The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 2 | Issue 10 | October 2009

International POP Conference Marks 20th Anniversary

This November will mark the 20th anniversary of the annual International Problem-Oriented Policing Conference (POP Conference). The mission of the POP Conference is to expand the body of knowledge in the police profession about how crime, disorder, and other public safety problems can be addressed most effectively. The hallmark of the conference is the presentation of the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. First introduced in 1993, this award recognizes outstanding police officers and police agencies—both in the United States and around the world—that engage in innovative and effective problem-solving efforts and achieve measurable success in reducing specific crime, disorder, and public safety problems. This international competition is named after the founder of problem-oriented policing, University of Wisconsin emeritus Professor Herman Goldstein, and administered by the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. (The award program was administered by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) from 1993–2007.) Since the award was created, more than 1,700 projects have been submitted for consideration and it has come to be considered one of the more prestigious awards in policing.

One of the distinguishing features of the POP Conference is that attendees bring different professional perspectives to the event. Attendees range from line-level police officers to supervisors, executives, analysts, researchers, and other professionals who work with police. This has resulted in a conference that encourages its attendees to seek out and engage fellow attendees whom they ordinarily would not meet at other conferences to share ideas and exchange information. Attendee evaluations from past conferences have given the event consistently high ratings with many describing it as the most substantive policing conference they have ever attended.

In many respects, the body of work currently being produced by the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is the culmination of work inspired or fostered by lessons learned at past POP conferences. During the past 20 years, police, government, and community members have done a substantial amount of problem-oriented police work that can be organized, synthesized, and disseminated back to the field to inform and inspire even more and better problem-oriented police work.

The 20th International Problem-Oriented Policing Conference will be held on November 2–4, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The conference will feature more than 25 workshops, including sessions on auto theft, disorder in apartment complexes, open-air drug markets, community development, implementing problem-oriented policing, crime and disorder and motels and hotels, and graffiti, among many others. For more information about this year's conference, to view the full agenda, or to register, please visit


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