Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’

Getting oversight right

January 24, 2018

This article discusses the pros and cons of various alternatives for achieving police accountability, such as civilian review, police auditors, and special commissions. The public tends to want an independent process but the oversight systems don’t always succeed and they risk diluting the chief or sheriff’s responsibility for discipline. Chicago is cited as one place currently trying several options at once.


Fired NOPD officers hired by other agencies

December 23, 2017

This article reports numerous cases of officers fired by New Orleans being hired by other law enforcement agencies. Records indicate that over the last 10 years NOPD “has fired or otherwise pushed out at least 248 officers … 53 have been hired by other police departments.” Louisiana has a state-level process to remove an officer’s certification, but it has to be initiated at the local level. In the last decade, no officers have been decertified for misconduct.

Progress in New Orleans

August 8, 2017

New Orleans signed a U.S. Department of Justice consent decree in 2013, requiring reforms overseen by a federal judge. Monitoring was extended for 3 years this week with an expectation that it will cease in 2020 if full compliance is achieved in 2018 and then sustained, according to this article. The order cites “significant improvement in almost every area of the consent decree, including policies, training, supervision, custodial interrogations, sexual assault and domestic violence investigations, uses of force, use of force reporting and use of force investigations.”

Ethical policing is courageous

June 2, 2017

In this blog post one of the creators of peer intervention training for police discusses its origins, the impact of the “active bystandership” concept, and its current implementation as EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous) in New Orleans. The post includes links to a video and other documentation.

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.

Risk/reward in SWAT no-knock entries

March 18, 2017

This in-depth 2-part series, located here and here, examines the practice of no-knock dynamic entries by SWAT teams. National data are not systematically collected, but nearly 100 deaths are known to have occurred in such raids since 2010, including at least 13 police officers. The vast majority of raids are drug cases, leading some police and legal experts to question whether the rewards justify the risks.

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.

EPIC moments in New Orleans

November 20, 2016

This issue of PERF’s newsletter¬†describes the EPIC initiative — Ethical Policing is Courageous — in New Orleans. The program is designed to encourage and enable officers to step in when another officer seems about to lose his temper or otherwise misbehave in a stressful encounter. The logic is for officers to help each other prevent career-threatening mistakes. Also called peer-intervention, the approach is based on research examining what distinguishes passive bystanders from active bystanders.

Voters in several cities enhance civilian oversight

November 12, 2016

Voters in Denver, New Orleans, Honolulu, Miami, and San Francisco approved measures strengthening civilian oversight of police last Tuesday, according to this article, while a new civilian police commission was created in Oakland. Given predictions that DOJ civil rights enforcement will be significantly scaled back under the Trump administration, the locus of police accountability seems likely to shift even more toward the local level during the next few years.

Reform pressure through insurance

October 14, 2016

This article discusses the role that liability insurance plays in encouraging police reform. While big cities are often self-insured, smaller jurisdictions need risk protection at a reasonable cost, giving insurance providers significant leverage. Some police departments have been eliminated when insurance was canceled and many others have upgraded policies, training, and personnel practices in order to maintain affordable coverage.