FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Facial Recognition

Ask The Expert

Roger Rodriguez

Manager of Image Analytics

Roger served over 20 years with the NYPD, where he spearheaded the NYPD’s first dedicated facial recognition unit. The unit has conducted more than 8,500 facial recognition investigations, with over 3,000 possible matches and approximately 2,000 arrests. Roger’s enhancement techniques are now recognized worldwide and have changed law enforcement’s approach to the utilization of facial recognition technology.

Criminal Justice Degrees - Columbia Southern University
Let Columbia Southern University help you change your community with an MBA in...

Top News

County Won’t Hire Deputies Who Smoke

December 19, 2003  | 

In an effort to curb rising insurance costs, Riverside County in Southern California will no longer hire sheriff’s deputies who smoke cigarettes. The policy, if proved successful, could be extended to other county workers.

Governments across the nation are creating a trend by refusing to hire cigarette smokers, citing the relationship between tobacco-related health problems such as cancer and heart disease as reasons for the ban.

Law enforcement officers and firefighters receive generous workers compensation coverage when diagnosed with conditions such as cancer, heart problems, or pneumonia because it is presumed they have been caused by job stress, even if smoking may have been a contributing factor.

“Since taxpayers must pay the cost of these presumed conditions, in terms of worker comp benefits and disability requirements, we are seeking to control it as much as humanly possible,” says Ron Komers, director of human resources for Riverside County.

But some wonder if this is going to far, and if more frivolous restrictions may be imposed if this policy becomes the norm.

“A government agency cannot regulate what a person does at home as long as it’s legal, and to my knowledge, smoking is still legal,” says Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “This is still America.”

It could also prove difficult to monitor and enforce the nonsmoking ban.

So far, courts have upheld smoking bans for government jobs. Fall River, Mass., Officer Wayne H. Jeffrey was fired for smoking at a party, off duty. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled the officer’s termination legal.

Request more info about this product / service / company


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

NY Corrections Sergeant Dies During Dive Training
Sgt. Kerry Winters, 51, a 30-year veteran of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office...
Ring's Manufacturing Introduces Walther PPS M2 Training Bluegun
Ring's Manufacturing has introduced a Walther PPS M2 Bluegun training pistol replica. The...
NASRO Releases Statement on Federal School Policing Recommendations
Like Education Secretary King, we believe that administering formal school discipline...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine