Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Managing overconvergence

June 10, 2017

According to this article, a draft review has found command and control lacking in the police response to the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last January. Over 2,000 officers responded to the scene in an uncoordinated response, an example of “overconvergence” also seen following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and several other subsequent incidents.

The rise and fall of broken windows

June 1, 2017

This 30-minute NPR segment reviews the origin and twisted history of broken windows policing. One of its authors, George Kelling, says “It’s to the point now where I wonder if we should back away from the metaphor of broken windows. We didn’t know how powerful it was going to be … But as you know, metaphors can wear out and become stale.”

Compressed recruiting

May 17, 2017

This brief news item reports targeted recruiting by the Gwinnett County, Georgia police aimed at filling 123 open positions. The department offers testing and preliminary background checks over a 2-day period at strategically selected off-site locations. A recent visit to Rochester, NY, where local police hiring is slow due to a cumbersome civil service process, resulted in 54 applicants receiving conditional job offers.

Best states for a police career

May 10, 2017

Here’s another of those lists. It ranks the states (and DC) based on 20 criteria in 3 general categories: opportunity & competition for police jobs, police hazards & protections, and quality of life. The best state for a police career is North Dakota, followed by Connecticut and New York. The worst is Louisiana, followed by Arkansas and Alaska.

Expanded DNA testing in NY State

May 8, 2017

This article reports that New York state labs have produced almost 1,500 investigative leads since 2012 when DNA sample collection was extended to all persons convicted of crimes, regardless of seriousness. In one example, two cold case murders were linked to a suspect when DNA from his brother, found guilty of violating a protective order, was a partial match to evidence that had been recovered from the victims. Subsequent investigation pointed to the suspect and his DNA was a match.

Taser … Axon

April 25, 2017

This article provides details on Taser’s re-branding as Axon, emphasizing data services over equipment. Its offer of free body-worn cameras for one year has been compared to a free facial tattoo (hard to undo) while others see a visionary business model mimicking Microsoft and Apple. Meanwhile several cities have criticized the company for strong-arm tactics and competitors have filed legal actions.

Double-amputee becomes rookie cop

April 1, 2017

Matias Ferreira, who lost both legs below the knees to an IED in Afghanistan in 2010, just graduated from the Suffolk County, NY police academy, according to this article. When asked by his fellow recruits what would happen if he broke a prosthetic on duty, he told them “If I break a leg, I just go into the trunk, put a new one on and I continue my tour of duty. If you break a leg, you are out of the job for a couple of months.”

Risk/reward in SWAT no-knock entries

March 18, 2017

This in-depth 2-part series, located here and here, examines the practice of no-knock dynamic entries by SWAT teams. National data are not systematically collected, but nearly 100 deaths are known to have occurred in such raids since 2010, including at least 13 police officers. The vast majority of raids are drug cases, leading some police and legal experts to question whether the rewards justify the risks.

Evidence management & control

March 8, 2017

One topic that doesn’t always get a lot of attention is evidence management, yet every police department comes into possession of drugs, cash, jewelry, and other valuable property. This article notes “weekly news accounts of police departments whose evidence rooms have been jeopardized due to lost or stolen evidence” and discusses the use of modern systems and technology for better control and risk reduction.

Police & immigration

February 24, 2017

Police agencies around the country are responding in various ways to the federal government’s stepped-up immigration enforcement. The NYPD commissioner reminded his officers that “this department does not enforce administrative warrants issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents or federal immigration judges solely in connection with civil immigration violations,” as reported here. A California chief re-emphasized his agency’s policy that “immigration enforcement is only conducted for ‘serious violations or investigative necessity.'” Both agencies cited the overriding importance of protecting crime victims regardless of their citizenship status.