Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

Data-driven policing for public trust

July 16, 2018

Most of the focus of data-driven and evidence-based policing has been on the goal of reducing crime. This article reports efforts in New York and several other PDs to collect real-time data on public sentiment toward police. Using short pop-up surveys on smartphones and other modern techniques, geo-based responses from thousands of people can be collected at fairly low cost. The question then becomes what to do with the data — police commanders are still working on that.

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Officers recognized for innovative solutions

June 27, 2018

This article reports 14 LAPD officers completing a 12-month certificate program delivered by the public policy and social work schools at the University of Southern California. Attendees “learned evidence-based techniques to reduce the need for force and become better prepared to face today’s complicated policing issues, such as homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence and human trafficking.” Officers complete a capstone project on a specific problem that they identify, and present their solutions to command staff in the department’s Compstat room.

Research in the ranks

June 25, 2018

This article reports the recent conference of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, which mainly featured current police officers presenting results from their own research. The organization, just a few years old, mirrors similar ones in the UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand plus initial efforts in India and Mexico. The emphasis is on learning and applying what works, rather than simply relying on “what we’ve always done” or copying the latest popular idea from a neighboring agency.

Seattle Public Safety Survey

June 23, 2018

This column announces release of Seattle’s 3rd annual public safety survey. Perceptions of police and crime in the city have changed little over the last 3 years. City-wide, residents think their police are better than elsewhere in the country, and their top concerns are police capacity, property crime, and littering/dumping. Most importantly, citizens’ perceptions and priorities are broken out by 59 specific neighborhoods in conjunction with the police department’s micro-community policing plans. The full surevy report is available here.

Busy streets in Flint

June 19, 2018

This article describes a neighborhood initiative in Flint, Michigan credited with achieving substantial reductions in crime and disorder over the period 2012-2017. A broad collaboration between residents and various partners, the emphasis was on community empowerment much more than police enforcement.

POP sessions at the Stockholm Symposium

June 18, 2018

Several videos related to problem-oriented policing from the just-concluded Stockholm Criminology Symposium are available here. They include Herman Goldstein’s lecture as the prize winner, a lecture by Malcolm Sparrow on the intersection of POP, harm reduction, and regulation, and 5 sessions featuring award winning POP efforts focused on offenders, victims, places, hybrid problems, and the challenge of implementing problem-oriented policing.

Getting better data on police stops

June 16, 2018

This article reports San Diego PD preparing to collect more detailed data on people stopped by police, something required by a new state law taking effect July 1. This article reports a similar pilot project being implemented by Denver PD. Both agencies express optimism that the data will help them improve their effectiveness and promise to make the information readily available to the public.

Policing the homeless

June 13, 2018

PERF has released a new report on the police response to homelessness, emphasizing problem solving, innovation, and partnerships as alternatives to either making arrests or doing nothing. Insights from police departments all over the country are included, as well as background information on how the problem overlaps with mental illness and substance abuse.

Letter to young cops

June 12, 2018

Here’s a nice blog post by David Couper in the form of a message to young police, reflecting on his experiences from the 1960s until now. He observes that “Fundamental to American policing is the belief that every person should be treated as you and I would want to be treated. When I did this, I found that I was, in turn, respected (even trusted) and this made me an effective police officer.” He also acknowledges that issues and conditions change over time, which means that it is essential to keep learning throughout one’s career.

Stockholm Prize (Herman Goldstein)

June 12, 2018
This year’s Stockholm Prize in Criminology is being awarded to Herman Goldstein. The award committee describes him as “the world’s most influential scholar on modern police strategy” and further recognizes “a lifetime of pioneering work on the broader issues of police functions in society, police discretion, political accountability, police corruption, and relationships of police to the criminal-justice system.” The award will be presented June 13 in Stockholm. The ceremony will be broadcast live, starting at 1:00 pm U.S. eastern time, at this site.