Nature has published an article that challenges the conventional wisdom that proactive policing has a direct impact on lowering crime.
— Brian Lande
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
Polis basic Use of Force Policy training for Chicago Police Department featured in Chicago Sun-Times.
Polis’s training has been featured in Chicago ABC7’s coverage of Chicago Police Department’s new Use of Force Policy Training. Although the segment does not mention Polis Solutions by name the piece describes the training,
“Officers watched video of real situations outside of Chicago, wrote down impressions, actions at several stages of the scene, then discussed options and opportunities to de-escalate and adhere to the department’s new priority sanctity of life.”
We are delighted that our training is being well received and having a positive impact on a large department like Chicago PD.
You can watch the video at ABC7’s here.
— Brian Land
On Friday, the Chicago Tribute featured an article on the Chicago Police Departments new Use of Force Training. Although Polis Solutions is not mentioned directly, the training material is prominently featured in the article, Chicago police lay out ambitious annual training plans for its 12,000 officers. The training featured is the initial four hour course Polis developed.
— Brian Lande
Brian Lande and Jonathan Wender’s research and training company, Polis Solutions, has been featured in Scientific American article, Stress Training for Cop’s Brains. Jonathan Wender writes in the piece,
“We need evidence-based, human performance training that starts in the academy and continues across every career phase, so when you’re tired, scared or stressed, you still do the right thing.”
Jonathan also argues that police are judged for there errors along moral, emotional, and political dimensions but not the same types of evaluations we make of other professions, such as medicine or aviation. When a doctor makes an error the explanation is not immediately or automatically considered to be moral or political, but likely an human performance error of judgement or perception.
Pseudo science is rampant on Facebook and this Slate article peers into Natural News, which has become a popular source of Facebook posts. The Slate piece reviews some of the ways the media outlet distorts and mis reports scientific findings.
This video reports on results from the DARPA “SSIM” program. Geoffrey Raymond (UCSB) and Nikki Jones (UCB) examined the social interactions between police officers and citizens in public. Specifically they looked at the role of acknowledging or suppressing citizen’s interests, goals, projects, etc. during a police-citizen encounter. What Raymond and Jones found was that when police acknowledge, rather than suppress citizen goals (even if they don’t go along with the citizen’s goals), then the likelihood of citizen non-compliance, hostility, or violence decreases.