A Plea For a National Police Summit

thtv2xqx34Yes. we’ve come a long way… but cannot more, much more be done to improve the quality of our nation’s police services?

IF WE CAN, THEN WHO WILL LEAD? I think it’s about time PERF or some private foundation sponsor a national police summit that would identify the best police departments in our nation. I suggest we determine that quality by asking those whom police serve — the customers which would be not only those who are in the mainstream but those most vulnerable in the community served.

We have already have some standards available in the form of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the American Bar Association’s “Standards Relating to the Urban Police Function,” The Kerner Commission, and I would unashamedly add my “How To Rate Your Local Police.”

The categories could be in various categories from large to small urban departments to those serving rural towns and counties. The idea would be to highlight what can and is being done with regard to high quality policing.

America’s police leaders need something like this. In most instances they know what needs to be done — the problem is they don’t know quite how to lead it and how to sustain improvement efforts.

This would be one way to do this. We should waste time thinking about it but rather let’s DO IT!



  1. The Two-Tier System of Justice; Still trying to heal
    It’s a long way to change things when all police do over the years is repeat what works for them… 35 years ago and only five months after an unknown assailant shot me five times and then stole and fled the scene of the crime, after he turned on the emergency roof light, people up here in Canada are still dealing with the same methods of operations the RCMP uses to stall and ignore working for some of the people up here.

    Why? Because it works for them and because the governments here in Canada let them get away with it.


  2. I tried to take some time out from here but politicians, police & injustices on all levels being exposed make it hard to do… Police officers have become murders, drug dealers, child Sexual abusers. It’s way pass cleaning up this mess.

    In my case when I approached the chief with two witnesses & information that a disbarred lawyer had cheated and became mayor if turned out to be a firing squad no one wanted out.

    It’s hard on the ones that stand alone in this justice two-tier system.


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