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Community Policing

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

Chris Cognac | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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.

All That Money, Too Few Terrorists

Norm Stamper | Posted 11.23.2011 | Crime
Norm Stamper

Police in a democracy belong to the people they serve. Yet one would be hard pressed to picture today's police departments even approximating the ideal of a "people's police."

Two Young Girls Shot While Playing In Chicago Park

Posted 08.09.2011 | Chicago

Two young girls were seriously wounded Wednesday night while playing in a Northwest Side park, just steps from where a community policing meeting was ...

Whose Public Safety?

Paul Boden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

The fear, nervousness, and desperation that people are feeling is all very real, but policing the crisis will not fix the fundamental problem. Whose rights should be protected by the state?

Rolling the Credits on Chicago Violence

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Chicago has become the unintended setting for a rather scary movie. The storyline is grim, full of senseless killings and more people wondering when the violence will end.

The Daryl Gates "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates lost his battle to cancer this past week, and the immigrant community also lost an ally of sorts.

Community Policing Participation At 10-Year Low: WBEZ

Chicago Public Radio | Chip Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An effort that made Chicago a model for community policing is losing momentum. Attendance at police meetings in neighborhoods across the city has dwin...