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Police Science : Newsletter No. 151, April 2012
 
An innovative cooperation product by TC TeamConsult, Geneva/Zurich - CH and Freiburg, D www.tc-teamconsult.com and the chair for criminology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Prof. Dr. Thomas Feltes), http://www.kriminologie.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/.
 
1) Cop-Recorder – Smartphone App For Documenting Actions of Police Officers
2) British Government Plans Privatization of Police
3) More Influence of Civilian Complaint Review Board Against Police MIsconduct in New York
4) Kempten Place of Jurisdiction for Soldiers‘ Offences Abroad
5) Hate Crimes in the UK
6) No Deterrent Effect Through Prison Terms
7) Website of Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium Temporarily Accessible Free of Charge
8) Interactive Online Platform OF NATO

 
1) Cop-Recorder – Smartphone App For Documenting Actions of Police Officers
The Smartphone-App „Cop Recorder“ was developed for quick and easy recording and documenting police contacts, unnoticeably at the click of a button. When the application is started, the display of the device switches off. So the use is not visible. A submit function allows the recording to be sent to www.OpenWatch.net. There they will be checked by editors, before they are published on the internet. Further information, especially concerning the legal admissibility of the application can be found in an article of the Kriminalistik journal: Keller, C. & Schade, D. (2012). Cop Recorder – ein neues Phänomen im polizeilichen Alltag. Kriminalistik – Unabhängige Zeitschrift für die kriminalistische Wissenschaft und Praxis, 66, 85-91.
 
 
2) British Government Plans Privatization of Police
The UK government has called for plans from private security firms for the assumption of tasks entrusted to the Police up to now. There are plans mainly in the regions of West Midlands and Surrey to entrust private companies with a great deal of policing. The tasks to be outsourced within short not only comprise supporting activities such as maintaining the vehicle fleet or optimizing administration, but also the entire assumption and independent street patrol organization, taking care of victims or crime scene investigation. During the three years to come, 2,700 (national) police jobs will be cut within the frame of privatization. Further information on the website of The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/02/police-privatisation-security-firms-crime
 
 
3) More Influence of Civilian Complaint Review Board Against Police MIsconduct in New York
Since 2007 investigations about police misconduct have been accompanied in New York by an independent agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRR). Up to now they have had only a consultant function and were considered to be a toothless tiger. Now the decision was made to attach more importance to the recommendations of the agency. In future decision-makers have to justify (publicly) decisions deviating from the recommendations given by the CCRR. Source and further information: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/nyregion/civilian-complaint-review-board-gets-new-powers-to-prosecute-new-york-police.html?_r=3&hp
 
 
4) Kempten Place of Jurisdiction for Soldiers‘ Offences Abroad
Offences German soldiers in connection with a foreign operation are accused of will only be dealt in Kempten/Germany in future. This is to make sure that jurists who are experts in the special organization and investigation in foreign operations, are those to decide on such offences. The new regulation puts an end to time-taking problems of jurisdiction. Source and further information: http://www.bmj.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/2012/20120328_Kempten_wird_Gerichtsstand_für_Straftaten_von_Soldaten_im_Ausland.html
 
 
5) Hate Crimes in the UK
The UK Home-Office has published the results of a special evaluation of the Crime Survey 2010/2011 on the topic of hate crimes. Approx. 260,000 of the 9.5 million police-reported incidents in the UK during the reported period of 2010/2011 were motivated by xenophobia. The special evaluation also focusing cyber security and crime among children aged 10 to 15 is available for free download at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/hosb0612/hosb0612?view=Binary
 
 
6) No Deterrent Effect Through Prison Terms
The Australian Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published the findings of a study concerning deterrent effects. The qualitative study has shown that the probability of being detected seems to have a slightly deterrent effect. The length of the prison term, however, turned out not to be decisive. Harsh or long prison terms do not show a preventive effect. The findings can be downloaded for free at: http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/bocsar/ll_bocsar.nsf/vwFiles/cjb158.pdf/$file/cjb158.pdf
 
 
7) Website of Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium Temporarily Accessible Free of Charge
The Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has been dealing for more than eight years with various forms of politically motivated violence. The TRAC has collected and documented a great number of scientific articles for this purpose. Now a homepage offers many articles on this topic. Among others, information about 3,800 terror organisations can be found at http://www.trackingterrorism.org/. Furthermore the TRAC offers information (with News Feeds) about new events and new relevant publications. Registration is needed to benefit from the complete offer. Actually the TRAC is offering a 30-day test access.
 
 
8) Interactive Online Platform OF NATO
The NATO is maintaining the interactive online platform WE-NATO since recently. The homepage comprises articles and videos the various topics belonging to the tasks of the NATO. Furthermore the platform offers several blogs where interested people are invited to interact and to contact the organization. Access tot he platform via: http://we-nato.org/