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Police-community relations will be explored in online workshop

The formation of police-community partnerships to increase safety and confidence in police is the topic of a two-day workshop being held Thursday and Friday, September 4-5, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. The workshop will be streamed live online, and can be watched by clicking here.

"Bridging the Great Divide: Can Police-Community Partnerships Reduce Crime and Strengthen Our Democracy" will take place 4-6 p.m. EDT on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday. Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann is a member of the Steering Committee for the event.

Reminder: Webinar presentation 3 p.m. EDT Aug. 5 on Policing Religious 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 free to the public and can be accessed here for Google Plus and here for YouTube 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.

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.

The Dallas Experience: Human Resources Development

During the early-1970's the Dallas Police Department undertook numerous organizational changes with the goal of improving the quality of police services to local communities. The Police Foundation took part by documenting and evaluating these efforts.

The DPD sought to implement multiple department-wide programs within five years. Programs included, increasing the education level of officers, recruiting women and members of minority groups, and decentralizing administrative and strategic decision making to better meet the needs of the community and neighborhoods.

This second volume focuses on the human resource aspect of the programs implemented by the DPD. This volume describes the surveys used to ascertain whether or not personnel attitudes and behaviors changed over time between 1973-1976 (time when DPD wanted to implement new programs). Findings suggest that personnel attitude and behavioral changes did not take place; however, educational levels of officers rose and the number of women in the department increased.

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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.

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. 

Editorial backs Police Foundation findings in Dorner incident

The Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise has editorialized in support of the findings of a Police Foundation report on the regional Southern California law enforcement response to the attacks by Christopher Dorner. The newspaper is the 7th largest in California and is widely read in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, which was where Dorner ambushed and killed two law enforcement officers, and where he ultimately died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff at a remote mountain cabin. The Press-Enterprise editorial supports the Foundation's findings that police agencies across the nation need to resolve continuing problems with communications between agencies, and provide clearer policies to avoid the kind of "self-deployment" that led to hundreds of law enforcement vehicles clogging mountain roads during the standoff at the mountain cabin. To see the Police Foundation's multi-media online report, click here. For a printable pdf version, click here.

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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The Big Six: Policing America's Largest Cities

This installment of From the Archive is a 1991 report comparing the "Big Six" U.S. police departments. The Big Six cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Detroit) differed in size, age, and personality; however, they shared the same problems of crime, drugs, and urban decay. Although the police departments in each of these cities faced similar challenges, they knew little about each other’s department. The Police Foundation sought to address this gap by creating a questionnaire for each department that would obtain a large amount of comparative information about policies and operations of the six agencies.

A representative from each agency came to the Police Foundation to create a common vocabulary around policing and to discuss differing views on conditions and practices in police organizations.

This study found that these six cities differed greatly on many fronts, including number of arrests for violent crimes, selection and entry requirements, and police vehicle accidents.

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Mutual Aid: Multijurisdictional Partnerships for Meeting Regional Threats

This week’s From the Archive addresses the issue of multijurisdictional partnerships. Through surveys and roundtable discussions with police chiefs this report exposed critical areas that could assist law enforcement leaders in managing new issues faced in policing post-9/11. One of the areas was the use of mutual aid agreements and multijurisdictional partnerships. Today, mutual aid agreements are used regionally to address domestic and international threats, such as terrorism. Greater collaboration has the potential to increase the effectiveness of preventing future attacks.

Creating effective mutual aid agreements is a difficult task; it requires detailed planning and outlining participation requirements, assessing vulnerabilities inherent with such an agreement, establishing oversight, and conducting training and promoting funding for this collaborative approach.

To address these factors, the Police Foundation highlighted key efforts by regions across the nation to work in these cooperative partnerships across jurisdictions. Law enforcement agencies should consider studying these cases to understand how to partner with regional agencies effectively to address terrorism prevention, preparedness, and response.

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