Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee’

Walking the tightrope in Nashville

April 28, 2017

This article covers events in Nashville over the last 4 months with an extensive interview of Chief Steve Anderson. The city has had an officer killed, an officer-involved fatal shooting, and a critical report on racial profiling. The chief discusses the nearly impossible challenge of meeting the needs and expectations of officers, the community, and political leaders.

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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.

Drug-impaired driving fatalities up

September 29, 2016

This article reports that annual traffic fatalities due to drug-impaired driving have almost doubled in Tennessee since 2010. In 2015, the state had more traffic deaths due to drugged-driving than alcohol-related DUI.

Complaints down in Chattanooga

July 24, 2016

This article reports that internal affairs complaints have dropped substantially in Chattanooga since 2013, including complaints from the public and internally-generated actions. At the same time, the rate of sustaining complaints has risen. Observers think both trends reflect improved performance and increased accountability.

Police director in Memphis reflects on career

January 30, 2016

Here’s a nice 12-minute audio interview with Toney Armstrong, Police Director in Memphis, on the eve of his retirement and accepting a new position as security director at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

On-line crime data

December 29, 2015

This article looks at the amount and quality of on-line crime data published by major cities. Dallas, New Orleans, and Sacramento are among the most transparent, while Memphis and Orlando seem to lag farthest behind.

Memphis CIT

November 9, 2015

The “Memphis model” of Crisis Intervention Teams to improve police handling of persons with mental illness has been widely disseminated around the country. This 10-minute PBS video segment provides a nice overview of the CIT approach.