The state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit could nearly eliminate the Alaska State Troopers’ highway patrol unit, with the administration of Gov. Bill Walker proposing to lower spending $3 million by transferring most of those troopers to different jobs.
Rob Duke's insight:
Murder rates in Alaska, 2013=34. Would you hazard a guess as to how many fatal collisions we had in the same period? 51 deaths. Compare injuries to felonious assaults and thefts to damage caused by collisions, and pound for pound in all categories, traffic related offenses are just as damaging, if not more damaging, than murders, felonious assaults, rapes, and thefts.
Given this, it's a false economy to eliminate traffic units.
Ask a homicide investigator to complete a skid analysis for speed; or recreate a collision. Most can't do it. If they can perform this analysis, it's because they built up years of experience on a specialized traffic team--It's a dedicated skill set that takes years to develop.
I never worked traffic as a dedicated/assigned duty, so I have no love for the position (I'm neutral--I don't hate traffic either). Despite this, I would have trouble justifying eliminating all of these specialized positions. At minimum, you need a MAIT team (Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team) that can respond around the state to investigate fatal collisions, which are almost always a homicide scene.
In addition, DUI investigations and deterrence patrol is also a specialized skill. It's not that regular patrol cannot do these skills, but much better service is delivered from specialized units. Drug Recognition Experts can also do good DUI investigations, but generally lack the interest to "chase taillights". This brings up my last point: organizationally, specialization creates duties and responsibilities for the type of offense related to one's specialty or special assignment unit. Without specialization, there may be little attention paid to these offenses.
Long-term Alaska needs traffic investigators and it's not easy to build these skills. It's a short-term false economy to abandon progress already made.
A San Francisco man was swiftly convicted Wednesday of creating and operating an underground website that prosecutors said enabled drug dealers around the world to reach customers they would never find on the street.
Mark Jeffrey Andrus, a suspect arrested and later released in connection with a dismembered body that was found last month in San Francisco, died at a city hospital, a source familiar with the investigation told The Chronicle on Sunday. The death of Andrus, who was a central focus of police investigating the dismemberment, adds a level of mystery to an already bewildering case that has inspired horror and shock for many in the Bay Area. The city medical examiner has yet to identify the victim
Police officers in Austin Texas receive Gitmo torture status after lawsuit describes their torturous practices in attempt to charge a woman with a misdemeanor.
Rob Duke's insight:
Schmerber vs. California (1966) established that bio evidence could be taken in a manner that did not "shock the consciousness of the court". So, you can't assault someone to take blood, but restraint is ok. You also must do so in a medically approved manner.
As far as having to give consent? That's merely for the civil sanction of the Admin Per Se law that allows the state to suspend your driving privilege without the due process of evidence (blood, breathe, or urine) if you refuse to give permission to take one of these approved types of evidence.
Admin Per Se has never effected criminal evidence rules that require the "best evidence rule" where officials strive, and have a right to collect the best evidence. In cases of bio evidence, this is done with a warrant, and then in compliance with standards establish in Schmerber in 1966. So, this is hardly new nor Gitmo worthy.
FAIRBANKS — Under a new, more lenient campus parking policy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is issuing fewer parking tickets than it used to. But the campus is still saving money compared to the old parking regime, according to the campus police chief.
Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from...
According to this professor, it wasn't the cops or the politicians that caused the increased prison population, but the PROSECUTORS who charged higher. PROSECUTORIAL aggressiveness, presumably to show a toughness on crime (though crime was falling throughout the period-1991-2010).
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