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Suspect in Deputy Goforth murder declared incompetent to stand trial

Suspect in Deputy Goforth murder declared incompetent to stand trial | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Shannon Miles has been declared incompetent to stand trial in the murder charge against him.
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Police chiefs warn about taxes, utilities scams

Police chiefs warn about taxes, utilities scams | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
No, Canada Revenue Agency would never
call and threaten to toss you in jail
over unpaid taxes.
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10 Most Corrupt Police Forces in The World

10 Most Corrupt Police Forces in The World | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Here are the 10 most corrupt police forces in the world. All around the world, police forces have been plagued by deep-rooted corruption & criminal activity
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The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There’s an age-old question out there: Is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect and hard work? Despite the recent enthusiasm for wellness initiatives like mindfulness and meditation at the office, and despite the movement toward more horizontal organizational charts, most people still assume the latter is best.

The traditional paradigm just seems safer: be firm and a little distant from your employees. The people who work for you should respect you, but not feel so familiar with you that they might forget who’s in charge. A little dog-eat-dog, tough-it-out, sink-or-swim culture seems to yield time-tested results and keep people hungry and on their toes. After all, if you’re a leader who seems like you care a little too much about your employees, won’t that make you look “soft”? Won’t that mean you will be less respected? That employees will work less hard?

New developments in organizational research are providing some surprising answers to these questions.
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Trust but verify; Manage By Walking Around; understand the value of the symbolic and be a good story teller, but above all care.....

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Six years after Vince Li beheaded a Greyhound passenger, another death: Mountie at the scene commits suicide

Six years after Vince Li beheaded a Greyhound passenger, another death: Mountie at the scene commits suicide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

One of the Mounties who responded to the 2008 Manitoba bus beheading committed suicide on the weekend after years of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


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We need a cure for PTSD.

 

I was a new detective when we had a serial killer choose a victim in our city.  I was very annoyed when the Lieutenant put me on neighborhood contacts and wouldn't let me look at the scene.  He noticed my peevishness and pulled me aside, and, this is what he told me:

1. You do what I tell you.  I won't tolerate insubordination; and,

2. Son, you don't want to see this scene if you don't have to.  It will be bad enough to see black & white photos later.  You'll take every single one of these scenes with you to your grave, so don't be too anxious to see any of them.

 

I did sneak a peak at the photos in the weeks to come and he was right.  I'm glad I didn't see it in person.

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Baltimore to launch mediation program for citizen complaints against police

Baltimore to launch mediation program for citizen complaints against police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Baltimore is preparing to launch a mediation program that will put police officers in a room face-to-face with citizens who have filed complaints against them.
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The feds are finally investigating the San Francisco police, but here's the catch

The feds are finally investigating the San Francisco police, but here's the catch | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One video showed Woods standing with his back against a wall, facing at least six officers pointing their guns at him. They ordered him to drop the knife. When Woods did not comply, officers fired bean bag pellets and pepper-sprayed him. At one point, Woods appeared to walk away from the officers, and seconds later multiple shots rang out. A total of five officers opened fire, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr later told reporters. Woods was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers who fired their guns were placed on leave after the shooting, but have since returned to desk duty. Woods' family and supporters have demanded the firing of Suhr, who formerly headed the Bayview police station. Family members, who say Woods had struggled with mental health issues, have also filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Several members of San Francisco's board of supervisors, community leaders, and civil rights advocates have called for an independent investigation into Woods's death and the department's use of force policies. Suhr and San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee also jointly requested the federal review, according to the DOJ statement, and "have publicly committed to providing the resources necessary for its successful completion."
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Woman Who Stopped Cop To Give Full Video To Police

Woman Who Stopped Cop To Give Full Video To Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The woman behind a video gone viral plans to hand over an unedited version to Miami-Dade Police on Monday. News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and Miami's Best
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So, we should all drive 100 MPH to chase and make sure an emergency vehicle is really going to an emergency?  All those cars have numbers on the side, she should have taken down his car number and called in a complaint.  This was reckless and dangerous on her part.

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San Francisco mayor asks feds to investigate police shooting - CNN.com

San Francisco mayor asks feds to investigate police shooting - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee asked for a federal investigation following the death of a young black man who was shot and killed by police officers. Mario Woods, 26, was shot and killed December 2, 2015.

"In the past few weeks, our city has grappled with a crisis all too common in so many other American cities -- the dissolution of trust between communities of color and law enforcement -- following the death of a young black man shot and killed by police officers," Lee said in a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"We want to throw our doors open, inviting transparency and accountability. We seek answers, not just to the facts of Mr. Wood's case, but also answers about how as a police department and a city we can build deeper, stronger trust between law enforcement and the communities they're sworn to protect," he said.
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Port Authority police K-9 stabbed, killed, suspect shot

Port Authority police K-9 stabbed, killed, suspect shot | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a police K-9 was stabbed to death and a suspect shot during a foot pursuit on a transit busway.
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A dozen k-9's killed in the last month--what is going on?

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Mongols: "Cop club" started fatal brawl at Denver motorcycle expo

Mongols: "Cop club" started fatal brawl at Denver motorcycle expo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Stephen Stubbs, an attorney for the Mongols Motorcycle Club, says members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club taunted Mongols into an argument and then escalated the violence that led to the fatal shooting of a Mongols member.

Many of those in the Iron Order are police officers, military members and other law enforcement officers.

"The Iron Order are cowards," Stubbs said Sunday. "The Iron Order started an argument. An Iron Order member threw the first punch. And when they were handily losing the fight they pulled out a gun and shot a Mongol. The only person who died here was shot by a member of the cop club."
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Changing police culture begins with who gets the uniform | Toronto Star

Changing police culture begins with who gets the uniform | Toronto Star | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Advocates say policing will improve if you screen people for the traits you want, including stability, patience, calmness under stress, and low impulsivity.
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Duh!  And, what do they think we've been screening for? We also, by nature, recruit from those who are young and have the bodies able to handle the demanding physical tasks, thus you inevitably must accept some immaturity compared to older/wiser individuals.  How do you get past that?

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I-Team: Why Cleveland police still don't have dashcam

I-Team: Why Cleveland police still don't have dashcam | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A letter sent from Prosecutor Tim McGinty refers to the first offer in 2014. And McGinty’s office says it has even set up camera demonstrations for the city.

In a letter to the city early last year, McGinty wrote, “You choose the vendor, I pay the bill the same day.”

Cleveland’s safety director wrote back saying the city was doing a dash cam pilot program or test last May. Now, in fact, the city says its doing another pilot program.

McGinty’s office has offered money to county police departments for cameras since they can be valuable tools for gathering evidence. The money comes from finances seized from criminals during investigations.

Cleveland has bought body cameras for all officers to wear and gather evidence. But the police union and Councilman Zack Reed have also been calling for the dash cams.

Reed has demanded the dash cams for years. And he was floored by the I-TEAM’s findings. He reacted by saying, “What the hell is going on? Let’s be honest here. This is not red tape. This is them just not doing it. This is not red tape.”
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Hong Kong Police Clash With Rioters in Shopping District

Hong Kong Police Clash With Rioters in Shopping District | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Rioters set fires and threw bricks at police in Hong Kong early Tuesday, injuring officers and shuttering one of the city’s busiest subway stations in a clash over illegal food stalls during the three-day Chinese New Year holiday.
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South Africa: Shedding Light On Hidden Epidemic of Police Suicide

South Africa: Shedding Light On Hidden Epidemic of Police Suicide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Suicide in the South African Police Service (SAPS) is at epidemic levels. Between 2012 and 2013, 115 officers died by suicide compared to 29 officers murdered on duty, an alarming four to one ratio. Unfortunately these statistics are not an anomaly.
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Scientists Tested the Relationship Between Staying Quiet and Success. The Results? Shocking

Here’s some advice for your next meeting: Hold thy tongue. Total freedom of speech, new research shows, has the potential to squash creativity. As it turns out, if you’re in a group of both men and women, abiding to standards of political correctness can help generate far better ideas than simply letting the conversation run wild.

This is a surprise. For years, conventional wisdom has suggested that anarchy breeds creativity, says lead author Jack Goncalo, an associate professor of organizational behavior. But in reality, it seems like a bit of structure can go a long way: “Anything that reduces the uncertainty,” Goncalo says, especially for mixed-gender groups, helps get the juices flowing. The Cornell researchers who figured this out tasked 483 students of both genders with a problem: What business should be built in an empty lot? The groups that were politically correct — for instance, who avoided sexist language — generated a greater number of ideas, and more novel ideas, than groups operating without the norm.
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Cops won't punish driver who pulled over Florida officer for speeding | Fox News

Cops won't punish driver who pulled over Florida officer for speeding | Fox News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police in South Florida said they wouldn’t punish a woman who recorded an officer speeding down an expressway Friday and ultimately pulled him over.
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Pot is illegal — but you still have to pay tax

Pot is illegal — but you still have to pay tax | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Pot is illegal on the federal level, but the IRS code states, "Marijuana businesses are required to file federal income tax returns."
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The underground market imposes its own type of taxes....

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Washington police group calls deadly force bill 'radical'

A police group in Washington state says it will oppose a bill that would make it easier to bring criminal charges against officers who kill someone in the line of duty.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/203jFet ) that 12 Democratic lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would remove language in state law protecting police officers from prosecution if they kill someone in the line of duty without "evil intent" or malice.

That language was enacted in 1986. A Seattle Times report described it as the most restrictive limitation in the nation last year.

Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs executive director Mitch Barker says the current law has worked well for decades. He called the bill "radical" and says it will drive officers from the profession.
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This would be an awful precedent...While an officer might make a mistake and be subject to trial for manslaughter, they should not be subject to a murder charge for attempting to do a public service job.

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How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Principles to Remember

 Do:
-Pay attention to how the manager treats you throughout the interview process
-Research the manager, and if possible find former employees to ask for their perspective
-Request to spend a half-day at the organization so you can interact with your potential colleagues and boss

 

Don’t:
-Ignore your gut instincts about the manager as you go through the interview process
-Ask direct questions about leadership style — you’re unlikely to get an honest answer, and they might signal that you don’t want the job
-Neglect to look up your potential boss’s social media profiles

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Its a blessing to know because with that knowlege you can respond the get the response you so choose.

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Graphic new video released in fatal police shooting of Mario Woods

Graphic new video released in fatal police shooting of Mario Woods | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Graphic new video was released Friday of a fatal police shooting in San Francisco and the family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
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More to the story.

This is unfair to try the case in the media, but the attorney in this case is using the media and potential for unrest to force a settlement with the City.  It's a good tactic, especially since there are hints that the shooting victim was not a ideal citizen (and the video shows him with a knife holding police at bay).

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Biker Trash Network: 1 Dead & Multiple injured at Denver Motorcycle Expo

Biker Trash Network: 1 Dead & Multiple injured at Denver Motorcycle Expo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Read the comments on this article and the whole story will become much clearer.

Who's lawless?

Who's the bullies?

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Law enforcement bikers fought outlaw gang in deadly Denver melee

Law enforcement bikers fought outlaw gang in deadly Denver melee | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A gun and knife fight at a Denver motorcycle show that left one person dead and seven wounded was between an outlaw biker gang and a club with many law enforcement members, lawyers for both groups said on Sunday.

Lawyers for the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, whose members include large numbers of law enforcement and the military, and the Mongols Motorcycle Club, which federal authorities deem an “outlaw motorcycle gang”, each blamed the other side for starting Saturday's brawl.

John C. Whitfield, an attorney for the Iron Order, said a handful of members of that group acted in self-defense after they were surrounded by at least 30 Mongols.

“One of our members is African-American and one of the Mongols made a racial slur,” and a fight ensued, Whitfield said.

But Stephen Stubbs, a lawyer for the Mongols, said the two groups got into a fist fight after exchanging words, and once the Mongols got the better of them, an Iron Order member brandished a handgun, and began firing.

“None of the Mongols had a gun,” Stubbs said.

Denver police said they had not yet arrested anyone in connection with Saturday's violence at the Denver Motorcycle Expo, an annual show and swap meet at the city-owned National Western Complex, although one "person of interest" was questioned by investigators.

Four people were shot, one fatally, one person was stabbed and three others sustained injuries that did not involve weapons during the fight, police said. A second day of the motorcycle show planned for Sunday was canceled.
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Police chiefs consider reforms to tactics, training to prevent so many shootings

Police chiefs consider reforms to tactics, training to prevent so many shootings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Roughly 200 of the nation's most prominent police chiefs, Justice Department and White House officials, and police training experts convened in Washington on Friday to discuss policy proposals which would amount to the most drastic police reform in decades.
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