The Fraternal Order of Police’s Jim Pasco hails the agreement of labor and police chiefs’ organizations on the consensus policy on police use of force. Two national sheriffs’ groups call the pact “well-intended” but say a “one-size-fits-all policy is impractical.”
Industry analysts expect the President-elect to reverse the Obama administration’s order phasing out Justice Department contracts with private prison firms. One financial-services company calls private prisons “a compelling investment opportunity.”
More women enter policing ranks, but they remain underrepresented in the field. Less than half of female officers agree it is more useful to be aggressive than courteous in some parts of the city, compared with 58 percent of male officers.
The stiff nylon blanket is wrapped around suspects’ legs while a chest harness holds their handcuffed hands in place and keeps them sitting upright, so they can breathe easily. The Wrap is replacing the decades-old “maximum restraint,” or hogtie system. That involves cuffing wrists and wrapping the ankles with a hobble strap, a position that has been linked to suffocation deaths.
More New York police officers are resigning over pay issues, charges the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the assertion “a classic union play” as contracts are negotiated.
Leader of the American Conservative Union Foundation contends that when policymakers have applied humane principles to the justice system, “crime has dropped, there are fewer people in prison, and the taxpayers have saved billions of dollars.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson pushed to settle the case, which was filed during Bill Clinton’s presidency. About 100 black agents alleged that Secret Service fostered a racist culture and routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African Americans.