In the News

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced developments under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety to strengthen law enforcement and public safety in Indian country.

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 Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center will share data-driven strategies on a variety of criminal justice issues at several upcoming conferences. Join Diagnostic Center team members at the following events to learn about how we help communities address their most pressing public safety concerns using evidence-based solutions.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) 80th Annual Conference