Archive for the ‘Police Administration’ Category

Forensic science, wrongful convictions, and exonerations

October 16, 2017

This article from the NIJ Journal reviews the role played by forensic science in both exonerations and wrongful convictions. DNA is often the primary factor leading to exoneration, of course, but forensic science is rarely the sole cause of a wrongful conviction in the first place — rather, it is most often combined with one or more other contributing factors, such as eyewitness error, official misconduct, or false confession. The article concludes with several recommendations.


Oregon vs. Minnesota on decertification

October 11, 2017

This article provides a detailed comparison of police licensing and decertification practices in Oregon and Minnesota. The system in Oregon is considered one of the best for transparency, thoroughness, and regularly updating; the state “dedicates a lot of energy and a lot of time to police our own” according to one sheriff.

Gil Kerlikowske taking it easier

October 9, 2017

This article is a nice profile of Gil Kerlikowske, most recently head of the 60,000-person U.S. Customs & Border Protection, previously drug czar and police chief in Seattle and Buffalo. One of the most respected law enforcement leaders of the last few decades, he’s now doing some volunteering and part-time teaching.

Relaxed residency requirement in Philadelphia

October 7, 2017

Philadelphia eased its longstanding residency requirement starting in 2010, allowing police with 5+ years tenure to live outside the city. Since then, about 15% of those eligible have moved to the suburbs, mainly for better schools, according to this article.

Joint police & fire/medic rescue

October 6, 2017

This article reports rescue efforts during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Police and fire personnel had planned and trained together for active-shooter incidents and 16 rescue teams responded, each comprised of 3 paramedics and 4-6 officers. “The medics treated and transported the wounded to ambulances under the blanket of safety those officers provided, moving in unison with police from patient to patient.”

Cincinnati wins POP award

October 5, 2017

Cincinnati won the Herman Goldstein award for outstanding problem-oriented policing at the 2017 POP Conference this week. This 13-minute video tells the story of the initiative that tackled violent crime in two adjoining neighborhoods.

COP in San Francisco

October 5, 2017

This article profiles community policing in a public housing area of San Francisco, including an officer who has voluntarily stayed in the assignment since 2008 in order to build relationships and trust with residents.

School-based drug education in Colorado

October 5, 2017

This article describes efforts in Colorado schools aimed at educating kids about drugs and healthy choices — in a state that has legalized marijuana. Both local programs and the revised DARE curriculum use interactive teaching methods and emphasize prevention science rather than “just say no.”

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.

“Secured by Design” yields 87% property crime reduction

September 29, 2017

A study by Police Scotland has found that 3,000 “secured by design” (SBD) residences had 1/7th the number of burglaries and thefts over a 10-year period versus comparable residences, according to this article. Information about the UK police SBD initiative is available here.