Several years ago I accidentally discovered the “benchmark cities survey” and I haven’t heard it talked about in academic and policing circles. It is a fantastic resource. the Survey consists of 5 major areas: Demographics, Budget, General Performance & Service Measures, Crime & Clearance, NIBRS Crime & Clearance, and Traffic Safety. Below are links to a few different years of the survey. This survey would be helpful for police in making knowledge based decisions, students for a police administration course, and academic research.
In 1997, a group of police chiefs from around the country established the benchmark cities survey, which created measurement tool to help ensure police departments provide the best service possible within their respective communities. Overland Park Police Department has taken the lead in compiling the survey results. The survey, updated annually, provides a range of information about each department. With that information, the participating agencies can set better goals and objectives, and compare their performance in the various areas.
The Overland Park Police Department 2020 Survey can be found HERE
The Olathe Police Department (OPD) has links to the 2019 benchmark city survey – HERE
- The Lawrence KS PD combined all the PowerPoint presentations into a single presentation:
- The 2019 presentation can be accessed HERE and
- The 2018 Presentation is HERE
- The 2017 Presentation HERE
- I can’t find a report for 2016
- The 2015 report is HERE
- The 2014 report can’t be located
- The 2013 report can be found HERE
- Thank you Lawrence PD!!!!!
At the link below is the latest poll conducted by UMass Amherst about a few topics one being defund the police. There are 3 links to reports. The survey and 2 reports that contain the breakdown of demographics from the survey. Interesting to get some insight into what the public thinks about defund the police.
Toplines and Crosstabs May 2022: LGBTQ issues and education & BLM and police reform | Department of Political Science | UMass Amherst
— Read on polsci.umass.edu/toplines-and-crosstabs-may-2022-lgbtq-issues-and-education-blm-and-police-reform
In 2020, amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the protests and riots surrounding the death of George Floyd, America’s homicide rate increased by an astonishing 30%, even as many less serious types of crime held steady or even declined.The purpose of this brief is to describe the…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/breaking-down-the-2020-homicide-spike
Sixty percent of Tucson’s shootings in 2020 occurred in 4% of the city’s geographic area — and a new effort aims to improve life in three apartment complexes at the
— Read on tucson.com/content/tncms/live/
Reuters identified five law-enforcement instructors who embrace far-right movements and espouse fringe conspiracy theories. They’ve taught hundreds of cops.
— Read on www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-police-extremism/
Police Accountability Report hosts Stephen Janis and Taya Graham discuss some of their findings from their ongoing investigation into the town of Milton, West Virginia.
— Read on therealnews.com/police-accountability-report-how-a-small-town-police-department-in-wv-is-fleecing-its-citizens
This is an excellent publication on police corruption and ethics.
This work aims to provide a common level of knowledge and understanding of police integrity and corruption, its causes and the efficacy of strategies for its prevention. Other issues of relevance include the links between integrity (and lapses in it) and the development of corruption, and strategies for instilling organisational values and integrity in staff. It is not an aim of this report to provide an assessment of the current extent or nature of police corruption in the United Kingdom. It is hoped this work will provide an essential base for the development of robust prevention strategies in the longer term.
By definition, a literature review is necessarily historical and shaped by available material. The review covers the main English language literature on the issues of police corruption and police ethics over the past 20 years. It includes the sociological and criminological literature, together with a review of the main ‘official inquiries’ from the United States and Australia.