Episode Fourteen: Solutions in Training

In this episode I conclude my conversation with Detective Small a veteran of the NYC Police Department’s Human Relations Unit by discussing solutions in training for the department.

I ask Detective Small to paint a picture of how the New York City Police Department would look if it wanted to improve itself, the quality of policing and its relationship with the public.

The answers were surprising.

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Episode thirteen: Police Commissioners w Det Small

In this episode Detective Small gives his views on some of the high-profile police commissioners NYC police department has ever had.

The police commissioner is hired by the mayor and becomes the face of the department.  He becomes its message, its spokesperson and it policy maker.   He becomes the focus of praise and target of scorn by the community.

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Episode Twelve: Racial Disparity with Det. Small

In today’s episode I continue my conversation with Detective Darnley Small, a retired trainer for the NYC police department’s human relations unit.

We begin with discussing some of the enduring issues within the police department such as the racial disparity within the justice system.   Continue reading Episode Twelve: Racial Disparity with Det. Small

Episode Eleven: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In this episode, we discuss the news of the last few weeks and begin with the amazing win in New York’s 14th district of a democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Cortez’s win forces a conversation, particularly on the left, on what kind of country we want to live in and how to get there.

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Episode Ten: community policing w/ Det. Small

In this episode I continue my conversation on policing with Detective Small a veteran of the New York City Police Department’s human relations unit.

In this episode we discuss community policing and the department’s attempts to address the community’s issues by creating CCRB.

As an instructor detective Small has had to train police officers of all ranks in crisis intervention and diversity.

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Episode Nine: stop and frisk with Det. Small

In this episode of The World As I Like It To Be, Detective Small and I discuss the controversial NYC program stop and frisk.

Detective Small is a retired police officer who spent two decades in the New York City Police Department.

His unit, the human relations unit, gave advanced specialized training to patrolmen and bosses alike.

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Episode Seven: consciousness with Det Small

This is part five of my continuing conversation with Detective Darnley Small, a veteran of the NYC Police Department’s human relations unit.

In this final interview we discuss levels of consciousness, things whites can do to combat racism, and describe the three types of racists and how they are similar to alcoholics.

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Episode Six: police training w Det Small

Police training w Det Small

This is part four of a continuing conversation about police training  with retired police officer Detective Darnley Small.   Detective Small was an instructor for the human relations unit of the NYC Police Department doing advanced specialized training.

We begin talking about how police training can help cops with understanding the issues within the community by looking at discrimination.  Continue reading Episode Six: police training w Det Small

Episode Five: police sensitivity training w Det Small

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This is part three of my continuing conversation with retired police officer detective Darnley Small.

In this episode we discuss everything from the struggles with bosses within the NYC police department to how the department received its own police sensitivity training.

Push Back from Leadership

We open with a story Detective Small tells of the initial pushback from leadership within the department and the PBA his unit received and how his team overcame it.

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