Police Benchmark Cities Survey


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

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.

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

America’s War on Cops with Heather Mac Donald – The Charlie Kirk Show – Omny.fm

Essayist, author, and attorney, Heather Mac Donald, is a Thomas W. Smith Fellow of the Manhattan Institute and an American treasure. She joins the show to discuss the current explosion of violence and rioting in Minnesota and around the country after the police involved shooting death of Daunte Wright, who resisted arrest during the altercation. Heather cuts through the noise and the emotional arguments filling the mainstream media’s nightly news coverage to bring the facts. Are police racist? Are they targeting black people? Are we headed toward another era of urban blight? This is a must listen to interview with one of America’s most knowledgeable experts on police violence. 
— Read on omny.fm/shows/the-charlie-kirk-show/americas-war-on-cops-with-heather-mac-donald

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

Police Strategies LLC Report on SPD Police Interaction – City of Spokane, Washington

Police Strategies LLC commissioned for a study on SPD relations with community around gender, age, and race.
— Read on my.spokanecity.org/police/news/2021/03/03/police-strategies-llc-report-on-spd-police-interaction/

Read this interesting article from a local news reporter. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/mar/14/shawn-vestal-latest-police-bias-study-full-of-data/

Police solve just 2% of all major crimes

When police arrest a suspect who is then convicted of the crime, it is a rare exception rather than the rule in the US.
— Read on theconversation.com/police-solve-just-2-of-all-major-crimes-143878

Commentary: How can the Criminal Justice System be this massive trap of Mass Incarceration when only 2% of the crimes that carry the longest prison sentence end in conviction. I’m not sure how plea deals are calculated seeing that 90% of all court cases end in a plea deal. Some of the thoughts here are that criminals are prolific and they eventually get caught, so the arrest of one criminal may stop 20-30 future crimes. Some criminals commit very few crimes and stop either forever or for long periods of time.

NOTABLE: Publications from the links in the article

How Effective Are Police? The Problem of Clearance Rates and Criminal Accountability

Most violent and property crimes in the U.S. go unsolved

Alternatives to Arrest for Young People