Managing overconvergence

June 10, 2017

According to this article, a draft review has found command and control lacking in the police response to the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last January. Over 2,000 officers responded to the scene in an uncoordinated response, an example of “overconvergence” also seen following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and several other subsequent incidents.

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.

Speeding up the hiring process

June 9, 2017

An oft-cited impediment in police recruiting is the lengthy hiring process. This brief article reports a public-private partnership that helped a police department refine its process, cutting its length by about 40%.

Police accountability decisions pending in California

June 7, 2017

This article identifies several police accountability issues and decisions awaiting action by California’s attorney general. These include establishing regulations to implement a 2015 law requiring police to collect data on vehicle and pedestrian stops, and completing civil rights investigations of two law enforcement agencies in the state.

Positions open: evidence-based policing research team

June 6, 2017

The Tempe, Arizona police department has created a Strategic Planning, Analysis, and Research Center with open positions for supervisor, analyst, and compliance specialist. The supervisor position is described here with applications due by July 3. The other positions will be posted soon. To apply or to watch for positions open, go here and click on “Regular Jobs Available.”

Officer language in traffic stops

June 6, 2017

This article reports a study of officer language used during 981 traffic stops in Oakland, California in 2014. The data were obtained from body-worn cameras and analyzed via computer software/artificial intelligence. Findings were that the officers were well-behaved, but “white residents were 57 percent more likely than black residents to hear a police officer say the most respectful utterances, such as apologies and expressions of gratitude” while “black community members were 61 percent more likely than white residents to hear an officer say the least respectful utterances.”

Civilian review issues

June 5, 2017

This article discusses the pros and cons of the civilian review board in Fort Collins, Colorado, established in 1999. The board rarely disagrees with the police department’s internal investigations. Critics say it is merely a rubber stamp, while supporters say it provides an important check and balance over an internal process that generally works well.

Ethical policing is courageous

June 2, 2017

In this blog post one of the creators of peer intervention training for police discusses its origins, the impact of the “active bystandership” concept, and its current implementation as EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous) in New Orleans. The post includes links to a video and other documentation.

NIJ LEADS Scholars taking applications

June 2, 2017
The National Institute of Justice has a LEADS Scholars program that offers support for sworn mid-career law enforcement personnel with a passion for research and evidence-based policing. The program, started in 2014, is described here.  Applications are now open for the “Class of 2017” — closing June 30. Instructions are posted here.

Providence adopts community-police relations act

June 2, 2017

This article reports passage by the Providence, Rhode Island city council of a police accountability and oversight act by a 13-1 vote. The legislation, described as “one of the most progressive policing bills in the United States,” includes a racial profiling ban, requires more documentation of vehicle and pedestrian stops, codifies policies for including people in the database of gang members, and specifies protections for juveniles, immigrants, and transgender individuals.