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Video from the Ideas in American Policing Lecture

We would like to thank everyone that helped to make Dr. Anthony Braga’s Ideas in American Policing lecture a success. Dr. Braga presented on his experience working as an embedded criminologist and the necessity of close collaboration between law enforcement agencies and researchers. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry. Read More & Share

Welcome Dan Woods to the Police Foundation!

We are excited to announce the addition of Daniel Woods, PhD to the Police Foundation family. Dan joins the Foundation as a Senior Research Associate. His research interests include evidence-based crime policy, place-based crime prevention, community policing, and procedural justice and legitimacy. Prior to coming to the Police Foundation, Dan was a research assistant at the Police Executive Research Forum.

We welcome Dan to the Foundation and look forward to the expertise he will bring to the organization. Read More & Share

Special Webinar on Criminal Justice Technology: 12 September 2013

Considerations in the Deployment of Law Enforcement Technology

Law enforcement and first responder personnel require new technology to protect the public and perform their duties effectively and efficiently. Nonetheless, law enforcement and related agencies cannot afford to hire full-time scientists, engineers, and technologists to develop and manage technology deployments. As a result, a wide range of law enforcement officers and civilians are given the responsibility for executing technology programs on behalf of their agencies but lack the training to make the best informed plans and decisions. Read More & Share

Executive Fellow Ellen Scrivner Recognized by APA for Outstanding Executive Leadership in Advancing Public Service Psychology

Dr. Ellen Scrivner received the 2013 Harold M. Hildreth Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service, on August 3 at the APA Annual Convention in Honolulu. The Hildreth Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by the division, and recognizes exceptional career achievements and contributions. Read More & Share

Chief Farrar, Police Foundation Executive Fellow, Receives Award from Society of Evidence-Based Policing

farrar award alex murray and tony farrar_0The Society of Evidence-Based Policing presented its 2013 Award for Excellence in Evidence-Based Policing to Chief Tony Farrar at the 2013 Conference on Evidence-Based Policing at the University of Cambridge (UK) in July. The award is given annually for outstanding policing research that advances the evidence base in policing and informs police practice.

Chief Farrar’s extensive yearlong study evaluated the effect of body-worn video cameras on police use-of-force and citizen complaints. This randomized controlled trial 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. The findings suggest more than a 50 percent reduction in the total number of incidents of use-of-force compared to control-conditions, and nearly ten times more citizens’ complaints in the 12 months prior to the experiment. Read More & Share

Police Foundation Conducting Review of Christopher Dorner Incident

The Police Foundation has assembled a team of veteran law enforcement experts to review the law enforcement response to Christopher Dorner’s deadly rampage in Southern California last February, which claimed several victims, including law enforcement officers. The review team–retired Sacramento police chief and Police Foundation executive fellow Rick Braziel; former Pasadena police chief Bernard Melekian, who is also the former director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; and Susan Rahr, the retired sheriff of King County, WA–expects to release its report this fall.

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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. Read More & Share

Dr. Louis A. Mayo, A Leader in Developing Best Practices in Policing

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Dr. Louis A. Mayo of Lake Anna, Virginia, passed away in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. He is survived by his three children, Louis Allen Mayo III, Robert Lawrence Mayo, and Carolyn Jean Mayo Fritz, four grandchildren, Cara Mayo, Carleigh Mayo, Kelly Mayo, and Harrison Fritz, and his sister Eloise Mayo. Dr. Mayo received a BA degree in Criminology in 1952 from California State University, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Public Administration from American University. Dr. Mayo served as a first Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as an electronics countermeasures expert and served three U.S. presidents as a Secret Service Agent on the White House detail. The day after President Kennedy was shot, Dr. Mayo received a call from the White House to immediately return to Washington to assist in the investigation. Read More & Share

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