15 Facts About Police You Need to Know

Posted Jun 30, by Val Liarikos [+]

Some police departments give 'positive tickets' to youth who are caught doing something right.

The trend was allegedly started by Ward Clapham, now a 28 year retired veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Richmond, British Columbia. During his time as a police officer, Clapham had the philosophy that every important breakthrough requires a change in the practices, mindsets, and principles that tie people to the current way of life. 

As he wrote in his book series Breaking With the Law, Clapham discovered the best way to make an important breakthrough in keeping the peace was by not doing things he felt were ineffective and unproductive. He had the idea of cops catching kids for doing things right. This idea developed into Positive Tickets. 

Clapham thought it made sense for police officers to be seeking out the positive things they see and rewarding the people who do them, instead of focusing on catching people doing things wrong and punishing them. In theory, it makes sense. 

Rewarding people for doing good things has been proven to be a better incentive to stay on good behavior than punishing people for doing bad. The idea spread like wildfire, and hundreds of thousands of these Positive Tickets have been handed out. 

Clapham is now assisting organizations in ways to reward and recognize employees and customers who behave well. 

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British police officers carry a teddy bear in their cars to help console children after an accident!

In the United Kingdom, the vehicle driven by police is specified to the duties of the officer. The Panda Car is one of the oldest cop cars in the UK and is most often used in a community policing role and general patrol duties. The UK police also have motorcycles, boats, and aircrafts that they have at their disposal. They have several different types of cars used for different situations, too.

They have vans, riot trucks, traffic cars, response cars, and area cars. Area cars and panda cars have a lot of equipment in them. They keep teddy bears for consoling children, brooms, first aid kits, blankets, speed spikes, and more. They are prepared for roadside hazards, drinkers, and basic first aid. Most of the vehicles that have these items are able to stay running without the key in the ignition, which allows for power at a scene of an accident without draining the battery.

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Police mistook a horror movie set for a murder scene.

Firefighters in Pittsburgh were responding to a routine fire call at the George Washington Hotel when they found something completely unexpected - a room covered in blood! They quickly called in the local police, and Chief J.R. Blyth called the scene "the most grisly murder scene he'd seen in 35 years in law enforcement." He proceeded to call in several detectives, who put in EIGHT HOURS of work until they realized the blood (and the piece of "scalp" on the bed) was fake!

In reality, the room had been used to film a B-horror flick starring Corey Haim two years prior. New Terminal Hotel had gone straight to DVD, but the hotel owner left the bloody room untouched because he wasn't sure if the filmmakers would need to return to the scene of the "crime" for reshooting. In all fairness to Pittsburgh's finest, the George Washington has a reputation for being haunted, and four people had actually perished there in the seven years preceding this incident. Heck, Corey Haim himself had even died eight months before the investigation!
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In 2011, Norwegian police only fired a gun on one occasion!

Last year a man in Norway stabbed and killed another man armed with a hammer and a knife. The police armed themselves and went after him. The man refused to surrender, struck passersby and threatened the police. After spraying him with pepper spray to no avail, they fired a warning shot that didn’t work either.

They feared for their safety and finally shot him in the thigh. He fell to the ground and police turned his weapons out of his hands. It was the only time in 2011 that police fired shots at someone. A court found the man criminally insane.

Even more shocking for us Americans is that in 2010 there wasn’t a single shot fired by police at a suspect. They do everything possible to keep from needing to use their guns. It is a last resort for the Norwegians. They don’t face near the crime that the U.S. deals with either.

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In the US, you can be TOO smart to be a policeman!

In 1999, a Federal judge dismissed lawsuit between Robert Jordan (a bachelor in Literature) and the New London police force. Jordan said he was rejected from the police force because he had tested too HIGH in the police department's aptitude tests. Jordan saw this as a kind of discrimination and sued on the basis that being rejected for being too smart is the same as being rejected for being of a different race or religion.

 

Jordan says that when he asked the person in charge of hiring why this was the case, he responded that the job of a policeman in New London can be very mundane, routine and boring. Having people with High IQs would increase the number of people quitting, because they would be too bored with the job, he told Jordan. 

 

After reviewing the case, the judge ruled that Robert Jordan hadn't been discriminated against, because he was treated the same way as everyone. ANYONE who scored too high on the tests was rejected, therefore he did not qualify for equal protection under Federal law. 

 

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\"\" Police in India get paid more if they grow moustaches.

The police chief in the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh devised the new moustache-growing initiative under the assumption that moustaches makes the cops command more respect. The bottom line: a 30 rupee per month raise for each moustache. However, the chief also has to inspect the moustaches himself, to make sure they’re not TOO intimidating.
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The police can give you a speeding ticket just by looking at you driving and making an estimate.

This may seem absurd and unfair, but it's the law, in the state of Ohio at least. Mark Jenney, a 27-year-old motorist in Akron, Ohio tried to appeal his speeding ticket. The officer had made the charge based on a "visual speed estimate", as opposed to using a radar, to judge how fast he was going. The 8th District Court of Appeals in Cleveland ruled that this is not a sufficient basis for writing a ticket.

The case went to the Ohio Supreme Court, who overturned the decision in a 5-1 ruling. According to the majority ruling:
\"Rational triers of fact could find a police officer\'s testimony regarding his unaided visual estimation of a vehicle\'s speed, when supported by evidence that the officer is trained, certified by (the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) or a similar organization, and experienced in making such estimations, sufficient to establish beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant\'s speed. Independent verification of the vehicle\'s speed is not necessary to support a conviction for speeding.\"

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A kidnapper is suing the couple he kidnapped for handing him over to the police! Here’s the story

Now a convicted felon, Jesse Dimmick is a bit of a dim wit. After breaking into the home of the Rowley family during an intense car chase, he held the couple at knife point. The couple was later able to gain his trust by eating Cheetos, drinking Dr Pepper, and watching a Robin Williams movie. When he fell asleep, the Rowley couple turned him over to the police.

Dimmick claims that the Rowley family and him had an oral contract in which they said they wouldn’t turn him over to the police if he gave them an unspecified amount of money! Dimmick is suing them for $235,000! He says he needs this money to pay a hospital bill from a resulting gunshot wound.

The couple denies saying that they wouldn’t turn him over to the police, and the judge of this case is being pressured to throw out Dimmick’s claim because the Rowley family was under extreme stress levels when they may have made this deal. Learn more about this bizarre case by reading the source

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In 1998, more fast food employees were murdered than police officers.
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No LA police officers have died in the line of duty in almost 4 years.

Knock on wood! Only total of 200 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department are officially recognized as dying in the line of duty- note that the Los Angeles Police Department was established in 1869. This does not mean however that the fallen officers of the LAPD are forgotten. In fact, they are honored in a number of ways:

  • The Los Angeles Police Memorial is a monument outside Parker Center, established outside the LAPD’s headquarters on October 1 1971, to honor all those who risk and have lost their life in the line of duty.
  • When an LAPD officer does die, they are given extremely large funeral. The 2008 death of Randal Simmons was observed by over 10000 mourners.

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Ken McElroy was shot in front of 30 people, but police never caught the shooter! Why?

Ken McElroy was known in the town of Skidmore, Missouri as ‘the town bully’ – not a title many people would want. However, McElroy seemed to always get into trouble with the law but he was always escaped a conviction. He was indicted 21 different times for crimes varying from rape, child molestation, assault, to hog and cattle rustling! Despite the strong evidence in all of the cases against him, he was never placed in jail.

On July 10, 1981, while in the car with his most recent wife who was only twelve at the time when he met her, McElroy was shot by two different weapons in front of at least 30 people! Coincidentally, this occurred after a town meeting discussing how they would protect the town from criminals. The witnesses to the murder said they couldn’t identify the shooters! No charges were pressed by the local police, and even after a length federal investigation! This event was seen as an act vigilante justice! Read the source, it’s actually a fascinating case!

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Tokyo police caught a man that kept his mom's bones in his backpack for 9 years.

In 2010, police in Tokyo were investigating a missing person and discovered that she had been dead since 2001. The dead woman's 64-year-old son had been keeping the remains of his mother in his backpack for that time. In lieu of a funeral, which he says he couldn't afford, her son laid out her body, washed it in the tub, broke up the bones and stuffed them into a backpack. The man is under investigation for criminal damage to a human body and receiving an illegal pension.

The woman in question was considered still alive, and her son had collected 150,000 yen that had been awarded to her to celebrate her longevity. Authorities in Japan have been investigating so-called centenarians (people living over 100 years) to make sure that they are in fact still alive, and have shockingly discovered that many of them aren\'t.

You can read more about this weird story in this article.
In 1873, Colgate made a toothpaste that was available in a jar! Prior to the 1850s, \'toothpastes\' were usually powders.1873 Colgate started the mass production of toothpaste in jars. Colgate introduced its toothpaste in a tube similar to modern-day toothpaste tubes in the 1890s. http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/OC/Information/OralHealth

A man used a light saber to avoid being shot by a stun gun.

Light saber toys have been a favorite of young boys and Star Wars fans alike since the movies came out. Lighting up, and sometimes even making noises, they are the most excited way to stage a “sword” fight, whether in your best friend’s basement or the middle of Wal-Mart. One man went a little too far with a light saber, and the police had to be called in. 

He was harassing other customers with a light saber, a blue one, as the police reported. He attacked at least three other customers with the children’s toy. The police arrived to find the man waving the light saber around, swinging it all around the store. Their first attempt to use a Taser didn’t work, and the man broke the wire of the second Taser with his light saber. 

The police finally took him down, still mumbling. The man was found to be David Allen Canterbury, a 33-year-old from Hillsboro, Oregon. He was taken to the hospital to be checked for mental issues. He has received citations for assault, disorderly conduct, theft, resisting arrest, and interfering with a police officer.

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Contrary to popular rumors, entering you’re PIN in reverse at any ATM will not call the police.

Ah yes, the Internet has fooled us again. In September of 2006, an online rumor that entering one’s Personal Identification Number (PIN) in reverse at ATMs will give one the money requested but also contact the police gained prevalence. 

People were so comforted by the idea that if someone was forcing them to take money out of their ATMs, they could quickly and silently call for help; that they didn’t bother to confirm whether or not it was true. 

The Credit Card and Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, forced the Federal Trade Commission to provide an analysis of any technology (existing or in development) which would allow an ATM user to send such a signal. In response to the command, it was stated in FTC’s 2010 report that; “respondent banks have reported that none of their ATMs currently have installed, or have ever installed, an emergency –PIN system of any sort. 

The ATM manufacturer Diebond confirms that, to its knowledge, no ATMs have or have had an emergency PIN system.” So it looks like this piece of internet news falls into the same pile as “help this baby with just one like” and “send this to 5 people before midnight or your hamster will die.” 

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