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Herts police 'won't cope' with any more cuts, claim rank and file officers

Herts police 'won't cope' with any more cuts, claim rank and file officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Policing "won't cope" with further cuts in Hertfordshire, according to rank and file officers. The admission from Hertfordshire Police Federation came afterChancellor George Osborne...
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Recruitment key to increased diversity within police department

Recruitment key to increased diversity within police department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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.
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Seattle police create panel to review police-demonstration tactics

Seattle police create panel to review police-demonstration tactics | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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.
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Police Beard Facing The Chop? New Dress Code In U.K. Causes Stir Among Cops

Police Beard Facing The Chop? New Dress Code In U.K. Causes Stir Among Cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police beard and hipster cops will become things of the past under new UK laws, and if officers can’t bear to shave, they’ll be forced to wear facial hair nets.
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Much ado about nothing: older generation trying to foist their ideas onto the younger one.  

 

'Tomorrow's Children' always have it their own way. Carl Sandburg

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Cop facing 12 Police Act charges resigns

Bshouty was further charged with one count of discreditable conduct, three of neglect of duty and one of corrupt practice in connection with substances allegedly found in his locker.

And he was also facing two charges — deceit and discreditable conduct — for allegedly failing to disclose information to Windsor police before his employment.
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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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Hundreds of PCSOs to lose their jobs in West Midlands Police cuts

Hundreds of PCSOs to lose their jobs in West Midlands Police cuts | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Police Community Support Officers(PCSO) are set to lose their job as West Midlands Police axes up to 2,500 officers and civilian staff, it has been revealed.
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Sharp rise in Cambridgeshire police 'moonlighting' including high-ranking officers

Sharp rise in Cambridgeshire police 'moonlighting' including high-ranking officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A sharp increase in the number of hard-up Cambridgeshire police officers has seen high-ranking Chief Superintendents and detectives working second jobs. That's more than one in 10 officers in the...
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Austerity UK style...

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How America's psychologists ended up endorsing torture

How America's psychologists ended up endorsing torture | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
WHEN James Risen, a New York Times reporter, published a book last autumn accusing the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest professional...
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Improve Your Writing to Improve Your Credibility

Improve Your Writing to Improve Your Credibility | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Give your audience the benefit of the doubt. Don’t waste everyone’s time explaining or, worse, repeating what your readers already know.

Help readers trust you by not being full of yourself. If you need to have this suggestion explained, ask someone whose opinion you value whether you seem full of yourself and take it from there.

Also help readers trust you by obsessing about your credibility. You know how to be credible in person: Be charming and forthright, tell the truth, and present solid evidence and logic. If obsessing doesn’t come naturally to you, delegate someone to do it for you, checking your facts, the clarity of the relationships between facts, your spelling and grammar, and your tone. Even if you are obsessive, you may want to find a colleague or friend you can rely on to be your first critical reader and help you be your best self in writing.
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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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The glib things we say....

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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

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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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