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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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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.

When This Cop Tried to Shut Down the City's Worst Motel, He Ended Up Changing a Girl's Life

Chris Cognac | Posted 11.16.2014 | Good News
Chris Cognac

I knocked on door "K" and little did I know that the girl who answered the door, the skinny girl in pajamas, would be the person who gave me my soul back.

Police Mistakes in Ferguson Involve Gender as Well as Race: The Forgotten Lessons of Los Angeles' Christopher Commission

Mary Anne Case | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Mary Anne Case

We would do well to remember the lessons that the 1991 Christopher Commission drew from its investigation into the police practices that led to Rodney King's beating at the hands of the LAPD and the riots that followed.

Fast-Draw Morality

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In actuality, our only hope is embracing a larger story: that all humanity, and all of life, is connected. Finding that connection is often what requires courage. What if policing, for instance, were more about finding that connection than exerting authority?

A Continued Call for Caution in the Aftermath of Ferguson

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

The balance of individual liberty and public safety that is at the heart of all police-related issues is one that we must consider as new data and other changes are introduced to the profession.

From Emmett Till to Michael Brown, a Story as Old as America Itself

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

It's all too familiar, from the blaming of the victim to the community outcry, and is yet another example of how this nation has long devalued the lives of its black citizens. Instead of trust and healing, the streets of Ferguson were full of tear gas and militarized police.

A Future That Values Everyone

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the world for the last decade.

Democrats Renew the Call for 'First Class Citizenship' and Justice for All

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The 1960s demand for "first class citizenship" echoes through the years as our call to justice today. Unfortunately the Bull Connor images of peaceful protesters were not historic remnants but eerily prescient of tanks and tear gas last week in Ferguson, MO.

The Traffic Ticket Racket and Its Erosive Effect on Community Policing

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 06.16.2014 | Crime
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I fought the law and the law didn't show up in traffic court the other day, so my case was summarily dismissed. Oh, happy day... sort of. After p...

Back to the Future: Bringing Community Policing Back to San Jose

Sam Liccardo | Posted 04.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

We are fighting for a stronger economy, better schools, great public services, and all the other things we want for San Jose -- because a safer city is necessary to making all of them possible.

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

Dogs and Drones, Cameras and Phones

Norm Stamper | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Most of us want both peaceful, secure communities and a fundamental respect for civil liberties. Let's look at four highly visible, often controversial elements of law enforcement's quest to ensure safety and security at public gatherings.

Paradoxes of Community Policing in Counterterrorism

Sahar Aziz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Sahar Aziz

Until this stereotype can be stripped away from "hard on terror" preventive counterterrorism strategies, the benefits gained in the traditional local community policing model of the 1990s are unlikely to be realized. And Muslim communities have the most to lose.

Public Safety in a Thriving Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 12.03.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I know all too well the damage that crime can have on families and our community. However, I caution Detroiters and people looking to move here -- the crime you see on the news is not a citywide epidemic and it's not insurmountable.

Fewer Days of Wine and Roses

Len Levitt | Posted 10.13.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

Two years after NYPD Confidential revealed the thousands of dollars in freebies that Kelly has enjoyed at the Harvard Club, his freeloading has slowed, although it hasn't stopped.

In Defense of Neighborhood Watch

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.25.2013 | Crime
Norm Stamper

You want greater police accountability? Get involved. Push for citizen involvement in every aspect of police policies and practices, from civilian oversight to crime fighting.

Community Policing Volunteers: 'The Mayor Doesn't Know Who We Are'

Chicago Reader | Posted by Ethan Straffin | Posted 05.29.2012 | Chicago

Ron Holt was leaving the press conference when he nearly stepped into the path of a briskly marching Garry McCarthy, the Chicago police superintendent...

Resisting Alabama Through Community Policing for Better Public Safety

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

Choosing sanctuary policies over policies of fear, like those embodied in HB 56, tells immigrants and the rest of us what type of community our leaders and law enforcement officials are choosing.