Several thousand officers have been trained in “mindfulness” in cities like Dallas, Boston and Seattle, as well as towns across Oregon, California and Wisconsin. Proponents champion the practice as a way to treat the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder among police and reduce excessive use of force.
As a Brexit deadline approaches, UK police officers stand to instantly lose vital access to cross-border investigative powers and crucial databases. Police leaders have implored the UK Home Secretary to make contingency plans.
Involvement in traumatic events like shootings can lead to years of anxiety and worse for police officers. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, acting on an increase in alcohol-related incidents among officers this year, says he has made their mental health a priority.
Larry Dobson says he was doing his job when he made his way to the scene of a drowning on July 17. The local sheriff said the journalist was intruding. The two have been trading barbs over who was right and wrong.
Collaborative news group MuckRock is launching a new project that aims to shed light on the problem of domestic violence perpetrated by police officers. But according to the group, the cost of paying for these records is “daunting.”
Officers in Salem, Ore., are “problem-solvers” on the front line of a burgeoning homelessness problem. They say the city needs public storage for homeless people to temporarily secure their belongings and sobering stations where people can recover from alcohol, meth or opioids.
Amazon has joined the growing number of companies selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, offering to “identify persons of interest against a collection of millions of faces in real-time.” Civil libertarians are nettled. “This is a perfect example of technology outpacing the law,” says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
New Jersey police Sgt. Philip Seidle shot and killed his wife in 2015, three weeks after their divorce became final. A lawsuit by the victim’s children says police officials ignored numerous signs of his potential for violence, including a long record of excessive force complaints and 12 different calls for help from the victim, Tamara Wilson-Seidle.
An Amnesty International report says half of a sample of Belgian police officers surveyed identified the use of racial profiling by local police forces as a problem. While government officials pushed back against the report, the human rights organization said its results constitute a “cause for concern.”