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Recent Updates
Dear SPI Community,
Please check out recent updates from the Smart Policing Initiative:
  1. SPI releases our Fall 2016 Quarterly Newsletter
  2. Recent SPI presentations at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
  3. SPI Webinar Recording now available
  4. Upcoming SPI Events
  5. Newly added resources featuring information about technology and body worn cameras, and procedural justice.
SPI Fall 2016 Quarterly Newsletter
We are pleased to announced the release of the SPI Fall 2016 Quarterly Newsletter, our 21st issue! The newsletter includes articles about:
  • The 2016 SPI sites, Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Lowell, Massachusetts; Madison, Wisconsin; and Sacramento, California.
  • Use of community surveys in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Los Angeles, California SPI sites.
  • Recent SPI activities.
  • Resources and further reading about violence reduction strategies in policing.

We encourage you to read this Newsletter issue, available on the SPI website here.

American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
Last month, six Smart Policing Initiative sites were represented at the 2016 American Society of Criminologists (ASC) Conference in New Orleans from November 16-19th. Participating sites include: Cambridge, New Haven, Rochester, Milwaukee, Portland, and  Roanoke County. One of the first sessions featured Milwaukee SPI’s Urban Institute research partners who presented preliminary findings of their body worn camera study. In addition to presentations, SPI also hosted a roundtable to discuss the challenges agencies face when undergoing organizational change. Valuable input for this session was provided by Roanoke County, Portland, and New Haven. Overall, SPI sites drew in a strong showing of ASC attendees. Thank you all for your participation! 
Community Responses to People in Crisis Webinar Recording Posted
On November 2, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern, the Smart Policing Initiative presented a webinar on “Community Responses to People in Crisis.” This webinar focused on the role of policing in assisting communities in addressing mental health concerns and described a range of response strategies for agencies to consider. Dr. Laura Kunard, Senior Research Scientist from CNA, facilitated this webinar. Dr. Kunard provided an overview of police-mental health collaboration models in the U.S. and reviewed key features of effective community-police partnerships regarding mental health. The webinar featured three case studies of law enforcement response models to mental health from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Salt Lake City Police Department.

You can view the webinar recording online here.
New Resources
Upcoming Events
  • December 7, 2016: SPI Subject Matter Expert Orientation Webinar (invitation only)
  • December 13, 2016: SPI 2016 Site Orientation Webinar (invitation only)
  • January 2017: SPI Findings Webinar (invitations coming soon!)
  • February 2017: Collaboration Workshop Findings Webinar (invitations coming next month!)
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