Rapport Building in Interviews and Interrogations: Translating Research to Practice

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Communication is a key mediator of relationships and can increase or diminish trust in relational settings (e.g., Thomas et al., 2009). Recently, interactions between the police and those policed have been at the forefront of national conversations, especially interactions involving underserved populations. How police communicate with the public has received increased attention by academics and…

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Department of Justice Releases Recommendations for Law Enforcement Response to Mass Protests and Protecting First Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the release of 21st Century Protest Response: Promoting Democracy and Advancing Community and Officer Safety, which provides recommendations for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies responding to mass demonstrations. Law enforcement agencies play a critical role in preserving…

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Dr. Robin S. Engel joins the National Policing Institute as the Senior Vice President

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ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Policing Institute (the Institute) is proud to announce and welcome Robin S. Engel, PhD as the Institute’s Senior Vice President, becoming the second highest-ranking executive within the national non-profit research and policy organization dedicated to excellence in policing and community safety through science and innovation. Dr. Robin S. Engel, a nationally known…

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The Boulder Police Department Hires the National Policing Institute to Guide Final Reform Efforts

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The City of Boulder announced today that it will partner with the National Policing Institute (the Institute) to design and implement a strategic process for collecting feedback from the Boulder community. This process will be highlighted in the draft version of the Reimagine Policing plan (Police Department Master Plan) later this summer. The Institute is…

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Practical Steps to Increase Recruitment of Women in Law Enforcement

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RTI International and the National Policing Institute partnered with the National Association of Women in Law Enforcement Executives, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the International Association of Women Police to conduct focus groups about how to improve the representation of women in policing. View the one-page brief here for a list…

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Research on Women in Policing

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It’s been 48 years since the National Policing Institute completed a group of surveys and subsequently published Women in Policing: A Manual, and despite its age, it continues to receive attention. The Manual was the culmination of findings from a survey, an evaluation, and a symposium, all designed to examine the roles women play in…

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Study: Intensive, Specialized Training of Police Officers Leads to Reduced Crime, Fewer Arrests, and More Positive Interactions and Community Evaluations

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Can training police officers in procedural justice reduce crime and improve the community’s perceptions of the police? An intensive, randomized controlled trial conducted in high-crime places (or “hot spots”) produced evidence that training officers to operate according to the principles of procedural justice changed officer behavior, reduced arrests, and reduced crime. Perceptions of the police…

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