October 2017 CoverLR

October 2017


Guest Editor: Erin Vermilye

As culture, society, and communities around the globe evolve, so does crime—and, thus, policing, too, must evolve. It’s impossible to predict exactly what law enforcement will look like in 20 years, but there are sure to be changes in key areas such as data and information management, education and training, high-priority crimes, and community services. This issue explores potential challenges and opportunities for law enforcement as it looks ahead at the next 20 years.


  • Beyond the Event Horizon: Emergent Realities in Law Enforcement

    Predicting the future is like trying to peer inside a black hole: no one can see what’s inside until one has passed the point of no return—the “event horizon” in astronomy terms. It stands to ...

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  • Law Enforcement and Urbanization in 2037

    One of the challenges for modern law enforcement leaders is trying to balance today’s needs against future plans. All municipal executives experience the pressure of the annual or biennial budget cy...

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  • A Window to the Future of Policing in the Ontario Provincial Police

    What might policing look like for a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in 2037? No one can claim to know with certainty, but it is possible to speculate based on some of the trends observed...

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  • NIBRS: The Future of U.S. Crime Data

    The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) system for collecting and compiling crime data from across the United States. More detailed th...

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  • The Landscape of Police Education and Training 2037

    The first U.S. police training academy was August Vollmer’s Berkeley Police School, which opened in 1908.1 At the time, most agencies did not provide formal training to new officers, and ...

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  • The Ferguson Effect Reinterpreted

    Most people recognize that the United States is experiencing a social change that has the possibility to be interpreted by future historians as transformational. A substantial component of this change...

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  • Leadership of Volunteer, Reserve, and Auxiliary Policing Units: Motivations and Incentives for Success

    The use of volunteers for government service can contribute to civic engagement, partnership in governance, and institutional transparency. Law enforcement is no exception, and throughout the United S...

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  • IACP 2017: Know Before You Go

    The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition features more than 200 education sessions, more than 600 exhibitors, and hundreds of meetings and networking events. With so much going on, you will want to r...

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  • IACP 2017: Exhibitor List

    IACP 2017’s exposition includes more than 600 exhibitors who will be showcasing innovative and cutting-edge products and services for law enforcement agencies of all sizes and budgets. Visit the exp...

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