50/50 gender target in Australia’s Northern Territories

This article reports that women comprise 35% of the sworn police workforce in the Northern Territories, a remote section of Australia. The force has a goal of reaching a 50/50 gender split by 2020. Recruitment of constables, Aboriginal community officers, and auxiliaries emphasizes that “The Northern Territory is a unique place to work and live.”

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Montreal failing to address diversity

This article reports little progress in Montreal in addressing racial and social profiling. Police set objectives 5 years ago and commissioned a review 2 years ago but training, hiring, and programming have lagged. According to the review, “The police don’t understand the lives of the people they’re policing.”

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No fingerprints in Nigeria

This column offers reflections of a Nigerian former prosecutor who says the last case in which police used fingerprints in court was 1964. He laments “the dearth of experts in the force, noting that it wasn’t always this bad with Nigerian Policemen,” and thinks the problem was years of military rule during which the police role shifted from serving ordinary people to regime protection.

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“Low policing” in Israel

This article reports results of a new emphasis on policing everyday problems like noise and traffic in Israel, where counter-terror policing has traditionally had the highest priority. The effort, which started by asking residents to identify their biggest concerns, has seen a 16% decrease in 911 calls and 24% drop in property crimes along with improved community relations.

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Problem-based learning in Ontario

This column describes an update of the 1-week problem-based learning (PBL) course for coaches/field training officers in Ontario, Canada. The rationale is that “the coach officer helps mould the lessons learned into a context of real life, while modelling the professionalism expected of all officers,” with an emphasis on building the new officer’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. Topics in the the revised curriculum include “multiple intelligence, positive deviance, brain science during stressful situations, how people learn, PBL, Failing Forward, Bloom’s Taxonomy, de-escalation, cognitive load and courageous conversations, with the interwoven golden threads of leadership theory and emotional intelligence.”

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Ranking world police

News outlets in Africa recently picked up the 2016 “World Internal Security & Police Index” (WISPI) that ranked Botswana best on the continent and Nigeria worst. On the defensive, Nigerian authorities have criticized the index “as unempirical and absolute falsehood, should be disregarded and discountenanced” as reported here. The full report, ranking 127 countries based on 16 indicators, is available here.

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Controversy in Berlin police academy

This article reports concerns about the quality of police recruits in basic training in Berlin. Trainers complain that current students lack integrity, fitness, and language skills and some may belong to organized crime groups. Observers wonder if the real issue is that today’s recruits aren’t “German enough.” Top officials are further criticized for not treating the situation as a serious matter.

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