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YMCA Calls Police to Arrest Anti-Obesity Advocate MeMe Roth — NAAO President MeMe Roth Attempts to Dump Junk Food at Local Philadelphia Spring Valley YMCA

New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 23, 2007

With 30% of America’s children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes; with two-thirds of their parents already overweight; and with the YMCA of the USA asserting its “unique position in the fight against child obesity”; MeMe Roth (http://www.actionagainstobesity.com) endeavored to rid the YMCA of junk food. Ms. Roth attempted to discard the sprinkles, artificially-flavored caramel and chocolate syrups, and other high-fructose corn syrup-laden and artificially-colored substances, along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream set up near the entranceway as a free celebratory offering to YMCA members. In response, Roth alleges the YMCA blocked its junk food table and held back the 5-foot-6-inch, 120-pound, Ms. Roth with a 6-foot-3-inch football player volunteer named “Eric” and called the police.

“I’ve been working with the YMCA for months, both locally and nationally, from the local Director and President up to the YMCA of the USA CEO, including emails, phone calls, and in-person presentations imploring the organization to fulfill its mission statement to provide an environment of health and wellness for its 20 million members, 10 million of whom are children,” said Roth. “Given the current child health crisis, the last thing we need is the YMCA encouraging our children or their parents to consume even greater amounts of obesity- and diabetes- accelerating foods. This is especially damning given the YMCA’s own mission statement and all the wonderful counsel provided by the YMCA’s own nutritionists. Members trust the YMCA to help protect their health, not encourage consumption of some of the most harmful substances in the food supply.”

Roth cites an overrepresentation of obesity among employees and volunteers, including the Philadelphia Area Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, PA where she had come to exercise Tuesday. She assumes the membership falls closely in line to the U.S.’s national obesity figures: two-thirds of adults overweight — one-third of children overweight. The YMCA recently completed its own version of “The Biggest Loser.”

“There’s a great deal of lip service given to the fight to end child obesity, and the YMCA not only profits from some of the most indulgent junk food vending machines including Reese’s cheesecake pies, full-fat Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, S’Mores Pop-Tarts, among a plethora of other chemical-laden obesity and diabetes accelerators, but also, the YMCA uses $ 11 million dollars from Pepsi to fund its national ‘Healthy Kids Day’ and ‘Activate America’ programs. (Soda is widely reported as a top contributor to child and teen obesity.) It’s like having Philip Morris fund your cardio-vascular health day.”

National Action Against Obesity implores America’s schools, houses of worship and civic organization’s such as the YMCA to provide children and families a haven from the constant bombardment of junk food.

“Those of us fighting to keep our children and ourselves healthy deserve to have somewhere safe to go without being pressured to eat junk food,” continued Roth. “NAAO urges parents across the country to ‘Dump the Junk!’ If your child’s school pushes junk food onto your children, dump it. If your minister or rabbi uses junk food as a children’s sermon device, dump it. If your YMCA uses junk food as a means to pander to unhealthy members, dump it.”

The YMCA has threatened to press charges and terminate Ms. Roth’s family membership to the YMCA.

MeMe Roth and family are temporarily residing in the Philadelphia area, awaiting relocation to New York City.

About NAAO

**Look for upcoming “NAAO Obesity Action Plan” to Cut Obesity by 50%–An Absolutely Achievable, Uncomplicated, Step-By-Step, How-To Guide for ALL of Us** Through education, legislation, and most importantly–parental action–National Action Against Obesity works independently and as a consultancy to reverse the obesity epidemic by eliminating ‘fake foods’ from the food supply, barring junk food from schools and eradicating Secondhand Obesity, while encouraging exercise across all ages. MeMe Roth, president and founder of NAAO, is host and organizer of the Wedding Gown Challenge, where women enter into marriage at a healthy weight and maintain it for a lifetime. Ms. Roth has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews’ The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, CBS’s The Early Show, The New York Times, The LA Times, BusinessWeek, The New York Post, Playboy Magazine, 106.7 LiteFM, School Administrator, American School Board Journal, BigFatBlog, Nippon TV, The Associated Press and Health Magazine among others. Ms. Roth’s agenda: “Let’s finally recognize obesity as abuse–abuse of our children, abuse of ourselves–and together take action against it.” http://www.actionagainstobesity.com


Police Authorities and Search Engines Form Alliance to Beat Child Pornography – Swedish Picsearch Blocks Access to Child Pornography on the Internet

Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

It was announced today that Picsearch will be the first search engine to form an alliance with police authorities with an aim to decrease the sexual exploitation of children around the world. The police authorities will frequently provide Picsearch and other selected search engines with a list of identified websites with commercial child pornography. All indexed pages matching the list from the police will deleted from the searchable databases, decreasing the risk for end-users to find child pornography.

Stefan Kronqvist, Head of IT Crime Section of the Swedish National Criminal Police, says, -By incorporating the list of child pornography websites within the Picsearch search services, which contain over 1.7 billion images, we can prevent the user from finding images of abused children. This will lead to a decrease in the number of new visitors on child pornography websites.

Search engines are the most popular and the most powerful tools for Internet users to find information and entertainment online. Most people have online access today and among young people the PC is considered to be more important than the TV (eMarketer July 2007).

Robert Risberg, CEO at Picsearch, says: – We believe that every search engine has a responsibility to limit the ability to find child pornography. We invite all our colleagues within the search industry to join us.

National police authorities in many countries have for the past couple of years backed a voluntary cooperation with local Internet providers in which the police block the access to a number of known sites with commercial child pornography. The new cooperation between the police authorities and search engines will expand the effectiveness dramatically. Another major improvement is that the work done by the police in Sweden will be implemented in all search engines using Picsearch technology around the world. The full implementation of this project will be completed in August.

About Picsearch

Picsearch AB (publ) is a premium provider of image and multimedia search services. The services are market leading in relevancy and family friendliness. Picsearch powers several leading Internet sites as well as its own Internet properties. Picsearch was founded in 2000, is privately held and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information please visit http://www.picsearch.com.

About the IT section of the Swedish Criminal Police

The IT section of the Swedish Criminal Police focuses on investigations involving IT criminality. The section also develops methods for securing evidence in IT investigations. An important part of the IT section is the Child protection team whose main objective is to protect children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The cooperation with search engines is a part of the team’s effort to stop recruitment of new criminals of child pornography.

For more information please contact:

Carl Sarnstrand, Communications Manager at Picsearch

Tel: +46 73 204 14 79

E-mail: carl.sarnstrand @ picsearch.com

Information from the Swedish Criminal Police:



Police Approved Safety Tips for Halloween Developed by Amber Alert Registry Ensures Safe Trick-or-Treating

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) October 8, 2008

AmberAlertRegistry.org, a leader in helping protect children, has worked with several police departments to produce Halloween safety tips for parents and young children for trick-or-treating.

Halloween Safety Tips Include:

Penn State Hosts International Conference to Help Police Fight Crime

University Park, PA (PRWEB) November 12, 2009

Budget cuts are plaguing police departments worldwide because of the global economic climate. Los Angeles, for example, has stopped hiring police officers and eliminated a new recruit class; Atlanta officials have hiked property taxes to end furloughs for police and firefighters, and in East St. Louis, Ill., a police officer commended at a City Council meeting for capturing a murder suspect was laid off the same day. What can police departments do? The 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing aims to provide strategies and tools to help police maximize their resources. The conference is planned for May 6-7, 2010, in Baltimore.

“The most important element for fighting crime today is information and how you use it,” said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. “Police departments need the best possible technology and information to develop and implement effective strategies and tactics to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their communities.”

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy, Prince Edward Island, have created a partnership to educate and train law enforcement executive and command staff, government managers, research professionals, criminal justice professors and community leaders. This is the first in a series of international policing conferences that will be held in alternate years in the United States and Canada.

Edgar MacLeod, executive director of the Atlantic Police Academy, has been involved in law enforcement for 34 years. He said, “The most pressing police challenge today is the increased accountability placed on police leaders and the increased pressure to provide effective and efficient public safety in our communities. Never before has the challenge been so great to deliver higher-level service without the corresponding resources.”

Peter Cuthbert, executive director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), said, “The CACP looks forward to partnering with Penn State Justice and Safety Institute and the Atlantic Police Academy to participate in this inaugural international conference. The focus on the challenges in policing and the identification of best practices and potential solutions in maximizing resources to improve efficiencies and reduce crime is essential and at an opportune time.”

Conference participants will have opportunities to learn how to do more with less, as well as about the latest knowledge and best practices for effective results-driven policing from police departments successfully using these methods to fight crime. The format for sessions will be similar to town hall meetings, where participants can ask questions of speakers. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the importance of obtaining and sharing information in policing, how to increase accountability and effectiveness, develop force multipliers, link strategies and tactics, and predict and plan for the future.

In addition, a select group of exhibitors will be invited to attend the conference and exhibit their products and services, DeStefano explained.

“The whole agenda of this conference is about how we use data to develop more vibrant partnerships for better policing and improved public safety,” MacLeod said.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online.

Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skills. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. JASI is the sole provider of mandated basic training to Pennsylvania’s deputy sheriffs and has developed and administers the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute. For more information, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

Atlantic Police Academy (Atlantic Police Academy), a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

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Suspect Who Allegedly Stole Puppy from San Francisco SPCA Now in Police Custody

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 03, 2011

One of the two suspects who allegedly stole a puppy, James, from the San Francisco SPCA on November 8 is now in custody and may face felony charges. A surveillance camera inside the Adoption Center captured photographs of the suspects, a couple accompanied by a young child. Shortly after the crime was committed, the SF SPCA released the photographs to the media, and a California parole officer recognized the male suspect as one of his parolees.

“We hope this case serves as a lesson to anyone who considers committing such a crime in the future,” said SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall. “Abducting an animal is a serious crime that can result in felony charges.”

James, a mixed breed puppy, was 8 weeks old when he was abducted from the SF SPCA. He had already been adopted and was scheduled to go home with his new family just hours after he was stolen. The following day, he was returned unharmed by a woman claiming to have purchased him outside a grocery store.

James and the family who rightfully adopted him were reunited the day that he was returned. He’s healthy, happy, and enjoying life at his new home.

The San Francisco Police Department is handling this case. The SFPD police report number is 110-902-526.

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Feral Cat Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption and veterinary services, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 912-1742 or visit sfspca.org.

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US Police Officers Aid Police in Sudan & Darfur with Child Safety & Medical Help – Officer McDowell Discusses Obstacles on Dr. Carol Francis Radio Talk Show – Dec 6

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 11, 2012

Currently programs organized through Safe Harbor International are addressing complex survival needs on individuals in East Africa. Food, medical attention, law and order, safety of children– these are basic human needs in East Africa assisted by Police Officer Dave McDowell and many police officers he has organized through Safe Harbor International, Safe Harbor Police Outreach, and “Operation Safe Child.” Dave McDowell reveals hardships faced by inhabitants of South Sudan, Darfur, and Uganda. How can police officers from the United States help communities and peace-officers in these conflicted areas? “Police officers in these African Countries need and want assistance,” explains Officer Dave McDowell on Dr. Carol Francis Talk Radio Show (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dr-carol-francis/2012/10/22/us-police-officers-aid-police-officer-in-sudan-darfur) today.

Dr. Carol Francis interviews Dave McDowell, a police officer from Oregon and California who helps police officers in East Africa to effectively address issues of justice, fairness, and safety. Dave McDowell, in conjunction with many other police officers and professionals who volunteer with Safe Harbor International help families, children, medical professionals, and parents receive needed assistance and protection in these troubled countries of East Africa such as South Sudan, Uganda, Darfur. Dave McDowell’s journeys and stories will inspire many to help and others to compassionately understand the complications of East African citizens of all ages.

Dave McDowell is from Bend, Oregon and the Director of International Police Training & Outreach at Safe Harbor International Relief. For more information – McDowell works in conjunction with Safe Harbor International. McDowell’s organization can be contacted at http://www.policeoutreach.com/contact_us.aspx

Dr. Carol Francis, Psychologist and Marriage Family & Child Therapist dedicates this and all programs to encourage each of us to Make Life Happen NOW! Helping when we can and never falling short of being all we can be in the short time we have here. Dr. Carol Francis services South Bay Area of the Los Angeles County in Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, San Pedro, Long Beach- California. Call 310-543-1824 for one-to-one session on line or in person only. drcarolfrancis.com.

Houston Police Department, Retail Alliance to Receive Public-Private Partnership Award

Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) September 05, 2013

The Houston Police Department and the Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance (GHLPA) have been named the recipients of the Chief Michael Shanahan Award for Excellence in Public-Private Cooperation, presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA).

The Shanahan Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of public-private cooperation in public safety. The Houston Police Department and the GHLPA were honored for an initiative that enables food, drug and retail stores to work with each other and with law enforcement to reduce crime in the nations fourth-largest largest city.

The program, which started in 2009 as part of the police departments Positive Interaction Program (PIP) overseen by Assistant Chief Dan Perales, includes such components as public awareness campaigns to promote the securing of vehicles and valuables, messages focused on child safety and efforts to reduce organized retail crime.

Public-private partnerships are a key component to the success of law enforcement agencies and their ability to serve the communities they are sworn to protect, IACP President Craig T. Steckler said. By working together, we increase our strength and improve our ability to serve. I applaud the outstanding work of the Houston Police Department and the Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance. It is efforts like these that highlight the effectiveness that partnerships between law enforcement and the private sector can create.

Houston Police Department Senior Police Officer James Sobota, the citywide PIP coordinator, said that the GHLPA companies, while competitors, have been excited to be able to share ideas in pursuit of their common goals of loss prevention and increased security.

All of the participating retail members are happy to work together as one group, in a proactive approach, to reduce crime in the community, Sobota said.

The participating stores include CVS, Family Dollar, Fiesta, HEB, Kroger, Randalls, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

Since the formation of the partnership between the GHLPA and the Houston Police Department, the success and the reduction in crime has been dramatic, the organizations stated in their award application. The cooperative partnership between the retailers provides expert resources, financial support, access to large numbers of citizens/customers and an efficient method to address crime where the crime occurs, inside and outside retail facilities. This impact has made Houston a safer place to shop.

SIA CEO Don Erickson lauded the work being done in Houston.

A fair amount can be accomplished by private or public organizations by themselves, but effectiveness skyrockets when they work together, Erickson said. The collaboration between the Houston Police Department and the members of the GHLPA is a great example of this. SIA, in partnership with the IACP, is honored to have the opportunity to recognize their success in reducing crime and making people safer.

The Shanahan Award will be presented on Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia during the IACP Annual Conference.

The award honors the late Chief Michael Shanahan, who served the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) for 24 years before retiring in 1995. He made significant contributions to public safety not only as the UWPD chief but also as the co-chairman of the IACPs Private Sector Liaison Committee from 1985 to 1999.

The Security Industry Association (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Expos and Conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground Conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (http://www.theiacp.org) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

Keeping Kids Safe: North Shore-LIJ Trains Nassau Police and Youth Explorers in Car Seat Safety

New Hyde Park, NY (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced that 16 Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) young adult Explorers were among the latest group of community members taught by North Shore-LIJ Health System instructors to properly install car seats.

Car crashes are the biggest killer of American children up to 12-years-old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Using the correct car seats and restraints for kids can help save their lives and prevent injuries. The North Shore-LIJ Health Systems child passenger safety instructors have been offering child seat safety classes in the community for the past 15 years and host car-seat inspections on Long Island.

During the three-day car seat safety training, 16 NCPD Explorers, volunteers between the ages of 18 and 21, as well as four NCPD personnel, two Town of Hempstead park rangers, two Brookhaven Safety Town educators and a nurse from Nassau University Medical Center learned about the correct car seats to use for children of various ages, heights and weights, as well as how to properly install the car seats. The training took place at Hassel Auto Body in West Babylon for 30 hours over three days in June with the help of a grant from Safe Kids and the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Commission.

Debora Riccardi, DNP, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Childrens Medical Center director of community outreach, said the key to keeping kids safe in a car is not only instructing parents about the correct seat for their child now, but also how to properly restrain them in the future. Dr. Riccardi presented the training session along with two community health nurse educators — Joann Stiehl, RN, a child passenger safety instructor and special needs technician, and Daina Shaw, RN, a child passenger safety instructor. Additional child passenger safety instructors from Long Island also assisted with the training.

These newly trained people will be going out into their communities and helping to educate people about how to properly restrain and protect their children in a car, Dr. Riccardi said. This will reinforce the training that we already provide and help it to spread further. And in the case of the Nassau County Police Department Explorers, these young people may choose to become police officers in the future, so this training could help families for years to come.

Nassau County Police Officer Dan Johannessen, who leads the Explorers program, said of the car seat training, I strongly believe in the benefits this training has for the community and Im grateful to the North Shore-LIJ Health System and Debora Riccardi for making this possible.

Through a grant from Safe Kids and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Cohen Childrens Medical Center has been offering classes to the community about child seat safety for about 15 years.

There are free car seat evaluation events through the year at North Shore-LIJ facilities and other places in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and the Bronx. Car seat checks will be done at Cohen Childrens Medical Center on Oct. 14 and Nov. 3. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 718-470-3352 or visit http://www.northshorelij.com/ccmcny/ccmcny-for-patients-and-families/ccmcny-cps-installation.

To learn more about Nassau County Law Enforcement Exploring, visit their website at http://www.nclee.org.