Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

Recruiting for diversity in the St. Louis area

August 11, 2017

This article profiles recruiting efforts by 3 agencies in the St. Louis area that have been relatively successful in achieving a workforce that represents their communities. One officer notes “It’s not like (recruitment issues) are something that has just popped up for the first time. For 30 years it has been that way … I think it’s more in the light now because of everything that’s happened recently.”

Voters approve sales tax increase for police in St. Louis County

April 6, 2017

St. Louis County voters adopted a half-cent sales tax hike on Tuesday, with 63% in favor, according to this article. It will generate an estimated $80 million per year for hiring 110 additional officers, pay increases, and funding for body cams and dash cams.

Finding fault vs. fixing cause

November 20, 2016

This article contrasts the forward-looking approach that follows an aviation accident with the fault-finding approach used after a police-involved shooting. The aim in aviation is to discover the cause so that systems and procedures can be improved in order to make future tragedies less likely. After police shootings, the main focus is on determining who to blame. The authors are two aviation experts who each lost sons to police shootings.

Specialist vs. generalist COP

October 26, 2016

The pros and cons of having a few officers who specialize in community policing versus making it every officer’s job has been debated for many years. This article and radio clip from Kansas City highlights one community interaction officer’s positive impact and wonders what will be lost as the PD eliminates those positions and tries to make all officers community cops.

Dedication to COP earns first pitch

September 2, 2016

We previously highlighted Officer Tommy Norman of North Little Rock, Arkansas for his exceptional commitment to the needs of the people he serves. This article reports that he’ll be throwing out the first pitch at Busch Stadium in St. Louis September 29, and rapper The Game has helped raise $50,000 to support his work in the community.

Precarious time for police chiefs

May 24, 2016

This article reviews a number of high-profile situations over the last two years in which critical incidents have resulted in police chiefs being replaced. While the average tenure of big-city chiefs has always been relatively short, “What once may be have been seen as a purely local matter involving a police department, a chief or an officer, is now seen as part of national pattern or problem.”

Something’s up, but what, and why?

May 16, 2016

Murders have increased in several major U.S. cities over the last 1-2 years, but not all. The White House and the FBI director continue to spar over any so-called Ferguson effect. This article reviews the evidence, which isn’t clear, and cites respected criminologist Richard Rosenfeld, who now thinks that a contributing factor could be that both communities and police might be demoralized in some key cities.

Armored vehicles

December 1, 2015

Particularly since Ferguson, police departments have been severely criticized for adopting military hardware. This editorial acknowledges the other side of the equation, noting that armored vehicles were used effectively during the recent Planned Parenthood incident in Colorado Springs, both for rescue and to make the forced entry that led to the gunman’s surrender.

Ferguson one year later

November 25, 2015

This 6-minute public radio segment interviews a Ferguson city council member about what has changed in the city since last year’s unrest. He cites community engagement and dialogue as the most important developments.

ROI for police spending

October 17, 2015

This article assesses the “return on investment” for police spending in the 110 largest U.S. cities. Unadjusted, the leaders are Louisville, Lincoln, and Lexington. When city economic factors are considered (degree of difficulty), the best three are Flint, Jackson, and El Paso. It should be noted that the sole measure of “return” was reported crime rates. In raw dollars, the cities that spent the most per capita for police protection were Washington, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Louis, Orlando, Tampa, and New York.