Archive for the ‘Officer safety’ Category

Use of force reporting

December 2, 2017

New Zealand Police released a very thorough report and analysis of “tactical options” used during 2016, available here. There was no use of force in 99.9% of 3.5 million public interactions and in over 99% of “offender proceedings.” Tasers were the 4th most commonly used tactical option, after empty hand, handcuffs/restraints, and OC spray. Only 15% of Taser incidents involved discharges — the remainder were solely presentation or “laser painting.” Subject injuries occurred in 18% of use of force incidents, officer injuries in 11%. No subjects were shot by police.

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Police work can be a pain in the … back

November 18, 2017

This article reports a study underway in Eau Claire, Wisconsin aimed at determining whether police wearing an equipment vest, shifting some of the load away from the traditional belt, might help prevent or relieve strain on the lower back.

LEOKA report released

October 17, 2017

The FBI has released the 2016 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report. The number of officers feloniously killed was 66, an increase from 41 in 2015 as well as the 10-year average of 51. So far in 2017, 37 officers have been feloniously killed, 10 fewer than the same period in 2016.

LAPD recognizes bravery & restraint

September 29, 2017

This article reports the LAPD’s annual ceremony recognizing heroic actions by officers. For the second year, awards included using restraint when fatal force might have been justified, a category that was initially criticized by the police union but now seems to have gained acceptance.

Power naps on the night shift

September 16, 2017

This brief video reports a study from the Netherlands on whether “power naps” (maximum 20 minutes) can help police remain alert on the over-night shift. Results indicated that police felt more alert and were 50% less likely to say they had “nodded off” while driving home after work.

Officer fatalities up at mid-year

July 13, 2017

According to the NLEOMF mid-year report, officer line-of-duty deaths were up 30% through June 30. Compared to the first half of 2016, 5 more officers died in traffic-related incidents and there were 2 more firearms fatalities. Of the 65 total fatalities, 35 were felonious and 30 were accidental.

Overtime and off-duty details

June 9, 2017

With unfilled positions, many agencies are probably leaning more heavily on overtime to maintain adequate staffing. Paid off-duty details and second jobs are also common in some places. This article reports an analysis in Cincinnati that found one sergeant worked nearly 110 hours per week for a year while several other officers averaged over 80 hours a week. Likely effects of fatigue on performance and decision making are discussed.

Officer safety & health

May 18, 2017

This column published during National Police Week highlights a number of initiatives by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) focused on improving police officer safety, including safer driving, better attention to sleep and fatigue, hearing loss, lead exposure, and other risks associated with the job.

Walking the tightrope in Nashville

April 28, 2017

This article covers events in Nashville over the last 4 months with an extensive interview of Chief Steve Anderson. The city has had an officer killed, an officer-involved fatal shooting, and a critical report on racial profiling. The chief discusses the nearly impossible challenge of meeting the needs and expectations of officers, the community, and political leaders.

3 NPR podcasts on police videos

April 10, 2017

The “Embedded” NPR series has three recent podcasts about police videos, one a police shooting, one of a police officer being shot, and one a situation where an officer refrained from shooting. The podcasts explore the incidents from all angles. One theme is how the new reality of video is affecting people’s thinking and behavior, both police and the public.