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Law Enforcement Policies

This Policies section highlights how law enforcement policy plays out in the real world, while also connecting you with best practices for drafting, updating and ensuring accountability with policies.

The goal is always to have legally sustainable policy and practice guidelines in place that are supported by officer training
We take a closer look at the research behind the potential utility of Jiu-Jitsu as a policing tool
Exposing the startling lack of consistency in police policies and standards across different states, from training requirements to pay scales
Following the fatal OIS, Chicago PD has initiated reviews of its traffic stop protocols and intensified training on Fourth Amendment responsibilities
The man, who was suffering a mental health crisis, hurled threats at officers as he ran toward them with knife and hammer raised
The measure would have asked voters to “increase and maintain” the number of patrol officers using marijuana tax revenue and cash from the city’s general fund
The Atlanta Police Department changed its policy in the wake of the incident, instructing officers not to arrest drivers for refusing to sign traffic citations
The resolutions address concerns that the city of Lancaster’s “Welcome City” ordinance will lead to immigration issues spilling into local communities
Calling their work a “missed opportunity,” the auditor recommended the city adopt a policy to help leaders in different departments coordinate their grant application efforts
Albany Police Chief Marcia Harnden faced many challenges when she stepped into the role, including employee discipline, high-profile uses of force and staffing shortages
Our experts debate if an emphasis on traditional attire is misplaced given more critical challenges like severe understaffing
Attempts by the NYPD to reinstate stricter uniform and grooming standards has sparked a broader conversation about the role of appearance in law enforcement credibility
New reforms include developing a policy to limit “pretextual stops” and revising training for investigatory stops
The NYPD’s updated style guide bans attire like shorts, tactical cargo pants and white turtlenecks
The department’s updated style guide instructs patrol officers not to wear tactical cargo pants and reinforces a ban on shoelaces that are not black
Researchers shed light on the intricacies of law enforcement behavior and morale in the wake of significant societal and legal shifts
The new policy prohibits filming and recording in the DeLand Police Department station lobby; advocates say the rule will protect citizens who need to share sensitive information with police
The city agreed to pay the officer $145,000 and to rewrite its civil service medical examiner’s policies
The court rules on whether a dog sniff or the vehicle inventory and impound led to the extension of the traffic stop
“We saw an opportunity with Lexipol to set...standards of the utmost integrity, professionalism and dedication to the people we serve,” explains Chief James Schultz of Willoughby Police Department
Temporary removal from the law enforcement front lines can take a mental toll on a mom-to-be — here are some key considerations for staying connected
Police drone use is increasing, making it essential for agencies to adopt a sound law enforcement drone policy governing their use
The updated policy requires that officers obtain express approval from supervisors to maintain a pursuit, limits boxing in or ramming vehicles and prioritizes risk analysis training
Actionable strategies law enforcement can adopt to support female officers juggling motherhood and their careers
Mayor London Breed, who placed the measures on the ballot, celebrated early success after Propositions E and F had commanding leads in partial returns from March 5 voting
A deep dive into the evolution of policing strategies through the lens of evidence-based methods, highlighting the shift toward more analytical and outcome-focused practices in law enforcement
The state law required officers to have reasonable suspicion that a person has committed certain crimes, such as a violent offense, to engage in a pursuit; the new version states that reasonable suspicion can apply to any crime
The policy will forbid officers from stopping drivers or pedestrians for nine traffic infractions under most circumstances, such as driving without functioning rear brake lights
Under Elizabeth PD Chief Giacommo Sacca’s leadership, the department has embraced the vital role of accreditation in modern policing