Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

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.

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.

Police affinity cards

May 5, 2017

Police in Santa Barbara have updated the trading card concept with police officer affinity cards which incorporate 4-minute videos. They describe affinity as “a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests.” Three of the cards are linked here and there is additional information and a PowerPoint link here.

Donut disrespect, donut discriminate

April 22, 2017

The news feed/video section of the Ames, Iowa police department’s Facebook page has several informative and entertaining segments. See especially “Spring Campaign 2017 Launch #2.”

Re-tweeting causes fake crime wave

April 4, 2017

This article explains the recent “missing black girls” phenomenon in Washington, DC. The police department began a well-intentioned effort to publicize missing kids using social media — almost all are runaways who get found quickly anyway, but the hope was to find them even quicker. But then celebrities and activists generated thousands of re-tweets, conspiracy theorists jumped on board, and a fake crime wave was underway.

Tulsa community policing recommendations

March 11, 2017

Ahead of its March 15 deadline, the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing has issued 70 recommendations under the categories of “building trust, crime reduction, officer wellness, policy, technology and training.” The city has a plan to add 160 officers in conjunction with its renewed commitment to community policing.

Focusing on why

February 22, 2017

Here’s a radio interview with the sheriff of Washtenaw County, Michigan, now in his 3rd term, who has reshaped his agency by focusing on the why, public service and public safety. He believes it is necessary to change the fundamental beliefs of the organization, not just its policies or structure, and to model fairness and equity in how employees are treated as a way of encouraging that kind of behavior when dealing with the public.

Police & social workers

February 13, 2017

This article describes the work of the Trauma-informed Response Team in Milwaukee, social workers who follow up with crime victims and witnesses based on police referrals. The team focuses particularly on children, helping them overcome the impact of violence in their neighborhood and family.

Designing out crime

February 1, 2017

This article reports an award to a UK company for developing a process of “infusing thousands of microdots into metal sheets ‘marking’ them with a unique identifying code” intended to reduce theft of roofing and building material. The “secured by design” crime prevention program, started in 1989, uses standards and tests nominated and approved by the police to determine which products and systems receive recognition.

2016 Goldstein Award

January 23, 2017

The Herman Goldstein Award is given each year at the POP conference to recognize the best example of problem-oriented policing. The 2016 winner was High Point, North Carolina for its Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI), a focused deterrence initiative that achieved dramatic reductions in both homicides and recidivism. A published description of the project is available here.