Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Oregon vs. Minnesota on decertification

October 11, 2017

This article provides a detailed comparison of police licensing and decertification practices in Oregon and Minnesota. The system in Oregon is considered one of the best for transparency, thoroughness, and regularly updating; the state “dedicates a lot of energy and a lot of time to police our own” according to one sheriff.


Re-engineering the traffic stop

August 12, 2017

This column recounts efforts to improve after-action review of officer-involved shootings, based on methods used in aviation and medicine, with less emphasis on finding a person to blame and more on identifying system errors that can be fixed in order to prevent future tragedies. The writer notes that many shootings arise from traffic stops, and wonders whether changes to basic police SOPs could make vehicle stops safer for both officers and the public.

Defunding police

July 17, 2017

In response to police shootings and related controversies, activists in some cities have pushed to shift police funding over to social services, arguing such an approach would contribute more to community safety. This article discusses the proposal and questions whether it would accomplish what its proponents hope for.

Expert views on Castile shooting video

June 23, 2017

Following the officer’s acquittal last week, dashcam video of the vehicle stop and subsequent shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota was released. In this article, several experts comment on the video evidence. Another view is here.

Interview of St. Paul police chief

June 16, 2017

Here’s an interview with the police chief in St. Paul, Minnesota on his 1-year anniversary in the position, already having dealt with mass protests, officer-involved shootings, and an uptick in gun violence. As chief, he has found that “There are moments when I take time to really reflect on decisions and feel the weight of those decisions and, during those times, there is a sense that you’re alone.”

Inconsistent lineups in Minnesota

June 13, 2017

This article describes several cases of flawed photo lineups in Minnesota, a state that pioneered improved eyewitness identification procedures over a decade ago. A 2016 survey found that 60% of the state’s law enforcement agencies lack written policies on the subject. Despite evidence to the contrary, most chiefs believe they are “up to snuff” and prosecutors say “they shouldn’t be dictating investigative processes to police.”

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.

Whimsy vs. warn-and-scold

January 20, 2017

This brief column by an officer from Wyoming, Minnesota encourages police departments to be more social on social media, mixing humorous messages with more serious ones.

Psych test frustration in Minneapolis

January 9, 2017

Minneapolis PD is reviewing its psychological testing of applicants amid concerns over bias and lack of transparency, according to this article. Among the issues are contract psychologists and “an obscure system designed to flag police recruits who may have racist or sexist attitudes.”

Fork in the road in Minneapolis

December 22, 2016

This article reports an ongoing debate in Minneapolis over whether to invest in more police or social services to tackle violent crime. Some community leaders fear that more police will simply increase low-level arrests, but police say they need the additional staff in order to get beyond just reactive 9-1-1 policing.