Thursday, June 11, 2020

IACP Provides Resources to Officers to Address COVID-19 Challenges

Phil Pulaski served as the Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department prior to retiring in 2014. Actively involved in the law enforcement community, Phil Pulaski belongs to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak presenting unprecedented obstacles for law enforcement, this and similar groups continue to provide resources and guidance on preparing for and addressing outbreaks.

Among these efforts is educating law enforcement agencies and personnel on COVID-19. This is a vital task as the situation evolves and the scientific community continues to report new findings. IACP maintains a page on its website with basic information on the disease and new details as they become available. In March 2020, it posted documents informing agencies on how to prepare for COVID-19-related challenges and necessary changes in policies, safety measures, and response procedures. This includes suggestions for what steps officers can take for service calls involving people who are sick and new expectations about how to prevent exposure to disease and strict hygiene standards.

IACP also hosts regular online events such as webinars and virtual roundtables and listening sessions on COVID-19 subjects, such as the pandemic’s impact on the policing community, victim advocacy, and response to unrelated offenses. Presenters range from law enforcement professionals to police and victim advocates. These events, which are publicly available, often enable participants to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. IACP has also established an online community for its members to engage in discussion and exchange resources regarding the disease.

In addition to assisting with agency operations and officers’ duties, IACP helps to support the personal and mental well-being of law enforcement officers and their families. For instance, it offers information on safety practices and emergency-funding programs for those financially affected by COVID-19. Furthermore, IACP webinars and listening-session topics extend to mental health, stress management, and similar issues.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New NYPD Chief of Detectives on the Importance of Community Relations

In September 1980, 1 month after passing the NYS Bar Examination, Phil Pulaski joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He subsequently served as a police officer in the 77th Precinct in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn. During the next 4 decades, Phil Pulaski received numerous promotions and ultimately rose through the ranks to become the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel assigned to more than 150 units citywide. As Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski implemented innovative new investigative operations, forensic initiatives, case management procedures and computer systems. Phil Pulaski applauded the recent selection of Rodney Harrison as the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives. Rodney Harrison is an extremely experienced, skilled and knowledgeable police executive, and a truly outstanding leader. Chief Harrison is the NYPD’s first African American Chief of Detectives and is a role model for all young people regardless of race, gender or religion.

In an interview with ABC Eyewitness News about goals for the NYPD, Chief Harrison discussed the core focus of cracking down on crime while forging stronger community relationships. Over his first five weeks on the job, he described a process of getting used to the transition from neighborhood policing as Chief of Patrol to a focus on follow-up investigations after the crimes occur.

While his new job is different in many ways, Harrison continues to embrace the neighborhood policing philosophy that centers on gaining the trust of local community members. This work includes the outreach efforts of police officers visiting schools and making young people aware of the NYPD’s community policing mission. Many of the serious crimes his detectives investigate are related to gangs, he notes, and when police make positive connections with youth, it can serve to keep the incidence of such crimes down.

Friday, March 27, 2020

New Rapid DNA Technology Expedites Analysis of Samples

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Methods to Build Community Relations Through Police Departments

Law enforcement expert Phil Pulaski has been a featured speaker at events such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and International Association for Identification. During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as Chief of Detectives of the NYC Police Department (NYPD) where he managed 3,600 personnel who, during 2013, investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes (including 335 homicides) and arrested than 39,000 offenders

Recently, the NYPD promoted Rodney Harrison to be the first African American to serve as the Chief of Detectives. Previously, Chief Harrison was the Chief of Patrol where he implemented numerous successful innovative community policing programs. Chief of Detectives Harrison has prioritized reducing crime and building community relationships, and is well positioned to lead New York’s detectives.

In recent years, generational distrust between communities and the police have been exacerbated by tragic high-profile incidents. For this reason, community relationship building has taken on greater importance. There are a variety of methods available to departments looking to improve community relations. For example, departments can engage the community in joint planning and problem solving, providing an avenue for the public to voice their concerns. Other options include improved training, promotion through youth development programs, and connecting members of the public to social resources.

There are several actions individual police officers can take as well. In addition to volunteering within their assigned precinct, officers can interact more often with citizens in peaceful situations. These actions build personal relationships with citizens, and allow the public to get to know person behind the badge.