Can policing culture be fixed?

By now everyone has heard the story of Alex Wubbels, the nurse arrested for correctly telling a police officer that she could not legally do a blood draw on an unconscious man. The most astounding part of it is that the Salt Lake City Police Department didn’t place the officers on leave until the body cam footage was publicly released a month later. Despite all of the talk of taking the matter seriously, it took national public embarrassment for the city to take what everyone agreed were the correct steps…

How to Create a Downward Spiral of Fear and Paranoia [Hub Debate]

If you spent your entire day hearing about how murderers are lurking behind every corner, you’d probably never even leave your house. If you had to, you’d probably be heavily armed and ready to shoot almost anything that moves. Of course, it would be silly to live like that. Violent crime in the US is at historic lows, even better than the time period we associate with the Mayberry ideal. Unfortunately, we all still seem to still think of life as a “Detroit in Robocop” kind of hellscape and the “it bleeds,…

The Dystopian Realities of Unprofessionalism [Hub Debate]

When a profession adheres to strict standards of conduct, everyone wins. It’s good for the members of the profession and those that need to use their services. When a profession spends more time in a near-unconditional defense of its members, however, it’s a sign that things have taken a very dangerous turn for the worst. It’s often a cultural problem with no easy remedy. And it is pervasive in policing today.