Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

2019 POP Conference agenda

July 25, 2019

The 2019 POP Conference will be held November 11-13 in Santa Cruz, California. The preliminary agenda and registration information are here. The 5 finalist agencies for the Herman Goldstein award will present their problem-oriented policing initiatives and there will be 18 other sessions, some repeated twice. The range of topics includes domestic violence, opioids, chronic nuisances, auto burglaries, reducing alcohol-related harm, and much more, including introductions to POP, problem analysis, and situational crime prevention.

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Focus on neighborhoods, youth in Aurora, IL

July 18, 2019

This column profiles Aurora, Illinois, a city of 200,000 that went from 26 murders in 2002 to zero 10 years later, and has kept the number low. The city credits “sustained engagement of neighborhood organizing groups with the police, the success of youth programs meant to deter kids from joining gangs, and the implementation of community policing.” Resisting any cookie-cutter approach, “cops are assigned to areas as specific as neighborhoods, schools, and community groups, and are tasked with serving as a liaison for the police force when community groups and school officers bring up concerns.”

Viral state patrol

July 15, 2019

This article highlights the Colorado State Patrol’s use of social media to engage the public, distribute important information, and humanize the profession. Traffic safety and donuts are recurring topics. The agency has 137,000 followers on Facebook and one post got 16 million views. While content is often lighthearted, growing the audience “means officials can more quickly disseminate important information when needed, such as during natural disasters and other emergencies.”

Tributes to George Kelling

July 5, 2019

Three new 4-minute audio clips available on BJA’s Executive Session on Police Leadership site — a tribute by Darrel Stephens (chief, PERF director, MCCA director), who was a young patrol officer in Kansas City when he met Kelling in 1972 as part of the preventive patrol experiment; a remembrance by Steve Edwards (BJA, NIJ, COPS), who worked for George at the Police Foundation and at Harvard; and Kelling himself on 5 suggestions for police leaders.

Micro community policing in Seattle

June 25, 2019

Seattle uses micro community policing plans to engage its residents in 57 neighborhoods throughout the city, resulting in an 8-fold increase in proactive problem solving, according to the latest episode of “What’s New in Blue” from the COPS Office, available here as a 6-minute video. The emphasis is on addressing residents’ top 3 priorities in each neighborhood, recognizing that “one size doesn’t fit all.”

Everyone has struggles

May 30, 2019

The police chief in Kenyon, Minnesota doesn’t fit the hardened, stoic stereotype. He’s open about his own difficult childhood and emotional struggles — “This is an awesome career field to hide in if you want to help people and not deal with your own stuff.” His small agency goes farther than most to help residents in need, as reported here. Officers “take in stray animals and take care of them with money raised from people living in the community until the animals are adopted. Bikes lined up in front of the station are donated and free to anyone who needs one. A well-stocked food shelf is just inside the station’s front door, which is always unlocked.”

Hate crime training

May 28, 2019

This NPR segment reports hate crime training delivered in New Hampshire by two formal federal officials on behalf of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The session aimed to familiarize officers with recent local and national hate incidents and generate discussion of the pros and cons of separate hate crime laws. Officers were skeptical of the need for special laws but supported the training, saying “If we don’t train, if we don’t stay on top of the current changes and laws and the attitudes and the climate, then we’re going to pay a big price for that. We’ll lose the trust of the community, and we can’t do that.”

Volunteers in Michigan

May 23, 2019

Many law enforcement agencies use volunteers to relieve officers of routine duties or complete tasks that otherwise wouldn’t get done. This article reports on the all-volunteer 13-member Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (Michigan) dive team, which is seeking a few more divers who love ice-cold water. The Grand Rapids PD uses volunteers for “duties unrelated to crime, such as abandoned vehicle tagging, parking violation enforcement, graffiti reporting, vacation house checks and senior resident visits” and is hoping to double its 16-member volunteer program, according to this article.

Community policing (parking)

May 21, 2019

Washington, DC is considering empowering residents to issue parking tickets, as reported here. The current proposal would train 10 residents per ward to use an app to issue citations electronically. This form of policing by the community “follows the lead of other cities piloting similar initiatives, including New York, which created a program that gives 25% of the fines imposed on idling cars to residents who report them, and Los Angeles, which started a volunteer ticketing program that issued over 9,000 citations last year.”

Making it easier to complain or compliment

May 17, 2019

Austin, Texas has revised the way the public can file complaints against the police, or provide compliments, implementing an online form that goes to the independent Office of Police Oversight, as reported here. The form can be submitted anonymously, but if the person provides contact information, a follow-up procedure is specified. The city’s Office of Design and Delivery helped craft the new user-friendly form and process. Although the police department emphasizes that every complaint always was investigated, this new filing system is intended to reassure complainants and increase transparency.