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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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The plot unwinds

The plot unwinds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ONE of the clumsier plots in British political history was officially unmasked on January 10th when a policeman, Keith Wallis, pleaded guilty, in effect, to trying...
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Cornelius police lieutenant claims he disciplined himself under former chief, records say

Cornelius police lieutenant claims he disciplined himself under former chief, records say | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
During a March 2013 interview with Hillsboro police about an unrelated issue, Lt. Joe Noffsinger provided new details about the internal matters that occurred in his agency, records released last month show.
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Emails tie Christie administration to bridge controversy

Emails tie Christie administration to bridge controversy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Explosive emails released Wednesday are casting a potential cloud over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential prospects for 2016.
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See why the political era of policing was so bad....?

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Is the NSA's Spying Constitutional? It Depends Which Judge You Ask

Is the NSA's Spying Constitutional? It Depends Which Judge You Ask | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two recent rulings draw diametrically opposed conclusions about the same set of facts.
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Operation Fast and Furious Twist, DOJ Involvement Deeper Than ATF

Operation Fast and Furious Twist, DOJ Involvement Deeper Than ATF | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Among the many serious scandals that have plagued Barack Obama's presidency and for which nobody in charge has ever been held accountable, Operation Fast and Furious was one which the White House h...
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In Praise of the Incomplete Leader

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Joe L.'s comment, January 25, 2014 2:27 AM
I found this interesting, and applicable to "real life". I've thought of this process in play at our local hospital. The CEO does not have a medical degree of any kind, but is responsible for answering to the Foundation Board, as well as the corporate office. There are so many factors to consider in healthcare, from patient care, to OSHA regulations, HR, engineering and plant operations, as well as fiscal considerations. The hospital really is its own microcosm of operations. The CEO depends upon his associate administrators, who rely on their department directors, who rely on their supervisors, who rely on their employees to ensure our organizational goals are met. There is an immense amount of trust involved in the entire process. It truly is amazing how an organization can come to fruition and continue to grow like FMH has.
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LAPD officers fired 22 shots at unarmed driver after Corvette chase, review says

LAPD officers fired 22 shots at unarmed driver after Corvette chase, review says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Three LAPD officers have been temporarily relieved of patrol duty after a departmental review found they fired 22 shots and killed the unarmed driver of a Corvette after he led them on a high-speed chase Friday night.
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snopes.com: Stabbed Marine

A shoplifter stabbed a Marine who was collecting Toys for Tots, then was whomped by other Marines.
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....but many people like the version where the police describe his injuries as having occured from a fall--why is that? And, why don't we like it when we think the police do a little creative report writing on our cases?

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Some Thoughts on Hemingway and Hunters

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Recently, there has been somewhat of an uproar over police officers embracing a quote from an essay written by Ernest Hemingway. The quote r
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I'm not comfortable with the sheepdog perspective, but here's another viewpoint.

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Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash.
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The Power of Small, Flexible Teams

The Power of Small, Flexible Teams | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ed Gilligan, president of American Express Company, describes how a small, cross-functional team launched Small Business Saturday in three weeks. 
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As you think about ways to modify police structures and incentives, you might consider this type of strategy.  Any solution implemented must have buy-in from all levels of the organization, so why not include them in the policy development phase?

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The Last Word on Stop-and-Frisk?

The Last Word on Stop-and-Frisk? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The stop-and-frisk case is now in a procedural tangle, with some matters before the Second Circuit and Scheindlin still clamoring to be allowed back in…
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Tom Cox's comment, December 2, 2013 5:41 PM
This looks and smells like politics at its worst. If a judge is appointed and every ruling that they make is subject to being overturned by the political views of their colleagues there is a problem. Even the reasons that the other judges gave sounded like bullshit for stopping what she put in place. This sounds like it may be a systemic problem in the safeguard that is provided by being able to overturn what one judge did with majority on the other side.
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Man Appears To Clench Buttocks During Traffic Stop, Cops Search His Anus Multiple Times For Non-Existant Drugs

Man Appears To Clench Buttocks During Traffic Stop, Cops Search His Anus Multiple Times For Non-Existant Drugs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A New Mexico man is alleging abuse after authorities conducted three enemas, a colonoscopy, an X-ray and several cavity searches on him simply because he appeared to clench his buttocks.
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Maria's comment, December 2, 2013 2:30 AM
Absolutely ridiculous... As everyone else said, the should have stopped with the exams and enemas after the first time they did not find drugs. This guy has a great case and I am sure that him and his lawyer will win.
Tom Cox's comment, December 2, 2013 5:54 PM
If this actually happened it is atrocious. This is clearly abuse. Reasonable suspicion only goes so far, and after the X-ray there should have been no further investigation into the issue. But then several other steps were taken not just once, but multiple times. This guy may have had a history of drug offences but that does not give officers the right to go this far with it.
Dom Eubank's comment, December 10, 2013 5:30 PM
I can't believe they were able to pus the envelope like that, it's a sad situation that shoulda ended after the first attempt. If nothing then thats it I seriously doubt he is that good at hiding it.
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Cornelius police officer added to DA's 'alert list' of cops with credibility issues

Cornelius police officer added to DA's 'alert list' of cops with credibility issues | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officer Dustin DeHaven has been added to a list, kept by the Washington County District Attorney's Office, that tracks cops who have had questions raised about their credibility, according to authorities.
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Insane Clown Posse sues FBI alleging violation of Juggalos’ constitutional rights

Insane Clown Posse sues FBI alleging violation of Juggalos’ constitutional rights | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Civil liberties, how do they work? The Insane Clown Posse and four die-hard fans announced a lawsuit against the FBI and Department of Justice Wednesday, saying their constitutional rights were violated when the feds designated their Juggalo...
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Judge Reaffirms Constitution Free Zones 100 Miles Inside U.S. Borders

Judge Reaffirms Constitution Free Zones 100 Miles Inside U.S. Borders | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This nonsense makes my blood boil. District Judge Edward Korman, a US federal judge, has reaffirmed an Obama administration policy granting officials the authority to search Americans' laptops, cit...
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Kristie Major's comment, February 16, 2014 3:55 PM
I figure that they realize this even includes entire states. This is ridiculous and I do not understand how the government thinks that the "border" can include an entire state. Also it is a violation of our rights to have the government say that they can just come up and search our computers without reason. If the government thinks that this protects our borders eventually someone is going to think of this at airports, or anywhere that it is possible to enter or leave the country from. How much are we willing to let the government get away with? If they want to search my computer, there is no reason that I would be willing to allow it unless they could show that they had a legitimate reason to do so.
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Ian Matthews's death draws attention to police mental health

Ian Matthews's death draws attention to police mental health | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a time when police suicides outnumber deaths on duty, Ian Matthews’s death has once again cast a light on the stigma surrounding metal health in law enforcement.
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We'd never keep secret how officers were killed in the line of duty, we train, train, train on these scenarios.  We need to start training on these type of scenarios also.  Why not have case studies of officers who: a. took their lives; and, b. asked for help.  The comparison and testimonies might give those officers at risk a venue to speak up and ask for help.  Most officers have dark moments, crisises of faith, and moments when they shake their fists at God, we should cultivate moments to share these experiences.

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The Manhunt for Christopher Dorner

The Manhunt for Christopher Dorner | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A disgraced ex-LAPD officer swore revenge on those he blamed for his firing. He vowed to kill them all … and their families.
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When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change

When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The defensive brain is not the listening-and-learning brain.
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Panel blasts 'colonial model' of justice in rural Alaska, backs Indian Country model

Panel blasts 'colonial model' of justice in rural Alaska, backs Indian Country model | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Indian Law and Order Commission included members from both sides of the aisle, and it said justice in Alaska's rural communities is broken, calling for more local control and local decision making to help reduce violence and crime. ...
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Dom Eubank's comment, December 10, 2013 5:27 PM
I think that the system does need to be reformed and arming VPSO's is a great idea as long as they get as much training as regular officers, we need a way to fix this issue and I think that is the first step in the right direction.
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Six Word War

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Real stories from Iraq and Afghanistan in just six words. Share your #sixwordwar story with us. In...
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I'd like to see something like this for cops.  Powerful stuff in just 6 words.

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Shasta Pomeroy's comment, November 24, 2013 3:08 AM
I find this to be a positive outlet for soldiers, and if altered, could do the same for police officers. From reading through the post, you se an array of emotions.For the soldiers, using only six words to describe their experience seemed to cut out the superfluous adjectives and instead focused only on the essentials. By being able to express their feelings on war, peace, and a soldier's life gave a sense of connectedness and mutual understanding. Like military soldiers, police officers deal with high stress situations on a daily basis. Without a means to discuss these issues and without similar individuals to discuss these issues with, they can build into a negative effect on the officer. This type of forum I feel, as long as no specifics are given, could be a positive outlets for officers.
James Greer's comment, November 29, 2013 3:43 PM
I think this is good for everyone involved; the more ways we have for police, military, FD, and any other emergency services to use as an outlet, the better. Some things they just can't talk to family about--and often, there's still a bit of the stigma of being "too soft"--I know at my FD (still a recruit), we recently had an entire 3 hour training session on how the job can affect you, and specifically on how it is not SOFT or cowardly to need help for things you may have seen.
BridgetM's comment, December 4, 2013 6:56 PM
This is a great was to let people use creative methods of communication. Sometimes the fewest amount of words can speak volumes
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NYPD Patrolman's Illustrations From The '70s Reveal Seedy Old New York

NYPD Patrolman's Illustrations From The '70s Reveal Seedy Old New York | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The images depict a New York of shady, bell-bottomed operators, cartoonish Bowery tropes, full-figured women, and fairy tale characters, all rendered in that bizarre '70s-style animation that is that is both playful and unsettling.
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Interesting look at life in NY before stop and frisk.

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Mandie Crawford's comment, November 21, 2013 6:00 PM
It’s interesting to see all these security suggestions made public to New York in the 1970s. These are somewhat common knowledge or practice now. The ones that aren’t, like a woman standing next to the control panel in an elevator, should be. Was NY just as ugly then as it is now? Otherwise, why would these pamphlets with this information be needed?
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Did Montana newlywed blindfold husband before pushing him off cliff?

Did Montana newlywed blindfold husband before pushing him off cliff? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Montana newlywed may be accused of blindfolding her husband before pushing him off cliff, court documents say.
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Sarita Spindler's comment, November 22, 2013 4:04 AM
I agree that there were major issues brought up in this case. The fact that they only recorded bits and pieces of her interrogation is not professional, and frankly leaves us with very limited information about the case.
Dana Hoffman's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:57 PM

Yes there are a lot of unanswered questions in regards to this entire case.

Shasta Pomeroy's comment, November 24, 2013 3:14 AM
Though this case seems to be extremely tragic, there are still many pieces of evidence that have not been discovered and revealed to the public. Once more evidence is disclosed to the public, the more able we will be able to understand the possible actions of the case.