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Police camp gives kids new perspective about officers

Police camp gives kids new perspective about officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A penny of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s the simple idea behind the Commerce City Police Camp for kids. Forty-six kids, ranging from 11 to 15 years old, are st...
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Ex-sheriff's deputy indicted after child severely burned in raid

The indictment charges former Habersham County deputy Nikki Autry, 29, with providing false information to a judge in order to obtain a search warrant for the raid, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia said.

“Without her false statements, there was no probable cause to search the premises for drugs or to make the arrest,” acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a statement. “And in this case, the consequences of the unlawful search were tragic.”

The toddler, Bounkham Phonesavanh, was asleep in his playpen during a “no knock" raid in May 2014 to arrest a suspect that police said had sold methamphetamine to an informant.

But prosecutors say Autry knew that no one in the residence had purchased the drugs from a police informant and did not confirm that many people were coming and going from the home.

The suspect, a relative of the child, was not in the house during the raid but was later arrested nearby, police have said.
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How The NYPD Abused Citizens In The Name Of Data, And How One Cop Exposed It

How The NYPD Abused Citizens In The Name Of Data, And How One Cop Exposed It | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Exposing police misconduct can be risky, even for a cop. “Crime By The Numbers,” a short documentary directed by Don Argott for FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ Signals series, tells the story of Ad…
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You Make The Call. Excessive Force Or Justified? Can You Say Lawsuit! - MR. DEMOCRATIC

You Make The Call. Excessive Force Or Justified? Can You Say Lawsuit! - MR. DEMOCRATIC | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
You Make The Call. Excessive Force Or Justified? Can You Say Lawsuit! Nearly two years after Rhonda Wells was injured at the Dallas County Jail.
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The Jailer was likely taught this behavior.  I always told my prisoners that the rules were different in jail because the officers had no weapons, so when they tell you where to walk, do it.  When they tell you to sit, do it immediately.  Mind you, I wasn't debating whether it was right or wrong (judge for yourself in this graphic video), but was just trying to give my arrestees some good advice for how to stay out of trouble in the jail.

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Increased reports of officer misconduct associated with larger police departments

Increased reports of officer misconduct associated with larger police departments | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The size of a community's police force is a greater predictor for police misconduct than its ethnic diversity, according to researchers from Florida International University and Montana State University.
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Larger is usually touted as more efficient, but there are drawbacks.  See Elinor Ostrom and James Q. Wilson for some articles about consolidation and the downsides of single large departments in a metro area as compared with areas with many small departments.

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National Call Urging Congress to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

National Call Urging Congress to End Civil Asset Forfeiture | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Please join The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the ACLU, and the Drug Policy Alliance on Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn more about what Congress can do to address this important civil and human rights issue.

National Call Urging Congress to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. ET

Speakers:
Wade Henderson, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Emma Andersson, ACLU
Darpana Sheth, Institute for Justice
Carole Hinders, Iowa Restaurant Owner
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New Onondaga County sheriff has new $45,500 take-home car

New Onondaga County sheriff has new $45,500 take-home car | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sheriff Conway bought 2015 Ford Explorer Sport
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That's the list on a new Ford Exploder!  Police usually get a lease purchase from Ford.

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Investigator Says He Was Pressured to Justify Chicago Police Shootings

Investigator Says He Was Pressured to Justify Chicago Police Shootings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former police commander who worked for the Independent Police Review Authority says the Justice Department should look into the agency.
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No parole for former Middlesex County sheriff in prison for corruption

No parole for former Middlesex County sheriff in prison for corruption | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo will remain in state prison at least another 14 months after the New Jersey State Parole Board turned down his request for parole.
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7 Reasons People Lie

7 Reasons People Lie | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Melisa claims her husband Chris — from whom she's separated while she's pregnant with their second child — is a pathological liar. Watch their story here. When she turns to Dr.

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12 Killers of Good Leadership - Ron Edmondson

12 Killers of Good Leadership - Ron Edmondson | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
I know numerous leaders with great potential. They have all the appearance of being a good leader. But they lack one thing — or two. In my experience, some of this self-learned the hard way, there are a few killers of good leadership. I decided to compile a list of some of the most potent …
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Top of the list: dishonorable.

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China police shoot man dead at construction site dispute

China police shoot man dead at construction site dispute | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Around a dozen people on Saturday "gathered at a construction site in the city and blocked construction vehicles amid disputes", said police in the city of Luoyang.

Officers killed a man after the some of the group -- who were not carrying firearms -- "assaulted the police," and attempted to grab their weapons, they added, saying two warning shots had been fired. Another man was injured and is in hospital.
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Tampa police, housing authority joining forces to patrol crime hotspots

Tampa police, housing authority joining forces to patrol crime hotspots | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
TAMPA — Police have said that more officers will be out patrolling the city’s troubled neighborhoods to help deal with the spike in violent crime this year.
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Hayward police sergeant killed during traffic stop

Hayward police sergeant killed during traffic stop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Several law enforcement agencies are on scene investigating an incident.

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St. Louis police district captain takes community policing to the streets

St. Louis police district captain takes community policing to the streets | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Shootings and homicides have risen in St. Louis city during the first half of 2015. Homicides in the city stand at 106 victims. Captain John Hayden from the St. Louis police depa...
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This is great.  It's all about being accessible.  If we're sitting behind our desks in the depths of the police station, folks don't have any idea how to access us.

I sat every day for about 90 minutes in a different public location (restaurants, public library, etc.).  I took my laptop and worked, but citizens knew they could "bump" into me and talk about whatever....

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Reinventing Performance Management

Reinventing Performance Management | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

ook How one company is rethinking peer feedback and the annual review, and trying to design a system to fuel improvement

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Consider also that using a "balanced scorecard" budget may be ideal as it ties into performance management.

 

By establishing a four-factor performance criteria that places the financial perspective as one of only several important performance categories (along with "internal business processes" perspective, customer satisfaction perspective, and a learning and growth perspective), we get a system whereby every employee can be evaluated (and rewarded) for how well he or she contributes to the overall scorecard of the organization.  For more on how to use this in Justice organizations see the RCMP's use of this tool; and, closer to home, check out Sean McGee's Masters Thesis on the topic at the Rasmuson Library. 

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Gypsy police officers band together to beat prejudice in the force | Duncan Campbell

Gypsy police officers band together to beat prejudice in the force | Duncan Campbell | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Police Association formed a year ago works to offer support to fellow officers and challenge stereotypes
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Video shows that traffic stop of woman who died in Texas jail escalated quickly

Video shows that traffic stop of woman who died in Texas jail escalated quickly | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Dashboard camera video released on Tuesday involving the traffic stop in Texas of a woman later found hanging dead in her jail cell showed how the incident quickly escalated into an altercation
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There's no upside to arguing with a belligerent person.  Often when the Sergeant arrives, the person will be very polite and misunderstand everything that you tried to tell them, but that's why sergeants make the big bucks.  

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Join Huntington Beach Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop | Orange County Breeze

Join Huntington Beach Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop | Orange County Breeze | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Huntington Beach Police Department’s next Coffee with a Cop on Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 19800 Beach Blvd.
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What do you think of these?

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Reforms urged in Nebraska police lineup procedures - KVNO News - KVNO News

Reforms urged in Nebraska police lineup procedures - KVNO News - KVNO News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement agencies across Nebraska have quietly begun a major change in how eyewitness evidence is collected and utilized in criminal cases.
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See your handout, also, for California's recommendations from about 2005.

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Former Miami-Dade police detective faces prison for protecting pot ring

A fired Miami-Dade County police detective who partied with and protected an infamous marijuana-distribution ring is likely to receive several years in prison at his sentencing in Miami federal court Tuesday morning.
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A Plea to Retired Police

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A Plea to Retired Police: Stand Up!

I’ve got to ask this question: “Does inaction on the part of police leaders to improve their practices and systems result in continued public discontent, distrust, danger to rank-and-file officers, and, eventually, federally-imposed consent decrees?

It’s been almost a year since Ferguson. Since that time there has been a tragic parade of police actions that have resulted in urban violence and destruction of whatever trust existed between police and those who receive their “services.” Certainly, the shooting in the back of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston was an act few, if any, could justify and cried out for review and organizational changes.

You see, the problem for the most part does not impact people of means, those of us who benefit from our “white privilege.” No, the impact, the pain and grief is born by those who almost daily have negative police contacts – people of color, the poor, and those mentally ill. They are the “service base.” While we whites can be outraged by the police officer’s actions in North Charleston and other cities, we can say (silently) to ourselves, “Yes, but that wouldn’t happen to me or a member of my family.” And they would be right.

And as we well know, those who are impacted by police have little political or social power to change any police practice they find to be unfair, disrespectful, or excessive.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Retired police have little standing to contribute to the discussion.  There is no equivalent means to communicate as the jurisprudence system of case law and law journals, nor is there an academic journal system.

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Vincent Zamora's comment, July 21, 2015 12:54 AM
Awesome piece on cops speaking out against bad policing and practices. I think that cops that speak out against their own department are brave and respectable indeed. But i can also be a hard thing to do. you risk shame and becoming an outcast amongst your own. A police department is much like a gang in my mind or a brotherhood. You are supposed to back your brother right or wrong, and if you dont you cant be trusted. So cops that do speak out are ones to be trusted.
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CPD Partnering With African-American Police Group To Reduce Encounters Between Cops And Teens

CPD Partnering With African-American Police Group To Reduce Encounters Between Cops And Teens | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says Chicago is partnering with an African-American police group reduce the occasions when encounters between officers and teenagers get out of hand, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
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Vincent Zamora's comment, July 21, 2015 1:05 AM
This is yet another good thing for making ties with the community strong. Especially with so much agression towards minorities, at least minorities captured on video. Even yet, another example is the two officers in Chicago PD that was found taking pictures of jailed inmates, making them wear antlers as if they had just been hunted. This is a good role for all police departments to help build trust.
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Police violence and the shifting definition of ‘objective reasonableness’ - The Boston Globe

Police violence and the shifting definition of ‘objective reasonableness’ - The Boston Globe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What looks objectively reasonable to a judge might be far different from what looks reasonable to a rookie officer or to an observer.
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Geez! The worst kind of editorialism--asking a question as if it doesn't have an answer.  In Graham v. Connor (1989), the Supreme Ct. ruled that an officer's use of force would be reviewed under a standard of Objective Reasonableness given all of the surrounding circumstances including the officer's training and experience.

 

Youtube and public opinion don't count.  These standards have inevitable shades of bias and corruption.  Objective reasonableness is arrived at in court after years of debate.  Come up with a better standard and I think the court would be willing to adopt it.

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