Monday, June 16 (10:30 a.m. – noon)
Michael S. Scott, Director, The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Captain John Annis, Raleigh (NC) Police Department
Ms. Deborah Lamm Weisel, Director of Police Research, North Carolina State University
Chief Rick Emerson, Chula Vista (CA) Police Department
Ms. Rana Sampson, Community Policing Associates
Public safety concerns such as speeding and theft of and from vehicles are chronic problems for many police agencies. In this panel, police leaders and consultants from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Chula Vista, California will share their approaches to these problems and report on their use of the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police (POP Guides - developed by the COPS Office) to examine and respond to these specific problems. Panelists will discuss their innovative approaches to the problems, why their old approaches did not work, the value of information collection and analysis in developing effective responses, and progress in addressing these recurring problems. Law enforcement personnel, city leaders, and others who are challenged by speeding and theft of and from vehicles will find this panel particularly informative.
Monday, June 16 (2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
Matt Lysakowski, Policy Analyst, COPS Office
Tom McEwen, Ph.D., Director of Research, The Institute for Law and Justice
Ms. Marjean Searcy, Methamphetamine Initiative Coordinator, Salt Lake City (UT) Police Department
Deputy District Attorney Lana Taylor, Salt Lake City (UT)
In 1998, the COPS Office began funding state and local law enforcement agencies to combat the production, distribution, and use of methamphetamine (meth). Six of the initial grants (Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Salt Lake City, Utah; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Little Rock, Arkansas) encouraged law enforcement agencies to respond to meth problems with advanced technologies and creative problem-solving strategies. This presentation will provide the results of an evaluation of this COPS Methamphetamine Initiative conducted by the Institute for Law and Justice and 21st Century Solutions. Topics will include the extent of the problem in each city, efforts conducted under the grants, results of the grants, and a cross-site analysis. Partnerships were a key component in all six sites. As an example of successful partnerships, the Salt Lake City Police Department will present on the multitude of methamphetamine issues they addressed through these partnerships including enhanced prosecution, training, public awareness, child endangerment, and increased law enforcement efforts. This presentation will be of interest to law enforcement officers and executives as well as community members interested in developing solutions and ideas for how agencies and communities can better deal with their own meth problems.
Monday, June 16 (3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Ms. Martie Nauseda, Management Analyst, COPS Office
Commissioner Patrick J. Carroll, New Rochelle (NY) Police Department
Detective Sergeant Alan B. Curboy, Sturbridge (MA) Police Department
Sergeant Mitch Hicks, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Hood River, OR
The three panelist agencies are prime examples of successful community policing implementation: each employed the SARA model and partnered with citizens and other stakeholders in developing their projects. The New Rochelle Police Department (NRPD) created the Robert Hartley Housing Complex Project in 1999. The NRPD will discuss the process by which the police department and community joined in an ongoing effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in the six-block area of the Robert Hartley Housing Complex. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission will discuss its efforts to improve marine safety among Native Americans who engage in subsistence and commercial fishing in the Columbia River area. Through improved officer training, increased public awareness, and the development of enforceable laws for adoption by tribal government, the Commission has been instrumental in preventing boating accidents and drownings. The Sturbridge Police Department will highlight its Student Traffic Observation Program (S.T.O.P.), borne out of citizen concern about speeding. This issue rated highly among surveyed citizen concerns because of its impact on the quality of life in the community. By working with citizens, partnering with the local high school, and involving students, this program was instrumental in increasing the adherence to traffic laws and ultimately reducing speeding in key areas of the city. These smaller law enforcement agencies used problem-solving models to greatly enhance their projects’ likelihood of success. This panel discussion will benefit police agencies of any size that wish to adopt or increase their use of problem-solving methods within their communities.
Tuesday, June 17 (10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Tim Johnson, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice
Ms. Betsy Lindsay, Supervisor, Crime Unit, Los Angeles County (CA) Housing Authority
Captain Terry Holderness, Field Services Division, Fontana (CA) Police Department
Officer Steven J. Brochu, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department
Members of this panel will discuss how they succeeded in significantly decreasing crime and building trust and cooperation through partnerships with citizens and other local stakeholders. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) identified robberies of residents in predominantly Hispanic apartment communities as a significant problem. The CMPD will demonstrate how the process used to respond to this problem has been successfully replicated in five additional predominantly Hispanic apartment communities. The Fontana Police Department (FPD) will discuss how it has reduced crime in areas where “problem properties” exist. Partnering with property owners and the City Housing Department, the FPD identified properties having the highest number of calls for service. The FPD’s presentation will focus on its use of the SARA model and housing-related resources to rehabilitate target areas. This program is seen as a significant factor in a 63 percent citywide reduction in crime since 1998 and a reduction in reported crimes as high as 58 percent in targeted neighborhoods in one year. The Los Angeles County Public Housing Authority (HACoLA) will discuss a comprehensive Housing Management Model that has resulted in significant reductions in crime in public and Section 8 housing. The heart of the model is a team involving law enforcement, residents, and community agencies at each site. The presentation will provide an overview of the model’s components, program impact, and lessons learned for replication. This presentation will be of interest to those dealing with housing and property problems in their communities and those interested in learning about using partnerships to address community problems.
Tuesday, July 17 (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
Ms. Nancy Leach, Acting Assistant Director, COPS Office
Mr. Robert M. Nannini, Staff Services Manager, California Highway Patrol
Deputy Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow, California Highway Patrol
Constable Earl Fletcher, Halton (Canada) Regional Police Service
Sergeant Paul Garner, Halton (Canada) Regional Police Service
Problem-solving remains the cornerstone of successful community policing strategies. Excellence in problem-solving is recognized annually by the Police Executive Research Forum’s annual Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing competition. This panel features the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the 2001 and 2002 Goldstein Award Winner and 2002 finalist Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS). Workshop speakers will discuss the problem-solving process and its application to public safety concerns. Each will present an overview of its award-winning projects. Both presentations will feature the application of the SARA process as it relates to the CHP’s Corridor Safety Program, the CHP’s Safety and Farm Labor Vehicle Program, and HRPS’ Let’s Dance project. Let’s Dance focuses on a community’s collaborative response to the problems created by an all-ages nightclub. This panel will appeal to all those interested in implementing the problem-solving process to address public safety issues in their communities.
Tuesday, June 17 (3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Matthew Scheider, Ph.D., Senior Social Science Analyst, COPS Office
Professor Timothy O’Shea, University of South AlabamaDr. Rachel Boba, Director Crime Mapping and Problem Analysis Laboratory, Police Foundation
Ms. Mary Velasco, Research Associate, Police Foundation
Effective problem-solving requires the in-depth analysis of the underlying conditions that give rise to community problems. The COPS Office recognizes the need to increase the capability of law enforcement agencies to engage in problem analysis activities to develop effective solutions to community problems. This workshop will detail two COPS-funded projects dealing with crime analysis and problem analysis issues. The first is a presentation of findings from a national survey and site visits of crime analysis units conducted by the University of South Alabama. The policy implications of this research for the enhancement and development of crime analysis units will be presented. The second presentation results from a forum of experts convened by the COPS Office and the Police Foundation who discussed and clarified the notion of problem analysis and who worked to differentiate it from crime analysis. The results of this forum as well as the details of a problem analysis training program conducted by the Police Foundation will be presented. This session will be of interest to crime analysts, law enforcement executives, and police problem-solvers interested in expanding their capacity to analyze community problems and in improving their crime analysis capabilities.
Wednesday, June 18 (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
Ms. Terri Kelly, Director, Community Outreach and Support Department, National Crime Prevention Conference
Officer C. W. Bannerman, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department
Ms. Tracy Bahm, Director, Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
Detective Howard E. Black, Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department/DVERT
The criminal justice system, law enforcement, and victim advocates have long struggled with addressing the complicated process of investigating domestic violence crimes, holding perpetrators accountable, and supporting victims. This presentation will offer examples of how community policing addresses domestic violence and the necessity of community involvement. The National Center for Victims of Crime instituted the Stalking Resource Center and will provide an overview of what it means to coordinate responses to domestic violence and stalking victims, the impact of such coordinated efforts on victim safety, and provide examples of communities that have successfully addressed these issues. The Colorado Springs Police Department Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) will discuss a newly created program designed to reach local victims of domestic violence through active community-involved problem solving. DVERT’s Community Problem-Oriented Policing (Community POP) Program attempts to address the needs of victims not entering the traditional law enforcement or advocacy systems through partnerships between law enforcement, community groups, businesses, and citizens, and will discuss the findings of this program and potential responses for outreach. The Baker One District of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) was concerned about an increase in domestic assaults, and created the Baker One Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention Project in response. The CMPD will discuss the process that leads to identifying, intervening, and tracking incidents of domestic violence. The goal of the intervention is to build on the resources already available to victims and focus on prosecuting abusers. This workshop will be of interest to those seeking to develop effective solutions to their own domestic violence problems.