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Charges: Narcotics investigator tested positive for fentanyl on the job

Backman did not log some seized drug paraphernalia into evidence February 24, 2021 (FOX 9) - Charges say a narcotics investigator from Fergus Falls, Minnesota was under the influence of fentanyl while driving a squad car. Otter Tail County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Backman, 43, was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of public of...
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Toronto cop who stole opioids from force lockers for personal use won't be charged

"The decision to not charge the officer is similar to when we don't charge individuals when we respond to drug overdoses." February 26, 2020 A Toronto detective stole opioids from evidence lockers to feed an addiction to prescription painkillers, the police force said Wednesday, noting the situation could affect some criminal prosecutions. The admi...
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Pulaski deputy detective suspended

Suspension happened after an audit of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department evidence room February 25, 2021 Feb. 25—The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has suspended a deputy, Detective Jason Woodruff, pending a review by the merit board, according to a press release from the department. Woodruff's suspension happened after an audit of the Pu...
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Drugs seized as evidence in police investigations going missing almost once a fortnight

A Freedom of Information request by the Telegraph reveals that between the start of 2013 and May 2020, there have been more than 158 instances of drugs going missing from custody of the Metropolitan Police February 21, 2021 Drugs seized as evidence in police investigations are going missing from storage almost once a fortnight, new data suggests. A...
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Former Chattanooga officer charged with eight violations after taking firearms from dead individuals in Feb. 2020

In Feb. 2020, former Chattanooga officer Eric Brown responded to two different calls. Both calls involved someone who died and left behind a firearm. February 20, 2021 A former Chattanooga Police Department officer is under fire after a year-long investigation showed eight violations of CPD's code of conduct, including Class A misdemeanors, crimina...
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Retired PPD detective charged for allegedly letting informant raid evidence locker

Officer allegedly allowed an informant who was owed money by the department to take valuable property out of evidence in lieu of payment, including a power washer. February 18, 2021 A former Philadelphia police detective who abruptly retired less than two weeks ago is now facing multiple misdemeanor charges for allegedly letting a confidential info...
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Ex-Hazel Park detective charged with embezzling over $65,000

Enter Headline here February 16, 2021 A former Hazel Park police detective who resigned from the department more than three years ago, is facing embezzlement and other charges after authorities say he siphoned more than $65,000 in asset forfeiture funds from the department. Sean Boucher, 45, of Warren turned himself Wednesday to Michigan State Poli...
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Valentine's Day post helps Milford police reunite diamond ring with owner

department posted a notice on Facebook with the hashtag #SaveValentinesDay. February 17, 2021 MILFORD — Call it a Valentine's Day miracle — or, at the very least, the best Valentine's Day gift a man could ask for. A resident, the police department and social media helped reunite a local man and the diamond ring he had intended to give his girlfrien...
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Toronto homicide detective resigns after admitting to stealing opioids from evidence locker. OPP investigating impact on cases

"I wish he could have gotten treatment. I wish the stigma wasn't such that he couldn't have come forward and sought help, February 18, 2021 A Toronto police homicide detective has resigned after admitting he stole opioids from his force's drug evidence lockers, the Star has learned — spurring an external review by the Ontario Provincial Police and ...
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08

Dover probe: Ex-officer 'R.J.' Letendre took drugs, used Taser on wife


Wife, told police the former Dover Police Department officer stole marijuana from police custody five times and brought it home February 5, 2021 DOVER – An internal city police investigation states former officer Ronald "R.J." Letendre stole 18 THC-infused candies that had been seized as evidence and used a police-issued Taser on his wife. In addit...
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08

Sheriff makes push to return items to owners

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has started a campaign to encourage people to reclaim lost or stolen items that have been recovered. Enter Article DATE HERE The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has started a campaign to encourage people to reclaim lost or stolen items that have been recovered. Through the initiative, called "Found Prope...
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Texas has the tools to end the rape kit backlog. Let’s use them.

The rape kits collecting dust in Texas labs represent unidentified criminals that could be named and prosecuted, even halting repeat rapists February 6, 2021 That's the number of untested rape kits in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and more than 1,000 of them sit on lab shelves in Dallas. Each kit holds unique DNA eviden...
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Police seize $60 million of bitcoin! Now, where's the password?

German prosecutors have confiscated more than 50 million euros ($60 million) worth of bitcoin from a fraudster February 5, 2021 FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors have confiscated more than 50 million euros ($60 million) worth of bitcoin from a fraudster. There's only one problem: they can't unlock the money because he won't give them the pas...
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‘I have no expectations of forgiveness’: A Halton cop stole opioids from an evidence vault. He’s urging officers to seek help for addictio

He was charged in May 2017 with offenses including theft and obstruction of justice amid an opioid addiction that started with painkillers prescribed after a series of knee surgeries. February 3, 2021 Brad Murray's letter is addressed to the entire Halton police service — more than 1,000 of his former colleagues and subordinates, among them cops he...
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Judge sentences former BPD officer who made false statements about drug sale

Prosecutors said the cocaine had come from a drug seizure and it had not been turned in to the BPD February 2, 2021 BALTIMORE — A former Baltimore police officer charged in connection with the Gun Trace Task Force scandal was sentenced Tuesday to more than a year in federal prison. A federal judge sentenced Victor Rivera, 48, of Nottingham, to 14 m...
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JAN
27

Twiggs County Major charged with stealing money from evidence room and Paste Content Here

The sheriff requested the GBI after internal audits and a search of the evidence room January 26, 2021 TWIGGS COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a now-former employee of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office, and charged him with theft and violating his oath of office. According to a news release, 51-year-old Maj. William C...
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Property Room Technician - La Crosse, WI


Salary: Starting wage of $18.78 to $21.22 (See Additional Instructions Below) Job Requirements: Associate degree in Police Science or related field; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. This career position requires accuracy, self-motivation, strong communication skills, ...
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Winnemucca detective overdoses on drugs stolen from evidence

A bag with the drugs that killed him was found in his pants pocket. January 22, 2021 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (KOLO) -Winnemucca Police Department Detective Matthew Morgan died June 25, 2020, in an evidence vault after taking drugs left in evidence storage, the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office said Friday. "The toxic levels of methamphetamine and...
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California Police Department hit with misconduct allegations

California Police Department hit with misconduct allegations. After noticing some concerning habits in the California Police Department's evidence handling process and the integrity of its leadership, a group of officers say they tried to escalate their concerns about the department's operations to their leaders in the agency and the city of Califo...
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Potential key evidence missing in case against KY lawmaker accused of assault

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office lost the recording of the interview with Ashley Goforth, January 14, 2021 Police have lost a potentially important piece of evidence in the case of a Kentucky state representative accused of strangling his wife, according to defense attorneys. The evidence at issue is a digital recording of police interviewing the...
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Former Harrison County Sheriff Deputy charged with felony of tampering with physical evidence

Lawson is accused of destroying the original evidence log with the purpose to impair or obstruct investigations related to public corruption, felony tampering, and/or felony distribution of a controlled substance. January 14, 2021 A former Harrison County Sheriff Deputy has been charged with two felony counts of tampering with physical evidence in ...
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JAN
08

DNA connects St. Louis man to cold cases in Arizona, more victims possible

Lance David Ray was arrested and charged with crimes from 20 years ago. He's accused of killing a man and kidnapping and sexually assaulting two teens at gunpoint December 29, 2020 ST. LOUIS — A man who most recently lived in St. Louis has been arrested and charged in several cold case crimes – including murder – from 20 years ago in Arizona. And i...
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DEC
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Want your wallet back when you get out of jail? San Antonio wants $25 for holding it


"You're preying on poor people's lives," said Laquita Garcia, a San Antonio-based bail reform advocate" December 29, 2021 The San Antonio Police Department charges a $25 fee for prisoners to get their own property returned to them after leaving jail. Police Chief William McManus supports the $25 fee as a simple way to defray some of the costs of st...
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Former Huntington Beach PD investigator accused of stealing drugs from a suspect’s vehicle, driving under the influence

He stole drugs from a suspect's vehicle and drove a police vehicle under the influence of the stolen drug December 22, 2020 The Orange County District Attorney's Office has charged a former Huntington Beach Police Department crime scene investigator with three misdemeanors related to an alleged January incident in which investigators say he stole d...
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Investigation into destroyed DNA samples uncovers more problems with Seattle police evidence storage

Around the same time the DNA samples were destroyed, evidence from an unknown number of homicide investigations was also purged December 23, 2020 Plagued by a chronically full evidence warehouse that led to failed fire inspections, the Seattle Police Department wrongly destroyed more than 100 post-conviction DNA samples in 2018 as part of an effort...
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DEC
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Washoe County Sheriff Announces Elimination of DNA Evidence Kit Backlog

This is a major milestone that has been years in the making Enter Article DATE HERE Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam has announced that the Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Division (Crime Lab) has completely eliminated the backlog of DNA evidence kits needing testing. "This is a major milestone that has been years in the making," said Sher...
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Detective high on stolen fentanyl crashes police car while on duty, Oregon cops say

Reif had unlawfully obtained and used drug evidence from an unrelated case in the course of his duties, December 15, 2020 A former detective with the Klamath Falls police was arrested Tuesday, accused of causing a crash while on duty and allegedly high on drugs he stole from the department, according to a news release from Oregon State Police. The ...
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Omaha Police are working through 1,700 untested rape kits in effort to solve cold cases

OPD received a $1.9 million federal grant two years ago to help solve these cases December 11, 2020 OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Omaha Police Department has sent roughly a third of its untested rape kits to the lab so far. However as 6 News learned Friday, the results of these tests are just the beginning to come in. "The biggest challenge is actually ...
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Police make arrest in northern Virginia rapes from 1991

DNA evidence resubmitted for analysis by a cold case unit yielded a hit that led officers to Thomson December 2, 2020 RLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A 63-year-old man from Virginia's Northern Neck has been charged with a series of rapes and assaults that occurred nearly 30 years ago near a northern Virginia Metrorail station. Arlington County Police announce...
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Grand Junction Cold Case Murder Solved After 45 Years

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the newly acquired DNA profile positively identified Duncan December 2, 2020 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have solved the 45-year-old cold case homicide of 19-year-old Deborah Tomlinson. On December 27, 1975 officers with the Grand Junction Police De...
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Ex-Plymouth County deputy pleads not guilty to stealing drugs

Leusink is accused of taking the drugs from homes while enforcing search warrants, stealing pills that had been collected December 1, 2020 E MARS, Iowa -- A former Plymouth County Sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to stealing prescription medications from homes and the department's evidence room. Aaron Leusink, 41, of Le Mars, entered his wri...
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NOV
20

Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office using penny sales tax for new evidence room

Enter Headline here November 21, 2020 LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Laurens County Administrator John Caime is excited for the future. "Right now we are in the process of re-finalizing the entire county," he told FOX Carolina. "This sales tax is a wonderful tool for us to be able to address a lot of different things." He says quality of lif...
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DNA cracked 1995 cold case murder of nurse, California police say

"In simple terms ... DNA was under Christine Munro's fingernails at the time of her murder," the Redding Police Department wrote about cracking the case. November 18, 2020 Police in northern California say that DNA evidence cracked open a cold case murder from 1995 and led them to a suspect who was imprisoned in Texas. James Watkins, 42, was charge...
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Columbia Police set to destroy more than 1,300 drugs from old cases

Holbrook insisted the drugs were being disposed because the cases have closed, not because of any space issues in the evidence vault, November 11, 2020 Police departments often pay lip service to eradicating illegal drugs in the community. On Tuesday, Columbia City Council made way for the Columbia Police Department to literally eradicate at least ...
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You've Heard About Oregon Decriminalizing Psychedelic Drugs. Is California Next?

Oregon became the first state in the nation to decriminalize small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and psychedelics, so that possession will carry only a $100 fine. November 11, 2020 Oregon voters last week passed a measure to permit supervised use of psilocybin in a therapeutic setting, becoming the first state to legalize psychedelic ...
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Iowa audit: Problems with sheriff's evidence room integrity

49 pills of both over-the-counter and prescription antipsychotic medications and of unknown substances missing from the evidence room Enter Article DATE HERE LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A new report confirmed problems with the integrity of the evidence room of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office in northwestern Iowa, according to the Iowa State Audi...
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Knox County Criminal Court Clerk asks judge to remove chemicals from Joel Guy Jr. trial evidence

Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond asked Judge Steve Sword to remove the hazardous chemicals currently stored in evidence, November 6, 2020 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE)- Joel Guy Jr., who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his parents over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, was back in a Knox County courtroom Friday for a hearing related to evidence ...
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07

Ex-Minneapolis officer indicted in drug theft, extortion case

Charges allege Jindra in one case confiscated heroin and meth during a reported drug overdose call, and pocketed the drugs instead of bringing them to the police evidence room November 06, 2020 A former Minneapolis police officer has been indicted on 11 counts related to abusing his position as a street cop to steal drugs, including meth, hero...
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GCSO wants to reunite weapons with lawful owners

Burglary and other victims would come in seeking their property and would have to be told it couldn't be found November 5, 2020 The Greenlee County Sheriff's Office needs your help. The GCSO has more than 300 firearms in evidence lockers that need to be returned to their rightful owners, but the agency doesn't have a list of gun owners to tie the g...
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Former Manning Police Chief Gets 1 Year in Prison for Stealing $80,000 in Seized Cash

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE MANNING, SC— United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Gary Blair Shaffer, former Chief of the City of Manning Police Department, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for stealing nearly $80,000 in seized cash in 2015. "Those who are sworn to uphold the law must lead by ex...
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Officer accuses East Cleveland Police sergeant of attempting to steal drugs seized as evidence (video)

We set up his body camera to watch us as we did the evidence," the officer told an investigator during the internal affairs investigation November 2, 2020 By Hannah Catlett | November 2, 2020 at 9:02 PM EST - Updated November 2 at 9:10 PM CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An East Cleveland Police supervisor is accused, by one of his officers, of attempting ...
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Former Cumru Township police lieutenant sentenced to 9 years in prison on child pornography offenses

He had been an evidence custodian for Cumru police. November 3, 2020 A former Cumru Township police lieutenant was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Easton to nine years in federal prison for transporting 257 child pornography images to his home computer. Timothy Woll, a 29-year veteran township police officer, was also ordered by District...
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Deputy hospitalized after likely exposure to heroin, fentanyl

Deputy 'lightheaded and faint' after exposure November 1, 2020 CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A deputy was hospitalized after officials said he was exposed to what is believed to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl while searching an inmate being admitted to the Chesterfield County Jail Friday morning. Lt. Joshua Fahy with the Chesterfield Sheriff's O...
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San Juan County's biggest pot bust 'only a fraction' of growing on Navajo Nation

Police seized 2,000 pounds of suspected marijuana, with an estimated street value of $2.8 million November 2, 2020 ARMINGTON Three weeks ago, Farmington police and San Juan County sheriff's deputies got a tip about a man moving a truckload of marijuana into a budget motel on the west side of town. When they began knocking on doors at the Travel Inn...
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Ex-deputy Logan August sentenced to 4 years in prison for stealing drugs from KCSO evidence room

Enter Headline here November 1, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Entering a sheriff's property room under the guise of retrieving drugs for destruction, former deputy Logan August stole hundreds of pounds of marijuana and conspired with another deputy to put the drugs on the street. In federal court three years ago, August was sentenced to probati...
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DNA leads to arrest in Wisconsin woman's 34-year-old cold case murder

When presented with the DNA evidence, Lou Griffin stated that he must have had sex with her (Holstead) but he never killed (Holstead) October 31, 2020 A Wisconsin man has been arrested in the cold case rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman 34 years ago. Investigators said the victim, Lisa Holstead, and the man now charged with her murder in 1986 w...
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46 year-old cold case murder of five-year-old child solved

We never gave up on Siobhan or finding justice for her October 26, 2020 46 years ago, on February 5, 1974 at about 6:30 PM, a 5-year-old girl was reported missing in the 500 block of N. 2nd St. W. Then, on February 7, 1974 at about 3:30 p.m., the child's body was discovered in a drain culvert near the Turah exit from Interstate 90. The case of Siob...
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After 41 year cold case mystery, DNA ties torso to woman whose husband was chief suspect in her disappearance

Benicia Police Department said  it reopened the case in July and was able to connect the remains to Dolores Wulff through DNA obtained from one of her children. Enter Article DATE HERE After finding a torso that washed ashore in 1979 they now know it belongs to a missing woman whose husband faced trial for her murder until the case was di...
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22

Property & Evidence Technician - San Diego State University (SDSU) PD - CA


Salary: Salary Range: $2,790 - $5,049 per month - depending on education, experience and qualifications Job Requirements: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:High school level reading and writing abilitiesPossession of a CA Driver's licenseMay also require the successful completion of a background check, physical and psychological exam The ability t...
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Deputies lead largest organized retail theft bust in state history

law enforcement agencies executed 16 search warrants and five arrest warrants October 8, 2020 Sheriff's deputies on Sept. 30 arrested five people and recovered more than $8 million in stolen property at locations in San Mateo County and throughout the Bay Area in what is being described by police as the largest organized retail theft bust in Califo...
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