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Motorcycle Crackdown

Aug 1, 2019

(Douglas County, NE)  --  The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is keeping an eye on reckless motorcycle riders.  Officials say deputies are cracking down on motorcyclists who are popping wheelies.  The sheriff's office says motorcyclists who ride only on their back tires pose a risk to other drivers who may not see their headlights.  Prosecutors say people convicted of willful reckless driving face up to 90 days in jail.   

New Fireworks Ordinance In Effect

Jun 25, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha's new fireworks ordinance is in effect. Omaha residents can only light off fireworks from July 2nd through July 4th.  The Omaha City Council unanimously approved an ordinance last September that shortened the city's fireworks lighting season from 10-days to three.  Fireworks sales are allowed in Omaha from June 28th through July 4th.  The full press release from the Omaha Police Department is below.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say they're expanding a pilot program that stationed a mental health therapist in an Omaha police precinct.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials plan to place a therapist in each precinct within the next few years. The primary goal: Decrease the instances of officers taking into custody people struggling with mental health issues.

Officials also hope to connect people to the services they require and reduce the number of times officers must respond to people and their mental health crises.

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The honor was announced at an awards ceremony Thursday.

Sgt. Kendall was selected, "for his excellent work in handling a barricade situation and his medical response."

Along with Sgt. Kendall's honor approximately 50 officers are being recognized for their exceptional service. 

  This is the 19th annual Officer of the Year ceremony presented by the Omaha Police Foundation.

(Omaha, NE)  --  A preliminary report is released in connection with an incident that left an Omaha police helicopter damaged.  The police department's Able One helicopter had just taken off from the Omaha North Airport on April 16th when it experienced a partial loss of engine power.  No one was injured when the pilot landed the helicopter in a field, but the aircraft suffered a damaged tail boom.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha Police Department is adding two additional civilian gang specialists.  Officials say hiring the specialists will allow the police department to help local youth find new opportunities and a better path.  The police department hopes to hire a refugee to the gang specialist team after six alleged members of a Sudanese gang were arrested last week. 

(Omaha, NE)  --  A Nebraska police helicopter is damaged after making an emergency landing.  Omaha Police Helicopter Able-One had just taken off from the Omaha North Airport Tuesday morning when it suffered a mechanical failure.  Pilots were able to land in an open field, but the helicopter suffered damage and was inoperable after the incident.  No injuries were reported.

The Omaha Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting extra traffic enforcement operations in April 2019 to focus on vehicles traveling at excessive speeds. In addition, officers will be looking for drivers who could be distracted while using an electronic device while traveling at high speeds. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety has awarded $19,000 to fund extra officers on the streets enforcing Nebraska’s speed limits. Operations will be conduct throughout the city at various times during the campaign.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say the city of Omaha must pay a nearly $240,000 medical bill for a man accused of shooting a police officer.

Authorities say 36-year-old John Ezell Jr. was shot several times by other officers after Ezell wounded another officer, Ken Fortune, who's since recovered.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that assistant city attorney Jeff Bloom says the city is constitutionally required to provide medical treatment to people who need it while in police custody.

 (Omaha, NE)  --  Omaha police officer Ken Fortune, who was shot while on duty last month, is back on duty.  The Lincoln Police Department tweeted a photo of Fortune, dressed in a police uniform, picking up cards and a gift sent to him by the LPD on Wednesday.  The police department said Fortune had fully recovered.  He was shot in the shoulder during a confrontation between gang-unit officers and two men in North Omaha on September 11th.

You are invited to join the Omaha Police Department for National Coffee with a Cop Day on October 3, 2018.  Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for our community to get to know the department and a chance for Omaha Police Officers to hear from our community.

Each precinct will host an event. See the locations below:

   -The Northwest team will be at Hy-Vee, 7910 Cass Street from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Omaha Police Foundation will honor 25 Omaha Police Department officers at an April 25th luncheon held at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street.  Foundation Board President Woody Bradford stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the work the foundation does to support local law enforcement, the creation of the foundation, and how the officer of the year is chosen.  More information can be found at www.OmahaPoliceFoundation.org.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police officers will soon be equipped with body cameras that will automatically be activated in certain situations.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A grand jury has concluded that criminal charges are warranted against two former Omaha police officers in the June stun gun-related death of a mentally ill man.