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​A New Weapon for SWAT Teams: Bomb-Squad Robots | VICE | United States

​A New Weapon for SWAT Teams: Bomb-Squad Robots | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police departments around the country are deploying robots to defuse bombs and handle standoffs—and they may be getting increasingly weaponized.
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Garbage collectors are more likely to die on the job than police patrol officers

Of America's most dangerous jobs, cop doesn't even break the top 15.
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Yes, but it's the only one that isn't for private gain.  How risky is it really to be in the military?  There are 2.266 million troops, but only 31 were killed in warzones so far this year.  That's not particularly risky, but we honor them for what they might have to do.

 

Policing is the same.

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Cleveland Protests Over Michael Brelo Acquittal Lead to 71 Arrests

Cleveland Protests Over Michael Brelo Acquittal Lead to 71 Arrests | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Protesters flooded the streets of Cleveland on Saturday, some chanting anti-police slogans, following the acquittal of a white police officer charged in the ...
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Critical Characteristics of Whiteness as Property

Critical Characteristics of Whiteness as Property | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"White" was defined and constructed in ways that increased its value by reinforcing its exclusivity. Indeed, just as whiteness as property embraced the right to exclude, whiteness as a theoretical construct evolved for the very purpose of racial exclusion. Thus, the concept of whiteness is built on both exclusion and racial subjugation. This fact was particularly evident during the period of the most rigid racial exclusion, as whiteness signified racial privilege and took the form of status property.
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How Great Leaders Get Employees to Act Like Owners? | Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

How Great Leaders Get Employees to Act Like Owners? | Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The most daring leaders realize that inspiring employees to assume ownership and responsibility is essentially telling them, “I trust you and your contributions are essential to our firm’s success.” When employees show up to work, do the minimum, assume no responsibility and then collect their paycheck it’s a waste for the individual and for the organization. In order to fully capitalize on the talents and abilities of people, you need to invest in them and find ways to make them happy. Learn what matters most to them, what they enjoy doing, and what frustrates them from reaching their full potential.
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The trick is getting your agent to act more like a principal.  How do we get officers to act like chiefs?

 

I try to make the job about satisfying as many of the employees needs as possible, under a clear ethical framework that recognizes those organizational/community needs that deserve priority.  I'm taking a page from Chester Bernard's book "Functions of the Executive".  Chet said that the exec's job was to:

1. establish the values by which the organization was run;

2. determine the vision and goals;

3. choose your superiors (find the absolute best people); and

4. do your best to provide the info, materials, tools, resources and clear obstacles for these folks.

 

 

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Hudson Valley Police Officer Attacked By Angry Mob

Hudson Valley Police Officer Attacked By Angry Mob | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
  A decorated Newburgh police officer was attacked by an angry mob as he tried to make an arrest.  Officer Brandon Rola was assaulted at around
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The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
05/02/2013
Attack continues. No word from attacker. Site is open, but occasionally tor crashes and has to be restarted.
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Fraud and cyber attacks plagued Silk Road.  Dread Pirate Roberts finds that his utopia without government ends up needing government, including a type of policing that has no oversight.  He ends up using Hells Angels assassins to kill employees turned informants, scammers, and blackmailers (6 hits are known to have been ordered).

 

Yes, the system's screwed up, but like Churchill said about democracy: "it's the worst, except for all the rest".

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DEA Agent Charged With Acting as a Paid Mole for Silk Road | WIRED

DEA Agent Charged With Acting as a Paid Mole for Silk Road | WIRED | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
DEA special agent Carl Force and Secret Service special agent Shaun Bridges were arrested Monday and charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Bridges is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. But Bridges’ charges pale in comparison with the accusations against the DEA’s Force, who is additionally charged with theft of government property and conflict of interest in his investigation of the Silk Road. Force allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there.
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Two of the main investigators charged with corruption.

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Sweeping report calls for overhaul of the Denver Sheriff Dept.

Sweeping report calls for overhaul of the Denver Sheriff Dept. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Mayor Michael Hancock and other prominent city officials will speak at a press conference Thursday morning.
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USD: New leadership program to teach the next generation of police officers

USD: New leadership program to teach the next generation of police officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
WHAT MAKES IF DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS?
-          How the degree was created:
o   Over 30 interviews with law enforcement and public safety experts.
o   It was clear that current criminal justice programs are not providing the skills needed for modern police officers in today’s times.
o   This program provides tangible and immediately applicable skills such as communications, leadership, management, and conflict resolution.
o   Comes at an important time for law enforcement and provides a solution to avert public distrust and negative community relations.
-          Conflict Resolution and Decision Making and Communication for Law Enforcement Leaders courses provide the skills to avert negative actions involving the community.
o   Through conflict resolution, law enforcement professionals learn to
de-escalate situations.
o   With effective communication, leaders can have an open dialogue with communities and work with them rather than against them.
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Texas biker gangs ordered to kill 'anyone in uniform'

Texas biker gangs ordered to kill 'anyone in uniform' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
WACO: Police have issued an Officer Safety Alert after credible information was received that the biker gangs involved in today's deadly shootout have been ordered to 'kill anyone in uniform'. 
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Good luck with that...make sure and bring lots of help....

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Goose Creek inmates charged with assaulting officers in disturbance

Goose Creek inmates charged with assaulting officers in disturbance | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Alaska State Trooper say two Goose Creek Correctional Center inmates may face assault charges, after a Wednesday disturbance in which correctional officers suffered minor injuries.
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NYPD: 14-year-old shot to death in 1100 block of Sheridan Avenue in the Bronx

NYPD: 14-year-old shot to death in 1100 block of Sheridan Avenue in the Bronx | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
According to police, the boy was shot three times in the stomach and once in the head in the 1100 block of Sheridan Avenue.
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Maybe "stop and frisk" deters and suppresses this sort of crime?

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Have Been Discreetly Paying the Bail of Baltimore and Ferguson Protesters

Jay-Z and Beyonce Have Been Discreetly Paying the Bail of Baltimore and Ferguson Protesters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Activist dream hampton says the two are giving generously to the cause, but want to avoid being a distraction.
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Why the 'Soft' Uniform Is Dangerous

Why the 'Soft' Uniform Is Dangerous | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This past week, President Obama discussed the idea that law enforcement should wear “softer looking” uniforms. While there were plenty of jokes about the comment, we need to understand that the President didn’t just throw that out there for discussion.
Rob Duke's insight:

Give me the SFPD uniform.  Blues with comfortable pants and the tank commander hat that can be rolled up and put in the back pocket.  It's traditional without being uncomfortable.

 

Now, gunbelts are a problem.  I was pretty lucky in terms of not getting beat up too badly in fights.  I hurt a knee once and hurt my back lifting a particularly large suspect once, but frankly the reason my back is messed up today is solely because I wore the "Sam Browne" for almost three decades (time out for detectives and admin. duties).  While I don't like the look or the way and external vest feels when worn, I am sympathetic to the idea that an external vest distributes weight better and is more conducive to a healthy back.

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Housing Authority of New Orleans cop found shot to death in cruiser

Housing Authority of New Orleans cop found shot to death in cruiser | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
the officer was working an overtime security detail at the construction site of the Guste Homes public housing complex. Officials report no one lives near the scene of the shooting.
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‘The police didn’t see Deen as a victim despite blood pouring out of his head’

‘The police didn’t see Deen as a victim despite blood pouring out of his head’ | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Deen Taiwo’s ordeal at the hands of racists is being made into a documentary in an innovative attempt to improve police responses to hate crimes
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It's a valuable skill to be able to arrive on scene and remain neutral....at least until all the facts are in.

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Fresno County sheriff, district attorney take down personal Facebook pages amid ISIS threats

Fresno County sheriff, district attorney take down personal Facebook pages amid ISIS threats | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Several Valley law enforcement leaders are warning officers in their department about being active on social media after the latest ISIS threats.
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Silk Road Judge Denies Retrial Despite Agents' Alleged Corruption | WIRED

Silk Road Judge Denies Retrial Despite Agents' Alleged Corruption | WIRED | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
New corruption charges against two federal agents and a pile of other complaints from Ulbricht's defense isn't enough to win Silk Road's creator a second chance at freedom.
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Atlantis: Silk Road Clone Rival Ensures No One Has To Go A Day Without Drugs

Atlantis: Silk Road Clone Rival Ensures No One Has To Go A Day Without Drugs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One day after the FBI shut down Silk Road, the infamous so-called "eBay for drugs," hundreds of vendors and customers who previously used the site scrambled to answer a pressing question: Wh
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Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

By the time senators broke for the holiday, they had blocked a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the key provisions in the Patriot Act.

The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to end the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review.
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Boston police officer on leave amid federal investigation

Boston police officer on leave amid federal investigation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Boston police have put a veteran officer on paid administrative leave amid a federal criminal investigation, police said.David “Duke” Fitzgerald — the brother of Boston Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the Boston Regional Intelligence Unit — was called into headquarters and put on leave last night, according to Boston police commissioner William Evans.
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FBI detonates old dynamite found at remote Alaska mining camp

FBI detonates old dynamite found at remote Alaska mining camp | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An FBI explosive ordinance disposal unit was taken by helicopter this week to a mining camp off the Glenn Highway near the Eureka Roadhouse to detonate old dynamite discovered at the camp by the property's new owner.
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Reminds me of a time we blew up 13 sticks of old weepy dynamite and a flock of honkers decided to land right on top of the epicenter....we scared them away just before detonation....well mostly.

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Bandidos leader says there is no order to kill police

Bandidos leader says there is no order to kill police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
But in his role as a National Officer of the Bandidos, Graves strongly denies claims by police that biker gangs involved have been ordered to “kill anyone in uniform.”

“How long do you think the Bandidos motorcycle organization would last if we went out shooting at cops?” he questioned. “President Obama himself would send out the Air Force, the Army, the Marine Corp and everybody and take us out. There’s no way. We respect the police for doing their job.”
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The Underlying Psychology of Office Politics

The Underlying Psychology of Office Politics | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Conversely, in less toxic companies, leaders manage the tensions within groups to enhance team performance and, in turn, organizational effectiveness. To do this, the best managers recognize the psychological underpinnings of office politics and do two things in response: they manage the way they themselves behave, and they are careful about how they motivate others. People who are perceived as apolitical display high levels of congruence between what they say and what they do, and they are also good at rewarding others for what they were required to do, while holding them accountable for what they fail to deliver.
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