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Crime Mapping & Analysis News launched by Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is bringing back Crime Mapping & Analysis News. This week the first volume of the quarterly online newsletter ( will be released, highlighting innovative programs in crime mapping and analysis. This is a renewal of the popular newsletter that started in the late 1990’s, that helped to shape the standards for how police strategically engage mapping and crime analysis methods.

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. The newsletter is a revamped version of Crime Mapping News, which was published by the Police Foundation from 1999-2009. This revised version is a vehicle for law enforcement professionals, crime analysts, researchers and crime prevention managers and executives, and criminologists to share their ideas to improve and strengthen the law enforcement community

Police as Nation Builders: Distinguishing Between Countries that Contribute Police Officers to United Nations Peace Operations

We are pleased to provide Dr. Garth den Heyer's most recent writing on civilian police in peacekeeping and post-conflict operations. Police as Nation Builders is a post-refereed, pre-print version of an article that appears in the Journal of International Peacekeeping, Volume 17, Issue 1-2, 2013, published by Brill. A Senior Research Fellow at the Police Foundation, Dr. den Heyer recently completed an 18-month United States Institute of Peace funded research project which evaluated the role of civilian police in peacekeeping.

New Publication - Improving Police: What's Craft Got to Do with It?

In this sixteenth issue of our Ideas in American Policing series, Professor James J. Willis of George Mason University examines the relationship between the science of policing and the craft of policing. Over the last century, the police have been the object of almost continuous attempts at reform. Currently, one of the most powerful forces for transforming the police is the evidence-based policing movement. Unlike past reforms, this puts scientific research squarely in the driver’s seat of police decision making.

New Publication: Police independent oversight in Australia and New Zealand

Congratulations to Dr. Garth den Heyer, Senior Research Fellow, for his recently published article in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. The article, titled “Police independent oversight in Australia and New Zealand”, discuses the effectiveness and accountability of independent oversight organizations on policing organizations. The abstract is available below and the full text can be found at the link.

New Publication Available: The Effect of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Use-of-Force

Police Foundation Executive Fellow, Chief Tony Farrar, recently completed an extensive yearlong study to evaluate the effect of body-worn video cameras on police use-of-force. This randomized controlled trail represents the first experimental evaluation of body-worn video cameras used in police patrol practices. Cameras were deployed to all patrol officers in the Rialto (CA) Police Department. Every police patrol shift during the 12-month period was assigned to experimental or control conditions.

New Publication Available - The Role of Civilian Police in Peacekeeping

We are pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Garth den Heyer's book, based on a research project for the United States Institute of Peace. This research represents an important step in understanding how police should be integrated into peacekeeping missions. Operational tools and model policies were developed after analyzing 23 United Nations and European Union peacekeeping missions.

The findings from this study may assist police planners, practitioners, and researchers who are part of a widening audience with an interest in the role of police in post-conflict or underdeveloped nations.