Law Enforcement

In 2008, there were six overdose deaths related to heroin use in Hennepin County (MN); four years later, that number had climbed to 56. The community knew that something needed to be done to address the epidemic. Just over a year ago, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office enacted a law to become the first law enforcement agency in Minnesota to have its deputies carry the drug naloxone, which can reverse the fatal overdose effects of heroin. Since enacting the law, at least a half dozen Hennepin County-area law enforcement agencies have agreed to use the drug.

Smart Policing Initiative Webinar - Criminology 102: Busted Myths in Criminology

On December 14, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (Eastern), the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) will present the webinar "Criminology 102: Busted Myths in Criminology". This webinar will be presented by Dr. Scott Decker, SPI Subject Matter Expert and Foundation Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. The past two decades of research have challenged many conventional assumptions about crime and criminal justice.

APPA Institute Workshop (Winter 2016): Enhancing Community Supervision: Research Results on Perceptions of Police-Probation/Parole Partnerships

While several studies exist concerning law enforcement perceptions of police-probation/parole partnerships, few have examined probation/parole perceptions. For those studies that do include such perceptions they have been local and qualitative in nature. This workshop will cover the results of a nationwide study examining probation/parole perspectives of partnerships with law enforcement. The study used a survey to determine favorableness to partnerships with law enforcement in relation to a variety of important concepts including partnership typology, respect for officers’ role, benefits to the officers’ and department’s operations, crime reduction potential, mission distortion, mission creep, leadership support, stalking horse incidents, rehabilitative ideology, barriers to partnership (e.g., funding), training needs, and a variety of individual and organizational demographics. In addition, a separate study conducted in Pennsylvania examining perceptions of partnerships by Police Chiefs, compared to that of Probation/Parole Chiefs, will also be discussed.

ACA Winter Conference 2016

The annual winter American Correctional Association conference is being held in New Orleans, LA. The PREA Resource Center proposed 5 conference presentations, 4 of which were accepted. The PRC is coordinating all aspects of the presentation development including confirming presenters, reviewing and approving presentation slides, and moderating all presentations. Some PRC staff are also primary presenters in 2 of the sessions.

Please join the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) on Tuesday, December 1 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET for the “Strategic Crime Analysis: Reducing Hot Spots and Solving Problems” webinar. This webinar is part of the Building Analytical Capacity Initiative.

BJA/IADLEST Webinar - Strategic Crime Analysis: Reducing Hot Spots and Solving Problems

A key element of crime reduction is tackling long-term and chronic hot spots and other problems: multiple crimes with common factors whose recurrence can often be predicted. Such long-term problems rarely respond to enforcement and arrests, but must be solved with targeted strategies aimed at removing the opportunity for the crimes to occur. 

The Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center recently posted a blog authored by Major Joe McHale, Violent Crime Enforcement Division Commander of the Kansas City, MO Police Department (KCPD). In this post, Major McHale shared how his department used social network analysis (SNA) to improve the KCPD’s effectiveness and efficiency.