COPS Office to Host National Community Policing Conference
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has begun accepting registrations for the National Community Policing Conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C., August 1–2. More than 1,000 officers, deputies, supervisors, commanders, police chiefs, and sheriffs are expected to participate in the conference, which will showcase measures that law enforcement can use to advance public safety in the face of a new and changing economy.
The conference will feature 36 workshops sectioned into 7 tracks. The tracks include Leveraging Resources, New Approaches to Policing, Operations/Personnel, Technology and Analysis, Community Engagement, Youth Safety, and Grant Management. The workshops will showcase demonstrated solutions to public safety challenges, field-initiated practices and technological innovations that reduce crime, and steps that can be taken to improve police management and increase cost efficiency.
Additionally, the workshops will feature innovative community policing approaches and best practices that enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to serve and protect citizens.
“In an era of reduced law enforcement budgets, the goal of the COPS Office is to host a conference that acts as a catalyst for discussions on strategies the field can use to improve or maintain the level of service it provides, and one that offers practical guidance on being more effective with different fiscal resources,” said COPS Director Bernard K. Melekian. “The National Community Policing Conference is being developed for the field, by the field, and we think that it will be beneficial for law enforcement, elected officials, and community leaders alike.”
Registration for the conference is free and can be completed by visiting http://www.copsconference.com.
Corrections Reporting Program Updated Data Released
The National Corrections Reporting Program, 2009—Statistical Tables (update), part of the National Corrections Reporting Program at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, includes data through 2009 in an electronic series of selected tables on the most serious offenses, sentence lengths, and time served in state prisons. The National Corrections Reporting Program collects demographic information, conviction offenses, sentence length, credited jail time, type of admission, type of release, and time served from individual prisoner records in participating jurisdictions.
To access this information, visit http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2174.
BJS Releases Data on Human Trafficking
Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008–2010, part of the Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents Series, describes the characteristics of human trafficking investigations, suspects, and victims in cases opened by federally funded task forces between January 2008 and June 2010. This report provides information about investigations, individuals involved in suspected and confirmed incidents of human trafficking, and case outcomes. Data are from the Human Trafficking Reporting System, created in response to a congressional mandate in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 for biennial reporting on the scope and characteristics of human trafficking. The system is currently the only one that captures information on human trafficking investigations conducted by state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States.
Highlights include the following:
- Federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010.
- About 8 in 10 of the suspected incidents of human trafficking were classified as sex trafficking, and about 1 in 10 incidents were classified as labor trafficking.
- The confirmed human trafficking incidents open for at least a year led to 144 known arrests.
To view the report, visit http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cshti0810.pdf. ■