Monthly Archives: January 2014

Honesty Really is a Great Policy: The Mistake Buy-Back Program

I have a thought exercise for leaders, especially police and criminal justice administrators: The Mistake Buy-Back Program. We need to examine mistakes to learn and grow.  Everyone who has ever attended a managment course knows this.  Edison and the useable … Continue reading

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“A Court’s All-Hands Approach Aids Girls Most at Risk”

We tend to pay a lot of attention to boys in trouble because they act OUT: they commit highly public acts of violence.  They use guns, which only concentrates our attention the more.  By and large, vitimizations and offenses on … Continue reading

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Report Links Accessibility of Guns to Homicide, Suicide

From “The Crime Report,” thecrimereport.org,  John Jay College of Criminal Justice Report Links Accessibility of Guns to Homicide, Suicide January 22, 2014 An individual’s access to firearms significantly increases the odds of death by homicide or suicide, according to a … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions. Always, decisions.

In my judgement the policing and criminal justice communities can never do enough learning about how they make decisions.  You make consequential decisions all day long. I think we could say that making consequential decisions is the defining characteristic of … Continue reading

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“How to Think, Not What to Think:” Adaptive Leadership Handbook Should be in Every Leader’s Desk or Locker

The core concept of the new book, Adaptive Leadership Handbook,  by Fred Leland and Don Vandergriff, brings to mind a quote from the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to … Continue reading

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Rick’s Cafe now Open at “One PP:” The Benefits of Social Media

Police Commissioner’s Tweet Sends a Message of Contrast By J. DAVID GOODMAN, NY Times,  JAN. 23, 2014 The messages appeared unexpectedly, live missives posted online from inside one of the New York Police Department’s most cloistered gatherings: a weekly, closed-door … Continue reading

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A Tribute for Gary French

Lt. Gary French has retired from the Boston Police Department. Gary served most notably as commander of the Youth Violence Strike Force in which capacity he pioneered police practices that helped to save uncountable numbers of lives.  Gary served as … Continue reading

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