Posts Tagged ‘Nevada’

BWC study in Las Vegas

November 28, 2017

This article reports final results from a year-long study of body-worn cameras in Las Vegas, prior to agency-wide implementation. Sample officers wearing BWCs had reduced citizen complaints (30%) and reduced use of force (37%), compared to officers not equipped. The study also estimated substantial cost savings in internal affairs investigations due to the availability of video evidence.

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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.

Transparency or public relations?

October 26, 2017

This article reviews police practices in releasing body cam video, noting a tendency to promote positive stories while refusing to provide video in situations where actions might have been improper. This pattern risks hurting police legitimacy if the public comes to believe that officials are cherry-picking what to release rather than truly honoring transparency.

Joint police & fire/medic rescue

October 6, 2017

This article reports rescue efforts during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Police and fire personnel had planned and trained together for active-shooter incidents and 16 rescue teams responded, each comprised of 3 paramedics and 4-6 officers. “The medics treated and transported the wounded to ambulances under the blanket of safety those officers provided, moving in unison with police from patient to patient.”

Officer safety & health

May 18, 2017

This column published during National Police Week highlights a number of initiatives by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) focused on improving police officer safety, including safer driving, better attention to sleep and fatigue, hearing loss, lead exposure, and other risks associated with the job.

State laws on police video

October 12, 2016

This article from The Pew Charitable Trusts reviews the status of public access to body-worn camera video, including an interactive map that summarizes each state’s current laws. Almost half the states have enacted new legislation in the last two years.

Ambush killings of police

October 11, 2016

Premeditated ambush incidents are not the most common circumstances of police line-of-duty deaths, but they have increased in 2016. This article reviews several of the most tragic cases since 2009. Ambush killers have included “white survivalists, black militants, people who identify with the anti-government ‘sovereign citizen’ movement, hard-core criminals who have clashed with law enforcement for much their lives, and a variety of apparently suicidal people who wanted to depart with notoriety.”

COPS to review Las Vegas Metro

February 6, 2012

In a somewhat unusual development, the U.S. COPS Office and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have agreed to collaborate on a review of deadly force incidents, use of force policies, and internal investigations. The typical federal response in a situation like this, following a number of police shootings and mounting pressure for external review, would be for the DOJ Civil Rights Division to open an investigation. It will be interesting to see whether this COPS Office initiative represents an alternative federal approach, or simply an added layer of assistance.