Monthly Archives: July 2012

“What’s the Matter with Kids Today?”

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders … Continue reading

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N.J. Supreme Court imposing sweeping changes in crime witness testimony: What innovations will police create?

“Now the NJ high court is implementing sweeping changes in how police gather statements from those who witness crimes, and how prosecutors present it all to jurors. “After Labor Day, judges will be required to give jurors plenty of precautions … Continue reading

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Remembering a Reformer: Stephen James O’Meara

This week we remember Stephen James O’Meara, July 26, 1854  – December 14, 1918, the historic Reform Boston Police Commissioner and the namesake of this blog. PC O’Meara’s appointment in 1906  was part of the great Reform movement in American policing that began … Continue reading

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Reducing the Spread of the Violence Virus

We have known  for a long time that in order to spread violence you have to have violence.  It’s the violence virus; you have to get it from someone who has it.  This blog has used this well-accepted premise in a … Continue reading

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Cops, docs and decisions

The practices of policing and medicine, in my opinion, are powerfully analogous. Cops and docs make highly consequential decisions as the essence of their jobs.  We look to them to help us sort out situations we cannot control and that are … Continue reading

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Managing your brain

My friend and colleague Fred Leland first introduced me to the Boyd Cycle about a year ago.  Fred, a lieutenant in the Walpole MA Police Department, is a black belt in the Boyd technique.  (You can learn more about Fred … Continue reading

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Let’s compare the correct apples

“There have been no randomized, controlled experiments to test the efficacy of “stop and frisk.” It is possible, however, to compare New York’s record in lowering crime with that of other cities that do not practice its proactive style of … Continue reading

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