Police training is tough for a reason

Randy Petersen | May 9, 2018
The Austin Police Academy was recently accused of being too aggressive in its training tactics with new recruits.  Several allegations were made by cadets who were unable to complete…

People complaining about police in Parkland need to celebrate the hero cops in Austin

Randy Petersen | March 29, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen was originally published by the Daily Caller March 29th, 2018. If the shooting in Parkland, Florida was a call for us to consider the sometimes…

Our police need better training. Florida school shooting failures make this more imperative.

Randy Petersen | March 13, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in Fox News March 13th, 2018. The 24-hour news cycle provides no shortage of incidents that illustrate the need for police reforms…

Taking a serious look at conservative policing reform

Randy Petersen | February 26, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in The Hill February 23rd, 2018. The modern flashpoint of police and community tensions might have been Ferguson, and a cluster of…

The Conservative Case for Policing Reforms

Randy Petersen | February 23, 2018
In this new report policing expert Randy Petersen outlines the conservative case for policing reforms. Having spent 21 years in law enforcement, Petersen introduces four recommended areas for reform.…

The Mischaracterization of Conservative Criminal Justice Reform

Randy Petersen | November 6, 2017
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in The Hill, November 3rd, 2017. The primary goal of conservative criminal justice reform is increased public safety with a secondary emphasis on…

Is It Time to Scale Back on SWAT Teams?

Randy Petersen | May 19, 2017
This article originally appeared in The Hill on May 18, 2017. It began with an Austin Police helicopter circling the skies over his normally quiet neighborhood and ended with tear…

New Police Foundation Report: Foot Patrol Improves Community Relations, Problem-Solving Capabilities

Randy Petersen | September 19, 2016
Discussion of foot patrol in modern policing may generate images of the beat officer walking the business district or neighborhood, stopping to talk with shop owners and homeowners, and…
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