Our law enforcement officers need new rules of engagement for minor crimes

By Kent R. Kroeger (May 26, 2020)

A peaceful, orderly arrest (Photo by Felton Davis; Use licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

The Context

The current social and political context makes reforming rules of engagement more important than ever for police departments. Some Americans (Blacks and Hispanics, in particular) have understandably grown more distrustful of the police.

Source: The Gallup Poll
A use-of-force continuous scale developed by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

How do we get to the desired final outcome without the violence?

The problem starts with the law which requires ticketing officers to get a signature from the accused acknowledging the accused will appear in court. The signature, of course, does not imply guilt. It merely allows the accused to avoid getting arrested.

Vehicle Safety Laws Are Important

One last comment I received to the first draft of this essay deserves some attention.

I am a survey and statistical consultant with over 30 -years experience measuring and analyzing public opinion (You can contact me at: kroeger98@yahoo.com)

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