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Forget Drones, Focus on Stop-and-Frisk Instead - Care2.com (blog)

Forget Drones, Focus on Stop-and-Frisk Instead - Care2.com (blog) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Forget Drones, Focus on Stop-and-Frisk Instead
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Heightened policing of communities of color doesn't make anyone safer if that policing is based on assumptions first and evidence second.
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Law enforcement in New Mexico learn to de-stress with yoga

Law enforcement in New Mexico learn to de-stress with yoga | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One of the officers has taken up yoga to help him not only perform better on the job but to also become a healthier person.
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Manfred Kets de Vries

Manfred Kets de Vries | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Professor of human resource management. Research areas: leadership, career dynamics, entrepreneurship, family business, cross-cultural management, and organizational transformation/change
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Troopers call on UAF drones for help in search for autistic boy

Troopers call on UAF drones for help in search for autistic boy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — When an 11-year-old Fairbanks boy ran away this week with a rifle, Alaska State Troopers realized they had a tough search on their hands. So they reached out
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Secret surveillance revelation raises trust issues in Baltimore

Secret surveillance revelation raises trust issues in Baltimore | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Small planes outfitted with video cameras have been flying over Baltimore since January. The public knew nothing about it until this week.
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A fixed-wing program is much cheaper than a chopper and performs the same function.  The plane can also stay up much longer than the chopper on the same fuel.  We pioneered this approach in Southern California and one of my old partners is the outside sale manager for the optics company that provides the cameras to outfit a small fixed wing plane.  Oh, and you only need one operator (the pilot) who both flies the plane and operates the cameras.
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Mayor’s battle over $37.50 fine reaches Alaska Supreme Court

Mayor’s battle over $37.50 fine reaches Alaska Supreme Court | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — Mayor John Eberhart filed an appeal in January to the Alaska Supreme Court regarding a 2013 campaign finance violation.
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This one may be interesting to follow as the election approaches.  The local police have not been happy with what they perceive to be a Mayor who micromanages and has painted the department in a bad light.
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Tenn. officer fatally shot, suspect in custody

Tenn. officer fatally shot, suspect in custody | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats was responding to a domestic disturbance call when the suspect opened fired fatally wounding Moats
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Officer deaths up about 44% over last year....
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Review finds Anchorage officers legally justified in use of deadly force against robbery suspect

Review finds Anchorage officers legally justified in use of deadly force against robbery suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state Office of Special Prosecutions has concluded two officers were legally justified in using deadly force against a robbery suspect who came at them with a hatchet.
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Sounds about right.  It only takes one lucky blow with a hatchet and you're dead.....
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10 secrets cops know that most people don't

10 secrets cops know that most people don't | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It’s become abundantly clear that the press and the public have very little real understanding of police work. And something we’ve learned over the years is that during times of stress and tension, a good chuckle is extremely effective medicine. 

So, here are some things most people don’t know but cops do. Add your observations in the comments area below. 

1. Most cops understand why tickets are necessary, but don’t particularly like writing them. Well, unless they happen to stop “the guy who pays their wages” and then writing a ticket isn’t so bad.

2. The vast majority of cops have never shot anyone, but most cops can recite a detailed list of people who are/were deserving of being shot because they posed a deadly threat. This means that most cops have successfully defused a potentially deadly confrontation using only words and less-lethal weapons.

3. Most cops wonder if they have something better to do until the person asks in that whiny voice, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” It is then — and only then — the cop knows the answer to that question is, “No. This is good as it gets.”

4. Most cops know the driver they just stopped had more that “two beers” and can estimate with reasonable accuracy how many beers a driver did, in fact, have.

5. Most cops like donuts, but so does everybody. They are deliberately made to taste really, really good so people will want to eat them. Please pass me another donut. 

6. Most cops wonder why so many members of the community choose to pick up a mobile phone and record them while the officers are rolling in the dirt with an assailant rather than offering to help the officer.

7. Most cops don’t know the color of the people they stop before the traffic stop takes place. This is especially true when those people are driving cars with tinted windows at night.

8. Most cops know that if you fix that muffler / tail light / other mechanical issue for which they’ve stopped you, the cops will stop stopping you.

9. Most cops know it is impossible to stop a squad car fast enough when the drunk in the back seat says, “Stop! I think I’ve got to puke.”

10. Most cops know that the national media do not pursue the truth, they pursue a story. Their story and the truth are too often a little like fraternal twins. They are related, but cops can’t explain why they don’t look anything alike
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Baltimore cops pressured to police differently, but also begged to clear the corners

Baltimore cops pressured to police differently, but also begged to clear the corners | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
They’d come to the same church on the same night to confront the same dilemma facing this city’s beleaguered police department. But what they wanted from the police couldn’t have been more different.

Eight days had passed since the Justice Department issued a scathing review of the Baltimore Police Department, detailing years of racial discrimination in its law enforcement practices.

Yet the 40 or so longtime residents who gathered in a West Baltimore church basement on this August night — many of whom were older black women afraid to walk to the store or leave their homes at night — had come to urge police to clear their corners of miscreants and restore order to their crime-plagued community.
Rob Duke's insight:
Ah yes, which public do we serve? This is why we study the macro tools of horizontal justice. In a few weeks you're going to unpack these ideas about how we conduct the public business. Elinor Ostrom discusses the benefits of the horizontal system rather than having everything forced by a vertical power. Nils Christie asserts that the value in conflict shouldn't be wasted in the vertical system, but should be captured by the local community.... Ron Coase shows us that it matters not what institutional rules you set up, because the "market" or public find the most efficient ways to operate (but you may not like the unintended consequences...) Kenneth Arrow cautions about public choice that we should be careful about where we begin because that dictates where we end up.... March, Price, and Olsen equate public policy as a garbage can. Sometimes you can anticipate problems and prepare contingency plans that fit when crises present "windows of opportunity", but if you open the garbage can lid, it would be hard to interpret what's happening at any given time. From my years as a City Manager, I can attest that that can certainly be the impression, however, chaos can be managed (as Doug Kiel explains), but we need to read John Kingdon to really understand the pieces of the puzzle. Kingdon shows us that the 3 components are: Problems: People: (smart, and engaged enough in the problems to work together); and Policy: implementation of the ideas. I've seen this in action with many city and justice projects. I'll give you some of these examples in the classrooms. Now how about process? Kotter & Lawrence show in their study of big city mayors that the most successful mayors spend their time one three tasks related to four main focal points (Network; Agenda; Org. Structure; and Domain/Jurisdiction/Turf): 1. Network Building: inviting interest holders to participate and then engaging them so they build interest and commitment (and also expanding your legitimate turf); 2. Agenda Setting: building consensus so that you know what to accomplish; and, finally... 3. Task Accomplishment. In my City Manager job, this had an eb/flow immediately after board meetings; then I communicated the marching orders to staff (with a big staff meeting where I was also building network and setting agenda) and getting about the business of task accomplishment. This included going out in the community and soliciting input and inviting parties back to the "big" conversation. We also saw a surge of activity just before the big board meetings as everyone crammed in order to be ready for the meeting. Once you have a meeting, you either need a mayor who can build consensus and exercise Smart Power (see Joseph Nye's work for discussion of how this is done) or you need a visioning process (often accomplished using a contracted mediator or facilitator). In the visioning process you use group consensus tools such as the Crawford-Slip Method to ensure that all citizens have an opportunity to participate--even if they choose not to do so. Couple all of this with a set of public employees who attempt to ensure that equity is pursued above efficiency, economy, and effectiveness (see H. George Fredrickson, Dwight Waldo, and Chester Newland for more on this conversation); and you've got a machine that can probably accomplish something despite the "garbage can". That's also the messy way that you answer, which public do I listen to?
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Ex-Bethel cop must serve time for violent 2014 arrest caught on video

Ex-Bethel cop must serve time for violent 2014 arrest caught on video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI led the investigation as part of a civil rights program that addresses official misconduct, including excessive force by police.
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Two Cleared Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case Get Back Pay

Two Cleared Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case Get Back Pay | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two Baltimore police officers are getting back pay after being cleared of criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray.
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Over 100 Organizations Sign On to Joint Statement for AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives

Over 100 Organizations Sign On to Joint Statement for  AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
​In the wake of increased violence against Black folks, 126 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and allied organizations – from national advocacy NGOs to universit
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N.C. trooper kills deaf man after traffic stop

N.C. trooper kills deaf man after traffic stop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Harris to death after what the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described as 'an encounter.'
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Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear?

Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Moral panic is a situation in which public fears and state interventions exceed the objective threat posed by an individual or group who is/are claimed to be responsible for creating it. Central to the concept is an argument that public concern or fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials, politicians, law enforcement and news media.
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Inside The Five-Day Stretch When Obama Found His Voice On Race

Inside The Five-Day Stretch When Obama Found His Voice On Race | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The number of Americans “greatly worried” about race relations hit an all-time low, 13 percent, the year after President Obama took office. Last month, Gallup recorded the opposite, an all-time high of 35 percent.
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Do leaders still "matter"?
Is there some "folie a deux" that comes from the charisma of some leaders?  (see Manfred Kets D'vries for the leader-follower paradox; and Cohen for Moral Panics).
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Georgia Cops Find Beheaded Voodoo Doll Outside HQ

Georgia Cops Find Beheaded Voodoo Doll Outside HQ | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A disfigured lizard was also dumped outside Tybee Island Police Department's station.
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The Outcry over Violent Crime? - Calibre Press

On August 2, 2016, a shooting in downtown Denver involved over 200 rounds fired by 18 different weapons. In the middle of a congested city, 18 different shooters firing in a downtown free-for-all is a chilling example of how dangerous our cities can be. The result of this shooting was one dead and one wounded. …
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'Such devastating attacks and tremendous loss': Dallas police release emails exchanged after ambush

'Such devastating attacks and tremendous loss': Dallas police release emails exchanged after ambush | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Dallas Police Department has released dozens of emails sent to the department's top brass hours after a lone gunman ambushed officers downtown, killing five of them. 
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Marin sheriff’s deputy demotion upheld; fired 16 shots at suspect

Marin sheriff’s deputy demotion upheld; fired 16 shots at suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The former deputy, Evan Kubota, who was demoted to a records clerk’s position, petitioned the court to order the commission to reinstate him to his former job with back pay.

In his ruling, Judge Paul Haakenson wrote that the commission’s findings were “supported by the weight of the evidence. The petition is therefore denied.”

Haakenson heard oral arguments from attorneys on Friday, and could take up to 90 days before issuing his final decision. During arguments Friday, Haakenson said he was considering sending the matter back to the Personnel Commission and requiring it to more explicitly state its reasons for disciplining Kubota.

The shooting occurred on July 7, 2013, when Kubota stopped Chaka Grayson in Marin City on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. Grayson ducked inside the car, refused to show his hands and then started to drive at Kubota, according to the sheriff’s department’s account.

Kubota, a combat veteran who served in Iraq, said he fired his gun because he thought his life was in danger. Kubota fired 16 rounds, striking Grayson three times in the upper body.

Grayson was treated at Marin General Hospital, then arrested on suspicion of assaulting the deputy with his car. He later sued the county of Marin for $10 million, claiming nerve damage and other damages from the shooting; the county settled the matter out of court for $585,000.

The sheriff’s department fired Kubota in August 2014, but Kubota appealed to the commission, which reinstated him to a clerk’s job in a 3-2 vote after several days of hearings.

In his ruling, Haakenson noted, “The Commission specifically found that Kubota did not violate General Order 4-03 (which addresses discharge of firearms) and General Order 4-06 (which addresses use of force).”

During oral arguments on Friday, Kubota’s attorney, Jonathan Murphy, argued that the commission’s report containing its decision to discipline Kubota failed to explain what exactly Kubota did to deserve such a “serious demotion.”
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In these quasi-judicial roles, boards (councils, personnel boards, etc.) are making decisions like judges.  Given this, when reviewed by the courts, the courts are only allowed to review: 1. whether there was evidence in the record to support their decision; and 2. that due process was followed.
It's in the board's interest to leave their rulings vague so that the court can use the broadest interpretation of the evidence to determine if the board had "cause" to take the action.  That way, even if the reasoning was faulty, the judge can consider all the ways the board could have arrived at the same decision in a lawful manner.  To the impacted employee, this can feel like injustice...
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Veteran Eastchester police sergeant dies

Eastchester Police Sgt. Richard Morris found with 'what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound' at Valhalla, N.Y., cemetery.
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I was lucky to be in an area where we had many many critical incident responses because I was able to see (and benefited from) The Counseling Team in San Bernardino.  Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod was an early leader in psychological debriefings (both individual and group--after action peer support) and general peer support.  The field has learned and grown from the mass shootings at Columbine, to the disastrous warrant service at Waco, to the terrorist attack at San Bernardino.  What we've found is that there are better ways to deal with these traumatic incidents, as well as, the every day stresses of the job, personal and financial problems, including how to deal with terminations or life-threatening illnesses.  All of these things can fall heavily on an officer without peer and professional support.  This also changes the culture to remove the stigma of asking for help.
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Chicago Police Board: Remove Requirement That Police Complaints Must Be Truthful

Chicago Police Board: Remove Requirement That Police Complaints Must Be Truthful | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chicago - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's civilian Police Board President, Lori Lightfoot, is pushing hard to make a major change to the Chicago police union's contra
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Yeah, so?  We tend to be big scary police stations and if there's a law against filing a police complaint that we "get" to determine is false, then people tend not to file complaints.
Is there a legitimate government interest in keeping the police honest? Clearly yes.
Are the police well-suited to uncover false reports?
If you answered "yes", then I don't think we have much to fear....
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DASHCAM: Officer Called Off before Fatal Minibike Crash - Calibre Press

Trent Moses, 14, was killed by oncoming traffic only seconds after this Detroit police officer was called off the pursuit. From ClickonDetroit.com:  Police said there was heightened security in the area due to shootings that happened earlier this week. It was then that police noticed the teen speed by on his minibike at around 9 …
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Tragic.  They'll still get sued even though they called off the pursuit.  Having said that, I think they'll prevail--maybe even at the Summary Judgement phase.  The office recognizes the potential danger early, turns off the lights (no reflections that I saw) and pulled over.  The kid could easily have slowed at that point.  It helps that the officer's audio is also very humane and expresses horror and regret that the kid is injured.
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3 Deadly Falsehoods Gaining Steam - Calibre Press

The unchecked—and almost totally uncontested by the media—anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch. Every time I think it has hit its peak, I’m proved wrong. As of now, there doesn’t even have to be proof that a police shooting event was illicit or unlawful. Police shoot someone and immediately the most hateful of rhetoric …
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These guys are in the business of training police, so just keep that in mind when reading their "news"....
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Oregon police featured in ISIS recruitment video

Oregon police featured in ISIS recruitment video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The video features Medford police, though a spokesman for the department said they don't see it as a direct threat.
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Councilman, police chief clash over contract, opinion piece

Councilman, police chief clash over contract, opinion piece | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — An ongoing labor dispute between the Public Safety Employees Association and the city of Fairbanks boiled over into a heated discussion during the City Council meeting Monday night,
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There are two competing narratives:

1. Why are cops leaving?
2. Who manages the police department?  Professional police practices or partisan politicians?

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