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.
The tone of court filings in the Gray case has become increasingly contentious. Defense attorneys lobbed their own accusations this week — saying prosecutors either failed to turn over evidence as required or lied about conducting a thorough investigation into Gray's death.
With lives on the line, Bertrand pulled a “quick-thinking maneuver,” ramming his 2000-pound patrol car into the out-of-control UPS truck. Bertrand later explained, “I didn’t have any other options but to ram my vehicle into his vehicle.” However, there was some apprehension that crossed his mind. Bertrand remembered, “I thought, ‘Boy you better get this right because the old man is gonna be pretty upset about me wrecking one of our cars.'”
Rob Duke's insight:
LOL. The "old man" is what we tend to call the Chief or Sheriff. If it's a woman, we don't say the "old lady", I don't know why for the inconsistency....I think "old man" is a military thing...
Two former investigators on Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority say they were not able to independently do their job and follow the facts where those facts led when pursuing cases of police misconduct.
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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.
More than 43,000 videos are occupying about two-thirds of storage space on the system.
Rob Duke's insight:
Yeah, this is one of the problems that Chiefs have been worried about with body cameras. If you don't keep it all, someone will claim that you intentionally deleted something...so, where do you come up with the Terrabytes to store it all....?
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