|Office of Community
Oriented Policing Services
U.S. Department of Justice
Monday, June 16, 2003 (10:30 a.m. – noon)
Gerard Murphy, Senior Research Associate, Police Executive Research Forum
Secretary Edward Flynn, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
Chief J. Thomas Manger, Fairfax County (VA) Police Department
Chief Jim Burack, Milliken (CO) Police Department
Three law enforcement chief executives will explore the role of community policing agencies in the fight against terrorism. The presenters will discuss how the fight against terrorism has affected law enforcement agencies, how they have improved their agencies’ responses by using effective strategies for addressing terrorism while continuing to advance community policing efforts, and the contentious issues and potential initiatives that could impede the continued evolution of community policing. The presenters will collaboratively discuss how a COPS-funded executive session convened by the Police Executive Research Forum improved their agencies. Discussions will focus around the relationship between local police agencies and federal law enforcement with respect to effective cooperation and information sharing. The chiefs and secretary will discuss how improving the understanding of each agency’s capabilities, how it achieves success, and how mutual understanding can lead to effective cooperation. They will focus also on the community policing tactics their departments are using to protect and exchange information with multi-cultural communities. The chiefs will address how their local agencies face challenges when responding to hate crimes, including resisting pressures to engage in bias-based policing and profiling, and reducing fear of terrorism and crime. The issues are related to providing police services consistent with the principles of a democratic society and community policing.
Monday, June 16, 2003 (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. participants should bring their own lunch)
Ms. Nancy Leach, Acting Assistant Director, COPS Office
Michael S. Scott, Director, The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Building upon the success of the popular Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Series, in 2002 the COPS Office funded the creation of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. This week, COPS is pleased to announce the launch of the web site for the “POP Center.” The mission of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems. The POP Center is a non-profit organization comprised of affiliated police practitioners, researchers, and universities dedicated to the advancement of problem-oriented policing. The POP Center web site contains a comprehensive, searchable knowledge base of available research concerning problem-oriented policing and specific crime and disorder problems. This on-line knowledge base includes enhanced versions of the existing Problem-Oriented Guides as well as other tools and resources related to problem-oriented policing such as the project reports for winners and finalists of the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing, links to recommended readings and resources, and an interactive learning module. Special attention has been paid to making the information easily accessible and useful to its primary users—police practitioners and problem-oriented researchers.
Monday, June 16, 2003 (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
Mr. Arthur Williams, Grant Monitoring Specialist, COPS Office
Lieutenant John Skipper, Redondo Beach (CA) Police Department
Mr. Mike Webb, City Prosecutor, Redondo Beach (CA) Police Department
Patricia Rushing, Ph.D., Regional Institute for Community Policing, Springfield, IL
Lieutenant John Buckovich, Richmond (VA) Police Department
Law enforcement agencies have devised emergency plans and established agreements with other agencies to respond to various types of emergencies. However, after incidents such as Columbine and September 11, law enforcement officials have revisited their emergency plans to determine the most effective ways of responding to catastrophic events. This panel will focus on various types of collaborative efforts that law enforcement agencies establish to address emergency situations. The Redondo Beach Police Department developed a local/regional response to terrorism designed to work in concert with collateral efforts at the county, state, and federal level. The strategy employs resources from a variety of government organizations, local businesses, the community, and non-profit groups. Richmond Police Department representatives will discuss how they improved the flow of communication between law enforcement agencies and citizens through the formulation of a Terrorism Advisory Council. They will also provide information to help local departments interested in implementing a Terrorist Advisory Council in their community. Finally, speakers from the Illinois Regional Community Policing Institute will provide information about the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System. This system provides immediate additional law enforcement manpower and equipment at the scene of emergencies or catastrophic events – natural or manmade. The concept fosters collaboration between public safety entities and encourages statewide emergency planning. This panel will be of particular value to line officers and command staff involved with developing and improving emergency plans, Mutual Aid, and specialized response units (e.g., SWAT units).
Monday, June 16 (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Sandra Webb, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst COPS Office
Associate Deputy Director Eileen Garry, Bureau of Justice Assistance, US Department of Justice
David Crane, FBI
Darrell Darnell, Lead Training Program Specialist, Office for Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security
Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, a variety of federal agencies have been working hard to provide training and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies to meet the new demands placed on them in a post 9/11 world. Agencies of the federal government have recognized the fact that the terrorist threat, though global in nature, is very much a local problem with specific local needs. This presentation will focus on some of the training and technical assistance resources available to state and local law enforcement agencies through their federal partners. The resources that will be discussed have been tailored to the specific needs of state and local law enforcement agencies and their unique role in addressing the threats of terrorism and the fear of terrorism in their communities.
Tuesday, June 17 (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
Executive Director Chuck Wexler, the Police Executive Research Forum
Assistant Chief Broadbent , Special Services Command, Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Police Department
Chief Gerald Wilson, Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department
Sheriff Stewart Cooke, Hanover County Virginia
Colonel Tom Manger, Chief of Fairfax County (VA) Police Department
Colonel Charlie Deane, Chief of Prince William County (VA) Police Department
Special Agent Gary Bald, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Special Agent Michael Bouchard, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Captain Drew Tracy, Montgomery County (MD) Police Department
This session will be a review of lessons learned during a multi-jurisdictional and high-profile serial murder investigation. The panelists will relate their perspectives on how different law enforcement agencies were able to coordinate their resources and efforts to investigate and capture the Washington area snipers. Of particular interest to conference attendees will be the issues of jurisdiction, command, community fear, information coordination and sharing, media management, resource allocation and sharing, and internal cooperation among the federal, state, and local law enforcement executives. The issues will be presented in short summaries and addressed in greater depth through questions and answers involving all participants and the audience.
Tuesday, June 17 (10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Ms. Pam Cammarata, Acting Deputy Director for Support, COPS Office
Ms. Kelly Harris, SEARCH
Ms. Rachel Boba, Ph.D., Police Foundation
Ms. Mary Velasco, Research Associate, Police Foundation
Mr. Louis Smit, Kitsap County (WA) Coroner’s Office
Mr. Paul Moskvin,
Mr. John Graham
Advancements in science and technology continually enhance our ability to protect citizens, reduce fear, and secure our homeland. This presentation highlights three successful projects that use technology to improve law enforcement responses, ensure homeland security, and facilitate forensic investigations. The first presentation reminds us that state and local law enforcement must implement technology and infrastructure that enables a broad exchange of information with the community, officers on the street, other justice partners, public and health agencies, and state and federal homeland security offices. The session will identify the emerging roles and responsibilities of local law enforcement in building effective and efficient homeland security capabilities nationwide. The next presentation emphasizes the importance of problem analysis and mapping solutions for local homeland security efforts. The presenters will examine and demonstrate the use of mapping for immediate response to terrorist events, long-term research on homeland security, and local risk assessment and planning. Finally, the last presentation will demonstrate a newly deployed computer system that offers the ability to connect medical examiners and coroners throughout the nation, and gives first responders access to real-time information. The system offers a comprehensive solution for the forensic needs of medicolegal and law enforcement agencies, and provides a common national infrastructure that serves multiple agencies at all levels of government. The overall workshop will appeal to individuals who are interested in learning about technological advancements that improve homeland security efforts as well as agencies that are interested in interoperability and sharing data and information across jurisdictions.
Tuesday, June 17 (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
Ms. Amanda Watts, Grant Program Specialist, COPS
David Rogers, Program Manager, Western Community Policing Center
The COPS Office partnered with the Western Community Policing Center (WCPC) in 1999 to begin a series of highly successful community policing training workshops aimed at developing collaborative problem-solving teams in Native American communities. Since 9/11, communities across the nation have placed greater emphasis on homeland security training. The WCPC believes that it is essential that the basic elements of the community policing philosophy be a central component of this type of training. “Homeland Security Training for Indian Country” was created with this approach in mind. All members of the community are invited to attend. The training provides a history and background on homeland security issues. Students receive training in team development, team process, and team performance. Homeland security resource information from across the nation is shared. Teams are asked to explore their own communities and develop action plans for homeland security programs that are relevant to their areas. Creating partnerships with agencies outside the tribal area is encouraged. Instructors are primarily tribal members who provide training with that perspective in mind. Other programs including the “National Indian Youth Police Academy” and “Improving Tribal Police - Local Law Enforcement Relationships” are included as examples of additional training opportunities. This presentation will be of value to both tribal and non-tribal law enforcement personnel, community leaders, and citizens that are interested in developing or participating in their own homeland security training.
Tuesday, June 17 (3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Mr. Albert Pearsall, Senior Policy Analyst, COPS Office
The threat of domestic terrorism presents state, local, and tribal law enforcement with new challenges in protecting the communities that they serve. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have sought new and effective methods to protect our homeland, and have come to realize that the tried and true philosophy of community policing is more important now than ever before. The Texas RCPI will provide a review of core community policing principles and discuss how successful community policing leads to effective homeland security, and will provide a framework for addressing fear reduction, prevention, informed partnerships, and problem-solving. The International Association of Chiefs of Police will discuss how national-scope programs such as the Citizens Corps, part of the White House’s Freedom Corps initiative, have been adapted to help communities better respond to emergencies and domestic terrorism events. Participants will learn how partnerships with citizens and law enforcement can be encouraged through education, outreach, training, and volunteer service. Information will be shared on how law enforcement and citizen collaborations and partnerships can be nurtured through an expanded Neighborhood Watch Program, Volunteers In Police Service, and Community Emergency Response Teams. This panel will benefit both line officers and command staff who want to build partnerships with the citizens they serve, and thus strengthen their communities’ abilities to secure our homeland against terrorism.
Director Phillip Lyons, Ph.D., Texas Regional Community Policing Institute
Randy Garner, Ph.D., Texas Regional Community Policing Institute
Mr. Vincent Talucci, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Wednesday, June 18 (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
William Matthews, Executive Director, Community Policing Consortium
David L. Carter, Ph.D., COPS RCPI at Wichita State University and Professor, Michigan State University
David Crane, Supervisory Special Agent, Counterterrorism and Strategic Training Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation
The COPS Office, the FBI, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) agreed to collaborate in providing counterterrorism training resources to state and local law enforcement in March 2003. This counterterrorism training module is the first fruit of that collaborative initiative. Drawing on the resources of the COPS Office, the FBI, and BJA, this course will address counterterrorism issues faced by law enforcement executives. Specifically, it will focus on counterterrorism policy and resource issues, provide an overview of domestic and international terrorism and its impact on local communities, and suggest ways to secure additional counterterrorism resources. This workshop will be of value to law enforcement executives and command staff that want a short primer on counterterrorism management issues and information about how to acquire additional counterterrorism resources for their agencies.