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.
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/
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
There are 3 types of police stops for vehicle and traffic infractions: Moving, non-moving, and administrative. When you look at the data keep in mind what type of stops are most used? Also think how police might be issuing the traffic tickets. Are the tickets the reason for the stop? Is the ticket an infraction detected after initial stop like the car was stopped for speeding and then it was discovered that the driver’s license was suspended. Or was a crime discovered that was totally unrelated from the stop like the driver was speeding and a gun was observed in the vehicle.
It would be interesting to know the initial reason for the stop for each stop and then see how the stops progress.
The dashboard has analysis of police traffic stops in Baltimore County Maryland
My favorite theory from Dr. Kleiman as a police strategy is Enforcement Swamping. In a nut shell Swamping occurs, lets say in a parking lot when police give extra enforcement at the entrances so persons using the parking lots might believe that this “extra enforcement” is throughout the parking area and the “bad people” believe that it is risky to use the parking lot and either go somewhere else or stop there bad activities.
This is another terrific podcast by Glenn Loury. Peter Moskos is a very interesting guest. Dr. Moskos has an interesting insight into police work. You should also check out the stuff that Moskos posts on his websites.