There was a special surprise at Friday's Police Academy graduation. Newly sworn in Little Rock Police officers each walked away with a big check.
The often cited theory that if police departments reflected the racial makeup of their communities they served, incidents of police use of force would decrease has recently been studied in a new research project.
Training is a top priority here at Law Officer. As the current Editor In Chief, I bear a lot of responsibility to follow the lead of those before me and ensure that our readers are given every opportunity to learn and grow in their profession.
A couple of days ago, a young black man in-boxed me on Facebook stating that he wanted to become a police officer in the black community to make a change in the world but especially with in the community that he is from.
In my book Officer Up!, there are two foci for peer intervention: internally, as we deal with one another in our work climate which sets the stage for the exercise of authority, and externally, as we interact with citizens in the course of our duties which includes the exercise of authority.
The departures have drastically increased since the Mayor announced pension reforms.