Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

More on proprietary big data systems

August 12, 2017

This article reports the experiences of several law enforcement agencies with Palantir’s data analysis systems. The company’s hardware and software systems, originally developed for intelligence agencies, help with integration and visualization of data stored in multiple “silos.” LAPD was able to cut the time required to produce Chronic Offender Bulletins from an hour to 3-5 minutes, which helped reduce violent crime in one target district by 15%. The systems are very expensive, however, and some users complain about hard-to-use software, costly upgrades, poor technical support, incompatibility with non-Palantir systems used by other agencies, and generally being at the mercy of the company once its products have been purchased and installed.


Michael Scott on POP

June 28, 2017

This video link is a 1-hour interview of Michael Scott, Director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, conducted at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He describes and explains POP and reflects on modern challenges facing police and communities.

Conversing with cops

May 30, 2017

David Couper has a blog post today reflecting on difficult conversations with young officers. For those unaware, he had a 30+ year police career culminating as chief in Madison, Wisconsin, before being ordained as an Episcopal priest. His commentaries on policing and society are always challenging, provocative, and deserving of attention, especially from those who think that the issues we now face are somehow new or unique.

More focus on learning from past events

May 12, 2017

This article reports another step in Wisconsin’s effort to create a system to analyze and review police-involved critical incidents that emphasizes learning and preventing more than blaming. The approach is modeled after protocols used in the aviation and medical fields, where they have discovered that accidents and mistakes are rarely just a matter of pilot or doctor error.

A cop’s view

March 13, 2017

David Couper’s blog today highlights an interview with Adam Plantinga, a police sergeant in San Francisco and author of the book 400 Things Cops Know. Reviews of the book (all positive) and excerpts are available here.

Police & social workers

February 13, 2017

This article describes the work of the Trauma-informed Response Team in Milwaukee, social workers who follow up with crime victims and witnesses based on police referrals. The team focuses particularly on children, helping them overcome the impact of violence in their neighborhood and family.

Mindfulness for managing stress

January 23, 2017

This article discusses the value of “mindfulness-based resilience training” for stress reduction in policing. Initial studies in California yielded positive results and another study in Madison, Wisconsin is now underway.

NIBIN still underutilized

October 7, 2016

NIBIN is the computer system used to match guns, bullets, and shell casings. It is a potentially valuable investigative tool if, for example, police recover shell casings at a shooting scene and can connect them to a gun or ballistic evidence from prior cases. However, mainly due to technology and staffing costs, NIBIN is not available to all police agencies and is often underutilized by those that have it, according to this article.

Inside-out approach reaffirmed

September 14, 2016

David Couper and Madison WI demonstrated the inside-out approach to improved policing some 25 years ago — making sure that the police department treats its employees with dignity and respect first, then insisting that they deal with the public that way. This article makes the same point, emphasizing the importance of organizational justice for gaining police officers’ commitment to implementing 21st century changes in tactics and strategies.

Policing in Milwaukee

March 27, 2016

Here’s a nice 18-minute audio interview with George Kelling, who has written a new book, Policing in Milwaukee: A Strategic History. Kelling, who grew up in Milwaukee, gives an overview of 150 years of policing in the city and puts it in the context of the national scene and recent events.