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In Buffalo, New York, an officer was recently commended by the city’s mayor Byron W. Brown for exemplifying “community policing at its best.” Last week, in response to a nuisance call of children playing football in the street, Officer Patrick McDonald chose to join the game, turning the situation into a positive experience for the community. An article from the Buffalo News reports on this interaction and the positive response it has received from the community has a whole.

For communities susceptible to instances of human trafficking for sexual purposes, preventative measures are crucial to proactively addressing the issue. Recently, members of the Albert Lea School Board received a presentation recommending the implementation of a prevention education program for the district’s middle and high school students. This prevention program offered by the Minnesota Department of Health’s organization, Safe Harbor, has already successfully reached thousands of students in southeast Minnesota.

The Dallas Police Department has named Ulysha Renee Hall as the city’s first female police chief. Chief Hall formerly served as Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police Department, where she directed the city’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau and oversaw police services for six precincts and 720 law enforcement personnel. Additionally, in this role she implemented comprehensive community policing programs for the department and worked to strengthen relationships with Detroit’s community members.  She is scheduled to begin work as Dallas Police Chief on September 5.

On June 27, 2017, Fayetteville City Manager Doug Halewett named former Georgia deputy chief Gina Hawkins as Fayetteville’s new police chief. Chief Hawkins previously led the field operations and support services commands in Clayton County, Georgia, a county of more than 260,000 residents. As Fayetteville’s police chief, Hawkins will oversee 433 sworn officers and 187 other non-sworn personnel starting August 14 For more information on the new Fayetteville police chief, read this article.

The Albert Lea, Minnesota, Police Department (ALPD) recently received the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Associations’ Excellence in Innovation Award Honorable Mention. This award highlights agencies that are improving public safety through strategic leadership and innovation. ALPD is being recognized for their retail loss prevention program that partners with store owners to increase information sharing in order to improve response times. ALPD Deputy Director J.D.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) publishes a monthly column featuring innovative and creative law enforcement strategies from practitioners across the country. This month, the column explores the Vallejo, California Police Department’s Employee Wellness Program. The Vallejo Police Department (VPD) is known for being a fast-paced and demanding work environment and recognizes the importance of physical fitness to employee heath.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. National Police Week draws between 25,000 to 40,000 officers from around the world to participate in a number of planned events in Washington, DC to honor law enforcement. A collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community, National Police Week 2017 will take place from May 14 – May 20.

Diagnostic Center in the News

Confronted with persistent or incremental increases in crime, law enforcement leaders are looking for innovative solutions to address public safety issues. At this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center will share how agencies of varying sizes can use partnerships and data-driven strategies to fight crime.

The City of Salisbury (NC) has asked the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center for assistance addressing  local crime issues including gang violence. The Diagnostic Center will work with Salisbury to understand the scope of their unique criminal justice problems and provide analysis and recommendations for local consideration. The Diagnostic Center’s work is driven by local needs and priorities focused on improving public safety. The Diagnostic Center is already providing support in two other North Carolina cities; Durham and Fayetteville.

On July 18, 2017, the OJP Diagnostic Center hosted a webinar in collaboration with Lauri Stevens, founder of LAwS Communications, and Laura McElroy, Principal Consultant at McElroy Media Group. The hour-long webinar titled “Social Media as a #LawEnforcement Tool: The Fundamentals” provided an overview of the core concepts necessary for establishing a positive social media presence.