Highlights from this issue include:
• New Guns for 2014 – the 23rd Annual Report
• New Products from SHOT Show® 2014
• Distance Learning for Law Enforcement – Part Two
• How to Enhance Your Career
• Law Enforcement Flashlights
• And Much More!
Is Pointing an ECW Use of Force?
Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE), in its monthly law journal, examines whether the pointing of an ECW (Electronic Control Weapon) may be considered a use of force, as well as state law assault and battery issues arising from pointing and/or threatening to use an ECW.
In “Pointing and Threatening to Use Electronic Control Weapons,” AELE also provides suggestions to consider. Among them:
1. Officers approaching an encounter with stopped motorists, criminal suspects and persons to be subjected to investigative detention can legitimately unholster an ECW when they believe that it is necessary for their own protection or the protection of others, particularly when there is a reasonable fear that the persons might be armed. Waiting to unholster an ECW until it is clearly necessary to fire it could lead to tragic results.
2. The more clear it is that the persons encountered are noncompliant with legitimate orders and requests, the more certain it is that pointing an ECW and threatening to use it after giving a warning is reasonable.
3. Pointing an ECW at persons who are complying with orders, and against whom there appears to be no real need to use force, or threatening to fire it when doing so would not be justified under the circumstances, may constitute an assault under state law, and also unnecessarily escalate encounters to a point where the use of force becomes involved.
To read the complete report, go to http://tinyurl.com/q6qoutb.
Writing the rules for I-502 Implementation in Washington
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) adopted proposed rules for implementing Initiative 502 which will serve as the basis for Washington’s newly created recreational marijuana market and are the result of ten months of research and public input.
The rules achieve the board’s stated goal of implementing a tightly regulated and controlled recreational marijuana market. They also align with the Department of Justice’s stated areas of concern by addressing out of state diversion of product, traceability of product from start to sale, youth access and other public and consumer safety concerns.
To align with federal guidelines, agency staff filed emergency rulemaking to modify the way the 1,000 foot distance between marijuana locations and the listed exclusion zones is measured. The method of measuring will change from “most common path of travel” to “shortest straight line” from property line to property line.
For more information regarding the implementation of I-502, including summaries of the law and rules and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the WSLCB Web site at http://www.liq.wa.gov/.
Night Vision Company Now Offers a Ten Year Warranty
Night Vision Depot (NVD), of Allentown, PA, is proud to announce that, starting this year, most of their NVD manufactured night vision products will carry a full ten year warranty. Included in the list of products are binoculars, monoculars, night vision goggles, and others. This move doubles the current warranty and is a testament to the high standards and performance which NDV places upon all of its products.
According to Bill Grube, President of Night Vision Depot, “The quality of the intensifier tubes and equipment being manufactured by ITT Exelis is presently unsurpassed in the world and a warranty extension seems like a logical and prudent measure. This will strengthen our business practices, product lines, and NVD’s strong commitment to producing and supporting the highest quality night vision and thermal imaging equipment within the marketplace.”
For more information on Night Vision Depot and their products, visit their Web site at www.nvdepot.com.
What Is the Emerging Drug Threat of Today?
Synthetic marijuana, known also as Spice, K2, Fake Weed and more, is popular among young people. Of the illicit drugs used by high school seniors, the DEA reports spice was second to marijuana.
Colorado health authorities in September of last year announced that they – along with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – are investigating a rash of hospitalizations and three deaths believed to be the result of smoking synthetic marijuana. And, real marijuana is legal in Colorado. CNN reports on the topic in What You Need to Know about Synthetic Drugs. (http://tinyurl.com/kl5yyua)
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s initial investigation of an outbreak of illnesses tied to the use of synthetic marijuana identified nearly a dozen product names as possible sources of the synthetic marijuana which sent dozens to hospitals beginning in August.
Dr. Tista Ghosh, Interim Chief Medical Officer for the state, said, “While these products were identified in the investigation, synthetic marijuana products can be repackaged and sold under many names. The safe thing for people to do is not use any synthetic marijuana. No brand is safe.”
Product names identified in the investigation are: Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey, Crazy Clown, Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, Spice, TenX, Twilight and 3X.
Patients being interviewed as part of the outbreak suffered symptoms including disorientation, delirium, confusion, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and seizures.
Some patients were violent, unresponsive or even comatose.
For additional information about synthetic marijuana, visit http://tinyurl.com/norh6nx.
DVR Assessment and Video Recovery Training Course Now Available
Ocean Systems, provider of forensic video analysis solutions, is now offering a three day training course, DVR Assessment and Video Recovery, which is recommended for anyone responsible for the recovery of digital video evidence from CCTV systems. Students will perform evidentiary recovery from multiple DVRs using various methods and techniques, including exporting the native files, copying the original recorded files, video capture, network connectivity, and acquisition and exporting. Included are lectures, real-world examples, and hands-on exercises.
The course was developed based on the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA)’s “Best Practices for the Acquisition of Digital Multimedia Evidence” with consideration also given to other industry related guidelines.
Also provided will be instruction on Ocean Systems’ latest solutions for DVR recovery and digital evidence management, including Omnivore, the Omnivore Field Kit, and their soon to be released digital evidence management solution.
Upon completion, participants will be familiar with common technical and legal issues related to the acquisition and use of digital video evidence and will be provided with a certificate of completion (worth 24 hours of Vendor Training) which can be applied towards a LEVA certification.
For more information, including pricing, please visit www.oceansystems.com or call (800)253-7516.