Monthly Archives: April 2012

Time for the civil rights remedial?

A recent column by the NY Times’s Bill Keller really bugged me.   I have read Mr. Keller’s work in the past, especially the pieces he would occasionally publish when he served as Editor of the Times.  So I was especially … Continue reading

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Complexity, common sense and US drug policy

UCLA’s Mark Kleiman and his colleagues are doing some good thinking about drug policy in America. I have reproduced a big chunk here of their recent piece (4/21/12) in the Wall Street Journal. The scholars reject the current polarities of … Continue reading

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Wits and weapons: some facts on police use of deadly force

For police, a major aspect of training in proper use of firearms is when NOT to use them. The written procedures in good police departments require officers to have a sound and articulable rationale for firing their weapons. Good cops … Continue reading

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Hey buddy, can you spare a paradigm?

The biggest opportunity police leaders have at hand is the budget crisis. It is a crisis of historic proportions. American police budgets, as with all public budgets, are affected by global economics and finance as never before. An era that … Continue reading

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What Policing Can Learn from Bell Labs

To:  The Chief From: Corridor Conversations (stephenomeara.wordpress.com) Re:  Re-engineering the station house A recent book on how Bell Labs became an innovation powerhouse for the ages made me think that you might be able to increase the effective use of … Continue reading

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What Can Bank Robberies Teach Burglaries?

If you work in the field of deterring and investigating bank robberies, you have to read the following excerpt from today’s Boston Globe as a measurement of profound success. “Three charged in Brookline bank robbery plot By Colin A. Young, … Continue reading

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“Against our will, comes wisdom…” A remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Forty-four years ago a racist with a rifle assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. That was the real new year’s day for that year I look back on and wonder, could … Continue reading

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