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FBI Widens Investigation of Inmate Abuse at New York State Prison System

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is widening its investigation into inmate abuse in the New York state prison system following the death of a mentally ill inmate last April.

Now the bureau has opened a probe into the alleged 2014 beating of an inmate at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill by officers, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. 

Less than 2 miles away is another prison where officers allegedly beat to death Samuel D, Harrell III in a vicious attack. His death prompted a federal wrongful-death lawsuit.

The latest case involves Kevin Moore, who was allegedly beaten so badly that he suffered a collapsed lung, socket fractures, bruised legs, five broken ribs and blurred vision, the Times-Union reports. 

Moore’s assaulted spared a grand jury investigation in Jun 2015 but nothing resulted at the time.

“We reached a point where it became apparent that the investigative resources of the U.S. attorney’s office coupled with the federal grand jury rules of evidence would enhance our ability to conduct a more thorough investigation,” Dutchess County District Attorney Bill Grady said Sunday. “Therefore we, as an office, joined with the U.S. Attorney’s office a number of months ago. And this joint investigation is currently ongoing along with the (Samuel) Harrell case.”

More Than 50 Police Officers Murdered in Line of Duty in 2014

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 50 police officers were murdered in the line of duty in 2014, according to new FBI statistics.

Of the 96 officers killed, 51 were killed as a result of felonious acts, the Washington Post reports. 

The average number of officers killed per year in the past decade is 50.5.

Of the 51 officers, 46 were killed by guns; four were killed by cars.

The suspects were killed in 19 of the cases.

Troubled Secret Service Seeks to Hire 1,000 New Employees

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on a hiring spree following embarrassing scandals that threatened to undermine the effectiveness of the agency that protects the president and other high-profile officials.

The agency plans to hire an additional 1,100 officers and agents, the USA Today reports. 

The plan is to hire 400 agents and 700 uniformed division officers over the next five years.

A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed a plan to launch “an aggressive hiring campaign” but didn’t provide details.

FBI Director James Comey Expresses Thanks to Law Enforcement Officers

Transportation Security Officers Closer to Working Without Paychecks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Congress doesn’t fund Homeland Security by Friday, transportation security officers will be forced to go to work without pay.

NPR reports that officers won’t get paid until lawmakers find a way to fund the department amid a budget showdown with President Obama over his immigration plan. http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/02/23/388338500/for-tsa-officers-congress-inaction-on-funding-could-hit-home

DHS employees who are considered essential for “the safety of human life and protection of property” are required to work even during a shutdown. And that is most DHS employees.

“Look at the last shutdown. I think 85, 90 percent of all of the DHS workers were declared ‘essential,’ and came to work and they all got their paychecks,” said House Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona.

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Secret Service Agents Spent Average of Just 25 Minutes Training in 2014

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One reason the Secret Service is making so many embarrassing blunders may have something to do with the lack of training.

The Fiscal Times reports that the Secret Service’s uniformed officers trained for an average of just 25 minutes in fiscal 2013, a significant decline over previous years

The Secret Service typically sent special agents to eight training classes a year. Now agents are lucky to take a class, the an independent panel investigating the agency told Congress last week.

The panelists suggested that the Secret Service hire 200 new uniformed officers and 85 special agents, which would mark a 4.5% increase in the overall workforce.

“No organization is perfect,” said Mark Filip, one of the panelists. “It’s not a weakness to acknowledge there are problems. Accept them and move forward.”

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At Least 7 Arrested for Threatening NYPD Police Following Shooting of 2 Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities have arrested at least seven people for allegedly threatening police after a man shot two NYPD officers in the head Saturday in retaliation for the recent deaths of black men at the hands of white cops, CNN reports.

Police have been encouraging the public to report all threats so law enforcement can assess the dangers. As a result, seven arrests were made.

“All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information,” NYPD said in a statement.

One recent arrest included a 26-year-old who is accused of threatening officers while posting pictures of weapons on his Facebook page. He has been charged with making terroristic threats, CNN reported.

Another suspect, a 41-year-old man, was arrested after he allegedly called police to inquire whether the bullets had been removed from the dead officer’s head so “he could kill more cops.”

In a tweet Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked the police department and the civilian who saw something and said something: “Thank you to the NYPD officers who today arrested a man who threatened to kill cops, and to the good samaritan who provided key information.”

Customs And Border Protection Plans to Hire 2,000 Officers to Beef Up Security

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP plans to hire 2,000 officers by the end of the 2015 fiscal year, the Tucson News reports.

Most of the new officers will serve along the southwest border.

Some of the jobs entail checking passports at the border and enforcing immigration laws.

Applicants will undergo a thorough screening process to ensure their eligibility.

Applicants must also pass an entrance and fitness test, be a U.S. citizen and resident of this country for the past three years and be under the age of 37 at the time of applying.

Applications are available online.