Gun policy in America

March 3, 2018

This site prepared by the Rand Corporation identifies various policy options related to gun control and gun safety and summarizes what is known about their effectiveness. “The goals of the project are to provide the most-objective information possible on what scientific research reveals about the effects of gun policies, to create tools and resources to improve understanding and research in this area, and to promote a constructive national discussion that leads to the development of fair and effective gun policies.”


Parkland school shooting

February 24, 2018

This article provides a summary of what’s known so far about how the FBI and local law enforcement handled the numerous tips and reports they received about the Parkland school shooter before the terrible events last week. This article provides some perspectives on the Broward County deputy’s apparent failure to rush in as the shooting was taking place.

LAPD Chief Beck

February 23, 2018

Here’s a 30-minute radio interview with retiring LAPD chief Charlie Beck. He discusses the timing of his retirement, the qualities to look for in the next chief, insider versus outsider chiefs, changes in the police department over his 40-year career, and a variety of other topics.

U.S. ranks 16th in 2017 corruption perceptions index

February 22, 2018

The 2017 public sector corruption index from Transparency International, based on perceptions of experts and businesspeople, is available here. Best in the world is New Zealand, worst is Somalia. The United States ranked 16th out of 180 countries. Here are the best & worst world rankings by region:

  • Africa — Botswana best (34th); Somalia worst (180th)
  • Asia/Pacific — New Zealand best (1st); Afghanistan worst (177th)
  • Central/South America — Uruguay best (23rd); Venezuela worst (169th)
  • Europe — Denmark best (2nd); Russia worst (135th)
  • Middle East — UAE best (21st); Syria worst (178th)
  • North America — Canada best (8th); Mexico worst (135th)

Cincinnati LEEDS the nation

February 20, 2018

Cincinnati opened the nation’s first Net Zero Energy police station in 2015. The station is a major upgrade for police staff and a source of community pride.¬†This web site has a variety of information about the project; a 7-minute documentary trailer is available here.

More sociable media

February 20, 2018

This article appreciates the humorous content distributed on Twitter by the Troy, Michigan police department to its 3,500 followers. The sergeant responsible says “people will get a traffic ticket and that negative experience leaves a long lasting impression, so this is kind of a good way to show our other side, which we don’t often have the opportunity to do.”

Homeless outreach in Redlands

February 19, 2018

This article describes the work of the police department’s part-time non-sworn homeless outreach coordinator in Redlands, California. The city saw an increase in its homeless population in 2017 and is addressing the problem more proactively with both services and enforcement.

Free course — antiquities trafficking and art crime

February 18, 2018

The University of Glasgow offers a free on-line course “Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime,” lasting 3 weeks, 4 hours per week. Information and course enrollment available here.

Milwaukee chief retiring

February 16, 2018

Ed Flynn, one of the more outspoken law enforcement executives in the country and police chief in Milwaukee for the last 10 years, retires from that position today. This article discusses some of the important changes that he was able to implement, including better use of data, adding modern technology, refining rapid response priorities, and putting more emphasis on uniformed patrol in at-risk communities.

Promotional exam cheating

February 12, 2018

This article reports sharing of exam questions among promotion candidates in the Riverside County, CA sheriff department. The practice was so common that participants did not view it as cheating and apparently none have been disciplined, in fact some have been promoted. One concern is how the actions may be used to attack deputies’ credibility in court testimony.