Decoding the Narrative: Using Machine Learning to Uncover Trends in News Coverage of Police Use of Force

“We shall assume that what each man [believes] is based not on direct and certain knowledge, but on pictures…given to him.” - Lippmann, 1922 Media Narratives of Police Use-of-Force What do we know about media coverage of police use-of-force and its effect on public opinion?

Don't Forget the Good with the Bad and the Ugly: Topic Modeling a Policing Commission Listening Session

Following the summer of civil unrest in 2020, one capital city in the western US (like many other cities around the country) formed a Racial Equity in Policing Commission. According to the city’s administration, the commission was formed to examine the police department’s policies, culture, and budget.

Fleeing Police: Evaluating and Forecasting Police Turnover

Key Findings A significant increase in officer resignations occurred mid-2020, well beyond what the previous 5-year trend can explain. A similar rise in retirements was not indicated. A causal impact analysis suggests that the increase in resignations was caused by the circumstances experienced locally following the death of George Floyd at the end of May 2020.

Policing in a Pandemic: How Pracademics and Data can Help

This blog post was originally posted on the website for the Police Practice & Research journal and can be viewed here. Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency that has drawn on for an extended period.