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Border Patrol: Agents Will Eventually Wear Body Cameras

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite a year-long review that recommended against Border Patrol wearing body cameras, the head of CBP said the goal is to eventually employ the technology in the field, the Arizona Republic reports. 

The CBP commissioner said the cameras must withstand long hours in often harsh environments.

“We will work through it both from a technological stand point and a negotiation standpoint, but the goal is to employ body cameras where they would be most useful and helpful,” CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

One obstacle is the expected resistance from labor unions representing Border Patrol agents.

The news comes after a review released last week suggested the body cameras that were tested were not suitable for use by Border Patrol agents.

It’s not yet clear when the cameras would be employed.

“Let me assure you, it won’t be years and any opposition that is out there can be overcome and then we will move forward with this,” Kerlikowske said.

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Janet Napolitano’s Job at Department of Homeland Security Is Not Only High-Ranking Post Available

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Janet Napolitano’s job as head of the Department of Homeland Security is not the only high-ranking position available there, NPR reports.

According to the NPR, 15 top jobs at DHS are vacant or about to be, and lawmakers won’t fill the jobs.

The openings raise questions about whether DHS is too large and unwieldy.

“Customs and border protection — the role of commissioner for that has been vacant [and] filled by acting people for … nearly a year and a half,” says Christian Beckner, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Institute.

And surprise, surprise. There’s bipartisan agreement.

“It is a bad situation,” says Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who chairs the Senate homeland security committee. “I call it executive branch Swiss cheese. And it’s not that the people in these acting positions are inept or bad people, but there’s a special stature that comes by Senate confirmation.”

FBI Arrests Philly Police Official With Aspirations to be Chief

Chief Charles Ramsey/dept. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in all likelihood put an end to any aspirations of Philadelphia police inspector Daniel Castro becoming the department’s commissioner.

On Friday, agents arrested him at his home on charges of extortion in a scheme the Philadelphia Inquirer reported ” portrays him more like a gangster.”  Castro is the 15th Philly cop to be arrested since March 2009.

The paper reported that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, a former Chicago police official and former head of the D.C. police department, knew the inspector was under FBI investigation.  In fact, the paper reported that last month at a press conference announcing the arrests of two officers charged with ripping off drug dealers, he remarked  that it “could get worse before it gets better.”

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