From LEXIPOL website
By Jason Helfer
Human beings, regardless of training and experience, are not robots. They have unique physical attributes, states of health and life experiences that shape the context in which they perceive their world.
And police officers are human beings. A job title, training or experience does not mean an officer’s brain will process information any different than that of a civilian. And yet, too often the expectations the public—and even law enforcement agencies—places on police officers fail to account for the limitations of sensory input and processing.
From The Wall Street Journal, by columnist Jason L. Riley:
“An increase in press coverage of police shootings isn’t the same thing as an increase in police shootings.”
Fighting the Opioid Crisis through Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Study of a Police Program Model in Illinois
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dolan Consulting Group
Can Mental Health Courts Stop the ‘Revolving Door’ of Justice?
From Bruce Talbot
Addressing the Elephant in the Room
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced on August 30, 2017 a major initiative to address Carfentenil abuse. Carfentenil, widely called "elephant tranquilizer" in media reports is an incredibly potent synthetic narcotic used on zoo animals.
Court-imposed web restrictions applied to criminal defendants may be going the way of dial-up internet service.
In June, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Packingham v. North Carolina that invalidated a state law banning registered sex offenders from accessing websites that could facilitate direct communications with minors.
Community Policing is Not Soft on Crime: The Evidence
Research Brief - Dolan Consulting
Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dolan Consulting Group is committed to the principles of community-oriented policing. Unfortunately, we sometimes encounter push back from attendees in our courses that suggest community-oriented policing strategies are some form of a “hug-a-thug” philosophy that is soft on crime and criminals. We are often baffled when we encounter such views as we struggle to understand how community-oriented policing strategies, designed to include law abiding citizen input to determine crime priorities and responses, could be considered soft on crime.
The world of truck enforcement is a world of never ending questions. Most people will agree the second heaviest regulated industry in the United States needs rules and regulations. Most people will also agree there is a great deal of discontinuity in the dissemination of these laws, how they are to be interpreted and how they are to be enforced. This level of discontinuity gives birth to such organizations as the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association. The article this week will cover one of these laws – the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.
10 Ways Police Can Identify Radical Extremism
By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety
Police officers around the country understand they are an important element in the fight against terrorism. But what does that entail? How can an officer identify potential terrorist activity? What should officers look for as signs a person may have been radicalized?
Examining the Facts on Implicit Bias
Richard R. Johnson, Ph.D. May, 2017 from the Dolan Consulting Group - Research Brief
A number of sources have claimed that public employees are influenced by implicit biases. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, for example, have suggested that law enforcement officers hold unconscious, implicit biases against people of color.1 It has been argued that these implicit biases cause police officers to enforce the law in ways that discriminate against members of racial minority groups. Similar claims have been made against prosecutors, judges, and probation officers as an explanation for the disproportionate representation of racial minorities in our prisons and jails. Allegations have also been levelled against teachers and school administrators, suggesting that they treat white students preferentially over minority students, and that they do so as a result of these same unconscious, implicit biases.
Report: Cops feel betrayed by politicians, say they encourage attacks
An internal FBI investigation into the spike of attacks on law enforcement has determined that revenge, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the media's assault on police shootings, and criticism from politicians, is the what motivates a "majority" of those targeting cops.
"Law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm," said the internal report stamped "For Official Use Only."
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From the Crime Prevention Research Center
Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders
25 Apr , 2017
The Distribution of murders
The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common.
from the magazine - City Journal
How Trump Can Help the Cops
The administration must change the Obama narrative that policing is the problem.
Donald Trump vigorously defended law enforcement during his presidential campaign. He pledged to restore order to the nation’s cities—where violent crime is surging—and to reinvigorate the rule of law. His appointment of conservative Republican senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general was a strong signal that Trump’s words were more than campaign rhetoric. Now that the Trump administration and the Sessions-led Justice Department are up and running, where should they focus their efforts?
Verbal Contact and Cover Protecting Your Colleagues and Your Profession
Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.)
Far too often today, I believe, police officers are being ‘rope-a-doped’ by manipulative people out on the street. Taken from the tactic famously employed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali, the ‘rope-a-dope’ is when a challenging or manipulative person says things that are intentionally crafted to get under your skin, make you angry, and get you to act unprofessionally. YouTube© is filled with videos of officers who have fallen prey to the rope-a-dope by a citizen who has taunted the officer into acting like a “dope”. Individuals and organized groups with anti-police agendas are actively trying to entice officers to act inappropriately so that they can catch the officer’s reaction on video and become the next viral video sensation.
Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?
For its reissue as a Classic, the Harvard Business Review asked Stephen R. Covey to provide a commentary.
Why is it that managers are typically running out of time while their subordinates are typically running out of work? Here we shall explore the meaning of management time as it relates to the interaction between managers and their bosses, their peers, and their subordinates.
Specifically, we shall deal with three kinds of management time: