Top 8 Criminal Justice Blogs
Here are eight criminal justice blogs packed full of information and insights from police officers and criminal justice professionals. Prospective criminal justice majors will find tons of must-read material on the eight sites below.
The Officer Smith blog is written by a California police officer who does not reveal his real name, but Officer Smith pulls no punches in his analysis (“I’m a police officer. Most people have already made their decisions about me just based on that statement.”) and offers readers a candid look at the job.
Cops 2.0 is written by Christa M. Miller, a PR and communications strategist who specializes in law enforcement and digital forensics. Her goal with the site is to demonstrate how effective social media can be for members of the law enforcement community.
Patti’s Paralegal Page
Patti is a 17-year veteran in the paralegal field, and with her blog she seeks to keep readers up to date on legal issues, plus pass along useful tools and other websites.
Cops Alive was founded by John Marx to help law enforcement officials literally survive their careers, deal with the severe stress they face every day and transition into a healthy post-law enforcement life after retirement. This post [http://www.copsalive.com/do-you-have-ptsd/] on post-traumatic stress disorder should be mandatory reading.
The Crime Analyst’s Blog
The Crime Analyst’s Blog is written by Scott Dickson, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who focuses on ways to make policing more efficient through data analysis and collecting intelligence. Scott’s archive is pretty massive, but as a starting point check out this piece [http://www.crimeanalystblog.net/2012/11/using-google-alerts-for-crime-analysis.html] on using Google Alerts for crime analysis.
Cop in the Hood
Cop in the Hood is written by Peter Moksos, a professor of law, police science and criminal justice administration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York. Moksos was also a former Baltimore city police officer, and his blog offers deep insights and analysis into police work.
Discover Policing Blog
The Discover Policing Blog is a great resource for anyone interested in a career in law enforcement. The blog is maintained by the people at DiscoverPolicing.org, a career site funded by the Department of Justice for aspiring police officers and law enforcement professionals.
The Scotus Blog is the official blog of the US Supreme Court. The blog has a whole staff of writers and editors who summarize the Court’s opinions and round up decisions the justices make. As a good starting point, check out the posts explained in plain English here [http://www.scotusblog.com/category/plain-english/].