BWC study in Las Vegas

November 28, 2017

This article reports final results from a year-long study of body-worn cameras in Las Vegas, prior to agency-wide implementation. Sample officers wearing BWCs had reduced citizen complaints (30%) and reduced use of force (37%), compared to officers not equipped. The study also estimated substantial cost savings in internal affairs investigations due to the availability of video evidence.

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Clever recruiting video

November 27, 2017

Police agencies in the U.S. and elsewhere are getting more and more innovative with their recruiting practices. Here’s a clever video from the New Zealand Police — click the “watch now” button. The same video is here on Facebook.

Hot spots & outreach in Delaware

November 24, 2017

This article describes data-driven initiatives by the Delaware State Police to target crime and traffic hot spots, as well as emphasize thorough preliminary investigations and community outreach. Interestingly, among the 50 states, the one in which the state police represent the biggest portion of all police is Delaware.

Recognition well deserved

November 22, 2017

This article reports the NYPD naming its police academy library in honor of Benjamin Ward, the city’s first African American police commissioner, appointed to that position in 1984. This article reports Prince William County, Virginia naming a new police station after Charlie Deane, their chief from 1988-2012 who led them through contentious immigration issues. This article reports Lou Dekmar, chief in Lagrange, Georgia and current IACP President, honored at the Kennedy Center in DC by the Anti-Defamation League as “a bridge builder for racial reconciliation in the south.”

POP conference presentations

November 21, 2017

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has posted 21 presentations delivered at its annual conference last month in Houston, linked here. The POP Center’s full website, including 73 problem-specific guides, 13 response guides, 13 tool guides, and a host of other resources is available here.

Park, walk & talk in St. Pete

November 20, 2017

This article reports several positive trends since a new police chief began emphasizing and tracking “park, walk & talk” in St. Petersburg, Florida three years ago. Tips to police are up, citizen complaints are down, and community leaders are supportive.

Police work can be a pain in the … back

November 18, 2017

This article reports a study underway in Eau Claire, Wisconsin aimed at determining whether police wearing an equipment vest, shifting some of the load away from the traditional belt, might help prevent or relieve strain on the lower back.

Position announcement: Crime analysis superintendent in Tucson

November 17, 2017

Tucson PD is advertising for a new executive-level leadership position with oversight of crime analysis and Compstat. Application deadline is November 26. Details are available here.

Reaching for critical mass

November 15, 2017

This article provides an in-depth look at the low numbers of women in many federal law enforcement agencies, especially Customs and Border Protection (5%), and contrasts that with several municipal police departments that have taken a completely different approach to gender and the police culture. The chief in Madison, Wisconsin, which has 30% women, says “We’re looking for critical thinkers, people who are empathetic, good communicators, great at crisis intervention … I can teach a monkey how to shoot a Glock. The cerebral skills, the relational skills, that is the elusive commodity that you have to search for.”

A code of conduct for everybody

November 14, 2017

This article reports the creation of a “code of conduct” in Toledo, Ohio that pertains to both police and the public. The 4-page document, believed to be the first of its kind, was developed by police and a coalition of rights groups over a 2-year period. According to the chief, “Nearly all of the points dealing with police conduct already are in department policies.”