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Officials confirm a recovery effort in Boston has led to the discovery of a body in the Muddy River.

Crews arrived to the Muddy River around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Boston Fire Department worked alongside the Boston Police Department and Boston Park Rangers in the recovery effort.

After hours of searching, Boston police confirmed they were able to pull a body from the marsh by the gardens at the Back Bay Fens. The area where the body was found is a popular place for children to play.

“It’s scary especially when parents are coming by with their kids. We don’t want little kids to see that because that’s scary for them,” said Boston resident Richard Dunshee.

“I think it’s terrible,” Bonnie Jones another resident added. “But as I said I believe it happened last year also and perhaps even the year before. It’s unusual, but it has happened before.”

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Abrazen fugitive is taunting police as they continue a manhunt for him by changing his Facebook profile to depict himself as Where’s Wally and declaring he is a “hide and seek champion”.

Police brought in a helicopter and sniffer dogs as they scoured the market town of Leyburn, North Yorks, throughout the weekend in a search for JJ McMenamin.

But the 30-year-old, who describes himself as a jockey, told his Facebook friends he was close enough to watch the search take place on Saturday afternoon.

Around a dozen police officers were called in to search on foot after it is understood McMenamin breached his bail conditions by failing to attend court.

McMenamin breached his bail conditions by failing to attend court
McMenamin breached his bail conditions by failing to attend court

On the Where’s Wally image, Wally’s face was replaced with a picture of the wanted man’s own head and the image was accompanied with the words “Dude… I’m right here.”

In one post he said: “Buddy if they really new how close they are too me, not a scooby do where I am. Even got sniffer dogs out and I’m still sat giggling” [sic].

In another post, the wanted man said he had watched one officer “pull out a wedgie” after struggling over garden fences.

“I nearly felt sorry for him and was gunna go back give him a hand over but he had a taser – f–k that [sic],” he added.

McMenamin later posted a photo which appeared to show him relaxing in a hot tub and another holding a cocktail. In another message he claimed he had escaped to Leeds.

Around a dozen police officers were called in to search on foot 
Around a dozen police officers were called in to search on foot 

Police spent several hours searching Leyburn town centre and a nearby auction mart and housing estate for him. A police helicopter hovered over the town for about an hour.

An appeal was put out on Twitter for information to find the man, described as 6ft, slim, with mousy hair and wearing joggers.

Police have confirmed it is McMenamin they are looking for and a spokesman said: “He is still at large and we are continuing to search for him.”

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Metropolitan Police firearms officers stand outside the Houses of Parliament in London, as the number of armed officers in Britain's biggest police force will rise by more than a quarter after the Paris terror attacks.

Metropolitan Police firearms officers stand outside the Houses of Parliament in London, as the number of armed officers in Britain’s biggest police force will rise by more than a quarter after the Paris terror attacks.

Polling suggests public support for arming the police following terror attacks, but the Met says it does not support the move.

Thousands of police officers will be asked if they want to be armed with guns or Tasers in a major survey launched today.

Metropolitan Police Federation members will be asked if they would be willing to carry either weapon, both, or if the prospect of being armed would put them off the job.

The union, which represents 32,000 London officers, is conducting the survey after Scotland Yard last year announced plans to add 600 armed officers in the capital following terror attacks across Europe.

Nationally armed police numbers are being boosted by 1,500.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the association, said: “We’re not an armed force, we never have been.

“But the terrorism threat in London is constant and our officers must be vigilant and be able to deal swiftly with any scenarios we face.

“We are moving closer towards that by arming 600 more officers and I think it’s only fair that we ask our colleagues – who go out there on a daily basis – what they want.”

He said the results of the survey – which runs until the end of January – could have a “lot of implications”, including the prospect of officers having to pass harder fitness tests to be armed.

The Met Police Federation is being allowed to use the Met’s systems for the poll but Scotland Yard said the survey is not being carried out on behalf of, or in partnership with, the force.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The position of the Met and the Commissioner is clear – we are proud to maintain the tradition that police in this country are not routinely armed. The routine arming of the Metropolitan Police is not supported.”

“About 92% of the service is unarmed and armed policing is delivered by highly-trained specialist units. There is no plan to seek to change this.”

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Britain could move closer towards having fully armed police as officers from the country’s biggest force are today asked if they want to carry a gun.

The Metropolitan Police Federation will be asking its members whether they would be willing to carry a gun or Taser in the wake of a spate of terror attacks in Europe.

They will also be asked if the prospect of being armed would put them off their jobs. Nationally, the number of armed police is being boosted by 1,500 officers, the number that security officials believe Britain needs to help protect the public from the possibility of a terror attack.

However, police chiefs say they have struggled to recruit firearms officers, claiming that many fear they could spend years under investigation if they used their weapon in the line of duty.

Last year, Scotland Yard announced plans to increase the number of armed police in the capital by 600, bringing the total to almost 3,000. Now the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents 32,000 officers in London, is asking all of its members whether or not they would be happy to be armed on duty.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the association, said: “We’ve seen a lot of change in Europe and a lot of different kinds of terror attacks such as lorries being used.

“We’re asking our officers if they think they should be armed with Tasers and firearms to get an informed opinion from them so we can tell people what my colleagues are saying.

“If it comes back overwhelmingly that they all want to carry firearms we would have to have a very frank discussion about that, but there is no intention as we speak for that to happen.

“However, if there was a major incident on mainland England then I think that people’s opinions could change. The terrorism threat in London is constant and our officers must be vigilant and be able to deal swiftly with any scenarios we face.”

Metropolitan Police
The Metropolitan Police Federation is asking all of officers if they would be happy to be armed CREDIT: NICK ANSELL /PA

He said the results of the survey – which runs until the end of January – could have a “lot of implications,” including the prospect of officers having to pass harder fitness tests to be armed.

Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “In light of the terror attacks we’ve seen in Europe, I would much sooner the people who were armed in the UK were the police rather than the criminals.

“More importantly, it’s about keeping the police officers safe, so we should let them decide what protection they need. I certainly believe that they should be routinely armed with Tasers, and as long as they are properly trained they should have the option of hand guns as well.”

The Police Roll of Honour Trust, a charity that supports the bereaved relatives of police officers killed in action, said that they would “welcome any measures that would help the police to protect the public and keep themselves safe from harm.”

Armed police officer at the Changing of the Guard ceremony
Authorities fear a terror attack on big cities in the UK CREDIT: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE /GETTY

A spokesman added: “In these increasingly violent times the arming of the British police service is a legitimate matter for debate.

“Policing by consent is a mainstay of keeping the peace in the UK, so ultimately it is for the public and our elected representatives to decide what sort of policing they want.”

Previous research has suggested the majority of police are opposed to any change in approach, but surveys of members of the public have proved less conclusive.

A poll in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, which claimed 130 victims, found that 58 per cent of people believed British officers should be armed on patrol.

For more than two years the official threat level for international terrorism in the UK has stood at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the survey is not being carried out on behalf of, or in partnership with, the force.

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STAR WARS can be used to sell almost anything, nurse from Lego to a career in policing. Fort Worth’s police department released a recruitment video on its Facebook page in December featuring an officer at target practice with a stormtrooper. The white-clad soldiers are notoriously poor shots, order and the video shows the galactic GI missing every attempt he makes until he creeps so far forward that his goggles are very nearly touching his target. When the exasperated officer asks “who referred you to us?” Darth Vader peeks out from the back of the room, check shaking his helmeted head in disgust. The scrolling text at the end of the video, which has garnered 17m views thus far, urges: “Join our Force! If you have what it takes to be a Fort Worth Police Officer and are a better aim than a Stormtrooper.” The advert underscores a serious problem affecting police forces nationwide. Economic and social changes have made it harder for police departments to keep their forces fully staffed, and lead to increasingly desperate recruitment.

The Los Angeles Police Department was short of nearly 100 officers as of mid-December—only 1% of its total workforce, but still enough to be felt on the ground, says Captain Alan Hamilton, who runs recruitment for the department. Philadelphia had 350 vacancies, largely due to a spate of retirements. Last spring, Dallas cancelled two academy classes for lack of applicants; its preliminary applications dropped by over 30% between 2010 and 2015. In 2012, the ratio of police officers to population hit its lowest level since 1997, according to Uniform Crime Reporting Programme data published by the FBI.

The dynamics underpinning the shortages vary by department, but there are national trends making it harder for police forces to attract applicants. The first is a strong economy. Nelson Lim, a researcher at the RAND Corporation, a think-tank, says this is nothing new. When plenty of jobs are available, people are usually less motivated to enter dangerous professions. Police forces as well as the armed forces tend to field less interest in boom times.

The second is the perception of increased danger associated with policing: 135 officers were killed in the line of duty between January 1st 2016 and December 28th 2016—a 10% increase from 2015 but fewer than the 192 killed in 2007. Shooting deaths increased from 41 to 64. Several of them were high profile and gruesome, such as the assassination of five Dallas police officers in July 2016. “When you look around the nation and you see the acts of violence directed at police officers—it makes people reluctant to join. Many people join the profession when they’re 22 or 23 when parents still have a heavy influence,” says Scott Walton, deputy chief in Dallas, though sympathy can also boost recruitment. Dallas has seen an uptick in applications since its officers were attacked.

The last is the image of policing. The deaths of several unarmed black men at the hands of police officers and the ensuing backlash seem to have made police work less appealing. “We have a situation where law enforcement is being scrutinised more heavily,” says Mr Hamilton of the LAPD. According to Gallup, a polling organisation, trust in law enforcement generally has remained fairly stable since it began surveying the topic in 1993. But according to data collected by Harris, another polling group, the share of both whites and blacks who believe that African Americans are discriminated against by the police has risen markedly between 1969 and 2014.

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A French council sent police officers to a primary school to protest its decision to offer optional Arabic language classes to students.

Local news outlet La Chaîne Info (LCI) said the deputy mayor of Six-Four-Les-Plages had confirmed that officers were sent to the Reynier primary school twice in November to inform school officials of the mayor’s opposition to the lessons.

Jean-Sébastien Vialatte told LCI that officials were concerned that the class, which was being held outside of school hours, was not agreed to by the local council in the Var district of southern France.

Vialatte also told the outlet that officials had reservations about the teacher, who was not a state employee.

Information about the incidents came to light on Wednesday after a French lawyer shared court documents exposing a failed legal suit by the council to halt the classes .

In September, an image shared on social media by a parent of one of the children at the school falsely claimed the classes were mandatory, prompting outrage in France, amplified by populist parties.

Sharing the inaccurate claim on his Facebook page, Frédéric Boccaletti, a local politician and member of the far-right National Front (FN), blamed “friends” of the Moroccan-born minister of education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, for forcing the lessons on French children.

He went on to accuse Vialatte of being complicit in allowing the classes to proceed.

Anti-Muslim measures

The incidents come amid a climate of tension in France over its Muslim minority, composed mainly of immigrants from North Africa and their descendants.

France has banned the wearing of headscarves by Muslim children in schools and the wearing of full face veils in public.

Some schools have also removed options for pork-free school dinners that Muslim pupils usually opt for.

A campaign of bomb, gun, and knife attacks, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has also helped harden French public opinion on Muslims.

The French government says it is acting to preserve the secular character of the country.


French Muslim activist Yasser Louati said the incident in Six-Four-Les-Plages reflected a “normalisation of state sponsored racism.”

“Sending the police to make sure an Arabic class isn’t held shows how much hate government institutions can express for Arabs,” Louati said.

“In 2015 we had cases of primary school children being humiliated, assaulted, and eventaken to the police by their teachers .

“Then we had school girls being barred from school for wearing a long skirt or the prohibition of substitute meals for Muslims and Jews.”

Louati said senior officials had done little to address the problem and had often acted to encourage such views, referring to government minister Laurence Rossignol’s comments last year, where she compared Muslim women who wore the hijab to “American negroes” who supported slavery.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be questioned under caution at his residence in Jerusalem today by police regarding the receipt of illegal gifts.

On Monday morning, the Prime Minister’s Residence was closed off and a black veil erected to keep out the media’s eyes – police investigators have not yet arrived to the premier’s home.

The prime minister is suspected of receiving improper gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from Israeli and foreign businessmen, in a manner which breached his duty of trust as a public servant, according to Hebrew media reports.

This comes as reports surfaced over the weekend that World Jewish Congress President and long-time ally Ronald Lauder told police that he did give Netanyahu and his son Yair gifts, including pricey suits. The evidence provided by Lauder supposedly provided impetus to interrogate Netanyahu.

In a cabinet meeting on Sunday Netanyahu responded to numerous attacks from opposition figures criticizing the PM over the corruption allegations. “I suggest that the opposition calm down,” Netanyahu said at the opening of a cabinet meeting. “At least we pay for suits ourselves,” Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livini quipped over Twitter on Sunday.

In two other counterattacks from Netanyahu’s allies, MK David Amsallem (Likud) said Sunday he would propose a bill to block future investigations of sitting prime ministers as the law is in some other countries such as France. The law would not apply to Netanyahu, but is seen as a rebuke of the police. Also, Sunday Likud sources told Channel 2 that even if Netanyahu gets into more serious trouble, they would not call early elections and would maintain Likud dominance over the current coalition.

The dramatic report of Netanyahu’s impending questioning is a glimpse of concrete details in a steady drumbeat of vague reports about preliminary probes into several allegations regarding the prime minister.

This comes as Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, reportedly approved a criminal investigation of Netanyahu, however, in an unprecedented move, would make no announcement about moving from a preliminary probe to a criminal investigation until after the police have questioned Netanyahu under caution. Typically, the attorney-general makes a public announcement of such a shift, and only afterward would the police question the suspect.

Channel 2 reported on Friday that Mandelblit discussed the investigation with the prime minister as early as December 12.

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Police have slammed the users of the growing number of Facebook pages which alert motorists to where checkpoints might be.

Superintendent Steve Greally, national road policing manager said police were aware the pages existed and monitored them.

“While we welcome the public being more aware of the risks around drink driving, checkpoint warnings on social media is not the way to minimise risk.

“The message from police is that there is a 100 per cent certain way of avoiding the negative consequences of a checkpoint: Don’t drink and drive.

“If people boast of avoiding checkpoints so they can continue to drink and drive, the message is simple: Good mates don’t allow other mates to drive drunk.”

purpose of police checkpoints are not designed to ‘catch people out’, but to take drivers off the road when they are not fit for driving. This could be due to being under the influence, licence status or the car’s roadworthiness.

“While police will inevitably find a number of people driving under the influence when they do a checkpoint, an ideal checkpoint would be one where not a single person blows over the limit.”

He said that two New Zealanders on average died every week in crashes involving alcohol, and another 40 were maimed or left with other life-changing injuries.

“Anyone who encourages someone who may be drunk or drugged behind the wheel to avoid police detection needs to think long and hard about how they would feel if that person then went on to kill or maim someone in their family or one of their friends.”

Police checkpoints were based on risk and were operated in a range of locations.

detection anywhere, anytime to remove drunk, drugged and dangerous drivers from our roads, before they go on to potentially maim or kill other innocent road users.”

But a police spokeswoman said the sites were not illegal.

“It is extremely unlikely that charges would be laid over something like this as everyone has the right to freedom of expression.

“Police are not interested in taking such sites down, because publicity surrounding them is counterproductive, and other similar pages just crop up afterwards.”

AA spokesman Mike Noon said while knowing more police were on the roads could help to stop someone from driving drunk, generally checkpoint pages shouldn’t be necessary.

“Our advice in that situation is you shouldn’t be at all concerned about checkpoints because you shouldn’t be driving if you’ve been drinking.”

He said the AA did not want drunk drivers to be sharing the roads with responsible members of the public.

“What we would like is for people not to be wary about checkpoints because they’ve taken the necessary precautions and organised a sober driver.”

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CHICAGO—Fabiola Camacho has steered her life onto a different path, ed and she wants the same for the Chicago Police Department.

“Growing up I was kind of always out and being bad and stuff, recipe ” says the 21-year-old, unhealthy who works at T.J. Maxx and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice. “After a while you kind of grow out of it. I decided I wanted to help girls that were in my exact situation.”

Fabiola Camacho, 21, talking with Chicago police officers during an open house at the city’s police training academy on Dec. 17.ENLARGE
Fabiola Camacho, 21, talking with Chicago police officers during an open house at the city’s police training academy on Dec. 17.PHOTO: SALLY RYAN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ms. Camacho was among dozens of potential recruits—many African-American or, like herself, Hispanic—at a recent open house held by Chicago police as they set out to hire almost a thousand officers in response to this year’s decades-high murder tally.

In addition to getting more police on the street, the city’s force is trying to remake itself as more diverse to win back support of the minority communities where most of the murders have occurred and where trust in the police is low.

While killings have swelled to over 700 for the first time since the 1990s—seven people were fatally shot in the city over Christmas weekend alone—police are struggling to solve them, having cleared only 20% of homicides this year compared with 60% in the mid-1990s. Police and local groups say this is in part because communities affected by the violence aren’t coming forward to help police with investigations.

Nationally, 12% of local officers are black, according to a U.S. Justice Department survey. In Chicago, a little more than half of sworn officers are white, with Hispanics and African-Americans each making up just less than a quarter of officers, in a city about two-thirds minority.

“CPD’s command staff is already the most diverse leadership team in the department’s history, with more minorities and women serving in senior roles than ever before,” said Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is African-American. “But we can do better.”

To many of Chicago’s black residents, the release of a video last year showing a white officer fatally shooting a black 17-year old as he veered away from police was representative of decades of heavy-handed policing that unfairly penalizes minorities.

The push to hire more racial minorities follows similar efforts in cities like Ferguson, Mo., which was required to do so after a Justice Department investigation following the shooting of Michael Brown.

In July, then-Dallas police chief David Brown told Black Lives Matter protesters that the department was open to them and that they should “put an application in” to change things from the inside. This year, more than 250 people have applied to be police officers in Dallas, more than the 115 in 2015.

The challenge lies less in people being skeptical of police officers but “in the work that they know they will have to do,” said Scott Walton, deputy chief of personnel at the Dallas Police Force. “People realize you are going to have to work holidays, work evenings [and] not everybody wants to make that commitment.”

In Chicago, the recruitment events in minority neighborhoods are only part of the push. The city has also waived a fee to take the entrance exam, created more flexibility in the timings of physical-fitness tests and plans text messages to keep candidates on track. An external consultant has been hired to support the city in a social media and marketing campaign to attract diverse candidates.

At the Chicago Police training academy, potential applicants to the Chicago Police Department watch demonstrations of the physical fitness test on Dec. 17.ENLARGE
At the Chicago Police training academy, potential applicants to the Chicago Police Department watch demonstrations of the physical fitness test on Dec. 17. PHOTO: SALLY RYAN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Experts note there is no guarantee that a more diverse police force will bridge a divide with minority communities. In Baltimore, African-Americans make up the majority of the force, but the department was found to be engaging in unconstitutional and racially biased practices by the Justice Department.

“The evidence is inconclusive as to whether or not having a diverse force will reduce police misconduct, officer complaints [and] unjustified use of force,” said Forrest Stuart, a sociologist at the University of Chicago who studies policing.

Ms. Camacho, who lives in Brighton Park in southwest Chicago, knows she has a tough road ahead to become an officer. She is only 4 feet 11 inches tall and admits she isn’t exactly a fitness buff.

But Ms. Camacho said a shorter female officer that she met at the recruiting event “doesn’t let her height get in the way of things,” and she said she was assured that she would gain confidence through her training and even grow comfortable with a firearm.

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(CNN)Australia police ended a two-and-a-half year drug investigation on Christmas day by busting a cartel and seizing 1102 pounds (500 kilograms) of cocaine.

The December 25 bust, along with a seizure of 1336 pounds (606 kilograms) of cocaine from the same syndicate earlier this year, was worth about $259 million (AUD$360 million) and is Australia’s largest ever haul from a single cartel.

Police said it was among their ten largest seizures ever.
The investigation, codenamed Operation Okesi, was a joint effort between Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and Australia’s Border Force.

Officials brief the media in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

Speaking beside a table piled high with heavy bricks of drugs, NSW Police Force State Crime Commander Mark Jenkins commended Australia’s law enforcement and border protection agencies for working on bust, even at the cost of missing Christmas with their families.
“This job began with a thread of information to the NSW Police Force’s Drug Squad two-and-a-half years ago,” Jenkins said.
“What has followed and the results achieved are a powerful example of the impact example of the impact made by the hard work and cooperation of (Australian police).”

Drugs seized by Australian police as part of an operation in Brooklyn, NSW, on Christmas Day 2016.

Fishing boats investigated

Police told CNN the cartel was local, but with international connections. It is believed to have been smuggling drugs into Australia via Sydney, on commercial fishing boats.
Police dealt the cartel its first bloody nose when they seized 1336 pounds (606 kilograms) of cocaine in Tahiti in March 2016. The drugs were en route to Australia.

Drugs seized by Australian police as part of an operation in Brooklyn, NSW, on Christmas Day 2016.

Earlier this month police followed a large commercial fishing boat out out of Sydney Fish Markets, to the New South Wales south coast. On Christmas night, a one-man boat was launched from the larger vessel and landed at Parsley Bay in Brooklyn, NSW.
Investigators closed in, capturing 1102 pounds (500 kilograms) and arresting seven men. Over the next four days, police rounded up eight more men across NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.
All fifteen men were locals aged between 29 and 63 years old, and had allegedly been posing as fishermen as a cover for their drug running.

Cocaine ‘easy’ to obtain

Australia has one of the highest uses of cocaine, by percentage of population, in the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
About 2.1% of the population, or around 460,000 Australians, are estimated to have used the illegal drug in the past year, a national survey found.
Over the course of their lifetimes, more than 1.5 million Australians say they’ve tried the drug.

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