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A family in Cape Cod is feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving – after a police officer 140 miles away from their home saved their baby’s life.

Sloan St. James was 4-months-old when her parents, Sarah and Chris, noticed something wasn’t quite right.

“We started to notice her jaundice wasn’t going away,” Sarah St. James said. “And she started to develop a bigger belly. We called it her little Buddha belly.”

After a trip to Boston Children’s Hospital, Sloan was diagnosed with stage four liver failure – and needed an immediate transplant.

Enter Lt. Steven Tenney, an officer in Keene, New Hampshire.

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The ruling by the human rights council is non-binding [File: Peter Dejong/AP Photo]

Police in Netherlands are discriminating against a Muslim female officer by not allowing her to wear a headscarf with a uniform, since her contact with the public is limited, the country’s Commission for Human Rights has ruled.

According to Dutch law, police officers are banned from wearing visible religious symbols while on duty on the grounds that they need to appear “neutral”.

Sarah Izat, the Rotterdam-based adminstrative officer who brought the case to the council, lodged a complaint in May, saying the ban was discriminatory against her and hindered her from progressing in her career.

Whilst Izat’s non-Muslim colleagues were allowed to be dressed in uniforms, the 26-year-old officer could only be in plain clothes if she wanted to wear her headscarf.

On Monday, the Commission ruled that, in Izat’s case, the headscarf ban could not be justified, mainly because she was doing a desk job that required her taking statements over the phone or sometimes via a video projection system.

“When she is on the phone, civilians can’t see her. Prohibiting her [from wearing the scarf] therefore does not add to the intention of being neutral”, the council said, adding that the police had made a “forbidden distinction on the basis of religion”.

In its ruling, the Commision also said that in those cases where people saw Izat’s face, via the video projection system, the scarf had no an influence on her job since she only took the statements and was not authorised to make any decision about how the police would further proceed.

The human rights council also rejected as unfounded a claim by the national police that the headscarf could pose a danger to Izat’s personal safety.

‘We won!’

Instated in 2012, the Dutch Commission for Human Rights is an independent supervisory body tasked with the advancement, protection and safeguarding of human rights in the Netherlands.

As with all of its decisions, Monday’s ruling is non-binding. This means police can decide whether or not to abide by it.

The ruling also only applies to this case and does not address the wider question of headscarves or other religious symbols worn by police officers.

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After only about one month into their term, Calgary city councillors will vote on the city’s 2018 budget.

Municipalities around the province are grappling with keeping taxes low while also maintaining valuable services, and I appreciate and applaud our councillors as they serve their community during a time when such difficult decisions are required.

Because the Calgary police commission is an independent civilian oversight body, we do not get to decide how city council pays for programs. Instead, we bring the community’s voice to council and exercise oversight over the finances of the Calgary Police Service.

The commission has a duty to ensure that CPS has the resources it needs to keep our city safe. Our job is to listen to citizens and share their concerns and perspectives with CPS and with city council. Through our conversations with the community, we learn how safe you feel and what you expect from your police service.

We know from recent consultations that many citizens are uncertain that CPS has the resources it needs to continue to keep Calgary safe. Many people feel that we need more officers to meet the demands of a growing city. Our city values the community policing model that makes Calgary stand out and takes pride in CPS crime prevention programs. Time after time, we hear citizens express appreciation to police for their service to the community, and appreciation for the dangerous and challenging nature of police work.

Police work does not stop when the economy is weak. In fact, it’s the opposite. CPS is facing additional pressures now and in the coming years from the opiod crisis, cybercrime, marijuana legislation, increasing caseload demands, and significant increases in child abuse and domestic violence.

Each and every unit within CPS is stretched thin right now, and members are eager for support. The incredibly high standards we have for police officers are only matched by the high standards officers have for themselves and for the organization. CPS members are proud of the job they do and want to give Calgarians the highest quality service. Yet, their ability to serve the community is impacted by the resources the CPS receives.

The commission has seen the extraordinary work the chief and CPS have done during the economic downturn to ensure that operations are as lean as possible. Since 2015, CPS found enough efficiencies to be able to give $10.3 million back to the city to address other community pressures.

There is simply no room left to cut. A budget increase of $14.3 million in 2018 is the only way to maintain the services Calgarians expect. Without this increase, hiring will have to stop. This means fewer officers available to respond to calls, work on complex investigations, and provide the visibility so important to keeping our neighbourhoods safe.

Putting a hold on hiring will also impact the service’s ability to hire more women and diverse applicants. A modern police service requires a diverse group of leaders and funding cuts today will hamper that future potential.
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A‘hero’ Afghan police officer saved “many lives” by putting a suicide bomber in a bear hug, authorities say.

Sayed Basam Pacha died when he confronted the man wearing an explosive vest in the Afghan capital of Kabul on 16 November.

His brave actions prevented the bomber from getting closer to a security checkpoint outside a hotel where a political meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader had just finished.

The bomber killed 14 people, including seven more police officers, and injured 18, when he detonated his device, however the death toll would have undoubtedly been higher without the officer’s decisive intervention.

“He’s a hero, he saved many lives,” Kabul police chief Basir Mujahid told the New York Times. “All seven of those policemen are heroes but especially him.

“Just think if that suicide attacker got past the gate, what would have happened – well you cannot even imagine.”

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The hardest test

Clayton County’s police chief says he’s surprised no one has been killed at a local hotel where police have responded 120 times in the past six months.

A judge on Monday listened as Morrow city leaders asked to have the Days Inn on Adamson Parkway shut down for code violations, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The hotel is a haven for drugs and prostitution, Morrow Police Chief James Callaway said.

“I would definitely like to see this court issue an order to shut this business down,” he said. “To be honest, I’m surprised nobody’s been murdered over there.”

Some of the 120 police incidents involved the sale of sex with children and aggravated assaults, Morrow city attorney Winston Denmark said.

The hotel’s attorney, Keith Foster, told the judge the business has done all it could do.

“We put security, we made improvements,” Foster said in court. “We’ve cleaned the property. We called the police.”

Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Monday that Danielle Outlaw, a deputy police chief in Oakland, will become Portland’s police chief.  Here’s a list of chiefs over the last two decades:

Penny Harrington, 1985-86: Mayor Bud Clark named Harrington the nation’s first woman to lead a major police department. He asked her to resign 17 months later after a special commission concluded she demonstrated defects in her leadership.

Robert Tobin, 1986 (Interim)

James Davis, 1986-87: Mayor Bud Clark appointed Davis chief, then fired him during a breakfast in Multnomah Village’s Fat City Cafe. Davis had fought for more police and wanted to sue the city over it; the mayor said Davis didn’t have the authority.

Richard Walker, 1987-90: Mayor Bud Clark brought in Walker as a calming influence after the turbulent tenures of Harrington and Davis. Walker preferred to stay out of the limelight and left after 3 1/2 years.

Tom Potter, 1990-93: Mayor Bud Clark selected Potter, then a 24-year veteran of the force. After 2 1/2 years, Potter retired, saying he would travel and pursue his hobby of archaeology. He later became Portland mayor.

Charles Moose, 1993-99: Mayor Vera Katz hires Moose, Portland’s first African American police chief. After a sometimes tumultuous tenure, Moose left in 1999 to become chief in Montgomery County, Md.

Lynnae C. Berg, 1999 (Interim)

Mark Kroeker, 1999-2003: Mayor Vera Katz brought in Kroeker from Los Angeles. As Portland’s first outside chief in 25 years, Kroeker had a style that critics considered as not well suited to Portland. He resigned under pressure.

Derrick Foxworth, 2003-2006: Mayor Vera Katz named him to step in following Kroeker’s forced resignation. Mayor Tom Potter removed Foxworth after Foxworth’s sexually explicit e-mails to a police desk clerk became public.

Rosie Sizer, 2006-May 2010: Mayor Tom Potter suddenly tapped her for the top job upon the demotion of Foxworth. She had joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1985. Sizer was Portland’s second permanent female chief after Penny Harrington. She started as acting chief in April 2006 and was sworn in as chief three months later.

Mike Reese, May 2010-January 2015: Mayor Sam Adams appointed Reese after firing Sizer, who had criticized his budget. A Portland native and graduate of Roosevelt High School, Reese joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1994 and served as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and commander. He’s now serving as Multnomah County’s sheriff.

Larry O’Dea, January 2015-June 2016: Mayor Charlie Hales picked O’Dea without conducting formal interviews or doing a national search after Reese announced his retirement. O’Dea had spent 28 years rising through the ranks after joining Portland police in 1986. He retired amid a scandal caused when he shot a friend during an off-duty camping trip in eastern Oregon and didn’t disclose it publicly for more than a month. A grand jury indicted him on a negligent wounding charge, but a Harney County judge agreed to a civil compromise that allowed the charge against O’Dea to be dismissed.

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Chicago will hold another police exam on Dec. 16 — the second this year — to maintain a pipeline of candidates to keep pace with retirements and fulfill Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promise to add 970 officers over two years.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson acknowledged that the police exam held in April generated 8,700 qualified candidates and that City Hall was “just starting to go through that list.”

But he defended the decision to hold yet another exam, the fourth in six years under Emanuel.

“CPD should reflect the demographics of this city. If we’re gonna get there, we have to ensure that we have a viable pool of people to constantly pull from,” he said.

“I cannot put black and brown officers in those communities asking for ’em if I don’t have those people within CPD. So, this is just another layer to ensure that we have those viable candidates.”

Johnson announced the new exam at police headquarters surrounded by a group of officers as diverse as the pool of applicants he hopes to attract starting Aug. 15.

Those ambassadors included Deering District Patrol Officer Victoria Mendoza, whose kneecap was shattered when she was shot while stopping a robbery in June.

“I love this job. Nothing’s gonna stop me. I’ll be right back out there serving my community,” said Mendoza, who underwent surgery and is about to start physical therapy.

“With any job or anything in life, there comes risk . . . . And if it happened, I’m here to tell my story.”

Also on hand was Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan, whose son was shot in the arm and hip in May while conducting a gang investigation.

At the time the unmarked van was riddled with bullets, police said it was a miracle that the younger Ryan and his partner, who was also shot, survived the ambush at 43rd and Ashland.

“I’m a fourth-generation police officer. My son is now a fifth-generation police officer. My family has been on the Police Department since 1893 continuously. I wouldn’t have let my son go onto this job — a classmate of Victoria — had I thought it was not an honorable and worthwhile profession,” the elder Ryan said.

“With all the negativity we have today in the world about law enforcement, the job still needs to be done.”

The police exam was last administered in April after City Hall reduced the “pre-employment process” by up to two months and repeated and expanded successful strategies used to bolster the number of minority applicants, including eliminating the $30 testing fee.

At the time, the largest drop-off rate occurred during the run-up to the so-called POWER physical fitness test.

For the first time, candidates who failed the pre-POWER test were allowed to retake the test. Those who had passed within the past year were not required to retake the test.

Emanuel acknowledged he would have to “work double hard” to persuade minorities to apply because of the U.S. Justice Department’s scathing indictment of the Chicago Police Department.

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At a recent apartment blaze in Oakland, California, a sheriff deputy directing firefighters with a drone-mounted video camera encountered a new hazard: a civilian quad copter that buzzed onto the scene.

“It’s happened twice in the past few months,” said Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Richard Hassna, the department’s chief pilot who was using the device. “We’re overhead at the scene of a fire relaying information to the command agency and a hobbyist flies right below us and parks.”

Such intrusions — along with fears of drones being used by terrorists — have law enforcement urging that millions of civilian drones be outfitted with radio-tracking devices so they can be identified. The idea is also backed by large commercial users including Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. that want orderly skies in which to operate fleets of flying robots for deliveries.

But it’s riling fiercely independent hobbyists who don’t want to be monitored by the government or see their flight tracks posted on public websites.

“I don’t want to be tracked everywhere,” said Kenji Sugahara, who owns companies that fly drones for farmers and filmmakers and is also policy director for the Drone User Group Network. “People are very worried about their personal privacy.”

Nevertheless, regulators are working on just such a requirement. The Federal Aviation Administration created an advisory panel in June of more than 70 drone industry and user representatives — including Sugahara — in a fast-track attempt to develop requirements so battery-powered aircraft can be identified in the sky. They have to finish by Sept. 30 so the FAA can begin crafting regulations.

The pace is being driven by law enforcement agencies, which won’t go along with the agency’s plans to begin allowing more extensive unmanned flights over people and in congested urban areas until they get assurances they can tell the difference between legitimate operators and bad actors, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in an interview.

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The group has already made “really, really good progress,” Huerta said. While declining to discuss specifics as it hashes out details, he said one of the areas the advisory committee is working on is setting a demarcation line between smaller toys that don’t pose a threat and more capable craft that could carry a bomb or be used for surveillance.

Breakthroughs in technology makes the discussion possible. Cheap, tiny devices can be installed in a drone to broadcast its position. Radio transmissions that drones already use for navigation can also be piggy backed.

California-based uAvionix Corp. has developed a radio transmitter as small as a dime that would provide precise drone tracking data, according to its website. China-based SZ DJI Technology Co., the world’s largest civilian drone manufacturer, earlier this year said it could adapt existing radio-control signals to identify and track its devices. The same data could also be transmitted on cellular networks.

Full Requirements

While the full requirements haven’t been hammered out yet, the idea is to give a police officer on the ground the identity of a drone’s operator, in the same way a car’s license plate can be traced to its owner. At the same time, it would give the drone’s location, so police or even traditional aircraft could monitor its path.

The debate over drone tracking is critical to the growth of the commercial side of the industry and has enormous financial implications for some of the largest U.S. corporations, according to more than a dozen interviews with people familiar with the talks.

The hopes of Alphabet X’s Project Wing and Amazon Prime Air to create vast drone-delivery networks depend on a new low-altitude air-traffic system to keep order among unmanned craft zipping over cities. Such a system, the outlines of which are being designed by NASA, requires that every unmanned aircraft within such an area identify itself via a radio broadcast and follow the rules.

Google Has Way to Unclog Drone-Filled Skies Like It Did the Web

“Amazon does not support anonymous operations” of drones in U.S. airways, with only minor exceptions such as hobbyists at designated flying fields, Sean Cassidy, director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs told a House subcommittee on April 4. Company spokeswoman Kristen Kish declined to discuss current talks because it is participating in the FAA committee.

Telecommunications giants Verizon Communications Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. are both on the FAA’s advisory committee because each stands to gain if the cellular networks are used. The panel’s members include chip manufacturers Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. Startups like AirMap Inc., which wants to sell data to drone users, are also involved.

Under current U.S. rules, non-commercial drone users have wide latitude to fly, so long as they don’t go over people or climb more than 400 feet (122 meters) above the ground. Because it’s so difficult to track them, the agency has had only a handful of enforcement cases in spite of more than 1,000 reports of potential violations such as flying near airport runways.

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