NYPD ‘Nap Maps’ List Forbidden Zones

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New York Police Department precincts have dozens of “forbidden zones”—places where officers are not allowed to go. The list describes a few of these places as “cooping” locations, slang for secluded spots where police officers have been known to park their patrol cars and nap. (New York Times)

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"Cooping," or police officers napping on the job, has declined dramatically since police departments started giving officers regular, stable schedules. Photograph by Franz Golhen, courtesy Wikimedia. I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

“Cooping,” or police officers napping on the job, has declined dramatically since police departments started giving officers regular, stable schedules.
Photograph by Franz Golhen, courtesy Wikimedia. I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

Discussion Ideas

  • The “nap maps” described in the New York Times article are pretty low-key examples of the mental maps used by police officers. Most focus on safety. If you’re ambitious, take a look at these intense papers comparing police and resident perceptions of safety in urban areas (Phoenix (this one’s behind a paywall) and Los Angeles). What mental mapping features contribute to your idea of safety?
    • Using the “Important Places in Your Community” activity, make a list of places where you feel safe. How do you think your mental map of safe areas compares with other people? With law enforcement?

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