Are crime-fighting apps truly a boon for law enforcement?


Bambi Majumdar

Crime-fighting apps are the news of the day in law enforcement. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, since every facet of our lives now seems to be app-driven.

It is interesting to note, however, that both the police and the public are investing in advanced apps to prevent crimes from happening around them. The question is: will these apps prevent crimes or will they create a new crowd of vigilantes?

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Soft clothes or soft target? 6 safety tips for detectives

Tactical Analysis with Mike Wood
Detectives don’t get a pass from criminals just because they’re wearing soft clothes
In the process of changing from “the bag” to “soft clothes,” some detectives may be tempted to leave more behind than just a wool uniform and a heavy Sam Browne rig. They might abandon important officer safety practices and mindsets that they developed while working patrol, because they’ve convinced themselves their working environment as a detective is somehow less risky.
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What cops need to consider about armed citizens
What cops need to consider about armed citizens
Tactical Analysis with Mike Wood
Armed citizens and police officers are natural allies, and teammates in the fight against crime. There is no segment of the community more supportive of law enforcement than their fellow citizens who are lawfully armed.
So why are they accidentally killed by police with such distressing frequency?

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Officer Morale, Safety, and Wellness

Section from Rank and File (Robinson, 2018)
Reflections on some emerging issues in Law Enforcement
Mary-Jo Robinson and Christopher Smith

To sustain an agency that is prepared to respond to the changing threats to public safety, officer safety and wellness must be a priority for local communities. Advanced training and participation in strategies that promote physical and mental wellness can support officer safety and wellness, along with programs that detract from the stigma and dispel the barriers surrounding mental health care. Comprehensive officer safety and wellness programs can include treatment for an array of challenges that can stem from or lead to mental health issues, e.g., substance abuse, divorce, financial stress, or family disorders. To encourage officer wellness means to help officers to engage in a self-aware, self-directed process of achieving full physical, mental, and spiritual potential. Wellness—the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal—is a holistic, multidimensional state (National Wellness Institute 2018). Continue reading

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Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime

Robert Adelman, University at Buffalo, and Lesley Reid, University of Alabama

Research has shown virtually no support for the enduring assumption that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime.

Immigration-crime research over the past 20 years has widely corroborated the conclusions of a number of early 20th-century presidential commissions that found no backing for the immigration-crime connection. Although there are always individual exceptions, the literature demonstrates that immigrants commit fewer crimes, on average, than native-born Americans.

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Gender Diversity in Policing

It is estimated that approximately 13 percent of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States are women. However, when many executive-level female officers took the oath decades ago, they were joining departments that were unaccustomed to having women in their ranks. Vera Bumpers, Chief of the METRO Police Department of Harris County, Texas and President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, discusses her early experiences in law enforcement.

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CPI Leadership Development Graduation

Today, the Caruth Police Institute (CPI) held a graduation ceremony for Dallas, Irving, and Dallas City Marshal, UNT Dallas Police officers who completed the Leadership Development Series.  The three-week course was designed to develop and/or enhance the leadership skills for the future leaders in their respective organization.  The Keynote Speaker, Scott Donaldson, Director of Collin College Law Enforcement Academy challenged the graduates to become better community leaders than the example of leadership that had leading them the way to leadership.

Thank you graduates for recognizing the importance of leadership and taking the initiative to move your respective careers to the next level.

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