Archives for May 2015

Final Report on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Now Available-Next Steps

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing final report is now available.

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DOJ Will Announce a $20 Million Body Police Camera Program in May

As part of President Obama’s commitment to expand funding and training to law enforcement agencies through community policing initiatives, the Department of Justice through its Office of Justice Programs will announce a $20 million Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Partnership Program in May to respond to the immediate needs of  law enforcement organizations. The investment includes a $19 […]

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Racial or ethnic minorities account for 27 percent of police officers

PERCENTAGE OF LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE RACIAL OR ETHNIC MINORITIES NEARLY DOUBLED BETWEEN 1987 AND 2013 In 2013, the percentage of police officers who were members of racial or ethnic minority groups (black or African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native, and persons of Hispanic or Latino origin) was […]

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89 Percent Increase in Police Officers Killed

Death by Homicides: Preliminary statistics released by the FBI show that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014. This is an increase of almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. From 1980–2014, an average of 64 law enforcement officers have been feloniously killed […]

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Could Technology Change Policing?

Two Reports on Technology Needs Advances in technology can improve the safety and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, especially for law enforcement agencies. To support agencies’ using new technology, the Department of Justice supports a broad research portfolio to ensure technology is efficient, adequate and accessible. Two new publications — produced by the RAND […]

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Changing Cops?

New Perspectives in Policing Paper Building positive connections with the community cannot only improve police work, but also officer safety. In the latest New Perspectives in Policing paper, Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice discuss how power used inside a police department can signal to officers how they are expected to behave on patrol. The […]

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