Policing a Free Society the Book

Crisis Intervention Teams & Police Interactions with People with Mental Illness: Evolving Tactics That Make a Difference

It was a crisis call that may well have ended in tragedy. Police responded to an incident at a group home and a group home worker answered the door with a knife in hand. Police reached for their guns.

"Once guns are drawn, things happen fast," Cops understand this very well!

Keeping The Peace in a Free Society Let Us Not Forget Why We Do What We Do

America’s greatest attribute is freedom. People have fought and died defending freedom. I am not just speaking of those that serve or have served in the military. I am also speaking of those fellow citizens standing up for individual rights, laid out in the United States Constitution. In policing a free society it is important that police never lose sight of and stay committed to Democratic values. That while we defend the homelands people from crime and disorder, we at the same time must uphold that which is dearest to us, the United States Constitution and what it attributes to freedom.

Keeping the Peace

I am seriously troubled by what's going on currently in this country when it comes to the killing of police. I have been policing for 30 years and the current climate is the most negative I have experienced during this time. I know throughout the history of policing we have seen more cops killed in the line of duty like the 1970s when we say 200-280 per year. Prior to the 1970s, the 1930s we saw numbers of officers killed in the line of duty total over 300. So despite this being the worse climate towards police I have seen our history says that is not the case.

What is the Mission and Intent of Policing a Free Society?

The fundamental objectives of policing (also referred to as the mission of the police or the core functions of policing) are the ultimate purposes for which police agencies have been created. Goldstein was one of a number of scholars who recognized and articulated the breadth and complexity of the police mission. He synthesized his understanding of the multiple objectives of the police in his seminal work, Policing a Free Society, a precursor to his writings on problem oriented policing.

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society: Altering Public Expectations

“Policing is one of America’s most noble professions. The actions of any officer, in an instant, can impact an individual for life and even a community for generations. Given this realization, every police officer must be centered on what is important. Service, Justice, Fundamental Fairness. These are the foundational principles in which every police action must be grounded. The nobility of policing demands the noblest of character. ”Steven R. Covey

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society: Rethinking Widely Held Assumptions Regarding Police Fuction

"In order to make the police function more workable ,to reduce the conflicting pressures on the police, and to assure that future investments in police improvement will bring greater return, we must go back to fundamentals. We must rethink widely held assumptions regarding police function; recognize the discretion inherent in police work; and establish the values basic to policing.

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society: Our Failure to Concern Ourselves...

..."Our failure to concern ourselves sufficiently with the ambiguity in the police function and with the other conflicting pressures brought to bear upon the police has substantially reduced the potential effectiveness of the most common proposals for improving police operations. Beyond this, the continuing need for compromise that these pressures have create makes police officers unusually vulnerable to criticism, pressing them to take shelter in the police subculture.

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society

"Most efforts to improve police functioning have gone forward on the assumption that prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals are the primary tasks of th police. But these assumptions have been based more on the mythology surrounding policing than upon accurate assessment of what it is that police do. The police themselves perpetuate this myth.

Hand in Hand Project, a new initiative promoting dialogue and interaction between local police officers and young people

My Chief sent this Hand To Hand Program out to everyone tonight in our department. This video is so cool and moving. Perfect in my mind for Thanksgiving!

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