How many police officers does an agency need? This question is difficult to answer in the best of times. It has become more so in recent years, as an economic downturn caused police agencies to consider hiring freezes, furloughs, lay-offs, salary and benefit cut-backs, and retirement incentives. Read More
When Theresa Chambers was fired from her job as Chief of the U.S. Park Police, the story made headlines across the country. After a legal battle that dragged on for 7 years, Chambers got her job back. Now back on the job for 18 months, Chambers shares the details of that dark time in her life. Read More
Three years ago, at a middle school in Wright County, Minnesota, students discovered sexually explicit pictures of a female student on her boyfriend’s cell phone. The students ran to the bathroom with the cell phone and sent the pictures on to eight other students. By the time the adults in the school discovered the pictures many student cell phones had received them. Read More
Decreasing violent crime rates is a daunting task, but Green Dot Etcetera, Inc., and its founder, Dr. Dorothy Edwards, have put together a national program that is simple, concrete, and realistic. Live the Green Dot mobilizes communities to combat violent crime together. Read More
Are BDUs compatible with the goals of community policing? The name itself—“battle dress uniform” or “battle dress utilities” (BDU)—seems antithetical to the philosophy of community policing. Read More
In 1829 the first modem police force the London Metropolitan Police —aka “Bobbies”— developed the first standard police apparel.