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NPI and COPS Release New Report on Specialized Units

The guide provides practical, actionable considerations for agencies and communities to help determine whether to form a specialized unit and, if so, how to ensure appropriate management, oversight, and accountability for any such unit.

IADLEST Developing Cutting-Edge Constitutional Policing Training Resources

IADLEST seeks examples from the field to help build the project team’s understanding of what resources are currently being used to train officers in constitutional authority.

Advancing Policing Through Continuous Action

The National Policing Institute and the Commission on Accreditation on Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), reviewed federal pattern or practice investigations of law enforcement agencies conducted by the DOJ between 2010 and 2022 and have identified the common themes across the investigations and present seven key takeaways for law enforcement executives.

Improving Learning Outcomes in Police Academy Training

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A new study from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training looks at the potential effectiveness of reinforcing training consistently throughout a career in law and presents eight best practices for integrating curricula in law enforcement academies.

New Behavioral-Science Informed Training Found Effective

A new study from researchers at the University of Chicago Crime Lab has found a training program rooted in behavioral science can dramatically cut the number of times police officers use force while also increasing officer safety.

What Works in De-escalation Training

Brian Tich discusses implementation lessons and scaling strategies for police de-escalation training in Police Chief Magazine.

Chicago Police Department Findings Letter

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Office of the Assistant Attorney General Washington DC 20530 January 13, 2017 Honorable Rahm Emanuel Mayor City of Chicago 121 N. LaSalle Street Chicago City Hall, 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 Re: Investigation of the Chicago Police Department Dear Mayor Emanuel: The United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois have completed their pattern or practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department (“CPD”). Our investigation was conducted pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. As a result of our investigation, we have concluded that we have reasonable cause to believe that CPD engages in a pattern or practice…

Ferguson Police Department Consent Decree

TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION II. BACKGROUND AND GENERAL PROVISIONS III. COMMUNITY POLICING AND ENGAGEMENT A. Community Engagement B. Neighborhood Policing Steering Committee C. Ferguson Youth Advisory Board and Apartment Neighborhood Group D. Community-Oriented and Problem-Solving Policing E. Community Mediation Program F. Ongoing Assessment and Improvement IV. REFORM OF THE FERGUSON MUNICIPAL CODE V. POLICIES AND TRAINING A. Policies Generally B. Training Generally VI. BIAS-FREE POLICE AND COURT PRACTICES A. Requirements of Bias-Free Policing B. Ongoing Assessment and Improvement VII. VOLUNTARY CONTACTS, STOPS, SEARCHES, CITATIONS, AND ARRESTS A. Voluntary Contacts: Social Contacts & Non-Custodial Interviews B. Investigatory Stops and Detentions C. Searches D. Citations and Arrests E. Stop Orders, or “Wanteds” F. Supervision G. Ongoing Assessment and Improvement VIII. FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTED ACTIVITY A. Right to Observe and Record B. Public Protests and Demonstrations C. Retaliation for First Amendment Activity Prohibited D. Supervision of First Amendment Related Arrests and Seizures…

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Findings Report

Investigation of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Departmen U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division October 13, 2022 TABLE OF CONTENTS I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY II. BACKGROUND A. Orange County, California B. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department C. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office D. Events Leading to Our Investigation III. OUR INVESTIGATIONS IV. OCSD AND OCDA OPERATED A CUSTODIAL INFORMANT PROGRAM THAT REPEATEDLY DEPRIVED CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS OF THEIR SIXTH AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT RIGHTs A. The Sixth Amendment and Custodial Informants B. The Fourteenth Amendment and Discovery About Custodial Informants C. How the Custodial Informant Program Came to Light: People v. Scott Dekraai D. OCSD’s Special Handling Unit Took Primary Responsibility for Custodial Informant Activities E. As Part of the Informant Program, OCSD and OCDA Engaged in Investigative Strategies that Exacerbated the Risks of Sixth and Fourteenth Amendament Violations 1. OCSD repeatedly placed informants next…

Ferguson Police Department Complaint

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. THE CITY OF FERGUSON, Defendant. COMPLAINT INTRODUCTION Plaintiff, the United States of America (“United States”), brings this civil action against Defendant, the City of Ferguson (“City”), under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42U.S.C. § 2000d. The City of Ferguson, through the Ferguson Police Department (“FPD”), the Ferguson Municipal Court, and the office of the City Prosecuting Attorney, engages in an ongoing pattern or practice of conduct, including discrimination, that deprives persons of rights, privileges and immunities secured and protected by the United States Constitution and federal law. Ferguson law enforcement officials conduct stops, searches, and arrests without legal justification, in violation of the Fourth Amendment; use excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment; interfere…