This is Community-Oriented Policing!

This police officer gets it! OTHERS can be policing with dignity, respect and fairness.   Read the following piece by NPR’s Kurt Siegler on LAPD Officer Deon Joseph who patrols a very tough neighborhood and does it not by intimidation or domination but by good old “Community Policing 101!” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “LAPD Officer Deon Joseph patrols […]

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Demanding a Better Police

WHY WE MUST DEMAND A BETTER POLICE! Plato writes that those who are called to protect the republic, the guardians, are to be educated on four virtues — wisdom, courage, justice and temperance. They are to be “the best of our citizens.” For the past four decades one question has continued to puzzle me, “Why […]

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Top Blogs Last Week!

HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE BLOGS VISITED LAST WEEK ON THIS SITE:   1.  Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing 2,  Why Police Matter 3.  How To Police a Free Society 4.  Hazing and Bullying in the Police Academy 5.  Principles of Leadership

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Police Shootings: Do We Have the Right Data?

With regard to police shootings, do we have the right data to make decisions? Perhaps we don’t. Take a look at the following article in the Sept, 30 issue of The New York Times by Michael Winesaug: Race and Police Shootings: Are Blacks Targeted More? “If anything good has come out of this month’s fatal […]

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How To Police a Free Society

  Here’s an 18-slide power-point presentation on policing a free society. Feel free to use it. It really explains my philosophy of policing. To view it, CLICK HERE.  

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Last Week’s Top Posts

              Top Posts (the past week) on this site! 1.  What Policing Should Be 2.  Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing 3.  Principles of Leadership 4.  Courage to Work Together? 5.  Body Cameras: Is This What We’ve Come To?

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Police Change in Ferguson and Portland — Are There Better Ways?

In Ferguson, police are trying to improve while operating under crisis conditions. In Portland, police are trying to improve while operating under a Federal consent decree. Is one way better than the other? Or are there better ways? These are two ways in which police can begin the improvement process, but there is a better […]

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Body Cameras: Is This What We’ve Come To?

Body cameras will not save American policing nor will they help establish the trust and support that police need in a free society. I cannot help but think about the popular movie, “Robocop,” when I see today’s police officer with full body armor and personal video camera. I know this is a stop-gap. I mean […]

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More Policing “Is/Is Nots”

          In keeping with yesterday’s blog, “What Policing Should Be,” here’s two more important “is/is nots” for policing:   COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICING IS                                                        IS NOT […]

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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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