The Future Of Policing In Columbus City leaders in Columbus are trying out new solutions for the city's policing problems. But will they work to make our community safer? We're going inside the world of policing to look for data, research, and solutions. We'll talk to experts who are looking for answers and researchers who are studying the problems. We will sort through the calls for defunding, abolition, and reforms to see what is possible and what is already happening. Your host, Edie Driskill, will cover a new topic with interesting guests in each episode.
The Future Of Policing In Columbus

The Future Of Policing In Columbus

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City leaders in Columbus are trying out new solutions for the city's policing problems. But will they work to make our community safer? We're going inside the world of policing to look for data, research, and solutions. We'll talk to experts who are looking for answers and researchers who are studying the problems. We will sort through the calls for defunding, abolition, and reforms to see what is possible and what is already happening. Your host, Edie Driskill, will cover a new topic with interesting guests in each episode.

Most Recent Episodes

Crisis Intervention Part 2

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Bad Apples

In this episode, University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Dr. Aaron Chalfin explains the difficulty of reducing risk profiles of police officers to simple statistics. He helps us unpack the fallacy that many have proposed – getting rid of the few bad apples will greatly reduce the overall risk profile of policing.

Consent Decrees

The city leadership resisted the Department of Justice's attempt to impose a consent decree twenty years ago. Some local activists want them to try again. We talk with Dr. Allan Jiao of Rowan University, Attorney Sean Walton, and Rev. Dr. Susan Smith for insight into how this intervention might solve Columbus' policing problems.

Crisis Intervention

The Columbus Division of Police received over 22,000 calls for service to help with mental health crises in 2020. In this episode we explore different models for crisis intervention that are in use or being considered for use. Join Edie Driskill as she interviews Dr. Harold Pollack from the University of Chicago Urban Health Lab, Kevin Truitt from Disability Rights Ohio and Commander David Hughes of the Wellness Bureau at CPD.

De-Escalation Training Part 2

In Part 2 of De-escalation Training, Edie Driskill interviews Dr. Robin Engel, the Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police/University of Cincinnati Center for Police Research and Policy. Last year, Dr. Engel supervised the first-ever randomized research project to measure the impact of de-escalation training in law enforcement.Find the complete report here. We pick up where we left off in the last episode to build our understanding of how de-escalation training can be used to reduce the use of force by police officers and increase the safety of the community.

De-Escalation Training Part 1

De-escalation tactics are offered up as a solution to reduce excessive use of force by police officers, with state leaders like Republican Governor Mike DeWine even calling for the training to be mandatory statewide. Later this month, the Columbus Division of Police is bringing in national expert Mark Lowther to train officers in de-escalation. In this episode, host Edie Driskill talks with Lowther to find out exactly what de-escalation tactics are and how they might work.

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