Baltimore City is wrestling with multiple public health crises: the global COVID-19 pandemic and local epidemics of gun violence and preventable overdose deaths. Since 2015, Baltimore has seen more than 300 homicides per year—the overwhelming majority of which were gun-related. In 2020, there were 954 opioid-related overdose deaths in Baltimore.
Historically, Baltimore has over-relied on the 3Ps – policing, prosecutions, and prisons – in an attempt to reduce violence and strengthen community safety. This strategy has not only failed to yield long- term results, it has also come at an extremely high social cost to many of our most vulnerable communities.
Never before has Baltimore developed a holistic public safety strategy, one that aims to treat gun violence as a public health crisis and operationalizes what Baltimore residents want to see from their City government. Furthermore, the City has never developed a multi-year plan to reduce violence in a sustainable way over time, not just for a year or two.
Make sure to explore the various different webpages or tabs at the OIG site. The “Sentinel Event Review” is a report on the response to the Floyd Protests/Riots. The Reports page has various topical reports and memorandum. The audits page contains performance audits that examine critical systems, practices, and policies within the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the Office of Police Accountability (OPA).
Check it out HERE
This is a report on how less Law Enforcement can make mass transit safer.
“Safety For All” chronicles how agencies like BART in San Francisco, TriMet in Portland, and SEPTA in Philadelphia are addressing safety concerns by hiring unarmed personnel, developing high profile anti-harassment campaigns, and better connecting vulnerable riders to housing and mental health services. These interventions also allow transit police to spend less time on “quality of life” offenses and focus more attention on the core mission of deterring violence.
— Read on transitcenter.org/publication/safety-for-all/
This webpage contains several interesting reports on types of police oversight.
There are 2 articles that are overviews of police oversight and then several publications that review oversight at individual police departments.
Recent Reports – National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
— Read on www.nacole.org/recent_reports
Our View: Policing traffic laws that result in racial disparities is a perversion of justice. Finally, some jurisdictions are reforming their ways.
— Read on www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2021/07/18/driving-while-black-unwarranted-traffic-stops-policing-reform/7903400002/
I checked out Compliance vs Audit prevention and very interesting and informative.
Check out the whole BWC WEBSITE.
On June 22-24, 2021, the Body-worn Camera (BWC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) team, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), held the 2020 BWC TTA Virtual National Meeting. This meeting was primarily intended for FY 2020 BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) grant agencies, but was also open to previous years’ grantees. Members of the BWC TTA Team, subject matter experts (SMEs), and representatives from BJA and JSS also participated in the meeting.
— Read on bwctta.com/events/calendar/2021-body-worn-camera-training-and-technical-assistance-national-meeting
Alternatives to incarceration often replicate the same problematic technologies that fostered mass incarceration.
— Read on www.aclu.org/news/
Police officers who were decertified by state regulators went on to find work at other departments and public safety agencies, records show.
— Read on theintercept.com/2021/07/08/new-york-police-decertification/