Computing is rapidly advancing with wearable technologies that can be adapted for law enforcement application. Many departments have already started experimenting with adaptable versions of Google Glass, smart clothes, Apple Watch, and body-worn cameras. Which wearable technologies could most benefit law enforcement?
Being a police officer has never been easy, but recent events have made it even more difficult to be an officer. Incidents like Ferguson and Baltimore have put officers and agencies under severe public scrutiny. These highly publicized events have served as a wake-up call for many agencies to enhance officer training, improve policies and procedures, and revitalize community relations.
The public cannot let these events overshadow the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice made by our nation’s law enforcement officers. May 10-16 is National Police Week 2015, a time to show gratitude for those officers who died on the job. It is also a time to thank current officers who continue to dedicate their lives to protecting our communities.
Sexual assault is a crime of violence whether the victim is male or female. There are many myths associated with male sexual assault, which often makes it difficult for men to report the crime. AMU professor Mark Bond writes about the prevalence of male sexual assault and what can be done to support these victims and increase the rate that abusers are prosecuted.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) decided on Feb. 9 that it will no longer require recruits to have 60 hours of college credit or two years of military experience. Leaders justified the action by saying the agency is understaffed and the education mandate made it too difficult to hire officers. For an agency that is currently undergoing the most sweeping police reform program ever enacted by the Department of Justice, is this really the best step towards improvement?
Working in a 911 call center is stressful. The pace is nonstop and it can be overwhelming even for seasoned and resilient emergency dispatchers. Local and state governments have a responsibility to make sure that professional mental healthcare providers are available to serve not only police officers, firefighters and paramedics, but also 911 call takers and emergency dispatchers.
January 2015 was a good month for the law enforcement community. It was the first month since September 2011 that there were no felonious gunfire deaths of law enforcement officers in the United States. This is only the third month since 1985 in which no law enforcement gunfire deaths occurred. While this is good news for police, there are still too many line-of-duty deaths, many of which are preventable.
Problem-oriented policing (POP) is a policing strategy that involves crime analysis and working with the community to develop effective response strategies to reduce crime. Many law enforcement agencies have adopted the POP concept as a way to reduce crime as well as build and strengthen community relations, but is it effective?