IACP 2019 preview: National Police Foundation Panel Discussions & Workshops

IACP 2019 preview: National Police Foundation Panel Discussions & Workshops

Are you up to speed with the latest on CompStat, Officer Safety & Wellness training, and after-action reviews? If you’re not sure, join the National Police Foundation’s panels of experts (active and retired law enforcement executives, senior program managers, and senior researchers) and get the most up-to-date information. Glean valuable insight from NPF research and programs and learn how you can help your agency succeed and provide superior service to your employees and community. Learn more about NPF panels and workshops at IACP 2019 below.

Panel Discussion: Enhancing the Culture of Officer Safety and Wellness Through Intensive Training and Technical Assistance: A Comprehensive Assessment

Saturday, October 26, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room W196b

This workshop will discuss the findings of training research conducted by the National Police Foundation, in partnership with U.S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the VALOR Initiative. The survey findings provide a never-before-seen snapshot of officer safety and wellness training needs and challenges that can help inform future training development and delivery. Participants will also hear from two of three agencies, Alexandria Police Department, VA and Arlington Police Department, TX, that participated in an extensive training and research program—as a component of this work—designed to identify and provide evidence-based, data driven training and technical assistance to enhance and strengthen the culture of officer safety, wellness, and resiliency.

Workshop: Creating a Culture of Learning: Incorporating After-Action Reviews into Your Agency’s Culture

Sunday, October 27, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room W190b

Some law enforcement agencies already use critical incident reviews (CIRs), after-action reviews (AARs) and near miss incidents–both internally and from other agencies—to identify training needs and policy or procedure adjustments. Regularly conducting and using these reviews can help to create and instill a culture of learning. Both AARs and reported near misses can help to identify areas on which to focus and improve to effectively respond to future incidents of mass violence or mass demonstrations, and to inform day-to-day officer safety and wellness issues. Through funding from the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the National Police Foundation (NPF) has developed a Guidebook (that will be published by early 2020) and the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss initiative to move the needle forward on incorporating and instilling a culture of learning, enhancement and evolution in all law enforcement organizations. The Guidebook includes lessons learned from a meta-analysis of 20 recent mass violence and mass demonstration AARs and a step-by-step guide for conducting them. The LEO Near Miss system is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of near misses, often referred to as “close calls,” to identify lessons learned that can save officers’ lives. In addition, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) has created online training courses on the importance of creating learning environments within law enforcement agencies, conducting AARs and submitting and studying near misses. This workshop will highlight the importance of instilling a culture of learning and conducting AARs in law enforcement agencies, identify some of the key lessons learned from the NPF’s analysis, and provide an overview of the resources available in this area.

Educational Session: Psychological Analysis of Violent Motives

Sunday, October 27
12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Room W187bc

This presentation is intended for police executives and examines the psychological motives and “whys” behind murders, mass murders, and other violent acts. Violent crime motive analysis based upon more than 500 high-stakes psychological evaluations of violent criminals will be presented, including key principles of threat assessment. Participants can also expect to be primed and exposed to the effects of mass casualty incidents on the law enforcement agencies and officers that respond to these cases. Strategies and policies to support officers during and following the incidents will be examined. Participants will gain information that will assist them in understanding of the psychological dynamics of mass violence and application of such to help prepare officers and agencies. This session will be presented by Dr. David Black, CEO & Chief Psychologist of Cordico, and Dr. Frank Straub, Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the National Police Foundation.  

Panel Discussion: CompStat360: Measuring What Matters, the Next Generation of CompStat

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:30 PM –  3:00 PM
Room W193

As the adage goes, what gets measured matters. But community metrics—key to ensuring that police respond to community safety needs—are not measured to the same extent as crime. CompStat has proven to be a valuable tool, yet the lack of community measures can impair full adoption of community policing and impede the co-production of public safety. Agency leaders want tools to promote accountability for responding to these problems in ways that support community vitality and safety. CompStat360, a public/private venture, offers an opportunity for police agencies to focus on crime as well as community engagement and organizational effectiveness. This presentation highlights lessons learned from CompStat360 pilot sites and future directions.

Rebecca Neusteter of Vera will facilitate the panel and open with a description of the need to advance CompStat, particularly in light of introducing community and organizational performance indicators. Other panelists will describe the model, its research-informed development, and the current piloting phase. Kristen Mahoney of BJA and Patrick Griffin of MacArthur Foundation will discuss the initiative’s importance, from both public and private funding perspectives. Police executives from several CompStat360 pilot sites, including Chief Johnson (Arlington PD), will speak to their experiences with implementation, including priority identification, problem-solving teams, analytics, benefits and challenges, and more. Dr. Neusteter and Mr. Burch will describe future directions for this project and available resources for the field (e.g., website, fact sheets, webinars, training and technical assistance). The panel will conclude with audience questions.

About the National Police Foundation:
Established in 1970, the National Police Foundation(NPF) is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the Foundation has conducted research on all aspects of policing, including landmark studies on foot patrol and shift length, and is leading the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement. The Foundation is currently working with hundreds of police agencies nationwide, as well as internationally, providing research and translation, training, technical assistance, and modern technology implementation. The Foundation is a leader in officer safety and wellness, community policing, investigations, and law-enforcement technology.

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