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Editorial: The Year Chicago Died

Editorial: The Year Chicago Died

The Windy City is experiencing a terrifying wave of violence that is being abetted by progressive politicians and their policies.

September 15, 2021

NIBRS 2021: Prepare Your Agency for the New and Improved Crime Reporting System
Data Tactics

Data Tactics

To counter arguments of the media and activists, we need to do a better job capturing and sharing data on attacks against us.

February 8, 2018

Lying with Numbers

Lying with Numbers

The press and anti-police activists love to use statistics to slam police, but their interpretation is biased and they cook the data by leaving out key variables.

February 7, 2018

Crime: A Perfect Storm

America's rising crime rate is being driven by early release of violent prisoners, ineffective handling of criminal aliens, and the prosecution of police officers for doing their jobs, which makes officers hesitant to do their jobs.

September 30, 2015

The Detroit Blues

The Detroit Blues

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

October 10, 2013

What's Really Going On With Crime Rates

What's Really Going On With Crime Rates

For all its censuring of personnel for on-duty trysts and off-duty DUIs, the profession pays curiously little attention to an ongoing transgression perpetrated within it: stat fudging. Misreporting statistics about crime is not a new phenomenon.

October 9, 2013

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home

As law enforcement officers we find it hard to think of ourselves as "victims." We tend to think that robberies, burglaries, and home invasions happen to other people, not to us. After all, we're the cops. Unfortunately, crime can affect anyone, even us.

January 23, 2013

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

July 25, 2011

Lost Opportunities

Lost Opportunities

There was a time when gang officers were making real progress toward restraining the growth of gangs. Unfortunately, these officers were undercut by budgetary constraints, their own administrators, the whims of politicians, and ironically their own success.

May 28, 2010

Stats at a Glance

Stats at a Glance

CrimeReports' eponymous flagship product allows a law enforcement agency to show the public where and when crimes are being committed in their jurisdiction via online maps. The company's Command Central takes this idea one step further by putting these statistics in the hands of the agency itself.

January 27, 2010

Courtroom Common Sense

Courtroom Common Sense

Testifying might be unfamiliar territory, but a few tips can make it less painful.

November 1, 2008

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

Two of the basic questions you have when you write an investigative report are "What to put in?" and "What to leave out?" Although these are legitimate questions-because you normally couldn't possibly write down everything you know about a case-it's important to understand that certain things you might consider leaving out should actually be included.

December 1, 2007

The Power of Field Contacts

Simply put, the more information you have in a case, the better your chances of solving it. While this is common knowledge to most officers, we tend to forget that using field contacts is one of the easiest ways of gaining intelligence in our own cities.

September 1, 2006

Picture This

Although digital cameras are certainly high-tech and have a lot more power and control than their film predecessors, they are still only as good as the officer holding them.

May 1, 2006

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