Editorial

Editorial

A Police Misconduct Victim’s Guide

A Police Misconduct Victim’s Guide There is no shortage of advice out there about what you should do when you are forced to interact with the police. Just do a search and you’ll find a multitude of sites devoted to explaining what your rights are when dealing with law enforcement and how you should go...

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Improving Police Recruitment and Retention

Maintaining the police workforce level is continually one of the greatest challenges facing law-enforcement agencies. One indication of this challenge is the recent appropriation of $1 billion to the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to help stabilize law-enforcement positions. The program received more than 7,000 applications requesting more than $8 billion to...

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Technologies That Are Changing the Way Police Do Business

BY TIMOTHY ROUFA The world of law enforcement is very different now than it was when I entered it in 2001. In just a relatively few short years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, changing the way police officers do just about everything. When I first became a cop, we didn't even have computers available to us...

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Ethics in Law Enforcement and Policing

BY TIMOTHY ROUFA It's often said that no other profession demands a higher ethical standard than that of law enforcement. Regardless of whether or not there are other careers that require a similar dedication to doing the right thing, it is undeniable that there is an understandably tremendous degree of expectations placed upon police officers, and rightly so. Police...

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50 Years Ago Today!

Fifty-years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee and I was standing in a line of police officers armed with shotguns ready to march into the black community in north Minneapolis in response to the looting and burning that was going on in response to his death. I was a young...

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What is Good Policing?

What is good policing? How do you know if your police department is providing it? There are over 16 thousand police departments in our nation and there are over 600,000 police with no national standards. This means policing is local in our nation and, therefore, the improvement of police must be taken on at the...

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How Much Can Better Training Do to Improve Policing?

Two former police chiefs and a researcher discuss how to improve law-enforcement practices. JULEYKA LANTIGUA-WILLIAMSPhilando Castile was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop. His girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook. The video leaves a trail of questions about the sequence of events, and the actions that...

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American policing is broken. Here’s how to fix it.

Step one: Police must admit there's a problem. By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com When a Baltimore police shift commander created an arrest form for loitering on public housing, he didn’t even try to hide his racist expectations. In the template, there was no space to fill in gender or race. Instead, that information was automatically filled out: “black...

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