Current Events

Upcoming training: Current event news articles listed below training section. 

Date/Time Event
05/16/2017 – 05/19/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Phoenix)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
06/07/2017 – 06/09/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Denver, CO)
Colorado Department of Public Safety, Lakewood CO – CLASS SOLD OUT
09/06/2017 – 09/08/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Washington DC Area)
Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy
09/20/2017 – 09/22/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Oklahoma City, OK)
Oklahoma City Police Training Center, Oklahoma City OK
10/11/2017 – 10/13/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Phoenix, AZ)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
10/31/2017 – 11/03/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Washington DC Area)
Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy
11/14/2017 – 11/17/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Phoenix)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ

May 5: Latest report by monitor faults lack of scrutiny by APD brass

ABQJournal: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The independent monitor overseeing Albuquerque police reform said in a new report that the lack of scrutiny the department’s highest ranking officers give use-of-force cases is “mystifying” and “startling.”

James Ginger, the independent monitor overseeing reform, said in the report’s summary that his team has noticed a “palpable shift” in the police department’s approach to changes. The report was critical of the department’s high-ranking supervisors and command-level officers, accusing them of “deliberate non-compliance” in some cases.

Link to Report

May 5: Audit: ICE officers lack training, lose track of undocumented immigrants

DENVER Channel:  A government audit reports ICE agents are not getting enough training and are losing track of undocumented immigrants.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General conducted an audit at ICE offices in Atlanta, St. Paul, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The visits took place from June 2016 to October 2016. The audit focuses on people who are out of detention facilities.

The report shows deportation officers are overseeing 1,700 to 10,000 cases of people waiting to have an immigration hearing. ICE personnel agreed that the workloads are unmanageable, yet ICE has not tried to determine what is achievable and what would alleviate the burden.

Training is an issue in the agency, too.

Link to OIG Report

May 5: Connecticut Chiefs Say Police Profiling Reports Are Flawed

AP: Connecticut police officials say independent reviews have found serious flaws with reports that police officers stop minority drivers at disproportionate rates, but analysts stand by their work.

May 4: FBI report finds officers ‘de-policing’ as anti-cop hostility becomes ‘new norm’

Washington Times: An unclassified FBI study on last year’s cop-killing spree found officers are “de-policing” amid concerns that anti-police defiance fueled in part by movements like Black Lives Matter has become the “new norm.”

“Departments — and individual officers — have increasingly made the decision to stop engaging in proactive policing,” said the report by the FBI Office of Partner Engagement obtained by The Washington Times.

Link to report

May 4: Some Reality Regarding “Mentally Ill” Inmates

Assoc. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) Board of Directors: A recent Associated Press story about the population of the Los Angeles County Jail system and the increase in meth-fueled inmates was notable for the utter lack of interest in who were victims of the jail population, be it the victims of the crimes or the deputies they attack while in custody.

Let’s be clear that while those in jail may suffer from mental illness, they are still legally responsible for their crimes; their victims suffered no less because of the persons accused of the crime were mentally ill.  We do not accept the excuse that because of their mental illness, an inmate’s attacks on jail deputies should be excused.  In 2016, over 195 deputies were the victims of ” gassing” attacks (the throwing of urine, feces or semen) by aggressive jail inmates who had either actually had mental health issues or used the claim of “mental illness” to attempt to excuse their behavior.  Attacks on deputies should not be accepted as just being “part of the job.”

2015-2106 Biennial Report Chicago Police Board

May 4: Police have killed nearly 200 people who were in moving vehicles since 2015, including 15-year-old Jordan Edwards

Washington Post: Since January 2015, police nationwide have killed at least 193 people who were inside vehicles at the time they were shot, according to a Washington Post database that tracks fatal police shootings. In 86 of the cases, officers say the person was in possession of a weapon, most often a firearm. But in 76 of the cases, the person killed was “armed” only with the vehicle itself, according to police. In at least 17 cases, police acknowledge that the person killed was in the act of fleeing, was a passenger in a vehicle, or was in a vehicle that was not in motion and did not pose a threat to officers. (There are 14 cases where it remains undetermined if the person was armed or if police claim the person was using the vehicle as a weapon).

May 4: DOJ: ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge officers in Sterling shooting

WBRZ: BATON ROUGE – The Department of Justice has officially announced that the two Baton Rouge Police Department officers who were involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling will not be charged, citing “insufficient evidence.”

Acting United States Attorney Corey Amundson for the Middle District of Louisiana said that he along with all of the agents and prosecutors involved in the federal investigation agreed that there was insufficient evidence to charge BRPD officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II with a federal civil rights violation.

May 4: Former Tennessee Sheriff Sentenced on Federal Corruption Charges

US DOJ: A former Rutherford County Sheriff was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for operating a private electronic cigarette company in the county jail for personal gain and the concealment and misrepresentation of their involvement with the business, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith of the Middle District of Tennessee.

May 4: LA County to Settle Sheriff Whistleblower Suit for $1.3M

AP: A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who testified against her colleagues in a jail abuse scandal will receive nearly $1.3 million to settle her retaliation lawsuit.

May 4: Law Enforcement Agencies’ Requests for Facebook Data Continue to Rise 

A recently released biannual report details just how interested U.S. law enforcement agencies are in the data Facebook users create on a daily basis.

Link to Facebook Report

May 2: Former North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Officer Michael Slager Pleads Guilty to Federal Civil Rights Offense

US DOJ: Former North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Department (NCPD) Officer Michael Slager, 35, pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights offense for his fatal shooting of Walter Scott, Jr. on April 4, 2015.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake of the District of South Carolina, Special Agent in Charge Alphonse “Jody” Norris of the FBI’s Columbia Division, Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson of the Ninth Judicial Circuit and Chief Mark Keel of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced today’s guilty plea, which took place in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.  The plea will resolve both the federal and the state cases pending against Michael Slager.  Prior to entry of the guilty plea, jury selection in the federal trial had been scheduled to begin on May 9, and a state trial had been set for August.

April 29: San Diego County jails make changes to treat mentally ill inmates, curb suicides

April 27: Baltimore asks FBI for help: ‘Murder is out of control’

CNN: The mayor met recently with the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore office and asked for additional agents to help local police battle violent crime in the city, according to the mayor’s spokesman, Anthony McCarthy. He said that could either mean bringing in more FBI agents from other field offices across the country or reassigning agents already in Baltimore to work with local police investigating violent crime.

April 27: DOJ: Warren Police Department making strides to fix use-of-force issues

WKBN: The Department of Justice announced that the Warren Police Department was in full compliance with its settlement agreement

April 26: Hartford Police Discipline 5 Cops For Violating Standards In June Arrest

Courant: The Hartford Police Department will discipline five members of the force for violating department standards during an arrest following a car chase last June.

An investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs division found that seven police officers were at fault, but that one of the officers, Sean Spell, retired in August. A 68-page summary of the probe released early Tuesday reveals that Spell would have also faced discipline for kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head had he remained on the force.

April 26: Do Body Cameras Help Police? 

NY Times: NYPD rolls out 1200 body cameras.

April 25: Newark Police Monitor Says Strides Made, Much Work Remains

US News: The first report by a monitor overseeing Newark’s troubled police department praises its efforts to meet requirements of a federal consent decree but says much work remains.

April 25: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following:

GAO: REPORT: Federally Owned Vehicles: Agencies Should Improve Processes to Identify Underutilized Vehicles.

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Report

Highlights

April 21: Fewer shootings by police — that’s the goal of new rules adopted by the L.A. Police Commission 

LA Times: The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns — a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board’s attempts to curb shootings by police.

The new rules formally incorporate a decades-old concept called “de-escalation” into the Los Angeles Police Department’s policy outlining how and when officers can use deadly force. As a result, officers can now be judged specifically on whether they did all they could to reduce tensions before resorting to their firearms.

April 21: Tennessee Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption and Civil Rights Charges

DOJ: The sheriff of Fentress County, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today to three counts of honest services fraud and one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. According to admissions in the plea agreement, Cravens used his position as Sheriff to solicit sex from and have sex with female inmates incarcerated at the Fentress County Jail on multiple occasions between July 2016 and April 2017 in exchange for benefits that other inmates did not receive.

April 20: To Protect and Serve

Vera.org: New Trends in State-Level Policing Reform, 2015-2016

By providing concise summaries of representative legislation in each area, this report aims to inform policymakers, law enforcement leaders, and members of the public who are looking to understand state-level changes in policing policy and practice. 

April 20: When Warriors Put on Badges

Marshal Project: Today just 6 percent of the population at large has served in the military, but 19 percent of police officers are veterans, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data performed by Gregory B. Lewis and Rahul Pathak of Georgia State University for The Marshall Project. It is the third most common occupation for vets behind truck driving and management.

The attraction is, in part, the result of a web of state and federal laws — some dating back to the late 19th century — that require law enforcement agencies to choose veterans over candidates with no military backgrounds.

April 20: Supreme Court Rules States Can’t Keep Criminal Fines Of Exonerated.

New York Times: In a seven to one ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a “Colorado law that made it hard for criminal defendants whose convictions were overturned to get refunds of the fines and restitution they had been ordered to pay.” Only Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. Under the state law, those cleared by the courts had “to file separate civil suits and prove their innocence with clear and convincing evidence to obtain reimbursement.” The state argued the principle was similar to how states are not required to reimburse those wrongfully convicted for their time in prison. However, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority that the plaintiffs were seeking their own funds, “not compensation for temporary deprivation of those funds.” She added, “Colorado may not presume a person, adjudged guilty of no crime, nonetheless guilty enough for monetary exactions.”

April 19: Indiana lawmakers want audit of untested rape kits

Kokomo Tribune: INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate has passed a resolution urging the state police to conduct an audit of untested sexual assault kits that may have lingered in evidence collection rooms across the state for years.

The resolution approved Wednesday has no binding impact, but it does allow lawmakers to send a message to law enforcement.

April 19: County Council Approves Changes For Civilian Oversight Of Law Enforcement

Seattle Medium: The King County Council adopted legislation expanding the authorities and functions of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO). In 2015, King County voters overwhelmingly supported making civilian oversight an independent, charter-based agency of the County with investigatory powers of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

April 19: THE CRIMINAL RESEARCH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT EVALUATION SYSTEM (CRIMES):

AZ State University: This report describes the features and implementation logistics of the Criminal Research Information Management Evaluation System (CRIMES), which is an innovative records management system (RMS) model developed to offset the cost and meet the RMS needs of smaller law enforcement agencies

April 18: Chicago police officers vote in new union president

AP: The vote came as the Chicago Police Department is under intense scrutiny due to the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke. The shooting of the black teenager resulted in first-degree murder charges against the white officer.

April 18: Police reform and a new superintendent — one year later

Chicago Sun-Times: This week, the Chicago Sun-Times sat down with Police Board President and task force co-chair Lori Lightfoot to talk about police reforms not yet implemented one year later.

The questions are particularly timely, now that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to review and retreat from police reform agreements nationwide makes it clear that there will be no court oversight, and that Emanuel will be on his own to implement police reform.

April 18: City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild

Spokesman: The Spokane City Council wants Mayor David Condon to take a hard line on police overtime and bolster the authority of the civilian overseeing the department when negotiating the city’s next police contract.

The panel signed a letter Monday night to the mayor highlighting their priorities in talks with the Spokane Police Guild, whose contract expired at the end of last year. The contract rolls over until a new agreement is negotiated between the union and the city.

April 18: Police Foundation Releases New Infographic on the Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in Law Enforcement

April 18: AZ. Governor Ducey signs legislation in support of law enforcement

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) – Arizona Gov.Doug Ducey today signed the legislation adding tougher sentences for assaulting an off-duty law enforcement officer.

The bill Ducey signed is called the “Blue Lives Matter” law. It has drawn criticism from Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups who say it is an affront to the “Black Lives Matter” movement that protests police killings of black people and racial profiling.

Backers say even off-duty officers deserve higher protections.

The Bill adds a tougher sentence if the assault was motivated at least in part because the victim was an officer.

April 17: Jeff Sessions: ‘Avoid harmful federal intrusion’

USA Today: Our first priority must be to save lives and restore public safety.

Violent crime is surging in American cities. To combat this wave of violence and protect our communities, we need proactive policing. Yet in some cities, such policing is diminishing — with predictably dire results.

April 17: Deaf Justice Coalition Announces Launch of NYPD Pilot Program to Improve Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Yorkers

NYLPI.org: New York, NY – April 17, 2017 – The Deaf Justice Coalition announced the launch of a pilot program today by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) aimed at improving access to law enforcement services for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Several years of negotiations between the Deaf Justice Coalition, a New York-based coalition of d/Deaf rights advocates, and the NYPD led to the

creation of this program in three police precincts in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The program will require the NYPD to provide in-person, on-site American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters upon request and to equip officers with handheld tablets for video-based ASL interpreting.

April 17: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought sweeping change to the Department of Justice.

The Hill: In just two months as the nation’s top cop, Sessions has moved quickly to overhaul the policies and priorities set by the Obama administration.

April 16: Our Views: Judge oversight likely to stay over cops, jail

The advocate: His first 100 days in office have included numerous lessons for Donald Trump about the limits of his power as president, from international crises (Syria, North Korea) that the United States can influence but little, and duels in Congress that don’t play out with passage of the president’s favored legislation (health care).

The same is likely to be the case with a new initiative, a reconsideration by the U.S. Justice Department of consent decrees with local law enforcement agencies, including the New Orleans Police Department.

April 16: How Jeff Sessions is helping bring in the ‘Trump era’

Washington Examiner: “This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared from the U.S.-Mexico border last week.

Since he became the nation’s top law enforcement officer, the former Alabama senator has been carrying out many of President Trump’s campaign promises — and he has done so perhaps the most smoothly of any administration official.

Sessions may have had a rocky confirmation, but he has been “moving very quickly to do the things he said he would,” John Malcolm at the conservative Heritage Foundation told the Washington Examiner. And he’s carrying out his mission without a team in place.

Trump has yet to nominate hundreds of lower-level officials throughout the Justice Department, all of whom must be confirmed by the Senate. And yet, he is carrying out his agenda.

Here are some of the ways Sessions has done just that:

April 14: Law enforcement officials look to drones as way to improve public safety

News Observer: RALEIGH NC: As drones become more readily available, the technology has caught the eye of public safety officials who see them as a new tool to keep first responders and the public safe.

A growing interest among law enforcement and emergency medical providers in using unmanned aircraft systems has prompted an aviation technology group at N.C. State University to develop some best practices and spread the word about what is happening.

April 14: Audit Cites Training Deficiencies in Rising Reno Jail Deaths

AP: After a newspaper investigation revealed a sharp increase in suicides and in-custody deaths at a Nevada jail, an independent audit found serious deficiencies in training and mental health care for inmates.

April 11: Federal judge denies NAACP-LDF motion to intervene in Baltimore consent decree case

Baltimore Sun: A federal judge has denied a request by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to intervene in the consent decree case between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice, expressing confidence that the federal government will honor the police reform deal he approved and entered as an order of the court on Friday.

The NAACP-LDF, a leading national civil rights legal organization, had filed a motion to intervene on behalf of local activist Ralph E. Moore Jr. and Community Churches for Community Development, a local advocacy organization, arguing they had a stake in the case as individuals who had suffered unconstitutional policing in the city.

The group had expressed concern that the Justice Department, which initially brought the complaint against the city to force reforms, would not follow through because of a change in position — namely, toward skepticism of such federally-backed law enforcement reform efforts — under the Trump administration.

April 10: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces New Initiatives to Advance Forensic Science and Help Counter the Rise in Violent Crime

US DOJ: As part of the Department’s efforts under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety (Task Force), Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced a series of actions the Department will take to advance forensic science and help combat the rise in violent crime.

These actions are being undertaken on the expiration of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) and will increase the capacity of forensic science providers, improve the reliability of forensic analysis, and permit reporting of forensic results with greater specificity. The Task Force’s Subcommittee on Forensics will spearhead the development of that strategic plan.

April 10: Washington Labor Lawyer Eric Dreiband Could Run DOJ Civil Rights Unit

KAZU Org: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recommending the White House nominate Washington labor lawyer Eric Dreiband to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division, according to two NPR sources briefed on the hiring process.

Dreiband represents companies at the law firm Jones Day, where his law partners included Donald McGahn, now the White House counsel. Dreiband served as the top lawyer at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President George W. Bush and previously worked in the office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, where, according to his law firm biography, he led the investigation and successful prosecution of Clinton associate Webster Hubbell.

April 10: FBI is reviewing terrorism-related tips

Federal judge denies NAACP-LDF motion to intervene in Baltimore consent decree case

AP: WASHINGTON — The FBI has been reviewing the handling of thousands of terrorism-related tips and leads from the past three years to make sure they were properly investigated and no obvious red flags were missed, The Associated Press has learned.

The review follows attacks by people who were once on the FBI’s radar but who have been accused in the past 12 months of massacring innocents in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, injuring people on the streets of New York City, and gunning down travelers in a Florida airport

April 10: FBI’s digital evidence locker provides fascinating look at more than a century of crime fighting

Chronicle: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a huge database of photos and evidence from its decades of fighting crime in the United States.

Founded on July 26, 1908, the bureau was born when U.S. Attorney General Charles Bonaparte rounded up a group of federal investigators to work in conjunction with Chief Examiner Stanley W. Finch of the Department of Justice (itself formed in 1870). Within a year it was called the Bureau of Investigation.

April 9: Sheriff’s Department misconduct-claim payouts have soared, topping $50 million last year

LA Times: In one case, Los Angeles County paid more than $6 million to a woman who had been raped by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.

In another, it took more than $7 million to resolve multiple lawsuits after deputies in West Hollywood mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

April 8: Bureau to Investigate Police-Involved Deaths in Nashville

US News: The Metro Nashville Police Department has reached an agreement with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that allows the bureau to investigate deaths involving the use of force by officers.

April 7: North Carolina: The Next State to Require Police Body Cameras?

A new bill would appropriate $10 million during the next two years for matching grants to help law enforcement agencies “buy and maintain” the recording equipment. 

April 7: Police department in Portland, Ore., in disarray as scandals mount

LA Times: With yet another police chief under suspicion and on forced leave, Portland, Ore., seems to have taken another step towards becoming a real life “Portlandia,” the absurdist TV series.

Just nine months after being appointed to replace a chief who is charged with accidentally shooting a friend during a beer-fueled camping trip, Interim Chief Mike Marshman was put on paid leave March 24 by Mayor Ted Wheeler in connection with an allegedly falsified department attendance log.

April 7: Former Houston police officer sues Taser over injuries suffered in assault

Chronicle: A former Houston police officer severely injured when her Taser failed to stop a combative, mentally ill woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer.

The suit by former Officer Karen Taylor says Tasers have failed to function properly at least 450 times in the Houston Police Department in the past five years, causing unnecessary injury and sometimes death to officers and suspects.

April 7: Statement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the District Court’s Entry of Baltimore Consent Decree

US DOJ: “Today, a federal court entered a consent decree that will require the court and a highly-paid monitor to govern every detail of how the Baltimore Police Department functions for the foreseeable future.  This decree was negotiated during a rushed process by the previous administration and signed only days before they left office.  While the Department of Justice continues to fully support police reform in Baltimore, I have grave concerns that some provisions of this decree will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city.

April 6: Federal monitor finds Seattle police use-of-force reforms are working

Chicago Tribune: SEATTLE Five years after the U.S. Justice Department found Seattle police officers too often resorted to excessive force, the federal monitor overseeing court-ordered reforms issued a glowing report Thursday concluding the department has carried out a dramatic turnaround.

Crediting Mayor Ed Murray, Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and, most of all, the Seattle Police Department’s men and women, the monitor, Merrick Bobb, found overall use of force is down and, when officers do use it, it is largely handled in a reasonable way consistent with department policies.

April 6: Dallas law enforcement in crisis, and failing pension, low pay to blame, former chiefs warn

Dallas News: Former Dallas police chiefs warn in a letter that the police department is in crisis because of the failing police and fire pension system.

The letter, released Wednesday, calls out city leaders for “pointing fingers” instead of focusing on “consequences of ill-conceived proposed solutions.”

The pension is expected to reach insolvency within the next decade.

April 5: National Consensus Policy on Use of Force: How 11 Leading Law Enforcement Leadership and Labor Organizations Arrived at One Policy 

Police Chief: Law enforcement is currently under intense scrutiny, and no discussion of policing practices is complete without addressing use of force. The recent narrative surrounding law enforcement use of force is fueled by several factors, including negative portrayals by the media and the challenges posed by social media platforms. In today’s digital age, citizens have the ability to record officers in the performance of their duties and post videos to a number of social media websites where the videos can go “viral” within a matter of minutes. This instant access to recordings of real-world interactions between law enforcement and the community members they serve has enabled a larger segment of the population to engage in the discussions surrounding use of force.

​​April 5: Signature Audits

IA Online: Daimler’s audit function adds significant value to engagements by incorporating a unique methodology focused on innovation.  The audit team introduced its Signature Audit methodology by first selecting an engagement that offered a suitable environment to pilot the concept. Daimler was poised to launch new technologies and services considered strategically important to the organization and monitored by top management. To identify unknown risks and potential workarounds to processes being implemented, an unconventional audit approach was required. The audit team needed to look beyond existing

client policies and procedures to capture emerging risks and resolved to deploy audit techniques that are typically used less frequently during traditional processes. Practitioners used a hands-on approach that involved re-performance of controls or simulations such as mystery shopping — where the identity and purpose of the customer is not known by the group being evaluated.

April 5: Evidence-Based Use-of-Force Policy: How Research Could Improve Development and Training

Police Chief: The use of force by U.S. law enforcement officers during encounters with citizens is one of the most important moments in constitutional policing. Many clear examples of when response to resistance (or the use of force) is appropriate and would be widely accepted as an outcome of professional and constitutional policing can be envisioned. However, there are other, less frequent situations that have been deemed more problematic. Unfortunately, the general public has never fully understood how, when, why, and how often law enforcement officers engage in response to resistance. In fact, very little understanding exists of these actions in most cities and towns, let alone in the United States as a whole. However, with the advent of mobile video on every cellphone, citizens are now getting a front-row seat to U.S. policing that is unvarnished, raw, and often viewed without a full understanding of the context surrounding these situations. Therefore, a need exists to ask some basic questions and create new knowledge based on evidence to provide guidance and accountability for law enforcement officers. 

April 5: Activists Fear Federal Review of U.S. Police Agreements Could Imperil Reforms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration’s decision to review federal agreements with troubled police departments nationwide could imperil ongoing reform efforts, particularly in Baltimore and Chicago, civil rights advocates said on Tuesday, even as city officials vowed to continue pursuing improvements.

April 5: Federal Overhauls of Police Departments Bring Mixed Results

US News:  New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is signaling that his Justice Department may back out of federal agreements with troubled police departments.

As new Attorney General Jeff Sessions signals his Justice Department may back out of such federal agreements with troubled police departments, a look at some of them shows they can be popular but also carry mixed results.

“There’s no question that some of these consent decrees are arduous and complicated, but they will (force cities to) provide the kind of resources the department very often needs,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, whose study of consent decrees found them costly but useful in helping departments deal with broad issues.

April 5: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Updates United States Attorneys and DOJ Component Heads on the Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety 

US DOJ: As part of the update, the Attorney General announced the creation of Task Force subcommittees that will focus on a variety of issues including developing violent crime reduction strategies, supporting prevention and re-entry efforts, updating charging and sentencing policies, reviewing asset forfeiture guidance, reducing illegal immigration and human trafficking, combatting hate crimes, and evaluating marijuana enforcement policy. 

April 5: Judge denies DOJ request for pause in Baltimore consent decree; hearing to proceed as scheduled Thursday

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore residents will have an opportunity in court Thursday to voice their thoughts on the proposed consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice after a judge rejected the Trump administration’s last-minute attempt this week to delay the hearing.

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar said in an order Wednesday that granting the Justice Department’s request for a 90-day pause in the case “at the eleventh hour would be to unduly burden and inconvenience the Court, the other parties, and, most importantly, the public.”

April 5: Lieutenants speak out to correct audit inaccuracies

FORT MYERS, Fla. — An independent audit recently showed what was lacking in the Fort Myers Police Department.  But some are questioning about whether what investigators found is accurate.

In an internal memo sent to Police Chief Derrick Diggs last month, six lieutenants pick apart the Freeh Audit to highlight what they believe are inaccuracies.

In the memo, the lieutenants list 12 things they say are not accurate.  Many of the issues focused on training, and discipline.

The audit says officer discipline was often inconsistent.  One example is the firing of an officer.  The audit says the officer was fired for lying about his location, but the lieutenants say he was fired for other reasons.

April 5: Taser rebrands as Axon and offers free body cameras to any police department

Tech Crunch: Taser is now Axon. The brand has been a household word for years, but the company felt it was time to leave that identity behind and double down on the body camera and digital evidence management side of its business. As part of that move, it’s offering free body cameras and software to any police department that asks. Yes, free as in beer, and yes, any as in any.

April 3: Fort Myers city manager seeks Justice Department probe of FMPD

Wink News: FORT MYERS, Fla. City manager Saaed Kazemi sent a letter to the Department of Justice on Monday seeking a civil rights investigation into the Fort Myers Police Department.

Kazemi informed City Council of the request during today’s meeting. It comes weeks after the release of an audit conducted by a private firm that excoriated the police department for ineffective leadership, a lack of integrity and other issues.

April 3: DOJ seeks 90-day continuance to ‘review, assess’ consent decree

WBALTV: BALTIMORE — The Justice Department late Monday asked a federal judge for more time to “review and assess” a proposed agreement to overhaul the Baltimore Police Department, saying it needed to determine how it might conflict with the crime-fighting agenda of new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

April 3: Californians Overwhelmingly Support Body Cameras for Law Enforcement, Study Says

Gov Tech: According to a new survey, 81 percent of residents said that both citizens and law enforcement officials would benefit from the use of body-worn cameras.