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Police Officer Crimes and Police Integrity

February, 2017
Dr. Philip Stinson, Bowling Green State University, discusses the findings of his research on crimes committed by police officers.

However, in some cases, at times due to the stressors of the job and frequent exposure to trauma and violence, officers engage in misconduct or criminal behavior. The National Institute of Justice understands what’s at stake for public safety and officer wellness when we ignore warning signs of officers struggling with occupational hazards and other psychological hardships.

The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium

February, 2017

Learn about the NIJ National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium held in September 2016 from its audience members and organizers. The Symposium focused on how the nation is moving forward and finding solutions to the complex issues that arise in sexual assault cases and in testing sexual assault evidence.

Examining Police Officer Crime

February, 2017
Dr. Philip Stinson, Bowling Green State University, discusses the findings of his research on crimes committed by police officers.

Based on the research findings, law enforcement officers appear to commit crimes at a much lower rate than the general public. However, in some cases, at times due to the stressors of the job and frequent exposure to trauma and violence, officers engage in misconduct or criminal behavior.

Funding Opportunities for Publicly Funded Crime Labs, Fiscal Year 2017

January, 2017

This webinar will inform the audience of the changes to three programs available for publicly funded forensic laboratories and introduce a new program for FY 2017. Changes to existing programs will be highlighted and presenters will discuss the background and goals of the solicitations, recommendations for successful applications, application expectations and requirements, the review process, and the application checklist. There will also be time for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

Solicitations discussed include:

Meet the Fellow: Translational Criminology

January, 2017
In this video Jessica Shaw, Ph.D., describes her work as a translational criminology fellow at NIJ. She discusses what motivated her to apply, her fellowship experience and how it impacted her career development, as well as, the benefits of pursuing a fellowship with NIJ.

NIJ Forensic Science R&D for Criminal Justice Purposes Program, Fiscal Year 2017

January, 2017

January 2017

This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development for Criminal Justice Purposes Program. This program seeks proposals in basic or applied research, and development to support forensic science disciplines. The purpose and goals of the forensic science R&D program will be discussed and frequently asked questions regarding this funding opportunity will be addressed. A Q&A session will conclude this webinar.

Looking at the Impact on Policing of Body Worn Cameras

January, 2017

Dr. Craig Uchida, Justice & Security Strategies, Inc., discusses the importance of using research to examine the impact of body-worn cameras. He leads an NIJ-supported project to evaluate the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement to determine if they improve police behavior and relationships with the community.

Understanding the Science-Practice Gap

December, 2016
In this video Jessica Shaw, Ph.D., describes what she learned about the science-practice gap while working as a translational criminology fellow at NIJ. She discusses what the science-practice gap is, how research intermediaries work to bridge that gap, how organizations and individuals can have gaps, and the importance of interdisciplinarity.

Research Assistantship Opportunities at NIJ

December, 2016

The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) is designed to provide highly qualified doctoral students with practical and applied research experience in criminal justice issues. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities.

This webinar reviews the opportunities that are currently available for the 2017-2018 academic year and will cover the application process, eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Presenters include:

Preventing Gun Violence: Understanding Law Enforcement Response and Improving Multi-disciplinary Partnerships for Peace

November, 2016

This Research for the Real World seminar explores common police practices for responding to gun violence and the extent to which they are contributing to reductions in violent incidents. The panel will also explore the role of multi-disciplinary partners such as the public health sector in reducing gun violence, and discuss promising practices for law enforcement partnerships to leverage complimentary violence reduction efforts.

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men

October, 2016
This video describes the findings of a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) supported study on the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. Specifically, the study provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners over the lifetime of American Indian and Alaska Native women and men as well as victimization estimates over of the past year (based on 2010 data).

Using Research to Understand Cyberbullying

October, 2016
Dr. Megan Moreno, Center for Child Health, Behavioral and Human Development at Seattle Children’s, discusses how important it is to have a common definition of cyberbullying in order to develop effective prevention and intervention programs. She leads a NIJ-supported research project to help us understand cyberbullying among children and teens.

Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.gov

October, 2016
Dr. Stephanie Gerstenblith, Development Services Groups, discusses how to use CrimeSolutions.gov to find evidence-based programs and practices that can improve school safety. Many of these programs were added to CrimeSolutions.gov under NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.

Environmental Scan of Criminal Justice Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults

October, 2016
The informational webinar will discuss the results of the recently published Environmental Scan of Developmentally Appropriate Criminal Justice Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults produced by NIJ. It will provide a launching point for us to connect with others doing similar work and plan for future meetings to discuss research gaps and research needs of those providing programming to justice-involved young adults.

Real-Time Crime Forecasting Challenge Webinar

October, 2016

This webinar will offer a brief overview of the National Institute of Justice and the data science needs of the criminal justice field. In addition, it will provide details about the Crime Forecasting Challenge, including who can submit, how to retrieve datasets, and the submission categories. The overall goal of the Crime Forecasting Challenge is to harness recent advances in data science to drive innovation in algorithms that advance place-based crime forecasting.

Progress on Testing Sexual Assault Kits

September, 2016
Members from the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group describe the importance of using a multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach in addressing complex issues that arise while responding to sexual assault. The team also describes the importance of utilizing available resources, including research and federal support from the National Institute of Justice, in making progress towards processing untested sexual assault kits.

Research Fellowship Opportunities at the National Institute of Justice

September, 2016

This webinar, held on September 19, 2016, provided an overview of the research fellowship opportunities provided by NIJ, including the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship, Visiting Fellows Program, New Investigator/Early Career Program, and Research Assistantship Program. These fellowships provide opportunities for early career as well as experienced researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and STEM disciplines.

A Conversation With Natasha Alexenko, Founder of Natasha's Justice Project

September, 2016
Natasha Alexenko tells her story as a sexual assault survivor and advocate. Building from her presentation at the National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium in September 2016, she also speaks about the need for a multidisciplinary approach to improve sexual assault response and highlights NIJ’s role in supporting these efforts.

Using Research-Based Evidence in Your Jurisdiction

August, 2016
Hank Stawinski, Chief at Prince George’s County Police Department, discusses how research can help law enforcement solve crime through evidence-based decision making and how partnerships between researchers and law enforcement can lead to innovative solutions. Learn more about researcher practitioner partnerships.

Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism in Montgomery County

August, 2016
Darryl McSwain, Assistant Chief at Montgomery County Police Department, discusses the “Montgomery County Model” to prevent domestic radicalization and violence extremism. This included working with schools support youth before they take part in negative behavior and working with researchers to develop culturally-sensitive prevention programs that are effective.

Using Technology to Work Smarter, Faster and Cheaper

August, 2016
Jim Bueerman, President of the Police Foundation, discusses how law enforcement can use technology in their work and how NIJ research helps law enforcement make better decisions about the consequences and impact of new technology.

Pathways to Violent Extremism

August, 2016
John Horgan, Professor at Georgia State University, discusses the types and ideologies of lone-actor terrorists and how the bystander effect creates challenges to preventing and intervening on possible domestic radicalization situations early.

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

July, 2016

This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: Findings from a National Survey

June, 2016

This seminar provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of violence against women and men who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native using detailed behaviorally specific questions on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.