Curing the police: “Warriors to Guardians”

The Crime Report (April 22, 2015). From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals
Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice

“Fundamental changes to both internal and external policing culture are needed to transform cops from “warriors” to “guardians”, argue Sue Rahr and Stephen Rice, in the latest paper from the Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.

The strict military structure and protocol of many police precincts defines how officers view their jobs and expectations for use of power on the streets, write Rahr and Rice in their paper, the product of a series of conferences that during the last six years targeted major law enforcement policy issues.

The militaristic approach begins the day recruits arrive, but rarely reflects the conditions officers face while on patrol…

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