Weekend Road Trip: What’s Under That Bridge?

Have you ever been driving along the highway, passed over a bridge, and wondered what was below? Well, I satisfied my curiosity last weekend by exploring beneath a bridge in coastal Georgia. What I found was a collection of docked shrimp boats (and other watercraft) and the remnants of old waterfront buildings. Their foundations were made of oyster shells and mortar.

Very tranquil, and well worth the stop.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.

Sergeant Timothy Prunty, 44

Shreveport Louisiana Police Department

October 24, 2010 – Sergeant Tim Prunty was shot and killed in an ambush style attack. He had just completed a check on a business and was standing near his car talking to the owner when a man drove up and opened fire on him. Although Sgt. Prunty was struck multiple times he was able to return fire before collapsing to the ground.

Sgt. Prunty is survived by his twin brother, also an officer with the department.

Funeral procession for Sgt. Prunty

Officer John Abraham, 37

Teaneck New Jersey Police Department

October 25, 2010 – Officer John Abraham was killed when his car collided with a utility pole. He is survived by his wife and son.

Deputy Sheriff Odell McDuffie Jr., 43

Liberty County Texas Sheriff’s Department

October 25, 2010 – Deputy Sheriff Odell McDuffie, Jr. was killed when his patrol car left the highway and struck a grove of trees. He is remembered by his fellow officers as a gentle giant who used his infectious smile rather than force to calm tense situations. Deputy McDuffie is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Captain George Green, 56

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

October 26, 2010 – Captain George Green was killed when a dump truck slammed into the side of his patrol car. Captain Green had served 31 years with the department and was six months from retirement.

Lieutenant Jose A. Cordova-Montañez

Puerto Rico Police Department

October 26, 2010 – Lt. Jose Cordova-Montañez was shot and killed while off duty when he attempted to intervene during an armed robbery. He leaves behind his wife, four children, and several grandchildren.

Officer Christopher A. Wilson, 50

San Diego California Police Department

October 27, 2010 – Officer Christopher Wilson was killed during an intense gun battle that began after officers attempted to arrest a wanted suspect. A police K-9 was also wounded during the incident. Officer Wilson is survived by his son and daughter.

A police investigator marks evidence at the scene where Officer Wilson was fatally shot – LA Times photo

– Thanks to ODMP

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Halloween Tips For Officers

Working as a police officer on Halloween poses special challenges. Think about it. In a world where someone wearing a mask is normally thought to be up to no good, you’re suddenly faced with scores of masked citizens. Kids are out and about darting in and out of traffic. They’re excited and and may not listen as well as they normally would. And practical jokes go horribly wrong. Needless to say, it can be a wild and trying night for cops.

Here’s a short list of tips for officers working the streets on one of their busiest nights of the year.

1. Stay alert. If it looks wrong, then it probably is.

2. Carry copies of outstanding warrants with you—the people you’ve been unable to locate. This is the one night when the dummies will probably answer the door thinking you’re a trick-or-treater.

3. Carry some candy in your patrol car. It’s the perfect time to show kids that you’re really one of the good guys.

4. Watch out for lone costumed adults, or those walking in groups. They’re probably up to no good.

5. Watch out for people tossing things off overpasses. For some reason, Halloween seems to be THE night to bomb police cars with bricks, rocks, and pumpkins.

6. Be alert for kids who wear actual guns as part of their costumes.

7. Park your patrol car and walk for a while. Mingle with the trick-or-treaters. Keep them safe. It also keeps the bad guys guessing your next move.

8. Drive slower than normal. Watch for kids!

9. Keep an eye on the registered sex offenders. They aren’t allowed to pass out candy! They shouldn’t be opening the door for any kids, either. And they shouldn’t have Halloween decorations displayed in their yard or on the house. Pay them a pre-Halloween visit to remind them of their court-ordered restrictions.

10. I preferred to patrol with my car window down, even in the winter time. Halloween is the only night of the year when I didn’t. Too many flying objects!

11. If possible, have extra officers working the streets on foot, in plain clothes.

12. Bring plenty of extra handcuffs. You’ll probably need them before the night is over.

13. Please, please, please wear your vest!

And to everyone else…

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SelectADNA: The New Guard Dog

Want to protect your home and business against thieves and potential robbers? Well, you may want to consider a unique system called SelectADNA.

The idea behind SelectDNA is quite simple, actually. Spray heads are installed at each entry point, and when the would-be burglar steps inside he’s instantly squirted with a burst of the SelectADNA solution. The spray is a harmless combination of a UV tracer and a special DNA code. The DNA is unique to a particular location, and to make him easy to locate, the bad guy glows when exposed to an ultraviolet light.

It’s difficult to remove the solution. Sure, it can be washed off, eventually. But it also gathers in the nostrils, under the fingernails, and in folds of skin (wrinkles), where it remains for a long, long time. Police in the U.K. have installed UV lights in their police stations and, as a part of booking, scan all suspects. This process often results in an immediate confession.

Normally, merely posting the SelectDNA sign is enough to ward off would-be thieves.

Another product, SelectADNA Grease, can be used to protect specific items, such as copper piping and other highly sought after goods.

Apply a coat of the grease to the items and when touched by the crook the material transfers to his hands, clothing, etc. Again, the thief is easily identifiable when exposed to UV light. The material is also easily traceable to its owner.

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