COP awards in New Jersey

May 23, 2017

This story reports on several police departments recently recognized by the New Jersey Attorney General for community policing initiatives aimed at building trust and increasing transparency, including Newark and Camden and some smaller agencies.

3 generations of police

May 23, 2017

This 6-minute NPR segment interviews 3 generations of Indianapolis police officers, African Americans, regarding their experiences and their insights about police relations with the community.

Officer safety & health

May 18, 2017

This column published during National Police Week highlights a number of initiatives by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) focused on improving police officer safety, including safer driving, better attention to sleep and fatigue, hearing loss, lead exposure, and other risks associated with the job.

Compressed recruiting

May 17, 2017

This brief news item reports targeted recruiting by the Gwinnett County, Georgia police aimed at filling 123 open positions. The department offers testing and preliminary background checks over a 2-day period at strategically selected off-site locations. A recent visit to Rochester, NY, where local police hiring is slow due to a cumbersome civil service process, resulted in 54 applicants receiving conditional job offers.

Police salaries in New Jersey

May 16, 2017

This article reports municipal police salaries throughout New Jersey, where the median last year was $105,000, not counting overtime. By comparison, median household income in the state is $72,000. Analysis indicates that the highest salaries tend to be in communities with the least violent crime.

2017 POP Conference

May 15, 2017

This announcement is a reminder that submissions for the 2017 Herman Goldstein Award for outstanding problem-oriented policing are due by June 1st. Award finalists will present their projects at the POP Conference in Houston October 2-4. Further information about this year’s conference and featured sessions is available here.

Major Cities Chiefs Association

May 14, 2017

Here is a position announcement for Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada. (The current Executive Director, Darrel Stephens, is retiring at the end of the year.) Applications will be accepted through June 15.

Bringing the Hub to the countryside

May 12, 2017

Canada has been a leader in developing the Hub Model of multi-agency collaboration (including police) to deal promptly with high-risk individuals and families before a full-out crisis occurs. This document from Saskatchewan’s Community Safety Knowledge Alliance thoroughly describes the Hub Model and lays out a plan to implement it in remote and rural areas, a serious┬áchallenge given logistical issues and dispersed staffing.

More focus on learning from past events

May 12, 2017

This article reports another step in Wisconsin’s effort to create a system to analyze and review police-involved critical incidents that emphasizes learning and preventing more than blaming. The approach is modeled after protocols used in the aviation and medical fields, where they have discovered that accidents and mistakes are rarely just a matter of pilot or doctor error.

Best states for a police career

May 10, 2017

Here’s another of those lists. It ranks the states (and DC) based on 20 criteria in 3 general categories: opportunity & competition for police jobs, police hazards & protections, and quality of life. The best state for a police career is North Dakota, followed by Connecticut and New York. The worst is Louisiana, followed by Arkansas and Alaska.