About two years ago, someone in one of my classes showed the following two minute video during a break. It illustrates, in a humorous way, the importance of deconfliction.
You never can tell where ideas will come from. Two years later, the woman who showed the video completed her master’s thesis describing the factors that contribute to inadvertent, and sometimes violent “police-on-police” encounters and how to improve deconfliction efforts in the US.
Here’s the abstract of her thesis. It will be available from the Homeland Security Digital Library in a few weeks, but if you’d like a copy before then, send me an email: christopherbellavita [at] gmail [dotcom]:
Police-on-police encounters, also referred to as Blue-on-Blue, are serious occurrences that can compromise investigations, cause physical injuries, or worse—result in death to officers, informants and/or innocent bystanders. Law enforcement deconfliction is the protocol that was developed to address this specific issue. This research focuses on the scope and breadth of federal law enforcement deconfliction processes within the United States. An examination of these processes uncovered complex organizational issues and human factors that undermine complete and consistent reporting of both failed and successful deconfliction events. With national oversight and accountability, however, gaps and vulnerabilities in deconfliction operations could be addressed, and a repository to archive and evaluate these efforts could be formed. This thesis proposes that the Blue Diamond Deconfliction Division (BD3) should be established within the United States Attorney’s Office to provide deconfliction oversight and reporting, reduce federal law enforcement organizational and fiscal inefficiencies, and most importantly, save lives.