Casey Warns Against Federal Cuts To Law Enforcement

Sep 8, 2017
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Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is warning Republican proposals in the federal budget would hurt law enforcement. Casey is speaking out against plans by the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans to eliminate the nearly $200 million dollar COPS Hiring Program, and cut funding for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) by $43.5 million, or about 12 percent. 

Members of the New York State Inspector General's office searched the Port of Oswego's administrative offices for several hours Wednesday. Terrence Hammill, the port board of directors chairman, says the state seized the director's business cellphone and computer, but he says he's in the dark about why they were there.

"We’re a little bit mystified," Hammill said. "There’s nothing going on that would come across our mind as an issue for the inspector general’s office."

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Watertown Saturday for the funeral procession of New York Ttate Trooper Joel Davis, who was killed while responding to a domestic abuse call last week. 

Thousands Attend Funeral Of Trooper Joel Davis

Jul 17, 2017
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CANTON (NCPR) - Thousands of law enforcement officials and community members gathered at Fort Drum Saturday afternoon to mourn the loss of New York State Trooper Joel Davis. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) The law enforcement community across New York continues to mourn the loss of a colleague, after State Trooper Joel Davis was shot killed Sunday night while responding to a call in Jefferson County. 

New York State Trooper Shot, Killed

Jul 10, 2017

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A New York State trooper was shot and killed after responding to a call Sunday night at a home in Jefferson County, according to State Police. 

State lawmakers have been considering changes to how Pennsylvania State Police provide coverage in communities without local law enforcement, and how to pay for it. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A proposal struck down by Governor Tom Wolf last session is back in the legislature, and may very well pass again. 

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Law enforcement was forever changed after a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014. There are lessons to be learned from the incident, according to the police chief who played a role restoring peace after the police shooting of Michael Brown and the violence that followed. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- This past November, Republicans added even more members to their already-dominant numbers in Pennsylvania's House and Senate. 

(Harrisburg) -- The state police are facing a shortage of funding and shrinking ranks as a slew of troopers come up on retirement age. 

Pennsylvania Seeks Safer Ways To Buy, Sell Online

Dec 9, 2016

Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Keith Morris announced recently that people who are engaging in internet-based sales and purchases can now conduct their transactions at a designated parking spot in front of the police patrol station at 10th & Hamilton Street. The idea is to provide a place where people can buy or sell items with a heightened level of safety. 

Ride-Sharing Could Curb Drunk Driving

Dec 6, 2016

(WXXI) The head of the State Association of Chiefs of Police has written to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting that he approve expansion of ride-sharing services in upstate New York to combat drunk driving. 

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, which represents the state's prosecutors, has released a set of "best practice" guidelines on how to handle police-involved shootings. 

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After Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a controversial police transparency proposal, people on both sides of the issue have been quick to either praise, or strongly condemn the move.


Body cameras are becoming increasingly popular among Pennsylvania police departments. But some municipalities say they're deterred by the expense of storing footage and dealing with public access. 

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With only a few days left in session and a lot of proposals to address, the state Capitol is currently a hectic place. But in the flurry of activity, several advocacy groups have latched onto one particular measure: House Bill 1538. 

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The head of Pennsylvania's Homeland Security Department is using the bombing attacks in New York and New Jersey to remind people to be vigilant. Director Marcus Brown says the multiple attacks were one of the top priorities in a staff meeting this morning. 

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(WXXI) The combative relationship between police and the minority community has never been more prevalent than today, but black Americans know it’s been around for longer than history books record. That’s why they prepare their children as best as they can.

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(WXXI) Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement in the wake of the incident in France where dozens of people were killed after a truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France:

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A conference for the New York Tactical Officers Association is being held at the Turning Stone Resort this week. Various social justice groups from across the state are protesting the conference which they say contributes to the militarization of police departments.

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On Friday, Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright announced that a settlement had been reached between the city and the police and fire unions over back pay. The settlement will likely help the city avoid bankruptcy or interruptions to their Act 47 (the state's program to assist distressed cities) recovery plan.

PA State Police Vague On Internal Misconduct

Sep 21, 2015

State troopers deal with bad behavior for a living. Evidently, a few might be guilty of it themselves. Internal investigators found proof of more than 1,000 allegations of misconduct from 2009 through 2014, according to annual reports, including many potentially serious violations like sexual misconduct, drunken driving, domestic abuse, criminal harassment and lying. The Pennsylvania State Police provided names of 12 troopers who were fired for misconduct in the six-year period. During that time, more than 50 criminal violations by troopers were internally substantiated.

Rochester Police have released more details about the mass shooting on Genesee Street on August 19, including the name of the alleged shooter. He is 21-year-old Johnny Blackshell Jr. of Chili.

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A bill aimed at improving race relations between residents and police in Binghamton had a public hearing last night at the Binghamton City Council.

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Governor Cuomo  has  appointed the state Attorney General as a temporary  special prosecutor to oversee cases where a civilian is killed by a police officer.

Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski returns to work Wednesday. Zikuski had been on administrative leave pending a review by a law firm into the department.

The review of the department came after officer Kristi Sager accused Zikuski of unfairly disciplining her after she rejected his sexual advances. Sager withdrew her complaint with the state’s Human Rights Commission last month.

Crime in America may be on the rise again. It's too early to talk about a national trend, but there have been troubling spikes in shootings and murders in big cities such as New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

Until recently, crime decreased steadily for two decades, and the national murder rate is half what it was in the early 1990s — so police departments are under pressure to crack down. But at the same time, their tactics are under more scrutiny from the public, and they have to be careful not to appear too heavy-handed.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Police Department is launching a new policing strategy meant to improve relations with the communities it serves.
The program, dubbed "One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere," was officially unveiled Thursday in upper Manhattan.

A proposal to end civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania has bipartisan backing among state lawmakers.

House and Senate plans would halt a practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from someone accused, but not convicted, of certain crimes.