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.

Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Karol Mason congratulated the board members on their leadership integrating science into the organization’s everyday decision making.

“The Science Advisory Board plays the important role in providing valuable advice to our agency in the areas of science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of our programs and activities in criminal and juvenile justice,” Mason said. “I anticipate the new subcommittee chairs as well as new board members will continue to provide valuable input and guidance to ensure that our programs and practice follow the highest scientific principles.”

The Science Advisory Board was created in 2010 as a means of bridging the divide between research and practice in criminal justice fields. The advisory board provides an extra-agency review of and recommendations for OJP research, statistics, and grant programs.

“I’m honored to be included in such an important body that helps direct the science interests of OJP,” Bueermann said of his appointment.

The Office of Justice Programs administers grants on behalf of the Justice Department, with nearly 7,000 active grantstotaling $6 billion for the criminal and juvenile justice field, including federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, and community organizations. The funding supports a wide range of activities, including research and evaluation programs designed to encourage innovative programs to prevent and control crime, assist victims, and increase the capacity of state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

The Science Advisory Board holds at least two full meetings a year, and subcommittees look into a wide range of subjects involving criminal justice research and its use by practitioners. The areas reviewed last year included:

  • The role of science-based research in juvenile justice reform and the recommended practices under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention;
  • Program evaluations and methods that foster improved researcher-practitioner partnerships and the effort by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to translate for grantees and practitioners;
  • The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) project of the Bureau of Justice Statistics that involves developing nationally representative crime statistics through expansion of the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS); and
  • Efforts to increase the visibility and awareness of the National Institute of Justice forensic science research.

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