Archive for the ‘Officer safety’ Category

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.

Risk/reward in SWAT no-knock entries

March 18, 2017

This in-depth 2-part series, located here and here, examines the practice of no-knock dynamic entries by SWAT teams. National data are not systematically collected, but nearly 100 deaths are known to have occurred in such raids since 2010, including at least 13 police officers. The vast majority of raids are drug cases, leading some police and legal experts to question whether the rewards justify the risks.

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.

Safer in-car systems

February 11, 2017

This article reports a project in North Carolina exploring ways to improve the safety features of front-seat police equipment. For example, making the in-car computer screen more user friendly improved driver lane maintenance and speed control during simulator tests.

Line-of-duty deaths in 2016

January 19, 2017

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has not yet released its final figures for 2016, but it appears that 136 officers will be added to its fatality records. The number of police killed by firearms and in ambush attacks rose substantially compared to recent years. The overall number of line-of-duty deaths in 2016 was slightly above the average for the previous 5 years (132) and below the average for the last 10 years (144).

Thin green line

December 6, 2016

This article from The Crime Report discusses the dangerous roles played by game wardens, park rangers, and other natural resources police throughout the country. Most work alone, regularly confronting armed persons, and their numbers have been steadily declining due to budget cuts at the federal and state levels.