Implications of GOP tax plan for Police

The Fraternal Order of Police wrote a letter to the GOP to warn that the elimination of the State and Local Tax deduction, SALT, will negatively impact police services. Police services are funded through local taxes. Elimination of SALT will make paying local taxes harder on citizens because they can no longer deduct the cost of those taxes from Federal taxes. Cities and counties, which rely on tax revenue to pay for police services will have constituents less able to tolerate any local tax increase and who are increasingly burdened by existing local taxes. Elimination of SALT is meant to offset the cost of decreasing corporate taxes. The hidden cost will likely be a more fragile and poorly funded police service, making public safety a causality of the proposed tax plan.

– Brian Lande

Gang Stats Aren’t Remotely Reliable, But Voters Keep Hearing About Them Anyway | FiveThirtyEight

Gangs, such as MS13, have received a lot of political attention from Republicans this election cycle. During the campaign many claims about gangs, immigration, and crime where made. The problem is, our quantitative understanding of gangs, their prevalence and relationship to crime or immigrants is limited because we don’t have a great way to count how many gang members there are. There is no gang census, after all. Read more at FiveThirtyEight!

– Brian Lande

Want Friendlier Cops? Hire More Blacks and Latinos, says Study | The Crime Report

There has been mixed evidence about the effects of diversity in police departments. Counter intuitively, studies have shown diversity can increase police use of force. But a new study from the University of Central Florida shows diversity may help police departments in one key way, by making officers more likely to be friendly. Read a summary of the findings here.

— Brian Lande

NPR reports on Polis’s Use of Force Taining for CPD

Polis Solutions’s training for CPD has been featured in a radio piece on NPR by Cheryl Corley, “New Use-of-Force Guidelines For Chicago Police”.

“Chicago patrol officers and detectives, both in and out of uniform, showed up recently for one of the last training sessions for the department’s new use-of-force policy. On the tables are blue worksheets for officers to note how the policy relates to different scenarios while watching videos of real police encounters.”

From CPD Superintendent Kevin Navarro:

“I’ve been a Chicago police officer for a long time, and I can tell you this is monumental. This is going to give the training to the officers and will give them the confidence to go on the street to react and act in the proper way.”

— Brian Lande

Interview with Ellis Amdur part 2 – The de-escalation of violence and the relevance of Budo | Interviews | Aikido | GuillaumeErard.com – Budo & Life in Japan

Ellis has a practical mastery of de-escalation as well as theoretical understanding informed not only by psychology but his mastery of martial arts. Read this interesting interview with Ellis Amdur, bellow:

https://www.guillaumeerard.com/aikido/interviews/interview-with-ellis-amdur-part-2-the-de-escalation-of-violence-and-the-relevance-of-budo

– Brian Lande

Chris Magnus: Lawmakers must listen to law enforcement on dangerous gun bills

My former Chief, Chris Magnus, makes the case, HERE, for not de-regulating scilencers or expanding reciprocity of concealed carry permits as part of an effort to protect police officers and ensure we are able to respond to active shooters.

— Brian Lande

Chief Kenny Miller discusses Polis’s T3 training.

Chief Kenny Miller, of the Petersburg Police Department (VA) discusses Polis’s “Tact, Tactics, and Trust” training as part of a broad intervention to lower violent crime in Petersburg. Watch his press conference with ABC8 news here.

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— Brian Lande

Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime | Nature Human Behaviour

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0211-5

Nature has published an article that challenges the conventional wisdom that proactive policing has a direct impact on lowering crime.

— Brian Lande

The Coordinator

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The Coordinator

 

The Coordinator is a much needed text for law enforcement officers. The book is one of the few guides available that tries to codify how officers can manage their encounters with individuals in emotional or psychiatric distress while maintaining a safe environment and tactically advantageous posture. More than that, the book teaches reaching across cultural and social divides that make it difficult for officers to be able to coordinate the action of the individuals they encounter during their patrol shifts.

Police encounters are of course human encounters like any other but where the situations officers find themselves in are high risk, high consequence.” In this sense, police work cannot simply be like “social work on the street.” What authors Amdur and Hubal  call “coordinators”  must manage high stakes interactions in unfamiliar settings  and take an active role of maintaining control and exercising leadership within these situations. Amdur and Hubal emphasize a variety of perceptual and cognitive skills to develop to help officers make sense of the unfamiliar, develop their pattern matching abilities, detect anomalys, and maintain self control in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. Of the action based skills Amdur and Hubal emphasize, error repair is perhaps the most important. Social interaction will and do go wrong. They are inherently unstable and filled with noisy information. Error detection and repair is the key to getting an encounter back on track from the inevitable misunderstandings and mistakes that will occur.

Officers who read this book will respect that the goal of the book is to solve a problem they struggle with regularly, how do officers “remain prepared for something going terribly wrong at any moment, while still maintaining the intention and ability to help?”

You can purchase the The Coordinator here at Amazon.

— Brian Lande