We’re at an extremely critical point in American law enforcement right at this very moment. Crime skyrockets to numbers we haven't seen before, and still the political environment stays steadfast in their attempts to undermine the law enforcement community.
We have a 17% increase this year in homicides in metropolitan areas in the U.S. In some cities, it is astounding. Milwaukee up 72%, Cleveland up 90%, Nashville up 83%, Washington D.C. up 54%, Indianapolis up 61%. Shootings are up 80% in Chicago alone.
There are multiple factors driving these numbers that we'll discuss on the show today. African Americans compared to White have in some cities anywhere from a 800 to 1000% likelihood of dying of homicides. 92% of those homicides are committed by another African American male. Young black men are killed disproportionately by other young black men, it’s the leading cause of death of young black men in the U.S., and yet no one championed a cause to stop that other than the police and yet they're accused of racism,” says Dr. Gilmartin.
Leading police psychologist, Dr. Kevin Gilmartin blames leadership for the morale crisis. He joins me on Police Radio today for an incredible eye-opening, jaw-dropping conversation on POLICING IN AMERICA. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about the crisis – think again!
“I just wish the political environment would stop victimizing the cops, I wish they would stop using the cops as pawns in their political agenda,” says Dr. Gilmartin.
Dr. Kevin Gilmartin, the acclaimed author of “Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement” is one of the preeminent speakers on police issues in the world. Being a retired Police Officer himself, his book and his lectures have touched millions of Law Enforcement Officers in the United States and across the globe. His message about the failures to politically motivate police leadership in the United States is powerful.
“The Black Lives Movement, if it’s going to take credit for anything, they should take credit for increasing astronomically the number of young black men killed in inner city America, because that’s all their accomplishing,” says Dr. Gilmartin.
Dr. Gilmartin is a behavioral scientist specializing in law enforcement related issues. He is a principal and co-founder of Gilmartin, Harris, and Associates, a behavioral sciences/management consulting company specializing in law enforcement/public safety consultation. He previously spent twenty years working in law enforcement in Tucson, Arizona. During his tenure he supervised the Hostage Negotiations Team and the Behavioral Sciences Unit. He is a former recipient of the International Association of Chiefs of Police-Parade Magazine, National Police Officer Citation Award for contributions during hostage negotiations.
President Obama and the Department of Justice released the report on 21st century policing at the end of 2015. The following 5 guidelines are what they perceive as the most urgent needs for Law Enforcement in the U.S.
“When I hear and read something like this garbage out of the DOJ, all it does is infuriate me,” Lt. Sutton
1. Review and update policies, training, and data collection on use of force, and engage community members and police labor unions in the process.
2. Increase transparency of data, policies, and procedures.
3. Call on the POST Commission to implement all levels of training.
4. Examine hiring practices and ways to involve the community in recruiting.
5. Ensure officers have access to the tools they need to keep them safe
This weeks “Police Story” entitled 'Shadow of the Executioner', is a segment that features a story from Lt. Sutton's “A COPS LIFE” and will leave you breathless.