64 Police Officers Shot and Killed—21 were ambushed in 2016

– December 29, 2016 – Law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years in 2016, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled and released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)

DOJ Awards $9.4 Million to Identify and Prevent Gender Bias in Policing

October 5, 2016 The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) have awarded a total of nine grants worth $9.4 million to various national and local organizations that will use the funding to implement the department’s Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The … Read More

Chicago Police Department Drafts New Use-Of-Force Policy; Seeks Public Input

Chicago Police Propose New Use-Of-Force Policies Aimed At Reducing Controversies By Annie Sweeney, Jeremy Gorner and Dan Hinkel October 7, 2016 The Chicago Police Department, pressured by a U.S. Justice Department investigation and public outrage over police misconduct, has unveiled proposed policy changes aimed at cutting down on the kinds of controversial uses of force that have plagued the city. The draft policies released Friday … Read More

Thoughts and Quotes on the Toxic Effect of Cynicism

In policing, it is difficult to resist cynicism but doing so is vital to mental health as well as fair and impartial policing. Some officers are proud of their cynicism. They view it as a badge of experience-won wisdom. Others adorn it as a shield from disappointments and betrayals. Still others think it as a form of cleverness. But cynicism is … Read More