Policy, training, tactics

October 18, 2017

This 4-minute St. Louis public radio story and article discuss the role of policy, training, and tactics in deadly force situations. Public pressure is currently focused on tightening policies, but experts think unnecessary police shootings result more often from poor tactics such as failing to use distance and cover.

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LEOKA report released

October 17, 2017

The FBI has released the 2016 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report. The number of officers feloniously killed was 66, an increase from 41 in 2015 as well as the 10-year average of 51. So far in 2017, 37 officers have been feloniously killed, 10 fewer than the same period in 2016.

Cryptocurrencies

October 17, 2017

This article provides some explanation of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Zcash as well as blockchain, which is the underlying technology. Dark market usage, such as buying and selling illegal drugs, is estimated to be only a small percentage of cryptocurrency transactions, but their susceptibility to money laundering, phishing, and hacking is substantial.

Forensic science, wrongful convictions, and exonerations

October 16, 2017

This article from the NIJ Journal reviews the role played by forensic science in both exonerations and wrongful convictions. DNA is often the primary factor leading to exoneration, of course, but forensic science is rarely the sole cause of a wrongful conviction in the first place — rather, it is most often combined with one or more other contributing factors, such as eyewitness error, official misconduct, or false confession. The article concludes with several recommendations.

Oregon vs. Minnesota on decertification

October 11, 2017

This article provides a detailed comparison of police licensing and decertification practices in Oregon and Minnesota. The system in Oregon is considered one of the best for transparency, thoroughness, and regularly updating; the state “dedicates a lot of energy and a lot of time to police our own” according to one sheriff.

Gil Kerlikowske taking it easier

October 9, 2017

This article is a nice profile of Gil Kerlikowske, most recently head of the 60,000-person U.S. Customs & Border Protection, previously drug czar and police chief in Seattle and Buffalo. One of the most respected law enforcement leaders of the last few decades, he’s now doing some volunteering and part-time teaching.

Relaxed residency requirement in Philadelphia

October 7, 2017

Philadelphia eased its longstanding residency requirement starting in 2010, allowing police with 5+ years tenure to live outside the city. Since then, about 15% of those eligible have moved to the suburbs, mainly for better schools, according to this article.

Joint police & fire/medic rescue

October 6, 2017

This article reports rescue efforts during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Police and fire personnel had planned and trained together for active-shooter incidents and 16 rescue teams responded, each comprised of 3 paramedics and 4-6 officers. “The medics treated and transported the wounded to ambulances under the blanket of safety those officers provided, moving in unison with police from patient to patient.”

Cincinnati wins POP award

October 5, 2017

Cincinnati won the Herman Goldstein award for outstanding problem-oriented policing at the 2017 POP Conference this week. This 13-minute video tells the story of the initiative that tackled violent crime in two adjoining neighborhoods.

COP in San Francisco

October 5, 2017

This article profiles community policing in a public housing area of San Francisco, including an officer who has voluntarily stayed in the assignment since 2008 in order to build relationships and trust with residents.