Update on Ferguson: Too Late

The relationship between police and citizens in a diverse, multicultural, free society is always delicate. With regard to building trust, support and respect of police among citizens it is something that must be developed and nurtured over the course of years, not days. And when trouble happens and police try to establish a relationship that […]

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Seven Ferguson Blogs

Here is a list of the blogs I have written since August 9, 2014 regarding the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident is far from being resolved and demands our attention:   1.  AUGUST 12: Do Police Matter? Take Ferguson For Example 2.  AUGUST 18: Ferguson: Deja Vu? 3.  AUGUST 28: Seven Steps for Ferguson […]

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Top Posts Last Week

Top Posts (during the past week)               1.  Looking at the BIG Picture: Protest and Police 2.  Great Expectations 3.  Why Police Matter 4.  Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing 5.  Thinking Outside the (Blue) Box

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A Culture of Corruption

  When I started studying the sociology of police, I came to understand the subtle nature of corruption and the police. Lest you think what I found out was somehow unique to me and my experience, you need only to read Sgt. Michael Quinn’s book, Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence, and also […]

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Is “Deny and Defend” the Best Practice?

Two practicing physicians, Bruce Lambert and Timothy McDonald, recently posted the following article about the healthcare industry’s practice of denying and defending their mistakes. After reading the article, I could see how this same argument against this practice could be applied to policing and the criminal justice system. Could what Lambert and McDonald propose as […]

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Ending an Immoral War

Nearly 500,000 people have already viewed this important talk by Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance.   It is high time that every police officer view this and intelligently talk about what Nadelmann is proposing!  

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Great Expectations

The news accounts have been fearful; a warning from the Governor of Missouri, unrest and increased firearm sales in the St Louis and Ferguson areas. Most of America (and its media outlets) are standing by for the St Louis County Grand Jury to decide on the fate of Officer Darren Wilson. Meanwhile… Yes, meanwhile, what […]

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Top Five Blogposts

Top Posts (the past week) 1.  Looking at the BIG Picture: Protest and Police 2.  Thinking Outside the (Blue) Box 3.  Hope For the Future… 4.  Why Police Matter 5.  The Importance of Dialogue

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The Importance of Dialogue

The following letter appeared in The New York Times on November 10th. It is a response regarding police and the community from a reserve police officer and trainer who also teaches ethics at St. Louis University. I find his remarks insightful and have taken the liberty to underline what I believe to be some key […]

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Hope For the Future…

SOME IMPORTANT COMMENTS FROM OUR NATION’S (and Canada’s) POLICE LEADERS THEY PROVIDE HOPE! Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Town Hall Meeting Orlando, FL October 26, 2014     A recent copy of “Subject To Debate” from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, DC about a recent meeting of their members gives me great […]

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