Manchester Police And Hospital To Launch Heroin Recovery Initiative Called HOPE


Manchester Police And Hospital To Launch Heroin Recovery Initiative Called HOPE

MANCHESTER — Police will team with Manchester Memorial Hospital, volunteer coaches and other community partners to help heroin addicts find paths to recovery outside the criminal justice system.

Modeled on a program pioneered in Gloucester, Mass. Manchester’s HOPE (Heroin/Opioid Prevention Education) initiative is to begin next month, police Chief Marc Montminy said Tuesday at a meeting of the town’s board of directors.

Police will guide addicts to recovery, rather than court and jail, Montminy said. Officers will reach out to heroin users, asking if they’ve had enough of the physical decay, family estrangement and loss of livelihood and self-respect that typically affect addicts. Those who agree to seek treatment will be taken directly to Manchester Memorial Hospital’s emergency room after surrendering any drugs or needles. If they are simply users, Montminy said, they will not be arrested.

Arrests have not slowed the rising death toll. Last year, 14 people died in Manchester of heroin overdoses, and I have every reason to believe that 2016 will be worse, Montminy said. Currently, police see an average of one overdose each week and more than one death each month, Montminy said.

As he and Mayor Jay Moran noted, heroin abuse is a state and national epidemic. Deaths from heroin-related overdoses totaled 10,574 nationwide in 2014, more than three times the number in 2010. Heroin-related deaths soared in Connecticut from 174 in 2012 to 416 last year. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid often added to heroin, has fueled the surge, state Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said. If current rates hold, more than 330 people will die from fentanyl alone in the state this year, Gill said.

Gloucester’s Angel Initiative inspired Manchester’s HOPE program. Launched last year, the program made police the point agency in moving addicts directly into treatment. Addicts are allowed to surrender any drugs and needles they have with the understanding that they will not face arrest and that police and community volunteers called angels will help them emerge from hellish lives.

Manchester officers know many of the local addicts and see them daily, Montminy said. For those seeking treatment, police will check for any outstanding warrants and will continue to arrest drug dealers and anyone caught committing a crime, Montminy said. All officers will receive about four hours of training before the HOPE initiative begins, he said.

Heroin kills more people in Connecticut with each passing year. With heroin-related deaths expected to climb above 380 in 2015, someone is now dying every day. But it is an addiction that defies simple answers. The dead are young and old, rich and poor, from cities and suburbs. It is an insidious.

Heroin kills more people in Connecticut with each passing year. With heroin-related deaths expected to climb above 380 in 2015, someone is now dying every day. But it is an addiction that defies simple answers. The dead are young and old, rich and poor, from cities and suburbs. It is an insidious.

Eastern Connecticut Health Network, the hospital’s parent organization, will be the program’s clinical gateway, Montminy said. Medical professionals will evaluate incoming addicts, determine their needs and provide a bed if necessary, Dr. Robert Carroll, head of ECHN’s emergency department, said at the town directors meeting.

Most addicts, however, can be treated as outpatients, either with methadone or suboxone, Dr. Nedson Campbell, an addiction treatment specialist at the hospital, told directors. Asked after the meeting if ECHN has the resources to handle an influx of addicts seeking treatment, Carroll said the organization has an obligation to help.

The HOPE program also will recruit recovery coaches, who are to help people focus on keeping clean, Montminy said. Pathfinders, a local recovery group, will hold a class for those who want to be coaches, he said. Money for the training likely will come from the police department’s drug asset forfeiture funds, the chief said.

The town human services department is to help HOPE clients find housing, employment and access to state resources and other services, department Director Mary Roche Cronin said.

When they come out, it’s going to be a challenging time for them, and we need to be there to assist, Cronin said.


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Miami lawyer injured after hit-and-run crash on MacArthur Causeway #naphtali #hertz


Miami defense lawyer clings to life after high-speed hit-and-run crash

A Miami Beach defense lawyer is clinging to life after police say a driver — speeding at over 100 mph — clipped the man’s car on the MacArthur Causeway in a hit-and-run crash.

Naphtali Hertz Wacks, 57, suffered broken ribs, a severed spine, collapsed lungs and paralysis in his legs early Tuesday morning when his car careened into a retaining wall, according to an arrest warrant. The warrant noted that Wacks was not expected to survive.

The driver, Elia Soto, 44, was arrested after police said he ditched his Nissan Armada near Miami’s criminal courthouse. He made his first appearance Thursday morning in bond court to face charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury and reckless driving.

Soto was on federal probation for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. A Miami-Dade judge granted him a $30,000 bond. If he is able to post it, he must stay on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor.

Colleagues at Miami’s criminal courthouse were stunned to hear about Wacks, who cut a distinct figure in the first-floor cafeteria, with bright copper-colored hair and a customarily rumpled gray suit, but few people in the building knew him well outside the courtroom.

Wacks, who ran a solo practice from his South Beach home, was a “brilliant writer’ who used to craft appellate briefs in criminal cases, recalled defense lawyer Albert Levin. “One of the nicest, sweetest guys you’ve ever met,” Levin said.

Former prosecutor Ergio Fernandez recalled trying cases against him in the early 2000s.

“He was always someone who struck me as really out of place in criminal court, where it’s dog-eat-dog and things can get very heated and nasty,” Fernandez said. “He was always so pleasant and kind and so mild mannered.”

Wacks was driving west, presumably to Miami’s criminal courthouse, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when his car was hit.

According to an arrest warrant, Soto was behind the wheel of a rented black Nissan Armada that was captured on surveillance videos speeding “in a reckless manner.” Witnesses and detectives estimated he hit speeds of over 100 mph.

As the Nissan SUV weaved through causeway traffic, it changed lanes, hitting the back of Wacks’ Honda Civic at about 95 miles per hour. “The force of the crash was so significant” that the Civic was “propelled 368 feet” into the wall, according to a warrant by Miami Beach Detective Nick Guasto.

The Armada was ditched on the off-ramp of the Dolphin Expressway at Northwest 12th Avenue, just yards from Miami’s criminal justice complex. Soto lives nearby and investigators believe he walked home on foot.

Surveillance footage — taken from the office of the Miami-Dade’s state attorney — shows the bearded Soto ditching the SUV. Detectives also found surveillance video from just before the crash, showing Soto behind the wheel of the SUV on Ocean Drive, the warrant said.

An eyewitness also placed him driving the Nissan just before the crash, according to the warrant.

Soto surrendered Wednesday night at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. His defense lawyer in the previous federal case declined to comment because he yet to speak to Soto.


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American Society of Criminology
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Australian Institute of Criminology
The Institute aims to provide criminal justice information services, to publish criminal justice information in a variety of formats, and to inform government, the media, and the general public of issues relating to the work of the Institute and the Criminology Research Council. Criminal justice research, publications, conference information, and statistics are just some of what’s available at this impressive site.

Canadian Criminal Justice Association
The Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Blueprints for violence prevention, a collection of other violence-related resources on the Web, and access to VioLit (the Violence Literature Database) are the highlights of this site created at the University of Colorado.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
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Discover Criminal Justice – Criminology Programs
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Florida Department of Corrections – Criminal Justice Links
A listing of governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations in the areas of criminal justice, law enforcement, police, forensics, corrections, and other miscellaneous links. A very comprehensive site from the Florida Department of Corrections.

Institute for Intergovernmental Research – Criminal Justice Links
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Justice BC – Criminal Justice Information and Support
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National Crime Prevention Council
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National Criminal Justice Reference Service
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National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) “is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.”

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
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VERA Institute
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Wanted by the FBI
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World Criminological Directory
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The Department offers both undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.C.J.) degrees in Criminal Justice. This degree is also an excellent Pre-Law major.

The Criminal Justice curriculum contains a broad range of courses including Police Science, Social Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Law designed to equip students for work in the field of criminal justice. The Department’s wide range of academic courses are intended to achieve the following major objectives:

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  • GSK used travel agencies for China bribes: police #cheap #flight #deals

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    GSK used travel agencies for China bribes: police

    BEIJING Chinese police on Monday accused British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline of channeling bribes to Chinese officials and doctors through travel agencies to boost sales illegally and raise the price of its medicines in the country.

    The charges make the GSK case the highest profile corporate investigation in China since four executives from mining giant Rio Tinto were jailed in March 2010 for taking bribes and stealing commercial secrets.

    Gao Feng, head of the economic crimes investigation unit at China’s Ministry of Public Security, said since 2007, GSK had transferred as much as 3 billion yuan ($489 million) to more than 700 travel agencies and consultancies over six years.

    Four senior Chinese executives from GSK had been detained, Gao said at a news conference. The Ministry of Public Security had said last week that GSK executives in China had confessed to bribery and tax violations.

    GSK said it was deeply concerned by the developments and had stopped using the travel agencies identified by the investigation. It said it was reviewing all third party agencies and all historic transactions related to the travel agencies.

    “GSK shares the desire of the Chinese authorities to root out corruption,” it said in a brief statement. “These allegations are shameful and we regret this has occurred.”

    GSK supplies key products such as vaccines in China, as well as drugs for lung disease and cancer.

    Sources familiar with the situation said GSK’s general manager for China, Mark Reilly, had left the country for London 10 days ago to attend routine meetings and was now working in Britain, where he is in regular contact with the team in China.

    The probe into Britain’s biggest drugmaker is one of a string of investigations into foreign firms and their pricing practices in the world’s second-biggest economy.

    The official People’s Daily newspaper said GSK collaborated with travel agencies to funnel bribes to doctors and officials by creating fake “conference services” as expenditure for GSK to misappropriate funds, some of which would be spent on bribes.

    “We have sufficient reason to suspect that these transfers were conducted illegally,” Gao said. “You could say the travel agencies and GSK were criminal partners. Among the partners, GSK was mainly responsible. In a criminal organization there is always a leader.”

    Gao gave no examples of how the bribery involving the GSK executives worked. He said there were also instances of “sexual bribery”, although he did not elaborate.

    He said police had uncovered information that pointed to similar money transfers made by other multinational pharmaceutical companies in China.

    “Whether they were engaged in illegal behavior, you can go interview them. You just need to ask them one question: Are you sleeping well at night?” Gao said.

    He did not name any other foreign companies.


    China has targeted foreign firms on multiple fronts in the past few months, including over alleged price-fixing, quality controls and consumer rights, forcing companies to defend their reputations in a country where international brands often have a valuable edge over local competitors in terms of public trust.

    European food groups Nestle and Danone said they would cut infant milk formula prices in China after Beijing launched an inquiry into the industry.

    China is increasingly important for big drug groups, which rely on growth in emerging markets to offset slower sales in Western markets where many former top-selling medicines have lost patent protection.

    IMS Health, which tracks pharmaceutical industry trends, expects China to overtake Japan as the world’s second-biggest drugs market behind the United States by 2016.

    GSK sold 759 million pounds ($1.15 billion) of pharmaceuticals and vaccines in China in 2012, up 17 percent on 2011, representing around 3.5 percent of the group total.

    The detained GSK executives include Liang Hong, vice president and operations manager of GSK (China) Investment Co Ltd and Zhang Guowei, the company’s vice president and human resources director, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

    It was not immediately clear if the executives had legal representation.

    Xinhua said it was given access to one detained travel agent who said he did business with Liang. The agent said he sometimes arranged money for bribes and delivered it to the recipient. The agent also paid kickbacks to Liang, Xinhua reported.

    Xinhua, given access to Liang by the authorities, quoted the detained executive as saying medicine which cost 30 yuan to make could be sold to patients for 300 yuan. It did not specifically say Liang was referring to GSK drugs.

    The police last Thursday said the case against GSK involved many staff, with bribes offered to Chinese government officials, medical associations, hospitals and doctors.

    Police said they had taken no action against any British nationals in the GSK case. No information had been received from GSK’s UK headquarters, they said.

    ($1 = 0.6615 British pounds)

    (Writing by Kazunori Takada and Paul Carsten; additional reporting by Ben Hirschler and Kate Holton in London. Editing by Dean Yates and Jane Merriman)


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    Mobile identity theft: Why Delhi Police can’t find your stolen phone


    Mobile identity theft: Why Delhi Police can’t find your stolen phone

    Why do police never manage to trace lost or stolen cell phones? The culprit is a small gadget code named Flasher . Not bigger than the regular cell phone battery back-up, it has now become a cause of concern for the police and intelligence agencies.

    On November 9, the Delhi police recovered four flashers from two men, who over the last four months changed the IMEI or unique identification numbers of over 1000 stolen phones and resold them in the open. During the raid of their store in Ballimaran, Old Delhi, 401 cell phones were recovered by the cops.

    The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15-digit number on every phone. It is used by the police to trace cell phones. The IMEI number helps police track any cell phone to the exact tower the minute a call is made, even if a different SIM card is used. The IMEI number is believed to be tamper proof and different for every cell phone.

    The two arrested men ran a racket of reselling stolen mobile phones. They received stolen phones from thieves and pick pockets across the city and sold them after changing the IMEI numbers.

    Mohammed Shafi and Waseem, both from Old Delhi, revealed that it took them less than 10 minutes to change the IMEI numbers. Police say that in central Delhi s Gaffar Market, from where the two claim to have bought the four flashers, the device is sold discreetly for anywhere between ₹2,000- 5,000. It is not sold in the open or on e-shopping portals.

    All you need is a USB cord, a CD that comes with the flasher and a computer. The two men showed us that after opening the CD files on the computer, all they have to do is to connect the phone to the laptop using the flasher. There is an option to either use a new 15 digit number as the IMEI or put a number of one s choice. Once the IMEI is erased, the phone can never be traced, said Inspector Satender Mohan, who arrested the two men.

    The two, police said, were the biggest receivers of stolen mobile phones. Police say that though it is illegal to change the IMEI number, those dealing in stolen phones use it across the city.

    In Delhi, around 110 cell phones are reported stolen every day. Police believe the number could be higher as often people do not bother to inform the police about lost phones. Cell phone also tops the list of the most common items stolen every day.


    During their interrogation, the two men confessed that Flashers do not work on Apple phones. Out of the 401 smartphones police recovered, 32 were iPhone 6 and 6S. The two told police that in Delhi s stolen phone market, while IMEIs are changed and phones resold, Apple phones are always dismantled and their parts sold separately. The two also told police that many shopkeepers in the grey market are trying different devices and softwares to change IMEI of iPhones. The screens of Apple phones are in great demand. A stolen iPhone is usually not used because it is risky. It is always dismantled for its parts, an officer said.


    As cell phones are the easiest to steal, there is an organised chain of thieves and receivers across the city. From the 401 cell phones recovered, police found that the phones were stolen not just from Delhi but other states too such as Gujarat and Maharashtra. Shafi and Waseem bought the stolen phones from different pick pocket gangs and thieves across the city at 10-20 % of the phone s price and sold it at 40-50% depending on its condition. Shafi who worked as a phone repairman told police that he bought new Apple phones at around ₹4,000- 5,000.


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    EBay UK – eBay Safety Centre: Law Enforcement #fraud, #police, #stolen


    Safety Centre

    If you’ve been defrauded by a seller on eBay or have reason to believe you have discovered stolen goods, we strongly encourage you to contact your local police to report the incident and ensure that you obtain a crime reference number. If the police take the matter further, the investigating police officer will contact eBay; we’ll provide the information the police need to help with the investigation.

    Before you go to the police

    You transaction might not be a case of fraud or stolen goods, and it might that you’re dealing with a seller who is slow at sending an item or keeping in contact. In these cases, we encourage you to try resolving the issue with the seller directly. If this doesn’t work, there are a number of ways to resolve your issue quickly before going to the police:

    Is it a crime?

    If you report your transaction to the police, they’ll decide if it should be investigated as a crime or as a civil dispute. If the police feel that your case doesn’t involve a criminal intent by the other party, it’s possible that they may advise you to take civil action to recover your losses through a county (small claims) court. Advice and information can be found here. Should you require further advice on pursuing civil matters we suggest you contact Citizens Advice consumer service.

    Advice from Action Fraud

    • You can report issues via
    • Reports about transactions outside of eBay or PayPal may not be investigated by law enforcement, although your report will help the police to build intelligence and monitor fraud activity.
    • eBay will always assist in a criminal investigation received from Law Enforcement.

    How do I make a police report?

    The simplest way of reporting a crime is to go to your local police station or to call the local police operator on a non-emergency number. In most cases your report can be taken by telephone and followed up later. Some forces have an online crime reporting system, which you may be able to find on the web.

    What evidence do you need?

    The police will need essential details from you, such as the date and time of the offence and who the victim and suspects are. If you tried to contact the seller you may have even exchanged names and addresses using the ‘contact member’ system. These details will be useful to the police in trying to trace the other person and establishing whether or not they’ve committed an offence.

    If you’ve exchanged emails with the other person, make sure that you keep them and print copies to provide to the police. If possible print any eBay or PayPal web pages relating to your transaction.

    What happens next?

    We strongly believe in working closely with the police and other government agencies to keep our community safe. We train hundreds of police and trading standards officers every year in how to assist victims of crime and we provide our support and services to them free of charge. If the police feel that an investigation is warranted they may come to us for evidence to support the investigation. We are committed to keeping eBay a safe place to shop and will always assist in a criminal investigation and, in accordance with our privacy policies, will appropriately provide evidence to law enforcement and give evidence in court where necessary.

    Make sure you have your crime reference number to hand whenever you contact the police about your allegation, as this will be the best way for them to check on the progress of your case. You may find it useful to ask to speak to someone on the ‘crime desk’ or in the CID office.

    Will anyone be arrested?

    If you’re making an allegation of crime you should be prepared that no matter how good you think your case is the police may still chose not to continue with an investigation. A strong deciding factor is often whether or not the cost of an investigation is proportionate to the offence committed. This may mean that if the amount of financial loss is relatively low then a lengthy investigation is unlikely.

    Will anyone be charged?

    The police will take into account a number of other factors. The Crown Prosecution Service have laid down a ‘Threshold Test ‘ which is used to determine whether or not a person will be charged with an offence, and it’s possible that this may affect how the police pursue your allegation. eBay provides information in accordance with data protection legislation. The following contact details are provided for use by the Police, Trading Standards and other law enforcement agencies when sending requests for information:


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