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Expanding Performance Measurement for the 21st Century

Posted on: Monday, July 18th, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

Expanding Performance Measurement for the 21st Century   By Matthew D. Kenyon  Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. —Winston Churchill Churchill’s keen insights into the world of art elucidate a more universal theme: without a nod toward tradition, we lose our direction; without fostering …

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Police Training and Education (Pillar 5 in Pillars of Justice Series)

Posted on: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 @ 10:50 am

Pillars of Justice is a six-part series covering the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The full report can be viewed here. By Jimmy Steyee American police forces seem to be at a turning point not seen since August Vollmer and his successor O.W. Wilson led the charge toward a “reform …

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Officer Wellness and Safety (Pillar 6 in Pillars of Justice Series)

Posted on: Monday, December 7th, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

By Christine M. Norton Pillars of Justice is a six-part series covering the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The full report can be viewed here. The recent high-profile deaths of American police officers are grim reminders of the dangers law enforcement professionals face. Poor physical and psychological health can plague …

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Technology, Social Media, and Law Enforcement (Pillar 3 in Pillars of Justice Series)

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 @ 4:17 pm

Pillars of Justice is a six-part series covering the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The full report can be viewed here.  By Emily Patton The last few years have seen an unprecedented rise in the number and types of social media Web sites and applications (apps) now widely available for …

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California’s Proposition 47: An Unexpected Result in Criminal Justice Reform

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 @ 10:40 am

By Vanessa Cunningham West California’s Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, was approved on the November 2014 ballot by almost a 20-percent margin. The initiative reduces classification of most “non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” in California from a felony to a misdemeanor. Prop 47 mandates misdemeanors instead of felonies for …

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Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae: How Police Respond to Noncompliance

Posted on: Monday, November 2nd, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

By Matthew D. Kenyon Police officers deal with noncompliance every day. And as with many things in policing, noncompliance by those interacting with law enforcement falls on a behavioral spectrum from verbal refusals to violent, sometimes deadly outbursts. This spectrum, however, is not a straight line. An individual can jump from one end to the …

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Plain Language and Plain Writing: The Federal Government’s Commitment to Clear Communication

Posted on: Monday, September 21st, 2015 @ 12:35 pm

Let’s say you reported a case of Medicare fraud. You receive the following letter from the Medicare Beneficiary Services department:

Investigators at the contractor will review the facts in your case and decide the most appropriate course of action. The first step taken with most Medicare health care providers is to reeducate them about Medicare regulations and policies. If the practice continues, the contractor may conduct special audits of the provider’s medical records.

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Building Trust and Legitimacy in Policing (Pillar 1 in Pillars of Justice Series)

Posted on: Monday, August 17th, 2015 @ 2:18 pm

Pillars of Justice is a six-part series about the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The full report, including the table of contents listing the six pillars, can be viewed here. Pillar 1: Building Trust and Legitimacy By Matthew D. Kenyon In an attempt to move policing into the 21st century, President Obama …

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E-Cigarettes—Is “Vaping” Worth the Risks?

Posted on: Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

By Martin J. Spiering, Ph.D., ELS Senior Staff Member After being on the market for just shy of 10 years, the e-cigarette (e-cig) has earned a suspect distinction: Its increase in use—especially among teens—now outpaces that of many other addictive substances, including the traditional tobacco cigarette. At the same time, the e-cig has also garnered …

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