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Community Policing

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

In the past months, I've seriously considered how and when my attitude toward the police changed so dramatically. I left for college with the belief that police are there to protect me.

Julia Craven

It's Difficult To Hire Black Officers Since Too Many Black People Have Been Arrested, Says NYPD Commissioner

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

The number of potential police officers of color who have criminal records is too damn high -- at least that seems to be New York police commissioner ...

Julia Craven

Why Black Cops Aren't Necessarily Better For Black Communities

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

In 1971, Boston’s predominantly white police department created an all-black unit within its ranks. The initial goal of the “Soul Patrol” was to...

Pasco Police To Get Community Policing Training After Fatally Shooting Farmworker

Reuters | Eric M. Johnson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE, May 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will provide training to police in a Washington city where officers shot dead a Mexican farmwo...

Zero Tolerance

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!

Community Policing and Drug Overdose: Where You Live Doesn't Have to Determine Whether You Survive an Overdose

Michael Botticelli | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Botticelli

The odds of surviving a drug overdose, much like the odds of surviving a heart attack, depend on how quickly the victim receives treatment. But access to naloxone -- which can reverse heroin and prescription drug overdoses -- varies greatly across the country.

The Militarization of American Streets

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When the CVS stores go up in flames and local stores are looted, politicians denounce what's happened and demand an instant return to law and order, while calling on police departments to wear body cameras and rethink their attitudes. But there's another reality that has to be faced.

Policies Proliferate Last Chance High Schools

Michael Beyer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

What concerns me the most isn't the school, which seems like the people are genuinely trying, but the strategy. These schools are the result of a belief that if we get all of our students to be ready for college and a career, we can end poverty.

Kim Bellware

Chicago Police Plan To Listen After Officer Acquitted In Death Of Unarmed Woman

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices

Hoping to mend the tattered relationship between the police department and Chicago's minority communities, the city's top cop announced plans Tuesday ...

Should the Police Be Armed?

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer's action -- always poisoning the grief.

Finally a Police Department That Cares!

Tami Shaikh | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Tami Shaikh

Many Muslim women are being targeted on a daily basis. I want to give a shoutout to the Irvine police department who came to talk to the Muslim community about hate crimes in the areas.

There Are Lies, Damn Lies and Then There's 'Community Policing'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Cops will never reform themselves. The attempts to bring them closer to us by quite literally packaging us in this same, tired concept of 'community policing' is a spin that no one seeking justice should fall for.

Ryan J. Reilly

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential task force on policing issues released an interim report on Monday, with recommendations that ranged from considering the...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

The Simple Strategies That Could Fundamentally Change How Communities View Their Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime

The president, police experts, activists and even some police officers have called for major changes to the American law enforcement system. Community...

Police Reform Is Impossible In America

Gawker | Donovan X. Ramsey | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, the White House has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening "community policing" around the country. The U.S. Conference of Mayors...

It Takes a Village to Stop Domestic Violence

Susan Scrupski | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Susan Scrupski

What people who've been successful in reducing domestic violence in their hometowns know is it a profound culture shift that has to take place. From top to bottom and left to right, the civic community has to make a commitment to stopping the violence. And it must deliver on that pledge.

Reach Out for Peace

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

My view is that when people really want to make something work, it will work. Community policing is proactive outreach: It asks officers to visit neighborhoods and families who are especially in need of help, and to do anything they can do to assist these people.

Mariah Stewart

Activists Seek To Improve Community-Police Relations In St. Louis Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- Amid broader discussions about improving police tactics across the country, a local Missouri group is working with a national ...

The NYPD Could Learn Something From The LAPD's Progress On Race Relations

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.11.2015 | Black Voices

Tense race relations following the Rodney King beating quickly made the Los Angeles Police Department one of the most notorious law enforcement organi...

How LAPD Cleaned Up Gang Activity Under Bratton And Changed Community Policing Forever

Pacific Standard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime

Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang. Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad. But on Southern Cal...

A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While we certainly don't have all the answers, it's time to start talking about and funding constructive ways to reform policing to quell anger by improving legitimacy and community relations.

A Fixable Problem for Our Society

Marc Gopin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Crime
Marc Gopin

Community policing needs to be restored to its pre-9/11 commitments. Counterterrorism influences on policing must be scaled back dramatically, especially the corrupting influence of military and counterterrorism training with its absurd technical firepower, and shoot to kill orders.

Top 10 Ways to Fix the Criminal Justice System

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

It's that time of year when people are making lists and checking them twice. Here is my action list about ways to fix the criminal justice system, with suggestions for steps we all can take. The time is ripe for change. Here's to making it happen in 2015.

Don't Turn Your Back on Disorder

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 01.31.2015 | Crime
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

As the police profession and our greater society deal with ways to rebuild (and in many cases build) relationships between the police and its citizenry, I fear that if outsider reformers call for police to ignore disorderly offenses the chasm between the police and the community will only widen.

Community Policing: The Importance of Trust

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

In Ferguson, Former Chief Brooks sees an opportunity for an effective community-policing program to emerge from the chaos and violence of the past few weeks. "Now, there is a chance for police and the community to hear each other," she said.