Monthly Archives: February 2012

It’s Time to Answer Dr. Gilmartin’s Question

Dr. Kevin Gilmartin posed the following question about 20 years ago: Does the experience of policing turn some decent people into bad cops?  To listen to actual corridor conversations, among chiefs and other police practitioners and thinkers is to conclude … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice Doesn’t Have to Wait 32,000 Years

In the Boston Globe of Feb. 21, 2012 I read a story about a Russian scientist growing a little arctic flower, the narrow-leafed campion, from a chunk of its fruit that is 32,000 years old. Sometimes, powerful new ideas seem to take … Continue reading

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Terry Cunningham for IACP 4th VP

Chief Terry Cunningham of Wellesley, MA is one of the most effective police executives in the country. He has built a very impressive track record in Wellesley and in regional and statewide organizations, which you can view at the link … Continue reading

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The Framing Bias in Action

In the earlier entry, “12 Reads for ’12,” we mention the great Daniel Kahneman and his discovery of cognitive biases.  Our Framing Bias helps us to instantly assess situations for threats.  In evolutionary terms, humans have relied on mental shortcuts … Continue reading

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An Idea for Recruitment: Social Workers

Where are the social workers when you need one? Here is one idea on a place for police executives to look for ready recruits: social workers and people studying social work. It may take a few years to break down … Continue reading

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Law, Legacy, Legitimacy

For those among us concerned about the question of police legitimacy in communities of color, be sure to catch the documentary “Slavery by Another Name” when it plays again on PBS or read the book of the same title by … Continue reading

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Sgt. Chris Columbus: Failure Re-framed

Imagine if Christopher Columbus had been a police sergeant. Upon his return to the station he submits his report. The boss summons him. “Do you mind telling me what this is all about?” Sgt. Columbus, his eyes lighting up says,”My … Continue reading

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