Posts Tagged ‘California’

POP conference October 2-4

August 15, 2017

The 2017 Problem-Oriented Policing Conference will be held October 2-4 in Houston, Texas. The preliminary program is available here, and registration for the conference can be completed here. Goldstein award finalists making presentations are police agencies from Cincinnati, Eureka (CA), Houston, Lancashire (UK), Durham (UK), and Victoria (Canada).

More on proprietary big data systems

August 12, 2017

This article reports the experiences of several law enforcement agencies with Palantir’s data analysis systems. The company’s hardware and software systems, originally developed for intelligence agencies, help with integration and visualization of data stored in multiple “silos.” LAPD was able to cut the time required to produce Chronic Offender Bulletins from an hour to 3-5 minutes, which helped reduce violent crime in one target district by 15%. The systems are very expensive, however, and some users complain about hard-to-use software, costly upgrades, poor technical support, incompatibility with non-Palantir systems used by other agencies, and generally being at the mercy of the company once its products have been purchased and installed.

Community policing to counter violent extremism

August 5, 2017

This report provides a thorough description and assessment of an LAPD initiative to counter violent extremism by using community policing. The process evaluation concluded that “adopting a community policing model is a necessary approach to better protect and serve communities at risk for violent radicalization.” The study identified numerous challenges to such an approach, including opposing narratives within communities over whether to cooperate with police, but also identified practical ways to overcome differences and build resilience.

New chief in Sacramento

August 3, 2017

This article profiles the newly-appointed chief in Sacramento CA, Daniel Hahn. He is a native of the city who came up through the ranks to Captain before serving as chief in nearby Roseville since 2011. The situation he is inheriting is challenging including low police morale, non-competitive salaries, and strained community relations, as detailed in this article.

BWC in PA & CA

July 12, 2017

This article reports new legislation in Pennsylvania that should encourage further adoption of body-worn cameras, as it relaxes an old wiretapping law that severely restricted when police could record audio without permission. This article reports legislative debate in California over when BWC video should be made public.

Big data, big money

June 30, 2017

This article reports a dispute between the NYPD and the software/data mining giant Palantir Technologies. The department is not renewing its multi-million dollar contract with the Silicon Valley company and claims that complete data records needed for the transition to a new system have not been turned over. The disagreement seems to involve a mix of money, politics, corporate influence, and unsettled intellectual property law.

Managing overconvergence

June 10, 2017

According to this article, a draft review has found command and control lacking in the police response to the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last January. Over 2,000 officers responded to the scene in an uncoordinated response, an example of “overconvergence” also seen following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and several other subsequent incidents.

Police accountability decisions pending in California

June 7, 2017

This article identifies several police accountability issues and decisions awaiting action by California’s attorney general. These include establishing regulations to implement a 2015 law requiring police to collect data on vehicle and pedestrian stops, and completing civil rights investigations of two law enforcement agencies in the state.

Officer language in traffic stops

June 6, 2017

This article reports a study of officer language used during 981 traffic stops in Oakland, California in 2014. The data were obtained from body-worn cameras and analyzed via computer software/artificial intelligence. Findings were that the officers were well-behaved, but “white residents were 57 percent more likely than black residents to hear a police officer say the most respectful utterances, such as apologies and expressions of gratitude” while “black community members were 61 percent more likely than white residents to hear an officer say the least respectful utterances.”

The rise and fall of broken windows

June 1, 2017

This 30-minute NPR segment reviews the origin and twisted history of broken windows policing. One of its authors, George Kelling, says “It’s to the point now where I wonder if we should back away from the metaphor of broken windows. We didn’t know how powerful it was going to be … But as you know, metaphors can wear out and become stale.”