Posts Tagged ‘Connecticut’

Traffic stops in Connecticut

November 13, 2017

This article reports a dispute over the most recent analysis of traffic stop data in Connecticut, which has mandatory reporting. The state uses several different methodologies to identify any jurisdictions with disproportionate stops of minority drivers, and also works with local agencies to address issues that are uncovered. Nevertheless, one town believes the analysis is flawed and unfair.

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Transparency or public relations?

October 26, 2017

This article reviews police practices in releasing body cam video, noting a tendency to promote positive stories while refusing to provide video in situations where actions might have been improper. This pattern risks hurting police legitimacy if the public comes to believe that officials are cherry-picking what to release rather than truly honoring transparency.

Taser deaths

August 22, 2017

This article begins a series from Reuters on deaths associated with conducted-energy devices (Tasers). The company cites a total of 24 deaths resulting from Taser use since 1983, all due to falls or electrical fires. Examining autopsy findings, though, the news agency identified 153 cases (out of 1,000+ fatalities) citing the stun gun as a cause or contributing factor. The first installment highlights several deaths involving persons who were in mental health or other medical distress.

Learning COP outside the academy

August 18, 2017

This bulletin from the Police Foundation reports the experiences of 29 recruits in New Haven, Connecticut who were required to participate in 40 hours of community engagement during their basic police academy. Most rated it positively, especially those not from the city, saying they gained a more accurate and sympathetic understanding of the neighborhoods and people they would soon be policing.

Best states for a police career

May 10, 2017

Here’s another of those lists. It ranks the states (and DC) based on 20 criteria in 3 general categories: opportunity & competition for police jobs, police hazards & protections, and quality of life. The best state for a police career is North Dakota, followed by Connecticut and New York. The worst is Louisiana, followed by Arkansas and Alaska.

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.

Rookies doing some POP

January 24, 2016

This article describes some problem-oriented policing adopted by rookie foot beat officers in New Haven as part of their regular assignment — new officers are expected “to identify a problem in their specific walking area.”

Mapping mass shootings

December 3, 2015

This brief article includes an interactive U.S. map of mass shootings since 26 innocents were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School 3 years ago. Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming appear to be the only states that have avoided such an incident.

Walking the beat in New Haven

November 19, 2015

This article highlights New Haven, Connecticut where the police chief has attempted to reconnect the police and the public by assigning rookies to walk a beat for their first year, firmly believing that personal relationships are the key to effective policing and public trust.

Rock star cops

October 16, 2015

This article details the rise of PERF and its network of nationally-prominent police chiefs over the last several decades. (Also available here.) According to NYPD’s Bill Bratton, “The most creative minds in American policing, we all happen to be friends with each other. We’re the entity that is leading American policing in the 21st century.” Humility does not seem to be one of their mandatory traits.