• An officer who suddenly begins taking unnecessary risks on and off duty • A shift in attitude and demeanor, like a change from motivated and professional behavior to apathetic and flippant • Statements of hopelessness like, “None of this really matters anyway. I don’t even know why we try out here. We can’t really do anything anyway. This is a losing battle and I’m tired of it.” • Loss of interest in recreational things the officer used to like to do previously • The sudden use of “terminal”-type comments like, “Hey, you’ll take care of my family if something happens to me and I’m not here anymore, right?” or “Listen, if I end up dead I want you to make sure you tell so and so such and such,” etc. • Noticeable physical changes: weight loss, lack of usual hygiene, an exhausted appearance, etc. • Increased drinking or signs of drug use
The officer then asked Wilson for his ID. When Wilson asked for it back, the officer allegedly told him to step out of the car and he would give it to him. That's when Wilson said he started recording the encounter on his cellphone. The 30-second video, which shows the officer using foul language, went viral.
Rob Duke's insight:
The cops feel like they need to be able to go after the guys causing more problems--even when they don't have the probable cause (they apparently did on the passenger), but it seems that society is worried that cops will then not be constrained to be able to harass whoever they want...in the meantime, cops have to keep working; or there will be hell to pay from angry Mayor, City Manager, Chief and other middle managers.
As the social and political landscapes of cities across the country have changed, the hiring practices of local law enforcement agencies have needed to adjust their hiring policies to better reflect the racial and gender makeup of the communities they serve.
The Seattle Police Department has been criticized and praised for it's handling of demonstrations in Seattle this year. Now the department is creating a group of experts to review the department further.
In a recent letter to the editor, Richard Friedman touched upon a very sensitive nerve in his penultimate, and antepenultimate paragraphs as he references the effects of increased police presence on the streets ( "How Baltimore can attack crime," July 21). Increasing the number of police on the street inevitably leads to a corresponding increase in the numbers of arrests. This increase in the number of arrests has a ripple effect that touches every component within the criminal justic
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department plans to dramatically beef up its mental health policing capabilities, according to a newly-released report that provides a county-wide roadmap for county law enforcement's handling of suspects experiencing a mental health crisis.
The report, issued by L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, details the sheriff's intention to build a Mental Evaluation Bureau that essentially replicates the Los Angeles Police Department's Mental Evaluation Unit - a program that's become an international model of mental health policing.
The board found the 12 new officers were not trained in police pursuit or emergency vehicle operations before taking their licensing exams. But the settlement said "it is undisputed" that the officers got that training before operating an emergency vehicle. Miller told the Star Tribune on Friday the document proves his department's mistakes were "clerical, process or timing issues" — in one case using an equivalent, but incorrect, form. "There's nothing intentional. There is no misrepresentation," he said. City Manager Pat Hentges called the findings "irregularities," and said there were no grounds to discipline Miller.
Rob Duke's insight:
I dislike a system where a political body can suspend a Chief's license. If the Chief is not a good chief, his city should discipline him/her.
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Even as unrest and looting were breaking out across the city on the day of Freddie Gray 's funeral, Baltimore police were waiting for riot equipment that was on order, emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun show.
Rob Duke's insight:
Geez, really. West Coast: Department policy was to have a warbag at all times. It contained your riot helmet, gas mask, and anything you'd need for a week in the field (e.g. packs of clean socks, underwear, and t-shirts, sewing kit, boxes of ammo, etc.). Cars had a riot shield suspended from bungies under the trunk lid.
Citizens that have signed up for courses held at local departments are taught that being a police officer is nothing like it is seen on television and why police act a certain way during things like motor vehicle stops.
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