Current Events

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

Date/Time Event
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
09/27/2017 – 09/29/2017
08:00 -17:00
IA-101: Internal Affairs Investigations (Phoenix, AZ)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), Phoenix Arizona
09:00 -14:00
2017 Fall Training Luncheon (Goodyear AZ)
Goodyear Police Department, Community Room, Goodyear AZ
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)
Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Chantilly Virginia
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

September 19: IACP New Law Enforcement Policy Center Documents

IACP: The IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center has released new documents. Available exclusively to IACP members and IACP Net customers, these documents address the proper use of confidential informants, effective response to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and proactively establishing partnerships between law enforcement and research partners.

September 19: Council member: Audit shows body camera use by Minneapolis officers spotty

Citing audit, council member said some cops “never have it on.”

Link to City audit report:

Link to City auditor’s slide presentation for report:

September 19: Minneapolis property and evidence Audit:

Just saw this one, it was issued in July by Minneapolis City Auditor:  Lt. Dan

Also, here is one on Minneapolis PD’s mental health contract:

The City’s Internal Audit Department conducted an audit of the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) contract for mental health professional services and evaluated whether the objectives of the contractual relationship were being met so as to effectively manage the risks that were inherent in such an arrangement.

They also have some PD related audits in previous years.  Check their website at

September 19: Roger Moore will be Redding’s (CA) highest paid Police Chief

How does this compare to other Chiefs?

September 19: Hazel Park (Michigan) chief feels betrayed after detective is accused of stealing $85,000

Lack of internal controls, I would guess. What type of internal controls do you have in your agency regarding these types of funds?  Lt. Dan

“An 18-year veteran of our department, Sean Boucher, who was assigned to the detective bureau and in control of those funds, was suspended immediately without pay,” Barner said.

The chief says an internal investigation revealed the alleged theft has been happening since January of 2012. Boucher, 42, had been in charge of the funds collected from cars forfeited in drunk driving cases.

“Those funds were being put into the evidence room and periodically they would be transferred to the treasurer’s office,” Barner said. “But as we’ve learned now – that wasn’t quite happening.”

September 18: Publication Advisory:

National Institute of Justice Examines Impact of Mobile Technology on Public Safety Agencies

DOJ: WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice today announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations. The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network. “Mobile Broadband Data Access Has Positive Impact on Police Operations”

September 17: Department of Justice Announces Changes to the Collaborative Reform Initiative

DOJ: The Department of Justice announced significant changes to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance to better align the program with the principles outlined by the Attorney General in support of local law enforcement and the original intent of the authorizing statute. The changes are effective immediately and will provide targeted assistance directly to local law enforcement based on their identified needs and requests.

“Changes to this program will fulfill my commitment to respect local control and accountability, while still delivering important tailored resources to local law enforcement to fight violent crime,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “This is a course correction to ensure that resources go to agencies that require assistance rather than expensive wide-ranging investigative assessments that go beyond the scope of technical assistance and support.”

Department of Justice Announces Changes to the Collaborative Reform Initiative

September 17: Henderson Nevada announces new police chief:

Las Vegas Now: HENDERSON, Nev. – The City of Henderson has a new police chief, and her name is LaTesha Watson. Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane made the announcement late Friday morning.

Watson comes to the City of Henderson from Arlington, Texas where she was a deputy chief at the Arlington Police Department.

September 17: Alexandria police officer arrested, second Louisiana cop arrested in four days

KJAS: It’s been a tough week for Louisiana law enforcement. A second police officer has been arrested in the Pelican State in less than four days, this time in Rapides Parish.

The Leesville Daily Leader is reporting that 42-year-old Kenneth Seth Thomas, an Alexandria police officer, was arrested by Louisiana State Police and he has been charged with malfeasance in office, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

September 17: City, DOJ recommend independent monitor after a months-long process

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore and U.S. Justice Department officials have recommended a hybrid team led by Venable law firm partner Kenneth L. Thompson to serve as the independent monitor to oversee sweeping police reforms in the city.

The monitor team recommended Friday comprises members of two of the four applicant finalists — Exiger LLC /21st-Century and Baltimore-based Venable LLP — and the nonprofit Baltimore Community Mediation, which was not among the 26 groups that applied for the job in June.

The consent decree allocates up to $1.475 million annually over the three-year term to pay for monitoring compliance.

September 14: Latest effort at accountability for Chicago police starts up Friday

Chicago Tribune: As Chicago’s new police oversight agency prepared to begin operations, its chief administrator led a graduation ceremony for some 40 staffers newly trained in investigating alleged misconduct by officers. The new agency — forged in the firestorm sparked 22 months ago by video of a police officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald — is expected to have about two times the budget of its predecessor, employ about 40 more workers and wield expanded technical capabilities. For example, the agency will have its own evidence specialists. COPA has also reworked training and policies as part of its bid to emphasize its independence from the Police Department.

Still, the agency remains a work in progress.

September 14: Why Government Watchdogs Are Worried

Governing: Budget cuts and political retaliation, they say, are endangering their jobs and their ability to uncover information.  Based on our own personal observations (there’s no hard data to be found), resistance to the efforts of performance auditors seems more prevalent than ever. When auditors’ budgets are held hostage by legislatures or city councils, auditors have diminished capacity to choose the topics to be reviewed.

September 14: Cashless Marijuana Industry? Hawaii Aims to Be the First

Governing: Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

All of Hawaii’s eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor’s office said. The dispensaries will ask patients to use a debit payment app to buy their pot instead of cash. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado.

September 14: Ex-police chief settles whistleblower suit for $2.3M ATLANTIC CITY NJ– A year after a court overturned a $3.9 million verdict awarded to the former Atlantic City police chief in his whistleblower suit, the ex-chief reached a settlement in his case for $2.3 million. Mooney, who joined the force in 1975, resigned in 2010 before he could be demoted. Mooney claimed his demotion was in retaliation for reporting what he thought was illegal activity by city officials.

The former chief asserted officials wanted to strip his title because he alleged then-Mayor Lorenzo Langford and then-public safety Director Christine Peterson interfered in day-to-day police matters and internal investigations.

September 14: Police Departments Deploy Garbage Trucks To Block Vehicle Attacks In Crowds

NPR: You might know it as a garbage truck.

But to police departments around the country, it has become a cutting-edge tool in law enforcement.

“More and more, we’re seeing attacks both in the U.S. and abroad where vehicles are utilized,” says Daniel Linskey, a retired Boston Police Department superintendent in chief who now works for a security management firm called Kroll Associates.

 September 13: US Justice Department won’t charge Baltimore police officers

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won’t bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in the city.

The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray’s neck was broken in the back of a police van in April 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

The Justice Department said in a statement that while Gray’s death was “undeniably tragic,” federal prosecutors did not find enough evidence to prove the officers willfully violated his civil rights, a high legal threshold.

September 13: San Jose names civil-rights advocate, jail-reform consultant as new police auditor

Mercury News: Aaron Zisser, a former federal civil-rights attorney who has been a staunch police reform advocate, follows the abbreviated term of Walter Katz, who left earlier this year to take a related job in Chicago

September 13: Monitor Chicago’s police reforms

Chicago Reporter: There’s still no consent decree for police reform in Chicago, which means no federal judge or independent monitor is tracking the city’s progress toward change. So The Chicago Reporter is monitoring the city’s implementation of the 99 recommendations for reform set out by the U.S. Department of Justice.

September 12: Seattle police dispute monitor’s report, say they’ve met federal reform standards

Interesting article with links to the Chief’s e-mail, memo and monitor’s report. Lt. Dan

Seattle Times: In an email sent to her officers, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole praised their “real, measurable success” and attached a memorandum that takes the position the department has met its federally mandated obligations to address excessive force and biased policing.

September 12: Audit: NC Troopers violated policy with long work commutes

Miami Herald: The North Carolina Highway Patrol says it has addressed recent problems reported in a state audit that found some patrol administrators and troopers violating agency policy by commuting long distances to work.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s office released her investigation’s findings Monday. They originated from a tip to the office’s hotline.

Link to Report:

September 12: Automation Beyond the Physical:

Govt. Tech: Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector,  26 ways artificial intelligence is, or could, help government do its job.

September 12: Audit cites possible mismanagement by sheriff’s office NORMAN OK:  An operations audit of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) made public on Wednesday pointed to possible mismanagement, over-expenditure of public funds, noncompliance with state law and multiple findings of “Inadequate Internal Controls,” in a variety of areas.

Link to report:

September 12: No More Secret Surveillance Technology In Local Law Enforcement (Opinion)

GOVT. Tech: California needs legislation that will make law enforcement disclose how they use license plate readers and cell phone interception devices.

September 12: Sacramento, Calif., to Pilot ShotSpotter Technology

A rash of shootings in South Sacramento has prompted county supervisors to invest in gunshot-sensing technology.

September 12: Bay St. Louis mayor admits arrest video led to chief’s resignation


Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre admits a video that reportedly shows Bay St. Louis Police Chief Darren Freeman restraining a handcuffed suspect led to the chief’s sudden resignation. “It has played into that fact, yes,” Mayor Favre told WLOX News Now Tuesday morning.

Sept. 11: New Dallas Police Chief: ‘There Will Be Change

CBS: DALLAS (CBS11) – Dallas’ new police chief U. Renee Hall says a top-to-bottom review is underway inside the department.

“There will be change in the police department. I don’t think you hired me from the outside to keep status quo,” said Chief Hall.

Sept. 11: Duncanville TX. Police Chief Robert Brown Appears on the Dr. Phil Show In an effort to unite a community, police, city leaders and residents of a Dallas community came together for a town hall meeting to discuss the issues most important to them. Duncanville’s Chief of Police, Robert Brown, was a part of Dr. Phil’s Behind the Badge initiative that is working toward creating trust and unity.

Dr. Phil’s Behind the Badge initiative introduces viewers to extraordinary police officers and departments around the country who go above and beyond to make their communities better and safer.

Sept 11: How Can Local Government’s Citizen Engagement Efforts Improve?

Govt. Tech: A lot of local governments are using citizen engagement technology, but there’s room for improvement in how they use them.

September 11: Louisiana State Police accuse Kaplan Chief of stealing money

Lack of internal controls: Lt. Dan

Chief Adams was arrested this morning by Louisiana State Police.  State Police have confirmed the arrest is related to an audit that found a bank account was being operated by the chief without city officials’ knowledge.

That audit, which you can read for yourself below, resulted in Adams being cited by the state Legislative Auditor for not reporting the funds.

The Legislative Auditor’s investigation found 149 transactions totaling $17,140 into a Kaplan Police Recreation Account. The audit says the only authorized signature on the now closed account was Adams.

September 11: Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit:

BJA: In developing this toolkit, BJA hopes to promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of these resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety. BJA’s initiatives that promote officer safety include: • VALOR Initiative • VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program • Active Shooter Response Training • Destination Zero • Pilot Research Model • De-Escalation Training • Bulletproof Vest Partnership • Blue Courage • Public Safety Officers’ Benefits • Funding • Research • Federal Resources • Information Sharing • Officer Safety Event Deconfliction 

September 9: Auditing From a Distance

IA OnLine: Performing work remotely can lead to significant efficiencies, particularly when geography presents a challenge.

September 9: Some States Are Treating Others Like Foreign Countries States take their borders seriously. But should they treat other states as foreign lands? Some of them seem to be moving in that direction.

September 6: Minneapolis floats severance of $183K, year’s benefits to former Police Chief Harteau

Star Tribune: Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau would receive $182,876 in separation pay plus 12 months of health benefits under a severance deal with the city released Friday.

The deal must earn City Council approval. It includes a sweeping mutual non-disparagement clause: Harteau must say nothing negative about Mayor Betsy Hodges, the City Council or other high-ranking city officials, and they must say nothing negative about her.

September 4: Pot growers accused of offering Northern California sheriff $1 million bribe

SAN FRANCISCO  — Two Northern California marijuana farmers have been charged with offering a sheriff $1 million to turn a blind eye to their marijuana growing operations.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento charged siblings Chi Meng Yang and Gaosheng Laitinen with attempting to bribe Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey to protect their pot farms from raids. The complaint, unsealed Thursday, also alleges the brother and sister intended to sell their crop in Missouri, where efforts are underway to legalize marijuana in that state.

Court records said the sheriff notified federal investigators after Yang initially met with him on May 17. The sheriff wore a hidden recording device in subsequent meetings with Yang and his sister.

Yang was recorded giving the sheriff an initial $5,000 payment, the complaint alleged.

Yang was arrested Thursday and is scheduled to make an appearance in court Friday. Officials are still trying to find Laitinen.

September 4: FIRED-REHIRED

 Police chiefs are often forced to put officers fired for misconduct back on the streets

Washington Post: Since 2006, the nation’s largest police departments have fired at least 1,881 officers for misconduct that betrayed the public’s trust, from cheating on overtime to unjustified shootings. But The Washington Post has found that departments have been forced to reinstate more than 450 officers after appeals required by union contracts.

September 4: A Utah nurse’s violent arrest puts patient-consent law — and police conduct — in the spotlight

Washington Post: The videotaped arrest of a nurse at a Salt Lake City hospital — after she told police, correctly, that they weren’t allowed to draw blood from an unconscious patient — has been roundly condemned by national nursing organizations, Utah officials and even the local police department.

The July 26 incident, captured by an officer’s body camera, was made public last week after the nurse came forward. Since then, several groups have echoed the nurse’s outrage, calling for greater consequences for the police detective in question and demanding increased awareness of patient-consent laws.

September 4: Steve Cooper to be sworn in as Charleston police chief

LA Times: Steve Cooper will become Charleston’s police chief this week.

Cooper is replacing Brent Webster, who retired after 12 years and is taking over the Public Works department in West Virginia’s largest city.  Cooper previously served as the police department’s chief of detectives. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a swearing-in ceremony is set for Tuesday night.

September 3: Report: Fired Florida deputy didn’t follow up on sex crimes

The Associated Press, NAPLES, FLA. A fired Florida deputy failed to follow up on 24 of 35 cases assigned to him, the majority of which were alleged sex crimes, a newspaper reported Sunday.

A Naples Daily News investigation found Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael McNeely didn’t even take the most basic investigative steps in those cases, included alleged sex crimes against children.

September 3: Monitor: NOPD ‘early warning’ program for problem cops shows ‘significant progress,’ more training needed

The Advocate: A program designed to alert supervisors about potentially problematic officers has successfully been implemented by the New Orleans Police Department, but more training is needed before the initiative fully complies with a federal consent decree, a court-appointed monitor told a judge Thursday.

Since launching the “early warning” program last fall, the NOPD has shown “significant progress,” but additional improvement is still needed, said Jonathan Aronie, a Washington, D.C., attorney appointed to monitor the department’s compliance with the 2012 reform agreement.

The program — known as Insight and designed by the tech consulting company Sierra-Cedar — is meant to help police departments analyze various data streams to pick up on unusual patterns in an officer’s behavior.


September 3: Plano, TX. PD to get 300 body cameras

Dallas News: The Police Department has had video cameras in patrol cars since 2000 and body-worn cameras for five motorcycle officers since 2009.

September 1: Fresno, CA. Mayor promised to increase public’s trust with police. He now has a new police auditor

Fresno Bee: Fresno Mayor Lee Brand took a step toward fulfilling one of his campaign pledges from last year, naming his appointees Wednesday to a new Citizens Public Safety Advisory Board and announcing the hiring of a new independent police auditor to work on building greater trust between the public and the city’s police force.

September 1: Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis is fired

Herald Tribune: Embattled Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis has been fired for his role in the 2016 death of retiree Mary Knowlton, who was shot and killed by former police officer Lee Coel during a training exercise.

City Manager Howard Kunik said in the months after the 73-year-old’s tragic death he has received more than a hundred letters, emails and visits in support of Lewis.

September 1: UK Police feel undervalued and underpaid, poll suggests

One has to wonder how this compares to US Police.  Lt. Dan

BBC.Com: Morale is low among three in every five police officers, a survey by the body representing rank-and-file officers in England and Wales suggests.

The Police Federation poll showed the treatment of the service as a whole, pay and work-life balance were having the biggest impact on morale.

The proportion of officers planning to leave the service within two years was up from 11.8% last year to 12.3%.

August 31: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Unmanned Aircraft System Evaluation

Interesting report published a few months ago, in case your agency may be exploring UAV’s.  Lt. Dan.

August 31:  Idaho Detective Awarded $1.5M for State Police Retaliation

US News: An Ada County jury has decided Idaho State Police retaliated against a detective after he raised concerns about a fatal crash investigation years ago.

August 30: Union: City Shouldn’t Release Officer Names After Shootings

US News: The Philadelphia police union is challenging a city policy of releasing the names of officers involved in shootings. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 has filed a lawsuit arguing that Philadelphia’s policy of making an officer’s identity public 72 hours after a shooting should have been cleared by a state labor board before being implemented.

August 30: AG Madigan sues to enforce Chicago police reform; Emanuel pledges cooperation

Chicago Tribune: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday sued the city of Chicago, contending Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s reforms are not sufficient to prevent the Chicago Police Department from continuing a pattern of deadly and excessive force that disproportionately hurts African-Americans and Latinos.

August 29: UT study: Military gear does not make law enforcement more aggressive

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Accessing military equipment through the federal government does not cause police to be more aggressive, according to new research published this week by a group of educators at the University of Tennessee.

August 29: State Law Enforcement Say Lifting Military Equipment Surplus Ban Helps With Tight Budgets

WEMU: The Trump administration will lift a ban on the military giving some surplus equipment to police departments, and some members of Michigan law enforcement are welcoming the change.  According to the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the equipment is mostly clothes and items they would buy anyway.  Except now, they don’t have to use money from a budget that isn’t always generous.

August 29: How High Is Too High to Drive? Law Enforcement Agencies Tackle Complex Issue.

Entrepreneur: How to tell if a driver is impaired by marijuana use.  The easy solution is simply not to drive when partaking of cannabis. But given that the same message has not worked so well with alcohol, law enforcement agencies across the country are understandably concerned about how to address the problem.

Obviously, not long ago when marijuana was illegal everywhere it was a simple matter of testing for any presence of THC, the active chemical in marijuana that causes the high. Now, more refinement is needed.

But the issue is complicated. Not all scientists agree on what constitutes being impaired. Even the federal government is having trouble tackling the issue. And state laws are all over the map.

August 29: New Ransomware Scam Uses Both IRS and FBI Logos to Bolster Authenticity

NYSCPA: The IRS has warned taxpayers to beware a new ransomware scam that uses the emblems of both the IRS and the FBI as a way to make their email look legitimate.  The email tries to get users to click a “here” link in order to download a fake FBI questionnaire. However, the link leads not to a vehicle for useful public input but, instead, a malicious software program that locks the victim’s computer and device data and demands money to release it.

August 28: Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame?

Denver Post: Authorities say the numbers cannot be definitively linked to legalized pot.  The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive look yet into whether roads in the state have become more dangerous since the drug’s legalization.

August 28: Police and military equipment – President Trump overturning Obama ban protects Americans and law enforcement

Fox News: During his address Monday to the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union with 330,000 members, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is overturning Obama’s ban on supplying surplus military equipment to police.

August 28: Chicago Police Officer Convicted Of Unreasonable Force In Shooting

NPR: In an extremely rare verdict, a federal jury in Chicago on Monday convicted a city police officer of violating civil rights by using excessive force in a Dec. 22, 2013, shooting that wounded two teenagers.

August 28: Reno police mishandled federal funds, according to audit

Reno Gazette Journal: A federal audit has found the Reno Police Department used its share of federal forfeiture funds on unauthorized expenses, invested the money in treasury bonds against federal regulations and made a handful of accounting errors over three years.

August 28: Akron Police Chief James Nice resigns amid misconduct accusations AKRON, Ohio — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan held a brief news conference early Wednesday afternoon regarding the abrupt resignation of Police Chief James Nice.

City officials released the following statement:

Evidence of conduct unbecoming of an officer, inappropriate contact with a city employee and potential criminal misconduct led him [Mayor Horrigan] to make this immediate decision. The City will be referring any and all information regarding potential criminal conduct to the County Prosecutor.

August 28: Minneapolis police chief announces new leadership team

Star Tribune: The changes come about a week after Medaria Arradondo was confirmed as the city’s 53rd police chief.

August 26: Police Struggle To Balance Public Safety With Free Speech During Protests

NPR: A controversial alt-right political rally planned for San Francisco on Saturday afternoon has been canceled. Organizers announced the decision Friday afternoon, saying hostility from local politicians and leftist activists made the situation too dangerous. But concerns about protests on both sides linger, so the police remain on alert.

Striking the right balance between free speech and public safety has become a challenge for local police departments this year, as demonstrators show increasing willingness to confront one another, occasionally with violence.

August 26: Tucson detective failed to properly investigate dozens of abuse cases A Tucson police detective who resigned from the department last year failed to properly investigate dozens of child sexual and vulnerable-adult abuse cases, allowing “dangerous suspects” to walk free, newly released police documents show.

August 25: ‘Double Dipping’ Pensions No Longer an Option for Illinois Police Legislation to prevent law enforcement officers from retiring, collecting a pension and then returning to active police duty to earn a second pension was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Naperville Municipal Center.

August 23: San Diego launching national search for next police chief

San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego is launching a national search for the city’s next police chief, who will replace Chief Shelley Zimmerman when she retires in March.

August 23: Jersey City police testing cell phone cameras as affordable alternative to body cams

CBS News: Recent officer-involved shootings are increasing the demand for police body cameras, but high prices of those cameras are delaying new programs. In New Jersey alone, it would cost an estimated $88.5 million for the more than 35,000 officers in the state to have one. Instead of buying new cameras, police in Jersey City will be using cell phones.

August 21: CEOs donate $1.5 million to fight crime

Chicago Suns Times: The success of crime-fighting measures in Englewood has prompted some Chicago civic leaders to plunk down $1.5 million to start a similar program in the city’s South Shore neighborhood.

Their donations will fund a Chicago Police Department nerve center that pulls together crime data and high-tech systems, including ShotSpotter, a program that pinpoints in real time where a gun is fired.

August 20: Tucson can’t destroy confiscated guns, Arizona Supreme Court rules

AZ Central: The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the city of Tucson can no longer destroy firearms that have been confiscated by police or turned in by citizens.

In an extensive ruling issued Thursday, the justices voided a 2005 Tucson ordinance that says the Police Department, after it seizes a gun, “shall dispose of such firearm by destroying the firearm.” The court said the local ordinance runs afoul of several state laws.

The ruling broadly affects the state’s 19 charter cities, who have argued that the Arizona Constitution gives them control over local matters, regardless of state law. The court narrowed that control, saying it doesn’t apply to police matters such as weapons.

August 20: The Rise of the ‘Night Mayor’ in America

Governing: The concept caught fire in Europe and is gaining relevance in large and small cities across the Atlantic.

Mirik Milan has become a kind of city management celebrity.

As Amsterdam’s first “night mayor,” he’s been managing the after-hours economy of the Netherlands capital since 2014. His job seems straightforward and imminently practical — Milan manages relationships in an effort to minimize quality-of-life complaints from residents and boost nighttime business — yet no one else on the European continent was doing it.

The idea quickly began spreading to other European cities and the US.

August 20: Some Thoughts on Real Risk Management

Gordon Graham, Co-Founder, Lexipol

Police Chief Magazine: Good article. Check out the August edition of Police Chief magazine of several good articles on risk management.  Lt Dan