Police Reform in Minnesota

George Floyd

Minnesota’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board recently presented changes to policy governing police and sheriff’s departments for review by the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. Two and a half years after Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and eighteen months after Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and sentenced […]

Canada: The BC Federation of Labour Calls for Policing Alternatives

Indigenous woman with shoulder length hair stands behind microphone, in front of a white wall, with some other meeting attendants behind her.

Several historic resolutions supporting Indigenous rights were considered at this year’s convention. “‘We have to come to terms with the violence that the police have on our people,’ Marjorie Dumont, a BC Teachers’ Federation delegate and a Wet’suwet’en member, told BC Federation of Labour conference attendees on Tuesday.” Reporting for the Tyee, Zak Vescera and […]

Maryland police to host traffic stop practice for disabled drivers & pedestrians

“Giving an individual who may have a disability the opportunity to have that first traffic stop, be in a controlled environment,” said Laurie Reyes, the Montgomery County Police Autism IDD Alzheimer’s and Dementia Unit Police Officer. “It’s more of a hands-on of, you know, what do you do when you get pulled over. Do you […]

Increased Demand in Mental Health Services Creating Shortfalls Within Crisis Assistance

(Eugene, OR) Eugene’s alternatives to armed police response, including White Bird Clinic’s nationally lauded CAHOOTS program, are an example of best practices but aren’t without challenges. CAHOOTS stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets. The service operated completely separate from EPD for the first two decades but began its first shift funded by […]

Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD) Redefines Public Safety

The Georgia Voice: “PAD is an Atlanta-based organization that offers alternative policing and strives to mend a system to leads people to experience extreme poverty, substance use, and mental health crises. PAD, established in 2015 by Atlanta City Council, was founded by the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co), is led by trans and queer […]

Program Celebrates Success in Putting People in Treatment, Not Prison

Via Hartford Healthcare: “Pride was in the air Tuesday at the “Celebration of Success” reception for the Meriden Opioid Referral for Recovery (MORR) program, a partnership between first responders and Rushford that has helped put people in treatment instead of behind bars. Started in 2018 as a way to combat the opioid crisis, the MORR […]

This police chief’s reforms could be a model for other communities

But do we need another database of disabled people? CNN: “Police encounters with people dealing with mental health issues can go very wrong, very quickly. Often, the presence of a law enforcement officer can escalate the situation. “A lot of people with special needs may not react very well to a police in uniform, but they […]

Indiana county could be getting its own mental health crisis response unit

Indiana Reporter Times: Tasha Coppinger, organizing director with the bipartisan nonprofit Hoosier Action, says, “If someone is in a crisis and they feel like they’re about to get in trouble, get thrown in jail, or have an altercation or something, it’s not going to help the situation. I think police are often not trained for it. […]