Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

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.

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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.

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.