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Law Enforcement Experiments With Predictive Policing; Does It Work?

Down the road from Ferguson, Mo., in the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, police precinct commander Jeff Fuesting had expressed interest in predictive policing, so when the department brought in HunchLab, it asked his precinct to roll it out first, reports The Marshall Project. They believed data could help their officers police better and more objectively. By identifying and aggressively patrolling “hot spots,” as determined by the software, the police wanted to deter crime before it ever happened. HunchLab, produced […]


Cleveland Police Monitor Lays Out “Aggressive” Reform Plan

The monitor tracking Cleveland’s progress under a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department laid out an ambitious plan for 2016, one that requires the city to implement major changes and conduct training, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The first-year plan was filed in federal court yesterday by monitor Matthew Barge. It outlines dozens of deadlines that the city, the monitor and other groups must meet to implement a settlement designed to transform the way the city polices its residents. Barge […]

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Chicago Officers Blame “ACLU Effect” For Making Many Fewer Street Stops

Authorities last year suggested Chicago's spike in gun violence last year was due to the “Ferguson effect” — cops afraid to do their jobs because of the scrutiny after the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer in 2014 in Ferguson, Mo., With Chicago now plagued with an even steeper rise in fatal shootings in January, street cops are offering a new reason: the “ACLU effect,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times. They say the Chicago Police Department's pact with […]


If Ferguson Accepts Agreement With DOJ, How Would City Pay For It?

The proposed agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and Ferguson, Mo., has been noted for its scope and specificity, but for all its detail, it does not answer two critical questions: How much will reforms to the city's police department and municipal court cost, and how will Ferguson, already burdened by multimillion-dollar deficits, pay for them? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the City Council wants to hear from residents. A council vote on the proposal is set for Feb. 9. […]


COPS To Review San Francisco Police Department After Controversial Shooting

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Policing Services (COPS) will conduct a “comprehensive review” of the San Francisco Police Department after the Dec. 2 killing of Mario Woods by officers, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. COPS, headed by former East Palo Alto, Ca., Police Chief Ronald Davis, collaborates with local police forces to build stronger relationships with communities, and Police Chief Greg Suhr had requested such a review. Woods' family and the American Civil Liberties Union had asked […]


Police Chiefs Gather To Discuss Ways Of Preventing Officer Shootings

Some 200 of the nation's most prominent police chiefs, Justice Department and White House officials, and police training experts convened in Washington, D.C., on Friday to discuss policy proposals which, if implemented broadly, would amount to the most drastic police reform in decades, the Washington Post reports. During a forum titled “Taking Policing to a Higher Standard,” top officials from many large police departments were urged to implement new training and departmental policies that supporters believe could lead to a […]