Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

Phantom debt scam

December 9, 2017

Estimates are that Americans are late on $600 billion in payments and 10% are on debt collectors’ lists. That’s a lot of real debt plus an opening for big-time fraud. Here’s an interesting story about a man who got harassed and threatened over a loan he had already repaid, leading him to unravel a huge fake debt scam, the head of which allegedly took in over $2 billion in a decade, bought a private jet, and started his own Ferrari racing team.

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Policy, training, tactics

October 18, 2017

This 4-minute St. Louis public radio story and article discuss the role of policy, training, and tactics in deadly force situations. Public pressure is currently focused on tightening policies, but experts think unnecessary police shootings result more often from poor tactics such as failing to use distance and cover.

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.

Who owns the streets?

September 26, 2017

This column provides a journalist’s personal account of being assaulted and detained in St. Louis on Sunday. This commentary┬ásays the events were a police riot and notes that others assaulted by police included an undercover officer and an Air Force lieutenant walking with his wife in his home neighborhood. The city’s mayor criticized┬ápolice chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” and the acting chief saying “we owned the night.”

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.”