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2019 POLICE UNITY TOUR

2019 POLICE UNITY TOUR

#BearGoesEverywhere this week the Bear followed our 2019 LASD Police Unity Bicycle Tour, Southern California Chapter VII, and rode past the George Washington Crossing Statue located near the Delaware River in the New Jersey / Pennsylvania border area.

The George Washington statue represents the crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, which was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey.

The Police Unity Tour was organized in 1997, in efforts to bring public awareness of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum. The tour started with 18 riders on a bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. 

Riders must be willing to train extensively to prepare for this arduous 3-day, 250 mile ride that begins in Somerset, NJ and ends in Washington D.C.

Until next time, everyone stay safe and look out for the Bear in your city.

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Fraud Detectives make Major Bust

FRAUD DETECTIVES MAKE MAJOR BUST IN MULTINATIONAL HACKING GROUP LINKED TO CRYPTOCURRENCY

On Thursday May 9, 2019, as a result of a lengthy investigation, Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents, arrested a suspect indicted on conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and identity theft charges. Reyad Gafar Abbas, 19, was one of nine individuals indicted as part of a multinational hacking group known as “The Community.” The hacking group used a technique called “SIM Swapping” or “SIM Hijacking” to gain control of their victim’s mobile phone. This allowed the hackers to access the victim’s cryptocurrency wallet or cryptocurrency exchange accounts and steal the victim’s funds. The total known loss in cryptocurrency is valued at approximately $2.4 million.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation was initiated in February of 2018, when a citizen of West Hollywood reported being a victim of a large cryptocurrency theft. Sheriff’s Department cybercrime investigators used advanced investigative techniques both in cyber space and on the streets which subsequently led to the identification of the suspect, Reyad Gafar Abbas of Rochester, New York. Deputies traveled to Rochester, and with the assistance of the New York State Patrol, served a search warrant at Abbas’ residence. Digital evidence was obtained as a result of the warrant which showed communications between Abbas and his co-conspirators regarding potential victims and hacking methods.

As the investigation continued, it was discovered that Abbas was part of a hacker group called “The Community.” Coordination among several state, local and federal law enforcement agencies uncovered the scale of “The Community” criminal scheme and ultimately led to the nine arrests.

As technology advances and citizens gain access to more sophisticated devices such as smart phones, it is important to practice sound cyber security. Use two factor identification on your accounts, make sure your passwords are unique and complex and do not give out your personal information over the phone or via email unless you have verified the legitimacy of the recipient. As cybercrime becomes more prevalent, it is important to report it to your local law enforcement agency if you become a victim.

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National Peace Officers Memorial Day 2019

MAY 15- PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY 2019

In observance of #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, we honor all peace officers across the United States who made the ultimate sacrifice, and laid down their lives while serving and protecting their communities. We also hold the families of those brave men and women in our hearts for the hardships they have faced after losing a loved one. We at @LASDHQ express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by these families.

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DUI Checkpoint

There will be checkpoints in the LA County areas for the St. Patrick’s day holiday.

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DUI Checkpoint

Deputy Conley and Deputy Halaszynski conducting a DUI investigation to help keep our roads safe!

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Storm Advisement: Malibu area