What Policing Should Be

WHAT POLICING SHOULD BE One of the exercises we used to do in training was to define something as what it is versus what it is not – an “Is/Is Not” exercise. I think we are approaching a time in which we may be losing our police; losing them to militarization, a warrior mentality, and […]

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Courage to Work Together?

Courage in policing is sometimes more than going down a dark alley looking for a prowler. Sometimes it has to do with leadership — leadership at the very top. One of the ways leaders show courage is to starting practicing the “Twelve Principles of Quality Leadership.” When leaders embrace the new leadership they quickly learn […]

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Last Week’s Top Posts

  “Improving Police” now has over 300 posts on a variety of suggestions, issues, practices (both current and historical) that, hopefully, all work together to help improve our nation’s police.   Here are last week’s TOP POSTS: The Courage to Police with Integrity NPR Interview Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing More on Ferguson: […]

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More on Ferguson: The Bracelets — What Goes?

 “I AM DARREN WILSON.” Really? Is this what professional police, dedicated to public service, protecting the weak and upholding our Constitution do? The Los Angeles Times reported today that federal officials had intervened yesterday to stop police in Ferguson, Mo., from wearing these bracelets in solidarity with the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed […]

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McNamara and Greenberg: Rest in Peace

During my active police days, I came to know two memorable police icons: Joe McNamara and Reuben Greenberg. Who could forget them and the creativity and vitality they brought to policing in our country? CHIEF JOE McNAMARA Joe McNamara was a New York cop with a doctorate from Harvard. During his New York career he […]

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NPR Interview

Catch my interview with Martin Kaste on NPR which was aired today. CLICK HERE.

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The Courage to Police with Integrity

Washington, Dc, 1993 Mike Masterson of Boise, Idaho is retiring at the end of this year after a decade as Boise’s chief of police. The following are major excerpts from his address to the graduating class of police officers on Sept, 12, 2014. He called it (and it was) “A Heart to Heart Talk.” But […]

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Top Seven Blogs (Last Week)

          The top seven blog posts for last week were:   1.  Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing 2.  Principles of Leadership 3.  More on Militarization of Police 4.  Hazing and Bullying in the Police Academy 5.  How a Traffic Offense Can Be a Ticket to Prison 6.  An Open […]

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Hiring the Best

It seems that the old dodge is still the new one. When one police chief was asked why his department, which served a predominately African-American citizenry, had few minority officers his response was, “No blacks apply. If they don’t apply, we can’t hire them!” He was then asked why his department doesn’t go out and […]

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Getting Serious About Mental Health

Police need to get serious about how they are responding to what appears to be a growing problem regarding the management of persons with mental disorders. I have posted about his problem in the past. Here’s what Michael Koval had to say: +++++++++++++ CHIEF KOVAL’S BLOG Madison Police Department Recognized as National Leader in Providing […]

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