Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Profile of Houston chief

September 5, 2017

This article provides a nice profile of Houston’s police chief Art Acevedo. His summary of the Hurricane Harvey experience: “While our response may not be perfect, no one will ever to be able to question the heart of the Police Department, the mayor who leads them and the people they serve.”

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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).

Fired and reinstated

August 7, 2017

This article summarizes data from 37 large agencies, finding that 1,881 officers were fired for misconduct since 2006 but over 450 were reinstated after appeals. “In many cases, the underlying misconduct was undisputed, but arbitrators often concluded that the firings were unjustified because departments had been too harsh, missed deadlines, lacked sufficient evidence or failed to interview witnesses.” Chiefs express frustration whereas union officials argue that officers’ rights must be protected.

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.