Posts Tagged ‘New Mexico’

Improving line-up procedures

July 16, 2018

This article reviews suggested modifications to police line-up procedures designed to reduce mistaken identifications by witnesses, which account for 29% of post-conviction exonerations. Better procedures have been well known for 20+ years and have been endorsed by professional organizations, but not all departments have adopted them. Louisiana recently enacted statewide requirements, with proposals also pending in California, Iowa, and New Mexico.

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Prevalence of police in schools varies

July 12, 2018

This article reviews data on police assigned to schools. Two-thirds of high school students attend a school that has an officer assigned, compared to 45% for middle school and 19% for elementary school. School officers are most common in Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina, least common in New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Iowa, and Michigan. The evidence on the impact of officers in schools on arrests, offenses, and student behavior is mixed and inconclusive.

Gun deaths of men by race & state

May 12, 2018

This article and video report an analysis of 9 years of U.S. death certificates, comparing non-Hispanic black and white men. Four findings stand out regarding men’s gun deaths: (1) nationally, black men were about 15 times more likely than white men to die of firearm homicides; (2) white men were almost 3 times more likely to die of gun suicides; (3) rates varied widely across the states; and (4) firearm homicides were higher in urban areas while gun suicides were higher in rural areas. Rhode Island had the lowest overall gun homicide rate, Missouri the highest. Massachusetts had the lowest firearm suicide rate, New Mexico the highest.

NMSP chief urges more transparency

December 13, 2017

In New Mexico the Law Enforcement Academy Board has the authority to suspend or revoke officer certification. Its decisions are public but supporting documents are not posted, although they can be obtained through a public records request. According to this article, the state police chief has suggested posting the full record in the interest of transparency and to ensure that any agency considering hiring a previously fired officer has ready access to such information.

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.

Making the transition from soldier to cop

March 31, 2017

This article highlights challenges faced by officers and their departments when transitioning from combat to civilian policing. National data are elusive but the rate of psychological issues, including PTSD and suicide, seems higher among returning soldiers. In addition, veterans’ preference in police hiring often interferes with efforts to increase the number of women and minority officers.

Recruiting challenges widespread

March 19, 2017

This article reviews hiring difficulties facing police agencies around the country. Many are below authorized strength for reasons such as the improving economy, stagnating police wages, the demanding nature of the job, and negative perceptions following high-profile death in custody incidents.

Warrior skills, guardian mindset

October 8, 2015

This article reports a variety of de-escalation initiatives being emphasized by police departments around the country and highlights one Virginia agency’s training approach based on analyzing and discussing¬†videos from North Charleston, Seattle, and Albuquerque. In that chief’s view,¬†“In today’s world, you need the skill set of a warrior and the mindset of a guardian.”