Posts Tagged ‘Rhode Island’

2018 POP conference & Goldstein award

May 24, 2018

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing is June 1st. Information about the award is available here. The 2018 POP Conference will be held November 5-7 in Providence, Rhode Island. Information about the conference is here.

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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.

Gun death rates

March 26, 2018

This column compares the 50 states on gun death rates, noting that nationally, over half are suicides while 37% are homicides. Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma have the highest gun death rates, all at least 5 times higher than Massachusetts, which has the lowest rate. Other states with the lowest rates are New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

2018 POP Conference scheduled

February 7, 2018

The 28th annual Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Conference will be held November 5-7, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Advance information about the conference, “often described by attendees as the most substantive policing conference they’ve ever attended,” is available here.

Phantom debt scam

December 9, 2017

Estimates are that Americans are late on $600 billion in payments and 10% are on debt collectors’ lists. That’s a lot of real debt plus an opening for big-time fraud. Here’s an interesting story about a man who got harassed and threatened over a loan he had already repaid, leading him to unravel a huge fake debt scam, the head of which allegedly took in over $2 billion in a decade, bought a private jet, and started his own Ferrari racing team.

Providence adopts community-police relations act

June 2, 2017

This article reports passage by the Providence, Rhode Island city council of a police accountability and oversight act by a 13-1 vote. The legislation, described as “one of the most progressive policing bills in the United States,” includes a racial profiling ban, requires more documentation of vehicle and pedestrian stops, codifies policies for including people in the database of gang members, and specifies protections for juveniles, immigrants, and transgender individuals.

Evidence missing in North Providence

April 30, 2017

This article reports 100+ items missing from the North Providence PD evidence room. The agency has an extensive policy on evidence storage and control, but loose security is alleged and regular audits and inventories required by the policy have not been conducted. Rhode Island has a high proportion of state and nationally accredited police departments but North Providence is not among them.

The evolution of MS13

December 2, 2016

Insight Crime has published a 3-part series on the recent evolution of the US/Salvadoran gang MS13. Part 1 describes how the gang struck up a partnership with Mexican cartels in 2011, Part 2 traces the gang’s effort to combine its east and west coast factions into a “national project,” and Part 3 details its most recent effort in 2015 to coordinate cliques based in several different states. Federal indictments have consistently interrupted the gang’s plans but leaders in prison in both countries still seem to exercise considerable influence over their members.

Tracking guns in Providence

December 2, 2015

The Providence, Rhode Island police department assigned a detective this year to investigate the background of each gun seized. This article reports what he has found so far about the 176 guns recovered in 10 months.