How peer intervention training improves policing — and citizens' trust

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I am a retired Minneapolis police sergeant, author of a text on police ethics, and author of a police ethics program based on active bystandership. Around two years before the disaster at the Metro Gang Strike Force became public, one of its officers came to me and said he was leaving the strike force because of the illegal and unethical conduct of a few members. This officer told me that supervisors were aware of the misconduct and refused to stop it. His final comment to me was “Someone is going to end up in prison and I don’t want it to be me.” Turns out he had a right to be worried.Michael W. QuinnNone of those officers went to prison, but that hasn’t been the case for a lot of officers. The Cato Institute reported that in an 18-month period...

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