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Crime Mapping & Analysis News spring issue released by the Police Foundation

The Police Foundation has released the spring issue of Crime Mapping & Analysis News. This latest issue of the quarterly online newsletter, found at, includes articles ranging from how to perform crime forecasting on a shoestring budget to a data analysis of the correlation between foreclosures and domestic violence.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News brings together articles by both researchers and practitioners on the methods, technologies, and tools that support innovation, data collection, and evidence-based practices in law enforcement agencies. Other articles in the latest issue focus on measuring crime changes after a natural disaster; using risk-terrain modeling to identify places with a risk for violent crime; and using data and research for increased safety and fairness.

Webinar to Assist Law Enforcement Agency Applications for BJA’s FY2015 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

On March 4, 2015, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) will host a webinar for law enforcement agencies to discuss a funding opportunity to improve collaborative law enforcement-mental health programs for people with mental disorders. In this webinar, representatives from the CSG Justice Center and two law enforcement agencies with Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grants will discuss the various specialized police response models and how the grant program could support them.

On February 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released the JMHCP grant solicitation. JMHCP grants support innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.  To register for the webinar, click here.

Former research director Rob Davis rejoins Police Foundation as Chief Social Scientist

The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Rob Davis, the Foundation’s research director from 2003-2006, as the new Chief Social Scientist. Davis, who has 30 years of experience in criminal justice research and evaluation, is returning to the Foundation after working as a senior research associate at the Rand Corporation and as research director for the Police Executive Research Forum. Davis has directed more than 35 projects on victimization, domestic violence, policing, crime prevention, immigration, courts, prosecution, and parolee reentry for federal and state governments, and private foundations.  He has led projects with some of the nation’s leading law enforcement agencies.

Chief Inspector of Police Scotland will speak on values-based policing and learning-led leadership

Values-Based Policing and Learning-Led Leadership: The Scottish Experience
Richard Adams, Chief Inspector, Police Scotland

March 4, 2015, 11am -12pm

Sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University and the Police Foundation
Location: The Police Foundation, 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 200, Washington DC 20036

Registration for this event is free. Register here.

New Ideas in American Policing monograph:"Effectivness vs. Equity in Policing: Is a Tradeoff Inevitable?"

The Police Foundation has released the latest in their Ideas in American Policing series.  This paper, “Effectiveness vs. Equity in Policing: is a Tradeoff Inevitable?”, written by Dr. Robin Engel and Dr. John Eck, challenges the long-standing belief that reducing crime must come at the cost of community relations.  The paper is available for download here.

Engel and Eck assert that modern policing methods like problem-oriented policing can be designed to take both effectiveness and equity into account, creating crime reduction while increasing fairness and police-community relations.  Engel and Eck suggest that departments use scientific evidence to measure both their effectiveness at reducing crime and also the equity of policing in their communities. 

Smart Policing Webinar

On February 11th, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) will present a webinar titled “Basics of Evaluation for Practitioners.” This webinar will be presented by Dr. Natalie Kroovand Hipple, SPI Subject Matter Expert and assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University. This webinar will describe the key components of SPI in the context of research and evaluation. Dr.

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe Ideas in American Policing Lecture Video Available

The Police Foundation is pleased to release the video presentation of the Ideas in American Policing lecture by Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe on the subject of “Harm-Focused Policing.” Dr. Ratcliffe, a professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee, presented his lecture on January 28, 2015.

According to Ratcliffe, while the primary focus of law enforcement will remain on reducing crime, nearly 80 percent of the incidents that take up police time do not result in arrests or other criminal followup. Much of the rest involves protecting vulnerable persons from many forms of harm other than serious crime, he said.

Ratcliffe recommended that policing in the future should be “harm-focused,” intelligence-led, problem-oriented and evidence-based.

The recording of Dr. Ratcliffe’s lecture is available on the Police Foundation’s YouTube page at

Body-worn cameras are not a panacea for police-community relations, Police Foundation president tells federal task force

Body-worn cameras will become easier to use and provide opportunities to enhance police legitimacy, procedural justice and officer safety, but they are never going to be a panacea to improve police-community relations without proper policies and training, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told the federal Task Force on 21st Century Policing Saturday.

Police-community relations “in all likelihood, can be greatly enhanced by employing technological advances like body-worn cameras,” Bueermann told the panel appointed by President Obama. “But, no matter how much we are enamored with technology, we must never forget that, ultimately, in policing and protecting our communities, only people count.”

Bueermann testified as part of a panel on the subject of “Body Cameras – Research and Legal Considerations.” The panel discussion was part of a day-long “listening session” held by the Task Force in Cincinnati, Ohio, to address the issues of Technology and Social Media as they relate to law enforcement practices. The hearing was taped and the video will be available in the future at

Police Foundation President invited to testify before President Obama's Task Force on Policing

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann has been invited to testify Saturday at a “Listening Session” in Cincinnati, Ohio, scheduled by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing created by President Obama to address concerns about police use of force and community-police relations.

Bueermann will testify at 9:30 a.m. EST as part of a panel on the subject of “Body Cameras – Research and Legal Considerations.” The panel discussion is part of a day-long “listening session” that will address the issues of Technology and Social Media as they relate to law enforcement practices. The hearing will be streamed live on the Task Force’s website: