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Lt. Andrew Copeland recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In mid-March, Lt. Copeland and two other Oregon law enforcement officers completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
There is a highly competitive process that local law enforcement officers must go through before being selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews of the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.
"Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the chance to attend the National Academy each year," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The exceptional leaders selected to participate have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and to learn best practices from officers from across the country and the world."
Lt. Copeland began his law enforcement career working for the Keizer Police Department in 2002. In his 15-years there, he has served as a use-of-force instructor, field training officer, SWAT team member, patrol sergeant and Criminal Investigations Unit sergeant. In 2013, Chief John Teague promoted him to lieutenant to oversee the Patrol Division. The Patrol Division includes the Patrol, K-9, Community Response, Reserve Officer and Cadet units as well as specialty programs such as SWAT, the Honor Guard and the CRASH Team.
Remarking about Lt. Copeland's accomplishment, Deputy Jeff Kuhns said, "Andrew is the fifth member of the Keizer Police Department to have attended the FBI National Academy, and he is the first since 2007 when Chief John Teague last represented our agency at the academy. We are appreciative of the good working partnership the Keizer Police Department has with the FBI and are especially thankful they continue to provide this leadership training to local law enforcement agencies such as ours. We are confident Andrew will implement many of the things he learned at the FBI Academy into his continuing leadership at the Keizer Police Department."
During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Copeland took two graduate-level classes -- "The Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Enforcement Executives" and "Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement" -- as well as courses in stress management, employment law issues and interpersonal communication. The program allows the participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.
Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States as well as from around the world. While in the Academy, the officers and deputies live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.
The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF), working with the Sandy Police Department, arrested Larry Lewis Hudson, age 44, without incident on Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home in Sandy, Oregon. The federal criminal complaint charges Hudson with:
* 2 counts - distribution of child pornography
* 1 count - attempted online enticement of a minor
* 1 count - transmitting obscene material to a minor
* 2 counts - attempting to transmit obscene material to a minor
The complaint details online contacts with minor victims in Louisiana and Illinois, as well as contact with undercover officers in Texas and Arizona who were posing online as minors, in 2015 and 2016. According to the complaint, Hudson called himself "Brian Johnson," and he used the screenname "hottgu" and email addresses starting with "bigtlarry" and "hotbrian8" in his online activities.
Anyone with further information about contact between Hudson and any child should contact the FBI or their local police agency. The FBI's Portland Division can be reached at (503) 224-4181.
Hudson will make his initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Portland on Monday, April 3, 2017.
A complaint is only an accusation of a crime. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant United States Attorney Gary Sussman is prosecuting this case.
Portland FBI's CETF consists of FBI agents and task force officers from the Beaverton Police Department, the Portland Police Bureau, the Tigard Police Department, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children, as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child pornography.
The FBI and local law enforcement agencies are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a serial bank robber dubbed the "Bandaged Bandit". This robber has hit at least three Chase Bank branches - all located inside Fred Meyer stores - in just about two weeks. In each case, the robber walked into the branch, demanded cash from the teller and left the bank on foot. In each case, the robber covered his face with bandages or a medical mask, and he wore gloves and what appeared to be silver-colored sneakers.
+ March 8, 2017 - Chase Bank - 7555 SW Barbur Boulevard, Portland
+ March 14, 2017 - Chase Bank - 2500 SE Santiam Highway, Albany
+ March 24, 2017 - Chase Bank - 2450 Commercial Street SE, Salem
In the first two incidents, the robber wore a medical mask. In the Albany robbery, he also wore a large light-colored rain poncho.
In the third incident - the Salem robbery - he wrapped his entire head in bandages, had his arm in a sling and wore a baseball cap. He also was wearing a dark-colored jacket with a large Nike logo on the back. In all three incidents, he wore the silver sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at:
(503) 224-4181 (Portland, 24-hours a day)
(503) 362-6601 (Salem)
(541) 343-5222 (Eugene)