Crime Rates

More Female Police Officers, Please

by Diane Dimond on March 30, 2015

Female Officers Could Bring Different Culture to Streets

Female Officers Could Bring Different Culture to Streets

When you were growing up and there was a dispute between siblings who stepped in to bring about a peaceful solution? Probably Mom, right?

And when mediation was necessary to decide the evening’s curfew, your punishment if you ignored it or when you were mature enough for driving lessons I’m guessing it was Mom front and center.

Soothing raw nerves, introducing diplomatic distractions and solutions and hugging away bruised feelings are all female specialties. It’s just human nature. [click to continue…]

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The 911 System Needs Help

by Diane Dimond on February 16, 2015

Need Help? Who Do You Call?

Need Help? Who Do You Call?

Each day across this country lives are saved because a dedicated 911 operator dispatched emergency personnel to help a panicked person. Every year there are some 240 million urgent calls made to this ‘one nation, one number’ system. The value of the 911 organization is beyond question.

But how many times have you heard a recording of a 911 call in which the operator seems bored, uninterested or downright rude?

The latest incident occurred when a 14- year-old called from the back seat of a car to report her father and his fiancé had been struck by a hit-and-run driver while changing a tire. Sitting alone on the Baltimore-Washington Beltway she and her little brother were scared to death. [click to continue…]

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Scamming Grandma – A Billion Dollar Industry

by Diane Dimond on February 9, 2015

Elder Fraud is a Massive Problem

Elder Fraud is a Massive Problem          

These despicable crimes amount to a $36 billion-a-year underground industry ~

Ruth is a retired school teacher living in Indianapolis. She’s led an exciting and rewarding life as a wife and mother. She dedicated a few years to serve as an elementary school teacher in Congo along with her husband. Even today, as a 93- year-old widow, she remains active thanks to a recently acquired walker.

Sometime in her early 80’s Ruth began to lose track of whether she had written her regular monthly check to her favorite charity. [click to continue…]

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Don’t Waste a New Year’s Wish on World Peace

by Diane Dimond on December 29, 2014

World Peace - Sadly, Not in Our Lifetimes

World Peace – Sadly, Not in Our Lifetimes

Don’t bother wishing for world peace in the year ahead. It is never going to happen.

There will always be pockets of turmoil and terrorism. Innocents will continue to lose their lives in places like Syria, Pakistan, South Sudan and, yes, here in the United States – in the violent, gang controlled neighborhoods we’ve ignored for too long.

For 2015, I’m going to wish for smaller miracles, things that could actually happen if we could only find the resolve to fix our problems.

I hope in the coming year law enforcement officers find themselves in fewer circumstances [click to continue…]

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After Deadly Disputes, Policing Can Never Be The Same

by Diane Dimond on December 15, 2014

Law Enforcement on Notice

Law Enforcement on Notice

 Note to Sheriffs and Police Chiefs: If you aren’t actively seeking ideas to foster better relations between your community and your officers you probably should resign.

If you are still operating under the illusion that social unrest could never come to your town you better think again.

If you don’t realize that a new day has dawned in law enforcement – a day where a growing number of citizens automatically mistrust cops – you might want to get back out on the street and walk a beat for a day or two.

There is now a nationwide, colorblind call demanding a change in the way law enforcement interacts with the people they have sworn to protect. [click to continue…]

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Are We Asking the Right Questions About Police and Race?

by Diane Dimond on November 24, 2014

Why Are Black Arrest Rates So High?

Why Are Black Arrest Rates in Some Places So High?

As the nation continued to watch for the grand jury announcement out of Ferguson, Missouri this week, USA Today released a disturbing analysis of arrest records from across the country.

After pouring over FBI records from more than 3,500 police departments the newspaper finds that blacks are far more likely to be arrested than people of other races – and for all sorts of crimes – from murder to marijuana possession.

USA Today called the racial divide in America’s 2011-2012 arrest rates a, “staggering disparity” with at least 70 police departments from Connecticut to California arresting blacks at a rate 10 times higher than people of other races.

But before you jump to any conclusions, the paper also quoted experts who said the lopsided nature of arrests didn’t necessary prove racism or racial profiling.

Read that sentence again, please. [click to continue…]

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What Glorifying Football Says About Us

by Diane Dimond on October 27, 2014

Football Fans Can't Get Enough

Football Fans Can’t Seem to Get Enough

This question is going to sound like blasphemy to some but here goes: Why do we glorify the game of football and its players the way we do?

I’m not really an NFL fan but I watch occasional games with my husband. I can take it or leave it but I know there are millions of others who live-breathe-and-eat the game. But, why?

In the aftermath of yet another round of NFL scandals I’ve been thinking about what the game of football, and the fallout from its disgraces, really says about us. I wonder what football’s influence has done to generations of America’s boys. [click to continue…]

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A Camera on Every Cop

by Diane Dimond on October 6, 2014

Cops Cameras Capture Their Point of View

Cops Cameras Capture Their Point of View

In a rare convergence of opinion both dedicated cops and community activists, as well as prosecutors and defense attorneys, agree: To help keep the peace and restore community confidence in law enforcement more cops should wear cameras.

Police believe video evidence would help curb those who falsely cry, “Police brutality!” And, civil rights advocates believe if cameras are rolling officers will behave better and harass them less.

There’s a recent Justice Department study to back that up and dramatic statistics from ongoing police camera programs that show when video is introduced into the equation the use of force goes way down and so do the number of citizen complaints. [click to continue…]

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When Do We Listen to the Experts on Drugs?

by Diane Dimond on September 22, 2014

What We've Done So Far Hasn't Worked

What We’ve Done So Far Hasn’t Worked

Here’s a riddle:  How many knowledgeable people does it take to suggest a policy change before society adopts their sage advice?

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players, and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs.

Now, stay with me on this. It’s important.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, an illustrious panel including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, former presidents and prime ministers of nearly a dozen countries and others issued a detailed study about why it’s smart – for reasons both humanitarian and financial — to legalize marijuana and other drugs. [click to continue…]

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The NFL Just Doesn’t Get It

by Diane Dimond on September 15, 2014

Ray Rice Turned This Weapon on a Woman

Ray Rice Turned This Weapon on a Woman

The statistics are easy to find. One in every 3 women in the United States will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

It is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Every single day in America women are murdered by their “loving” husbands or boyfriends. And, studies report that up to 10 million children are eye-witnesses to the brutality every year.

Anyone with half a brain knows domestic violence is a big, under-reported problem in the United States. So, why didn’t it dawn on executives at the NFL or the Baltimore Ravens that running back Ray Rice could be a domestic abuser? [click to continue…]

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