Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Police shootings high in Phoenix

January 7, 2019

Phoenix PD had 38 officer-involved shootings in 2018 as of late October, with 19 fatalities. Per population, that rate was 10 times higher than Philadelphia’s, 5 times higher than Chicago’s, and more than 3 times higher than LA’s, as reported here. Activists blame the police while the officers’ union blames violent crime and suspect non-compliance. Both sides are so sure they know the reasons behind the high numbers that they criticized the city for funding an independent study, due to be completed this month.

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Navajo Nation police revival

October 3, 2018

The largest tribal police force is Navajo Nation, which covers an area larger than West Virginia. The agency struggled for almost a decade without a permanent police chief, but recently re-opened its police academy and graduated a new class of officers, with another class underway, according to this article. A senior officer says homegrown policing is key: “We are from this community. We understand the language, the personalities, the puns that we have. We understand our own people better than anyone who would come in.”

Investigating hate crimes

August 26, 2018

This article reports several examples of successful investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. Reporting and documentation of hate crime is inconsistent around the country and federal prosecution is rare, so local police action is usually the key to success or failure. One reason that bias crimes often get overlooked is the element of the offender’s motivation: “Police officers, for most crimes, are not rigorously trained to look at motive. They apprehend; they take reports; they do some investigation.”

Where killings go unsolved

June 7, 2018

This article analyzes over 50,000 homicides in U.S. cities, mapping neighborhoods with higher and lower clearance rates. There are variations between cities but also within, with fewer murders solved in low-income minority neighborhoods. Factors seem to include the challenge presented by drug- and gang-related cases, reluctant witnesses, lack of trust in police, and the resources devoted to homicide investigation.

Police vs. prosecutor on transparency

May 26, 2018

This article reports push-back by Phoenix in response to their county attorney asserting control over “when and how police departments should release officer body-cam video and other evidence.” The city says “Transparency is absolutely necessary for the Phoenix Police Department to build and maintain stronger trust relationships” but the prosecutor says statutes and rules govern the release of evidence in ongoing criminal investigations.

Bad sheriffs

April 3, 2018

The U.S. has about 3,000 sheriffs, an office that goes back to colonial days and preceded the creation of police departments. This article reports numerous recent scandals, embarrassments, and shortcomings in sheriff’s offices around the country and discusses why they persist despite being an elected office that voters should be able to hold accountable.

Fear of being stopped

March 13, 2018

This article and short video, a collaboration of National Geographic and ESPN, highlight the experiences of Black drivers who have been frequently stopped by police for no apparent reason. While vehicle stops are routine for police, they can be stressful for citizens as well as family members riding with them. The article also compares stop data from several states, nearly all of which indicate disproportionate impact on drivers of color.

Command-level analysis position re-advertised

January 3, 2018

Tucson, Arizona has re-advertised its Crime Analysis Superintendent position, stating “This command-level professional-staff (civilian) position will lead and grow the Department’s crime and administrative data analysis capacity by developing current and future team members, employing new and innovative performance measurement techniques, strengthening partnerships with academic institutions, and leveraging technology to improve service delivery and community satisfaction.” The announcement is here with a deadline of January 31.

POP Conference award submissions & presentations now available

December 22, 2017

Police agency submissions from 2012-2017 for the Herman Goldstein Award for outstanding problem-oriented policing as well as POP Conference presentations from 2004-2017 are now available at this website hosted by Arizona State University. Other materials, including 99 POP Guides and prior year Goldstein Award submissions, remain available at the POP Center website.

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.