How Are Cops Accountable? Let Me Count the Ways

How Are Cops Accountable? Let Me Count the Ways

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Accountability of our armed government agents is an essential part of our democracy. The Founding Fathers wrote a whole thing about it. That the idea of lots of armed government agents was somewhat foreign to those Revolutionary minds was evident in their hesitancy to even have a standing army. Read more »

Pro-Police Governors Sweeten the Pot, Embrace First Responders

By Stephen Owsinski (Featured image: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hands a Jacksonville cop a $1000 bonus check. Photo courtesy of Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.) When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced additional economic investments to pillar all first responders yesterday, my initial response was Wow! Not because it was uncharacteristic of him and the Read more »

The Myth of Militarization

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D As disturbances around the country explode after officer-involved suspect deaths, law enforcement is standing by to provide a measure to mitigate violence and property damage. Dramatic video of armored vehicles and riot-gear clad police often incite cries that the police are provoking violence, as though donning protective gear lights Read more »

Another Threat for Cops: State-Created Danger Doctrine

By Steve Pomper  The NPA covers many issues that threaten the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and officers. The NPA has reported on and assisted officers wrongly accused of policy violations and even of breaking the law when evidence shows they were doing their jobs. The NPA also challenges legislatures that pass anti-cop laws Read more »

The Mexico Lesson

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D An Associated Press news article by reporter Mark Stevenson describes the actions of soldiers of the Mexican Army. The story, which I read in the Denver Post November 7th edition, relates how power drug cartels are engaging in extortion of local farmers in addition to profiting from the manufacture Read more »

Qualified Immunity and Quantum Physics

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The recent Supreme Court decision in Bond v. City of Tahlequah that was informed, in part, by a brief from the National Police Association, speaks to the issue of qualified immunity in several important ways. One regards quantum physics, another politics. In case you missed it, the case involves Read more »