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Police Corruption: A perspective on its nature and control

This week's From the Archive is a monograph that sought to define and describe the problem of police corruption for administrators and persuade them to take a more concrete role in developing effective ways of combating the problem.

“Failure to discuss corruption openly has permitted it to flourish. A dearth of research on the subject handicaps police administrators, elected officials, journalists and citizens anxious to address the problem of corruption.”

This report does not make suggestions about how to stop corruption. Instead police administrators are encouraged to create their own programs and policies based on the information detailed in this report. Many questions were left unanswered with the hope that police organizations would conduct their own research to address the problem of corruption.

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Foundation Science Advisor David Weisburd Honored

The Police Foundation would like to congratulate Dr. David Weisburd, chief science advisor for the Foundation and the chairman of our research advisory committee, who has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Robert Boruch Award. This award, presented by the Campbell Collaboration group, honors an individual who has made an important contribution to research on social interventions that inform public policy. The Campbell Collaboration praised Dr. Weisburd as an influential advocate of the use of experimental research in the field of criminology. He has played an instrumental role in advancing the use of evidence-based policy as it relates to policing, and has had a significant impact among policy-makers, practitioners and scholars in the field.

Police Foundation Welcomes new Executive Fellow Paul M. Walters

The Police Foundation is honored to welcome our latest Executive Fellow, Paul M. Walters, who retired last year after 24 years as Chief of the Santa Ana Police Department in California. Walters was the longest-serving chief of a major U.S. city in modern history, and received accolades from a number of presidents for his work in community policing and anti-gang violence efforts.

Walters is currently a Senior Associate with the Center for Public Safety Management, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in Washington, DC.

He joins a tremendously talented and experienced group of current and former law enforcement leaders as a Police Foundation executive fellow. The program is designed to have career-enhancing opportunities for law enforcement personnel and researchers interested in police policy on a national level, and the application of technology, research, and/or training development. Based on need and professional backgrounds, Fellows are assigned to projects that best match their professional or academic experience, but may be asked to assist with projects across the Foundation.

Senior Law Enforcement Practitioner Blake Norton Joins Police Foundation as Vice President

Washington – The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Blake Norton to its staff as Vice President. Ms. Norton will oversee the daily operations of the Foundation and brings to this role vast expertise and diverse experience in policing, criminal justice policy and research, organizational management, and technical assistance. Most recently, Ms. Norton served as the Division Director for Local Government Initiatives at the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government.

Call for Submissions on Crime Mapping and Analysis

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be launching a second-generation Crime Mapping News, with a revised name, in the coming months. We are seeking innovative practice and policy relevant content that will inform the field of policing, research on geography and crime, and the use of geographic information systems to advance policing research. Articles will include original research as well as research summaries that make existing research more relevant to practitioners.

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Video from the Ideas in American Policing Lecture

We would like to thank everyone that helped to make Dr. Anthony Braga’s Ideas in American Policing lecture a success. Dr. Braga presented on his experience working as an embedded criminologist and the necessity of close collaboration between law enforcement agencies and researchers. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry. We’ve recorded the presentation and made it available below.

New Publication- The Mobilization of Crime Mapping & Intelligence Gathering

The Police Foundation recently concluded a two-year project to develop, deploy, and evaluate the use of smartphones in law enforcement. The availability of high performance hardware and law enforcement relevant apps has driven significant interest in how mobile devices can be optimized for law enforcement use.

This project had two goals. First, identify the mobile data needs of law enforcement officers and build custom apps to deliver and capture relevant information. Second, evaluate the effectiveness of smartphone and custom app deployment using rigorous experimental methodology. The project was carried out in the Redlands (CA) Police Department (RPD).

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Executive Fellow Ellen Scrivner Recognized by APA for Outstanding Executive Leadership in Advancing Public Service Psychology

Dr. Ellen Scrivner received the 2013 Harold M. Hildreth Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service, on August 3 at the APA Annual Convention in Honolulu. The Hildreth Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by the division, and recognizes exceptional career achievements and contributions.

Dr. Scrivner’s distinguished career has included criminal justice policy positions at both the federal and local levels. She is a recognized national expert on criminal justice policy, police behavior, and public safety and policing issues. Dr. Scrivner is a Diplomate, American Board of Psychological Specialties-Forensic Specialty, American College of Forensic Examiners, and is past president of APA’s Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service.

Chief Farrar, Police Foundation Executive Fellow, Receives Award from Society of Evidence-Based Policing

The Society of Evidence-Based Policing presented its 2013 Award for Excellence in Evidence-Based Policing to Chief Tony Farrar at the 2013 Conference on Evidence-Based Policing at the University of Cambridge (UK) in July. The award is given annually for outstanding policing research that advances the evidence base in policing and informs police practice.

Chief Farrar’s extensive yearlong study evaluated the effect of body-worn video cameras on police use-of-force and citizen complaints. This randomized controlled trial represents the first experimental evaluation of body-worn video cameras used in police patrol practices. The findings suggest more than a 50 percent reduction in the total number of incidents of use-of-force compared to control-conditions, and nearly ten times more citizens’ complaints in the 12 months prior to the experiment.

In presenting the award, Chief Superintendent Alex Murray of the West Midlands (UK) Police and chair of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing said, “Chief Farrar’s commitment to conducting rigorous scientific research on a technology initiative has broad implications for the field of policing. Across the UK, for example, police forces have looked at these research findings and are planning to replicate the experiment.”

New Publication - Improving Police: What's Craft Got to Do with It?

In this sixteenth issue of our Ideas in American Policing series, Professor James J. Willis of George Mason University examines the relationship between the science of policing and the craft of policing. Over the last century, the police have been the object of almost continuous attempts at reform. Currently, one of the most powerful forces for transforming the police is the evidence-based policing movement. Unlike past reforms, this puts scientific research squarely in the driver’s seat of police decision making.