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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.

Upcoming Webinar: Crime Victims with Disabilities

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is holding its second webinar featuring Dr. Nora Baladerian’s presentation, “Crime Victims with Disabilities: An Overview for Professionals in the Criminal Justice System” on February 27th at 12:30 CST, 1:30 EST. This is the second in a series of over 20 webinars taking place over the next two years. This comprehensive webinar will present an overview of the issues surrounding victimization of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and where various professionals fit into the solution.

Topics will include incidence and prevalence, risk reduction, prevention, parent preparation, disclosure or discovery of abuse, reporting (mandated and non-mandated), law enforcement/first responder’s response, forensic interviewing, investigations and prosecution, victim services and mental health delivery (including providing trauma-informed care to victims at home and at work). Findings of the 2012 National Survey on Abuse of People with Disabilities will be described, as well as the need for improved collaboration.

Law enforcement and other first responders, legal professionals, forensic interviewers, victim advocates, disability advocates and other allied professionals are encouraged to attend this free webinar. Contact with any questions.  Register at the link.

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.

Upcoming Lecture: Ideas in American Policing

Join us for an upcoming lecture from the Ideas in American Policing series. The lecture, by Dr. Anthony Braga, discusses the importance of close, long-term, collaboration between law enforcement practitioners and researchers. In recent years, the demand for the involvement of academic researchers in policing projects has increased. This lecture discusses the mutual benefits of long-term police–researcher relationships, describes how sustaining the relationship needs to be as important as the outcomes of individual projects, and considers the broad range of scientific evidence and research activities that produce value for law enforcement agencies. Practical insights on these issues are drawn from Dr. Braga’s experience as an embedded criminologist in the Boston Police Department.

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Welcome Dan Woods to the Police Foundation!

We are excited to announce the addition of Daniel Woods, PhD to the Police Foundation family. Dan joins the Foundation as a Senior Research Associate. His research interests include evidence-based crime policy, place-based crime prevention, community policing, and procedural justice and legitimacy. Prior to coming to the Police Foundation, Dan was a research assistant at the Police Executive Research Forum.

We welcome Dan to the Foundation and look forward to the expertise he will bring to the organization.

Visit us at the IACP Conference

The Police Foundation will be at the 2013 IACP Conference Oct 19th-23rd in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Karen Amendola, author of the Shift Length Experiment, will be available to answer all your questions about 8-, 10-, and 12-hour shifts. Visit us at booth 2610.

Special Webinar on Criminal Justice Technology: 12 September 2013

Considerations in the Deployment of Law Enforcement Technology

Law enforcement and first responder personnel require new technology to protect the public and perform their duties effectively and efficiently. Nonetheless, law enforcement and related agencies cannot afford to hire full-time scientists, engineers, and technologists to develop and manage technology deployments. As a result, a wide range of law enforcement officers and civilians are given the responsibility for executing technology programs on behalf of their agencies but lack the training to make the best informed plans and decisions.

In cooperation with Cotter Research, Inc. and Police Foundation, this webinar represents a pilot effort in providing this type of training to law enforcement and other first responder personnel. Participants will receive an introduction to the science and technology of policing, including requirements development, systems engineering, and an overview of information systems, weapons and protective systems, investigative technology and related technologies.


All participants must register for this no cost 12 September 2013 webinar. Registration will remain open until capacity is reached, so register as soon as possible.

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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.