Archive for the ‘COP/POP’ Category

Submission deadline for 2021 Herman Goldstein award

May 13, 2021

June 1st is the submission deadline for the 2021 Herman Goldstein Award for outstanding problem-oriented policing. Submission instructions are here. The award will be given at the 30th POP Conference, which will be held October 4-6, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Information about the POP Conference can be found here, along with proceedings of recent conferences. The full database of award submissions since 1993 is here.

Re-funding proposal in Albuquerque

June 22, 2020

Albuquerque’s mayor has proposed creating a Community Safety Department staffed by specialists “who would be dispatched to homelessness and ‘down-and-out’ calls as well as behavioral health crises,” as reported here. The new department would be under the public safety umbrella along with police and fire. An official said “the city needs a pipeline of trained professionals to staff the department and that city leaders plan to work with state colleges and universities to create a pipeline program in which the city can help fund education for students who commit to coming to work for the new department after they complete their education.” Funding details have not been worked out, but city leaders argue the plan will allow police to focus more on their core functions, including community policing and investigations.

Arrested development

March 19, 2020

David Couper, former police chief and outspoken advocate for democratic policing and enlightened police leadership, has put the 2nd edition of his book Arrested Development online for free download. The announcement is on his blog here, and the book itself is here. The book covers David’s journey as a police officer and police chief and spares no punches in criticizing some of the trends in policing over the last 20 years.

Policing homelessness

March 14, 2020

This guide from Arnold Ventures summarizes evidence about homelessness and provides recommendations for police. Suggestions include fostering collaboration, using data, providing training, and using a problem-oriented approach. The document offers examples from Philadelphia and Wichita, explains the negative consequences of punitive measures, and lists talking points for police to use with the public.

Herman Goldstein 1931-2020

January 25, 2020

Herman Goldstein, widely admired architect of problem-oriented policing, passed away Friday in Madison, Wisconsin. Online messages from both police leaders and police scholars emphasized how much Herman had influenced their thinking about police, and also what a warm, generous, and humble man he was. A reflection on the enduring significance of POP is here. A eulogy by his friend and mentee David Couper is here. Some of his early biography can be found here, starting on page 18, and an article about him winning the Stockholm Prize in Criminology is here. His own comments about that prestigious award are here, and his Stockholm lecture is published here. A great and good man has left us and he will be sorely missed.

District-level RTCCs in Chicago

December 7, 2019

This new RAND report assesses the implementation and impact of district-level Real-Time Crime Centers (also called Strategic Decision Support Centers) in Chicago. The study found modest effects on serious crime and concluded that the Centers are “a promising model for improving law enforcement agencies’ awareness of their communities, improving their decision making, and carrying out more effective and more efficient operations that lead to crime reductions and other policing benefits.” It was noted that the initial emphasis has mainly been on support for reactive patrol responses, leading to a recommendation “to expand and formalize SDSC support for crime investigations. There is also a need to expand the districts’ responses to crime issues, including by gaining trust with residents and having positive community interactions with them to get information to reduce or solve crimes.”

2019 POP winner — Durham UK

November 25, 2019

UK’s Durham Constabulary won the 2019 Herman Goldstein Award at the recent Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Santa Cruz, California for its Checkpoint¬†deferred prosecution initiative. Low-level adult offenders are offered a 4-month tailor-made program aimed at “underlying issues such as their mental health, alcohol and drug misuse.” A rigorous evaluation found only a 5.6% re-offending rate during the 4-month contract and a 27% lower 2-year re-offending rate compared to traditional out-of-court measures.

Community policing in Chicago

November 23, 2019

This article provides a nice review of the ups and downs of community policing in Chicago over the last two decades, including promising early results from renewed efforts now underway. With the police superintendent retiring, it will be interesting to see if a new leader follows the current path or a different one.

World Class Policing Awards

November 20, 2019

Initial World Class Policing awards were recently announced as reported here. The awards “reflect that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration, whether in teams of officers and staff; collaboration between forces; multi-agency operations; wider public sector involvement; and collaboration also with the supplier community and beyond.” The overall winner was UK’s Devon & Cornwall Police for their Operation Encompass initiative through which police and schools give careful and immediate attention to children who have experienced police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Other winners came from the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

Evolving police strategies

November 18, 2019

This 12-minute public radio segment reviews the re-invention of foot patrol, growing recognition that crime is concentrated in hot spots, and the current development of evidence-based policing, highlighting the significance of studies done in Kansas City, Newark, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. “The tension between prevention and response is the fundamental issue,” according to Larry Sherman, adding “I think on a scale of 1 to 10, evidence-based policing in the U.S., in terms of practice, is about a 2.”