Posts Tagged ‘California’

Police affinity cards

May 5, 2017

Police in Santa Barbara have updated the trading card concept with police officer affinity cards which incorporate 4-minute videos. They describe affinity as “a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests.” Three of the cards are linked here and there is additional information and a PowerPoint link here.

Lessons learned from mass shootings

May 4, 2017

This article reviews the 2015 San Bernardino and 2016 Orlando mass shootings and subsequent police responses, along with lessons learned. It notes that “In both instances, patrol and traffic officers, investigators, and command personnel—not tactical teams—were the first law enforcement personnel to arrive on scene” and considers whether current active shooter protocols need to be adapted to fit terrorist, IED, and suicide-bomber scenarios.

LAPD use of force report

April 21, 2017

The LAPD has published an exceptionally detailed annual use of force report available here. In 2016, officers used force in about 1 per 1,000 public contacts and 2 per 100 arrests. The number of officer-involved shootings has remained relatively stable over the last 5 years but the number of rounds fired per incident has decreased dramatically.

Swifter discipline in the age of video

April 17, 2017

This article reports two recent incidents in which video led to quick discipline decisions by police administrators, in one case firing two officers within 24 hours of footage being released. While the proper timing of police body cam release is debated and currently varies across states and departments, citizens’ cell phone video is a different story. One expert comments “It literally makes no sense to me … that police officers in 2017 don’t understand they’re being videotaped.”

Southern California reform sheriffs took different paths to federal prison

March 20, 2017

This article summarizes the rise and fall of two prominent sheriffs in Southern California, both elected as reformers in 1999. Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted last week of obstructing a federal investigation into abuse of jail prisoners. Former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona served a 4-year federal prison term for witness tampering related to illegally accepting cash and gifts.

Recruiting challenges widespread

March 19, 2017

This article reviews hiring difficulties facing police agencies around the country. Many are below authorized strength for reasons such as the improving economy, stagnating police wages, the demanding nature of the job, and negative perceptions following high-profile death in custody incidents.

A cop’s view

March 13, 2017

David Couper’s blog today highlights an interview with Adam Plantinga, a police sergeant in San Francisco and author of the book 400 Things Cops Know. Reviews of the book (all positive) and excerpts are available here.

Evidence management & control

March 8, 2017

One topic that doesn’t always get a lot of attention is evidence management, yet every police department comes into possession of drugs, cash, jewelry, and other valuable property. This article notes “weekly news accounts of police departments whose evidence rooms have been jeopardized due to lost or stolen evidence” and discusses the use of modern systems and technology for better control and risk reduction.

Union loses policy case in San Francisco

March 1, 2017

The police commission in San Francisco passed a revised use of force policy last June prohibiting shooting at moving vehicles and use of carotid restraint neck holds. When meet and confer with the police union reached an impasse, the commission enacted the policy and the union filed a grievance demanding arbitration. A California superior court judge ruled against the union this week, finding that the policy changes do not fall under “working conditions” but rather are within the city’s management prerogatives, according to this article.

Police & immigration

February 24, 2017

Police agencies around the country are responding in various ways to the federal government’s stepped-up immigration enforcement. The NYPD commissioner reminded his officers that “this department does not enforce administrative warrants issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents or federal immigration judges solely in connection with civil immigration violations,” as reported here. A California chief re-emphasized his agency’s policy that “immigration enforcement is only conducted for ‘serious violations or investigative necessity.'” Both agencies cited the overriding importance of protecting crime victims regardless of their citizenship status.