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Reports

Sam Walker is the author of numerous reports and articles on police accountability, citizen oversight of the police, and other aspects of criminal justice policy.

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“The War for the Soul of American Policing” (November 2015): war-for-the-soul-final

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Police Union Contract “Waiting Periods for Misconduct Investigations Not Supported by Scientific Evidence (July 2015) : 48hoursciencepdf 

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The Baltimore Police Union Contract and the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights: Impediments to Accountability (May 2015): baltimore-police-union-contractfinal

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Supplemental Testimony to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on Police Unin 48 Hour Waiting Periods (May 2015): supplemental-testimony

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Testimony to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights (April 2015): uscrcommtestimony

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Testimony to the Ohio Task Force on Police Community Relations (March 2015): ohiotaskforce

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“A Respectful Policing Initiative.” Sam Walker’s Testimony to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (January 2015): presidentstaskforcestatement

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The Consent Decree Does Not Hamper Crime Fighting (September 2012) [Re: consent decree over the Oakland, CA, police department] constitutionalpolicing

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The history of the police is filled with examples of promising reforms that fade away after a few years. In most cases, the reform was never institutionalized into the department and did not become a part of his culture. How can we make police reforms endure? This includes both problem-oriented policing and accountability-related reforms such as use of force policies. Read the report on the requirements for embeddning a reform in the culture of a police department.

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Police Accountability: Current Issues and Research Needs, A Report to the National Institute of Justice (November 2006). nijresearchneeds2006

 

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Driving While Female:

Sam Walker and Dawn Irlbeck are the authors of two reports on police sexual abuse of women, including teenage girls. Read the reports:

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Walker, Alpert, and Kenney, Early Warning Systems: Responding to the Problem Police Officer (Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, 2001): eis-nijresponding

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Internal Benchmarking. Internal benchmarking is a method of analyzing police traffic stop data by comparing the performance of individual officers with peer officers working similar assignments. Read the report: Internal Benchmarking

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Mediating Citizen Complaints

Meditiaton is an alternative method for resolving citizen complaints against police officers. Read the report:

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DNA “Sweeps”

Some police departments have conducted DNA “sweeps” to collect DNA information from citizens in an effort to solve recent crimes. In “sweep: DNA collections, there is usually no individualized suspicion regarding individuals who are asked for a sample of their DNA. Read the report:

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Outreach to the Latino / Hispanic Community

A number of police departments have created special outreach programs to the Latino / Hispanic community. Read the report on these programs: