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Police Chief in Colorado

POLICE CHIEF – Full time

Salary range – $63,358 to $95,036 per yr., DOQ.

Full benefits, uniform allowance and command vehicle for official use only.

Cripple Creek Police Department in Colorado is accepting applications for the position of Police Chief. The Police Chief is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating activities of the municipal police department in accordance with law and codes. The Police Chief reports directly to the City Administrator. The department consists of 13 full-time sworn positions (including Chief), 1 animal control officer, and 2 civilian office personnel. Minimum requirements include having any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in Police Science, Criminology, or a related field, and five years of progressively responsible police work as a certified officer, two of which should be at the Police Sergeant level or higher. Applicants must obtain POST provisional certification within 90 days and pass the written and skills testing and obtain POST certification within 6 months; and training in law enforcement administration and similar areas is desirable. Applicants must provide a resume with cover letter, a completed City of Cripple Creek application, personal and professional references, and copies of all certificates and degrees. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test, physical, and MVR. Applicants will be subject to an extensive background check prior to beginning employment.

Application and job description available at the front desk at City Hall and may be picked up & returned in person, by mail, or by fax to:

Human Resources
City of Cripple Creek
337 E. Bennett Ave.
PO Box 430
Cripple Creek, Colorado 80813
Fax #719-689-2774
www.cripplecreekgov.com (job application)

The City of Cripple Creek is an EOE.

Closing Date: 6-3-11

Wife of Dead Photo Editor Has Doubts About Anthrax Case

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy over the 2001 anthrax killings  isn’t likely to go away — not for a long time at least.

The latest: The Associated Press reports that the widow of National Enquirer photo editor Robert Stevens, who was killed by an anthrax letter in 2001, has doubts that the lone scientist Bruce Ivins was behind the anthrax that killed five all together and sickened 17 others.

Maureen Stevens made her claims in filings in a lawsuit she has against the government, alleging it didn’t do enough to safeguard the dangerous anthrax strains at the government lab Ft. Detrick in Maryland.

Meanwhile, Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers reports:

“Buried in FBI laboratory reports about the anthrax mail attacks that killed five people in 2001 is data suggesting that a chemical may have been added to try to heighten the powder’s potency, a move that some experts say exceeded the expertise of the presumed killer (Bruce Ivins).”

Stevens claims are based on sworn statements made by two of Ivin’s superiors who claimed Ivin’s didn’t have the expertise  to pull it off, AP reported. One scientist claimed it would have taken more than one person to pull off the attacks.

The Justice Department and FBI had planned to charge Ivins in the murders, but he committed suicide in July 2008 before that could happen.

To read the full McClatchy story click here.

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TSA Officer Busted With Gun at Airport Checkpoint

file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Every week, as a many as three dozen people get caught by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners with guns at airport checkpoints around the country.

But this was different.

The Associated Press reports that TSA officer Rynel B. Delacruz, 25, was arrested Monday night at Orlando International Airport after a loaded .380 Ruger gun was found in his luggage at a checkpoint. He was arrested and released on $250 bail.

AP reported that TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said Thursday that  Delacruz’s was no longer a TSA employee as of Wednesday.

Delacruz told police that he forgot the gun was in the bag, AP reported.

Secret Service Looking for Highly Sophisticated Equipment to Intercept Voice Data


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service wants to upgrade its capabilities to intercept voice and data communications, according to a report by Government Security News.

The publication reported that Secret Service wants to replace its current system “with a new, all-inclusive intercept platform that can collect, analyze, decode and reconstruct voice, data and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communications.”

Government News Security reported that the agency  is soliciting proposals from vendors. The new system would be used by about 250 Secret Service analysts, monitors and administrators, on a 24/7 basis.

“The system must be able to decode multiple specified common telecommunications application & network protocols,” the agency said, according to the news publication.

It must also be able to  automatically translate intercepted messages in “numerous highly specific foreign languages,” the agency specified.

FBI Wants to See if “Unabomber” Linked to Tylenol Killings in 1982

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Theodore Kaczynski, aka the “Unabomber”, is a apparently a suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings that killed seven people in the Chicago area, according to media reports.

Bloomberg reported that the FBI wants Kaczynski’s DNA to see if there’s any link to the Tylenol killings.

Bloomberg reported that Kaczynski made the disclosure in court papers in an effort to stop an auction of his belongings by the U.S. Marshals Service, which is now in progress.

In a handwritten court document, Bloomberg reported, that Kaczynski said the prison wanted his DNA “to compare with the partial DNA profiles connected with a 1982 event in which someone put potassium cyanide in Tylenol.”

“I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide,” wrote Kaczynski, 68, a former mathematics professor, according to Bloomberg.

The FBI declined comment, Bloomberg reported.

Prosecution Expected to Rest in Blago Retrial: Blago May Testify

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, that was quick.

After just 2 1/2 weeks of testimony, the prosecution in the federal retrial of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to rest its case on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The first trial took 11 weeks, most of which was taken up by the prosecution presenting it case centering on bribery allegations and Blago’s alleged attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Speculation continued this week as to whether the  ever-chatty Blago will testify on his own behalf, the Sun-Timengs reported.  He did not testify in the first trial in which the jury convicted him on only 1 of 24 counts, and that was for lying to the FBI.

The defense has indicated it might also call as witnesses Jesse Jackson Jr. and newly minted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

To read more click here.

Ex-FBI Informant and Right Wing Shock Jock Claims Life is in Danger in Prison

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Convicted right winger, New Jersey Internet shock jock Harold “Hal” Turner, who once worked as an FBI informant, claims his life is in danger now that he’s  housed in federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., with notorious prisoners, the Jersey Journal reported.

“I probably won’t even see it coming,” Turner wrote in a letter to the The Jersey Journal. “They are facilitating my murder by putting me in the direct physical presence of the very terrorists I defended the nation from.”

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman told the Journal: “All inmates in the custody of the BOP are designated at facilities, housing units and management programs consistent with the inmate’s security needs.”

After jurors twice deadlocked, Turner was convicted at a third trial last December of threatening the lives of three U.S. Court of Appeals judges in Chicago. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Turner, 48, was charged in June 2009 for writing Internet postings proclaiming “outrage” over the pr0-gun control, handgun decision  by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer and wrote: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.”

His postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address, and room numbers of these judges. It also included a photo of the building they worked in and a map with its location, authorities said.

Like Portland, San Francisco Police Place Limits on Officers Who Participate in FBI’s JTTF

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The San Francisco Police Department becomes the second major police force in the nation in recent months to place limits on what its officers can do as members of  the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

Following Portland, Oregon’s lead, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr has issued an order that says cops assigned to the FBI’s terrorism task force must adhere to local policies protecting civil rights rather than the federal rules, which are looser.

“His announcement came during a rare joint meeting of the San Francisco police and human rights commissions, which was called after the American Civil Liberties Union, along with groups representing Arab Americans and other minorities, raised concerns that local police officers who served on the task force fell under FBI control and therefore operated under federal laws that gave them more leeway in terrorism investigations,” the Chronicle reported.

“No one wants SFPD officers to be under control of the FBI,” John Crew, a lawyer with the ACLU, said , according to the Chronicle.  “We’re all on the same page about that. But we’re not there yet with making it happen.”

In April, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to rejoin the FBI’s JTTF, but with limits. The city had quit the JTTF in 2005, citing concerns that the FBI was violating civil rights. It was also concerned its officers might snoop on citizens and violate local laws. Then-police chief and mayor were also angry that they did not have access to the same classified information task force officers had.

Under Portland’s new arrangement, the department will not permanently assign manpower to the JTTF, but will get involved with the anti-terrorism task force on an “as-needed basis” when it deemed the investigations worthy, The Oregonian reported.

Under the plan, the police chief will have the discretion to assign officers to investigations after consulting with the police commissioner. Some community members were adamantly against the city having a relationship with the JTTF.

Portland revisited the issue of participating in the JTTF after the FBI set up a sting and busted a man last November who was plotting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

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