Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Called to Rise

June 11, 2017

David Brown, recently retired Dallas police chief, has authored a book about his life and experiences, Called To Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me. Now on a national book promotion tour, his 8-minute public radio interview is here.

2017 POP Conference

May 15, 2017

This announcement is a reminder that submissions for the 2017 Herman Goldstein Award for outstanding problem-oriented policing are due by June 1st. Award finalists will present their projects at the POP Conference in Houston October 2-4. Further information about this year’s conference and featured sessions is available here.

Taser … Axon

April 25, 2017

This article provides details on Taser’s re-branding as Axon, emphasizing data services over equipment. Its offer of free body-worn cameras for one year has been compared to a free facial tattoo (hard to undo) while others see a visionary business model mimicking Microsoft and Apple. Meanwhile several cities have criticized the company for strong-arm tactics and competitors have filed legal actions.

Risk/reward in SWAT no-knock entries

March 18, 2017

This in-depth 2-part series, located here and here, examines the practice of no-knock dynamic entries by SWAT teams. National data are not systematically collected, but nearly 100 deaths are known to have occurred in such raids since 2010, including at least 13 police officers. The vast majority of raids are drug cases, leading some police and legal experts to question whether the rewards justify the risks.

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.

Austin DNA lab stays closed

December 17, 2016

This article reports that the Austin police department’s DNA lab, temporarily closed in June, will remain closed amid continued concerns about the qualifications and testimony of staff. Meanwhile Dallas County is analyzing 20 cases a month for Austin but a backlog is growing. Local judges support creating an independent lab separate from the police.

Mental health in San Antonio

December 12, 2016

This article describes how San Antonio became a national model for mental health care over the last 15 years, improving services while greatly reducing the burden on jails and hospital emergency rooms.

Walk the dog

December 3, 2016

This announcement from Arlington, Texas invites residents to join Dog Walker Watch, based on the premise that canine owners are “familiar with their community and out in the neighborhood on a regular basis.” The program is affiliated with the National Association of Town Watch, the coordinator of National Night Out, which has grown to over 16,000 participating communities since 1984.

Body cam implementation challenges

November 29, 2016

This 5-minute segment on Texas public radio reports on body camera implementation challenges in Houston. Despite a pilot program begun in 2014 and full roll-out this past April, video has been unavailable in key incidents and delayed beyond trial in hundreds of criminal cases.

Elevating the profession

November 14, 2016

In this interview, Cameron McLay, who recently stepped down as chief in Pittsburgh, reflects on the challenge of promoting professionalism in the face of morale issues, political waffling, and our tendency to ask police to deal with all of society’s unresolved social problems. This 4-minute public radio segment and this op-ed column recognize the visceral support from police for president-elect Trump and contemplate how that might affect policing during the next administration.