Monthly Archives: March 2013

Oyster Glue, Violence Reduction and?

A quick couple of sentences on innovation, prompted by the research on oyster glue, described below. Innovation needs smart people to look anew at old situations.  It requires the asking of new questions about routine assumptions. The Boston Police Gang … Continue reading

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Journal of the AMA: Gun Laws Help Prevent Firearm Deaths

Researchers publishing this month in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, conclude that stronger regulations on the availability of firearms in a state contribute to lower firearm death rates in the state.  I believe this is an important development in … Continue reading

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Some very useful insight on how to improve tactical decision-making, from Lt. Fred Leland, LESC, Inc.

Fred Leland is a lieutenant in the Walpole (MA) PD and a  colleague in police education.  He is an expert in the decision-making systems of Col. John Boyd and the widely-used OODA loop that Boyd developed for tactical decision-making (observe-orient-decide-act). … Continue reading

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Failure is always an “option.” Failing to LEARN is not.

Did you know that a screenwriter coined the term, “Failure is not an option?”  I didn’t until I looked it up for this blog entry.  The phrase as a  real-life operating principle sounded specious to me. So when I was … Continue reading

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Recruitment: What Business Are We In?

For decades, police recruitment materials looked like ads for vehicle dealers.  We showed everything from motorcycles to jet skis to helicopters.  But we didn’t show what is at its best one of society’s most important and fascinating public professions. The … Continue reading

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Emperors, new clothes and the clinical implications for nurses, sergeants and patients

What to do when we see the emperor is naked, metaphorically speaking? In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, it took a child to point out  “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”  The child had his honesty intact and no stake … Continue reading

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Imagining the Possibilities of Additive Manufacturing for the Police

The following is a speech from a US Navy Lt. Commander, “3D Printing and the Future of Naval Logistics.”  It’s from the blog site disruptivethinkers.org I think it should spark some creative conversations among leaders in the police service.  Maybe this is … Continue reading

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