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Man sentenced to prison for bombing a Boston police cruiser, David L Ryan / The Boston Globe, February 1, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to state prison for bombing a Boston police cruiser.

A judge sentenced 45-year-old Asim Kieta to 15 years to 18 years in state prison, followed by probation for five years, for planting and detonating an improvised explosive device next to a parked Boston Police cruiser, the Suffolk County district attorney said Friday.

The improvised bomb that included a propane tank exploded on Jan. 20, 2017 in South Boston.

It detonated in two stages and the second blast on a busy South Boston bridge injured three officers who were clearing the area of pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic during the morning rush hour, according to the district attorney. The officers fully recovered from their injuries.

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Batman-esque police technology could be game-changer for law enforcement 

Fox News - Benjamin Brown - Dec 16, 2019

PHOENIX -- A new tech gadget aimed at helping police might look like something out of a Batman movie, but it could prove to be a game-changer for law enforcement trying to apprehend suspects.

BolaWrap, which is designed by Wrap Technologies, shoots an 8-foot bola style Kevlar tether at 513 feet per second that wraps around a suspect. Company officials say it causes little to no pain.

It's the latest less-than-lethal technology available for law enforcement officials under fire across the country for fatal police shootings.

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Law Enforcement Grapples With High Suicide Rate Among Officers 

WGBH - Marilyn Schairer -December 16, 2019

In early September, Nashua, New Hampshire Police Chief Michael Carignan learned that one of his top command administrators had taken his own life. Carignan was stunned. He said Police Captain Jonathan Lehto had a stellar career. There were no outward signs of depression.

But Carignan found himself under pressure to keep Lehto’s suicide out of the media.

Carignan reached out to Lehto's wife and parents about going public with his suicide, “and there was some initial reluctance," he said. "They didn't want his reputation to be tarnished.”

Suicide among first responders is more common than one might think. Last year, the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation released a report that found first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. There have been 25 police suicides in Massachusetts since January 2016, putting it in the top 10 states nationwide for officer suicides, according to BlueHelp, a nonprofit that tracks law enforcement suicide data. When an officer takes his or her own life, some departments choose to keep it quiet. But there's debate about whether that makes the issue more difficult to address.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans called suicide a "dark secret" of the job.

“It's troubling," said Evans, who is now chief of police at Boston College. "I've had a lot of good friends who you never know it’s coming. And all of a sudden you say, 'Why?'"

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Facial recognition tech a boon for law enforcement, September 30, 2019

Facial recognition technology has become a lightning rod for debate in Massachusetts. Proponents of the technology — and, yes, I’m one of them — argue that it helps law enforcement to investigate and solve crime. Opponents say the technology has outpaced the law and needs to be regulated.

I think the answer is simple: lawmakers should debate the issues; legislate reasonable safeguards, if needed; and enable law enforcement to get on with using a valuable tool to find criminals and keep our communities safe.

And polling shows facial recognition is a tool that most Massachusetts residents want law enforcement to use to keep them safe.

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The future of law enforcement 

Policing strategies to meet the challenges of evolving technology and a changing world

Dr. Michael Gelles, October 22, 2019

Law enforcement is changing rapidly. New forms of crime, advanced technologies, and evolving relationships with the communities are shifting the very foundations of police work. New tools and a new police strategy—one that goes beyond solely enforcement or community engagement—are needed. But success at these changes will require a shift to the culture of many departments.

IN 1968, Phillip K. Dick wrote a novel about a law enforcement agent in the distant future of 2019. The gritty cityscape featured such futuristic elements as artificial intelligence, video calls, voice-activated personal assistants, and flying cars.1 It seems unlikely that even the great science fiction author could have predicted that nearly all of those technologies would be part of our daily lives in the real 2019. Today’s law enforcement officers have to navigate in real-life difficulties that literally could only be imagined 51 years ago.

Law enforcement today faces a rapidly shifting landscape, with challenges on every front. The pace of change is increasing. Incidents go from local to national in seconds. And the ramifications can be lasting. New forms of crime, new technologies, and tense relationships with the communities are shifting the very nature of police work. Officers are increasingly being asked to do tasks beyond core law enforcement, such as dealing with the mentally ill or being the front line in combating overdose deaths. Technology and demographic shifts are changing the who, what, where, and how of law enforcement work.

To meet these new challenges law enforcement should consider not only new tools but also new policing strategies. New tools need to be able to pair the empathy of human judgment with the data-processing ability of machines. New policing strategies need to go beyond enforcement or community engagement to do both. Naturally, these can be significant changes for most police departments. The potential result is that success in meeting the challenges of the future rests on adapting the culture of those departments. To help provide a path for that change, this article combines recent research with the perspective of some of the top law enforcement professionals in the United States.

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Charlie Baker pushes bill that would target stoned driving 

Helen Witty, national president of MADD, remembers the death of her 16-year-old daughter 18 years ago. Helen Marie was killed by a drunk and marijuana-impaired teen driver. At right is Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. –Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff, October 8, 2019

Governor Charlie Baker ramped up his push for a proposal targeting stoned drivers Monday, framing it as change that should go “hand-in-hand’’ with marijuana cafes potentially entering the state’s nascent legalized landscape.

The Republican’s latest pitch comes less than two weeks after state marijuana regulators cleared the way for marijuana deliveries to begin in Massachusetts, and, pending a change in state law, for a pilot program allowing for so-called social consumption sites.

Appearing with law enforcement officials, anti-drunk-driving advocates, and others Monday, Baker sought to keep pressure on legislators to act on the bill he says will empower police when patrolling the roads, but also has stoked concerns among defense attorneys and civil liberties advocates.

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