|New Building, New Chief|
Ralph Andersen & Associates is beginning the recruitment process for the new Chief of Police for the City of Salem. The City of Salem invites you to take this survey regarding the future of the City of Salem Police Department. The survey will begin an open conversation about what is needed in the next Chief of Police.Chief Moore has seemed like a nice and responsible fellow. Yesterday he published an open letter about Minneapolis saying "we do not teach any of our officers to control a suspect’s actions by kneeling on their neck." That is a good statement, but the initial frame of "tragic events across the nation" is not wholly adequate to the structural elements in play here. It's not some random tragic event, but is one instance of a deep and enduring pattern across the country. The frame of tragedy operates as something of a euphemism in this case.
|Front page of Minneapolis Star-Tribune today|
|Earlier in February, West Linn and PDX|
As we gift the Police a brand new station and fortress, complete with "sally port," do we actually have adequate safeguards for civilian oversight? And what qualities do we want in a new Chief?
More particularly for our interests here, while people sputter about red-light and speed automated enforcement by camera, what they are really doing is praising the differential ways we are policed, with different standards for some, who might have talked themselves out of a ticket with just a warning, or who might not even have been stopped. Camera enforcement is more just because it does not discriminate; but because it inconveniences jaydrivers more equally, it is resented.
|Even the Police said "eye-opening" (February 2020)|
We see this particularly with officers responding to homeless people who have bothered someone. Occasionally there is someone truly violent, but more often they are hurting and need help, even if they are jerks about it. This is evidence that it is reasonable to fund a CAHOOTS style program from the police budget, for example.
|Policing as social service - Jerry Ratcliffe|