Monthly Archives: September 2012

The national police commission meets

On the first Monday in October the national police commission opens its annual meetings. Others know it as the opening of the session of the Supreme Court of the United States. In our richly decentralized institution of municipal policing SCOTUS serves … Continue reading

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The Costs of Turning Municipal Police into Immigration Enforcers

On Wednesday September 7, 2012 a federal judge upheld the provision of the Arizona law that authorizes police to ask subjects for documentation on their immigration status when stopping them for other reasons.  The “show me your papers” provision survived … Continue reading

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Time for Regional Police Learning Institutes: Addressing Two Critical Issues with One Idea

(This blog was in an unintended hiatus because I got very busy with training…) Every shift, police personnel in America learn important information — insights, observations, epiphanies. They learn about what works and does not work in police practice. They … Continue reading

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland Faces a Challenge to Legitimacy that only Irish History Can Provide

The 11 year-old Police Service of Northern Ireland is seeing its legitimacy challenged on all sides this month as the past comes roaring back at them. The PSNI is teaching everyone in policing that we can’t wish away history and … Continue reading

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Police Foundation Names Jim Bueermann President: New CEO is an Innovator in Bridging the Gap Between Police Research and Practice

Aug. 28, 2012 Congratulations to former Redlands, CA Chief Jim Bueermann on his selection to succeed Hubert Williams as president of the Police Foundation.  Jim is a good guy in addition to being an innovative police leader and thinker. “WASHINGTON, … Continue reading

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Labor Day: A Tip of the Cap to the Men of 1919

If your workplace is even adequately humane and safe you should thank the labor movement today.  Labor has been the driver behind every major advance in the quality of life of working people.  In fact, if you are enjoying this … Continue reading

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Our Continuing Crisis: The High Risk of Police Suicide

A recent edition of “New England Psychologist” reminds us again of that great and underappreciated reality of the lives of police personnel: the psychological, physiological and emotional effects of police work itself.  http://www.nepsy.com/articles/leading-stories/police-officers-at-higher-risk-of-suicide/ Policing beats the crap out of human … Continue reading

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