Few controversies in policing are as fraught as the use of Terry stops—temporary detentions made by officers upon reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, often accompanied by protective pat-down searches known as “frisks.” Studies have shown that racial minorities are disproportionately targeted for Terry stops, raising concerns about [...] Read more
The NYPD has released its new body camera policy, responding to public comments solicited through a process run by the Policing Project. The policy will apply to a 1,000-camera pilot project scheduled to begin later this spring. During the summer of 2016, the Policing Project reached [...] Read more
The Policing Project is conducting pilot projects in Tampa, Florida and Camden, New Jersey to foster police-youth relations. Based on the report of the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the programs focus on bringing youth and police together to work collaboratively to solve an issue [...] Read more
On Tuesday, March 21, Policing Project Deputy Director Maria Ponomarenko testified before the New York Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She discussed the need for “front-end” democratic accountability around policing, and discussed the Policing Project’s efforts in this regard. She also emphasized the [...] Read more
Which policies should police departments adopt? On February 9 and 10, the Policing Project and the Police Foundation convened over twenty experts on policing practices and quantitative methods to explore one possible answer to this question: those policies whose benefits outweigh their costs. [...] Read more
Police departments around the country are increasingly using “bait” objects equipped with tracking devices to stop theft before it happens. The idea is simple: officers place a GPS tracker in an unattended car, laptop, or other object and wait for theft to occur. Once they are notified [...] Read more
The Los Angeles Police Commission has asked the Policing Project to run a community-wide engagement over one of the more complicated questions about body cameras: when to release footage after an officer-involved shooting.
Prompted in part by officer-involved shootings and other uses of force that captured [...] Read more
In the last several years, a string of high-profile police shootings of unarmed civilians — primarily black men — has attracted national attention, including in the 2016 presidential campaign.
But the federal government continues to have problems collecting complete and accurate data on these shootings, mainly because [...] Read more
What is the psychological cost of being stopped by a police officer? What are the potential privacy costs of using license-plate readers?
Elsewhere in government, questions like these would be a standard part of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) — a common procedure that attempts to identify and weigh [...] Read more
The Policing Project and the Brennan Center for Justice co-hosted “Policing and Accountability in the Digital Age” on September 15th, a conference that addresses the challenges and benefits of rapid advances in policing technologies. A cohort of academics, law enforcement leaders, activists, and journalists tackled difficult [...] Read more
In light of the deeply troubling events of the last couple of weeks—the shootings by police of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge—the country rightfully is preoccupied with how to discuss, and address, issues of policing and [...] Read more
The Policing Project is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for a two-year initiative to improve the application of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to policing. This grant provides funding for efforts to advance the use of [...] Read more
This post is the second in a series regarding Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s community policing tour: a six-stop visit to jurisdictions that emulate the pillars of community policing presented in the final report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. You can find the [...] Read more
Starting today, the New York City Police Department invites individuals and organizations to share their views on its proposed body-worn camera policy by accessing a brief questionnaire and online comment portal at www.nypdbodycameras.org. The site will be accessible until midnight July 31, 2016.
This fall, [...] Read more
As several high-profile incidents around the country have shown, many Americans are deeply dissatisfied with policing. Police departments are looking for ways to respond. Surveys based on the customer satisfaction model could play a key role in making sure those responses are informed and meaningful. Surveys [...] Read more
“Big data” technologies have the potential to revolutionize policing, but they also raise new questions about privacy, accuracy, and when trade-secret protection must give way to much-needed public accountability.
As the Obama Administration enters its final year in office, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is on a mission. Lynch has long understood the importance of strong police-community relations: less than a month after she was sworn in as Attorney General last year, she began a community policing [...] Read more
While other advocacy organizations and news outlets have compiled the 2016 presidential candidate’s views on criminal justice reform, I attempted to document what the candidates and their campaigns have said specifically about policing. Below you will find each candidate’s policing policy positions (if they have them), and [...] Read more
Amid the debates about law enforcement and urgent calls for reform, one police department is responding with a concrete, innovative strategy. This month, the Camden County Police Department in New Jersey (CCPD) is partnering with the Policing Project to make its community policing [...] Read more
The Z Backscatter van, used by the New York Police Department for the past decade, is a powerful, mobile, paramilitary x-ray machine that literally sees through walls. It can detect people, explosives, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and even currency. Although these vans further important [...] Read more
Students in NYU Law’s Democratic Policing seminar recently had the opportunity to do something rare: try out their ideas for policing policies before panels of law-enforcement officials who bear the day-to-day responsibility of putting such ideas into action.
The policing seminar is devoted [...] Read more
In its May 2015 report, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing called on police departments to “establish a culture of transparency and accountability to build public trust and legitimacy.” Toward that end, the Task Force said that department policies—on everything from new policing [...] Read more
Over at the New York Times Room for Debate, experts discussed whether “predictive policing”—the use of data to target possible violent offenders before they act—works, and if it can be done without infringing on civil liberties. These are important discussions. Policymakers and police chiefs alike might [...] Read more