Hauser said intelligence services have “irrefutable evidence that there is an IS command structure in place,” making a coordinated attack, similar to those seen in Paris last November and Brussels in March, “likely.”

Bavaria has been the main gateway for asylum seekers fleeing conflict in the Middle East, over 1 million of whom arrived in Germany in 2015.

B Hussein Obama wants to bring in 10, 000 "refugees." Mrs. Bill Clinton will up it to 65, 000. On behalf of Americans everywhere.....

Thanks!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Officer Down


Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz
Howard County Sheriff's Office, Indiana
End of Watch: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Age: 27
Tour: 2 years
Badge # 34-76

Deputy Sheriff Carl Koontz was shot and killed as he and other deputies served arrest and search warrants in connection to a narcotics case.

The deputies received no response from inside the mobile home, on the 300 block of Chandler Street in Russiaville, when they knocked on the door and announced themselves at approximately 12:30 am. As they entered the home the subject opened fire on them, striking Deputy Koontz and a sheriff's sergeant.

A Russiaville police officer and other deputies were able to pull both wounded deputies from the home. They were both transported to a local hospital before being flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Deputy Koontz succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.

The subject was found suffering from a fatal gunshot wound several hours later after a SWAT team made entry into the home.

Deputy Koontz had served with the Howard County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife, son, parents, sister and grandparents.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

K9 Down


K9 Aldo
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Age: 7
Gender: M
Tour: 5 years

K9 Aldo was shot and killed during a warrant service at a home near 4303 South and 730 East in Millcreek, Utah.

Officers were serving a warrant on a man wanted for aggravated assault of a police officer. It was determined the wanted man was hiding inside of the home after several of its occupants exited at the direction of officers. Aldo located the man hiding in a closet and commands were issued for him to surrender.

The subject opened fire with a handgun, striking Aldo. Other officers returned fire and critically wounded the subject.

K9 Aldo had served with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake for five years.

Rest in Peace Also…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Curley is still Da Man!

Found this by accident, but it's still great! Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Officer Down















Police Officer III Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Friday, March 18, 2016
Age: 28
Tour: 4 years, 6 months
Badge # 32

Police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was shot multiple times as he and other Community Response Team officers attempted to interview a known gang member at a home near Rebecca Street and Ackley Road, in the Nicholtown neighborhood.

When the subject saw the officers he fled on foot onto a wooded path with officers in pursuit. He was chased into the backyard of a home where he fatally shot Officer Jacobs. He was able to continue fleeing but encountered other officers who had created a perimeter. He committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.

Other officers rendered aid to Officer Jacobs, who was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Jacobs was a decorated United States Army veteran and served with the Greenville Police Department for 4-1/2 years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two sons.

Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

A look at the power grid threat....

I have a love-hate relationship with Foreign Policy Magazine. Much of it is leftist dribble, but often they hit it out the park. An interesting look at cyberterrorism against our power grid.
The Threat to America’s Electrical Grid Is Much Bigger Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Greetings from the front. The cyberwar continues. Our operatives continue to hit infrastructure targets around the globe. In June alone we conducted 44 ops, hitting targets in 26 U.S. states and six countries total. Each operation impacted as many 15,000 people and lasted for up to four and half hours. Of course that’s just our unclassified operations; the actual number of power outages our operatives have caused is 10 times that number.

As we continue to wreak havoc on your electric infrastructure, your policymakers and cyberwar hawks are rattling sabers, worried about online attacks from nation-states, completely ignoring the threats that successfully target your power grid every day. The Washington Post, Forbes, USA Today, and even the esteemed Ted Koppel talk about “cybergeddon,” trillion-dollar risks, and when — not if — a massive cyberattack on the U.S. electric power grid will occur. Even President Obama is worried. In the meantime, we quietly go about our work, disrupting power generation and transmission across the globe.

To date there has been exactly one, just one, power outage that can be attributed to some sort of cyberattack by a nation-state. Last December, someone (many people say directed by the Russian government, but there really isn’t enough evidence to support that accusation) hit up to six different power companies in Ukraine with a coordinated malware and DDoS attack. This definitely wasn’t a random lone hacker in a basement; this took months of planning and coordinated effort. It sounds scary but the outages only lasted a few hours and affected around 80,000 residences. We have caused far bigger and longer outages all by ourselves.

We are everywhere, and yet almost impossible to find. There are other events that have impacted critical infrastructure: a water pump failure in Illinois, power outages in Brazil, a pipeline explosion in Turkey, a cyberattack on a dam in New York; even a blast furnace in a German steel plant was supposedly put into an uncontrolled shutdown from a cyberattack. In each case, the initial cause for the failure was blamed on cyberattacks — but in each case, once the evidence was actually examined, hackers were nowhere to be found. Still, that lack of evidence hasn’t stopped the cyberwar hawks from pointing to these analog events as examples of the coming digital doom.

When that doesn’t work, the threatmongers and profiteers point to previous widespread blackouts, known as “black swan” events because of their rarity, such as the Northeast blackout of 2003 or the Southwest blackout of 2011. In both cases, a string of unlikely events occurred, including human error, before the lights went out. In both cases, most of the power was restored in just a few hours. There were no riots, no financial meltdowns, and democracy continued unabated.

Then there’s what we affectionately call the “nine substation problem.” After a bunch of armed assailants opened fire on a substation outside of Metcalf, California, in 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conducted a study of the national power grid and found that if just nine substations were attacked in a similar manner as the one in Metcalf, the entire United States would be without power for over 18 months. Are you freaked out yet?

Good. But the problem is: This scenario is extremely unlikely. First, that FERC study only looked at physical damage to the transformers, which are usually custom-built for each location, and are only manufactured by a few companies — meaning a substation could take months to replace. Second, the study only looked at physical damage, which in the event of a cyberattack is extremely unlikely. But still, the prophets of doom ask, what if hackers had guns? Didn’t you see Skyfall?!

No, we didn’t. We’re squirrels.

Look, even for our billion-strong army of small rodents — in the United States alone — the “attack surface” for the U.S. electric grid is absolutely huge. There are over 7,000 power plants in the United States run by over 3,000 companies. There are over 55,000 substations and over 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. We squirrels have a hard enough time trying to take out small sections of it, let alone nine substations at once. Anyone attempting to conduct a major coordinated effort to turn out power over a large region for a long period of time is going to find it a rather difficult task.

Not that we’re not trying. As of July of this year we squirrels (and our fellow animal operatives) have conducted over 1,400 unclassified operations that have resulted in aggregate of more than 67 days without power, affecting over 3.6 million people. That works out to the entire population of the state of Connecticut losing electricity for more than two months. And remember: Our unclassified ops are just a fraction of the total. On average, we cause dozens of outages every day impacting about 5,000 people each for around two hours. Compare that with the number of outages caused by cyberattack, which in the United States is exactly zero...

I will not dismiss this threat out of hand, like the author seems to here. In a paper I did in my masters program, it covered how many control programs for electrical generation, dam operation and other heavy industry systems were standardized to a Windows or Linux base in the early 1990s. While this makes the systems more functional and user friendly, they are now Internet connected and our enemies have more ways to infect them.

In one source, the Department of Energy used 30 lines of code uploaded to the control program of a industrial diesel generator. Within three minutes, the generator was destroyed. The programs cut off the lubrication of the engine and the rest is history.

An interesting read, all in all.

K9 Down


K9 Nicky
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada
End of Watch: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Gender: M

K9 Nicky was shot and killed in the 9800 block of Fast Elk Street while attempting an apprehension of an armed subject.

Officers had responded to the area for reports that the subject had been firing shots. Nicky was deployed as officers attempted to take the subject into custody. The man opened fire, forcing officer to return fire as K9 Nicky bit the subject. One round struck Nicky, killing him.

It was later determined that the man had murdered two of his mother's neighbors who had come to her assistance as he fought with her. The subject later died of the gunshot wounds received by officers.

Nicky had just returned to duty after recovering from wounds inflicted by a machete during a previous apprehension in February 2015.
Rest in Peace Nicky…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Terrorism in the Ukraine

Looking at this, I recall the debriefing of General James Dozier after he was held for 42 days by the Italian Red Brigade.

Same here in a fashion.


Video Analysis: Ukraine Car Bombing




"Video Analysis: Ukraine Car Bombing is republished with permission of Stratfor."

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Officer Down


Trooper Thomas Clardy
Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Age: 44
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 3090

Trooper Thomas Clardy died from injuries he sustained in a vehicle collision on I-90, near mile marker 80 in Charlton, at approximately 12:00 pm.

He was working an overtime assignment conducting accident reduction enforcement when he made a traffic stop of another vehicle. He had returned to his patrol car when another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed crossed three travel lanes and struck him from behind.

Trooper Clardy was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle who struck the patrol car was charged criminally with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Trooper Clardy had served with the Massachusetts State Police for 10 years and was a veteran of both the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Another reason I really hate the 4th Estate

Few professions show the outright arrogance that the "mainstream" media does. They profess to be the guardians of the public while being aligned with the people they are notionally holding to a standard. See George Stephanopoulos, former Clinton minister of propaganda and now ABC News hack.

Now from this morning's Houston Chronicle, an article showing the downfall of the Soviet Empire.
The END of the SOVIET UNION

BY CHARLES APPLE

In one corner: Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, who was trying to drag the U.S.S.R. out from behind the Iron Curtain using the twin strategies of perestroika and glasnost (translation: “restructuring” and “openness”). In the other corner: Soviet hardliners who were clinging to a failed system of government. The battle went down 25 years ago this week.

AUG. 4, 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev is in the process of finalizing what’s called the Union Treaty, which will loosen control the U.S.S.R. has over its member republics and decentralize government. It’s just the latest — and perhaps the largest — step in peeling back the Iron Curtain.

An exhausted Gorbachev leaves Moscow with his family and heads to their vacation villa on the shore of the Crimean Sea.

AUG. 18

Defense Minister Dmitry Yazov, Vice President Gennady Yanayev and the heads of the Interior Ministry and the KGB visit Gorbachev and demand he either kill the treaty or resign as leader of the Soviet Union. He defiantly refuses and warns his family there may be consequences. The Gorbachev family is placed under armed guard and their communications are cut off.

AUG. 19

The leaders of the coup announce to the public that Gorbachev has been relieved of his duties for health reasons.

The president of the Russian Republic — former Gorbachev protégé Boris Yeltsin — denounces the coup as a “new reign of terror” and calls for all Russian citizens to leave their jobs and to protest in the streets. A crowd begins to gather outside the Russian parliament building. Yeltsin climbs atop a tank and urges citizens to resist. Later that day, the deputy mayor of Moscow joins in the resistance.

Unbelievably, the leaders of the coup have failed to seize control of the state-controlled TV station. That night, video is broadcast of Yeltsin’s speech. He becomes a hero overnight.

AUG. 20

Tensions remain high. Yeltsin calls President George H.W. Bush, who assures him the U.S. will not recognize the coup government.

The Soviet Army, under control of the new government, prepares for an assault on the center of Moscow. Protesters dig in for the attack they know will be coming soon.

AUG. 21

Not long after midnight, the assault begins. A column of military vehicles break through barricades set up around the parliament building. In the confusion, two protesters are shot dead and a third is crushed under a tank.

Protesters rush the vehicles. The armed personnel carrier is set afire. Young soldiers — unhappy about being ordered to assault their friends and neighbors — break off the attack. It’s clear the coup has failed. When daylight arrives, the “gang of eight” coup leaders are arrested. A large statue of the founder of the KGB in front of KGB headquarters is toppled.

Gorbachev is released from house arrest and returns to Moscow, but it’s clear his role in the reformation of the Soviet Union is done.

1985

MARCH 11

Mikhail Gorbachev is elected general secretary of the Communist Party. He is the fourth new Soviet leader in just over two years. The next month, the party adopts Gorbachev’s platform of moderate reform.

1987

JUNE

The Central Committee approves Gorbachev’s economic reform plan that defines profit as the driving economic force.

OCT. 21

In a closed meeting of the Central Committee, Boris Yeltsin accuses Gorbachev of moving too slowly on economic reform. Yeltsin is dismissed from the Politburo.

DEC. 19

Gorbachev frees human rights activist Andrei Sakharov from internal exile in Gorky.

1988

JUNE 28

Gorbachev closes the 19th Communist Party Conference with a call for the creation of a new parliament, a strengthened presidency and a market economy, and consideration of allowing republics greater control of economic affairs.

1989

MARCH

The new Congress of People’s Deputies is elected. Its opening session is characterized by open political debate.

AUG.- DEC.

Communist governments throughout Eastern Europe fall after Gorbachev says he will not use force to save them. On Nov. 9, East Germany opens the gates in the Berlin Wall.

1990

MARCH 11

Lithuania declares its independence. Its Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Estonia, follow suit.

MAY 29

The new Russian republic elects Yeltsin president and declares “sovereignty,” claiming control of its natural resources. By year’s end, 15 Soviet republics declare some form of sovereignty.

JULY

Conservatives criticize Gorbachev at the 28th Communist Party Congress. Yeltsin and other radicals quit the party. Gorbachev purges several old guard members from the Politburo.

1991

JAN. 13

Fourteen people are killed when Soviet tanks attack a main television tower in Vilnius, Lithuania. Moscow News proclaims “Perestroika Is Over.”

FEB. 19

Yeltsin accuses Gorbachev of pushing the country to dictatorship and demands his resignation.

MARCH 17

Gorbachev’s Union Treaty, which gives greater power to the republics, wins approval in a nationwide referendum.

JULY 1

Former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and six other prominent Soviet reformers agree to create a new national political party aimed at rivaling the Communists.

JULY 26

Communist leaders overwhelmingly approve Gorbachev’s new party platform, abandoning decades of Marxist dogma.

AUG. 16

Alexander Yakovlev, once Gorbachev’s top adviser, quits the party, warning of a coup by “Stalinists.”

AUG. 18-21

Hardliners attempt to derail reform by placing Gorbachev under house arrest and seizing control of the government. The coup fails.

SEPT.

The Congress of People’s Deputies votes for dissolution of the Soviet Union.

DEC. 25

Gorbachev resigns as Soviet president. The U.S. recognizes the independence of the remaining Soviet republics.

Sources: The New York Times, The Associated Press, BBC, Radio Free Europe, Library of Congress, Office of the Historian of the Department of State, History.com, The Cold War Museum

No Mr Apple, this didn't just happen because Gorbachev didn't want the Soviet Union to dissolve. He wanted to bring greater prosperity to the people he ruled with the control. Difficult to do when you rule over multiple countries with various cultures, over 100 languages, and multiple religions opposing the rule of the Soviet Union. Also, the work of generations, led by great men like Ike, Kennedy, Reagan and John Paul II, plus great women like Thatcher, hemmed in the Soviet Union. How soon it accelerated the end, God only knows. But it was doomed to go to the "ash heap of history" in spite of all the efforts of Mr Gorbachev.

K9 Down




K9 Reefer
Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Washington
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Breed: Black Labrador
Age: 10
Gender: M

K9 Reefer was struck and killed by a vehicle while on duty.

Reefer had served with the Chelan County Sheriff's Office for nine years and served as a narcotics dog.

Rest in Peace Reefer…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!

In Memory of all Police Dogs


They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Old stuff still works....

When I joined the intelligence racket back in 1988, computer networks were just coming on line and we still worked on maps, reference books and a lot of other hard copy. Beginning the in the 1990s, computers and this new thing called the Internet (I think the ALGORE invented it), and we started the online revolution if you will.

Now there is some pushback. I've complained that many rookie officers can't handle a map, even the veterans. Most of use old dudes (Damned I can't believe I'm calling myself that!) learned on a 1/50k map (if you don't know, Google it) and I will not allow them to use an iPhone or other system because the need to know how to handle themselves when the technology goes down. The Navy recently began to teach navigation by the stars to their officer candidates to insure they can navigate when technology fails. In a recent book I've read, Ghost Fleet, one of the themes is the overuse of computers.

Well, it's not like they had overdue of computers before, but the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is bring back some old technology.
Intelligence: Oldies From The 20th Century

August 14, 2016: On July 15 North Korea activated, for the first time since 2000, a “numbers station.” This is a special radio station that uses a specific shortwave radio frequency that periodically (on pre-arranged dates and times) broadcasts sequences of numbers. These broadcasts often last a few minutes then that channel goes silent.

Numbers stations were a popular 20th century technique for sending secret messages to agents in foreign nations or combat zones. It began during World War I, with Morse code used instead of a spoken voice. Given the frequency used and the strength of the signal the audience for these new North Korean messages was in South Korea, China or Japan. Analysis of the audio indicated that the North Koreans were using Cold War era Russian (Soviet) broadcast equipment. Apparently this gear was put in storage in 2000 and revived for the new broadcasts.

Since the Cold War ended few nations still use numbers stations, most notably Cuba, China, Taiwan, Israel and, until 2000, North Korea. For nations with international Internet access (and this does not include North Korea) there are more effective Internet based methods for sending secret messages. North Korea is known to have used these Internet based method so it is a mystery as to why they have revived their numbers station broadcasts. Then again it could just be another ploy to frighten their enemies (which is just about everyone, especially South Korea, the United States and Japan.) These three nations do not appear alarmed by the broadcasts, but that could be said for most North Korean threats.

When I was a second lieutenant in Korea, back in 1988, one of the best lessons I learned was the answer to the question, "Where are we?" I was in the armored vehicle and couldn't see anything. A captain responded, "You got a map, tell me!" And I went out, looked at the map, looked at the terrain features and in fifteen minutes was able locate our new position. A good reason learned for a very green officer.

Good to know the basics.

Thanks to Darren at RotLC for the link.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Officer Down











First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro
West Virginia State Police, West Virginia
End of Watch: Monday, March 14, 2016
Age: 50
Tour: 17 years

First Sergeant Joseph Portaro suffered a medical emergency while participating in a physical fitness run near the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he served as the Deputy Director of Training.

He was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital where he passed away.

Sergeant Portaro was a veteran of the West Virginia Army National Guard and had served with the West Virginia State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh.