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Officer Unloads His Weapon While On Duty

by on Aug.31, 2011, under Crime, Weapons

Police all over the country hate the stereotype of cops always taking a break for doughnuts. It's not doughnuts that this New Mexico officer is feeding a "suspect" while on duty. The extra-duty activity was caught by a hidden camera set up by the New Mexico police to monitor vandalism nearby. It was also witnessed by the chihuahua, seen circling around the couple. The two images, taken at Santa Fe Canyon ranch were released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. You can see that he has his uniform and utility belt on, but it appears that his weapon is unholstered. The photos were released after a Freedom of Information Act request, but the state police have so far refused comment.
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The Ties that Bind

by on Jun.18, 2011, under Crime, Culture, Drugs, Games, Recreation

Races at the Royal Ascot are attended by the rich and famous, titled aristocrats, and often members of the Royal Family. It's not just a horse race. It's an English tradition.

Patrons dress in their finest attire and pack themselves in to mingle, watch the races

and the fashion.

Two people were arrested for possession of cocaine on the first day of the five day event this year, so the police have decided to crack down on drug use among the 40,000 person crowd.

Officers with sniffer dogs have been patrolling the grounds to identify spectators carrying narcotics. White metal depository boxes have been placed around the course, and at the Grandstand Enclosure entrance. Guests are asked to deposit their illegal drugs into these boxes.

It's only fair, as the horses are drug-tested before the race.

The boxes are secured by a nylon cable tie to keep miscreants from appropriating the drugs.

Police haul away illegal drugs at end of race

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Kid’s Choice: Get Belted Or Face the Consequences

by on Jun.04, 2011, under Crime, Education, Kids

Folks in Leander, Texas believe in personal responsibility. When a Leander police officer spotted 10-year-0ld Marshall May poke his head out the window, he put on his lights and sirens and pulled the vehicle over. Marshall had been getting some fresh air when the belt slipped off his shoulder. In Texas, if a child younger than 15 is not wearing a seatbelt, the adult driver of the vehicle is liable. But the officer didn't ticket the driver, Marshall's aunt, 19-year-old Ashley Arrendondo. Instead, he told Marshall, "You were wearing your seatbelt incorrectly. Sorry, but click it or ticket." He told Marshall he wasn't wearing the seatbelt properly because it wasn't covering the top of his chest. Marshall, who attends Jim Plain Elementary School in Leander, said, "I was really scared, I could tell you that. I didn't know what to do. He made me sign my signature, but I don't have a signature because I'm ten years old." He signed his name in block letters. The citation is a class C misdemeanor which carries a $ 500 fine. Without a significant increase in his allowance, it will take Marshall years to pay it. Gabriel May, Marshall's father, said: "I thought it was a joke until I saw the actual ticket. I think they should drop it. I asked him what he was going to do to take care of the ticket today, and he said that he thought he might do community service all summer.

10-year-old Gets Traffic Ticket: MyFoxAUSTIN.com

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Right Under Their Noses

by on May.03, 2011, under Crime, Drugs

Police in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales were carrying out an investigation when they noticed the smell of cannabis. Following it to its source, they arrived at a boarded-up building that was formerly a night club. Inside were more than a thousand cannabis plants, and a sophisticated hydroponic and irrigation growing operation with high tech lights. The operation was so large that council waste experts were called in to dispose of the crop. Two Police Community Support Officers were posted at the front of the building to guard the evidence. While the police were gloating about their victory in the front, thieves broke in through the back and started stuffing the marijuana into a waiting van.

A neighbor noticed the activity and reported it to police, but the thieves made off with an estimated $ 25,000 worth of pot. The council waste experts expressed their thanks to the unidentified individuals for making their disposal task easier.

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Assuming the Position

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Art, Culture, Family, Kids, Parenting

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Hot Tip

by on Jan.12, 2011, under Animals, Crime, Drugs, Technology

British police have begun using thermal imaging cameras in parts of London in an effort to detect indoor marijuana gardens. The hand-held devices detect and reveal the heat created by the powerful lighting systems used to grow weed indoors. Police reported patrolling residential streets in the capital's Haringey neighborhood looking for grow op heat signatures and seizing "a significant amount" of marijuana last week as a result.

Thermal imaging gained popularity in American drug war law enforcement circles in the early 1990s, but faded as an investigative tool after the US Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that a thermal imaging scan of a house constituted a search under the Fourth Amendment. Under that interpretation of US law, warrantless thermal image scans like those being done now in London are an unconstitutional violation of the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

London police were understandably enthused. "This latest technology has allowed us to quickly identify houses in Haringey which have been turned into cannabis factories," said Sgt. Alan Pyles of the St. Ann's station. "The equipment means we can covertly film a line of properties and identify the factory when the thermal image glows white-hot," he told the Press Association. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/429/ukimaging.shtml Officers were alerted when a police helicopter picked up a hotspot on the roof of a garage, and assumed it was a marijuana growing operation. Six officers, in three vehicles, descended on Pam Hardcastle's home and the 42-year-old was surprised to receive a call from her mother telling her the police were asking her to return from work. Pam, a primary school learning mentor, was forced to return home to Bradford after officers from West Yorkshire Police obtained a search warrant believing they had uncovered a special lighting system designed to grow cannabis. She said: 'The officer said they wanted me to go home. He said my garage lit up when the police helicopter was out and they believed I could be growing  cannabis. 'He said they had a warrant and they wanted to search my premises.

Pam Hardcastle

'It was unbelievable. My mum told them I had guinea pigs in the garage and would have a heater in there to keep them warm. But they cut a bolt off my  neighbour's gate to gain entry. 'My neighbours told me police were everywhere. Everybody was asking what I had done wrong. It is embarrassing.' There was no marijuana and police discovered Simon and Kenny, guinea pigs that belong to her ten year old son Jack. They lived in the garage the past three months and had a heater inside to keep them warm.


The embarrassed police issued an apology and replaced the broken lock on the neighbors' gate.

Hardcastle hamster habitat

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Texas Cops Find Fake Planted Drugs

by on Jun.05, 2010, under Crime, Drugs, Education, Nature

A teenager riding through Waldron park out in Flour Bluff in Corpus Christi, Texas spotted what he thought were hundreds of marijuana plants, and reported it to police. The police responded and several officers spent an hour pulling up around 400 plants, filling several plastic garbage bags.  After running tests they determined that the weed was really just wild "Horse Mint". What were they smoking?

Horse Mint

Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana)

This is what marijuana looks like. This is mint.

Any questions?

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K-9 Officers Love Their Dogs

by on May.12, 2010, under Animals, Crime

Five correctional officers charged in dog fondling

Five Virginia Department of Corrections officers have been charged with animal cruelty involving the fondling of a K-9 dog and videotaping the two incidents. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/POWH271_20091026-235201/301848/#When:04:01:54Z
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