Crowdsourcing, Core Values, Procedural Justice in Action

Our federal, state and local criminal justice and policing organizations and systems are looking very good in the fishbowl in which technology is requiring them to work. The whole country and indeed “the whole world’s watching,” as we said in the 1970’s. There is an irony here. The same digital technology that has so enhanced the investigative capacity of the authorities is impelling the news organizations to cover live every breath officials take in the outdoors.  The investigators led by one of the true good guys at the federal level, FBI SAC Richard DesLauriers, are managing admirably under what could be pressure.  Instead they have used it as an opportunity provide the public optimum feasible transparency.

I think we see evidence of a professional CJ community that understands that procedural justice  is a valuable part of the overall formula of excellence in the pursuit of suspects and in the prosecutions of defendants.   We have seen policing and investigative work operating on core values as well as core competencies.  That’s why I believe people are expressing so much admiration for the cops and the feds.

The task force’s embrace of crowdsourcing is more than evidence of its embrace of transparency.   All the evidence from police use of crowdsourcing in the recent past suggests this tactic will provide good results.  One expects crowdsourcing to hasten the apprehension of suspects in this case.

The ways in which core values and transparency showed themselves in this case shows how deeply the community has integrated these principles.  You always know what someone or an institution really believes when they have to react instantly.  This case has been live in TV and every other medium from the get-go.  This may be the most taped and photographed crime and crime scene in the Commonwealth’s history.  The only way it could have been the focus of more lenses, perhaps, would have been if the murderers had dropped their bags of death  in the end zone during a Super Bowl.

By their deeds you shall know them!


About stephenomeara

My name is Jim Jordan. I have had the privilege of working with the Boston Police Department and hundreds more departments over my nearly 30-year career in police administration and city government. I am now teaching and consulting independently at I have learned the best of what I know from the thousands of smart, dedicated and ethical police personnel and scholars who have guided me along the way. My address is named for the great Reform commissioner of the Boston Police at the turn of the 20th century. Commissioner O'Meara died just a short while before the Strike in 1919. He was replaced by a vicious puppet (of Gov. Coolidge) named Edwin U. Curtis. Had O'Meara lived events may have turned out quite differently.
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1 Response to Crowdsourcing, Core Values, Procedural Justice in Action

  1. gwen615 says:

    Yes. and yes. and yeah, the twitter capacity and cell phone photograph and sharing capacity and the police using them all to communicate with the public…kind of blows you away. and yes, we are all kind of taking for granted that this action, to find this child who killed and maimed and is from a place of political domination and religious domination, like so many many places in the world, including how our own nation dominates, we so easily take for granted that the police in all forms will proceed with wisdom and efficiency and equity and caution and common sense and do this brilliantly, which is what seems to be happening, despite the deaths and maiming and our insistence that no matter what, police need to be protected. always. so that they can put themselves in harms way. daily. routinely. beautifully written, clearly focused, thank you.

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