Posts Tagged ‘California’

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.”

Response times in San Diego

June 1, 2017

According to this article, San Diego PD has been able to maintain its quick response to emergency calls despite reduced staffing. However, response to non-emergencies has gotten significantly slower and officers have less time for problem solving and community engagement, a situation likely affecting other cities as well. More officers, more overtime, and non-sworn responses are mentioned as potential remedies.

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.