Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

A code of conduct for everybody

November 14, 2017

This article reports the creation of a “code of conduct” in Toledo, Ohio that pertains to both police and the public. The 4-page document, believed to be the first of its kind, was developed by police and a coalition of rights groups over a 2-year period. According to the chief, “Nearly all of the points dealing with police conduct already are in department policies.”



November 3, 2017

This article briefly describes several successful police uses of drones to locate suspects, document crime scenes, and watch over evacuation zones. One source estimated 350 departments using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as of 2016. The Police Foundation offers resources about drones here, here, and here.

Cincinnati wins POP award

October 5, 2017

Cincinnati won the Herman Goldstein award for outstanding problem-oriented policing at the 2017 POP Conference this week. This 13-minute video tells the story of the initiative that tackled violent crime in two adjoining neighborhoods.

Policing the opioid crisis

September 7, 2017

Nice story here about two small towns hit hard by opioids, both trying hard to get users into treatment, but using different approaches. One has hired a social worker and created a network of volunteer “angels” while the other is making arrests in order to get court-ordered treatment. One chief says “We’re all kind of chasing our tails and looking for that answer, but we haven’t found it yet.” The other agrees: “Nobody knows what to do with this. Everybody’s grasping at straws to curb it, to cure it.”

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.