11/26/2013 - Noted scholar and former police commander Thomas Reppetto traverses the path of American policing from 1945 to the present in the second volume of American Police: A History. The story is scholarly, professional and personal. Above all, it is riveting.
09/30/2013 - From its first word, Gang Injunctions and Abatement comes across as little more than a sales pitch. While written from a law enforcement and psychological perspective, it is presumptuous, limited in scope, and fails to consider other perspectives in an effort to convince the reader to believe in gang injunctions and abatement, court actions that aim to limit and modify gang behavior.
09/17/2013 - Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone and has a record of abusing firearms, the ACLU has released a report on the FBI's abuse of power after 9-11, and Colorado's oil and gas infrastructure has been damaged by the region's floods.
09/04/2013 - For many years, we have been led to believe, by the law enforcement community and daytime reality shows, that the polygraph test is a very reliable “investigatory tool” to measure someone’s honesty. Author Doug Williams dispels some of those misconceptions in his book From Cop to Crusader.
07/19/2013 - Has globalization swept through the world of organized crime? That question has been the subject of a fierce debate among law enforcement experts and criminologists in recent years. Oxford University lecturer Federico Varese, a leading theoretician on organized crime, has weighed in with a much more nuanced view.
05/23/2013 - Law enforcement has the responsibility to arrest the guilty person and an obligation to ensure that the wrong person is not convicted of a crime. Eyewitness Identification acknowledges the increasing awareness that eyewitness identification of criminals is unreliable.
05/15/2013 - Raymond Holcomb spent 23 years in the FBI, spanning the era of J. Edgar Hoover through 9-11 and its aftermath. He played a key role in the transformation of the organization’s primary focus from crime-fighting to national security.