Developments over the last couple of weeks paved the path to a movement that demands defunding of law enforcement – a seemingly simplistic, even counterintuitive solution to ineffective policing. Law enforcement agencies are now motivated more than ever to prove the value in their services and how law enforcement agencies losing funding would mean even greater challenges given the existing issue in violent gun crimes.
This webinar’s instructors are Bob Troyer and Tom Brandon. Bob was the United States Attorney in Colorado from 2016 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as the First Assistant US Attorney and a line criminal prosecutor. His pioneering work on NIBIN-based violent crime strategy landed him the PSN Outstanding Contribution Award from the US Attorney General. Meanwhile, Tom Brandon is the Director of North American Sales and Intelligence Strategy at Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology. He is retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) where he worked as a special agent, supervisor, manager, and executive.
This session provides insights on how law enforcement agencies can obtain the buy-in of the elected officials, the community, and their critics as to how policing can be improved. Specifics include:
- The reason why amidst calls to defund, not affording a violent crime reduction program is futile, as exhibited by the costs of these crimes.
- The type of precision-policing that must be utilized and how it can overcome calls for defunding.
- Things to consider when law enforcement is demanded to prove to the voters the need for police services.
- Identifying the audience that requires convincing and creating a team that can support and vouch for the value of policing, particularly one that is grounded on forensic intelligence.
- Information to include in the presentation – the program, statistics that present ongoing issues, and program details paying attention to the science-based processes.
- Communicating a story that will drive the point home by demonstrating the difference that the program made to the community and the agency.
- Outcomes of the approach backed up by data to demonstrate how the program can improve policing and the benefits it can provide.
- Exploring some of the benefits that a forensic intelligence crime prevention program can extend to the community, the law enforcement agency, and its partners.
- Precision in policing that creates as little disruption to the community allowing elected officials to back-up law enforcement.
- Boosting officer morale and hastening the justice process as efforts in collecting and processing evidence reaps rewards through case resolution.
- Cost-effectiveness and budget savings through a targeted approach that only prosecutes the right people.
- The ability to respond to trigger-pullers who are quick to take advantage of the climate expected if the police are actually defunded.
- Core policing that allows law enforcement to focus on their primary responsibility and empower other providers in their roles to assist related concerns as mental health, housing, etc.
- Increasing transparency by engaging and fostering trust within the community.
- Supporting bail reform through more effective practices and improving homicide and clearance rates through a process that allows to resolve both new and old cases.
Questions from the audience were about:
- The help academics can extend to law enforcement agencies.
- Why risk-terrain modeling may not be as worthwhile for policing.
- Best practices and learnings from cities that are utilizing the forensic intelligence crime prevention approach.
- Differentiating a mass shooter from a serial shooter.
- Sources of the data mentioned during the webinar.
Resources and Handouts
- The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform
- Justice Clearinghouse webinar: Real Data, Real Results: Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk Based Policing (Risk Terrain Modeling)
- Reducing Violence and Building Trust: Data to Guide Enforcement of Gun Laws in Baltimore by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
- “SUPER SPEAKERS! – PLEASE share these statistical facts and best practices via mass e-mail of ‘slides’ to ALL agencies immediately to help us justify programs! Thank you!” — Roseann
- The entire topic was excellent — Doreen
- The presenters did a great job offering suggestions to persuasive arguments against “defunding” the police. Thank you! — John
- Focus on the intelligence, data and research to support the cost benefit analysis. Thank you. — Lawrence
- The material was nicely presented in a step-by-step method with examples and suggestions. Thank you — Linda