Crime Prevention

The Impact of Body Worn Cameras: The Phoenix SPI

On December 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST, the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) will present a webinar titled “The Impact of Body Worn Cameras: The Phoenix SPI”. This webinar will be co-presented by Commander Michael Kurtenbach of the Phoenix Police Department and Dr. Charles Katz from Arizona State University (ASU).

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently released a publication, Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned, which provides promising practices, lessons learned, and guidelines for law enforcement agencies considering adoption of a body-worn camera program.

The Evidence Behind Swift and Certain Sanctions in Community Supervision

Historically, many community supervision agencies have had few meaningful intermediate sanctions for when offenders are found in violation; agencies have had the unenviable task of trying to improve offender accountability with few tools to increase compliance. In an effort to enhance offender accountability, many localities over the last decade have tested programs to improve the speed and certainty of intermediate sanctions.

This October marks the 30th annual celebration of National Crime Prevention Month. Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has designated October as the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer communities.

On September 29, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason launched the Violence Reduction Network (VRN), a national comprehensive approach to reduce violent crime in communities around the country.

The Urban Institute, in coordination with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), released a policy brief titled Improving Recidivism as a Performance Measure. The policy brief outlines the essential elements states should use when defining, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating recidivism data. These four elements are described as:

Please join the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) webinar, The Importance of the Chief Executive in Smart Policing, on Wednesday, September 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be facilitated by Edward F. Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner.

Please join the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) webinar, Inside the Beltway: A Look at the State of Criminal Justice Funding and Legislation in DC, on Wednesday, September 17 at 3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will feature an interactive discussion with  NCJA Director of Government Affairs Elizabeth Pyke about the status of current legislation, the federal budget process, and appropriations issues.

BJA NTTAC is offering resources to the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau (PPB) to facilitate the delivery of Crime Analysis on Demand training and technical assistance (TTA) resources. Through the TTA resources, the PPB aims to improve workflow and processes in order to advance operations as they see an increase in demand for crime analysis.