Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

To chase or not to chase

June 30, 2018

This article provides a balanced discussion of police pursuit policies and practices. According to a 2015 analysis, chases account for over 300 deaths per year in the U.S., nearly half being bystanders or passengers. Many agencies have adopted stricter guidelines, limiting pursuits except in serious violent crime cases and putting decisions in the hands of supervisors. But other agencies continue to pursue and give officers discretion, not wanting offenders to believe that it’s easy to escape.


Walking the tightrope in Milwaukee

May 23, 2018

From David Couper’s blog, a nice 3-minute video of Milwaukee’s newly-appointed police chief setting a warm and respectful tone toward the community and pledging to be open and honest with the public and with members of the police department. Those promises are quickly being tested, as video was released today of officers using physical force and a Taser on a NBA player over a parking complaint last January. Today’s release of the video was accompanied by an apology and reported discipline for the officers involved.

Pursuits increasing

April 4, 2018

This article reports a substantial increase in vehicle pursuits over the last 1-2 years in the Milwaukee area, resulting in more crashes and injuries. Police attribute it mainly to brazen young car thieves as well as “rolling drug houses.” Suburban agencies also say drivers are aware of Milwaukee PD’s restrictive pursuit policy, which they mistakenly think applies throughout the metro region.

Bad sheriffs

April 3, 2018

The U.S. has about 3,000 sheriffs, an office that goes back to colonial days and preceded the creation of police departments. This article reports numerous recent scandals, embarrassments, and shortcomings in sheriff’s offices around the country and discusses why they persist despite being an elected office that voters should be able to hold accountable.

Milwaukee chief retiring

February 16, 2018

Ed Flynn, one of the more outspoken law enforcement executives in the country and police chief in Milwaukee for the last 10 years, retires from that position today. This article discusses some of the important changes that he was able to implement, including better use of data, adding modern technology, refining rapid response priorities, and putting more emphasis on uniformed patrol in at-risk communities.

Making time for POP in Eau Claire

February 3, 2018

This article reports several problem solving initiatives undertaken by police in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Officials indicate that a change in patrol scheduling made it possible for officers to use larger blocks of time to focus on prevention and community engagement activities.

Police work can be a pain in the … back

November 18, 2017

This article reports a study underway in Eau Claire, Wisconsin aimed at determining whether police wearing an equipment vest, shifting some of the load away from the traditional belt, might help prevent or relieve strain on the lower back.

Reaching for critical mass

November 15, 2017

This article provides an in-depth look at the low numbers of women in many federal law enforcement agencies, especially Customs and Border Protection (5%), and contrasts that with several municipal police departments that have taken a completely different approach to gender and the police culture. The chief in Madison, Wisconsin, which has 30% women, says “We’re looking for critical thinkers, people who are empathetic, good communicators, great at crisis intervention … I can teach a monkey how to shoot a Glock. The cerebral skills, the relational skills, that is the elusive commodity that you have to search for.”

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.