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Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Aims to Strengthen Juvenile Diversion Efforts in Communities

cjjrbigThe Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy invites teams to apply for the 2015 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program through September 18, 2015.

Created in partnership with the National League of Cities and the Juvenile Law Center, the Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program will bring together law enforcement officers, probation staff, prosecutors, school officials, judges, policy-makers, and other local leaders committed to strengthening their diversion efforts. National experts will share cutting edge ideas, policies and practices to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to implement or improve juvenile diversion programming within their jurisdictions, whether at pre-arrest, intake or the court stages of case processing. Read more

New Resource: IACP’s Child Sex Trafficking Toolkit For Law Enforcement

international-association-of-chiefsThe IACP, in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) at the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Violent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has announced the launch of the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers online training course.

This training is available to law enforcement only and builds on the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers toolkit developed by the IACP, the COPS Office and the FBI. Read more

The Police Foundation Releases “A Heist Gone Bad, a Police Foundation Critical Incident Review of the Stockton Police Response to the Bank Of The West Robbery And Hostage-Taking”

heist-gone-badThe Police Foundation released today a report on the July 2014 armed robbery of the Stockton, California branch of the Bank Of The West. The situation involved more than 33 police officers, three bank robbery suspects, and three innocent hostages.

The armed robbery of the Bank Of The West evolved into a multiple-hostage situation in which three heavily-armed bank robbery suspects led police officers on a 60-minute chase through the highways and streets of Stockton, California. During the pursuit of the suspects, the officers faced a constant barrage of gun fire that disabled more than 14 police vehicles, demonstrating extraordinary bravery and valor while continuing the close pursuit despite facing significant firepower. Read more

The Police Foundation Releases “Harm-Focused Policing,” the latest in the Ideas in American Policing Series

harmfocusedHarm-Focused Policing authored by Professor Jerry Ratcliffe, a Temple University crime and policing researcher and a member of the Police Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee, examines how a refocus of policing strategies towards community harm can help police departments account for more of the actual workload assigned to them by the community and its stakeholders into measures of harmful places and harmful offenders. For example, drug overdoses and traffic accidents are community problems often assigned to the police to mitigate that can be addressed as part of a harm-focused policing approach, rather than addressed independent of the crime and disorder problem. This can improve targeting of police resources and choices about places and suspects who should be the priority focus of crime reduction efforts by focusing on those places and suspects that are responsible for the most significant harm to the community as opposed to a more focused consideration of crime frequency and severity. The approach can also be implemented with associated metrics to assist departments in understanding the outcomes and impact of harm-focused policing strategies. The paper is available for download here. Read more

Symposium on policing (Aug. 17-18) by Police Foundation and Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

cebcpThe Police Foundation will join with the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy for a wide-ranging symposium on August 17-18, 2015. Topics and research findings will be presented on:

  • policing and minority communities;
  • police technologies, with an emphasis on body worn cameras;
  • school safety, bullying and prevention;
  • investigations and early warning systems;
  • crime patterns at places and communities;
  • evidence-based policing, translation and receptivity; and
  • the President’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing.

Register here to take part in the symposium. Read more

NIJ rewards developers of high-speed Apps to aid security in schools and public buildings

NIJ Ultra-High Speed Apps Challenge: Using Current Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Operations

About the Ultra-High Speed Apps Challenge

nijNIJ created the Ultra-High Speed (UHS) Application Challenge to encourage software developers and public safety professionals to take advantage of public domain data and UHS bandwidth systems with apps that significantly improve criminal justice or public safety services and operations. Currently, most app developers optimize their software for slower and lower capacity networks. The prospect of UHS networks capable of transferring large amounts of data more quickly and reliably creates new opportunities for developers.
The challenge was created with guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and US Ignite.

The challenge was held in two phases. NIJ selected five of 15 Phase I proposals to participate in Phase II, which involved developing a working prototype of the app. NIJ selected three winning entries from Phase II to share the prize of $150,000. Read more

Jim Bueermann and Research Advisory Committee Members Join Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board Thursday welcomed as new members Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, and Drs. Anthony Braga and Jerry Ratcliffe, who are members of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee.

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.40.49 PMDr. David Weisburd, chairman of the Research Advisory Committee, was re-appointed to the Science Advisory Board and named a subcommittee chairman. The 25-member board provides OJP with guidance and recommendations for research, statistics and grant programs, ensuring the programs and activities are scientifically sound and pertinent to policymakers and practitioners. Read more

Crime Mapping & Analysis News Summer Issue Released by the Police Foundation

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.56.00 PMThe summer issue of the Crime Mapping & Analysis News has been released by the Police Foundation, bringing together articles on a wide range of topics including the role of mapping in finding missing children, micro hot-spots, a new look at problem-oriented policing and a review of the CrimeStat IV system. The quarterly online newsletter is available at

Crime Mapping & Analysis News includes articles by researchers and practitioners on the methods, technologies and tools that support innovation, data collection and evidence-based practices in law enforcement agencies.

This issue also includes articles on the new Public Safety Open Data Portal being developed by the Police Foundation, and an update on a series of free symposiums for law enforcement leaders on expanding crime analysis for greater effectiveness throughout their agencies. Read more

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