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Guest Post: David Couper on Improving Police

July 17, 2012 by


by David Couper We live in a nation of big values and big ideas. Our Constitution proclaims certain rights to be inalienable – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, not all rights have been applied to all people at all times during our nation’s history. Nevertheless, our values are huge. The enormity […]

Dancing Cops, Community Policing, and the Public Trust

June 18, 2012 by


Want to see a cop dancing to “Billy Jean”? Busting out with some Michael Jackson-style moves? If that’s your wish, we’re in the wish-granting business today. Check it out: I saw this video at a recent law enforcement training. The speaker used the video first to get a laugh, but then to make a larger […]

Social Science is Changing How We View Policing

May 4, 2012 by


by David Canter, PhD Social Science research is changing our understanding of the police and policing. This is raising fundamental questions about how police officers are recruited, trained and organised. Most basic is the implication that it no longer makes sense to think of a general purpose police officer who works his way up from […]

Who Knows When Kids are Victimized? Schools Do

May 1, 2012 by


The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) just released a bulletin titled “Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities.” Perhaps the most interesting finding is the size of the discrepancy between schools and police knowing about child victimizations. In general, school officials knew about victimization episodes considerably more often (42 […]

Cuffing Kids: How Young is Too Young?

April 26, 2012 by


When Salecia Johnson, a six year old girl, was handcuffed by police for a “tantrum” at school, Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord justified the action by saying, “Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that […]

Sky High Marijuana Numbers

April 20, 2012 by


In the last several years, we’ve seen many states pass medical marijuana legislation, the growth of support for legalizing marijuana, and a whole lotta money wasted on marijuana arrests.  The following graphs are created from 2010 FBI UCR arrest data (the most recent available), except where noted. There were an estimated 13.1 million arrests in […]

Cops, Criminals, and Corpulence: Weighty Matters in Criminology

April 18, 2012 by


“The social costs of obesity may be overstated if obesity reduces the likelihood of arrest because the obese are less criminally active.” I read a lot of academic work in criminology, and few peer-reviewed sentences cause me to laugh out loud. That line from an article by Kalist and Siahaan generated a belly laugh. Their […]