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The emerging national tragedy of police suicides

Beginning Jan. 1, the FBI will collect data on suicides by law enforcement officers, with the goal of releasing the first in a series of annual reports next summer. It may finally bring a problem that has deeply affected American policing out of the “shadows,” writes the executive director of the Police Executive Research Program.... Read more»

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Can we train cops to be ‘problem-solvers’ instead of warriors?

To achieve meaningful reductions in use of force, we need to do more than create a checklist that tells police officers what they can’t do. We need to educate officers on what they can do and should do, writes the head of the Police Executive Research Forum.... Read more»

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

The Douglas mafia: How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to BP's top, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake.... Read more»

Border Patrol reviewing body cams with facial recognition for checkpoints

Homeland Security officials are considering body-worn cameras for agents at Border Patrol checkpoints that would be linked to facial recognition software. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Time for CBP to bring citizen review into use of force rules

BP's Lonnie Swartz may not have broken the law but that doesn't mean he properly used deadly force. It's time for CBP to loop citizens into deciding when using it is justified. The people, in fact, should demand that right because it's theirs and theirs alone.... Read more»

CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

Judge: BP agent's shooting of fleeing teen justifiable

A federal judge rejected a civil lawsuit by the family of a teenager killed by a Border Patrol agent during an incident in Douglas along the U.S-Mexico fence. Carlos LaMadrid died after he was shot by Agent Lucas Tidwell, who said he hit the teen accidentally while shooting at men who were throwing rocks at the agent. ... Read more»

Report: Customs and Border Protection's discipline system 'broken'

A federal oversight panel calls Customs and Border Protection's "broken" and that the process "takes far too long to be an effective deterrent" despite an effort to mitigate corruption and lessen deadly use-of-force incidents after the panel released a draft report last June. ... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol should double investigators, limit use of deadly force

A federal oversight panel charged with reviewing how Customs and Border Protection handles deadly force cases recommends the agency more than double the number of investigators to review abuses and corruption. ... Read more»