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President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice

President Trump signed an executive order to establish the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice – the first commission on law enforcement in half a century.

Access the website HERE

U.S. Department of Justice President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Final Report December 2020

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Final Report, December 2020

Memorandum from the Attorney General, “The Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice,” January 21, 2020

List of Commissioners

Working Groups

Hearings

Weekly Commission Updates

Draft Report, President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, November 2020

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COPS & Race

I recently discovered a podcast called “The Glenn Show”. The shows that I have watched are AWESOME. They cover a range of topics and the show hosts or main characters Professor Glen Loury and Professor John McWhorter are intelligent, thoughtful , and current. I don’t agree with everything they they say or topic they discuss but they make the listerner feel like you can have a discussion with them. WE NEED MORE DISCUSSIONS. This show on COPS and Race is my favorite so far. It was recorded 5-28-2020. Below is a list of some of the topics they discuss during the podcast. There were far more topics discussed and in much more detail. I think you will find that this will be the first time you will hear how these topis are discussed.

This episode of the Glenn Show can be viewed HERE

Glenn Loury (Watson Institute for International and Public AffairsBrown University) and John McWhorter (Columbia University, Lexicon Valley, The Atlantic)

Police Benchmark Cities Survey

BENCHMARK CITIES

The Boulder Police Department is one of 30 law enforcement agencies who participate in the Benchmark Cities group.  It was originally designed in 1997 by a core group of chief’s from around the country who had department size, population and demographics (college community) in common. Extensive surveys are completed each year and reviewed at an annual conference which allows agencies to compare themselves over a wide variety of criteria and ensures they are providing the best service possible to their respective communities.  The latest surveys are posted in the right-hand column and will be updated as soon as they are available.

— Read on bouldercolorado.gov/police/benchmark-cities

Long Road to Nowhere How Southern States Struggle with Long-Term Incarceration

The Deep South is the epicenter of mass incarceration. The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country, with prison populations growing by 86% between 1990 and 2019. For Southern states, prison populations exploded by 127% during that same period. During this time in history, America implemented “tough on crime” policies that responded to public health issues like the drug epidemic with incarceration instead of rehabilitation. Laws for even nonviolent crimes became more punitive with longer sentences, and people of color were disproportionately pushed into prisons with little hope for parole.
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The Invisible Rules That Govern Use of Force by Ion Meyn :: SSRN

This is an interesting article about the rules that govern police use of force.

Abstract
Police departments reject the idea that use of force can be governed by hard and fast rules. Under this rule-resistant view, using rules to regulate use of force would be dangerous and in practice impossible, as officers must retain broad discretion to respond to ever-changing conditions in the field. Despite the prevalence of this view, the Article finds that, behind closed doors, departments are constructing hard and fast rules that limit officer discretion.
— Read on papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm

Review of “We Own This City” by Justin Fenton | City Journal

A new book on police corruption shows how bureaucratic bloat is as much of a problem as bent cops.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/baltimore-police-corruption-bureaucratic-bloat

I hope to do a review of this book shortly. I’m on the last few chapters. If you like policing it is an awesome book. It captures a snapshot of police misconduct in Baltimore around 2015.

The scary part is it could easily exist in any police department. I’m not saying it does. I’m saying that if you are a police officer reflect as you read the book and see if there are circumstances that might exist in your PD where certain behaviors might be seen as hardworking as opposed to misconduct.