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Community Policing

Camera-Ready? Open Questions on Police Body Cams

Getzy Berger | Posted 02.01.2016 | Crime
Getzy Berger

Body cameras are not a panacea that will fix all our policing woes, but they can help. Still, sound rules to govern their use are absolutely necessary.

D.C. Cop Stiff-Arms Defender In Community Football Game

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 01.24.2016 | Sports

When a winter storm hits and snow covers the ground, people often use that opportunity to play some good ol' tackle football. On Friday night, some D....

To Prevent Another San Bernardino, Muslims Could Partner with Police

David Schanzer | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
David Schanzer

We believe a promising way to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States is to build partnerships between police departments and communities whose members may be vulnerable to recruitment to violent extremism.

Law, Order and Social Suicide

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Want a ringside seat for the war on crime? Go to killedbypolice.net. A few hours ago (as I write this), the site had listed 1,191 police killings in the U.S. this year. I just looked again. The total is up one.

As More Groups Acknowledge Need for Criminal Justice Reform, We Must Also Undo the Damages of the Past

Nick Malinowski | Posted 10.27.2015 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

Justice does not arrive simply by acknowledging mistakes and empowering the same people who implemented the corrupt system we are now bemoaning as the central agents of reform. We must also have reparations for those who have been harmed.

Global Police, Pre-Crime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN's Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency's far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

What Can U.S. Police Officers Learn From the Liberian National Police?

Sabrina Karim | Posted 10.16.2015 | Crime
Sabrina Karim

When it comes to community policing and de-escalating conflicts, the Liberian National Police have a lot they could share with U.S. police officers.

Minority Report Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.

Police Surveillance and 'The Octopus'

Sally Lee | Posted 09.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

I speak critically about policing with my young children not because I'm worried about them being singled out as black boys. I am free from not living with that particular terror, but terror is still there.

Ingroup/Outgroup Biases at Play in Police-Community Relations

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

In the context of police-community relations, another criterion of group membership at play is place. Humans are territorial animals, and ingroup/outgroup biases may have evolved in tandem with this trait.

The Bill Bratton Rope-A-Dope: Community Policing and More People in Jail

Nick Malinowski | Posted 08.11.2015 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

While the rest of the country's political class frets about how to reduce the prison population, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants more people in jail, going back to the future with the 1990s-era super-predation myths.

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...