Browsing All posts tagged under »law enforcement«

Should Government Regulate Distracted Walking?

July 30, 2012 by


We see them all the time – pedestrians ambling along with lowered heads and furiously typing thumbs, sidewalk hogs with a bluetooth device planted firmly within the ear who gesticulate wildly during animated conversations, and wild walkers too busy swiping, scrolling, and liking to notice that they are about to careen into you. Totally annoying. […]

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 […]

CrimeDime April 2012 Roundup

April 30, 2012 by


CrimeDime had a great month. Not only did we redesign the site, we also watched CrimeDime grow with many new visitors and followers. Thanks to our readers for helping to make this a great site with interesting discussion in the comments. In case you missed it, here’s what we covered in April. April includes National […]

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 […]

Cops Return the $12,000 They Stole From a Struggling Restaurant Server

April 11, 2012 by


Stacy Knutson has reportedly worked for a small salary and tips at the Fryn’ Pan restaurant in Moorhead, Minnesota, for eighteen years. Eighteen years is an awfully long time. And waiting tables generates an awfully small income to help support a family of seven, including her husband and five children. Despite all this, Knutson is […]