Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

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.


Handling protests

September 13, 2017

Nice 12-minute radio interview from Phoenix, where police used tear gas and pepper balls recently to disperse protesters after a small group threw rocks and bottles, and where the department is now holding a series of listening sessions with the community. Highlights the challenge of maintaining safety and security when tensions are high and public views are so divided.

Prosecutors need policies too

September 7, 2017

This article discusses the challenges that officer-involved shootings present for elected prosecutors, and argues in favor of having a formal protocol in place before an incident occurs. It also stresses the importance of engaging law enforcement and other stakeholders in the policy-development process.

Taser deaths

August 22, 2017

This article begins a series from Reuters on deaths associated with conducted-energy devices (Tasers). The company cites a total of 24 deaths resulting from Taser use since 1983, all due to falls or electrical fires. Examining autopsy findings, though, the news agency identified 153 cases (out of 1,000+ fatalities) citing the stun gun as a cause or contributing factor. The first installment highlights several deaths involving persons who were in mental health or other medical distress.

Position: Crime analysis supervisor

June 15, 2017

Chandler, Arizona has posted a Police Crime Analysis Supervisor position with a closing date of June 23. See this page for further information.

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.”

Taser … Axon

April 25, 2017

This article provides details on Taser’s re-branding as Axon, emphasizing data services over equipment. Its offer of free body-worn cameras for one year has been compared to a free facial tattoo (hard to undo) while others see a visionary business model mimicking Microsoft and Apple. Meanwhile several cities have criticized the company for strong-arm tactics and competitors have filed legal actions.

3 NPR podcasts on police videos

April 10, 2017

The “Embedded” NPR series has three recent podcasts about police videos, one a police shooting, one of a police officer being shot, and one a situation where an officer refrained from shooting. The podcasts explore the incidents from all angles. One theme is how the new reality of video is affecting people’s thinking and behavior, both police and the public.

Policing protests

February 21, 2017

Many cities are experiencing protests against the national administration and some of its policies. In this letter posted on Facebook, the Tucson police chief discusses the challenge of protecting demonstrators as well as public safety. His officers have been very successful so far but most recently had to use pepper spray and make arrests when an anti-immigration/deportation protest spilled onto a busy street during rush hour.

Taser zapped by VieVu

February 17, 2017

After the rival company VieVu initially won the $3.6 million contract to provide body cameras forĀ Phoenix PD, Taser attempted to intercede with political and police officials, causing it to be disqualified for violating the city’s procurement process, according to this article. But the city later decided to rebid the contract, so now VieVu is suing Taser, according to this article.