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Police Foundation Symposium on Crime Analysis Presented to Law Enforcement Executives

More than 40 law enforcement executives attended the first in a series of symposiums presented by the Police Foundation and International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) designed to help police departments integrate the use of crime analysis to increase effectiveness and reduce crime.

The symposium, presented July 16 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, drew police chiefs and other executives from throughout the Northeastern United States and beyond. The other regional locations and dates for the series will be announced later this year.

The free day-long symposium is one of a series that is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The series is entitled “Advancing Policing Through Innovation and Science: A Crime Analysis Symposium for Law Enforcement Leaders.” It was developed based on the best practices of crime analysis and draws on the expertise of the Police Foundation, the IACA, policing and crime analysis researchers and experts.

International Ideas in Policing Webinar coming Aug. 5 on Policing Terrorism and Extremism in Central Asia

Dr. Chyngyz Kambarov, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Police Foundation, will host a webinar on Aug. 5, 2014 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT discussing the growth of terrorism and extremism in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan and how police are attempting to respond to this growing threat.

The webinar is available free to the public. To connect through Google Plus, click here.To connect through YouTube, click here.

Dr. Kambarov, a police lieutenant colonel who works for the Interior Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic, recently presented an Ideas in International Policing lecture examining the most active terrorist and extremist organizations operating in the nation, and how they became radicalized. Many of the groups operate in the Fergana Valley, which overlaps Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and are threatening to become a hotbed of Islamic radicalism in the Central Asian republics. Kambarov laid out the major challenges facing Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies in combatting these sources of terrorism. He called for better training and equipment, and for more cooperation between national and local police, and between Interior Ministry units and national security forces.

Former Police Foundation Fellow Promoted to Deputy Chief in Arlington, Texas

The Police Foundation is pleased to congratulate former Police Fellow LaTesha Watson, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief in the Arlington (TX) Police Department. Watson, who was a Police Foundation Fellow in 2008, is assuming command of the East Patrol District in Arlington and will supervise 109 sworn and non-sworn personnel. The district staff include patrol officers, geographic investigators, field training officers, and police leadership.

Police Foundation offers News on Policing to subscribers

The Police Foundation has inaugurated a regular compendium of news items on innovative police practices, new technologies in law enforcement, and other topics of interest that are engaging researchers and practitioners in the realm of criminal justice and law enforcement. News on Policing is available to subscribers of the Police Foundation email list. To receive this and updates on Police Foundation activities, click here.

Kyrgyzstan police officer and scholar presents Ideas in International Policing lecture on challenges from terrorism and extremism

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, police agencies in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan have had to deal with government corruption, poor training and a lack of resources – but now they are facing a more dangerous problem with the growth of religious extremism and terrorism, said Dr. Chyngyz Kambarov, a lieutenant colonel with Kyrgyz Interior Ministry.

Kambarov, a Fulbright Scholar and a Police Foundation International Fellow, laid out the challenges faced by police in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Central Asian states in an Ideas in International Policing lecture at the Foundation offices

Ideas in American Policing Monograph Highlights the Rewards for "Embedded Criminologists"

When Edward F. Davis became the  Police Commissioner the Boston Police Department in 2007, he offered Dr. Anthony Braga, a professor of criminology at Rutgers University and Harvard University, the opportunity to advance police research from the inside.   Braga took the offer, and for the next six years helped the department use evidence-based policing to take on gangs and reduce crime by focusing resources.

Dr. Braga captures his experiences, focusing on the successes and challenges  as an “embedded criminologist” while at the Boston Police Department in the Police Foundation’s latest Ideas in American Policing monograph:  “Embedded Criminologists in Police Departments.”

Top policy experts gather for advisory panel on developing community trust for police use of unmanned aerial systems

A panel of national experts in law enforcement, civil liberties, technology, and government policy gathered Monday as an advisory board on building community trust for police use of unmanned aerial systems. The advisory board has been assembled by the Police Foundation as part of a project to develop a guidebook for police departments that will help navigate the sometimes controversial efforts to utilize drones for searches, suspect apprehension, and crime prevention.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been ordered by Congress to develop guidelines on how to integrate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles into U.S. airspace by 2015. Although 27 law enforcement agencies have already received permission to test the use of drones in carefully managed pilots, most police departments must wait until the FAA lays out guidelines to begin using the new technology. However, the technology itself is spreading rapidly into private use by “hobbyists,” some of whom are already coming into conflict with local privacy ordinances and causing law enforcement officials to realize they cannot wait to develop local policies to deal with these problems.

Ideas in American Policing presenter Robin Engel: Law Enforcement should strive for both effectiveness and equity in crime reduction strategies

The long-held belief that efforts by police to increase crime control tend to reduce attention to due process may be outdated and in need of revision, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Professor Robin Engel, PhD, told a Police Foundation Ideas in American Policing audience. In fact, research evidence shows that it may be possible to improve both crime reduction and preserve liberties with carefully structured enforcement strategies, she said.

Dr. Engel, the Director of the Institute of Crime Science at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Council, presented the 18th “Ideas in American Policing” Lecture Wednesday. The series presents commentary and insight from leading criminologists on issues of interest to scholars, practitioners and policy makers. Many of the lectures are cited in research and academic journal articles.

Paul M. Walters Police Administrative Building dedicated in Santa Ana

The City of Santa Ana, CA, recently dedicated its central jail and police administration building to former Police Chief Paul M. Walters, who is now a Police Foundation Executive Fellow. Walters, who served as the chief in Santa Ana from 1998 to 2013, was instrumental in the design and construction of the new Paul M. Walters Police Administrative Building, which incorporates state-of-the-art technology and supports Community Policing strategies. Walters was praised by the many dignitaries at the event for his devotion to creating a safer, more efficient police force in one of the most diverse cities in California. 

Police Foundation Welcomes Mora Fiedler as Senior Policy Analyst

The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Mora L. Fiedler, M.A., as a senior policy analyst. Ms. Fiedler comes to the Foundation after five years with the Research and Development Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ms. Fielder has more than 25 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors conducting criminal justice and juvenile justice research. She has published several articles on leadership, performance measurements, community policing, broken windows and officer safety and wellness. She is highly experienced in providing technical assistance, building partnership, and conducting policy studies in law enforcement agencies. Prior to coming to the Police Foundation, Ms. Fiedler was a Senior Social Science Analyst in the Research and Development Division, for the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services.