International conference to help police fight crime

A partnership of Penn State, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Atlantic Police Academy aims to equip police agencies to maximize resources

University Park, Pa. — Budget cuts are plaguing police departments worldwide because of the global economic climate. Los Angeles, for example, has stopped hiring police officers and eliminated a new recruit class; Atlanta officials have hiked property taxes to end furloughs for police and firefighters, and in East St. Louis, Ill., a police officer commended at a City Council meeting for capturing a murder suspect was laid off the same day. What can police departments do? The 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing aims to provide strategies and tools to help police maximize their resources. The conference is planned for May 6–7, 2010, in Baltimore.

"The most important element for fighting crime today is information and how you use it," said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. "Police departments need the best possible technology and information to develop and implement effective strategies and tactics to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their communities."

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy, Prince Edward Island, have created a partnership to educate and train law enforcement executive and command staff, government managers, research professionals, criminal justice professors and community leaders. This is the first in a series of international policing conferences that will be held in alternate years in the United States and Canada.

Edgar MacLeod, executive director of the Atlantic Police Academy, has been involved in law enforcement for 34 years. He said, "The most pressing police challenge today is the increased accountability placed on police leaders and the increased pressure to provide effective and efficient public safety in our communities. Never before has the challenge been so great to deliver higher-level service without the corresponding resources."

Peter Cuthbert, executive director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), said, "The CACP looks forward to partnering with Penn State Justice and Safety Institute and the Atlantic Police Academy to participate in this inaugural international conference. The focus on the challenges in policing and the identification of best practices and potential solutions in maximizing resources to improve efficiencies and reduce crime is essential and at an opportune time."

Conference participants will have opportunities to learn how to do more with less, as well as about the latest knowledge and best practices for effective results-driven policing from police departments successfully using these methods to fight crime. The format for sessions will be similar to town hall meetings, where participants can ask questions of speakers. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the importance of obtaining and sharing information in policing, how to increase accountability and effectiveness, develop force multipliers, link strategies and tactics, and predict and plan for the future.

In addition, a select group of exhibitors will be invited to attend the conference and exhibit their products and services, DeStefano explained.

"The whole agenda of this conference is about how we use data to develop more vibrant partnerships for better policing and improved public safety," MacLeod said.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://jasi.outreach.psu.edu/leConference/index.html#home online.

Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skills—something it has been doing for more than 38 years. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. JASI is the sole provider of mandated basic training to Pennsylvania's deputy sheriffs and has developed and administers the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute. It also has conducted child support enforcement services for New Jersey and Delaware. For more information, visit http://jasi.outreach.psu.edu/online. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (http://www.cacp.ca/index/main) is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

Atlantic Police Academy (http://www.hollandcollege.com/atlantic_police_academy/), a division of Holland College, is the pre-eminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

 

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Last Updated November 18, 2010