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Now we know, it will be the NFC Champion New York Giants against the AFC Champion New England Patriots at this year’s Super Bowl, which will held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The 46th annual Super Bowl will take place Sunday, February 5th.  In two hard-fought games Sunday, it was anybody’s guess which teams would come out on top.  All four deserve to move on, as they played their hearts out.  The Giants defeated the San Francisco 49’ers in overtime, 20-17.  The Baltimore Ravens lost out to the Patriots by a mere 23-20 score for the AFC title.  The last time I checked, there were 1,076 tickets listed in prices ranging from $2,314 to $60,519.  Luckily, we have a very nice high definition television that will furnish our Super Bowl experience!  If you are one of the lucky ones to go, why not order your team hardhats now, to wear to the game and work. Show your support for your team! 

The Indianapolis Host Committee has several fun things planned for the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.  You are invited to a HealthBowl, backed by the NFL, it is a free interactive health fair with fun activities for all.  Persons can have free health screenings, an Xbox virtual workout, or participate in the HealthBowl 5K run/walk.  The Legacy Loop 5K Run/Walk is one of the opening Super Bowl XLVI festivities.  Proceeds from the event will benefit NEWCO (Near Eastside Community Organization).  There’s also a “Snowman Challenge, where great prizes will be awarded to the top 5 snowmen along the 5K Run/Walk Route. Another fun activity is observing healthy cooking demonstrations with the Chef’s Academy.  (You might be lucky and get to be on stage with a Chef and possibly an NFL player!) 

The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee is proud to partner with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center (“Komen Tissue Bank”), to develop Indy’s Super Cure.  The Super Cure initiative capitalizes on Indianapolis’ robust health and life sciences resources to propel the search for a cure.  In order to make Super Bowl XLVI More Than a Game, Indy’s Super Cure invites you to assist in this fight and make a difference.  Indianapolis is home to the world’s only known tissue bank (Komen Tissue Bank) that collects healthy breast tissue for cancer study and research. 

City inspectors are working on overtime and flex schedules.  The department will continue its routine inspections across the city.  In an article written by John Tuohy, for the Indy Star, security concerns and keeping order will be part of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s job.  There will be 3,000 IMPD officers, firefighter and paramedics working from the Thursday before the game through Sunday, Feb 5th.  These will include 100 undercover officers, who will crack down on ticket and property counterfeiters, prostitutes, and pickpockets.  The FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration will join the local police departments.  There is nothing more important during this event than the public’s safety.  

S.A.F.E. Management Team is under contract to furnish trained staff for security in field and locker rooms, press box attendants, guest services, such as greeters, hosts, hostesses, and other guest services.  S.A.F.E. Management has been in the security business since 1994, and has security contracts with several NFL teams and other special events, such as large concerts. 

The Super Bowl Host Committee has brought in an independent inspector, as well.  Public safety is their number one priority, whether it’s weather-related or anything else.  The inspection of these structures is of the utmost importance.  Downtown Indianapolis will have a zipline attraction, as well as vendor tents of all sizes.  All of these tents must be inspected and the smaller ones must withstand winds of 45 to 50 mph, while the largest tents must be up to the code of a permanent building. Some of the tents will handle overflow crowds from bars and restaurants.  The city is working in tandem with the state fire marshal to ensure that businesses are not overcrowded and that customers have a way out in an emergency.  They want to make sure that everyone has an evacuation plan.  There is a lot going on behind the scenes now; residents are to be assured that the police will continue to their patrols in the rest of the city during the time of Super Bowl activities and the big game.

We hope for good weather and that all fans have a good time.  As with any other celebration, don’t drink and drive, stay safe in new surroundings, and have a good time!


Would you want to be a detective?  Watching a crime show or a re-enactment of a real-life robbery or murder makes it look pretty simple to figure out who the bad guy is.  But in the real world, it isn’t so easy.  It takes a village to bring about justice after a crime is committed.  Law enforcement personnel depend on the public to give them information that leads to solving the puzzle.

January is National Crime Stoppers Month.  Crime Stoppers began in 1976.  Albuquerque, New Mexico was a city with one of the highest per capita crime rates in the country.  Citizens were afraid to get involved.  But a gas station robbery/murder, and a Police Detective named Greg MacAleese changed things in that city.  A young college student was working an extra shift at a gas station, in order to give his co-worker a night off.  During this shift, there was an armed robbery and the soon-to-be married student lost his life.  There were no witnesses to the shooting.   Detective MacAleese knew he would need public involvement to help him and others find the killers.  Having previously worked for a newspaper, he felt it would take something original to persuade citizens to get involved.  He had a video re-enactment of the crime produced, promised anonymity and a reward (his own money) to those who called in.

The re-enactment of the crime worked – it triggered the memory of a man who had passed by the station and recalled hearing a loud bang and seeing a car taking off.  He recognized the car and told police that the person who owned it lived in a nearby apartment complex.  Detective MacAleese and other detectives arrested two men within 72 hours and charged them with the murder, as well as other previous armed robberies.

The first Crime Stoppers program was started by the Albuquerque Police Department soon after.  Since adopting this program, Albuquerque’s crime rate has dropped significantly.  It is no longer among the 20 cities with the highest per capital crime rate.  Detective MacAleese was named one of the persons in the 70’s that changed the country, and received the U.S. Police Officer of the Year Award.

Crime Stoppers is not a law enforcement agency.  They encourage you to contact your local law enforcement agency or local Crime Stoppers program with information that can lead to the arrest of someone you suspect has committed a crime.  Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Crime Stoppers programs are located in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, Central America and many Pacific and Caribbean nations.

The objective of the group is worldwide grassroots gathering of information, with the guarantee of anonymity to anyone who can assist law enforcement agencies.  In the United States alone, Crime Stoppers programs have been responsible for taking millions of tips that have led to nearly 514,000 felony arrests, and the recovery of almost $4 billion in stolen property and drugs.  Their impact across America is amazing.

Recently, Crime Stoppers has been asking the public for assistance in preventing crime during the Winter Olympic Games in British Columbia, Canada, slated for February.  The Canadian government is working diligently to keep everyone:  athletes, trainers, staff, and the public safe.

If you have any relevant information, call Games 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or text keyword “BCTIP” to 274637 crimes, or go to website: www.solvecrime.ca.

We commend Crime Stoppers for the success this program has had worldwide.  They have brought the importance of crime prevention to the forefront, followed by news media and programs such as “America’s Most Wanted” that ask for the public’s help in apprehending criminals.  Now it’s time we do our part to help keep our world safer.  Instead of being an “armchair detective” at home, we must pay closer attention to what’s happening in our neighborhoods.  If you haven’t considered joining your local Crime Stoppers program, think about it.  It’s time to get involved!

Source: Crime Stoppers International


Most often, if and when you get pulled over by a police officer, you are probably not going to be in a very good mood, because chances are, that patrol car has an onboard camera.  The fact that you are the star of the show may not be much fun – you really don’t want to be known as a speedster, and you sure don’t want your friends to see you if you’ve had too much to drink!

Currently, there are more than 600 law enforcement motorcycle officers across the United States that are equipped with clip-on video cameras.  The clip-on video cameras are also being utilized by private security companies, firefighters, and insurance adjusters, as well as motorcycle police.  In Texas, 45 to 50 law enforcement agencies are using the Vievu cameras.

Law enforcement has come a long way…. They first wore voice recorders attached to their uniform shoulders, and later, video cameras were placed in patrol cars.  The price for this type of camera ranges from $699 to $899, and $500 for extra hard drive storage.  There’s one switch, no wires, and the camera holds up to four hours of video.  With an average traffic stop taking only 2 to 3 minutes, they easily have enough room for a 10-hour shift.  The video can then be downloaded from the camera to a computer.

Not knowing how people are going to react to a traffic stop, these cameras document how everyone behaves: the driver, as well as the officer.  The clip-on cameras are a great way to protect the motorist, city, and police officer.

So next time, you get pulled over by a motorcycle officer, smile, because you may just be on “Cops Camera”.  Drive safely, don’t text while driving, pay attention, and you might just avoid being a film star!


As we continue talking about dangerous jobs, protective service occupations are very hazardous.  The middle word, service, is just that.  Men and women in law enforcement are there to serve the public 24-7.  Fatalities in their professions are high, with homicide being the leading cause, followed by highway crashes.

Television shows that depict the many types of law enforcement are popular for a reason.  There’s just something about the thrill of the chase that catches our attention, whether in real life, on the news, or a television program.  When we hear a siren, most of us are curious as to what it’s all about.  If you are looking for an exciting career, there are many types from which to choose:

  • Police Officer
  • Undercover Officer
  • Border Patrol
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • F.B.I.
  • Customs Service
  • Secret Service
  • Security Officer
  • SWAT Team
  • Border Patrol
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Parole Officer
  • Prison Guard
  • Sheriff
  • Air Marshal
  • Departments of Public Service (Highway Patrol)

There have been almost 800 violent assaults against Border Patrol agents in the last year, an increase of 108% from the year before.  Being a Federal Park Ranger has become one of the most hazardous jobs in law enforcement.  Since September 11, 2001, rangers have shifted their focus to drug smugglers and other fugitives.  They are 15 times more likely to be killed in the line of duty than a DEA agent.  Two of the most dangerous parks (among the top ten list of dangerous parks in our country, according to the US Park Ranger Fraternal Order of Police) are Amistad National Recreation Area, near Del Rio, Texas, and Big Bend National Park, also located in Texas.  There are so few people and too many miles to patrol for criminals bringing in loads of drugs, as well as illegal aliens, which makes it difficult for law enforcement.

We owe a big debt of gratitude to the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities and our country.