Tight budgets lead to more civilians used for policing [via USA Today]
Thousands of civilians have been hired by law enforcement agencies across the United States to help fulfill duties previously performed by police officers. The move saves money because it allows untrained or less trained civilians to perform crime scene and evidence gathering work. Mesa, Ariz., for example, employs eight civilian investigators to deal with non-violent complaints such as burglary and vehicle theft. “All eight, says Sgt. Stephanie Derivan, have been trained to lift fingerprints, photograph crime scenes, interview witnesses and victims. They do not carry guns.”
Woman, 101, to become U.S. citizen with help of 69-year-old document [via CNN]
101-year-old Eulalia Garcia Maturey of Texas became a naturalized citizen of the United States yesterday, the 101st anniversary of her arrival in this country. Born Feb. 12, 1909, Maturey crossed the border with Mexico as a baby in her mother’s arms and lived here ever since. In 1941, she, along with millions of other noncitizens, registered with the government following passage of the Alien Registration Act. The permit she received after registering, preserved after all these years, helped immigration officials track down her files and pave a path to citizenship.
Melissa Reed Was Abducted By Her Mother In 1984, Had No Idea Until Now [via The Huffington Post]
A woman applying for a marriage license in Nevada had trouble proving her identity and was shocked to discover her mother had abducted her at the age of six, moved her across the country and changed their names. Melissa Reed, now 32 and living in Reno, found that her real name had been Eva Marie Fiedler; her mother fled their New Jersey home years ago during a nasty custody battle. The Post notes it is unclear how Reed lived so long without a valid photo ID.