Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

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 for 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.

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.

A decade of success in Richmond, CA

November 19, 2016

This article reviews the 10-year term of Chris Magnus as police chief in Richmond, California. A transplant from Michigan and North Dakota, he was able to reduce officer-involved shootings, improve accountability, increase community policing, and generally transform what had been a troubled department. Magnus recently accepted a new position as chief in Tucson, Arizona.

On-line degrees

September 30, 2016

This article discusses the viability of on-line degrees for police employment. Most agencies seem to accept them as long as the school is accredited. Hiring officials report looking at grades and academic progress more closely than the format of the program.

It’s about democracy

September 9, 2016

Here’s an interview with an NYU professor leading a project aimed at defusing current conflicts over police accountability and transparency. The main focus is to increase opportunities for public input to police policy making so that police governance is more democratic.

2016 POP Conference

August 26, 2016

The 2016 Problem-Oriented Policing conference is October 24-26 in Tempe, AZ. Conference registration information is here. Finalists for the annual Herman Goldstein Award, who will be presenting, are:

  • Portland (OR) Police Bureau on vacant homes
  • Glendale (AZ) Police Department on convenience store crime
  • Austin (TX) Police Department on community engagement to reduce crime and fear
  • New Zealand Police on prevention-first responses to family violence
  • London Borough of Newham (UK) on rough sleeping
  • High Point (NC) Police Department on intimate partner violence prevention
  • Arlington (TX) Police Department on the Walmart Restorative Justice Initiative

21st century policing in Mesa

August 3, 2016

This article reports that the Mesa, Arizona PD completed a 6-month review of its policies and practices using the President’s 21st Century Policing Task Force report as a guide. The department’s self-assessment review is here.