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Keys to successful multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary response to large-scale events
During the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in St. Louis, Policing Matters podcast co-host Doug Wyllie roamed the hallways and ran into countless law enforcement trainers and experts, some of whom were willing to sit down and talk about what they're teaching and what they're learning. In this podcast segment, Doug sits down with Chief Bill Harvey to discuss some of the keys to multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary response to large-scale events — both planned and unplanned — to ensure citizen and first responder safety.
Apr 19, 2019
The importance of being a 'predator' in a deadly confrontation
During the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in St. Louis, Policing Matters podcast co-host Doug Wyllie roamed the hallways and ran into countless law enforcement trainers and experts, some of whom were willing to sit down and talk about what they're teaching and what they're learning. In this podcast segment, Doug sits down with Lee Shaykhet, a renowned police trainer, who talks about predators versus prey—the importance of moving forward and doing what the subject doesn't expect in order to prevail in a deadly confrontation.
Apr 12, 2019
How LE companies can better serve police
During the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in St. Louis, Policing Matters podcast co-host Doug Wyllie roamed the hallways and ran into countless law enforcement trainers and experts, some of whom were willing to sit down and talk about what they're teaching and what they're learning. In this podcast segment, Doug sits down with former editor of PoliceOne Scott Buhrmaster, who talks about how he continues to help law enforcement by helping the manufacturers and service providers that serve law enforcement be more effective in what they do.
Apr 05, 2019
How the Below 100 program can save lives
During the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in St. Louis, Policing Matters podcast co-host Doug Wyllie roamed the hallways and ran into countless law enforcement trainers and experts, some of whom were willing to sit down and talk about what they're teaching and what they're learning. In this podcast segment, Doug sits down with Below 100 instructors Rod Rifredi and Kim Schlau, who discuss the five tenets of the Below 100 program—wear your belt, wear your vests, watch your speed, remember "what's important now" and complacency kills.
Mar 29, 2019
Should police be allowed to seize guns from the mentally ill?
Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a great deal of attention was paid to the fact that the gunman had exhibited myriad signs of mental instability—hurting animals, threatening and/or fighting with other students, previous mental health treatment—that may have been enough for relatives or school authorities to ask law enforcement to keep him from possessing firearms. As of February 2019, more than a dozen states have laws on the books that allow local law enforcement to seize firearms from people diagnosed as mentally ill. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug discuss the Constitutionality of such laws, and what they might mean in the larger context of the gun-control debate.
Mar 22, 2019
Baltimore: A microcosm of de-policing in America
In Baltimore, it has been reported that from 2014 to 2017, dispatch records show the number of suspected narcotics offenses police reported themselves dropped 30 percent. The number of people they reported seeing with outstanding warrants dropped by half. The number of field interviews dropped 70 percent. This type of de-policing has emboldened criminals and crime now is on the rise. In September 2018, 37 people were killed in the city, making that the deadliest month in more than a year. Baltimore has had five police commissioners in four years. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how things went from bad to worse in Charm City following the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent anti-police protests.
Mar 15, 2019
What the surge in swatting calls means for police
In mid-February someone called 911 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina claiming to be Robert McCord, a reserve officer with the department. The caller told dispatchers he’d just shot his wife and was going to kill the rest of the people in the house. Police responded as one might imagine they would respond to such a call—they sent in SWAT to ensure the safety of innocents. McCord exited his home with hands held high above his head, walking slowly toward responders. The incident ended with nobody injured, but so-called "swatting" calls have been fatal on all too many occasions. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss what can be done to prevent swatting as well as how police investigate and charge people for making swatting calls.
Mar 08, 2019
What the LEOSA Reform Act might mean for active and retired officers
In 2004, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (also known as LEOSA), which allows qualified active and retired officers to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States—with certain exceptions and restrictions. Recently introduced legislation—the LEOSA Reform Act—would expand where current and retired officers can carry a concealed firearm, as well as reform the qualification standards for retired officers to ease superfluous burdens for anyone carrying in accordance with LEOSA. If passed, some of the hurdles put in place in states like New York, New Jersey and other places would come down. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss whether or not the LEOSA Reform Act will pass, and what it would mean for officers if it does.
Mar 01, 2019
How civilians can help cops in harm's way
Some members of the public have put themselves in harm's way to help an officer survive a deadly situation. We've seen incidents in which an officer is struggling with a resistive subject—and potentially on their way to losing that fight—when a Good Samaritan appears seemingly out of nowhere to help bring the suspect under control. We've seen citizens race to help an officer wounded in a gunfight. We've seen citizens pull officers from burning patrol vehicles. We've even seen citizens help officers end a high-speed vehicle pursuit. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which police supporters can render assistance, without getting in the way of an officer's own tactics.
Feb 22, 2019
Parkland school shooting: What leadership failures mean for LE nationwide
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fired Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—who served as the 16th sheriff of that county—on January 11, 2019. Many would argue that his firing was long overdue. His agency was derided for failing to take control over a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017. Then, in 2018, deputies with the agency failed miserably in their response to the mass murder taking place at the Stoneman Douglas High School. In April 2018, the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association opened a no-confidence vote—it tallied 534–94 against Israel. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss Israel's dismissal, and what it means for law enforcement leaders nationwide.
Feb 15, 2019
Words of wisdom: Applying famous quotes to policing
Henry Ford once said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” This famous quote can easily be applied to law enforcement in 2019, with so many factors seemingly going against the profession. Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Police officers at every level have countless opportunities to listen to citizens and collect information and intelligence about what's happening in the community. There are myriad famous quotes that can be applied to law enforcement. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug share some of their favorites.
Feb 08, 2019
Reducing police officer suicides
In early January, Blue H.E.L.P. — an organization that tracks officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring — issued an announcement stating that in 2018, at least 158 officers died by suicide. This is nine percent more than the total number of line-of-duty deaths resulting from 15 other causes such as felonious assault, patrol vehicle accident, heart attack, and duty-related illness. It is also the third straight year that suicides occurred in greater number than duty deaths. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the crisis of officers dying by suicide, and offer some thoughts on ways to better help officers nearing crisis.
Feb 01, 2019
Why are hate crimes on the rise?
According to FBI data released in 2018, hate crimes rose by 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year. It was the third straight year showing an increase in hate crimes. The offenses were most commonly motivated by hatred over race, ethnicity or ancestry. Nearly a fifth of the offenses were motivated by hatred over religion. Sexual orientation and gender identity hatred were also listed as biases motivating criminal acts. In this week's podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the FBI's findings, and explore reasons why the reporting of hate crimes is seemingly on the rise.
Jan 25, 2019
Why agencies should keep mounted, bike and foot patrols
Walking the beat is a fundamental element to community policing. Other forms of patrol aimed principally at community engagement have officers mounted atop equine partners, and rolling around town on tricked-out mountain bikes. In all these cases, officers on foot create opportunities for the public to connect with their police (and vice versa). Conversely, when officers are wrapped in two tons of metal and plastic, that opportunity for real connection is essentially lost. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the need for agencies to keep these types of patrol efforts well-staffed and supported.
Jan 18, 2019
In what direction does the First Step Act lead us?
Proponents of the First Step Act — a bipartisan law aimed at reforming the criminal justice system — say it would significantly improve the prison system. Opponents say there are loopholes that would allow dangerous criminals with a high probability to reoffend to be released from prison. The text of the law says that the BOP would adopt a risk assessment tool, assess all federal prisoners for their risk of recidivism, and categorize them as minimum, low, medium, or high risk. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the First Step Act.
Jan 11, 2019
Facial recognition software in law enforcement
Last year, rights groups and even Amazon employees and stockholders sought to stop that company from providing its Rekognition software to law enforcement agencies. By all accounts, that effort has failed, as police are using the software—as well as solutions from other vendors—more and more to identify wanted criminals, missing people and suspected terrorists spotted on video. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the use of the technology, its limitations, and its potential for the future.
Jan 04, 2019
Traffic stop safety: Tactics to keep officers safe
Traffic stops are one of the most common activities for law enforcement officers on patrol. They are the epitome of proactive, self-initiated policing. They are also, however, sometimes deadly. Officers can be struck by passing vehicles, dragged by a vehicle fleeing the stop, assaulted physically either with personal weapons (fists and feet) or by weapons up to and including firearms. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the benefits of things like the passenger side approach and waiting for backup to arrive before even initiating the stop.
Dec 21, 2018
Police responsibility to regularly maintain equipment and gear
In New York, some 20,000 DUI arrests are in jeopardy because of false verifications due to aging and inaccurate equipment. Agencies are required to conduct regular maintenance of a variety of types of equipment, and yet it would appear that in some cases, that regular maintenance is not being conducted, putting not only convictions at risk, but possibly even lives. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the responsibility for agencies to check to be sure their gear is in good working order.
Dec 21, 2018
2018 in Review: From legal weed to lip sync battles
The end of the year is upon us, and looking back it is clear that 2018 zipped by like lightning. During the year, Jim and Doug covered many topics in the weekly Policing Matters podcast. In this special segment, the pair takes a look back at some of the trends and events that mattered in law enforcement in the past 12 months—from lip sync battles to policing the homeless to immigration enforcement.
Dec 13, 2018
Why officers should regularly shun 'screen time'
Too often, when we get off work and out of whatever uniform we wear during the day (or night, depending on your assigned shift), one of the first things we do is to plop ourselves in front of a screen of some kind. We open up the laptop, the tablet, or even our phone, and voluntarily allow ourselves to be assaulted by millions of relentless pixels. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the benefits of "unplugging," such as strengthening interpersonal relationships, reducing overall stress, and increasing emotional intelligence. Unplugging can even lead to better physical fitness and weight loss.
Dec 07, 2018
Living Hell: How police and firefighters render aid in wildfires
The Camp Fire in Northern California is the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in the state's history. The entire town of Paradise was destroyed, displacing as many as 50,000 people who now find themselves homeless, possessing only the clothes they wore in the hasty exodus from the disaster area. Among those who lost all their material possessions are some of those first responders fighting the fire and delivering people to safety. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how first responders deal with such massive operations.
Nov 30, 2018
How one Calif. SRO is helping kids be safer on social media
Young people are on social media for many hours a day — posting on sites and apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Social media posts — even those that have been deleted — live forever, and inappropriate posts can have an adverse effect on a kid's future many years down the line. Furthermore, many online interactions can turn ugly. Too often, a social media post can influence young people to contemplate dying by suicide. In this podcast segment, Doug Wyllie sits down with Brentwood PD Officer Mitch Brouillette, who serves as the SRO at Heritage High School, to discuss a program he created — Pause Before You Post — aimed at keeping kids safer online.
Nov 16, 2018
How cops' interactions with kids can help resolve the recruiting crisis
Police officers have a unique opportunity to positively influence the lives of countless children — many of whom do not really have very many positive role models in their lives — to become productive members of society when they grow up. Significant opportunities exist for those officers to not just help kids see what "doing good" looks like, but to influence them to have the desire to "do good" themselves. In this podcast episode, Doug Wyllie sits again with Brentwood PD Officer Mitch Brouillette, who serves as the SRO at Heritage High School, to discuss how cops can be their department's best recruiters.
Nov 09, 2018
How one Calif. high school uniquely thanked their SRO
Officer Mitch Brouillette of the Brentwood, California Police Department was the subject of a heartwarming "practical joke" executed by the students of Heritage High School, resulting in a video posted to the Internet that quickly went viral. The students concocted an elaborate ruse, coupled with a live song and dance performance, as well as some incredibly thoughtful gifts in thanks to "Officer Mitch" for all the things he does for them. In this podcast episode, Brouillette sits down with Doug Wyllie at the school to describe that day.
Nov 02, 2018
How a 9th Circuit ruling could impact sit-lie laws
The Ninth Circuit Court of appeals unanimously ruled in favor of a lawsuit by people experiencing homelessness that challenges laws making it illegal to sleep on public property overnight. The constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment prohibits "criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping, or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter," the court said in its decision. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how the decision could impact cities with sit/lie laws, which prohibit sitting or lying on the sidewalk.
Oct 26, 2018
Why safe injection sites are a bad idea
The California Legislature recently passed (and Gov. Jerry Brown then vetoed) a controversial piece of legislation — Assembly Bill 186 — that would have allowed entities to open so-called "safe injection sites" — facilities where drug users would be able to shoot up in an enclosed environment supervised by medical professionals on the lookout for signs of overdose. The trouble is, doing so is in direct contravention with Federal law. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the reasons such sites are not a good approach to solving the opioid epidemic.
Oct 19, 2018
How environmental elements can help reduce crime
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how architecture and landscaping, outdoor lighting, and other environmental elements can help to reduce crime.
Oct 12, 2018
The pros and cons of GPS tagging tech in vehicle pursuits
There is no argument that police pursuits can sometimes end in fatal collisions — crashes that kill fleeing suspects, police officers, and innocent bystanders. Police pursuits are an inherently dangerous endeavor. As some police agencies examine "no pursuit" policies, others are looking at new GPS tracking technologies that allow police to drop back and watch a monitor for where the suspect vehicle ends up. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the technology — the potential upside as well as some minor flaws.
Oct 05, 2018
Detecting marijuana DUI and enforcing the law
DUI doesn't mean just alcohol — it means driving under the influence, and driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime in every state in America. The trick is detecting the impairment, which is now only really done with field sobriety tests — there is no breathalyzer for marijuana, although some companies are getting close to solving that riddle. In this podcast segment Jim and Doug discuss the difficulty with detecting and enforcing impaired driving as a result of marijuana intoxication.
Sep 28, 2018
How to prevent police officers from dying by suicide
At the time of this recording session, 92 police officers in America have died by suicide. In Chicago, three officers died by suicide in the span of one month. In 2017 that number was 154, and in 2016 there were 138 verified instances in which an officer died by suicide. And these are just the officers we know about. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the warning signs for officers to watch out for of a colleague potentially approaching crisis, as well as available resources for officers to get the help they need.
Sep 21, 2018
Policing the homeless
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development there are more than 553,000 homeless people nationwide. California alone has an estimated 134,000 homeless individuals. Homelessness in and of itself is not a crime, but a lot of things that go along with it are crimes, and citizens rightly want the crimes taking place on the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses to stop. The trouble is, even for the most serious crimes, the offenders are usually back out on the street quickly, with nothing really being solved. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the failed strategies that have led to widespread chronic homelessness, and offer some new ideas to fix the problem.
Sep 14, 2018
How to stay healthy on the job
One cannot understate the importance for officers to eat right and stay in shape in order to tackle whatever comes their way on patrol. Officers need to have muscular strength to overcome resistant subjects. They need speed and endurance to apprehend a subject fleeing on foot. Another great physical asset is flexibility, which can help reduce the likelihood of injury. There are most definitely officers out there who are truly specimens of physical wellness. There are others who are not in great shape. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how out-of shape-cops are a danger to themselves and others, and offer some best practices for wellness.
Sep 07, 2018
What it takes to be a great police leader
We all know bad leadership when we see it. It couldn't be more plain or obvious when a person in a position of authority loses (or never had) the commitment or allegiance of the people over whom they have authority. It's equally clear when we're in the presence of a great leader — someone we'd follow into hell with nothing but a bucket of water and a hastily assembled plan. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the traits of a good leader.
Aug 31, 2018
Are American cops really all that 'militarized'?
In recent years, protesters, politicians, and some members of the press have decried what they call the "militarization" of American law enforcement. Citing things like the acquisition of equipment through the 1033 program — which has enabled law enforcement agencies to remain effective despite diminishing budgets — critics have said that police in America are too heavily armed and armored. What they don't realize is that compared to many police agencies around the world, the average cop in the United States is woefully under-equipped. In this podcast segment Jim and Doug discuss Jim's recent trip to Europe and what he saw there compared to what we have here.
Aug 24, 2018
What the FBI's new report confirms about active shooters
In late June, the FBI released what it called "Phase Two" of the agency’s ongoing examination of active killer events that took place between 2000 and 2013. In Phase One of the study, researchers focused on the circumstances of the active shooting events — location, duration, and resolution of the attacks — but did not attempt to identify the offenders’ motives or any “observable pre-attack behaviors.” In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how the report confirmed a lot of the conclusions about these attackers that most police officers already suspected, and why the public should be the primary audience for this particular document.
Aug 11, 2018
Solving the police recruitment crisis
It's no secret that police agencies across the country are seeing a massive downturn in the number of people who want to join the ranks. Millennials entering the workforce look at policing — with diminishing pay, vanishing pensions, high risk of death or great bodily harm, and of course, a hostile public — and are deciding en masse to choose another career. Policing is not an 8-5 job with weekends off and unlimited yogurt parfaits and protein bars in the galley. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the problem of recruiting new officers, and address some of the things that can be done about it.
Aug 10, 2018
The value in participating in the #LipSyncChallenge and other viral crazes
There have been dozens — if not hundreds — of videos posted to the Internet of individual officers and whole departments dancing and lip-syncing to popular music. It's become "a thing" with multiple mainstream media outlets picking up on the craze and reporting on their local agency's entry into the challenge. Do they do anything to "move the needle" in reducing anti-police sentiment? Probably not (or at least, not much). But they do serve some purpose. In this podcast segment Jim and Doug discuss the pros and cons of cops caught on video, singing and dancing their hearts out.
Aug 03, 2018
How the new SCOTUS rulings on warrantless searches may impact LE
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled on two cases involving police officers conducting warrantless searches. One case involved a stolen motorcycle secreted under a tarp near the offender’s girlfriend’s residence. The other involved a man driving a rental car that had been rented in the offender’s girlfriend’s name. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the impact these two cases may have on law enforcement.
Jul 27, 2018
What does de-escalation really mean?
De-escalation is the latest buzzword. A couple of weeks ago, we spoke about a Seattle officer who faced some manner of “disciplinary action” for taking down an axe-wielding man because he failed to de-escalate the situation. But de-escalation is not a tactic like Verbal Judo utilizing Dr. George Thompson's concepts or some other communications wizardry. De-escalation is a desired end state. It is doing what is necessary to take a volatile and/or violent situation and making it less volatile and/or violent. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the fact that cops have literally talked people off of ledges and into handcuffs for decades, and the fact that de-escalation requires the willingness of the other participant in a situation — the offender.
Jul 18, 2018
Are prison reform efforts working?
The DOJ recently released an updated study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) showing that 83 percent of prisoners released by states under so-called “jailbreak” programs were re-arrested within nine years of their release. Astonishingly, just days after the DOJ report was released, the House of Representatives passed a “prison reform” bill by a margin of 360–59. Dubbed the First Step Act (short for Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act), the bill seeks to incentivize federal inmates to participate in rehabilitation programs that ostensibly would give them skills to re-enter society without committing more crimes. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the topics of re-entry and recidivism.
Jul 13, 2018
Is de-escalation getting more cops in trouble?
Video recently surfaced showing a Seattle officer taking down an axe-wielding man with a come-from-behind open-field tackle worthy of a Sportcenter highlight. The officer subsequently faced some manner of “disciplinary action” for the apprehension. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the overreaction of supervisors to harshly remind us that no good deed ever goes unpunished.
Jul 06, 2018
How should cops handle bad 911 calls?
In mid-April, cops were called to a Philadelphia Starbucks because two patrons who happened to be black refused to either make a purchase or leave the establishment. A Yale University student who was napping in a common room was awakened and questioned by police after a fellow student called 911 and said that the woman didn’t look like she belonged there. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the fact that cops are increasingly called to various non-events and how they should handle them.
Jun 29, 2018
Smarter policing with the ASEBP
For the past three podcast segments Jim and Doug have been joined by Vallejo Police Lieutenant Jason Potts, who brought to the table the value of scientific method in determining policing strategies and tactics. Those conversations have (hopefully) increased listeners' interest in finding ways to use concepts like SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) and POP (Problem-Oriented Policing). In this podcast segment, Dudley, Wyllie, and Potts talk about The American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, a 501(C) (3) national non-profit, non-partisan organization that can assist you in quickly leveraging these methodologies at your department.
Jun 22, 2018
Problem-oriented policing and crime prevention
During the 2017 holiday shopping season, Vallejo (Calif.) police conducted a crime prevention campaign aimed at reducing auto burglaries in the parking lots of the major shopping centers in their jurisdiction. The campaign, entitled “Hide it, Lock it, Take it” included crime awareness fliers and billboards, undercover surveillance, increased marked patrols, and even decoy cars. Following the campaign, VPD utilized the SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) concepts developed by Herman Goldstein in 1979 to scientifically determine their effectiveness in reducing crime. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug are joined by Vallejo Police Lieutenant Jason Potts in a discussion about problem-oriented policing (POP) and the use of scientific analysis in law enforcement.
Jun 15, 2018
How evidence-based policing helps agencies do better work
When the Vallejo (Calif.) Police Department began considering the purchase of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), they didn’t just take the vendor’s word that the equipment would be successful in helping to capture criminals and reduce crime. Command Staff wanted to have proof, so with the assistance of a group of researchers from New York University, they employed what has become known as Evidence-Based Policing. They conducted a randomized control trial, which allows researchers to prove or disprove a theory. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug are joined by Vallejo Police Lieutenant Jason Potts in a discussion about the VPD experiment, as well as Evidence-Based Policing in general.
Jun 08, 2018
Unintended consequences of California's Prop 47
In 2014, California voters overwhelmingly (59 percent to 41 percent) passed Proposition 47, a law that downgraded a variety of crimes — such as burglary, shoplifting, and grand theft — from felonies to misdemeanors. If the value of the stolen property is under $950, the perpetrator will likely receive no penalty, creating a “green light” for bicycle thieves. “A thief may now steal something under that limit on a daily basis and it will never rise to felony status,” said the National Review in early 2018. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug are joined by special guest Vallejo Police Lieutenant Jason Potts in a discussion of the unintended consequences for citizens and police created by the law.
Jun 01, 2018
Using DNA evidence in police investigations
In late April, police arrested a 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo for a series of rapes and murders committed in the 1970s and 1980s. Dangelo (a.k.a. the Golden State Killer) was apprehended when a surreptitiously obtained DNA sample matched the DNA of relative on the other side of the country who had registered with a website and service that enables users to trace their family heritage. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ever-increasing role of DNA evidence — as well as the rapidly growing use of publicly available DNA databases — in police investigations.
May 25, 2018
Why retail store 'no chase' policies are a dilemma for LE
A trend in retail sales is to instruct employees to not attempt to stop a shoplifter. Such “no pursuit” policies among retailers have implications for police. Principally, this turns a responding officer into little more than a report taker, not an enforcer of the law. Further, those same stores that refuse to prevent the loss of products to theft simultaneously demand that officers be more present in their neighborhoods to prevent criminal activity. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the impact that private sector “no pursuit” policies have on public sector police.
May 17, 2018
Ordering food while in uniform
While attending ILEETA 2018 in Saint Louis in late March, I heard from multiple reliable sources that at least one nearby restaurant had something of a “sick out” among employees when they learned that the hotel next door was hosting some 800 of the most elite law enforcement trainers and educators in North America. Subsequently, service at the restaurant was impossibly slow. I didn’t experience this first hand, but enough people told the same story, so I tend to believe it. Some restaurants and other establishments refuse to serve cops. Worse, some places serve the police, but with some pretty vulgar extra ingredients. Meanwhile, some big restaurant chains go out of their way to warmly welcome police patrons. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the issues related to meals on your tour.
May 11, 2018
How Marsy’s law protects victims’ families
The year is 1983. A University of California Santa Barbara student named Marcy Nicholas is stalked by an ex-boyfriend and brutally murdered. A week after Marsy was murdered, her mother and brother are confronted by the accused murderer in a grocery store. They had no idea that he had been released on bail. Dr. Henry Nicholas — the key backer and proponent of Marsy’s Law — notes that criminals have more than 20 individual rights spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, while the surviving family members of murder victims have none. States such as California, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Ohio are considering — or have already passed — laws and Constitutional amendments that address this disparity. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss issues related to victims’ rights (or lack thereof).
May 04, 2018
Protests following an officer-involved shooting
Recently, Sacramento police officers were investigating reports of a man who had been smashing car windows and was bounding fences in people’s backyards. In the body camera footage released soon after the OIS, one can hear an officer shouting, “Show me your hands! Stop!” The subject continued to flee. The officers continued their pursuit. Upon making contact with the individual, one cop shouted “Show me your hands! Gun! gun! gun!” Both officers opened fire. What Stephon Clark had in his hands was not a gun — it was a mobile phone — but in the dark during a rapidly unfolding, high-stress situation such as this, an objectively reasonable (Graham v. Connor) officer could easily have perceived a weapon. The family is calling for criminal prosecution of the officers. Protesters shut down an NBA game in Sacramento in response to the shooting. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how the mainstream news outlets and social media — along with the efforts of organized groups — creates such an uproar after an officer-involved shooting.
Apr 27, 2018
Should drug dealers get the death penalty?
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently issued a one-page memo calling for death penalty for drug dealers when it is “appropriate.” Sessions asked prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug-related offenses as part of an effort to combat the opioid crisis. The memo said, in part, “Drug traffickers, transnational criminal organizations, and violent street gangs all contribute substantially to this scourge. To combat this deadly epidemic, federal prosecutors must consider every lawful tool at their disposal.” According to a Quinnipiac University poll taken just days after the release of the memo, 71 percent of Americans queried on the subject oppose such a policy. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss whether or not such a policy targeting “large-scale drug dealers” might become a judicial quagmire.
Apr 20, 2018
FGM in the USA: The reality of the brutality
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Police are among the people who are “mandatory reporters” of suspected abuse or neglect. Abuse can take many forms — from physical harm to emotional damage. One relatively unknown form of child abuse is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) — the practice of the removal of a female’s clitoris and labia. Women in places like Dijibouti, Egypt, Guinea, Mali, Northern Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Somalia have undergone this brutal “procedure.” Astonishingly, this brutal form of child abuse is becoming prevalent in the United States. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how police should respond to reports of FGM.
Apr 13, 2018
Primary considerations for crime scene management
At a crime scene, patrol officers, investigators, and others need to do a lot of things simultaneously. They must create and maintain an inner and outer perimeter, ensuring that access is only given to those who warrant it. They must begin a crime scene log and maintain it all the way through. They must preserve evidence, and make note of how evidence may have been affected by responding EMTs and/or firefighters. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug discuss the best practices for ensuring that the scene is processed thoroughly and properly.
Apr 06, 2018
Is there a place for ‘mindfulness’ in policing?
A study by two professors from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University examined 47 officers with an average tenure of nearly 14 years from police departments around the Pacific Northwest who engaged in exercises designed to enhance their physiological and psychological resilience. They practiced body-awareness exercises, mindful movement, martial arts exercises, and meditating while walking, sitting, and eating. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss what “mindfulness” really is, and how it can benefit officers and organizations.
Mar 30, 2018
Get out of the car: Alternative patrol tactics
The most fundamental aspect of community policing is having cops personally and proactively interacting with the community. That’s mighty difficult to do when you have two thousand pounds of police cruiser wrapped around you, with the windows rolled up and the radio chirping. In recent years, we’ve seen many agencies increase their foot patrols, especially in downtown business districts where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic, and the sidewalk presence of police officers can help to prevent everything from cell phone theft to shoplifting. However, there are other alternatives to explore. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which police can remain mobile for rapid response, and yet also remain available for affable conversation with the average citizen.
Mar 23, 2018
Report writing best practices
JD “Buck” Savage humorously taught officers to write accurate reports when he said, “Saw drunk. Arrested same.” Thorough, well-written reports get results. Sloppy reports with a dearth of information let the guilty run free. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss best practices for report writing, and ponder what the future holds, as artificial intelligence and body-worn cameras may one day lead to semi-autonomous report writing or even fully-autonomous report writing.
Mar 16, 2018
Police failures in Parkland
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a failure of law enforcement from start to finish. In January, the FBI received tips that the 19-year-old shooter had expressed a disturbing desire to kill people both verbally and in social media posts. The FBI did nothing. There are reports that as many as 39 calls were made to the Broward County Sheriff's Office about the kid-turned-killer. Many of those calls included details about how the gunman spoke of his desire to “shoot up the school.” In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the fact that, while we cannot have cops snatching people up like “Thinkpol” did in Oceania, or looking for “Precogs” from Minority Report, with such an abundance of inbound calls about an individual, further action should have been taken.
Mar 09, 2018
A renewed debate about arming teachers
Following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there have been renewed calls for arming teachers who qualify mentally, emotionally, and physically to carry a concealed firearm. Any such program would require careful vetting, police training, constant re-evaluation of the people and the program itself. There would need to be budget put aside for everything from the guns and ammo to the administration of the program. That having been said, three states are now considering legislation to allow teachers to be armed. The president has called for arming teachers and has the power by executive fiat to make it happen. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss whether or not American schools should remain “gun free zones.”
Mar 02, 2018
Post-OIS interview procedures that get results
Research from Force Science Institute reveals that in order to get the most accurate and detailed information from officer-involved shootings or other high-intensity events, officers should be allowed a recovery period of at least 48 hours before being interviewed in depth about the incident by IA or criminal investigators. Further, the manner in which the interview should be conducted should not be adversarial or confrontational — instead, a process called the cognitive interview should be used. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss some ways in which police agencies can improve the way cops are treated following a critical incident.
Feb 23, 2018
Tactical uses for drones
Until fairly recently, FAA regulations seemed somewhat unclear about exactly when and how law enforcement agencies can use UAVs. Now that there is a little deeper understanding of the legal parameters, police agencies are beginning to adopt the technology. The most obvious use for a UAV in law enforcement is for search and rescue operations. Drones can get under the canopy of thickly wooded areas and see what officers in a helicopter could not. Further, this technology can be helpful in standoff situations and other incidents where getting “eyes on” from a distance provides a tactical advantage for police. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which police can use UAVs.
Feb 16, 2018
Training intensity: Balancing safety with reality
Recently, a news item appeared on PoliceOne about eight police cadets who were injured during defensive tactics training at their academy. This sort of thing is not terribly uncommon. Police training is necessarily difficult, and comes with some degree of danger. But the question becomes, how can police conduct training (both academy and in-service) that is as close to reality as possible, but still safe enough that injuries are minimized? In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the different options police have at their disposal to mitigate this matter.
Feb 09, 2018
Social media and cops' First Amendment rights
You have the right to free speech. But being a cop is not a right — it is a privilege. That privilege can be taken away from you in the event that you conduct yourself in any way deemed to reflect poorly on the department. This is particularly true of incendiary statements made on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and the like. Cops are held to a higher standard than other government employees and speech on social media is included in that higher standard. As Supreme Court Justice Holmes said way back in 1892, “The petitioner may have a Constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no Constitutional right to be a policeman.” However, the Court has also recently ruled in offices’ favor, saying that some agency policies contain unconstitutionally overbroad prior restraint on protected speech. Jim and Doug discuss some of the pitfalls of posting your opinions to the Internet, as well as some of the nuances of coming up with a solid policy that’s beneficial to all parties.
Feb 02, 2018
When the headline is you
Most thoughtful police leaders know that they are in perpetual peril that something so monumentally ugly goes down in their jurisdiction that cable satellite trucks will rain from the sky and take up residence in the parking lot of the nearest big-box store. Whether it is an officer-involved shooting or an active shooter event, the cameras will be rolling and the story will be you and your agency. How do you prepare for this? Jim and Doug discuss some ways to ready yourself and your department.
Jan 26, 2018
What does it take to be a good police leader?
Police officers at the line level can demonstrate leadership just as much as the chief in the big office. In fact, line level officers and their immediate supervisors are the raw materials from which the most visible forms of police leadership are formed. What does it take to turn street leadership skills into promotions in rank and responsibility? Jim and Doug discuss the traits of a good leader, no matter what rank they’ve attained.
Jan 19, 2018
The DOJ, states’ rights, and legalized marijuana
Under federal law, marijuana is illegal. Meanwhile, 30 states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana for either medical or recreational use. This discord puts the Justice Department in a legal bind. Under President Obama, Deputy Attorney General James Cole drafted a memo saying that the Feds would defer to state and local agencies to enforce their own marijuana laws, with federal involvement directed only at drug cartels and activity in states where pot was still illegal. But in the first week of 2018, the mainstream media reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to lift those Obama-era restrictions on Federal enforcement of drug laws in jurisdictions that have voted to legalize marijuana. However, Sessions stopped short of directly encouraging U.S. prosecutors to bring marijuana cases. Jim and Doug discuss the ramifications of the new position of the DOJ.
Jan 12, 2018
Should bump stocks and suppressors be illegal?
The gunman in the Las Vegas shooting in October reportedly had equipped several AR-15 rifles with what is called a bump stock, which effectively turns a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon capable of automatic fire. Following that tragedy, there has been a great deal of discussion around the legitimate purpose a bump stock might have, as well as the need for a gun owner to equip their firearms with a suppressor. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss those issues as well as the emerging threats posed by 3-D printers and so-called ghost guns.
Jan 05, 2018
How Antifa puts police and the public in peril
Antifa are known for violent demonstrations, with rioters dressed in all black and armed with clubs, bats, and even Molotov Cocktails. They are highly organized — more organized than it may appear on the surface — as they plan their violent attacks. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how Antifa is really anti-government and not anti-Fascist.
Dec 22, 2017
Trends and takeaways from 2017
As we do every December, the Policing Matters Podcast looks back on the year that was. Probably the biggest single event of the year was the Las Vegas mass shooting, but Jim and Doug also discuss how police responded to natural disasters — particularly Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the widespread wildfires in Northern California. Other major trends were cops in the middle of First Amendment assemblies, the debate over sanctuary cities, and the fallout of decriminalization of various offences. As we close out 2017 and move forward into 2018, Jim and Doug wish every one of you health, happiness, safety and success.
Dec 20, 2017
What do we do about the opioid crisis?
Drug overdose is reportedly the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, and according to a recent report from PERF, more than 64,000 people died by overdose in 2016 alone — that's more than three times the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Doctors have been prescribing opioids too generously, and addicts are still successfully "doctor shopping" to load up on pills. Further, Heroin is easier to acquire than ever. In this segment, Jim and Doug revisit the topic of cops carrying Naloxone, and sometimes administering it multiple times per shift.
Dec 15, 2017
The escalating conflict between sanctuary cities and the federal government
In late November, US District Court Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a permanent injunction blocking President Donald Trump's executive order to deny sanctuary cities a variety of federal funds. Less than a week later, a jury in San Francisco acquitted the illegal immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle on all but one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Following that jury’s ruling, a federal grand jury has indicted the Mexican man on immigration and weapons charges. Clearly, state and local governments are on a collision course with the federal government (especially the executive branch). In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the issue.
Dec 08, 2017
How do we really implement de-escalation tactics?
How do we even define de-escalation? Isn’t this really the same thing as Verbal Judo? Does de-escalation policy put cops in danger? When does de-escalation actually work? In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the fact that you cannot talk everyone into handcuffs — some will always resist, and how that reality negates some of the training and philosophy around de-escalation.
Dec 01, 2017
What's the best policy for police pursuits?
For 100 consecutive weeks, Jim and Doug have cranked out podcast segments on topics as varied as suicide by cop, stop and frisk, Apple vs. the FBI, officer suicide, gang injunctions, and "contempt of cop." They've also covered some lighter topics, assembling lists of their favorite police books, as well as best cop movies and cop shows on TV. In this 100th podcast segment, Jim and Doug revisit the topic that generated the most listener feedback: vehicle pursuits.
Nov 17, 2017
An update on active shooter incidents
In Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 people were killed at a small church. The killer was reportedly neutralized by an armed citizen who shot the subject as he fled in his vehicle. Of course we also recall the recent tragedy in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and hundreds injured at an outdoor concert. After events like the slaughter of 20 children between six and seven years old in Newtown, Connecticut, an inevitable debate about guns in America ensues. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss mental illness, gun control, and other topics tied to recent active shooter incidents.
Nov 10, 2017
How to choose the best training options for your police career
Too many training budgets in law enforcement continue to suffer cutbacks. Meanwhile, police critics demand that cops get more and better training. You can’t have it both ways. If you want more training, you have to fund it. But failing that, many officers are choosing to train in their off time and on their own dime. Training companies run by retired police and military personnel are seemingly popping up on a daily basis. In this week’s podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how to evaluate and choose the best options for you and your career.
Nov 03, 2017
The best cop movies in film history
A few weeks ago we did a podcast on the best cop shows in TV history, but what about movies? In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the merits of films ranging from Dirty Harry to Blade Runner to The Naked Gun to Chinatown.
Oct 27, 2017
Are there too many specialized positions in LE?
A few weeks ago, an article called "The 'SWAT nod': How to tell other cops what your duty assignment is without saying a word" ran on PoliceOne. It was essentially a list of how to make it clear to everyone in your department (as well as any other department) what your duty assignment is. In this week's podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss when it makes sense (and when it doesn't) for departments to have specialists like SWAT, Motors, Narcotics, Foot Beats, Bicycle Patrol, Marine Units, Equine Units, and the like.
Oct 20, 2017
Officer discretion and contempt of cop
On July 26th, a nurse in Utah named Alex Wubbels was arrested for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient who had suffered severe injuries from a car crash. Wubbels argued that she wouldn't allow the blood to be drawn unless the man was under arrest or there was a police warrant. This was despite the fact that Section 1.3 of the Utah Commercial Driver’s License Handbook states that “If you operate a CMV [commercial vehicle], you shall be deemed to have given your consent to alcohol testing.” The video of the incident sparked a national outcry. In this week’s podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the balance between enforcing the law and falling prey to the “contempt of cop” trap some subjects will set.
Oct 13, 2017
Will the Vegas attack change large scale event security?
From a corner suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, a 64-year-old gunman — whose name merits no mention in this space — unleashed a hail of gunfire on an innocent crowd of 22,000 people attending a county music festival. He fired on the crowd for roughly ten minutes, killing at least 58 and injuring 527 others. In this week's podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss what we know so far, and what the tragedy means for the future.
Oct 06, 2017
Urban Shield and the 1033 program reinstatement
Urban Shield is one of the largest training exercises for police, firefighters, and paramedics in the country. Started several years after the September 11 attacks, it is designed to prepare first responders for a host of potential threats to public safety. But the event has drawn criticism over the years from activists who say police training is too militaristic. In this week’s podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which Urban Shield improves inter-agency communication and preparation for response to everything from a natural disasters to a terrorist attack.
Sep 29, 2017
Should the cash-bail system be discontinued?
In 2013, researchers from the Arnold Foundation studied 153,000 bookings into Kentucky jails over a two year period and found that the longer low-risk defendants were held in jail the more likely they were to engage in criminal activity. Now, we have to separate correlation from causation — we cannot go leaping to the conclusion that if-this-then-that. However, there has been some criticism that the cash-bail system disproportionately affects lower-income individuals, and that it makes no sense to decide whether someone should be held in jail awaiting trial based solely on how much money they have. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the movement in recent years to discontinue the cash-bail system at least for offenders who are evaluated to be low-risk of flight or reoffending.
Sep 22, 2017
How to 'harden the target' against ambush attacks
Ambush attacks on police officers are undeniably on the rise in the United States. In 2016 alone, at least 20 officers were fatally shot in ambush attacks. In this week's podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss some of the ways in which officers can "harden the target" and prevent such tragedy from befalling them on patrol.
Sep 15, 2017
Vigilantes, bounty hunters, and neighborhood watchmen
We all remember the story of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, but there have been other less-famous incidents in which non-sworn personnel attempted to do the work of a sworn law officer that resulted in unintended and unwanted consequences. Vigilantes are criminals and should be prosecuted as such, but where do people like bounty hunters and neighborhood watchmen fit into the mix? In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the upsides and the downsides of these well-meaning but potentially dangerous individuals and groups.
Sep 08, 2017
The best cop shows in TV history
There have been dozens of terrible police procedurals, but we've had some good cop shows too. That list includes Southland, Streets of San Francisco, Hill Street Blues, Barney Miller, and The Wire. What are the best cop shows in television history? What makes those good shows good? In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug go to Hollywood and talk about their favorites. Add your favorites in the comments section below - movies too, if you want.
Sep 01, 2017
How crowd control tactics need to evolve as protests turn increasingly violent
A white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in mid-August left a 32-year-old woman dead and nearly two dozen other people injured when a deranged white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters. There were other violent clashes in the streets that saw too little separation between the opposing factions. At the time of this recording session, there is a far-right rally planned in of all places, San Francisco. The city is organizing a “block party” to give the opposing side a place to gather. It’s nearly five miles away. Whether or not the rally in the City by the Bay is kept peaceful, law enforcement must continue to develop new ways to deal with the threat. In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss how crowd control is changing.
Aug 25, 2017
What cops should do 5 years prior to retirement
Because cops have a tendency to retire at a younger age than people in other careers, a cop pulling the pin on a 30-year career is likely to have a second career in mind. Lay the groundwork for that next phase of your working life, whether it’s consulting with a LE-related vendor, establishing your own training company, or working as a criminal justice professor. In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug discuss how to lay the foundation for a long and enjoyable retirement.
Aug 18, 2017
Police pensions on the precipice
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, public pension plans need an additional 1.1 trillion dollars just to meet current expected obligations. This is, as the mayor of Dallas recently said, untenable. Meanwhile, pensions are one of the most important incentives for police (and fire) to put their lives on the line to serve their communities. How can states resolve this looming issue? Something has to give. But how? And when? Jim and Doug discuss the prickly issue of public safety pensions.
Aug 10, 2017
Is the NJ bill on educating kids about police contacts a good idea?
New Jersey is considering legislation (Assembly Bill A1114) that would require schools to teach children how to interact with police "in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect." But can we really legislate civility? And what about compliance with lawful commands? Just because a kid has been told what to do, will they when they become adults actually do what they’ve been told? In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the potential such a law would have, as well as the ways in which it could go totally sideways from its intended purpose.
Aug 04, 2017
Why mentoring is critical to cultivating great cops
Some of the most important people in policing are the teachers, trainers, and mentors. Whether those are assignments (the academy, FTO, and other roles that focus on teaching) or informal relationships that develop organically, the police mentor is vital in helping officers to be safer and more successful on the streets. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the role of the mentor in law enforcement.
Jul 28, 2017
Should simply drawing your sidearm be considered a use of force?
For many — if not most — agencies, the act of drawing the service pistol from the holster and pointing it at a subject is considered a use of force. However, context should be considered. Is the firearm out and hidden behind the leg upon approach at a traffic stop? Is it out and at the low ready during a building search for a suspect known to be armed and dangerous? In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss what constitutes force, and what constitutes sound tactical judgment.
Jul 20, 2017
The premise of the 9th Circuit's 'provocation theory'
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a 9th Circuit case involving two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies who shot and wounded a man who pointed a gun — later found to be a BB gun — at them. The premise of the 9th Circuit decision is a "provocation" theory — followed by no other federal courts — that essentially undermines the objectively reasonable set forth by Graham v. Connor. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the case and the ramifications it may have on law enforcement.
Jul 14, 2017
How telecommuting will impact the future of law enforcement
In many lines of employment, the advent of high-speed internet and the cellular phone network has made “the office” obsolete — people can successfully do their work from a coffee shop or from their living room. Police work is obviously much more dependent on being present out in the public, but cops too can do a number of tasks remotely. They can file reports via computer and phone, do forensic analysis, do research and planning for special events, and a host of other duties. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the future of telecommuting in law enforcement.
Jul 07, 2017
What effect will decriminalizing transit fare evasion have in California?
According to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, transit fare evasion is the number one cause of juvenile citations in Los Angeles County. The California Senate recently passed legislation that prohibits youths from being charged with a criminal violation for transit fare evasion and instead treats the offense like a parking ticket. California State Senator Robert Hertzberg — who introduced the legislation — said, "No kid should go to jail or be charged with a crime simply because he or she can’t pay to ride the bus or train." Kids will receive a fine, similar to parking tickets.
Jun 29, 2017
Riveting new book explores crime, race, gangs, and the death penalty
A new non-fiction book entitled "The Valley of the Shadow of Death — A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption" is a riveting read about crime, race, gangs, the death penalty, and African American victims of violent crime. It was co-authored by former NFL defensive back Kermit Alexander, with Criminal Justice Professors Alex Gerould and Jeff Snipes. Alexander’s mother, sister, and two nephews were brutally murdered on August 31, 1984. Publisher’s Weekly called the book a “compelling narrative that rivals a first-rate thriller,” and that description is completely accurate. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug sit down with Professor Gerould to discuss how the book came to be and what lessons it offers for readers.
Jun 23, 2017
How technology is changing police work
Body cameras, drones, Shotspotter, analytics, GPS … police work has evolved significantly over the past couple of decades as new technologies such as these have been introduced, adopted, and utilized. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug discuss some of the top technologies that have helped improve police work, and what may be on the horizon.
Jun 16, 2017
How Terry v. Ohio became Stop and Frisk
The 1968 Supreme Court Decision in Terry v. Ohio held that a person’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when a police officer stops a subject and frisks him as long as the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and has a reasonable belief that the person may be armed. However, some civil rights organizations contend that a number of agencies took advantage of this ruling to inappropriately stop and frisk people without being able to articulate that reasonable suspicion. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the fact that officers must be able to report in detail (in a narrative form, not just check boxes) what led them to stop and frisk an individual.
Jun 08, 2017
Do gang injunctions work? Are they fair?
Gang injunctions prohibit illegal activities and impose restrictions on behavior of named gang members such as displaying colors or associating in public with other gang members. Gang injunctions restrain the movement of named gang members in certain areas, typically called safety zones. Gang injunctions are the result of significant investigative legwork by the police, who have to provide the court with detailed documentation about the individuals named in the injunction. However, organizations like the ACLU say that gang injunctions lead to “serious civil liberties violations” and suggest job programs and job training instead. In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the efficacy and fairness of gang injunctions.
Jun 02, 2017
Why 4AM last call is a bad idea
In California there is a proposal to allow bars to keep serving until four o’clock in the morning. Other states have similarly late (or early, depending on how you look at the clock) last call times. Alaska has last call at five in the morning, for example. Most cities in Florida close at 3AM — it's up to the communities to decide. In Louisiana, bars can technically serve 24 hours a day if there's no local law stating that they can't. In New York City closing time is four in the morning, but most municipalities throughout the state close at two. Jim and Doug discuss how much trouble tends to happen at closing time — disputes, altercations, DUI arrests — and why four o’clock last call is not a good idea.
May 25, 2017
Should cops shoot at moving vehicles?
Try to think if you’ve heard this one before: A man uses a vehicle as a weapon in a terrorist attack. That sounds familiar because this method of has become commonplace ever since ISIS and Al Qaeda began promoting it in their online instructional magazines. It recently happened in Stockholm, Sweden — an attack that left four people dead. In December 2016, a truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and wounding nearly 50 others. A Somali-born student at Ohio State University crashed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in November before getting out and stabbing several of them with a butcher knife. Meanwhile, agencies across America are instituting policies that all but prohibit shooting at violent subjects in vehicles. Jim and Doug discuss why they feel “no shooting at vehicles, ever” policies don’t make sense.
May 19, 2017
Why cops should attend Police Week
Police Week, the annual event that honors all of the fallen officers throughout American history, is arguably the most powerful event LEOs can attend. Doug and Jim discuss the importance of the gathering, and why all police officers across the country should go at least once.
May 12, 2017
How can cops combat the rise of crime broadcast on social media?
In April 2017, a man named Steve Stevens murdered an elderly man out for a walk. Stevens then posted a video of his crime on Facebook, where the footage remained visible for hours. This is not the first time that a criminal has posted pictures or video of their criminal acts on social media. Jim and Doug discuss the prevalence of these types of incidents, as well as some ideas about how to deal with them from a criminal prosecution perspective.
May 05, 2017
Keys to safe police contacts with open-carry citizens
Individuals and groups who staunchly support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms it affords have in recent years taken to carrying their firearms openly in public. They do this in order to visibly call attention to rights that they believe are in jeopardy of being taken from them by politicians who race to the television cameras every time a high-profile shooting happens. The trouble is, many Americans have never even held a gun, much less shot one. And people tend to fear what they don’t understand. So when six “guys with guns” show up at the coffee shop, police are usually called. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug discuss the issues in play when police respond to calls involving open-carry advocates.
Apr 28, 2017
Was LE response to the Berkeley riots the right approach?
On April 15 (tax day) pro-Trump individuals wearing American Flags and “Make America Great Again” baseball hats held a rally in Berkeley, California. They had notified Berkeley Police in advance of their intention to rally. However, when anarchists clad in black masks and wielding various weapons showed up, officers from the Berkeley PD stood back and allowed the two sides to get involved in a prolonged violent confrontation. This is not what most police agencies would call crowd control. Jim and Doug talk about what should have happened but didn't.
Apr 21, 2017
What the public should know about Supreme Court cases governing police activities
Some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases for law enforcement are either misunderstood or entirely unknown by the average American citizen. Meanwhile, law enforcement officers are generally very much in tune with the cases which govern how officers’ actions — everything from use of force to search and seizure activities — are judged. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug talk about a host of cases that cops know about and wish that the public did too.
Apr 14, 2017
Are more civilians coming to cops' aid nowadays?
We've seen a significant increase in news articles on PoliceOne about civilians coming to the aid of officers involved in violent confrontations with resistive subjects. Are there more of these incidents happening, or are they just getting more attention in the media? Jim and Doug offer thoughts on whether or not there’s an increase in such events.
Apr 06, 2017
How big an issue is crime committed by illegal immigrants?
Earlier this year, Kate’s Law was reintroduced to Congress, which is now controlled by Republicans. President Donald Trump has vowed that he will sign it. The law is named for Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was fatally shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national and convicted felon who had been deported but returned — illegally — to the United States. Steinle is not the only high-profile victim of crime committed by people here in the United States illegally — there are many other tragedies like hers. But how big an issue is criminal activity committed by illegal immigrants? Jim and Doug discuss the issue in detail.
Mar 31, 2017
How Trump's DOJ will differ from Obama's
Elections have consequences, and President Donald Trump's pick to serve as Attorney General and lead the Department of Justice may be one of the biggest consequences for American law enforcement. Put simply, Jeff Sessions represents “a new sheriff” at DOJ. It’s likely that Sessions will take resources that under Loretta Lynch — and Eric Holder before her — had been put toward initiatives related to things like same-sex marriage and gender identity, and reallocate those resources toward efforts on national security, terrorism, organized crime, and international gangs. Jim and Doug discuss other ways in which the DOJ will differ in the next four years from the DOJ of the previous administration.
Mar 24, 2017
How evidence-based policing can improve patrol
For the past several years, interest in Evidence-Based Policing has skyrocketed. An extension of evidence-based medicine, this form of analytical research (using control groups and other scientific methodologies) has helped forward-thinking agencies to better understand the challenges they face, and the solutions that make the most sense to solve those problems. In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug welcome guests Renee Mitchell and Jason Potts, co-founders of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, to discuss what EBP actually is, and why line-level officers should not only care about it, but actively work to use it.
Mar 17, 2017
The dangers of 'purple drank'
Kids have been abusing various substances for decades. Tobacco, marijuana, hashish, and cold medications top the list. Kids have been "huffing" inhalants (gasoline, ammonia, glue, and even spray paint) for years. Kids have gotten into heavier drugs like barbiturates, cocaine, meth, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, Vicodin, and a host of others. A new high popular with young people is pharmaceutical-strength Promethazine and Codeine. In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the dangers of "Purple Drank."
Mar 10, 2017
Fentanyl's deadly risk to cops
Back in September 2016, 11 SWAT cops were hospitalized after a flash-bang tossed into an alleged stash house kicked up powdered fentanyl and heroin. This deadly opioid poses real risks to police officers, as fentanyl can be compared to taking 500 to 1,000 codeine pills – or fifteen times more potent than heroin. In this week's podcast, Jim and Doug discuss what officers need to keep in mind with regard to handling fentanyl.
Mar 03, 2017
Government responsibility and obligation in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” Over the course of the last six weeks, Jim and Doug have discussed each of the six pillars. In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug each offer thoughts on what they would add as the seventh pillar.
Feb 24, 2017
Officer wellness and safety in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the sixth and final pillar — Officer Wellness and Safety.
Feb 16, 2017
Training and education in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the fifth pillar — Training and Education — and next week will tackle the final pillar.
Feb 10, 2017
Community outreach and crime reduction in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the fourth pillar — Community Policing and Crime Reduction — and in coming weeks will tackle each subsequent pillar in turn.
Feb 03, 2017
Technology and social media in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the third pillar — Technology and Social Media — and in coming weeks will tackle each subsequent pillar in turn.
Jan 27, 2017
Policy and oversight in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the second pillar — Policy and Oversight — and in coming weeks will tackle each subsequent pillar in turn.
Jan 20, 2017
Building trust and legitimacy in 21st century policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.” In this week’s podcast, Jim and Doug discuss the first pillar — Building Trust and Legitimacy — and in coming weeks will tackle each subsequent pillar in turn.
Jan 13, 2017
How to strengthen relationships between command staff, beat cops
One need look no further than the comments section beneath just about any article on PoliceOne to see the divide between the rank-and-file officers and the men and women who hold leadership positions at an agency. This divide has been around forever, of course, but the question becomes, is it getting better, or worse? The issue that may be the most contentious is use of force. Jim and Doug discuss what can be done to build stronger, more productive relationships between police leaders and beat cops. Can the National FOP and the IACP rally around an issue like officer safety in this time of increased attacks on police?
Jan 06, 2017
4 troubling trends that affected law enforcement in 2016
As we wind down 2016, we reflect on all of the events and trends which made headlines and shaped the national conversation about law enforcement. In this special end-of-year Policing Matters podcast, Jim and Doug discuss four things they identify as the biggest trends of the year: the increase in the number of opioid deaths (which now exceeds the number of homicide deaths), the number of peaceful protests which turned into violent riots this year, the trend of increased crime in cities where cops are pulling back from proactive policing, and the spike in ambush attacks on LE in 2016. As always, if you have topic suggestions for the podcast, email us at policingmatters@policeone.com.
Dec 23, 2016
How to help prevent police suicide during the holidays
Depending on whose data you cite, somewhere between 125 and 150 officers reportedly kill themselves annually. Conventional wisdom states that the holiday season presents an uptick in the yearly numbers. The CDC says that this is not the case, but regardless, we hope to prevent any suicide from occurring within the holidays. Jim and Doug discuss the need for officers to be vigilant about speech and behaviors that can be warning signs, as well as the various services available to people in crisis — such as Safe Call Now, Serve and Protect, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and 1st Help.
Dec 21, 2016
What can cops expect from a Trump presidency?
In an historic surprise victory, Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. What can police officers expect from the White House after his inauguration on January 20, 2017? Having already telephoned the families of officers killed in the line of duty, one might rightly surmise that Trump will demonstrate more support for law enforcement than the outgoing Democrat whose two terms saw police and politicians pitted against each other. Jim and Doug discuss whether or not Executive Order 13688 — which prohibits certain military surplus from being donated to police — will be repealed, as well as various impacts a Trump presidency will likely have on the criminal justice system.
Dec 16, 2016
Is 2016 the tipping point in national pot legalization?
The 2016 election will surely be remembered most for the unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the race for the White House, but another potentially game-changing matter was on the ballot in nine states — marijuana legalization. Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives, joining the 25 states and the District of Columbia which already had laws allowing marijuana for either medical or recreational use. Jim and Doug discuss whether or not 2016 will be viewed in history as the tipping point in nationwide marijuana legalization.
Dec 09, 2016
How cops can protect themselves from ambush attacks
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the number of officers shot and killed in ambush attacks now totals 20 — the highest since 1995. NLEOMF reports that 44 officers have been killed in fatal ambush shootings since 2014. Jim and Doug discuss this troubling trend, and what officers can do to protect themselves from ambush.
Dec 02, 2016
How cops can leverage private security personnel as investigative assets
There’s no denying that there are private security people who have absolutely no business being in any way involved in law enforcement efforts. However, there are opportunities for sworn law enforcement professionals to develop relationships with the individuals in private security who are diligent about their chosen career, and who can provide excellent information to help prosecute cases. Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which the real cops and the “mall cops” can be better partners in fighting crime.
Nov 18, 2016
What civilians should do during a police contact
With a growing number of citizens listening to the Policing Matters podcast, we want to take this opportunity to directly address that segment of the audience. When a police officer stops a person for any reason — a traffic stop, a field interview, or another scenario — the cop wants one thing from the subject: compliance. Jim and Doug discuss what people can do to ensure that whatever the circumstance, everyone goes home safe after the encounter.
Nov 11, 2016
How to become a cop
In watching the audience of the Policing Matters podcast grow, we have observed that a considerable portion of the people clicking and listening to the show are civilians. We theorize that among this group of listeners are police supporters and people who just want to know more about policing. We also believe there may be individuals who want to become a cop. With this in mind, Jim and Doug discuss the things that folks should (and should not) do as they prepare to join the noble profession.
Nov 04, 2016
How social media companies can help law enforcement
During a standoff in Baltimore County (Md.) in August 2016, local police were able to convince Facebook to deactivate the account of a woman who was eventually shot in a confrontation with police. The online social network was largely lauded for their assistance to police in that matter. Meanwhile, during the Occupy movement several years ago, BART Police in California were widely criticized for shutting down the cellular phone signal and WiFi connectivity in the transit tunnels. Jim and Doug discuss how social media plays into modern police activity, and whether or not further cooperation is on the horizon.
Oct 28, 2016
Police leaders talk modern policing at IACP 2016
At the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Doug and Jim took the opportunity to speak to police leaders about some of the most important issues facing law enforcement today. From creating a Citizens Advisory Board to adopting the recommendations in the Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing, listen to what these very special guests had to say.
Oct 21, 2016
Why police leaders should attend industry-focused seminars and events
This weekend, law enforcement leaders from across the globe will descend on San Diego (Calif.) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo. During the four-day event, more than 14,000 public safety professionals will have the opportunity to continue their education at more than 200 different seminar sessions. Further, a great deal of learning takes place in informal discussions among attendees in the hallways and at after-hours gatherings. Jim and Doug discuss the importance for police officers of attending such events as means of improving themselves.
Oct 14, 2016
How cops can protect themselves from cyber attacks
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, so it’s an opportune time to discuss the threat to law enforcement posed by hackers both foreign and domestic. Police agencies have fallen prey to ransomware, which locks the owner of the data out until a fee is paid to the attacker, and have had personal information about officers made public by individuals who identify as being part of the group Anonymous. Further, individual officers have been similarly “doxxed.” Jim and Doug discuss some of the things that can be done to prevent an attack, as well as some steps to take in the event that an attack is successful.
Oct 07, 2016
Breaking down 'broken windows'
Enforcing laws that address citizens’ quality of life has had a historically positive impact in preventing more serious crimes in areas not already rife with violence and lawlessness. For decades, the concept of Broken Windows Policing has successfully prevented increases in crime — in fact, it has been credited with widespread reduction in crime — in cities across the United States. Jim and Doug discuss the political pressure to draw back from this method of policing.
Sep 30, 2016
How cops can prepare for riots
As we have recently seen in Charlotte (N.C.), a city can be torn apart overnight by looting, arson, and violence if a peaceful protest devolves into rioting and mayhem. Even in cities where police-community relations are good, there are often outside agitators who suddenly appear in town to cause chaos. Doug and Jim discuss how police leaders can prepare for the worst, which could be just one controversial incident away at any moment.
Sep 23, 2016
Homelessness and the police
When citizens are fearful of being harassed or assaulted by indigent people living on the streets, they retreat from normal social interaction and leave a vacuum into which criminal elements can take up residence. When cities are faced with widespread homelessness whole neighborhoods can slip into decline. Jim and Doug discuss ways in which law enforcement has become the primary provider of social support services to homeless across the country, and the consequences of that fact.
Sep 16, 2016
How terrorism has changed in the 15 years since 9/11
On the 15 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we mourn the loss of nearly 3,000 Americans — 23 of whom were police officers from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and 37 of whom were officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD). Even as we remember the past, we consider the present and look toward the future. Multiple terrorist attacks have occurred on our soil since that terrible Tuesday, and we must remain vigilant against any attacks being plotted today. Jim and Doug discuss how terrorism has changed in the past decade and a half.
Sep 08, 2016
How will anti-gun laws affect cops?
In California, the governor recently signed into law several pieces of legislation that — if upheld in pending litigation — will turn many people who legally purchased certain semi-automatic rifles into felons overnight. Further, countless numbers of retired police officers who carry under HR-218 a Glock 17, 19, 22, or many other types of sidearms will become outlaws because those magazines exceed ten rounds. Anti-gun legislation is under consideration elsewhere as well. Cops across the country have for nearly a decade talked about how they would respond if ordered to enforce gun laws with which they disagree. Jim and Doug discuss the very real possibility that this may soon become an uncomfortable reality.
Sep 02, 2016
Can 'Blue Lives Matter' legislation reduce attacks?
Louisiana recently became the first state to enact a "Blue Lives Matter" law, and similar legislation has been proposed in places like Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. These laws have been proposed in the wake of an increase in ambush attacks on police such as in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Can laws making assaulting a police officer a hate crime actually lower the number of assaults on cops? Jim and Doug discuss the idea.
Aug 22, 2016
The complex relationship between cops and prosecutors
Despite Dick Wolf’s portrayal of cops and prosecutors who work in lockstep to solve and prosecute crimes, in many cases, the relationship between these two elements of the justice system is anything but harmonious. Jim and Doug discuss the complex relationship between “the police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders.”
Aug 19, 2016
How to help prevent police officer suicide
A suicide prevention program may be a difficult “sell” in a police agency — especially one where a suicide has not occurred, or where there is an existing stigma about officers seeking the assistance of mental health professionals. Police leaders should create an environment in which officers are open to seeking peer support. Part of that is identifying the best supporters. Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which top-quality peer support programs can be built and maintained.
Aug 12, 2016
Tips for getting assigned to a specialized unit
A fair number of officers eventually want to get out of a squad car and into a maritime unit, or onto a horse, or in the saddle of a bicycle. Jim and Doug discuss how those units differ from patrol, and offer some keys to successfully making the transition to a specialized assignment.
Aug 05, 2016
How Utah v. Strieff will affect cops
The Supreme Court recently ruled that if an officer makes an illegal stop and then discovers an arrest warrant, the stop and its fruit will not be excluded in court. Jim and Doug discuss how Strieff pokes a hole in the long-held doctrine that police and prosecutors cannot benefit with “the fruit of the poisonous tree” and how it impacts police interpretation of the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure doctrine, and the accompanying exclusionary rule.
Jul 29, 2016
What should cops read this summer?
The best officers are continually looking for ways to improve their skills and abilities. There are myriad ways to go about that, but one often overlooked method is to read as much as possible to expand your understanding of a topic. Jim and Doug discuss a host of titles — some new, some old — that can help officers up their game. They also include some fiction titles for your summer vacation enjoyment.
Jul 22, 2016
How officers should handle politics this election season
With the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia fast approaching, officers would do well to leave politics for off-duty discussion. Jim and Doug discuss how on-duty cops should stay neutral despite what may be shouted at protests, and some thoughts about off-duty free speech by cops as well.
Jul 14, 2016
What American airport security can learn from Europe
With an influx of refugees and migrants from war-torn regions in the Middle East, one might imagine airport security to be even more time-consuming and arduous than the TSA. But one might be wrong about that. Airport security in Europe is vastly more effective and efficient. This is perhaps because screeners in Europe are far better paid and far better trained. Much of that training is not just “how to stare at an X-ray screen.” Jim and Doug discuss how observational skills related to suspicious activity and behaviors is a better tactic than looking for “things.”
Jul 08, 2016
Why LE's response to the Orlando massacre was the correct approach
Some have criticized the three-hour period of time between the time Omar Mateen began his vicious terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, but there were some very good reasons for the “delay” in the response. Jim and Doug discuss the incident, and why the police did an excellent job in their response.
Jul 01, 2016
Cops speak out on no-pursuit policies
Our podcast discussing the fact that many agencies have enacted strict no-pursuit policies, with others adopting highly-restrictive policies that have all but rendered vehicle pursuits rare in those jurisdictions, generated a fairly heated discussion among cops. Jim and Doug read some of the comments and offer their thoughts
Jun 24, 2016
Why the proposed changes to sex offender laws are dangerous
Jim and Doug discuss how misguided proposals put predators in closer proximity to potential victims, and how this kind of “harm reduction strategy” can actually have an adverse effect on public safety.
Jun 17, 2016
Debunking the myth that cops aren't taught de-escalation
Following the PERF report “30 Guiding Principles,” many people outside of law enforcement were left to believe that de-escalation tactics and techniques are only now being introduced to police, when in fact, de-escalation has been taught and used by police officers for many years. Doug and Jim discuss how cops have used “Verbal Judo” and address when de-escalation tactics can (and cannot) be successful.
Jun 10, 2016
Leave the job at the job
The stress of police work can take an emotional toll on officers, and sadly, sometimes that can adversely impact the relationships they have with their spouses, partners, and friends outside of law enforcement. Jim and Doug discuss what cops can do to try to minimize the negativity they might accidentally be bringing home.
Jun 03, 2016
Cops weigh in: Carrying Narcan on patrol
Our podcast discussing the fact that cops are increasingly being asked to carry and administer Narcan — the drug that saves the lives of individuals overdosing on opioids — promoted an enthusiastic discussion in the comments section below that segment. Jim and Doug read some of the comments and speak to what those individuals were saying.
May 27, 2016
Be proactive: Cops' role in ID'ing child abuse and mandatory reporting
Jim and Doug discuss how police officers need to be extra vigilant toward signs that a kid is being abused (behaviors, appearance, etc.) and how police should take time whenever they can to reinforce to mandatory reporters that it is not only their duty to report abuse, but in many cases it is a misdemeanor to fail to report.
May 20, 2016
Should cops be allowed to have tattoos?
Increasingly it would seem that the general public has a higher level of tolerance of visible tattoos on officers than many police leaders do. When in uniform, cops are (according to most policies) supposed to all have a “uniform” appearance — no additional or special adornments. Jim and Doug discuss no-tattoo policies, as well as the rare cases when police officers get tattoos indicating participation in things like a fatal OIS or other sensitive incidents.
May 13, 2016
Successful police contacts with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) subjects
People with autism — children and adults alike — as well as people with other cognitive or developmental disabilities are less likely to commit a crime than others, but they are likely to come into contact with police due to a variety of reasons. For example, ASD individuals may be bullied or victimized, they may go missing (especially ASD children), and might be prone to have emotional outbreaks. With April being Autism Awareness Month, Jim and Doug discuss some of the issues related to officer contact with ASD subjects.
Apr 27, 2016
Episode 10: No-pursuit policies, pursuit tactics, ASD subjects
Jim and Doug discuss the hot-button issue of no-pursuit policies, highlight some of the ways in which LEOs can bring a pursuit to a safe and successful conclusion, and explore some of the issues related to officer contact with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) subjects.
Apr 21, 2016
How cops use social media to solve crimes
Increasingly, law enforcement agencies are utilizing social media to solve (and in some cases, prevent) crime. Whether via automated software tools or individual investigators and detectives digging into the internet manually, social media has become an invaluable investigative resource.
Apr 15, 2016
How cops can make themselves more promotable
Jim and Doug offer key tips for making the jump up to the next level in the chain of command.
Apr 11, 2016
Episode 9: Treating heroin ODs, career tips, solving crimes via social media
Doug and Jim discuss the impact officers can have in saving lives as the country faces a growing heroin epidemic, keys that allow cops to make the jump up to the next level in the chain of command, and how police use social media to solve crimes.
Apr 08, 2016
Is paying criminals the answer to crime prevention?
In what can be charitably called an innovative approach, police in Richmond (Calif.) and other places across the country are paying monthly stipends to known criminals in return for the promise that they not commit crimes. Jim and Doug examine how the program came to be.
Mar 29, 2016
Don't lose your job: Maintaining professionalism on social media
Social media sites have claimed the job of more than one police officer — even a chief can get bagged for their “free speech” on the Internet. Jim and Doug discuss where things can go wrong, as well as positive ways in which police are utilizing these web-based instant communications tools.
Mar 29, 2016
How can first responders work better together?
Jim and Doug discuss how the first responder disciplines can work better together, and just as importantly, train together for more effective multi-disciplinary response.
Mar 29, 2016
Episode 8: How can cops defend against terrorist attacks?
Jim and Doug discuss law enforcement's role in preventing and responding to terror attacks, how the first responder disciplines can work better together, crime prevention, and the use of social media in law enforcement.
Mar 25, 2016
Marijuana legalization: What's the impact on LE?
With four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — and the District of Columbia allowing individuals to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes, as well as other states allowing for its medical use, officers are tasked with keeping the roads safe and free from drivers impaired by the drug. While companies like Hound Labs are working toward developing breathalyzers to detect THC, officers on the road have to rely on experience and expertise to determine impairment. Another issue for law enforcement is just on the horizon: How do you deal with police applicants who admit to prior use in states where such use is completely legal? Jim and Doug examine these and other issues related to the legal availability of pot in an increasing number of states.
Mar 14, 2016
Why stop and frisk is paramount to officer safety
Critics of the so-called “Stop and Frisk” have effectively ended the practice in places like New York City. But the fact is that when an officer conducts a field interview or makes contact with an individual who they reasonably suspect to possess a weapon, conducing that search is an officer safety issue. The tactic has been held to be Constitutional in the 1968 case Terry v. Ohio, which was based on a stop conducted by Cleveland Police Department Detective Martin McFadden. Jim and Doug discuss how the tactic is used, and consider ways to better educate the public that it’s not a matter of police arbitrarily stopping people on the street, but based on the officer’s articulable observations.
Mar 14, 2016
Episode 7: Crowd Control, Stop and Frisk, Legal Pot
Doug and Jim discuss why it’s critical to achieve a fine balance of having an adequate level (and type) of presence without creating more tension between opposing groups in a crowd control situation, how the stop-and-frisk tactic is used, and issues related to the legal availability of pot in an increasing number of states.
Mar 11, 2016
Suicide by cop: Preparation, response and managing aftermath
Jim and Doug discuss issues related to suicide by cop, from recognizing the warning signs to dealing with the psychological aftermath.
Feb 29, 2016
Episode 6
Doug Wyllie and Jim Dudley discuss the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI, discuss issues related to suicide by cop, and offer tactics for conducting safe traffic stops.
Feb 26, 2016
4 tactical tips for conducting safe traffic stops
Conducting a traffic stop entails a good amount of forethought. Officers have to be tactical about the location of the stop, and calling in the stop to dispatch. Another consideration is whether you are going to use a passenger-side approach. Note what’s happening with the tail lights. The right turn signal still blinking could be an indicator that the driver is thinking so hard about what he’s going to do next that he forgot to turn it off. The brake lights remaining on may indicate the driver is going to slam it into drive and take off. Jim and Doug offer some safety reminders.
Feb 25, 2016
Episode 5
Doug and Jim offer lessons from law enforcement’s handling of Super Bowl 50 that agencies can use when preparing for their own large scale event, analyze PERF’s controversial new report on police use of force, and discuss some ideas for better educating the public on use of force.
Feb 12, 2016
How can cops better educate the public on use of force?
How can law enforcement better educate the public about police use of force? There continues to be a widespread lack of understanding among citizens about police work despite moves by many departments to redouble their efforts in hosting Citizens' Academies and working with local media. What more can be done? Jim and Doug discuss some ideas that may help have an impact for the future.
Feb 11, 2016
Episode 4
In Episode 4 of 'Policing Matters', we tackle use of force reform concerns, lessons learned from an attack on a Philly cop, and the threat of terrorism to officer safety.
Jan 29, 2016
Episode 3
In our special year-end episode of Policing Matters, PoliceOne Editor in Chief Doug Wyllie and retired San Francisco Deputy Chief Jim Dudley take a look back at 2015 and discuss trends.
Dec 11, 2015
Episode 2
Part One: News analysis on the Paris attacks and what they mean for U.S. cops. Part Two: Lowering hiring standards for police agencies. Part Three: Considerations for off-duty carry.
Nov 27, 2015
Episode 1
Introduction: Who we are and what "Policing Matters" is. Part one: News analysis on Quentin Tarantino's "cop murderer' comments and the Lt. Charles Joe Gliniewicz scandal. Part two: Active Shooter — Scenarios and what we learned from Umpqua Community College shooting. Part three: Active Shooters — Prevention and how law enforcement can try and evade a mass casualty incident.
Nov 13, 2015