Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

Police department gives a grant

March 6, 2018

This article reports the Naperville (IL) PD giving a $36,000 grant from drug seizure funds to a local non-profit that provides counseling and prevention services to homeless youth. “This opportunity aligns directly with our department’s mission and values and allows us to provide much-needed funding to an organization that is working toward the common goal of preventing substance abuse,” according to the chief.


Cincinnati LEEDS the nation

February 20, 2018

Cincinnati opened the nation’s first Net Zero Energy police station in 2015. The station is a major upgrade for police staff and a source of community pride. This web site has a variety of information about the project; a 7-minute documentary trailer is available here.

More sociable media

February 20, 2018

This article appreciates the humorous content distributed on Twitter by the Troy, Michigan police department to its 3,500 followers. The sergeant responsible says “people will get a traffic ticket and that negative experience leaves a long lasting impression, so this is kind of a good way to show our other side, which we don’t often have the opportunity to do.”

Homeless outreach in Redlands

February 19, 2018

This article describes the work of the police department’s part-time non-sworn homeless outreach coordinator in Redlands, California. The city saw an increase in its homeless population in 2017 and is addressing the problem more proactively with both services and enforcement.

Cops in schools

February 9, 2018

This brief article offers advice to consider when assigning police to work in schools. Suggestions are to clearly define roles, select the right officers, make sure they are prepared, engage community partners, and have a formal agreement between the school and the law enforcement agency.

2018 POP Conference scheduled

February 7, 2018

The 28th annual Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Conference will be held November 5-7, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Advance information about the conference, “often described by attendees as the most substantive policing conference they’ve ever attended,” is available here.

Making time for POP in Eau Claire

February 3, 2018

This article reports several problem solving initiatives undertaken by police in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Officials indicate that a change in patrol scheduling made it possible for officers to use larger blocks of time to focus on prevention and community engagement activities.

Next leg in the LAPD relay

January 29, 2018

LAPD police chief Charlie Beck recently announced that he will retire in June. This article discusses the factors involved in selecting his successor, who will take the “cultural transformation baton” from Beck, who took it from Bill Bratton, who was brought in from the outside to instigate lasting change in 2002. According to one observer, “The next chief has to have deep fidelity to this long-term strategy … If candidates come in talking about their new vision, they shouldn’t get the job.”

Going overseas builds capacity at home too

January 19, 2018

This column highlights two international police partnerships, Portland (Oregon) PD with Bangladesh and several Minnesota departments with Somalia, each sponsored by the US State Department. In both cases, tangible benefits have been recognized by police in the US and in the other country.

Canada study of SROs finds benefits

January 12, 2018

A 2-year study of police assigned to 66 high schools in Peel Region, Canada documented benefits for students and staff, according to this article. Positive effects of the School Resource Officers included “reducing crime and bullying while providing extensive social and economic benefits estimated at 11 times the cost, especially for students who feel safer and less stressed, miss less school, are better able to learn and are mentally healthier.”