Monthly Archives: August 2012

Salem MA Police: Conjuring Effective Community Policing

Here is a piece I drafted for the COPS Office Community Policing Dispatch.  I thought I’d share it here. ____________________ “Toil double, preventing trouble; 
Balancing rights, officers juggle. Policing community as they should, Then the peace is firm and good.”* … Continue reading

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A gun is not the answer to a gun. But what is?

Imagine how much greater a country we would be if we could protect young Black men, religious minorities and random movie-goers, students and tourists the way we protect the semi-auomatic handgun and the right to own one. Another gun death. … Continue reading

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Give Our Kids a Break: I Will Vote No on Question 3 in Massachusetts

Here are two reasons I will vote No on Question 3 in November. Thanks to the Mass. Prevention Alliance. NB: I believe prohibitions breed criminality (see generally, USA, 1919-1933 and the “War on Drugs”).  I believe we should continue the … Continue reading

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Silver wings upon their chest, may make Springfield America’s best…

With a very macho set of labels Springfield PD is embarked on what looks like an intensive and very promising new commitment to community engagement.  Their partners are a biomedical engineer from Harvard and the Mass. State Police.  Go figure. … Continue reading

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Ideas are Still Free

An op-ed piece in today’s NY TImes prompts the following: Police personnel do a tremendous amount of learning all the time.  They notice what works and what does not work in practice.  Given how the police business has adapted over … Continue reading

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The question is simple. The answer requires guts.

Can we change the dynamic of the gun debate? Can gun owner-activists and gun control supporters get together around a simple question, “How do we prevent the next child (birth-18 years) from getting killed by a person using a gun?” … Continue reading

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Glaziers fight crime — and win!

As we all know, George Kelling and the late, great James Q. Wilson gave policing one of the most powerful metaphors of the last 70 years.  We underestimate the power of metaphor at our peril.  How we understand a problem … Continue reading

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