Seattle Police Sgt. Cleared After Department Investigated Her for Truth Memo

Is It Too Soon to Say I Told You So?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D One way to reduce crime rates is to redefine it so that it is no longer a crime. Want to eliminate arrests for armed robbery? Make stealing things from people by threatening them with violence a social problem, mental health issue, or public health concern, but not a crime. Read more »

It Is ‘Head-spinning’ to Defund or Federalize Police

By Stephen Owsinski On Thursday, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz took to the podium on the Hill during a hearing combing through several police-funding bills, and he unloosed what many public safety-minded Americans are thinking. In a brief excerpt from Rep. Gaetz’s speech, he threw Missouri Rep. Cori Bush under the bus for her ongoing clamor Read more »

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul Pretends to Care About Public Safety

By Steve Pomper   Pretending she is tough on crime, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the state will be installing 6,400 security cameras in NYC’s subway cars. According to the AP, this is happening “as officials work to rebuild riders’ faith in the system’s safety.” Does anyone else see the glaring disconnect here? I’m sure the NYPD Read more »

Police Retention and Hiring: The Math Doesn’t Add Up

By Steve Pomper   Much has been written about the continuing national law enforcement officer hiring/retention crisis. And a lot more will be written—beginning right now. Too many people seem to feel we’ll eventually find a resolution to this crisis, and they put it out of their minds. I’m an optimist, but eventually will likely take at Read more »

Less Juvenile Crime?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D With murder rates spiking and fear of crime growing across the country, there is some good news and bad news about the role of teenage offenders. According to a Department of Justice report recently released, violent crime among youth has declined from previous levels. Juvenile arrests for violence peaked Read more »

Mission Creep in Policing

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The term “mission creep” came into the American vocabulary in the early 1990s in the context of U.S. military intervention. The classic example, and perhaps among the first use of the term, is America’s involvement in Somalia where President Bush sent in 30,000 troops on a mission under the Read more »