Posts Tagged ‘Indiana’

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.


Indianapolis bringing back beat policing

April 24, 2018

Indianapolis PD will be re-instituting beat policing and supporting it with upgraded CCTV and analytical support, according to this article. The city has had increased homicides each year since 2010 as well as rises in non-fatal shootings. Meanwhile, police staffing fell to 1,535 officers in 2013 but is projected to reach 1,743 next year. The beat policing scheme will replace 33 zones with 78 beats and officers will increase their use of foot patrol.

Sleepy, tired cops

November 6, 2017

This article reviews evidence about the impact of fatigue on police performance and decision making. Between long shifts, night work, overtime, and secondary employment many officers end up working tired or even sleepy. Most departments fail to monitor outside employment and many don’t even regulate the amount of overtime that individual officers can accumulate.

Crime guns in Chicago

October 31, 2017

This report analyzes Chicago crime gun trace information for the period 2013-2016. Per capita, Chicago PD recovers 6 times more guns than NYPD and 65% more than LAPD. Tracing indicates that about 40% were purchased in Illinois (mainly in suburban Cook County), 20% in Indiana, and the remaining 40% in other states. Adult suspects accounted for 87% of crime guns and 90% of seized firearms were handguns.

Speeding up the hiring process

June 9, 2017

An oft-cited impediment in police recruiting is the lengthy hiring process. This brief article reports a public-private partnership that helped a police department refine its process, cutting its length by about 40%.

3 generations of police

May 23, 2017

This 6-minute NPR segment interviews 3 generations of Indianapolis police officers, African Americans, regarding their experiences and their insights about police relations with the community.

Taking unsolved murders seriously

February 9, 2017

This article describes work done by a former journalist to compile and analyze data on unsolved murders throughout the U.S. — well over 200,000 since 1980. Police departments initially ignored his data and alerts about cases possibly linked to serial killers, but have recently started to take notice.

Open data on police complaints

October 26, 2016

This article from the Sunlight Foundation provides an update on several local initiatives to make complaints data more accessible and transparent, with specific examples and links. Efforts in Indianapolis, New York, and Seattle are particularly noteworthy, as well as the White House Police Data Initiative.

The Drunkometer

August 29, 2016

This brief article recounts development of the Drunkometer in 1936, the first scientific breath-testing machine for detecting a driver’s level of intoxication. Cars had been around for some 30 years at that point but police lacked any quantitative measure for DUI enforcement.

Outreach to immigrant communities in Indianapolis

April 26, 2016

This article describes efforts by the Indianapolis PD to reach out to various immigrant groups in the city, highlighting a recent event for youth from the Burmese community.