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Fictionland Police Department: Citizen Trust Initiative

  1. The Smith/Jones case has demonstrated several issues within the department, leading to a loss of public trust; racism, lack of profesionalism, and a lack of integrity. The Fictionland PD has instituted a program of reorganization and review designed to remove unprofessional officers and ensure a higher level of community trust. We have chosen to implement a program because we have found no issues with our current policy, and we feel that a combination approach involving the re-organization of IAD, the outfitting of officers with body cameras, and a review of citizen complaints will put this department back on the right footing to build trust with the community.

  1. The Citizen Trust Initiative composes of 3 action items designed to review past problems, remove troublesome officers, and provide accountability in the department as a whole.“ This period of innovation has demonstrated that police can prevent crime and can improve their relationships with the communities they serve” (Braga & Weisburd, 2006, pp.3,4) “Recent calls for improved “accountability” of state bureaucracies are a manifestation of society’s increased concern towards appropriate execution and satisfactory performance of public services “ quote Moore (Cabral & Lazzarini, 2010, p.2) “research on legitimacy and procedural justice supports the proposition that police can reduce the conflict simply by explaining their actions to the public.” (Fischer, 2014, p.4)
    1. Re-organization of the Internal Affairs Department“deviant officials may use various channels of influence to obstruct evidence collection and affect the final judgment; similarly, investigating commissions may refrain from punishing top colleagues and turn a blind eye to certain deviations that are considered as “normal” among police officers “ (Cabral & Lazzarini, 2010, p.3) “One of the issues in police management is the code of silence”(Gottschalk, 2011, p.169)
      1. All officers in IAD are subject to transfer to other departments
      2. IAD officers that watched the Smith/Jones tape will be transferred
      3. Evidence logs and witness testimony will be examined to determine who saw the tape
    1. Equip all officers with body cameras(Silver, 2014) Ars Technica discusses four cases in which body cameras exonerated policemen in complaints, including complaints based upon edited footage of indicents.
      1. The entire community of officers, including most undercover operators, will wear such cameras
      2. We expect to reduce both complaints and assaults on officersWe can measure these results by simple comparison with previous data
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    1. All reported complaints by citizens will be reviewed by the Chief's Office
      1. Citizens complaints from the last year will be reviwed
      2. Officers who are found to have committed breaches of proffesionalism or criminal acts will be reprimanded, terminated, or charged as necessary
      3. Either physical or recorded evidence that counters officer testimony will be considered

  1. Target Polulation
  2. How are targets selected and recruited for the intervention?
  3. Define program components such as the precise nature, amount, and sequence of activities—Who does what to whom, in what order, and how much?
  4. Define the job descriptions of the staff and list the skills and training required. “Creating a specialized assignment to address a problem appears to increase the likelihood that action plans will be implemented.”(Brown & Scott, 2007, p. 13)

politicalagendas” (Archbold & Maguire, 2002, p. 225)

researchersandpolicepersonnelwhokeeptrackofexcessiveforcecases” (Archbold & Maguire, 2002, p. 230)

betweenthepoliceandthecommunity.Thegoodwill” (Brandl, Stroshine, & Frank, 2001, p. 521)

againstsuspectsoftheirownrace” quote Alpert&Dunham (Brandl, Stroshine, & Frank, 2001, p. 523)

“Success in policing is enhanced when the police can gain and maintain support from the
public. In individual encounters with residents, police benefit when people are willing to accept
and defer to the appropriate use of police authority, rather than starting the encounter with
feelings of hostility and resistance. Further, if people have a high degree of respect for their local
police and the law, they are more likely to obey the law, including relatively minor traffic laws “(Fischer, 2014, p.8)

“Integrity in public office demands open and transparent decision making and clarity about the primacy of a public official's duty to serve the public interest “(Gottschalk, 2011, p.171)

Archbold, C. A., & Maguire, E. R. (2002). Studying civil suits against the police: A serendipitous finding of sample selection bias. Police Quarterly, 5(2), 222–249. Retrieved August 10, 2014 from http://pqx.sagepub.com/content/5/2/222.short

Braga, A. A., & Weisburd, D. L. (2006). Police Innovation and Crime Prevention: Lessons Learned from Police Research over the Past 20 Years. Retrieved August 23, 2014 from http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/218585.pdf?q=ideas-in-american-policing

Brandl, S. G., Stroshine, M. S., & Frank, J. (2001). Who are the complaint-prone officers?: An examination of the relationship between police officers’ attributes, arrest activity, assignment, and citizens’ complaints about excessive force. Journal of Criminal Justice, 29(6), 521–529. Retrieved August 10, 2014 from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047235201001143

Brown, R., & Scott, M. S. (2007). Implementing responses to problems. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved November 8, 2014 from http://www.popcenter.org/tools/pdfs/implementing_responses.pdf

Cabral, S., & Lazzarini, S. G. (2010). Guarding the Guardians: An Analysis of Investigations against Police Officers in an Internal Affairs Division. Retrieved August 10, 2014 from http://extranet.isnie.org/uploads/isnie2010/cabral_lazzarini.pdf

Fischer, C. (2014). Legitimacy and Procedural Justice:  A New Element of Police Leadership. Police Executive Research Forum. Retrieved August 10, 2014 from http://www.policeforum.org/assets/docs/Free_Online_Documents/Leadership/legitimacy%20and%20procedural%20justice%20-%20a%20new%20element%20of%20police%20leadership.pdf

Gottschalk, P. (2011). Management challenges in law enforcement: the case of police misconduct and crime. International Journal of Law and Management, 53(3). Retrieved August 22, 2014 from http://search.proquest.com.southuniversity.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/868256452?pq-origsite=summon

Silver, J. (2014, June 21). Candid camera, part 2: Four times that video evidence exonerated cops | Ars Technica. Ars Technica. Retrieved August 25, 2014 from http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/candid-camera-part-2-four-times-that-video-evidence-exonerated-cops/

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