Sunday, July 22, 2018

Armed standoff at LA Trader Joe's ends with one store employee dead, wounded suspect in custody

A Trader Joe's employee is dead and a wounded suspect is in custody after a standoff in Los Angeles stretched through several tense hours Saturday before the suspect surrendered.

About 40 people were inside the grocery store on Hyperion Avenue, in LA's Silver Lake neighborhood, when an armed man ran in, according to police. He had crashed the car he was driving nearby after firing multiple rounds at officers pursuing him, police said.

The man was running from police after a shooting in which an elderly woman and a young woman were victims, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told CNN. Their conditions were not given.

Police said the older woman was the suspect's grandmother, and it was the grandmother's car he was driving when he wrecked near the Trader Joe's.

Read more and watch the video from CNN [HERE].

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Calgary Police/RCMP Negotiation Seminar

24th Annual Calgary Negotiation Seminar
Calgary Police Service / Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Calgary, Alberta Canada
September 26 to September 28, 2018

This jointly sponsored seminar by the Calgary Police Service and the Southern Alberta District of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, seeks to expand the knowledge and expertise of negotiators, incident commanders and tactical officers.
Open to police officers, corrections officers and selected mental health professionals who actively work with negotiators, these sessions aim to share new ideas, methods and experiences in an open forum.
Take a look at the agenda for this great event [HERE].

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

(BrainPickings)- In the immeasurably revelatory The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (public library), Sternberg examines the interplay of our emotions and our physical health, mediated by that seemingly nebulous yet, it turns out, remarkably concrete experience called stress.

...Memory, it turns out, is one of the major factors mediating the dialogue between sensation and emotional experience. Our memories of past experience become encoded into triggers that act as switchers on the rail of psychoemotional response, directing the incoming train of present experience in the direction of one emotional destination or another.
Mood is not homogeneous like cream soup. It is more like Swiss cheese, filled with holes. The triggers are highly specific, tripped by sudden trails of memory: a faint fragrance, a few bars of a tune, a vague silhouette that tapped into a sad memory buried deep, but not completely erased. 
Read more [HERE].  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Gaining Empathy and Insight With Anxiety

( When anxiety takes hold of us, it distorts our experience of the world and causes turbulence in our minds, wreaking havoc on our thoughts and emotions. For someone with severe panic disorder, this can shake them to their very core.

Read more [HERE]. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How The Marines Pulled Off An Incredible Hostage Rescue

( ...The Khmer Rouge soldiers kept the merchant sailors on board but took the nonessential crew off the ship. The Khmer Rouge commander, Sa Mean, ordered the ship to the Cambodian port of Kompong Som. As the ship steamed through the Gulf of Thailand, American military aircraft—alerted by the SOS—harassed the Mayaguez by buzzing the ship, strafing the sea in front of its bow, and dropping tear gas on the deck. The harassment forced the Mayaguez to anchor off the coast of Koh Tang, a gulf island northeast of Poulo Wai.

...“A helicopter was shot down on East Beach.”

Tuitele’s mind raced. All he wanted to do was get down there and help his men. He started to go over his battle drills. It was going to be a hot landing zone.
Read more [HERE]. 

(Note: the full version is behind a paywall)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Woman Climbs Statue of Liberty, Elite NYPD Officers Negotiate and Help Her Get Down

New York (CNN)- A woman who climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of migrant families was taken into custody after a standoff with police on the Fourth of July.

Authorities had tried to talk the woman down but she refused to leave. For nearly three hours, she crossed the base of the statue...

"At first, she wasn't friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while," said Glacken.

"She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas. I guess the whole debate that's going on about that. In the beginning, she threatened to push us off, push the ladder off, but we stayed with her," Glacken added.

Read more and watch the video from CNN [HERE].