Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

POP conference October 2-4

August 15, 2017

The 2017 Problem-Oriented Policing Conference will be held October 2-4 in Houston, Texas. The preliminary program is available here, and registration for the conference can be completed here. Goldstein award finalists making presentations are police agencies from Cincinnati, Eureka (CA), Houston, Lancashire (UK), Durham (UK), and Victoria (Canada).

More on proprietary big data systems

August 12, 2017

This article reports the experiences of several law enforcement agencies with Palantir’s data analysis systems. The company’s hardware and software systems, originally developed for intelligence agencies, help with integration and visualization of data stored in multiple “silos.” LAPD was able to cut the time required to produce Chronic Offender Bulletins from an hour to 3-5 minutes, which helped reduce violent crime in one target district by 15%. The systems are very expensive, however, and some users complain about hard-to-use software, costly upgrades, poor technical support, incompatibility with non-Palantir systems used by other agencies, and generally being at the mercy of the company once its products have been purchased and installed.

Overtime and off-duty details

June 9, 2017

With unfilled positions, many agencies are probably leaning more heavily on overtime to maintain adequate staffing. Paid off-duty details and second jobs are also common in some places. This article reports an analysis in Cincinnati that found one sergeant worked nearly 110 hours per week for a year while several other officers averaged over 80 hours a week. Likely effects of fatigue on performance and decision making are discussed.

3 NPR podcasts on police videos

April 10, 2017

The “Embedded” NPR series has three recent podcasts about police videos, one a police shooting, one of a police officer being shot, and one a situation where an officer refrained from shooting. The podcasts explore the incidents from all angles. One theme is how the new reality of video is affecting people’s thinking and behavior, both police and the public.

Taking unsolved murders seriously

February 9, 2017

This article describes work done by a former journalist to compile and analyze data on unsolved murders throughout the U.S. — well over 200,000 since 1980. Police departments initially ignored his data and alerts about cases possibly linked to serial killers, but have recently started to take notice.

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.

Open data on police complaints

October 26, 2016

This article from the Sunlight Foundation provides an update on several local initiatives to make complaints data more accessible and transparent, with specific examples and links. Efforts in Indianapolis, New York, and Seattle are particularly noteworthy, as well as the White House Police Data Initiative.

Reform pressure through insurance

October 14, 2016

This article discusses the role that liability insurance plays in encouraging police reform. While big cities are often self-insured, smaller jurisdictions need risk protection at a reasonable cost, giving insurance providers significant leverage. Some police departments have been eliminated when insurance was canceled and many others have upgraded policies, training, and personnel practices in order to maintain affordable coverage.

Domestic violence risk assessment

October 10, 2016

This article describes a project underway in Cleveland aimed at better identifying and protecting high-risk domestic violence victims. An 11-item checklist will be used in two police districts to identify and refer victims to a special multi-disciplinary team; researchers will track the cases and compare results with other parts of the city.

Fake guns

September 19, 2016

A realistic-looking fake gun was the apparent cause of a police shooting of a 13-year-old robbery suspect in Columbus, OH last week. This article reports that there aren’t any national figures on crimes or police shootings involving fake guns, but data from Edmonton, Canada and Arlington, TX indicate such incidents are common.