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Police Science : Newsletter No. 153, June 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) Abuse of Police Honor Titles and Badges
2) American Voters for More Prevention and Less Punishment
3) Robert J. Sampson about the Importance of Neighborhood
4) New Video Contribution in the Criminology Seminar Series of NIJ
5) Knowledge about Victimization of Children and Juveniles
6) Car Theft in France Decreasing For Decades
7) Website on Reentry Programs for Prisoners
8) Announcement: Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing

 
1) Abuse of Police Honor Titles and Badges
The online editors „The Crime Report“ inform that abuse of police badges of honor is increasing in the United States. The badges look like true police badges and are awarded to police organisations or to community volunteers. Now „awarded“ persons have increasingly been pretending to be deputy sheriffs, disregarding the laws. Source and further information: http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/2012-05-badge-of-dishonor
 
 
2) American Voters for More Prevention and Less Punishment
In connection with the presidential election campaign already launched approx. 1,200 potential voters were asked for their opinion on various topics linked to applied criminal justice. A strong majority among them favored a fundamental reform of the penitentiary system. They believe that there are too many people in prison in the USA and that more money should be invested in prevention and social rehabilitation measures. These findings are a surprise, as extremely strict culture of sanctions has been existing in the USA since the early 1970ies. The incarceration rate of 760 (per 100,000 citizens) is the highest among western countries (in Germany the rate is 89). The complete report can be downloaded at: http://www.pewstates.org/uploadedFiles/PCS_Assets/2012/PEW_NationalSurveyResearchPaper_FINAL.pdf
 
 
3) Robert J. Sampson about the Importance of Neighborhood
A video of approx. 90 min. where Robert J. Sampson deals with the importance of neighborhood is available at YouTube. The lecture is based on the results of one of his new studies: Great American City – Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. The lecture is intended for students of sociology and criminology and is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtR7XD-i87M
 
 
4) New Video Contribution in the Criminology Seminar Series of NIJ
Another online lecture has been published in the media library of the US National Institute of Justice, being part of the Criminology Seminar Series. Janet Lauritsen deals with the state of research concerning violent repeat victimization in the 85-minute lecture. The focus is on repeated victimization by the intimate partner. The contribution is available at: http://www.nij.gov/nij/multimedia/presenter/presenter-lauritsen/
 
 
5) Knowledge about Victimization of Children and Juveniles
According to data provided by the US National Study of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), teachers and other school employees have significantly more often knowledge of violence and crimes against pupils than the police. Furthermore the data reveal that nowadays more violence and crimes against children are known that ten years ago. Source and further information: http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/235394.pdf
 
 
6) Car Theft in France Decreasing For Decades
A study by the French Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur le Droit et les Institutions Pénales (CESDIP) has examined the rate of car theft, car breaking and vandalism against vehicles. It has revealed that the rate of car theft and breaking has been decreasing for more than 15 years. The decrease is attributed, among others, to the technical progress in the field of security measures as e.g. immobilizer units and anti-theft devices. The rate of vandalism, however, has hardly changed during the last ten years. Further information at: http://www.cesdip.fr/IMG/pdf/PI_12_2011.pdf
 
 
7) Website on Reentry Programs for Prisoners
The US Justice Center has been informing since recently on their homepage about various social reentry programs for prisoners. The website operated in cooperation with the Prisoner Reentry Institute of the John-Jay-Colleges not only informs about measures and process of the programs, but mainly about the results of the impact evaluation. The portal is still under construction. It is planned to consicer approx. 1,000 reentry programs with different focuses. „What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse“ is available at: http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works
 
 
8) Announcement: Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing
The 3rd annual meeting of the „Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing“ is taking place in Liverpool in the John Moores University on 4 and 5 September 2012. It is to contribute to improving the transfer between science and practice in the field of training and advanced training of police officers. This is why the meeting is addressed to scientists as well as police officers in charge and all those involved in police training. Suggestions of contributions submitted by 8 June can be considered, applications may be submitted later. Further information and tips concering the application procedure can be found at: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/POLCON3/index.htm