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Police v. Smartphones: A Fight Worth Fighting?

In the old days, police and journalists worked together, each being somewhat dependent upon the other. At a crime, we police could say to a photojournalist, “Hey, would you please not take a photo of this?” Cooperation was important to both sides. Sure, there were tensions between competing interests, but for the most part, they […]

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“Do What You Gotta Do?” Police, Media and Cultural Violence

This is post number TWO HUNDRED! And why not present an eternal question: does art portray reality or is it the other way around? When it comes to depicting police and their work, I have a sneaking suspicion that what folks see on television and in the movies may influence how they think about them and expect them to act. And if […]

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Some Thoughts on Jailing Jailers

On old friend from my days in the criminal justice trenches of Madison, Wisconsin, served as county sheriff for a number of years. He began his criminal justice career as a deputy, then graduated from the University of Wisconsin law school. He went on to serve as a prosecutor and then head of prisons in Wisconsin. He now serves […]

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The Twelve Principles of Leadership: Principle Five

During a twelve-day period of time, I will be posting daily one of the Twelve Principles of Quality Leadership followed by some questions you, as a leader, may wish to ask yourself. Hopefully the description and inquiry will cause you to think about how you lead and what you may need to do to improve […]

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Chief, What Would You Do?

The following article depicts a new social trend. It should not surprise us the idea of “flash mobs” is now part of our culture. In the past, a flash mob can be gathered by social media — Hey, let’s all go to the union station tomorrow night at 8.” Most of us have seen the power of this […]

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What About CompStat and Crime Reduction?

    Recently, Chief Mike Masterson of Boise wrote me about CompStat and lowering the crime rate:      “In regards to the heralded CompStat I wonder how agencies like Houston, Boise and countless other departments who focus on using data to prevent, deter and solve crime and for problem solving but skip the brow-beating and “bullying” that […]

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Good Policing Today Begins with a Bachelor’s Degree

Good Policing Today Begins With a Baccalaureate Degree If we are going to get serious about improving our nation’s police we will have to (again) start seriously talking about the education of our police. The kind of police I argue for on this blog and in my new book is based on police recruits having […]

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Leadership Lessons You Still Need to Learn?

Are there some leadership lessons you still need to learn? Take a look at the following from Forbes Magazine. They are lessons we all should have learned (or be in the process of learning) about VISION, INNOVATION, and MOTIVATION. But let’s remember this: The most important role of a leader is to enable others and […]

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Building Community Trust

     In my recent testimony regarding proposed legislation in my state that would require outside review of police shootings I said:      “A chief of police has two important and sometimes conflicting responsibilities — his or her own officers and members of the community. He or she must, on one hand, be the leader of […]

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Failing Cities

Justified Anger I wonder how many of us in cities throughout America can relate to what Alex Gee is saying in the following article. Is this just about my beloved city, a city in which I led the police for over 20 years? A city in which I had followed the career of Alex Gee […]

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