Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

Two positions advertised

December 2, 2022

Here are two open positions that might be of interest to some readers:

  • Police Academy Director, Prince William County, VA — “This position will facilitate numerous organizational initiatives to adequately train our police officers, deputy sheriffs and professional staff in order to provide quality service to a growing, diverse, and dynamic community.” Application deadline is December 14.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Policing & Security, Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi, UAE — The announcement indicates that applicants should have “one or more of the following: teaching experience in forensic science identification, teaching experience in a police education program, extensive operational policing including but not limited to – police leadership/management, forensics, crime scene investigation, road/traffic policing, criminal justice, artificial intelligence, criminal profiling.” However it also states “This position has a Forensic Science Identification teaching focus.” An application deadline is not listed. 

Promising strategies for police wellness

October 4, 2021

PERF and the COPS Office have released a report titled Promising Strategies for Strengthening Police Department Wellness Programs, available here. Based on a technical assistance project with 3 medium-sized agencies, the report “provides a roadmap to creating a wellness program, … encouraging participation in the program, and normalizing the routine use of mental wellness services in policing.” The report offers 82 recommendations applicable to physical, mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual wellness, along with links for numerous resources.

Whether to require police to get vaccinated

August 23, 2021

Lots of jurisdictions are considering whether to mandate Covid vaccinations for their employees, including police. Richmond, VA is requiring all employees to get shots by October 1, but police and firefighter employee associations are pushing for a pause, as reported here. The police union in Tucson is suing the city after it passed an ordinance requiring all employees to be vaccinated, as reported here. This article indicates that Denver has set a September 30 deadline for employee shots, while in New York the NYPD is promising strict enforcement of a mask mandate for officers who aren’t vaccinated. In New York, 68% of adults are vaccinated, but only 47% of NYPD officers.

New Capitol Police Chief

August 13, 2021

The U.S. Capitol Police have a new chief, Thomas Manger, formerly chief in Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax County, VA. As reported here, he was happily retired as of January 5, and then the next day could not believe what he watched on television. “I got very emotional. It was horrible. I watched cops getting hurt just trying to do their job so the members of Congress could do their job. It just shook me,” he says. Settling into his new position, Manger emphasizes that he’s not going to play politics. “It is the only way to stay true to the job. I’m politically agnostic. I’ve met the members of the committees that have oversight. I’ve met Democratic and Republican leaders. They’ve been very helpful. What they’ve said is encouraging. They just want me to communicate with them.”

Position: Director of data & crime analysis

April 1, 2021

The Fairfax County Police Department (Virginia) has posted the position of Director of Data & Crime Analysis. The position announcement is here. The closing date for applications is April 23.

Boogaloo Movement

February 19, 2021

This article details the evolution of the Boogaloo Bois, described as “a decentralized, anti-authority movement composed of a diverse range of actors mobilized in part by adherents’ belief that they are following in the footsteps of the United States’ founders and participating in a revolution against tyranny.” Several members are awaiting trial or have pled guilty to recent crimes including murder of police, firing into a police station, conspiracy to attack a state capitol, attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization, and various firearms charges. The article attributes the group’s appeal to a “corrupted conceptualization [of] a set of abstract virtues, or ideographs, that are deeply familiar to many Americans: liberty, rejection of government abuses, and disgust at authoritarianism.”

Position at University of Virginia

October 24, 2020

The University of Virginia is recruiting for a Program Director for a new Master’s in Public Safety degree (online). According to the announcement, “The program aims to draw on UVA’s role as a public university to serve broad societal and civic needs and prepare leaders to address the nation’s longstanding and emerging public safety challenges.” The position posting is here.

Keeping Nightlife Safe

November 18, 2019

This COPS newsletter article describes an initiative in Arlington, Virginia aimed at improving safety in their nighttime entertainment district. The program “provides a wide range of resources and staff training to restaurants that participate” and accredits establishments “that are committed to responsible alcohol management.” Participating businesses are promoted by the city and “by reducing disorderly conduct and crime, local nightlife is more attractive to visitors, which makes businesses better and the community happier.” The police department has been able to reduce their nightly staffing in the entertainment zone from 20 officers to 8 officers.

National look at SROs

October 23, 2019

The organization Strategies for Youth has published a national study of school resource officers (SROs), available here. They found that 24 states have enacted training for SROs, with Nebraska and Virginia leading the pack. But they also note “The fact that over half of the states still do not mandate any specific training or oversight for SROs is troubling,” especially since the presence of SROs “increases the odds that students will be arrested for minor offenses and that children of color and those with disabilities will be treated most harshly.”

Ring doorbell cameras

August 30, 2019

The Ring doorbell-camera company has secured partnerships with 405 police agencies around the country, as reported here. Besides selling the devices to homeowners, the company provides a social media app that helps neighbors share information and videos with each other. The app also enables police to request video from Ring customers, and officers are encouraged to participate on the social media platform in order to raise public awareness and increase community vigilance. Critics worry about police seeming to endorse a commercial product, the expansion of surveillance, and the impact of bias on what residents perceive and report as suspicious behavior.