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ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS WILL INCREASE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY

Pennsylvania DUI Association

(June 23, 2017) - Harrisburg, The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence, (DUI) Association announces there will be an increase of both local law enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police beginning Friday, June 23 through July 5, 2017. The focus will be stopping and arresting impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to PennDOT data, last year there were 293 alcohol-related crashes resulting in eight fatalities from Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 10. This marked a decrease from 2015, when there were 330 alcohol-related crashes and 11 fatalities from Friday, June 26, through Sunday, July 5, 2015. Also, during the holiday period last year, there were 101 drug-related crashes and four fatalities in those crashes, compared to 99 drug-related crashes and four fatalities in 2015.

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Cumberland County announces unexpected death of beloved bomb-sniffing dog

The Cumberland County Sheriff's office on Tuesday announced the death of the German Shepard known as K9 Magnum, a tracking and explosive detecting dog that had served the department since 2013.

According to a news release, Magnum had been receiving treatment for a small tumor when his health took a sudden turn. Last Wednesday he was taken to a veterinary hospital in Philadelphia, where it was discovered the tumor had grown and become attached to organs. The mass was considered inoperable and Magnum died on Friday at age six.

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Opioid epidemic worries K-9 handlers

Derry K-9 Blade was instrumental in sniffing out a large shipment of heroin in a vehicle on Route 22 in September, just as he was trained to do.

But his handler, Chief Randy Glick, said it's scary that the 10-year-old Dutch shepherd could have inhaled a deadly substance in the line of duty.

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SHERIFFS UNVEIL NEW PUBLIC SAFETY APP TO HELP COMBAT TERRORISM

App will allow citizens to report suspicious activity at a touch of a button

(Orlando, Fla.) - Last week at the National Counterterrorism Conference, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) announced the release of its updated BlackBox Digital Witness App, which includes a new anti-terrorism feature. The NSA, through its Neighborhood Watch program, is committed to making communities across the country safer by working with local law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and improve communities for those who live and work there.

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LEGISLATORS, GUN RIGHTS SUPPORTERS HOLD RALLY

By Aaron Rider, Pennsylvania Legislative Services | May 22, 2017

Joined by a large contingent of supporters and members of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association, state legislators gathered today at the Main Capitol Rotunda to call for more “freedom” for gun owners in the commonwealth.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) explained that the purpose of the rally was to draw attention to the importance of maintaining the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and to “regain ground” taken by gun control advocates.

Dave Bray, a musician and veteran from York County, encouraged the crowd to cheer loudly to show their “God-fearing, freedom-loving, flag-waving” patriotism and then played a tribute song he said he wrote for fallen police officers.

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Security

To an untrained eye, the object resembled an ordinary flashlight; however, fortunately for visitors of the Chester County Justice Center, a Sheriff’s Office employee regarded it with suspicion.

Last week, an alert Chester County Sheriff’s Office security officer working at the lobby checkpoint in the Justice Center decided to take a closer look after viewing its X-ray image. The device turned out to be a flashlight stun gun, an implement that falls within state law’s definition of an “electric or electronic incapacitation device.”

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Sheriffs support legislation for authority to investigate

ERIE, Pa. -- Sheriffs from across northwestern Pennsylvania said current laws limits their ability to serve the public and enforce orders.

Sheriffs from Erie, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren counties are supporting House Bill 466, which would allow sheriffs and their deputies the same powers as municipal police, such as making arrests without warrants. It would also authorize them power to investigate crimes.

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Officer Brushes Powder Off Uniform, Nearly Dies

A police officer in Ohio responded to a traffic stop that turned out to also be drug-related with fentanyl powder all through the vehicle. Officers donned protective gloves and masks, which is a recommended practice now with fentanyl on the rise. However, when he got back to the station, he brushed something off his shirt.

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Bomb unit and teachers use exploding clay project to promote creative learning

by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Communications and Public Relations Coordinator Teresa Harris

Placing small sticks of dynamite into a ball of clay seems like an extreme way to create a plant pot. But, the activity was meant to stimulate creative and collaborative thinking for Colonial Middle School eighth grade students.

“We are part of an organization within our school district that is tasked with trying to promote STEAM,” technology teacher Thomas Periantozzi said. “We have been asked to go beyond our curriculum; to collaborate with teachers in other subject areas, to create more outside-of- the-box lessons for our students.”

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The Road Ahead: Contests Decide Top Teen Drivers

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 to 24 year olds. Key contributors to crashes involving teen drivers in Pennsylvania include driver inexperience, driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions, and improper or careless turning.

To help educate young drivers, several organizations throughout Northwest Pennsylvania hosted five regional Teen Driver Competitions between April 24 and 28. This edition of the Road Ahead offers an overview of the events as well as the names of the winners.

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Montco Sheriff's Office promotes two to lieutenant, sergeant

Norristown, Pa. (May 11, 2017) – Two law enforcement staffers have moved up the ranks in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Adam Berry was promoted to lieutenant and Cpl. Richard Miles was raised to a sergeant’s rank, during a ceremony in the Sheriff’s Office.

“My leadership staff is absolutely critical in making this office run safely and smoothly,” said Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny. “They have earned the respect of their peers and are examples of the type of leaders that will help us to reach the goal of becoming the best sheriff’s office in the state.”

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Police officer overdoses and nearly dies after accidentally touching fentanyl

In a testament to the power of the deadly drug known as fentanyl, a police officer in Ohio suffered a near-fatal overdose after an unknown quantity of the synthetic opioid was left clinging to his shirt following a traffic stop on Friday.

According to KDKA-TV, Patrolman Chris Green assisted in searching a vehicle that was stopped in East Liverpool, Ohio, about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, after the occupants were involved in a suspected drug transaction.

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Sheriffs can't investigate crime in Pennsylvania, but could that change?

Pennsylvania's roughly 2,600 sheriff's deputies operate in a kind of legal gray zone.

In most cases, they've received the same training as local and state police. While largely relegated to serving court-related functions, some of their work--such as serving bench warrants--take them out into the community. They even carry firearms.

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