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New Publication – Improving Police: What’s Craft Got to Do with It?

IAP 16_Willis_1_Page_01In 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. However, improvements in policing rest heavily on the shoulders of those who do policing at the coalface, and patrol officers have long thought of the way they perform their work not as a science but as a craft. Not much attention has focused on how scientific and craft knowledge might contribute to one another in mutually supportive ways, and yet any attempt to improve police performance must take into account the views of those who constitute any department’s largest resource.This essay considers what a true marriage of craft and science might look like for guiding the decisions of rank-and-file officers in two domains relevant to police practice: (1) advancing knowledge about what works and (2) making decisions about the right thing to do.In doing so, it hopes to illuminate some possibilities for reform that policymakers, practitioners, and researchers might consider in their efforts to improve the police of the future. Read More & Share

BJS Arrest Data Analysis Tool Updated With 2011 Data

As of June 7, 2013, the dynamic Arrest Data Analysis Tool has been updated to include 2011 data, the latest year available. This also updates an incorrect version of the 2011 data that were available in the tool from May 31 through June 6. The tool allows you to generate graphs and tables of arrests from 1980 through the latest year. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many different offenses. This tool also enables you to view local arrests. Read More & Share

2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award: Call for Nominations

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, US Department of Justice, is seeking nominations for the 2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. The Sutin Civic Imagination Award recognizes the efforts of collaborative partnerships within the community. This honor is bestowed upon a team of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interaction has transformed public safety in their community. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 24, 2013, at 5:00 PM EST. More information can be found here. Read More & Share

Jim Bueermann Attends White House Meeting on Gun Legislation

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann met with Vice President Biden at the White House on May 2, along with other law enforcement leaders, to discuss continued efforts to pass gun control legislation. Three weeks after bipartisan gun-control legislation was defeated in the Senate, the vice president conferred with law enforcement leaders on a renewed effort to expand background checks and close loopholes on gun trafficking. According to Bueermann, “There is optimism about the passage of reasoned gun legislation.” Read More & Share

3D-Printed Firearm Successfully Fired for the First Time

A Texas man successfully fired the first bullet from a 3D-printed firearm on Saturday, May 5, raising new security concerns and prompting calls for a ban on such weapons. Plastic guns are not detectable by metal detectors, and policymakers and law enforcement officials expressed concern about security vulnerabilities posed by such weapons. Read More & Share

Partner News: Two Police Chiefs Honored at 2013 Innocence Network Conference

The Innocence Network honored two innovative police chiefs last week at the annual Innocence Network Conference for their work to reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions: William G. Brooks, III, Chief of the Norwood, Massachusetts Police Department, and Darrel Stephens, former Chief of the Charlotte Police Department. More information can be found at the following link. Read More & Share

New Publication: Police independent oversight in Australia and New Zealand

15614263.2013.767093.fp_.png_v03Congratulations 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. Read More & Share

Challenges to Policing Terrorism in Pakistan: A Police Foundation Report

In this paper, Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir, Deputy Inspector General of the Police Service of Pakistan, and a 2012-13 Humphrey Fellow, describes the range of challenges facing Pakistan’s domestic security. Pakistan’s police force is underresourced, poorly trained, badly paid, low in morale, and viewed with suspicion. Terrorist attacks have escalated in the last decade, and law enforcement in Pakistan needs significant reform in order to effectively counter the increasing terrorism and insurgency that is gripping the nation. Read More & Share