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CrimeDime July 2012 Roundup

July 31, 2012 by


Ah, July. That time of year thou mayst in me behold dripping sweat, vacation zen, and glacially chilled iced tea. It’s when we ponder the legality of lemonade stands, and wonder if we can send the cops after those kids whose grimy hands may have given us dysentery. It’s also when we fire up the […]

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 […]

The Ebb and Flow Across the Thin Blue Line: The Difference between Private and Public Sector Security and Investigations

July 10, 2012 by


by Pamela S. You’re pushing your Dodge Grand Caravan 30 miles per hour over the speed limit. The subject of your investigation is crisscrossing lanes like a hare being chased by a greyhound. Coming up from the rear, a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, lights flashing, pulls you over. Your subject is a distant memory. […]

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 […]