Task Force on Policing

The independent Task Force on Policing was launched in November 2020 by the Council on Criminal Justice. Its mission is to identify the policies and practices most likely to reduce violent encounters between officers and the public and improve the fairness and effectiveness of American policing. The Task Force is evaluating more than two dozen proposed policing reforms, including those focused on preventing excessive use of force, reducing racial biases, increasing accountability, and improving the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

The Task Force on Policing is staffed by the Council, with research support from the Crime Lab at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Make sure to check out the several different Policy Assessments that they offer on it’s website.

HERE are a few notable ones that can be downloaded from the website:

Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) – HERE

Civilian Oversight – HERE

Governmental Oversight and Reform Measures – HERE

Is Police Reform Over – Podcast #134

This podcast is another anti-police view for reform. There were some comments that police Reform hasn’t work so maybe its time to stop trying to reform police. Policing is in constant change and reform. Over the past 30 years there has been changes in technology, use of force, response to domestic violence, police pursuits, changes in law, implicit bias, de-escalation, etc. When change is difficult is because police offices think the reforms are illegitimate. They are agenda driven and spearheaded by a small amount of people.

A second thing that the participants discuss are several thinks that are not part of policing like homelessness, unemployment, housing, access to school yet they discuss law enforcement’s role with these issues. These are not law enforcement issues. You call for the abolition of the police yet you connect police to issues that it is not part of. WHY? Because you know that it is the police that will be called to lend assistance because there are NO OTHER agencies that are available 27/7/365.

Unfortunately through the whole podcast I don’t hear anything positive about the police. It is difficult to think that you are legitimately trying to improve policing when discussed about policing is negative. When anyone who is part of policing knows that it just isn’t so.

The podcast can be accessed here….podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/criminal-in-justice/id1094352910

Cops Tried To Force a Man To Delete a Video of Them Beating a Suspect. They Got Qualified Immunity.

In August 2014, Levi Frasier filmed Denver cops beating a suspect during an arrest for an alleged drug deal. The officers punched the accused six times in the face, and when a woman approached the scene screaming, a different cop clutched her ankle, tossing her to the ground—all captured on film.

The officers didn’t take kindly to the latter point. After the arrest, they surrounded Frasier, searched his tablet without a warrant, and attempted to delete the resulting video. In doing so, a federal court this week acknowledged that the officers violated the First Amendment, with the judges noting that the city’s police training had taught the officers as much: There’s a constitutional right to record government agents making a public arrest.

Read more HERE ………..

Effectiveness of Police Training

Police training, particularly that which is delivered to recruits, is designed to impart the knowledge and skills officers require to adhere to departmental procedures, policies, and practices. As such, basic training is a fundamental component of efforts to reduce excessive use of force and racially biased policing, ensure respectful and constitutional behaviors on the part of officers, and build community trust and police legitimacy. Yet far too often decisions about whether and when to invest in certain trainings are guided by the latest trends and premised on assumptions that training will be effective. It is crucial that research on the content, duration, and modality of both basic and in-service trainings guides police departments’ decisions about their allocation of scarce training resources.
READ more ……. here

Get the publication HERE

Social Fabric: A New Model for Public Safety and Vital Neighborhoods


Should the police own safety? For the past forty years, localities across the country have responded with a resounding “yes,” as the primary response to crime has been to call upon the police and criminal justice system. That approach has come with harms, long understood in communities of color and further underscored last summer by the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. These harms undermine the trust that should be the very foundation of any system of justice.

This paper argues that there is a different and more durable model, based on the oldest of ideas and eminently doable, especially in this moment of pandemic-straitened budgets: tight-knit communities, where residents are brought together through local institutions and have access to basic civic resources, are the places where safety thrives.

Find the FULL report and Executive Summary HERE

QPP 37: Justin Fenton – Peter Moskos

WOW another home run podcast. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

This is a discussion about corruption in the Baltimore Police Department. Professor Moskos is a terrific interviewer and the Author Justin Fenton is easy to listen to.

The discussion covers police corruption, policing in Baltimore, causes of corruption, neighborhoods, police supervision, politicians, all that circles the issue of police corruption.

QPP 37: Justin Fenton – Peter Moskos
— Read on qualitypolicing.com/episode-37-justin-fenton/

The Science of Justice St. Louis County Police Department National Justice Database City Report

The project’s overall goals were to (1) examine whether some racial groups in St. Louis County experience more frequent or burdensome police contact than other groups; (2) identify factors that contribute to any existing racial disparities and the extent to which these factors can be influenced by SLCPD; and (3) provide recommendations for actions SLCPD can take to address any identified disparities.

www.stlouiscountypolice.com/Portals/0/County Police/CPE Report w Cover Letter.pdf