August 31, 2017

Each day, 91 people die in the U.S. from an opioid overdose.1 In Pennsylvania alone, 4,642 people lost their lives in 2016, an increase of 37 percent from 2015.2 These numbers are staggering.

Today, our country has a strong support system for families of missing children. Law enforcement is better trained. We have better laws, better technology. AMBER Alerts and social media have energized the public. As a result, more of the 460,000 children reported missing to law enforcement every year come home.

While policing approaches have evolved and adapted over the years, the undergirding philosophy of policing in a democratic society has remained the same: citizen-driven and service-focused.

An estimated 1.9 million people in the United States have a pain reliever use disorder.

How do you prove the value and effectiveness of a program? — With evidence.

The United States has more than 12,000 local police departments and over 4,000 colleges nationwide; the opportunity for collaboration between the two is limitless.

January 26, 2016

In 2014, one out of every six runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was likely a child sex trafficking victim. This number is up from one in seven in 2013 and one in eight in 2012. The majority of these children were in state care at the time they ran away. In 2014, of the likely child sex trafficking victims reported to NCMEC as a runaway, 68% were in the care of child welfare when they went missing.   

September 10, 2015 When dealing with police legitimacy issues, it is commonly held that the behavior of individual officers defines what good policing is or should be. However, organizational behavior – whether a community-based mission-development session or full strategic planning process – helps to set the tone and the stage for individual officers’ actions, conduct and behaviors to be better received and accepted.

July 13, 2015 The idea of the “community” is critical to community-oriented policing, yet many community policing efforts underestimate the role residents play in crime control, or simply pay lip service to community involvement. While police play an important role in crime control and are legally authorized to do so, the vast majority of crime control actually results from the everyday activities of citizens.

May 13, 2015 The collaborative approach to policing and to problem-solving in the justice system is not a new idea. Multi-agency, multi-dimensional, community-oriented programs have been stressed for the past several decades. Yet the consequences of law enforcement not collaborating effectively with communities are being seen across the country in persistent pockets of violent crime, and more recently in protests against the police.