| NEWS of the Day - February 9, 2013
|on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country
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Riverside police accepting donations for fallen officer's family
by Melissa Pinion-Whitt
Riverside police today began accepting donations for the family of an unidentified officer who was shot and killed by fugitive Christopher Dorner early Thursday.
"In response to the many requests, the following information is provided should anyone wish to make a donation to the family of our fallen police officer," wrote Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint in a press release.
Police have not identified the Riverside officer - who was 34-years-old and an 11-year veteran in law enforcement. They have also not identified the officer who was riding in a marked patrol vehicle with him when Dorner opened fire at the corner of Magnolia and Arlington avenues.
The other officer was wounded and listed in stable condition at Riverside Community Hospital.
Donations may be made by check to the Riverside Police Officers Association Assistance Fund, 1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B, Riverside, 92507.
Search in Big Bear for wanted ex-cop to resume Saturday
Deputies and officers will continue looking in the forest this weekend for former LAPD officer and triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department suspended ground and aerial searches in the Big Bear area Friday night due to the weather. The manhunt resumes at 7 a.m. Saturday. But a noon press briefing has been cancelled.
As of 10:10 p.m. Friday, an LAPD spokesman said there was no update on the investigation.
Sightings of Dorner were reported Friday night but were either unfounded or didn't lead to the fugitive.
One sighting was at a Palm Desert rest stop. Riverside County Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop and determined it wasn't Dorner.
In Los Angeles, LAPD police searched a train at the Amtrak yard by 8th Street and Santa Fe Avenue after a worker reported seeing a black man leaning out of a door of a train at 7:57 p.m.
LAPD Lt. Lee McMillion said the train, which came in from Riverside, was supposed to be empty.
"All he saw was the head and part of a shoulder," McMillion said.
The worker notified Amtrak police who checked the train and called the LAPD.
McMillion said officers searched the nine rail cars but didn't find anyone.
Dorner's deadly rampage has claimed three lives this week including that of a Riverside Police officer.
The 33-year-old former LAPD officer claimed in an online manifesto that he was unjustly fired by the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements. He filed a complaint against his training officer alleging she kicked a suspect who was mentally ill in the head and shoulder in 2007.
In the same manifesto, Dorner wrote about bringing "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" to LAPD officers, listed LAPD personnel he blamed for the loss of his job and threatened to go after them and their families.
"You will now live the life of the prey," Dorner wrote.
He is suspected of killing 28-year-old Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence. Police found the couple shot to death Feb. 3 in Lawrence's vehicle which was in a parking structure near their Irvine home.
Quan's father is a retired LAPD captain who represented Dorner in the disciplinary hearings.
On Thursday, police said Dorner shot at LAPD officers in Corona who were assigned to protect one of the people named in the manifesto. One of the officers sustained a graze wound to the head.
Dorner then turned up in Riverside and allegedly opened fire at two Riverside police officers stopped at a light. One officer was killed and the other was wounded.
The manhunt for Dorner has included federal law enforcement agencies.
"Customs and Border Protection officers and agents from the Office of Field Operations, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Air and Marine are providing assistance in the search as requested from law enforcement authorities," said Mike Milne, spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.
Police and Emergency Services Becoming Social Media Savvy
by Carleigh Griffeth
Lynchburg, VA- If you're ever stuck in traffic, you can probably check Twitter or Facebook to see what was going on. Thanks to social media, the way we send and receive information has completely changed. Police departments and emergency services are using social media to send out important messages. They're taking advantage of our fast-paced world. With Facebook and Twitter, they're stepping up their internet presence, and learning to be social media savvy.
"Since the early 90s the Lynchburg Police Department has been heavily involved in community policing, and social media is described as the community policing of the 21st century," said Steven Wood, Lynchburg Police Department's Community Services Coordinator.
In September, Wood went to a SMILE conference--that's Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement. There, he learned some tips on technology.
"It's allowing us to have a better communication with the city," said Wood.
And as we all learned last summer, communication is key. The derecho was LPD's first real taste of social media.
"For the first time we used social media for an emergency situation where we were giving updates on sometimes an hourly, daily basis," said Wood.
That's something Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services, or Lyncomm, is quite familiar with. Every day they send out multiple updates on traffic.
"We used to send out most of the road closures and information like that over fax. And then that would be disseminated to the different media outlets," said Melissa Foster, Deputy Director of Lyncomm.
But now with Facebook and Twitter, in the time it takes to send one fax, Lyncomm can go on a media blitz. Within minutes of an accident, Lyncomm can tweet and WSET can re-tweet the information, reaching thousands of people.
"We're reaching a greater number of people now than we ever were before," said Foster.
"It's just this big vicious circle that, it's just crazy the way social media moves forward," said Wood.
In an effort to keep moving forward, LPD is launching a media campaign. They've started Throwback Thursdays, where they share an old picture of the department. Soon they'll start featuring some of their officers, to help the city get to know them better.