A town-gown task force examining the relationship between law enforcement and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the Penn State community made public its final report with recommendations today (July 18).
As tensions remain high between citizens and police in many communities across the nation, a Pennsylvania police department has reached out to Penn State researchers for help using prevention science to both prevent crime and strengthen police-community relations.
In an effort to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the Penn State community, a new town-gown task force has been reviewing best practices and developing observations and recommendations in a report to be released later this spring.
The Teaching International Program at Penn State Greater Allegheny will feature a presentation, "An Ethnographic Portrait of Drug Dealing and Policing in a Small Black Town," from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center on campus. The presenter will be Waverly Duck, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.
When Penn State Berks Lecturer in English Composition Justin De Senso was deciding on a project for his Writing in the Social Sciences (English 202A) course, he had to look no further than the media headlines. The ongoing series of protests and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and throughout the country sparked the idea to take a fresh approach to the topic of the local community’s perception of their police force. De Senso assigned his class to interview and write short biographies of members of the Reading Police Department; the biographies will be compiled for publication into a book later this year.
In an era of ever-tightening budgets and shrinking resources, law enforcement must forge new partnerships to succeed. Partnerships and collaboration are the focus of the 2013 International Conference on Policing in the 21st Century - Leading for a Successful Tomorrow, which will be held May 17-18 in Arlington, Va. The conference, co-sponsored by Penn State's Justice and Safety Institute, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Atlantic Police Academy, part of Canada's Holland College, will feature speakers from across the United States and Canada from local and regional law enforcement, education, government and the private sector.
Penn State's Justice and Safety Institute (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.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The investigation continues into the knife assault of a woman on the bike trail yesterday afternoon by a suspect who is still at large. After revisiting the scene with the victim, police have confirmed that the trail between Sunset Park and the Penn State Arboretum -- about 2 miles from central campus -- is part of Penn State's property, and the Penn State University Police will now be leading the investigation. Initially, it was believed that the assault took place in Ferguson Township. Police are conducting additional canvassing of the areas where the assailant was seen or is believed to have possibly traveled. Additional information about the assailant follows: white male wearing all black clothing; black puffy jacket; black knit hat and carrying a black backpack; unknown facial hair. Initially, it was believed that the assault took place in Ferguson Township. Police are conducting additional canvassing of the areas where the assailant was seen or is believed to have possibly traveled. Additional information about the assailant follows: white male wearing all black clothing; black puffy jacket; black knit hat and carrying a black backpack; unknown facial hair.
For some police departments, social media is a useful weapon in the fight against crime. At an upcoming international symposium, "Policing in the 21st Century," an expert from Canada and a Texas police chief will train attendees on how to use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to fight crime and to interact with the public. The two-day international leadership conference, sponsored by Penn State's Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) and the Atlantic Police Academy, a law enforcement training institution in Canada, will take place May 17-18, 2013, in Arlington, Va.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- University Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred in a residence hall in South Halls on the University Park campus sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. Individuals, some of whom were known to the victim, sexually assaulted this student within the residence hall. The suspects are described as college age, African American males. One suspect is described as wearing a red baseball cap, striped tank top and athletic shorts. Anyone with information about this crime should call University Police at (814) 863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME.
University Police are attempting to identify a vehicle and its driver in connection with a criminal mischief and theft incident. The vehicle was seen on camera damaging property at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 28 around Beaver Stadium. Damage caused by the vehicle included damage to gates, driving on the grass and knocking down two signs, including a "Paternoville" marker, which the driver then took from the scene. Police have identified the vehicle as as a gray or silver Toyota Camry with after-market hub caps. The vehicle should have substantial damage to the passenger side front and rear door, be missing the front passenger side hubcap, as well as have damage to the front bumper. Please contact University Police with any information pertaining to the identity of the driver.
Penn State University Police are investigating several incidents in which an unknown male contacted multiple female students offering them $500 Victoria's Secret gift cards. The male would refuse to identify himself and also would request to meet the students in person. Anyone who has experienced similar activity or has any information should contact University Police at 814-863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME. Those providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000. Anonymous tips can be submitted at http://www.police.psu.edu/witness/ online.
Penn State Police continue to investigate a burglary that occurred in Willard Building at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10. University Police are attempting to identify an individual seen on a surveillance camera.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Penn State University Police at 814-863-1111 or Centre County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-99-CRIME. Callers may remain anonymous or may visit the Penn State University Police Silent Witness Web Site
Penn State Beaver has announced four faculty and staff appointments effective for the spring semester. Ana Beatriz Areas da Luz Fontes was named assistant professor of psychology, and Tiffany L. MacQuarrie was appointed instructor in English. Barbara Jean Bertges has been named assistant athletic director, and Anthony W. Budris is the new police services supervisor.