NEWS of the Day - August 4, 2013
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles from local newspapers and other sources constitutes but a small percentage of the information available to the community policing and neighborhood activist public. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view ...

We present this simply as a convenience to our readership ...


Police centers serve as office hubs

by Charles Davis

You won't often find Green Bay police stationed inside any of the city's three community policing centers.

And that's by design, said Green Bay police Capt. Jim Runge, who heads the district on the city's near east side.

“The intent for community police officers is they should be out in the community, so they should not be there a lot of the time,” he said.

Police have offices at the centers because it's more convenient for them to complete paperwork there, in the neighborhood they are assigned to, rather than go to the downtown station, Runge said. Officers also store their bikes and other equipment there, he said.

In 1995, police began a community policing strategy to help officers work on big neighborhood issues and connect with residents. Community police officers don't typically respond to emergency calls. Instead, they spend time patrolling parks, monitoring bars, investigating drug activity and accompanying probation and parole agents on house calls, among other duties.

The Joannes Community Policing Center, 315 S. Baird St., opened in the early 2000s after serving as the park pool building. It's located in near east side district, called District C.

After that facility opened, the West Side Community Policing Center, began operating at 882 Shawano Ave. The Olde North Community Policing Center, 807 N. Irwin Ave., was unveiled in 2011. They were converted from homes.

The Olde North and Joannes centers also house probation and parole agents from the state Department of Corrections.

For years, police have talked about possibly adding a fourth policing center in the Imperial Lane neighborhood.

Area groups sometimes hold meetings or events at the Joannes center.

In years past, community police officers had regular office hours to allow residents to visit and talk, but that setup fizzled out, Runge said.

“It just didn't work out real well. An officer would sit and wait and very few people would come in. It just wasn't a really efficient use of time.”

Runge advised anyone who needs to contact police in the case of a non-emergency to call (920) 448-3200 or visit the police station at 307 S. Adams St.




Community policing events Aug. 6

by Sarah Smith

Two events in community policing will take place next Tuesday night. The Minnesota Crime Prevention Association and communities throughout the state, including Park Rapids and Akeley, will celebrate the 5th annual Night to Unite. Akeley and other communities call Aug. 6 National Night Out.

Throughout the country, the event seeks to bring law enforcement and the public together to celebrate and strengthen neighborhood/ policing partnerships, to prevent crime. Night to Unite is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, AAA of Minnesota/ Iowa and local law enforcement communities.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Department's event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Law Enforcement Center parking lot. Jail caterer A'viands hosts a bar-be-cue dinner from 5 to 7. The department's K-9 officer, Oakley, will give a demonstration with handler Sgt. Dan Kruchowski.

Participants will meet local deputies, boat and water patrol, SWAT, Command Center, ATV and snowmobile units, the Sheriff's Posse and Explorer Post members. There will be a child ID station and dunk tank for the K-9 Unit. In Akeley, the event runs -from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paul's Patio.

This event also includes free food, chips, ice cream and beverages. Kids in Akeley will have chances to win a Kindle Fire, iPods and Bunyan Bucks, redeemable at local merchants. Other games and prizes will be offered.

Both events are free and open to the public.



From ICE

Do you know this person? HSI seeks public's help to identify an individual

(Picture on site)

DALLAS — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is urgently seeking the public's help to identify the pictured individual who may have knowledge crucial to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Based on investigative clues in the photos, HSI special agents believe that this person may now live in, or has recently visited, north Texas. The photos are believed to have been taken sometime in April 2013. The ball cap's logo, "Shut Up N Play," is new and has not yet been released for sale. While the ball cap has not been released yet for general sale, there has been very limited distribution within north Texas. Due to privacy concerns, no further details can be provided at this time.

If you think you know this person, please contact HSI at 1-866-347-2423 . You can also email your tip to: http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp .

All tips will remain confidential.



From the FBI

Consumer Alert
Pirated Software May Contain Malware

You decide to order some software from an unknown online seller. The price is so low you just can't pass it up. What could go wrong?

Plenty. Whether you're downloading it or buying a physical disc, the odds are good that the product is pirated and laced with malicious software, or malware.


Is Your Software Pirated?

Possible signs of what to look for:

- No packaging, invoice, or other documentation…just a disc in an envelope

- Poor quality labeling on the disc, which looks noticeably different than the labeling on legitimate software

- Software is labeled as the full retail version but only contains a limited version

- Visible variations (like lines or differently shaded regions) on the underside of a disc

- Product is not wrapped correctly and is missing features like security tape around the edges of the plastic case

- Typos in software manuals or pages printed upside down

- User is required to go a website for a software activation key (often a ploy to disseminate additional malware)


Today, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination (IPR) Center —of which the FBI is a key partner—is warning the American people about the real possibility that illegally copied software, including counterfeit products made to look authentic, could contain malware.

Our collective experience has shown this to be true, both through the complaints we've received and through our investigations. It's also been validated by industry studies, which show that an increasing amount of software installed on computers around the world—including in the U.S.—is pirated and that this software often contains malware.

As in our above scenario, pirated software can be obtained from unknown sellers and even from peer-to-peer networks. The physical discs can be purchased from online auction sites, less-than-reputable websites, and sometimes from street vendors and kiosks. Pirated software can also be found pre-installed on computers overseas, which are ordered by consumers online and then shipped into the United States.

Who's behind this crime? Criminals, hackers and hacker groups, and even organized crime rings.

And the risks to unsuspecting consumers? For starters, the inferior and infected software may not work properly. Your operating system may slow down and fail to receive critical security updates.

But the greater danger comes from potential exposure to criminal activity—like identity theft and financial fraud—after malware takes hold of your system.


Software Buying Tips for Consumers

- When buying a computer, always ask for a genuine, pre-installed operating system, and then check out the software package to make sure it looks authentic.

- Purchase all software from an authorized retailer. If you're not sure which retailers are authorized, visit the company website of the product you're interested in.

- Check out the company's website to become familiar with the packaging of the software you want to buy.

- Be especially careful when downloading software from the Internet, an increasingly popular source of pirated software. Purchase from reputable websites.

- Before buying software off the beaten path, do your homework and research the average price of the product. If a price seems too good to be true, it's probably pirated.


Some very real dangers:

•  Once installed on a computer, malware can record your keystrokes (capturing sensitive usernames and passwords) and steal your personally identifiable information (including Social Security numbers and birthdates), sending it straight back to criminals and hackers. It can also corrupt the data on your computer and even turn on your webcam and/or microphone.

•  Malware can spread to other computers through removable media like thumb drives and through e-mails you send to your family, friends, and professional contacts. It can be spread through shared connections to a home, business, or even government network. Criminals can also use infected computers to launch attacks against other computers or against websites via denial of service attacks.

To guard against malware and other threats, read our tips on how to protect your computer. If you think you may have purchased pirated software (see sidebar on how to spot it), or if you have information about sellers of pirated software, submit a tip to the IPR Center or the Internet Crime Complaint Center .

And know this: Pirated software is just one of the many threats that the IPR Center and the FBI are combating every year. The theft of U.S. intellectual property—the creative genius of the American people as expressed through everything from proprietary products and trade secrets to movies and music—takes a terrible toll on the nation. It poses significant (and sometimes life-threatening) risks to ordinary consumers, robs businesses of billions of dollars, and takes away jobs and tax revenue.

Learn more by visiting the IPR Center website and the FBI's Intellectual Property Theft webpage .



From the Department of Homeland Security

"If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign

About the Campaign

The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign - is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime related efforts.

Homeland Security Begins with Hometown Security

If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement or in the case of emergency call 9-1-1. Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.

DHS is working to expand “If You See Something, Say Something ™” throughout the country by partnering with a variety of entities including: transportation systems, universities, states, cities, sports leagues and local law enforcement. If you're interested in getting your group involved please contact 202-282-8010.

Raising Public Awareness

In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at Secretary Janet Napolitano's direction, launched a national "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign – a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities. The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign - originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign - is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

The Department launches the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign in conjunction with the Department of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative - an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation and Fusion Centers for analysis.

Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

A critical element of the DHS mission is ensuring that the civil rights and civil liberties of persons are not diminished by our security efforts, activities, and programs. Consequently, the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign respects civil rights or civil liberties by emphasizing behavior, rather than appearance, in identifying suspicious activity.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.

Strengthening Hometown Security

Both the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign and the NSI underscore the concept that homeland security begins with hometown security. An alert public plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe. Strengthening hometown security involves creating partnerships across numerous states as well as the private sector.

Recent expansions of the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign include partnerships with numerous sports teams and leagues , transportation agencies , private sector partners , states , cities and universities. DHS also has Public Service Announcements which have been distributed to television and radio stations across the country. The campaign will continue to be expanded in the coming weeks and months.

Report Suspicious Activity to Local Law Enforcement or Call 9-1-1.

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