Criminals And Guns-Why Cops Are Concerned

Highlights A very high percentage of violent offenders use or carry firearms per federal sources. What this means for police-involved shootings and public policy. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former […]

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Highlights A very high percentage of violent offenders use or carry firearms per federal sources. What this means for police-involved shootings and public policy. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former […]

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Can Meditation Reduce Police Stress, Use of Force?

Several thousand officers have been trained in “mindfulness” in cities like Dallas, Boston and Seattle, as well as towns across Oregon, California and Wisconsin. Proponents champion the practice as a way to treat the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder among police and reduce excessive use of force.

Richard Goerling addresses a room of first responders, prison guards, and military members wearing gym clothes, sitting on yoga mats. “So you’re here for some hippie-bullshit mindfulness training,” he says, reports Pacific Standard magazine.

In a conference-room-turned-meditation center near Portland, Or., Goerling asks everyone to close their eyes and imagine their breath on the tip of their nose.

A police officer himself, Goerling is sensitive to the skepticism that cops might bring to mindfulness. In an eight-hour training, he introduces them to neuroscientific findings on the effects of mindful meditation—how it can lower cortisol, a hormone related to stress—while also teaching them meditation practices.

Goerling is one of a growing number of leaders in law enforcement who envision meditation as part of the future of policing.

Several thousand officers have been trained in cities like Dallas, Boston and Seattle, as well as towns across Oregon, California and Wisconsin. Proponents champion the practice as a way to limit stress, treat the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder among police, and even reduce excessive use of force.

See Also: TCR’s Special Report: How to Find the Cops America Needs

“I absolutely believe that mindfulness training is the foundation for any successful police reform and transformation,” Goerling says. “It’s critical.”

Recent studies suggest that mindfulness can reduce stress and curb aggression among law enforcement officers. Many of these studies rely on self-reporting and wishy-washy measurement methods.

When it comes to some of the most violent behavior among police, including incidents associated with racial bias, there is little evidence that meditation makes any difference.

“There is a risk that these kinds of training programs, no matter how well intentioned, will only provide the illusion of police reform rather than getting at the structural forces that drive disrespectful and aggressive over-policing,” says sociologist Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College and author of the book The End of Policing.

Additional Reading;  TCR’s Q&A with Alex Vitale 

 

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If You Don’t Trust Cops, You Don’t Report Crimes?

Highlights Per new research, if you don’t trust cops, you’re less likely to report crimes. But people don’t report crimes for a wide variety of reasons, most having nothing to do with perceptions of law enforcement. Introduction There’s new research (summarized below) stating that “crime victims’ perceptions that they will be treated unfairly or not […]

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Highlights Per new research, if you don’t trust cops, you’re less likely to report crimes. But people don’t report crimes for a wide variety of reasons, most having nothing to do with perceptions of law enforcement. Introduction There’s new research (summarized below) stating that “crime victims’ perceptions that they will be treated unfairly or not […]

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Should Policing Be Like Military Service?

Highlights Should policing or corrections be like military service with a defined period of enlistment and benefits? More officers are dying by suicide than by gunfire and traffic accidents combined. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times […]

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Highlights Should policing or corrections be like military service with a defined period of enlistment and benefits? More officers are dying by suicide than by gunfire and traffic accidents combined. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times […]

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Police-Initiated Contacts Fall By 8 million

Highlights There are significant drops in police-initiated public contact. Regardless of demographics, the great majority of people contacted believe that the police officers involved behaved properly. This report supplements data from Gallup indicating that law enforcement is one of the most respected organizations in America. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five […]

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Highlights There are significant drops in police-initiated public contact. Regardless of demographics, the great majority of people contacted believe that the police officers involved behaved properly. This report supplements data from Gallup indicating that law enforcement is one of the most respected organizations in America. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five […]

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Terahertz Millimeter-Wave Scanners

Interesting article on terahertz millimeter-wave scanners and their uses to detect terrorist bombers. The heart of the device is a block of electronics about the size of a 1990s tower personal computer. It comes housed in a musician’s black case, akin to the one Spinal Tap might use on tour. At the front: a large, square white plate, the terahertz…

Interesting article on terahertz millimeter-wave scanners and their uses to detect terrorist bombers.

The heart of the device is a block of electronics about the size of a 1990s tower personal computer. It comes housed in a musician's black case, akin to the one Spinal Tap might use on tour. At the front: a large, square white plate, the terahertz camera and, just above it, an ordinary closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera. Mounted on a shelf inside the case is a laptop that displays the CCTV image and the blobby terahertz image side by side.

An operator compares the two images as people flow past, looking for unexplained dark areas that could represent firearms or suicide vests. Most images that might be mistaken for a weapon­ -- backpacks or a big patch of sweat on the back of a person's shirt­ -- are easily evaluated by observing the terahertz image alongside an unaltered video picture of the passenger.

It is up to the operator­ -- in LA's case, presumably a transport police officer­ -- to query people when dark areas on the terahertz image suggest concealed large weapons or suicide vests. The device cannot see inside bodies, backpacks or shoes. "If you look at previous incidents on public transit systems, this technology would have detected those," Sotero says, noting LA Metro worked "closely" with the TSA for over a year to test this and other technologies. "It definitely has the backing of TSA."

How the technology works in practice depends heavily on the operator's training. According to Evans, "A lot of tradecraft goes into understanding where the threat item is likely to be on the body." He sees the crucial role played by the operator as giving back control to security guards and allowing them to use their common sense.

I am quoted in the article as being skeptical of the technology, particularly how its deployed.

from https://www.schneier.com/blog/

American Confidence in Law Enforcement Very High

Highlights Per Gallup, 85 percent of Americans either have a great deal or some confidence in law enforcement. The media and Congress are at the bottom of the ratings. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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Highlights Per Gallup, 85 percent of Americans either have a great deal or some confidence in law enforcement. The media and Congress are at the bottom of the ratings. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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The Overwhelming Number of Police Shootings Involve Armed Suspects

  Observations The vast majority of police officers have never fired their guns. The overwhelming number of police shootings involve armed suspects. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist […]

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  Observations The vast majority of police officers have never fired their guns. The overwhelming number of police shootings involve armed suspects. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist […]

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Rate of Police Officers Decreases By 11 Percent

Introduction The increase in full-time law enforcement officers does not keep pace with the growth in population (8 percent versus 21 percent). The rate of full-time police officers decreased by 11 percent from 1997 to 2016 Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state […]

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Introduction The increase in full-time law enforcement officers does not keep pace with the growth in population (8 percent versus 21 percent). The rate of full-time police officers decreased by 11 percent from 1997 to 2016 Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning public relations for national and state […]

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We Demand That Cops Be Warriors

Observations If the public demands quick resolutions to school and mass shootings or acts of terrorism, they are also insisting on military training and equipment. We train and encourage officers to be warriors because it’s necessary for many aspects of law enforcement. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning […]

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Observations If the public demands quick resolutions to school and mass shootings or acts of terrorism, they are also insisting on military training and equipment. We train and encourage officers to be warriors because it’s necessary for many aspects of law enforcement. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Retired federal senior spokesperson. Thirty-five years of award-winning […]

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