Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters



Look, up in the sky, it’s a – drone

In a busy, chaotic world nothing trumps simplicity. A successful organization, whether a private business or a public safety agency, is constantly seeking ways to simplify its processes. Recently, a technological marvel has emerged which holds the promise to do just that for a variety of jobs. That machine is the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), aka a drone.

In law enforcement we are constantly looking for better ways to do a dangerous job. That means ways to improve on parameters such as safety, economy and efficiency (though not always, unfortunately, in that order). Unmanned drones show promise in each of

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Making the case for a civil rights case

The anger radiating out of Sanford, Florida, is palpable. The killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has energized the country unlike any single death in recent memory.

The rising tide of anger has washed up in other parts of the country; thousands have gathered for protests against Martin’s killing in cities such as Los and New York City, Miami and Chicago. His death is largely seen as a racial issue involving a Hispanic shooter and a white police department that has so far failed to deliver justice in the form of an arrest. Groups such as the

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Florida shooting highlights folly of “amateur hour”

The alleged shooting death of a Florida youth by a citizen watch volunteer has officially crossed over from tragedy to spectacle.

Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-0ld African-American, was reportedly shot after being confronted by Robert Zimmerman, an armed resident voluntarily patrolling the gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense, but the 911 tape and excerpts from Martin’s last phone conversation suggest otherwise.

As a result, Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, is currently hosting an armada of civil rights tourists, including the NAACP, the ACLU, the National of Islam and the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights. The

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DNA: confusing identification with punishment

This is the second in a three part series on balancing civil liberties and public safety.

Deoxyribonucleic acid, aka DNA, contains the genetic instructions used in the development and function of all living organisms (at least according to Wikipedia). The unique strands that make up each one of us as individuals is a dramatic peek into the fabric of our individual selves. For all intents and purposes, we are defined by our DNA.

The realm of law enforcement has been capitalizing on this discovery for several years, making DNA identification the cutting edge of police forensic science. DNA is now routinely

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