MultiBrief: Real-time crime centers grow in number

Bambi Majumdar

The Real-Time Crime Center for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Florida, has begun to provide a high-tech boost to law enforcement in the Florida capital. While this is not the only Florida county to set up a center like this, it is one of the pioneers.

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Is Civilian Oversight the Answer to Distrust of Police?

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In the last week, America has been shaken by a series of deadly encounters between police and citizens. In Louisiana, a shaky video captured the tussle that ended with Alton Sterling’s death. Barely a day had passed when Philando Castile’s last moments were broadcast on Facebook after he was shot by a police officer in Minnesota. On Thursday, a shooter targeted police officers in Dallas during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, killing five.

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Let scientists study the effect of marijuana as we decide on legalization

Cannabis use is a fact — legal in some places and not in others. Either way, science should be a stronger consideration to inform our policies.

Elsewhere, research has yielded insights that would not have been possible without the ability to study substances in a scientific and controlled setting. Consider that red wine and dark chocolate have properties that are desirable in helping to improve cholesterol, and that cocaine is an excellent topical anesthetic for certain medical procedures.


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3 Key Items Police Need to Respond to an Active Shooter Incident

What hardware do you need to have in your patrol vehicle to respond at a moment’s notice to this horrific event if you’re the first one there?

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It’s the call no officer ever wants to hear: an active shooter. While civilians and potential victims are trying to escape this terrifying event, your job is to run toward the danger and stop the shooter before the situation gets worse. You’ve trained in active shooter protocol, but do you have the equipment you need to take on the challenge you are about to face?

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Civilian Oversight of the Police in Major Cities

Stephens, Darrel W., Ellen Scrivner, and Josie F. Cambareri. 2018. Civilian Oversight of the Police in Major Cities. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Civilian oversight of the police has been a topic of discussion and debate since the 1960s. The debate generally surfaces in communities where there has been a high-profile incident in which a member of the community has been injured or killed during an encounter with the police. The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 followed by other high-profile shootings and deaths pushed civilian oversight and police accountability into the national spotlight.

Although not generally acknowledged by the public, police agencies have always had civilian oversight through elected mayors, city councils, prosecutors’ offices, court decisions, and state and federal legislation. Since the early 1960s, other forms of oversight have been developed in the hope of ensuring greater police accountability and community trust. In the earliest cases, a number of cities established civilian police commissions or boards (Los Angeles; Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; and Detroit are examples) that played a role in the selection of the chief, policy development, and discipline. Since the late 1960s, other forms of civilian oversight have emerged.

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The Entrapment Defense

What is a Baited Package or Car?

The bait car looks like any regular car on the street. It is a vehicle owned by the police department and equipped with GPS devices and possibly cameras. The police will place something valuable inside the bait car, such as cell phones, i-Pads, purse and then they park the car (with the keys inside) on the side of the street in a low-income part of town. If someone tries to steal the bait car or the valuables inside, the GPS is triggered, the camera is activated, and the police are alerted. In most cases, the person does not get very far before a patrol car arrives to arrest them for either BMV or UUMV or both. Continue reading

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A Community Policing Story

The nine principles of policing established by Sir Robert Peel of the London Metropolitan Police District in 1829.

 PRINCIPLE 1 “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.”
PRINCIPLE 2 “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.”
PRINCIPLE 3 “Police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.”
PRINCIPLE 4 “The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.”
PRINCIPLE 5 “Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to the public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.”
PRINCIPLE 6 “Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.”
PRINCIPLE 7 “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
PRINCIPLE 8 “Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.”
PRINCIPLE 9 “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.” Continue reading

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