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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.

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.

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. 

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTRbU-YlsvA&feature=em-share_video_user

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 http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2768

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: http://www.taskforceonpolicing.us/

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe presents Ideas in American Policing lecture on "harm-focused policing"

As law enforcement agencies face tighter budgets and increasing concerns about police legitimacy, the future of policing should be “harm-focused,” intelligence-led, problem-oriented and evidence-based, Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe told a Police Foundation audience at the Ideas in American Policing presentation Wednesday.

Although the primary focus of law enforcement will always be on reducing crime, crime response and investigation makes up less than 20 percent of the incidents that require police officers’ time, said Ratcliffe, a professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee.

“Police spend more time with quality of life and protecting vulnerable persons from many forms of harm than on serious crime,” Ratcliffe told the Ideas in American Policing audience. “A focus on reducing harm instead of investigating crime will help police better protect their communities.”

Philadelphia Police Department Deputy Commissioner joins Police Foundation Executive Fellows

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that Nola Joyce, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer for the Philadelphia Police Department, has been named as an Executive Fellow.

Deputy Commissioner Joyce has 25 years of public sector experience. She has previously been the Chief Administrative Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and the Deputy Director of Research and Development for the Chicago Police Department, in addition to her current seven years with the Philadelphia Police Department.

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