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IACP University and College Police Section Announces Scholarship Winners

In May, the University and College Police Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police awarded Michelle Nevius of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Megan Johnson of Brick, New Jersey, with scholarships of $1,000 each. The section’s scholarship committee selected Michelle and Megan for this recognition from a field of applicants because of their outstanding academic efforts and commitment to community.

Michelle Nevius: Michelle is working toward a degree in criminal justice at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, where she juggles schoolwork with working full-time as a data transcriber for the Internal Revenue Service and raising her three children. She is an excellent student and, in addition to being named to the dean’s list, has a 100 percent attendance record despite the busy life she lives.

Michelle is a member of the Springfield Air National Guard and in her spare time is committed to serving the community. Michelle is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa at Sinclair, where the academic fraternity volunteers at the local homeless center. She also coaches basketball at the Y and finds time to volunteer as a teacher’s aid in her daughter’s third grade class.

Michelle is a student with firm goals and the determination to reach them. Michelle’s degree will be in community-based corrections with an interest in probation. Michelle’s sponsor for the scholarship notes that she “is a solid investment in the future—a quality criminal justice professional.”

Megan Johnson: Megan, a full-time student at the University of Scranton, will begin her junior year in fall 2005. Megan carries a dual major of criminal justice and psychology with a minor in women’s studies. She has been recognized for her academic excellence by being named to the dean’s list each semester and earned a 4.0 for her fall 2004 studies. Megan’s overall grade point average is 3.96.

In addition to her studies, Megan serves as a student officer in the Public Safety Department, where her drive and initiative have earned her a leadership position. She volunteers her time working with incoming freshmen in the Adopt-A-Dorm program, easing their transition to college life and by instructing in the Safe (Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) program designed to provide female students with crime prevention information and basic self-defense. Megan also actively participates in the criminaljustice, multicultural, and psychology clubs and the Pre-law Society.

Megan is an active volunteer in the national effort to fight and find a cure for breast cancer and also worked in the community registering young voters in the past national election. Megan’s sponsor notes that “Megan is the caliber of student that embodies the standards and traditions of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.”

Members of the IACP University and College Police Section congratulate Michelle Nevius and Megan Johnson on this award and wish them continued success.

For more information on the IACP University and College Police Section scholarships, including applications, please visit

Local Departments Finalists for Innovations in Government Award

Two police departments are among the 18 government initiatives that have been named finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award, a program of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Advanced Language Program in Lexington, Kentucky: This initiative combines classroom training and cultural immersion that gives police the necessary skills to provide essential services to a rapidly growing Spanish-speaking community in Lexington. The program has been featured at the annual IACP conference in 2003 in Philadelphia and in 2004 in Los Angeles.

Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C.: This unit is redefining community policing by coupling outreach with traditional crime fighting. The unit investigates crimes by and against the gay community and educates and supports community members and police.

This unit was featured in the Police Chief article “Law Enforcement Must Take Lead on Hate Crimes,” by Karen L. Bune, in April 2004. That article is available in the archives at . To obtain the full text of the article, enter the archives, and then select the April 2004 issue.

Recognizing the innovations of these two departments makes it possible to turn these ideas into commonly accepted best practices, said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Awards. For more information on the Innovations in American Government program and this year’s finalists, visit or

McGruff the Crime Dog Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, “You don’t know me yet. But you will.” McGruff’s first public service announcement aired in February 1980, but McGruff didn’t have a name until July of that year. Since then, McGruff the Crime Dog, beloved icon for the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), has taught millions of people that the police can’t do it alone.

It began in 1978, when the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign, which is run by Crime Prevention Coalition of America, asked the Advertising Council to accept the mission of helping the nation learn ways to prevent crime. The Ad Council gave the assignment to the advertising firm Dancer Fitzgerald Sample (now Saatchi & Saatchi), which volunteered its creative time and talent. Soon, McGruff was born and began his campaign to tell all people, young and old, that they can help “take a bite out of crime.”

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose primary mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur. NCPC manages the McGruff the Crime Dog and the Take A Bite Out Of Crime public service advertising campaign. Visit McGruff’s official Web site at .

Crime Analysis Program Fills Software Gap for Public Safety

The Crime Mapping and Analysis Program (CMAP), a program of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s Rocky Mountain Region (NLECTC-RM), has just released its CMAP Crime Analysis Spatial Extension (CASE) (GIS) software extension.

•      CMAP-CASE fills the void for an outdated set of utilities used by crime analysts and investigators around the world. This tool, originally developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has been recreated by CMAP for use with current geographic information systems (GIS) software recently released. GIS includes crime mapping, global     positioning systems, automatic      vehicle locator systems, and the use of this technology for the electronic home monitoring of community corrections clientele.

•      Police departments using the new GIS software have had to abandon their regular use of a variety of analytical functions that helped them find where offenders live, and forecasting where they may strike next. CMAP-CASE enables law enforcement and corrections agencies to use the techniques and functions they’ve grown accustomed to in the identification and resolution of criminal activity.

•      CMAP’s mission is to provide technical assistance and introductory and advanced training to local and state agencies in the areas of crime and intelligence analysis and geographic information systems (GIS). The Rocky Mountain Center is located at the University of Denver and is sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Science and Technology (OS&T), and is one of six regional centers in the NLECTC system. Interested public safety agencies can download the extension for no charge at . For further information on CMAP-CASE or the Crime Mapping and Analysis Program, please call Danelle DiGiosio at 800-416-8086 or write to her at>
School Crime Rate in the United States Continues Decline

Crime in U.S. schools continued to fall between 1992 and 2002, reflecting the decline in the national crime rate, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). During these years, school crime dropped from 48 violent victimizations per 1,000 students to 24 per 1,000. Between 1995 and 2003, the percentage of students who reported being a victim of a crime of violence or theft at school also declined, from 10 percent to 5 percent. In 2002, as in previous years, students from 12 to 18 years of age were more likely to be victims of nonfatal serious violent crime away from school than at school.

The joint report also provides new data on nonfatal student victimization, nonfatal victimization of teachers, students’ perceptions of personal safety, gangs, and students’ reports of being bullied, avoiding places in school, being called hateful names or seeing hate-related graffiti, being threatened or injured with a weapon, being in fights, carrying weapons at school, using alcohol and marijuana, and drug availability on school property.

Data obtained from students during 2002 show about 659,000 violent crimes involving student victims while at school and about 720,000 violent crimes committed against students away from school property. In addition, students nationwide experienced approximately 1.1 million thefts at school and about 790,000 thefts away from school.For the most serious violent crimes—rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault—the rates per 1,000 students were lower at school than away from school in each survey year from 1992 to 2002.

In 2003 about 7 percent of public and private school students ages 12-18 reported that they had been bullied at school within the past six months. Students attending schools in rural areas (10 percent) and those attending public schools (7 percent) reported higher rates of bullying at school than their peers in urban and suburban areas (7 percent) and in private schools (5 percent).

Among high school students in grades 9-12, the percentage who reported having been in a fight on school property declined between 1993 and 2003 from 16 percent to 13 percent. In 2003 about 9 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported being threatened with injury or having suffered an injury from a weapon while at school. Twelve percent of male students and 6 percent of female students reported experiencing a threat or injury in that year.

This is the seventh in a series of annual reports from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education. The report is organized as a series of indicators, with each indicator presenting data on a different aspect of school crime and safety. Time periods reflected in the indicators vary because the report contains the most recent crime and safety data available from a number of separate federally funded studies.

The report, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2004” (NCJ 205290), is available at Additional information about Bureau of Justice Statistics statistical reports and programs is available from the BJS Web site at


From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 5, May 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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