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Berkeley police get flak for hands-off approach to protest mayhem

By Kimberly Veklerov and Filipa Ioannou In the wake of Saturday’s “Patriots Day” protest violence in Berkeley, videos and photos of the brawls that broke out have been circulating online. One clip in particular is sparking outrage when a woman, an apparent anti-trump protester, was punch in the face. This moment is being called out specifically because the man who …

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NEW GALLUP POLL: 76% of Americans have “a great deal” of respect for police — up 12%

– Public respect for police surged and is at a near-record high — across age, race and political persuasion. – FROM  ALASKA DISPATCH https://www.adn.com/opinions/2016/12/28/police-should-take-heart-in-gallup-poll/ A 2016 Gallup poll shows: • Seventy-six percent of Americans have “a great deal” of respect for police — up 12 percent from last year • Among conservatives – 85 percent respect police “a great deal” …

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Is There a Double Standard When it Comes to the Murder of Cops?

Writing in the National Review on November 22, 2016 David French says there is a double standard when it comes to outrage about deaths of police officers. (excerpt) “Where is the progressive outrage when police officers are murdered?  “Last weekend, four police officers were shot on a “bloody Sunday” for our nation’s law enforcement, three of them in what appeared to be …

Implementing a Body Worn Camera Program, Lessons Learned

Body Worn Camera Program, Lessons Learned, COPS and PERF  https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p296-pub.pdf   Chapter 1. Perceived Benefits of Body-Worn Cameras Accountability and transparency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …

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Louisville Police Use of Social Media Surveillance Questioned; New Policy to Be Written

November 18, 2016 A WFPL News investigation  revealed the Louisville Metro Police has spent nearly $140,000 in recent years for a program that can track and catalog up to 9.5 million social media postings and a limitless supply of individual profiles. The department has operated the system without a guiding policy to dictate how the software is used, who is watched …

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Officer Deaths by Ambush Soar in 2016

See comprehensive data on line of duty deaths and assaults at http://josephsonsexemplarypolicing.org/2016/11/fallen-officers-52-shot-dead-line-duty-2016/ November 21, 2016 SAN ANTONIO, TX — A Texas detective was shot and killed while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters late Sunday morning. Later Sunday, two other officers were wounded in incidents in Florida and Missouri. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the slain officer as 20-year veteran Detective Benjamin …

Consent Decree, Community Perception Survey and Monitor Reports- Seattle Police Department 2015

Seattle Police Monitor Reports and Website http://www.seattlemonitor.com/reports-resources Basic Documents DOJ Findings Letter (December 2011) Consent Decree Memorandum of Understanding Order Approving Merrick Bobb as Federal Monitor Assessments of Community Perceptions  Community Perception Survey (October 2013) Executive Summary (by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research) Purpose Statement + Key Findings This research was commissioned by the federal monitoring team to assess community perceptions …

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AMBUSH IN IOWA HIGHLIGHTS RISK

As of November 1, 2016, 18 officers have been killed in ambush-type attacks compared to 7 in 2015; the number of ambush killings fluctuates from a high of 17 in 2002 to a low of 5 in 2014. Overall police line of duty deaths has declined from the high of 139 in 2001 to 79 in 2015 according to FBI …

Ambush Project: Study of Police Ambush Data from 1990-2012

Ambush Project: Study of Police Ambush Data  from 1990-2012 Executive Summary. Conflict between police and their communities manifest itself in many ways. Perhaps the most profound type of conflict is one that involves physical violence between the police and members of the public. Such conflict causes distrust, strains police-community relations, and raises concerns about police legitimacy. Past research has extensively …

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Yazoo City Police Chief Suspended For Defying Alderman

Yazoo City Police Chief Suspended For Defying Alderman Therese Apel  October 12, 2016 Yazoo City’s police chief learned Tuesday of his three-day suspension without pay from the editor of a local newspaper instead of city officials, and it appears the terms of the suspension could go against state code law. Police Chief Jeff Curtis was suspended when the mayor and board of …

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DOJ Awards $9.4 Million to Identify and Prevent Gender Bias in Policing

October 5, 2016 The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) have awarded a total of nine grants worth $9.4 million to various national and local organizations that will use the funding to implement the department’s Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The …

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UK: Guidance Launched To Give Consistency to Mental Health Policing

Guidance Launched To Give Consistency to Mental Health Policing 10 Oct 2016 New authorised professional practice (APP) and training has been launched to end a “postcode lottery” of policing encounters with vulnerable people with mental health conditions. The guidance and training set minimum standards against which Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will assess forces. The development comes as over half …