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Law Enforcement Groups Want Text Messages Stored

Law Enforcement Groups Want Text Messages Stored | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Police want to be able to keep tabs on your text messages, but is it a case of “Big...
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Lindsey Giacomelli's comment, December 10, 2012 4:05 AM
I think this could be the case of overstepping rights. I would kind of be like police recording your conversations that you have with people. Yes, I can see how this would help solve many cases, but I can also see how this could be harmful. I think if did end up pass that officer would have to get a warrant no matter what. Also, I think that text between some people should not be allowed like text between you and your lawyer, a married couple, or if someone is talking to a priest or clergy. I think if officers take this to far it will a violations of a persons rights. I am still a little on the fence about it.
Rob Duke's comment, December 10, 2012 10:42 PM
#Lindsey: Very good points about privileged communication. I'll need to think about that a bit.
Jesse Morris's comment, December 12, 2012 8:09 AM
I agree. As for as i know the police can already do this with our calls, so why not text messages as well? So long as their are privacy laws and regulations to go along with it, and the police need something like a warrant in order to retrieve it. Other wise its as Lindsey said, the police would be overstepping their bounds and consequently stepping on our rights. i would prefer to keep the text messages i send to my girlfriend in the dark, but if it will save my life or help the cops find the person who assaulted or killed me, hell yeah....i like living another day.
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Baltimore police had riot equipment on order as unrest spread

Baltimore police had riot equipment on order as unrest spread | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Leadership 101: Do Your Daily Interactions Command Respect and Trust?

Leadership 101: Do Your Daily Interactions Command Respect and Trust? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

I had a recent interaction that got me thinking about how people show up in the world so differently, and how the way we show up tells others about who we are.


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Jessica Leigh's comment, July 27, 6:08 PM
“Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” This is very accurate as the describe how the attitude and work ethic of an entire company can start with the boss. Why would anyone give their best effort when their boss doesn’t give them that respect? The effort he/she gives is the effort they will receive back. This may also apply to the police force. If the captain of a station gives his/her officers a hard time about quotas, they might do the bare minimum because the captain is only concerned with numbers. If we want our employees to be great, then they need to be treated as such.
Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's comment, July 27, 10:46 PM
Excellent points on the article "as you give, so shall yo receive"
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Longmont police and homeless: 'Proactive instead of reactive'

Longmont police and homeless: 'Proactive instead of reactive' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Longmont police officers David Kennedy and Chrystie Wheeler approach an RV parked off of Collyer Park on Friday afternoon and ask to speak to the man inside.
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Jessica Leigh's comment, July 27, 6:43 PM
It is a great thing to see police officers being proactive with the homeless community. Homeless people aren’t really a threat, but if they aren’t able to form a respectful relationship with the police, then that could cause issues. But to make sure that they know where to go to get help and to know that they can come to the police makes them feel like part of the community. This in return may incentivize the homeless to be on their best behavior and open doors to job opportunities and building a life. Police officer can make a big difference by making an effort to be seen in the community and kind to its citizens.
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Minneapolis police interaction with minorities highlighted at ACLU conference

The words rolled off his tongue without restraint.
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Citizen police academies designed to bridge the thin blue line with community

Citizen police academies designed to bridge the thin blue line with community | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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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Denver seeks emergency management coordinator

Denver seeks emergency management coordinator | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The city and county of Denver is seeking an emergency management coordinator for operations within the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
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Good paying jobs in the field that are not police related.

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Softly does it

Softly does it | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
HOW many rankings of global power have put Britain at the top and China at the bottom? Not many, at least this century. But on July 14th an index of “soft...
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U.S. at no. 3.  Something that the police should note and up our soft power index.

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Important evidence almost fills video storage system for Pueblo police

Important evidence almost fills video storage system for Pueblo police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
More than 43,000 videos are occupying about two-thirds of storage space on the system.
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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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The Confusing Science of Stoned Driving | VICE | United States

The Confusing Science of Stoned Driving | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The trick, when it comes to marijuana and driving, involves determining what exactly “dangerously impaired” means. Ask a few average all-American, pot-smoking teenagers, and they'll likely say there's no such thing. A recent survey conducted by insurance giant Liberty Mutual, for example, found that among teens who admitted to driving after consuming cannabis, more than 70 percent self-reported no negative effects whatsoever on their competence behind the wheel, including 34 percent who believed, however dubiously, that getting blazed was actually performance enhancing.

Meanwhile, at least ten states mandate severe penalties for any trace of THC in a roadside drug test, even inactive metabolites that remain detectable up to a month after use.

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We need to charge under the old "impairment" section of the DUI code and go back to performing thorough Field Sobriety Tests (FST's).  FST's have taken a real hit in terms of officers being thorough since the advent of .08, Admin per se (where folks must submit to a test or lose their license), and the introduction of the portable breathalyzer.  Let's face it, we just don't do FST's like we once did...time to go back to the old practice.

 

If someone is impaired by THC/Cannabis, then we should arrest; but, not otherwise.

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Jeffrey Evan's curator insight, July 26, 10:59 PM

If it alters your mood, mind, behavior and you are behind a wheel you should be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).  Anything that alters your behavior and you make the rational choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle it quickly raises the risks for a recipe for disaster.  It really depends on the user how they act while under the influence but they are under the influence, which should be illegal.  It is only fair.

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People Offer Better Ideas When They Can’t See What Others Suggest

People Offer Better Ideas When They Can’t See What Others Suggest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Research suggests limits should be placed on open innovation.
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People make better suggestions when they can't see the ideas put forth by others.  This has positive implications for the use of tools like the Crawford Slip Method.

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Why cops don't 'shoot to injure'

Why cops don't 'shoot to injure' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Developing this level of marksmanship skill would require many more hours of training than cops presently receive, and would require many more hours to maintain. Many cops never receive any marksmanship training after they leave the academy. They are required to shoot a standard course of fire of 25-50 rounds, as little as once a year (although quarterly is probably more standard). Ammunition is expensive, and there is seldom ammunition available for practice. There is even less money available to pay officers to practice. Some cops would practice on their own (and some do), but you have to remember that this is, in the end, a job. You expect to get paid when you're doing work for someone, and cops do, too.
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That's most of it, but there's an ethical dilemma also: do we require cops to sacrifice their high order utilities (e.g. life, health, happiness) for an offender's low order utility (e.g. hedonism, selfishness, etc.)?

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max mckernan's comment, July 24, 11:39 PM
this is a very interesting piece i think that the artical brings up very good points because the main issue is that it takes a lot of training for anyone to preform that consistently under those conditions. however the flip side of this is maybe police should be subject to this kind of training so that police hit their mark every time.
Rob Duke's comment, July 25, 12:53 PM
Max: I was a range-master for a couple years, so I had access to an indoor range and all the ammo I could shoot. I put a couple hundred rounds a month through my S&W 4508 (I mention the model because it's not the smoothest gun, but it is reliable). Despite this respectable amount of training and the fact that I could shoot the "eye out of a fly" (yes, I'm exaggerating), but add the stress and chaos of a real shooting, movement, distractions, etc. and I was never able to demonstrate the level of expertise that I had on the range in the field (i.e. one shooting: I put 8 rounds into a moving car and didn't hit the suspect; another shooting: I shot low, putting suspect down only through the luck of hitting him with gravel...yeah, I meant to do that...). So, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not sure that lots more training would be the cure either. It's imperfect when the poo hits the fan. On the other hand, more training can't hurt, either.
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Courthouse News Service

Courthouse News Service | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Calexico Police Department has been wracked with turmoil for months. Interim Police Chief Michael Bostic, the lead defendant, was appointed in October 2014. He promptly compared his predecessor, some of his officers and some city officials to the Mafia.
     "The council members in conjunction with the police officers association and members of that association have used city funds and city resources to run what I would call an extortion racket," Bostic said in November. "I've literally had it."
     Bostic claimed, among other things, that elected officials and members of the police union were using publicly funded surveillance equipment to follow other members of city government. He asked the FBI to investigate just two weeks after he moved into his new job.
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Who do you believe?  The officers claim the City Council, City Manager, and interim Chief are corrupt and the new Chief claims it's the officers who are out of control.

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Los Angeles police officer sentenced to 16 months in jail for striking a woman who later died

A veteran Los Angeles police officer has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for kicking and striking a handcuffed woman who later died.

Fifty-year-old Mary O'Callaghan was sentenced Thursday to the maximum three years in jail, but the judge suspended the last 20 months of her term.

O'Callaghan was found guilty of assault under color of authority during the arrest of 35-year-old Alesia Thomas in 2012.

A dashboard camera recorded O'Callaghan kicking Thomas in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh, and jabbing her in the throat.

Thomas, who lost consciousness in the patrol car, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

O'Callaghan was not charged in connection with the death. An autopsy found Thomas had cocaine in her system, but the cause of death was listed as undetermined.
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Police are not the problem

Police are not the problem | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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
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6 use-of-force facts that will keep officers and their jobs safe

6 use-of-force facts that will keep officers and their jobs safe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Tim Barfield, C1 Contributor In my experience as a police officer, supervisor, and use-of-force force instructor, I have come to understand a number of important facts about use of force.
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DERRICK NELSON's comment, July 26, 5:28 PM
This is a slippery-slope argument. These factors doesn't eliminate corrupt decision making by police officers. Yes, they are great guidance of advice to stay away from the use of force that is corrupt, but these facts are minimal at best in convincing enforcement personnel how to be safe in their persons and job security.
Jessica Leigh's comment, July 27, 4:49 PM
These are very important factors in using force ethically. Each address common issues that get officers in trouble or even result in fatalities every day. However, I do agree that this doesn't count out corrupt officers. One doesn't have to be an expert on criminal justice matters to realize what is completely out of bounds and what they can get away with. In this day and age it is just a matter of getting caught by someone with a smartphone.
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LA Sheriff plans dramatic expansion of mental health policing

LA Sheriff plans dramatic expansion of mental health policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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. 
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Mankato police chief's license suspended for training errors

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.
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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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Jeffrey Evan's curator insight, July 26, 10:32 PM

The board found the 12 new part time officers were not trained for police and emergency pursuit.  In my opinion I do not think that a board should have any say whether or not if a peace officer is suspended/fired or whatever.  I think it is up to the people of the community where the peace officer is serving.  It is a city position so I think it should be the people of the cities decision.

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Police chases kill more people each year than floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning — combined

Why cops shouldn't always chase criminals.
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Depends on how the criminals react.  If we stop chases, will suspects start to evade knowing that we won't chase?  In that case, you may actually increase the amount of crazy driving.

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Baltimore prosecutors to seek sanctions against police officers' defense team

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.
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Cop On Patrol Decides To Ram Driver's Truck, Now He's Hailed A Hero For It

Cop On Patrol Decides To Ram Driver's Truck, Now He's Hailed A Hero For It | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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.'”
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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...

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Chicago's independent police review – not so independent?

Chicago's independent police review – not so independent? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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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Dashcam footage clearly shows the real reason Sandra Bland changed lanes in the first place

Dashcam footage clearly shows the real reason Sandra Bland changed lanes in the first place | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Upon analysis, it quickly confirms something Bland herself states later to the officer—the only reason she changed lanes, which the officer claimed was his rationale for pulling her over, was so that she could get out of the way for his patrol car.

As you will see below, when Sandra Bland turns onto University Drive, she gets a significant distance away from Officer Encinia, who was driving in the opposite direction, but made a sudden U-turn and mashed on the gas to catch up to Bland's vehicle. His speed is evident as he barrels down the road, which has a speed limit of 20 mph.
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It's hard to argue that this wasn't a pre-text stop....

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DERRICK NELSON's comment, July 26, 7:32 PM
From the footage being shown it was a legitimate stop for improper lane change. However, there was no reason for the officer to gain entry into said car to pull out the traffic offender (Sandra Bland). Sandra should've still performed a proper lane signaling as she was getting out of the way of the patrol car to let the officer go by. Officer Encinia used unnecessary force resulting in his corrupt behavior.
Jeffrey Evan's curator insight, July 26, 10:54 PM

I personally think there has to be another reason that the police officer pulled the driver over.  It is hard to analyze video footage, especially if there is not any audio for majority of the footage.  She could have been looking at a phone, or texting, calling.  That could be the reason the driver did not use a turn signal to switch lanes.

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Here Are All the Police Killings by State in 2015 So Far, in One Shocking Map

Here Are All the Police Killings by State in 2015 So Far, in One Shocking Map | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Numbers don't lie.
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Alaska vs. California--looks bad, but proportionally about right given the population differences.  Our 2 for 700,000 pop. is proportional for a population of 33M for 95 deaths.  California's population is 38M.

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DERRICK NELSON's comment, July 26, 9:06 PM
Bad discretion decision making by police when shooting offenders needs to stop. Police reform policy is needed now! A lot of these shootings are racial motivated and not felony crime encouraged. People killing people isn't the way to a more peaceful world.
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Austin police de-escalation training extends beyond academy

Austin police de-escalation training extends beyond academy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“The state has minimum standards for what an officer needs in order to become commissioned and we go well beyond those standards. A lot of that does deal with interacting with the community,” said Sgt. Jim Beck with Austin Police Training Academy. “We have members of the community that come in and interact with the cadets.”

Sgt. Jim Beck Beck focuses on training APD officers after they complete the academy.

“We have a tactical communication and de-escalation course that officers are allowed to take. We have a lot of leadership and ethics type courses that are available and it’s a continous process. I mean, once you become commissioned it’s a never-ending learning cycle,” said Sgt. Beck.
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Police Pursuits on the Rise in LA

Police Pursuits on the Rise in LA | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Car chases are something of a common sight on Southern California roads, with drivers trying to outrun police on freeways, surface streets and even across the desert sands.
In Los Angeles County, there were more than 1,200 in 2014 alone - that’s more than three chases each and every day.
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