Archive for the ‘Police Training’ Category

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.

LAPD use of force report

April 21, 2017

The LAPD has published an exceptionally detailed annual use of force report available here. In 2016, officers used force in about 1 per 1,000 public contacts and 2 per 100 arrests. The number of officer-involved shootings has remained relatively stable over the last 5 years but the number of rounds fired per incident has decreased dramatically.

Minimizing harm, saving lives

April 3, 2017

This article with videos reviews changes made to police tactics and culture in Camden, New Jersey since 2013. The department adopted “scoop and go” for gunshot victims, emphasizes that repositioning is not retreating when facing armed suspects, and prefers warnings over traffic tickets. The chief considers himself an unlikely reformer, having gotten the position because “he looks like he won’t get indicted in the next six months — he’ll do.”

Double-amputee becomes rookie cop

April 1, 2017

Matias Ferreira, who lost both legs below the knees to an IED in Afghanistan in 2010, just graduated from the Suffolk County, NY police academy, according to this article. When asked by his fellow recruits what would happen if he broke a prosthetic on duty, he told them “If I break a leg, I just go into the trunk, put a new one on and I continue my tour of duty. If you break a leg, you are out of the job for a couple of months.”

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.

Impact of school police

January 25, 2017

This article discusses the impact of police in schools, emphasizing that roles are often poorly defined with limited evidence on effectiveness. Examples are provided of studies now underway through the federally-funded Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Mindfulness for managing stress

January 23, 2017

This article discusses the value of “mindfulness-based resilience training” for stress reduction in policing. Initial studies in California yielded positive results and another study in Madison, Wisconsin is now underway.

Millennials & social skills

January 17, 2017

This public radio story from Spokane County, Washington describes a police academy exercise intended to help recruits improve their skills at talking to strangers. Some observers think that recruits raised on social media have less experience interacting with other people face-to-face.

EPIC moments in New Orleans

November 20, 2016

This issue of PERF’s newsletter describes the EPIC initiative — Ethical Policing is Courageous — in New Orleans. The program is designed to encourage and enable officers to step in when another officer seems about to lose his temper or otherwise misbehave in a stressful encounter. The logic is for officers to help each other prevent career-threatening mistakes. Also called peer-intervention, the approach is based on research examining what distinguishes passive bystanders from active bystanders.

More questions about PredPol

November 11, 2016

This article raises several questions about the predictive policing software PredPol. Its claim of greater effectiveness than hot spots policing and traditional crime analysis is unproven. Its popularity seems to be due more to excellent marketing and sales than to science.