Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: Changing Police Culture

A retired police sergeant on abuse of power, systemic reform and the deadly problem with “Contempt of Cop”

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Ideas We Should Steal: Mental Health Police Reforms That Work

If we really want to honor Walter Wallace Jr., let's look at and consider implementing some of these successful—systemic—solutions from around the world

By Christine Speer Lejeune and Jessica Blatt Press

Idea We Should Steal: Ambitious Mental Health Training for Cops

Basic mental health first aid training is de rigueur in many police forces. Tucson, Arizona, takes its approach further.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Police as Guardians Not Warriors

Critical thinking, empathy and kindness are saving lives from Scotland to Florida. Why not in Philly?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Reality Check: Reinventing the Police Advisory Commission Wheel

Three years ago, Mayor Kenney “reestablished” the department’s civilian oversight board. So, WURD’s afternoon host wonders, what’s so different this time?

By Charles D. Ellison

Ideas We Should Steal: Ethical Policing

The New Orleans Police Department has been remade thanks to an innovative peer intervention program. Can the Philly PD undergo a similar culture change?

By Larry Platt

The Citizen Recommends: Walk In My Shoes

Cops and community members share the stage to bare their souls in a new Theater of Witness production

By Sarah Jordan

Making Sense of the Senseless

As Baltimore burns, there is a whole lot of denunciation. But maybe MLK was right when he said “a riot is the language of the unheard”

By Nick Taliaferro