He also completed the “yellow brick road”, a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net and much more. He explained that his participation in the academy resulted from a commission in 1935 that reported a need for a national standard for police officers. A career in law enforcement was always something Morris said he aspired to do. He credited this aspiration to a deputy sheriff from his hometown. He explained as a young kid growing up in a small farming community in California his family didn’t have a lot of money but his mother worked to buy him a bike. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post email@example.com “That really stuck with me on being a police officer … I always like to share the story because it was somebody who impacted my life to want to be a police officer,” Morris said. “I think being a police officer is the best job.” During the academy, Morris traveled to New York City and visited the New York Police Department (NYPD) Police One Plaza headquarters. The academy evolved to become a global network. In fact, Morris said he met law enforcement officials from Cambodia, Kenya, Thailand, Denmark, Uganda and other countries. To sum it up, Morris, who also is a Rotarian, said, “It was a good experience.” “What was interesting was even though we might not have been well off this particular family was even less well off than us,” Morris said “I think he just had a really big heart for that family and he didn’t charge the kid, he just made it a learning experience. It was a big learning experience for me to ride over there with him and face that head on.” His class also raised $21,000 in a single night, which was donated to a cops program and the Special Olympics. Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy during a talk Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com “We just saw a need to have more of a net of law enforcement,” Morris said. The work, it seems, was worth it. “I’m so blessed to have this experience. I couldn’t have done without (my family),” Morris said. He added that one night those attending the academy cooked meals from their home countries. It was an opportunity, Morris said, to introduce peers to their cultures. However, his bike was stolen, which devastated him, Morris said. But, the deputy sheriff was able to track down the bike and drove Morris to the kid’s house to retrieve it. After finding them, the deputy sheriff took the kids to his own home, his wife fed and bathed them and the two children were given to child protection services the following day. To get into the academy, Morris said he applied a few years ago and was nominated to attend the academy by a FBI agent from the Albuquerque office. The application process was lengthy; Morris said his entire background was looked at. Later, Morris said he was on another ride with the deputy sheriff when a fellow deputy found a truck and a woman on methamphetamines who had abandoned her young children in that truck for more than two days. Morris said the toddlers hadn’t eaten and if it wasn’t for the deputy patrolling the highway they wouldn’t have been found. For 10 weeks Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and on Tuesday shared his experiences with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. During the 10-week program, Morris took several courses, which touched on a variety of topics including body cameras, rapid DNA, emotional intelligence, wellness and vitality and communication and media relations.
FRANCE: Infrastructure manager RFF has announced its intention to start exclusive negotiations with a Vinci-led consortium to build and maintain the 340 km Tours – Bordeaux high speed line under a PPP concession.The consortium, led by Vinci and including Caisse des Dépôts and Axa, was selected from a shortlist of three consortia at an RFF board meeting on March 29. The infrastructure manager hopes to finalise the concession agreement for the €7∙2bn project ‘by the summer’, however it reserves the right to re-open discussions with the other two shortlisted groups, one led by Bouygues and the other by Eiffage, if financial close with Vinci cannot be reached.The line is the first stage of RFF’s LGV Sud Europe-Atlantique programme which includes planned high speed lines from Poitiers to Limoges, and from Bordeaux towards Toulouse and the Spanish border.In addition to the construction of 302 route-km of high speed line, the Tours – Bordeaux project includes connection to the existing main line to allow TGVs to serve Poitiers, Angoulême and Châtellerault. The journey time from Paris to Bordeaux is expected to be reduced by 1 h to around 2 h when the line opens in 2016.Of the projected €7∙2bn cost, a maximum of half will be met through funding from the state and five regional authorities. A combination of RFF and the concessionaire will meet the remainder.
Plastic cards, cash, and even smartphones could one day be replaced with a new type of payment method that is a bit harder to misplace: a tattoo-like sticker.MC10’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP) is an ultra-thin sticker that resembles a tattoo. What makes it so extraordinary is that it contains near field communication (NFC) technology enabling it to connect to an NFC-capable device such as a smartphone or a dedicated reader.This type of technology could inherently be more secure; it isn’t a loose physical object you could easily misplace. For patients in hospitals, it could replace the often bulky wrist bands medical workers use to identify and track patients.Removing the WiSP is easy, but doing so tears it so that the information it contains becomes unreadable and any data stored within virtually useless to any would-be thief. As a payment method, the WiSP could be used to store your credit card information and swiped over a contactless reader, freeing the wearer’s hands – and pockets.MC10’s technology is already being put to use by L’Oréal to research skin exposure to UV rays and the company is seeking other businesses to partner with to take the technology even further.
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 757; 2. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 528; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 472; 4. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 436; 5. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark., 387; 6. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 382; 7. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 377; 8. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D., 374; 9. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 348; 10. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 344; 11. Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 336; 12. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., 335; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 328; 14. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 320; 15. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 298; 16. Braxton Yeager, Green River, Wy., 286; 17. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 256; 18. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Bill Miller, Yuma, Ariz., both 255; 20. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 249. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 587; 2. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 511; 3. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 494; 4. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 474; 5. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 448; 6. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 408; 7. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz., 380; 8. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 340; 9. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 339; 10. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 326; 11. Darin Center, Mesa, Ariz., 321; 12. Michael Wells, Pahrump, Nev., 320; 13. Kyle Salo, Peoria, Ariz., 318; 14. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., and David Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyoming, both 307; 16. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 302; 17. Slade Pitt, Rock Springs, Wy., 261; 18. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., and Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., both 258; 20. Bryan Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 251. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Colby Thornhill, Enumclaw, Wash., 89; 2. Danny Wood, Norman, Okla., 79; 3. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steven Shebester, Mustang, Okla., both 74; 5. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 60; 6. Zach Patterson, Yukon, Okla., 58; 7. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 54; 8. Tanner Conn, Oklahoma City, Okla., 51; 9. Cameron Hagin, Broken Arrow, Okla., 49; 10. Alison Slaton, Edmond, Okla., and Trey Burke, League City, Texas, both 44; 12. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, Brendan Warmerdam, Lemoore, Calif., and Brandon Jennings, Moore, Okla., each 40; 15. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, Rob Solomon, Fresno, Calif., and Jesse “Chip” Graham, Lewisville, Texas, each 39; 18. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, Grant Champlin, Hanford, Calif., and Brandon Anderson, Glenpool, Okla., each 38. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 266; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 232; 3. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 230; 4. Kevin Manning, Kaufman, Texas, 192; 5. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 166; 6. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 157; 7. Kaden Honeycutt, Aledo, Texas, and Kevin Ward (114), Abilene, Texas, both 139; 9. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 133; 10. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 127; 11. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, and Danny Cavanagh, Fort Worth, Texas, both 120; 13. Christopher Stewart, Tatum, N.M., and Mark Patterson, Merkel, Texas, both 119; 15. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak, Texas, 114; 16. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 111; 17. Brandon Blake, Odessa, Texas, 110; 18. John “Jay” Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 109; 19. Jason Cook, Grand Prairie, Texas, 103; 20. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 99. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 562; 2. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 497; 3. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 422; 4. Brendon LaBatte, Noonan, N.D., 409; 5. J.C. Parmeley, Peoria, Ariz., 392; 6. Andy Altenburg, Truman, Minn., 381; 7. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 372; 8. Dennis Losing, Apache Junction, Ariz., 360; 9. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 338; 10. Aaron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 337; 11. Leslie Gill, Odessa, Texas, 324; 12. Irvin Kevin Roberts, Gresham, Ore., 307; 13. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 305; 14. Kenny Gill, Peoria, Ariz., 303; 15. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 276; 16. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 262; 17. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 260; 18. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 254; 19. Ty Warner, Glendale, Ariz., 251; 20. D.J. Werkmeister, Mesa, Ariz., 236. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Brad King, New Town, N.D., 491; 2. Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., 356; 3. Joshua Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 306; 4. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 296; 5. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 294; 6. Paul O’Connor, Surprise, Ariz., 281; 7. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 275; 8. Chandler Dodge, Casa Grande, Ariz., 273; 9. Jason Penny, Yuma, Ariz., 271; 10. James Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 265; 11. Francisco Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 247; 12. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 237; 13. Reven Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 228; 14. Ron Roe, Phoenix, Ariz., 196; 15. Andrew Pearce, Meadow, Utah, 175; 16. Oscar Duarte, Yuma, Ariz., 174; 17. Rick Hibbard, Yuma, Ariz., 149; 18. David Callis, Yuma, Ariz., 139; 19. Kyle Williams, Glendale, Ariz., 138; 20. Charles McDaniel, Phoenix, Ariz., 128. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 184; 2. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 159; 3. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 139; 4. Patrick Miller, Rhome, Texas, and Darren Sage, Yuma, Ariz., both 136; 6. Jacquelyn Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Billy Ayres, Glendale, Ariz., both 132; 8. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 99; 9. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 95; 10. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 93; 11. Frank Cordova, Yuma, Ariz., 78; 12. Matthew Schlamann, Yuma, Ariz., 73; 13. Ryan McNaughton, Yuma, Ariz., 72; 14. Jesse James, Yuma, Ariz., and Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, both 70; 16. Dylan Rivers, Irving, Texas, 69; 17. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 68; 18. Shelley Marnell, Kennedale, Texas, 66; 19. Dylan Cates, Axtell, Texas, 65; 20. Shawn Rico, Yuma, Ariz., 64. Junior National Championship – 1. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 422; 2. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 408; 3. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 377; 4. Chandler Dodge, Casa Grande, Ariz., 273; 5. Michael Thing, Campo, Calif., 233; 6. Reven Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 228; 7. Jerry Flippo, Bakersfield, Calif., 187; 8. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 175; 9. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 157; 10. Brock Rogers, Yuma, Ariz., 156; 11. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 140; 12. Kaden Honeycutt, Aledo, Texas, 139; 13. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 133; 14. Abby Meulebroeck, Gilbert, Ariz., 131; 15. Dann E. Perry III, Laughlin, Nev., 103; 16. T.J. Wyman, Laveen, Ariz., 94; 17. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., Colby Thornhill, Enumclaw, Wash., and Cameron Williams, Mohave Valley, Ariz., each 89; 20. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 83.