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Even Brownshirts Step In It, Once In Awhile

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083014_TE_protect-and-serveIT’S TIME FOR EUREKA CITIZENS TO HAVE A ROLE POLICING THE POLICE

This is a timely issue that all Eurekans and residents of Humboldt County need to address. It’s interesting that the people at this blog were able to see this problem in this community and write about it, but cannot see just how big a pile of shit they stepped in themselves. They can condemn the Eureka Police Department, the Chief of Police and the City Council for gross “crimes against humanity,” BUT what they cannot see is what they ARE themselves – that, in their own way, they do and commit the same kinds of crimes. They need a Review Board to check and censure their own “criminal” conduct.

Sadly, their hypocrisy totally negates any credibility they might have. If you want proof of this observation just follow the comments.

Until people can learn to take responsibility for their own lives and what they do, Review Boards are nothing more than an empty panacea. If you want accountability, then you first must learn to actually STOP at all stop signs.  Problem is, I don’t expect anyone over at that blog to understand that…

–Joe

Corrupt To The Gut – MacLeod Cartoon

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How Politics Works

I seriously wonder how many voters get this point. It’s not what they say, but what they do that matters. So, what is everyone voting for? — A failed belief or idea?

–Joe

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February 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Gangster Government Rules

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Anyone really wonder why there is a spreading Occupy Movement willing to brave a modern-day Schutzstaffel? 


Had a story on the HWMA – ACRC fiasco, but it got lost among my more important comments and observation. With this latest news emanating from Humboldt Herald this seems like a good time to post something.

Can any member of the Eureka City Council, with a straight face, explain how their decision to contract with a Willit’s garbage company was a greater benefit to the local economy and need for good jobs? The fact is, they can’t. If they try to justify these consequence, as reported in the Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Times-Standard newspaper: ACRC (Arcata Community Recycling Center) to close its doors in January; about 35 employees will lose their jobs – they’re talking out of both sides of their face.

I didn’t even bother to consider the Humboldt Waste Management Authority when reviewing their history in this matter. While doing some further research on this matter I came across this from: LAST GASP: Arcata Community Recycling Center Sues Humboldt Waste Management Authority which also offers some history and strong-arm tactics used. You can take Hank Sim’s inferences for what their worth.

–Joe

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November 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

What happened to Skylar Blue?

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Year Two and then some

In all the days, weeks and months of reading the Times-Standard’s mountain of words – worthless opinions, social and economic critiques and suggestions, classified ads, food and gardening recipes and articles, art and other local stuff – if one mines the paper diligently there appears, once in a blue moon, something worth reading. I stumbled upon that little gem Tuesday, September 13, 2011, when I spotted a My Word by Skylar Blue – We are so much better than this. Problem is, I can’t find that My Word article posted anywhere on the Times-Standard web site. They certainly don’t have any problem prominently posting Dave Stancliff’s mostly irrelevant nonsensical dribble right out there next to the myriad other Opinionator blather and propaganda for everyone to read. Why is that?

Skylar Blue, whoever that may be, puts their thumb right on the heartbeat of the problem facing America today. More importantly, what’s facing everyone of us right here within the influencing space occupied by the Times-Standard. Are the people right here in Humboldt County going to settle for business as usual – voting for the “father knows best” elitist minority who tells everyone how to live, think and believe while looting your very last holey sock right out of your bedroom dresser? Or are the people going to stand up as legitimate citizens and demand their rights as equal individuals like Skylar Blue suggest? Or is everyone going to roll over like a mongrel dog and submit (compromise) because they can’t or won’t take responsibility for their lives?

This is the “Class War” everyone is involved in right now. I’ve looked and looked where the Times-Standard has published the My Word article on their web and I don’t find any mention. Why is that? I guess we know what side Dave Kuta and Kimberly Wear are on.

So in their place, without pointing the finger, the Joe Blow Report will post online what Skylar Blue says in that My Word commentary:

Many people spend too much time pointing the finger at one another, and I’m just sick of it. It does no good and wastes valuable energy and time. The ancient Aegean war principle of divide and conquer is at play here. Split people up into small groups, and they are easier to conquer while they fight amongst themselves. Make sure people are fearful, and you can bet on mob actions and insensibility’s.

Too many people have disconnected themselves, out of fear, from the rest of the world that they no longer can see past their computer or TV “news.” We’re all dying out here, and Congress spends their time reevaluating Roe vs. Wade. When you have th “Us vs. Them” mentality, it is so easy and cruel to find all the differences to point the finger. What has happened to the “we” mentality? We are so much better than this! What this country needs is community … the feeling that there is a place for everyone. We need to stop all this fear mongering caused by fringe groups and their vast media attention. Fear and anger go hand-in-hand, and ultimately lead to violence. We’ve seen this before. Is that really what we want? Taking your mind off what really needs to be done my the constant influx of bad ideas and information is all that is passing for news these days.

This is a time in history when we really need each other. We can’t expect kindness if we don’t initiate kindness. Why must we continue to slap in the face anyone who we think lives differently than we do? We are all just trying to survive this self-made economic disaster and learn how to never do this again. We may not know what to do, but we now know what not to do and can continue from there. Isn’t that how most of people learn?

We can no longer throw whole groups of people under the bus because of the thoughtless man-made fears that we should abort from our lives forever one by one. We are not sheep and we need only follow the road of community and trust again. Can you trust any politician any more? They’re just hearing the same crap we are on what passes for news these days. It wasn’t always like this. This will all end one day because we all know one thing for sure … we are all better than this!
Skyler Blue – Bridgeville, CA

Are we all REALLY better than this? Personally, I don’t think so.

It doesn’t hurt anyone to hope, but “hope” only goes so far when that “hope” is based on the offerings of liars. Maybe there is hope in the young people coming to terms with believing in themselves. They certainly will not get such confidence in the older generation – their parents. It’s time to put the authoritarian, dictatorial, Dark Age Believer where they belong – on the mantel with all the other “has been wannabe” tenny tiny little gods.

–Joe

Sounds Like Eureka – MacLeod Cartoon

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Human Nature in (Humboldt County, CA) Evansville

Sounds like Humboldt County more than anything. If it isn’t the rank corruption, it’s the doomsayers stopping safety, jobs, business, and investment. You have to look no further than the proposed Caltrans minimal project to widen Highway 101 at Richardson Grove to the latest lawsuit where “Humboldt County” (our Illustrious Supervisors) are forcing the Forster-Gill company to resort to legal action because the “county” refuses to act in a legal manner.  Not to leave the City of Eureka out of the mix, include the latest City Council firing of Police Chief Garr Nielsen.
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–Joe

Why ONLY “Looking Forward” is Suicide

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Humboldt County any Better?

Here are three articles that touch everyone in Humboldt County, if not the North Coast. We’ve got a new Sheriff and maybe a new District Attorney. Any reason or assurances they’ll change anything?

Why would anyone want to sit on a jury and be a part of this corrupt mess?

U.S. Prosecutors: Breaking the Law for a Conviction

A six month investigation by reporters Brad Heath and Kevin McCoy at USA Today has revealed more than 200 cases where prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department — the elite of the elite — either broke the law or ethics rules to obtain a conviction, sending dozens of innocent people to years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.

And the prosecutorial misconduct uncovered — condemned by judges as “outrageous” and “flagrant,” ranging from lying to juries to withholding key evidence that could free a defendant — wasn’t limited to certain corrupt pockets of the country here and there, but was widespread. And experts say it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

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Researchers Uncover Widespread Prosecutorial Misconduct in California

Mark Sodersten spent 22 years behind bars for a murder that the evidence suggests he didn’t commit, with a California appeals court overturning his conviction and admonishing the prosecutor in the case for witholding taped interviews with witnesses that could have exonerated him.

“This case raises the one issue that is the most feared aspect of our system—that an innocent man might be convicted,” the justices wrote after reviewing the case. Unfortunately for Sodersten, the court’s 2007 decision came too late: he had died six months prior. But despite his death, the court issued the decision anyway, saying the case’s “impact upon the integrity and fairness that are the cornerstones of our criminal justice system” required them to do so just to maintain public confidence.

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U.S. Dwarfs Vietnam in Reports of Police ‘Excessive Force’

Human Rights Watch issued a report last month decrying the use of excessive force by police in Vietnam, noting that 19 such incidents that resulted in 15 deaths were reported in the state-controlled press over the last year — with zero consequences for the officers involved.

“Police brutality is being reported at an alarming rate in every region of Vietnam, raising serious concerns that these abuses are both systemic and widespread,” the group’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said in a statement.

Yet if police brutality is “systemic and widespread” in Vietnam — and all signs are that it is — then it’s a struggle to come up with an appropriately scathing term with which to describe the situation here at home: in the first six months of 2010 alone, there have been 439 credible reports of excessive force in the United States, according to the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), resulting in no less than 60 fatalities

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–Joe

Help name Firedoglake’s Marijuana Legalization Campaign

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Here’s the latest Joe Blow Report contribution the Marijuana Legalization Campaign

The following is copied from the FireDogLake website:

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Late Nite FDL 4/20: “Name That Pot Campaign” Contest!

By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday April 20, 2010 8:02 pm

It’s been a few years since the last FDL Late Nite contest allowed our readers to display their skill at doggerel. Four to be exact.   

Long-time FDLers will remember that in 2006, the Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, shot Harry Whittington in the face and then refused to talk to the cops about it for a day.   In order to commemorate that notable event, we held the Dick Cheney poetry contest — or “Dickfest” as we called it.  Hundreds of entries were submitted, our readers voted, and the prize went to 88 for this poem:   

If epitaphs were polygraphs,
This, terse and edifying,
Would crown the veep in final sleep:
Here lies Big Time–still lying.   

Dickfest was immensely popular, inspiring art, a t-shirt line, and even imitators. Since that time, we haven’t felt that there has been a moment quite so poignantly appropriate to display the poetic prowess of our readers til now:  We need a great name for our marijuana campaign.   

Some suggested that we simply appropriate the “yes we cannabis” slogan that other campaigns have used, but after perusing a bunch of old High Times covers I became convinced that our readers, inspired by the subject matter, could easily surpass that. So here are the rules:   

  1. All entries must be submitted in the form below by 8pm ET tomorrow night.
  2. Slogan must be no longer than 5 words — should be able to fit on a bumper sticker or a t-shirt.
  3. Semi-final voting will begin tomorrow night at 8pm, when we’ll be here at Late Nite once again to let everyone know what the entries are. Voting will close at 8pm the following night.
  4. The top 10 vote getters will proceed to the finals on Thursday Night Late Night, and voting will continue through the weekend.
  5. We’ll announce the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists at Late Nite a week from tonight.

Remember — the campaign is not aimed at babes in bikinis roller skating on the Venice boardwalk.  Well, not exclusively anyway.  When marijuana legislation goes on the ballot in November and beyond, many voters  are older and likely to be persuaded more by pragmatism than stoner puns. But, hell.  Who are we to limit anyone’s creativity.   

We’ll also use the winning slogan (or slogans, as the case may be) for the campaign, as well as on t-shirts, bumper stickers and whatever else we decide might be good for getting the message out.   

If you’re looking for inspiration, the Marijuana Policy Project has a series of informative short videos on YouTube, the Drug Policy Alliance has a page on myths & facts, Students for Sensible Drug Policy also has a fact sheet, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has great messaging on how the “War on Drugs” has backfired.   

We also have some special guests who have been working on drug policy for years who will be joining us in the comments.  So please help me welcome them as we celebrate 4/20 in fine FDL fashion.  It’s great to be back hosting Late Nite once again, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of everyone’s personal 4/20 celebration in the comments.   

Submit your entries here — and remember, 5 words or less   

    


 
There’s a Times-Standard front-page article on the local celebration you can read here.   

Interesting commentary by the Arcata Police Chief, Tom Chapman:   

Reputation, and all that comes with it, is a big reason for the increased enforcement folks saw firsthand Tuesday.   

It’s not just this event, it’s everything the event brings with it. There’s an influx of people, and the town gets overrun,” Chapman said, adding that his department annually sees increases in petty theft, vandalism, illegal camping and public intoxication in the weeks leading up to April 20. “It’s a national draw. People travel to Arcata for 4/20, and that’s what we want to stop.    *******   

“The main thing we’re trying to accomplish is to make this an unattractive event.”   

That’s message is clear as crystal. Arcata City Government and local business don’t want “these kinds of people” coming to their community for no kind of frolic in the redwoods. The police obviously just don’t like these people and what they represent. When you consider the report of their activities that day, they were there to simply harass these people. Even the Police Chief had to acknowledge that what they were doing had limits. Specially when people bring their children into a war zone “in strollers”.   

“Reputation?” What’s he talking about? Whose reputation? His or Arcata’s?   

The War on Drugs has failed. Heavy-handed law enforcement with the objective to beat undesirable people into submission only breeds systemic failure. The tide has turned; people everywhere are fed-up with being ruled over and victimized by dictatorial, corrupt, stupid, arbitrary liars. More and more the police are forced to make a choice. Political and business leaders should take a lesson.   

–Joe   

[UPDATE :: Friday, April 23, 2010]   

There’s a considerable amount of chaffing among Americans the the “media,” in particular the news media is more partisan, too liberal, not news, but propaganda, etc. This Report has observed that the local news media hasn’t escaped this trap either. The biggest complaint we observe is the constant drumbeat of prejudice propaganda and not so subtle dictatorial, authoritarian commentary telling everyone how to think and what to believe.   

Kevin Hoover of the Arcata Eye, a weekly newspaper and Internet site recently took offense at my usage of the words: “people everywhere are fed-up with being ruled over and victimized by dictatorial, corrupt, stupid, arbitrary liars” he said I was applying to Arcata, CA. A critical read of his commentary will show a rather convoluted understanding of what the Report actually said. Notice my words, “people everywhere”? But then, Kevin Hoover went on in his comments to define those very words and identify the “local” problem when he demonstrated the very same attitude reported in the Time-Standard.  

So, when I read Glenn Greenwald’s, “Various Matters” post on Salon.com this morning it seemed appropriate to copy and repost here. There are some other good commentary, but this one seems appropriate locally.  To show the comparative similarity the words “Humboldt County” were added in parenthesis.  


  

(6) Every now and then there are little vignettes that capture what Washington really is:  an insular, incestuous, fundamentally corrupt royal court, populated — as all sickly imperial capitals are — by political and media courtesans and other hangers-on.  One such vignette was a recent New York Magazine profile of Liz Cheney and her circle of friends, adeptly excerpted by Susan Gardner, which is well worth reading.  Another was just provided by Mark Leibovich in his fawning New York Times Magazine profile of his good friend, the Supreme-stenographer-servant to the powerful, Mike Allen of Politico:   

On a recent Friday night, a couple hundred influentials gathered for a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party for Betsy Fischer, the executive producer of “Meet the Press.” Held at the Washington home of the lobbyist Jack Quinn, the party was a classic Suck-Up City affair in which everyone seemed to be congratulating one another on some recent story, book deal, show or haircut (and, by the way, your boss is doing a swell job, and maybe we could do an interview).   

McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, arrived after the former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie left. Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren had David Axelrod pinned into a corner near a tower of cupcakes. In the basement, a very white, bipartisan Soul Train was getting down to hip-hop. David Gregory, the “Meet the Press” host, and Newsweek’s Jon Meacham gave speeches about Fischer. Over by the jambalaya, Alan Greenspan picked up some Mardi Gras beads and placed them around the neck of his wife, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who bristled and quickly removed them. Allen was there too, of course, but he vanished after a while — sending an e-mail message later, thanking me for coming.   

 If you ever find yourself wondering why there’s so little adversarial journalism and accountability for crimes and corruption in Washington (Humboldt County), just read Gardner’s post and that above passage.  Beltway denizens play various assigned roles — this one reads from the Journalist script, that one poses as a legislator, this one’s a Democrat and that one’s a Republican, the one over there is a regulator, this one is a lobbyist, etc. — but they all feed from the same trough, and their sole allegiance is to their decadent, insular, endlessly nepotistic, and deservedly dying pseudo-aristocratic culture, and to one another.  Chris Hayes captured the point nicely this week in a spontaneous one-minute television outburst.  

Any lessons learned here?

Corporate Elite’s Dirty War

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This reality really hit home Wednesday, April 14, 2010 on Democracy Now’s interview with Charles Bowden, a “reporter who has extensively covered the drug violence in Mexico. He is author of the new book Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields.”

Why is any of this important to Humboldt County? For one thing, you cannot endure the consequences of the past 50 years’ social changes caused by marijuana and other drug trade without dealing with the harmful and lasting effects caused to this community. The local war on drugs as implemented on local towns and rural areas along with code enforcement essentially pits the government against the people.

If you want to see what happens when the exceptional elitist American’s defend their right to destroy this Earth and wage war on the people, look no further than Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. First, they force poor countries to accept and enforce the North American Free Trade Agreement where all the small land owners are forced off their land because the can’t compete, so Mexico can’t support itself. Then you have “slave factories all over the country, where nobody can live on the wages, two generations at least of feral kids on the street,” where a large portion of them want to become professional killers. Like water, people have to live, and so they take the course of least resistance. To deal with their impossible situation they take to drugs, since it is a major moneymaking industry. Those that can, come to the United States. Since it is always the victims fault, the United States takes its War on Drugs to the next higher level and reinforces the Mexican government to the tune of “a half-a-billion dollars a year.”

That’s this Report’s take on the good part of this catastrophe. “Nearly 23,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since a US-backed military crackdown on cartels began more than three years ago. The city of Ciudad Juárez, which borders El Paso, has by far been the most violent area, with more than 4,300 people killed in the past two years.” Bowden says:

“What’s happening is, this thing started in 2006 with the new president, as a statement of his personal power. You know, mano dura—“I’m a strong man.” He ripped the mask off Mexico. In other words, he was going to claim he’s the big guy. And the mask he ripped off revealed what’s really going on in Mexico: mass poverty and social disintegration. Now it’s turned into a war by the Mexican government against the Mexican people.”

With the continued looting of American the President Obama and his complicit Democrats and Republican representative allies are doing nothing to stop it, there is only a matter of a small amount of time before we begin to really feel the brunt of this epidemic. Bowden offers some simple, commonsense solutions everyone needs to consider.

Bowden’s conclusion is somewhat hopeful and well worth repeating here:

And I think the war on drugs is ending, because, frankly, it’s no longer the darkness at the edge of town. I do stories all over this country. I don’t care where you go, the drugs are everywhere. I don’t care where you go, people are being arrested. I did a story in western North Dakota, county of—you know, got more people in this room maybe than the county. They busted eighty meth labs in a year. What are you going to say, that these are, you know, the lesser breed or something? I mean, these are a bunch of people that look like potatoes that plow fields. That’s what our war on drugs has come to. We’re killing ourselves with our war. We’re not helping anyone.

 If that statement is not proven true here in Humboldt County, I don’t know what is.

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–Joe

Looting American Cities

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The following is a segment I watched on Democracy Now this morning. As a home and property owner in Eureka, this situation shook me out of some of my complacency regarding our local county and city representatives activities. The people in the city of Birmingham in Jefferson County Alabama were sued by the EPA for a faulty sewer system and were forced to build a new one at a cost of $250 million. In the end, after the looting, the local taxpayers were left owing 5 billion; that BILLION with a “B.”

And we think the government works for us? What most fail to realize is that these exceptional elitist, Democrats, Republicans, Independents – you name them – with their phony wars, unrestrained banking, Wall Street gluttony and successive bailouts to name only some of the corruption along with successive governments betrayals and complicit behavior and deregulating laws, have destroy this country.


 

“Looting Main Street”–Matt Taibbi on How the Nation’s Biggest Banks Are Ripping Off American Cities with Predatory Deals

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In a new article in Rolling Stone magazine, journalist Matt Taibbi takes an in-depth look at the experience of one small Alabama town and its disastrous dealings with Wall Street. Taibbi writes, “The destruction of Jefferson County reveals the basic battle plan of these modern barbarians, the way that banks like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have systematically set out to pillage towns and cities from Pittsburgh to Athens.” 

Read the rest of this debacle here. 

–Joe 

Power To The People — RIGHT!

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Problem Oriented Policing

The following Editorial, however well intentioned, is really an condemnatory indictment of the Eureka Police Department. The fact that the EPD had to institute the Problem Oriented Policing program speaks for itself. It’s purpose, apparently defined below, was to get the people calling on the police to respond. Apparently the general public “did NOT have a sense of buy-in.” They’d call in and get the run-around. My personal experience was, not only did I get the run-around, their failure to do their job made the matter worse. That would make me a prime candidate for some new empowering police program, right?

 “This is effective policing”? If we didn’t have “effective policing” BEFORE, why do we need a new “empowering program” now when all the police need to do is the job they are paid to do?

So, what’s the real message this program is sending? Unless the police get the powers they want, we the people, the one’s that they are here to supposedly protect and serve, divest us of everything, including our tax dollars, until they get their way. You can read how this all works here.

While the POP program in and of itself may be a useful tool and even an asset to the community, it’s very existance, as justified in the following Editorial, definitely “sends” the wrong message.


This is the Sunday, January 17, 2010 Times-Standard Editorial copied here verbatim:

Empowering the people

The Times-Standard
Posted: 01/17/2010 01:30:15 AM PST

Law enforcement in this and any community works best when residents have a sense of buy-in. If Eurekans feel like their concerns and observations are noted by police, and that action is taken when crimes are committed and reported, then they are much more likely to take umbrage at crimes committed on their doorstep, and report them.

In two recent cases at least, the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing program has yielded investigations and arrests. These were allegedly problem properties that had attracted the attention of neighbors, and their efforts to see these problems addressed led to concrete action on the part of law enforcement officials.

This success only serves to reinforce the program — as more and more residents realize that their calls actually result in action and enforcement, you can bet more and more calls will be made. This is effective policing. [Emphasis mine.]

Neither of the two recent busts led to major arrests. But that is not the point. The program is working quickly to give Eureka residents confidence that its police department is working to address the problems that affect their lives.

At the same time, it’s sending signals to criminals within city limits that their actions will have consequences. Their activity will not be tolerated, and their neighbors, for so long simply passive witnesses to crime that went on all around them, are suddenly empowered. When people are invested, and feel like they can make a difference by policing their own communities, that’s when positive change can really occur.

A good explanation of Problem Oriented Policing — POP — is here.

–Joe

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