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Legalising marijuana signals new social norms US drugs policy must match

Legalising marijuana signals new social norms US drugs policy must match | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chelsea Carmona: With Washington and Colorado voting for recreational marijuana use, it's time to update how we educate young people on drugs (Legalising #marijuana signals new social norms US drugs policy must match - The Guardian
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Jesse Morris's comment, December 12, 2012 2:30 PM
Hm, the whole legalize it to stop crime concept. I never really got sold into that. Also the article seems to talk more about scare tactics and smoking and drinking other than drugging and marijuana. But i can see the comparison. The problem lies in Americans teens perspective of drugs and smoking and alcohol. It lies in how kids were raised mostly and i believe that if we want to target these teenagers, we need to first target their family. Scare tactics don't work because most of the time kids are smoking and drinking just for the thrill that its illegal and it makes them look badass. Or at least so in their eyes. So what kind of policy can produce better social norms about using marijuana as compared to drinking and smoking? I don't think there are any. Honestly i think legalizing it is a big mistake. Also i think serious jobs still screen for drug use and they wont hire you even if its legalized, so what kind of message are we sending there? I don't know, this whole things is sketchy.

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Police change must begin with recruiting and training

Police change must begin with recruiting and training | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It only takes a few bad actors to give citizens the feeling that they aren’t respected by their own public servants.
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Community celebrates historic moment, swearing in of first Somali American police officer in Oregon

Community celebrates historic moment, swearing in of first Somali American police officer in Oregon | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Khalid Ibrahim, who was born in Mogadishu, immigrated to Portland in 2006 with his family. A graduate of Wilson High School, he obtained a bachelor's degree in criminology, with a minor in psychology, from Portland State University. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, he was sworn in as a Portland police officer.
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15 Signs You're a Great Boss

15 Signs You're a Great Boss | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Not sure if you're a great boss? These 15 characteristics are what shape a great leader.

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You could transfer all of these ideas over to being a good cop...

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Influence People by Leveraging the Brain’s Laziness

Influence People by Leveraging the Brain’s Laziness | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A better way to think about the role of the environment, then, is to recognize that people want to minimize the amount of time and brain energy they spend thinking about a choice and also minimize the amount of time and bodily energy they expend toward carrying out actions after the choice is made. The simplest way to do both is to simply take the actions the environment is conducive to. In other words, people are not treating the environment around them as information in most deliberative processes. Instead, they are performing the easiest actions with as little thought as possible.
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These Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest Gang Will Give You Sleepless Nights | VICE | United States

These Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest Gang Will Give You Sleepless Nights | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As an artist, I'm most interested in distillations of the human condition and, to me, gangs represent a set of human drives taken to an extreme. They have a certain purity. This is what I set out to explore, and it still stands true. But as the relationship evolved, the focus of the work became more complicated. It's humbling to meet people who've had an utterly different upbringing to my own, and to be welcomed. It's also an insight into the forces that have made New Zealand. These guys have played a very important role.
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Not unlike police culture.

 

I was fortunate because I "got" to grow up in the Okieville part of San Bernardino; then, I also "got" to see the backstage environment of policing.  I policed, so far, 8 communities, which has given me a wide range of cultures to observe; and, I've both managed a city and run a sewer authority.  I wrote my dissertation on an entire region of California.  In all that participant observation, I've learned that everyone is pretty much doing the same thing: trying to get by.  There's little craziness (although a good bit of emotion, which often looks irrational); and even less outright evil in the world.  But, there is a lot of frustration.  People everywhere are just doing the best the can.....I'm hoping that each generation gets better at being able to empathize and see more views than just their own.  Empathy is a critical skill in policing.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mass Surveillance Will Continue Even Without PATRIOT Act Section 215 - ChrisInMaryville's Blog

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mass Surveillance Will Continue Even Without PATRIOT Act Section 215 - ChrisInMaryville's Blog | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As with the PATRIOT Act 14 years ago, national security state special interests will control the tinkering behind the scenes, and the American people will learn what was wrought only after the bill passes.

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Pregnant woman in shocking arrest video speaks out -

The pregnant woman at the center of a shocking arrest video details her side of the story. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

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I'm a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing

5 things I wish people understood about bias in American police departments.
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I can't speak for St. Louis, which is where this officer worked, but it wasn't like this on the West Coast.  In that environment, there were 80 percent of the cops that would mostly follow the policies and laws and only violate them when they thought someone was getting a raw deal.  10 percent would never violate any rules; and 10 percent or less who felt they were above the law.  That was my experience.

I saw cops mostly narc off other cops.  I never saw any corruption on the beat (taking a free cup of coffee is the exception).  As a Chief for 16 years, I fired cops for lying, abuse, and once for theft; but in 16 years, I only had to do this fewer than a dozen times.  For the most part, I think the business was pretty clean; and my biggest problems were cops that were too zealous and didn't realize that soft power was better than hard power (legal hard power).  What I mean is they saw every problem as being solved through arrest.

In traffic enforcement we say: "Use the three-E's".  First, you look at the Engineering to see if the road design or signage can be improved.  Second, try to Educate people about the elevated danger from this part of the roadway.  Lastly, if the first two didn't work, you resort to Enforcement.  Good traffic cops follow these steps and we'd like all cops to follow something of this sort to solve crime and dispute problems.  My problems were with cops who thought this was improper or "not their job".  They'd say: "I'm not a babysitter".  So, for me and in my career, I didn't see corruption, abuse, or crime, but I did see less than optimal policing--from a small percentage of officers.

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Oologah officer injured in shooting during pursuit

Oologah officer injured in shooting during pursuit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Quick Facts: Officer shot during pursuit of suspects north of Nowata Officer was transported to the hospital in serious condition Pursuit continued across Kansas line where 2 suspects were taken into custody Assault rifles, body armor were found in the suspects’ vehicle One male fled on foot An Oologah police officer was injured in a shooting north of Nowata.
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I throw these in just to remind us that, though we are right to question police power, they are truly the only ones on the domestic front who say: "Vereor Non Magnus Nocens Lupus": "I fear no big bad wolf".

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The Most Stressful Job of 2015 Goes to...

The Most Stressful Job of 2015 Goes to... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A new list of the most stressful and least stressful jobs by Career Cast was released this week.
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What Is Management Research Actually Good For?

What Is Management Research Actually Good For? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And how big data is making that a harder question to answer.
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We do comparatively little of this in justice--should we do more?

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Constitution Check: Do the Supreme Court and other federal courts need a watchdog?

Constitution Check: Do the Supreme Court and other federal courts need a watchdog? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at an effort by Senator Charles Grassley to create an inspector general to monitor the Supreme Court and ot...

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California: Court Bars DNA Collection in Arrests

The First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.

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Violent 2014 arrest in Bethel results in $175,000 settlement

Violent 2014 arrest in Bethel results in $175,000 settlement | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The city of Bethel has paid $175,000 to settle a police brutality complaint arising from the rough arrest of a drunken man in July 2014 that was captured by a security camera at the Alaska Commercial Co. store, an attorney for the city said Friday.
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8 Brilliant Hiring Philosophies from Famous Leaders

8 Brilliant Hiring Philosophies from Famous Leaders | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
How do the world's top executives approach hiring? Here are eight tips from famous business leaders.

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With the exception of TR, they're all quoting or paraphrasing earlier management theorists.  Seems like we're still standing on the shoulders of giants--even Sir Isaac Newton admitted it.

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Win Community Approval for New Business Construction

Win Community Approval for New Business Construction | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
These days, projects must be treated as if they were political candidates running for office. A full-blown campaign to identify, educate, organize, and mobilize supporters must be waged from the start.
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Guess what?  New media means that police departments must also do this....all the time....not just when the poo hits the oscillating appliance.

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California Highway Patrol Officer's Bravery

California Highway Patrol Officer's Bravery | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
I then observed a CHP motor officer standing behind cover with his weapon drawn.  I also observed two women in the station and you could see the fear in their faces.  Your officer said something to them and literally took one of the women’s hand and pulled them away from the immediate danger.  At one point, one the women actually used the officer as a shield by holding on to him around his legs.
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This is what I'm talking about when I say that we must use Soft Power along with Hard Power.

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The Supreme Court Reviews a Case of Blatant Racism by Georgia Prosecutors

The Supreme Court Reviews a Case of Blatant Racism by Georgia Prosecutors | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The prosecutors seeking to send Timothy Tyrone Foster to death row went about their job in a curious manner. During jury selection, they highlighted each black prospective juror’s name in green—on four different copies of the jury list—and wrote that the green highlighting “represents blacks.” On each black juror’s questionnaire,...

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The Psychology of Organizational Change | Quality Digest

The Psychology of Organizational Change | Quality Digest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Most change models incorporate the following six aspects:
1. Creating the urgency for change
2. Creating a compelling case for change
3. Creating and communicating the vision for change
4. Removing obstacles
5. Creating short-term wins
6. Making change a part of the corporate culture
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Organizational Design (O.D.) is code for organization change.

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New NAACP report urges Congress to pass legislation that would end racial profiling

"It is our goal to help end race-based discrimination, rooted in this nation’s history of slavery and Jim Crow laws," the report says.
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Prof. May and I wrote an article last year published in Duke University's Alaska Law Journal.  As long as case law allows pre-text stops under Wren vs. U.S. (1996), this will either continue or, at least, folks will suspect it's going on.  In our article, we suggest a three-prong test for whether a pre-text stop is allowed:

http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1364&context=alr

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Police tactics when dealing with the possible: "Suicide by Cop".

Police tactics when dealing with the possible: "Suicide by Cop". | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Lyons contacted the police non-emergency dispatcher on May 11 after catching Way drinking and lying on their bed holding a large knife. She said Way, a recovering alcoholic, “had a setback” after losing his job but did not threaten her with it.

“The only person Justin threatened was himself and I honestly don’t think he wanted to die,” she said, adding that the two St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies who responded to her call, 32-year-old Kyle Braig and 26-year-old Jonas Carballosa, who were carrying assault rifles, looked like they “were going into war” when they entered the residence.

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It's an interesting problem.  I came across this many times in my career, and was fortunate to always be able to talk these people down or have some tactical advantage over them.  Once my partner, Tony, and I had a similar situation and I, frankly, don't know how it would have gone had not Officer Tony crossed the room quickly and snatched the knife out of the women's hand as if she were merely a naughty child.  As I recall, he caught some heat for being John Wayne, but we didn't yet have Tasers, so had he not reacted, we might have been forced to shoot her.  A few weeks later, another partner did just that with a domestic violence suspect who turned towards him and racked a 12 gauge shotgun.  Two officers shot him only to find out that he was holding an empty gun.

I had just been in a shooting myself and one of these officers and I came back to work 72 hours later following our mandatory after-shooting legal and psychological screening.  Our first call back was a woman holding her ex at gun point threatening murder/suicide.  We responded and talked her out of the plan, took the gun, and escorted to a local mental ward.

This all happened within a month at one police department in the Los Angeles metro area.

So, how do we evaluate these incidents?

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Cleveland police union says Justice Department reforms would endanger police

Cleveland police union says Justice Department reforms would endanger police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The head of Cleveland's patrol union said aspects of the agreement that mandates sweeping reforms to the city's police department could put officers in danger.
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Possibly, but more likely is that officers will draw guns, but hold them behind a leg, etc. and then not do the report.

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Shoot or don't shoot? Sheriff wants media to make call

Shoot or don't shoot? Sheriff wants media to make call | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Pennington County Sheriff wants to put journalists and community leaders through training.
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In class, I show the shoot/don't shoot video.  It's not as good as the actual interactive software, but it gives a good idea.  I'll try to upload it for the online class.

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Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students

Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

A new study says judges, at least ones sitting on state benches,  are more objective than they get credit for. The report, forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, says judges by and large are able to exercise professional judgement and reach consensus on disputes that polarize the general public.

 

The study, which took more than two years to conduct, included about 1,500 subjects: 253 judges, 225 lawyers, 250 law students (from five schools including Harvard and Yale), and 800 adults members of the general public.


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Nettie Larson's comment, May 29, 2:22 AM
It is definitely encouraging that judges seem to be considerately less biased than a comparable group of the public. Sometimes I worry that judges have too much unchecked power, and that this can be dangerous if a judge allows their opinions to cloud their decisions. Court decisions can have ramifications for years afterwards, and it is definitely best if judges are able to remain as impartial as possible. I was also surprised that lawyers are less biased than law students, I would have thought that the biasedness would be similar.
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Why the Supreme Court beard case matters

Why the Supreme Court beard case matters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Dawinder S. Sidhu from the University of New Mexico Law School looks at a case about beards in prison that could have broader implications about religious freedom.


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