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Policing Needs an Evidence-Based Definition of De-Escalation - Controversies over high profile police shootings have led to a demand for de-escalation in policing. Unfortunately, in their hurry to avoid becoming the “next Ferguson,”many agencies rushed to implement new de-escalation training programs. This is a problem because there is currently no evidence surrounding de-escalation in policing and no consensus on what the term even […]
Effect of Private Police on Crime: Evidence from a Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design - Past literature in criminology has shown that increases in policing can reduce crime. Generally, most rigorous studies have been done on temporary deployments of extra police, or “episodic” changes rather than permanent changes. To better understand effects of a sustained increase in police deployment, a group of researchers working in Philadelphia decided to look at […]
Disparity Does not Mean Bias: Making Sense of Observed Racial Disparities in Fatal Officer-Involved Shootings with Multiple Benchmarks - There has recently been much discussion in the United States on racial disparities in police officer-involved shootings (OIS). Comparing the fraction of black citizens who were fatally shot to their fraction of the general US population, many claim that there is racial bias in police officers’ decisions. However, this is not necessarily a correct conclusion […]
How Does Civilian Behavior Affect Police Behavior? - You must be logged in to view this content.
Investigating Secondary Trauma in police/community relations - By Dr. Obed Magny   If you talk to some members of the law enforcement community, they’ll say today’s climate in policing is causing them to be less proactive in the streets. Factors such as political headwinds have officers questioning whether their agency would support them in a use of force event, even if it […]