American Police Staffing Catastrophe: No Quick Fixes

American Police Staffing Catastrophe: No Quick Fixes

By Steve Pomper   This is getting scary—really scary. Some people think the police staffing crises across our nation will somehow resolve itself, and things will go back to normal. That will not happen because it cannot happen. The damage has been going on for too long and is too severe. Major city police departments are Read more »

Sexual Assault Detective Fired for “No Vax” Ordered Back to Testify in Court

By Steve Pomper   It wasn’t only that agencies are firing law enforcement officers based on (I’ll be kind) dubious “science.” It’s that the officers’ experience, qualifications, conscience, and concerns didn’t matter at all. Rather than the health of employees, it seems to have become about “comply or else.” Damn the future consequences intended and unintended. Read more »

When Police Agencies Pretend Staffing Shortages Don’t Exist

By Steve Pomper  There are so many side issues that arise when law enforcement agencies cannot retain or recruit good officers: New York, Philly, Baltimore; Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis; San Francisco, Portland, Seattle—and Boston all suffer from staffing shortages. One side issue, for example, is there’s word the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will end their nationally Read more »

A Tale of Two State Supreme Courts Ruling on Criminal Justice Issues

By Steve Pomper    American courts, these days, can be so frustrating, especially for people interested in equal justice. Take the Washington State Supreme Court that, as reported by the NPA, recently ruled the state’s cops must consider a driver’s race/ethnicity before a traffic stop can be considered to be a “legal” detention. Their ruling is a prima Read more »

American Law Enforcement Officers Still Serving, Protecting, and Dying

By Steve Pomper    When I heard the story resurface about some mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents supposedly “whipping” Hattian illegal immigrants, I wondered why. Hadn’t that been resolved? Nope. The Biden administration cannot be wrong—especially about rank and file law enforcement at any level. Those “stormtroopers,” as Nancy Pelosi referred to federal agents, must be Read more »

Seattle Finds New and Unique Ways to Screw Up Civil Order

By Steve Pomper    Many Seattle politicians can find nothing about the police department they like—except for defunding or otherwise disrespecting it. Whatever they can do to take any amount of prestige away from the cops the happier city leaders are. For example, until recently, the parking enforcement unit was attached to the police department. But Read more »

Seattle Still Doesn’t Get It About Hiring and Retaining Cops

By Steve Pomper    Once again, Seattle serves as well as any leftist-run city in America as an example of how many city governments are just not getting the message from Americans about what they want from their police departments. People want cops to protect and serve—and to enforce the laws—equally. Bruce Harrell, Seattle’s new mayor, Read more »