July 08, 2016

Law Enforcement and Academe

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A series of deadly police shootings of black men has plunged law-enforcement agencies around the country into controversy. Read this collection of Chronicle articles for insights on campus and local police departments, the ways those forces collaborate, and the many challenges they are grappling with.

The shooting of Samuel DuBose forced university leaders to ask basic questions about their private police force. The answers were not pretty.

Scholars have been studying the role of race in fatal police shootings for decades. Here’s a survey of what they’ve learned.

Officers and scholars have not always gotten along. But some researchers say working directly with law-enforcement agencies is the only real way to change them.

Michigan State University has begun a series of mandatory workshops for police officers to confront issues of fairness.

Compared with the public’s idea of what city departments do, college policing might seem like a cushy gig. It’s not.

Many have agreements covering areas like data sharing and investigation procedures. But conflicts can still arise.

The crisis in Cincinnati highlights the tensions of being an ambitious institution in an economically depressed area.

Officers on most forces can go beyond their campuses. But what they do, and how they work with local counterparts, depends on the jurisdiction.

Many departments are taking steps to avoid profiling and other biased enforcement practices. But some cite safety concerns in resisting change.