CopCal 'How To' Guide

There seems to be some people experiencing difficulty adding their shift to the work schedule. The main issue is that users are using the end date/time of their daily shift rather than the end date of the work schedule rotation (see “A” below). The end date of the schedule rotation needs to be indicated in this field. An end date is required or else the work schedule would continue forever and couldn’t be changeable when your work schedule is modified.

The next step is to indicate your shift rotation. If you work 4-on/4-off, simply place 4 in the Days on field and 4 in the Days off field.

If you work a 4-on/2-off, 4-on/3-off, 4-on/2-off, 4-on/2-off schedule, the input would appear as it does below...

Once complete, you will receive a confirmation screen to add the work-schedule event to each of the working day (below). Make sure the schedule is correct because if it’s not, you will have to be manually delete each day separately.

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U.S. Cop spotlighted in "10 Top Law Enforcement Apps"

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Starting October 17th, Spice & K2 Enforceable in Ohio

Ohio House Bill 64 (H.B. 64) became law. October 17, 2011, is the effective date of the new code sections impacted by H.B. 64. Once this law takes effect, Spice, also known as K2, will become a Schedule I controlled substance and the possession of or trafficking in Spice will be a violation of Ohio Revised Code.

In addition, if Spice is used in the offense of “corrupting another with drugs” under O.R.C. 2925.02 the penalty will be the same as if marijuana was used in the offense (F-4, or if in a school zone F-3). The chemical compounds related to K2 or Spice are listed under the Schedule I substances in O.R.C. 3719.41(C)(35) – (39).

In addition to criminalizing K2/Spice and conduct related to it, H.B. 64 added the six synthetic derivatives of cathinone that have been found in bath salts to the Schedule I controlled substances as a hallucinogen under O.R.C. 3719.41(C)(40) – (45).

H.B. 64 also added a definition of a "controlled substance analog," O.R.C. 3719.01(HH)(1) and treats controlled substance analogs the same as Schedule I controlled substances, O.R.C. 3719.013. Keep in mind this bill does not take effect until October 17, 2011, but at that time K2 Spice and bath salts will be controlled substances under law.

Ohio Law Updates

I have noted some of the upcoming law changes for your reference (and mine). All law changes effective 9/23/2011 unless otherwise indicated.
  • 4510.111 - (New Law) DUS for failure to pay court fine or failure to pay child support (unclassified misdemeanor). Vehicle immobilization and forfeiture laws applicable to multiple violations of this section.

  • 4507.02 - Requires license plates to be impounded for the below offenses. Previous to this amendment, the law indicated the license plates “may” be impounded. New language indicates the license plates “shall” be impounded.
    1. 4510.11 - Driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction.
    2. 4510.14 - Driving under OVI suspension.
    3. 4510.16 (B)(3) - Driving under financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation with a prior conviction within previous five years.
    4. 4510.21 - Failure to reinstate license suspension
    5. 4507.164 (F) - Permitting operation by unlicensed driver

  • 4507.35 - Duty to display license or furnish satisfactory proof of license upon demand - Changed from M1 to Unclassified Misdemeanor.

  • Multiple DUS ORC sections - A non-certified copy of the LEADS sheet may be admitted into evidence as prima-facie evidence that the license of the person was under suspension at the time of the alleged violation.

  • 4510.16 (B) - (New Law) DUS for failure to pay civil judgment (unclassified misdemeanor).

  • 4510.21 - DUS for failure to pay reinstatement fees is now an unclassified misdemeanor.

  • 4510.41 (B)(1) - The arresting officer shall seize the vehicle that the person was operating at the time of, or that was involved in, the below listed offenses if the vehicle is registered in the arrested person’s name and its license plates:
    1. 4510.14 - Driving under OVI suspension
    2. 4511.203 - Wrongful entrustment of motor vehicle
    3. 4510.16 G2 - Driving under financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation (only if 3rd violation within 3 years)
    4. 4510.161 B - Municipal ordinance created for violating 4510.14 (OVI suspension) or 4510.16 (FRA suspension)

  • 4511.53 - New sections for motorcycle permit violations:
    1. (C)(1) - Helmets required for all passengers
    2. (C)(2)(a) - No nighttime riding
    3. (C)(2)(b) - No passengers permitted
    4. (C)(2)(c) - No freeway riding

  • 4511.69 (C) - Parking a vehicle in the opposite direction is now a violation of subsection (C)(1) and not just (C). Subsection (C)(2) was added to allow motorcycles to park at an angle opposite of direction of travel.

  • 4511.203 - All initial wrongful entrustment charges are now an unclassified misdemeanor.

  • Vehicle forfeiture is now applicable for 3rd violation in 3 years for DUS under R.C. sections 4510.11, 4510.14, and 4510.16.

  • 4549.02, 4549.021 & 4549.03 - Courts may add restitution up to $500 for accident victims

  • 2923.121 (Possession of firearm in liquor permit premises) - Most people didn’t pay attention to the current law. The current law allowed the consumption of BEER while possessing a firearm. The new law prohibits consuming both beer and liquor while possessing a firearm. This section effective 9/30/2011

  • 2923.16 (Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle) - The subsections of this law were changed. New subsections: This section effective 9/30/2011
    1. (E)(1) Fail to notify officer
    2. (E)(2) Fail to notify other officers that approach vehicle (new)
    3. (E)(3) Fail to remain in the motor vehicle while stopped
    4. (E)(3) Fail to keep the person’s hands in plain sight at any time
    5. (E)(4) Having contact with firearm
    6. (E)(5) Disregard or fail to comply with any lawful order
    7. This amendment also removed the requirement that the gun be in a holster; or in a closed case, bag, box, or other container; or stored in a closed glove compartment or vehicle console or in a case that is locked. Subsection (E) of current law.
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ID Validation Feature Update

In January 2008, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule that established minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005.

Pursuant to the Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID regulation, States were to be in full compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005 by May 11, 2011. However, in March 7, 2011 they changed the compliance date to January 15, 2013.

That being said, I’m not so sure the depth of my proposed ID Checking Guide will be lucrative. I’d be spending a lot of time and resources into a guide that would go to the wayside in less time than this app has been on the market. I’d rather spend time developing resources for police officers that don’t exist.

In the mean time, you may acquire a paperback version of the I.D. Checking Guide for $28.95 from this link. I tried to develop a collaboration with the President of the Drivers License Guide Company, but he declined to take part in the project after fearing reprisal from the different State agencies.

Rest assured, I won’t leave you empty handed. I’ll figure something out...

GPS Location Feature Added to Android

The GPS location coordinates feature was added to Android today. Next up is the Photo Evidence feature.

Side note: There are now over 22,000 apps being used on iOS/Android. Happy hunting my fellow LEOS!

Retrieving previously purchased applications

Your application purchases are tied to your Google Account and can be installed an unlimited amount of times on any device. So, for example, if you remove 'My Favorite Game' to save memory, you can reinstall it at a later date with no charge by simply visiting My Downloads. Note: free applications are not saved to My Downloads after you remove them.

If you change devices, you can install previous purchases by making sure you sign into your device with the same Google Account you used on your previous phone.

Additionally, if Android Market is attempting to charge you for an application you have already purchased on an existing phone, your device may have been reset and a new username and password created. Because the application is associated with a different Google Account, you are being charged to purchase it again. Please note, if you would like to continue using the device with your current Google Account, you will need to purchase the application again.

If you would like to access your application without purchasing it again, reset your phone and sign in using the Google Account used at the time of purchase. To complete this process, you will need to complete the following steps:
  • For Android 1.6 devices, visit Settings > SD Card and phone storage > Factory data reset. For Android 2.0 devices, visit Settings > Privacy > Factory data reset. This will wipe all data on your device; the SD/memory card will not be touched.

  • Sign in to your phone using the username and password of the Google Account you originally used to purchase your applications. If you do not know the password for this account, please visit the Google Checkout Help Center article about Passwords for instructions to reset the password.

  • Reinstall the application by visiting My Downloads.

Will the Ohio Basic Code be added to the Ohio Cop app?

The Ohio Basic Code ("OBC") is a misnomer to many because there is no universal 'basic code' in Ohio. The OBC is offered by American Legal Publishing and Walter H. Drane Company.  Both offer codified ordinances for dozens of cities (ALP / Walter).

Using the offense of Speeding as an example, the code is different in many jurisdictions under the OBC.  I selected four random cities and listed them below.

New Carlisle: 434.03
Dublin: 73.15
Waynesville: 73.10
Sidney: 333.03

As you can see, although Speeding is a universal violation, there is no universal code for the violation. This is why I cannot put the OBC in my app.

Will state laws be added to U.S. Cop?

The short There are plenty of apps out there in both the Android Market and iTunes App Store that include the respective state laws. Most of them have more than one developer offering multiple resources. Also, apps in the the Apple App Store are limited to 20 MB in size. If the file size exceeds 20 MB, the user is required to have a WiFi connection to purchase the app, which would result in a decrease in sales. Adding the different state laws natively on the phone would cause me to exceed this size cap.

In the Android Market, the two biggest developers for state laws: CCJR Mobile, LLC and BigTwit Software, LLC.

In the Apple App Store, there are three developers for state laws: Tekk Inovations, LLC, Mike Kinney, and PDA Wizzard.

Android Version 1.0 Build 6 Released

An update on Android for both U.S. Cop and Ohio Cop was released today. This fixes the issue of a black screen appearing that would sometimes result in the app crashing.

Run Android apps on Windows

Ever wanted to try out an Android app but don’t have an actual Android device handy? An iOS user and often wondered how the other half lives? If the answer is yes, then BlueStacks is for you.

What BlueStacks does is fairly simple. It’s basically virtualization for Android. Install BlueStacks on your Windows machine and the software allows you to run an instance of Android right inside the app. From here the experience is just like having an Android device – except the phone calling thing.

Virtualization is nothing new, we’ve been doing it for years with VMware or Parallels but this is the first time a mobile operating system has been invited to the party.

Right now the
BlueStacks website isn’t quite behaving itself and downloading the virtualization software is easier said than done, but if Android on Windows is your particular bag then keep trying, we’re assured it does work eventually!


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RSS Feed for Known Issues

A RSS Feed for version-specific known issues has been created. Please click the links below to view the feeds:

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U.S. Cop Featured in POLICE Magazine

March 17, 2011
App Review: U.S. Cop (Android)
Mark Brooks' app is chock full of information for the working cop, and it's organized in a logical manner.
by Tim Meacham

Mark Brooks, a software developer and working police officer, developed U.S. Cop, which is one of the best apps on the Android platform for officers. This app is chock full of information for the working cop, and it's organized in a logical manner.

When you launch the app, you'll see tabs labeled Index, Case Law, Training, and Messages. Under Index, you'll find links for updates to his program, News and Alerts, Traffic, DUI, Drugs, Spanish, and Miranda Warning.

As one example, the Traffic section has subsections for information concerning states that require front license plates, accident investigation helps, traffic-stop case law, a tire's size-speed difference, window tint laws, CMV (Commercial Moving Vehicle) out-of-service orders, CMV company snapshots, and LIDAR instructions.

There are subsections within the accident investigation section that provide interview reminders, as well as equations for speed, braking, and friction. The DUI section provides information and instructions on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST).

Planned updates for this program include a report template, work calendar, photo evidence, state ID card security features, field interview cards, and Spanish voice translation. This app will be the patrolman's best friend once the developer completes his updates.

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Will other State-specific apps be created?

The Ohio Cop app only exists because it was the first app created for my home state. U.S. Cop was a derivative of Ohio Cop, with all the same content short of Ohio-specific material. There will be no other state-specific apps created (unless I move there).

U.S. Cop mentioned in "Is There An App for That"

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