Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

Not a police matter

July 16, 2018

Police have been called recently to deal with a black guy wearing socks at a private pool (in Memphis), an 11-year-old black kid on his first day delivering newspapers (in Cincinnati), a 12-year-old black kid mowing a lawn who accidentally crossed into a neighbor’s yard (outside Cleveland), and a 9-year-old black girl selling water outside her apartment building (in San Francisco). This article discusses what police should do, including having call takers ask more specific questions and routing such calls through supervisors before assigning them to patrol officers.

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Cleveland adding 250 officers

July 2, 2018

This article reports expanded recruiting efforts by Cleveland PD, which plans to add 250 officers and hopes to increase diversity. The city is 51% black but the department is only 23%, with 14% women. A list of 2,000 applicants has been compiled and conditioning camps are being offered to help candidates pass the physical agility test. Besides current vacancies, the agency has about 600 officers with 20+ years.

National standards for SROs

May 31, 2018

This article reports on proposed legislation in Congress that would establish national training standards for school resource officers. A few states have adopted specific training mandates for SROs but most have not. The proposals would also begin national data collection on SROs and develop a set of best practices.

Traffic cameras

May 10, 2018

This article reports efforts by state legislators in Iowa and Ohio to ban the use of automated traffic enforcement based on the claim that local governments are merely trying to raise revenue. Such claims conveniently ignore the evidence that speed cameras and red light cameras improve driver behavior, reduce crashes, and save lives.

Mini-stations in Cleveland

April 11, 2018

Cleveland opened mini-stations in the 1990s in recreation centers and other neighborhood locations, but they were closed in 2005 due to budget cuts. Now, according to this article, 12 members of city council want them reopened, arguing “there was continuous engagement between officers and residents” and police “developed one-on-one relationships with residents that allowed them to de-escalate safety threats and identify nuisances.”

Bad sheriffs

April 3, 2018

The U.S. has about 3,000 sheriffs, an office that goes back to colonial days and preceded the creation of police departments. This article reports numerous recent scandals, embarrassments, and shortcomings in sheriff’s offices around the country and discusses why they persist despite being an elected office that voters should be able to hold accountable.

Will Cincinnati refresh?

March 19, 2018

Cincinnati has gotten widespread recognition for its Collaborative Agreement, initiated under a consent decree in 2002 following use-of-force incidents and civil unrest. A “refresh” is currently being planned based on evidence that the police have drifted away from emphasizing problem-oriented policing toward more focus on “core business demands.” A serious rift between the chief and an assistant chief has led to major conflict between the mayor and city manager, arousing strong feelings in the community, according to this article. The former federal monitor says the department is making “the false choice between effective and fair policing.”

Cincinnati LEEDS the nation

February 20, 2018

Cincinnati opened the nation’s first Net Zero Energy police station in 2015. The station is a major upgrade for police staff and a source of community pride. This web site has a variety of information about the project; a 7-minute documentary trailer is available here.

Black and blue

December 27, 2017

Here are four stories about black police officers working to balance black and blue in the post-Ferguson era: a veteran sergeant in Atlanta (The Shooting Instructor); an outspoken woman sergeant in San Francisco (The Truth Teller); a just-retired patrol officer/rapper in Akron (The Man on the Street); and a young patrol officer in Pittsburgh (The Bridge Builder).

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.”