law enforcement

The Way of the Jedi: Developing the Balance Between the Warrior and Guardian Webinar

We are plagued with stories about police corruption, poor tactics, excessive use of force and as such public outcry for change is louder than ever. As a result, many agencies have attempted quick fixes (e.g., increased accountability, de-escalation classes, cameras) that have not solved the problem. Additionally, there continues to be a debate about if officers should be warrior or guardians and these conversations tend to create division and foster extreme response options that perpetuate officer imbalance.

In 2008, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB) Act to honor the exceptional acts of bravery that federal, state, and local law enforcement officers make in the line of duty every day. Often times, these acts of bravery place officers at personal risk of injury or result in sustainment of a physical injury. The Law Enforcement CBOB nomination period is now open through February 15, 2016.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in coordination with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently released a resource for law enforcement officers titled, “Health Watch: Checking In For Duty.” The resource is a physician’s checklist to help law enforcement officers be their own health advocate.

The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a paper titled Putting a Value on Crime Analysts: Considerations for Law Enforcement. The paper offers guidance for police executives on how to explain the value of crime analysts and whether cost-benefit analysis (CBA) can help demonstrate a return on investment for these positions.

APA Final Friday Webinar: Prosecuting Hate Crimes

Reprising one of the most popular sessions from last year’s 8th National Community Prosecution Summit, Joy Repella, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and Patrice O’Neill, CEO & Executive Producer of the Oakland, CA based non-profit, Not in Our Town, present February’s Final Friday’s webinar, “Prosecuting Hate Crimes”.