Learning COP outside the academy

August 18, 2017

This bulletin from the Police Foundation reports the experiences of 29 recruits in New Haven, Connecticut who were required to participate in 40 hours of community engagement during their basic police academy. Most rated it positively, especially those not from the city, saying they gained a more accurate and sympathetic understanding of the neighborhoods and people they would soon be policing.

Study: Workshops reduce domestic abuse

August 16, 2017

This article summarizes an experimental study of low-harm domestic abuse first offenders in Hampshire, UK. Men who attended 10 hours of small-group discussions were 35% less likely to reoffend and caused 27% less harm over a 12-month period than those in the control group who merely received conditional cautions. Officials hope to replicate the study in several other UK forces.

POP conference October 2-4

August 15, 2017

The 2017 Problem-Oriented Policing Conference will be held October 2-4 in Houston, Texas. The preliminary program is available here, and registration for the conference can be completed here. Goldstein award finalists making presentations are police agencies from Cincinnati, Eureka (CA), Houston, Lancashire (UK), Durham (UK), and Victoria (Canada).

CIT success

August 14, 2017

This article describes the impact of Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) in South Florida, where arrests and shootings of people in mental health crisis have plummeted in Miami and Miami-Dade County. Authorities have been able to close a jail and funding for a new comprehensive treatment center has been approved. A spin-off effect has been more officers seeking mental health advice and treatment themselves.

Re-engineering the traffic stop

August 12, 2017

This column recounts efforts to improve after-action review of officer-involved shootings, based on methods used in aviation and medicine, with less emphasis on finding a person to blame and more on identifying system errors that can be fixed in order to prevent future tragedies. The writer notes that many shootings arise from traffic stops, and wonders whether changes to basic police SOPs could make vehicle stops safer for both officers and the public.

More on proprietary big data systems

August 12, 2017

This article reports the experiences of several law enforcement agencies with Palantir’s data analysis systems. The company’s hardware and software systems, originally developed for intelligence agencies, help with integration and visualization of data stored in multiple “silos.” LAPD was able to cut the time required to produce Chronic Offender Bulletins from an hour to 3-5 minutes, which helped reduce violent crime in one target district by 15%. The systems are very expensive, however, and some users complain about hard-to-use software, costly upgrades, poor technical support, incompatibility with non-Palantir systems used by other agencies, and generally being at the mercy of the company once its products have been purchased and installed.

Re-energizing COP in Chicago

August 11, 2017

It might surprise some to know that Chicago had an innovative city-wide community policing strategy in the 1990s and early 2000s (known as CAPS) that was carefully evaluated, showing positive results. This article and this press release indicate that a new advisory committee is recommending the city return to that strategy as part of its response to current issues and problems. The committee’s report is here.

Recruiting for diversity in the St. Louis area

August 11, 2017

This article profiles recruiting efforts by 3 agencies in the St. Louis area that have been relatively successful in achieving a workforce that represents their communities. One officer notes “It’s not like (recruitment issues) are something that has just popped up for the first time. For 30 years it has been that way … I think it’s more in the light now because of everything that’s happened recently.”

Speed camera effectiveness

August 11, 2017

This web page summarizes a recent systematic review of the impact of speed cameras, with links to the full study and advice for implementation. The review of 51 studies across 15 countries found, on average, a 52% reduction of vehicles exceeding the speed limit and a 19% reduction in collisions, with benefits exceeding costs by at least a 3:1 ratio.

POP Guide on focused deterrence

August 9, 2017

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has published a guidebook on focused deterrence of high-risk individuals, available here. A full listing of the POP Center’s 99 problem, response, and tool guides is found here.