2006 NIJ Conference - Plenary and Luncheon Event Descriptions

Monday Plenary
Getting Serious About Future Crime-Fighting: The Future of Public Safety Research and Policy

By all official measures, crime is at its lowest point in more than two decades. But official crime statistics tap into only some types of crime, such as homicides and assaults, robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and auto thefts. We don’t accurately know the extent of consumer fraud, embezzlement, bribery, and corruption, let alone drug sales, sexual assault, or child endangerment. Then we have new, "21st century" crimes—child pornography, identity theft, e-crime, and transnational smuggling of weapons and people. So we really don’t know whether crime in the larger sense has actually declined, whether new types of crimes are on the rise, or the extent to which offenders have adapted and migrated into new lucrative types of criminal activity.

Panelists with diverse perspectives consider how we might get serious about finding and fighting the “dark figures” of crimes and the people behind them. What measurement systems need to be brought into being? How do we research these hidden operations and what are the solutions? How do we get ahead of the criminal adaptations? What does training for the 21st century justice system have to accomplish? The panel promises a stimulating and provocative exchange for a diverse audience.

Confirmed panelists:
Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University
Jack Greene, Northeastern University
Paul A. Logli, President, National District Attorneys Association
Marty Horn, Commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections
Representative from private security (invited)

Tuesday Plenary

Providing Effective Alternatives to Lethal Force

Less lethal technologies are a valuable tool for law enforcement and corrections practitioners, if they are safe and effective and if the public and key policymakers believe them to be so. The perception of the public and policymakers can be as important in the decision to deploy and use these devices as is their true performance. This Plenary will discuss the role of less lethal devices in the use-of- force continuum, explore existing evaluations of outcomes of the use of electro muscular disruption devices by law enforcement agencies, and outline current efforts to develop and promulgate effective deployment and use policies.

Confirmed Panelists
David A. Klinger, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Josh Ederheimer, Police Executive Research Forum
John Firman, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Chief Harold Hurtt, Houston Police Department
Dr. Ted Chan, University of California, San Diego, Department of Emergency Medicine

Wednesday Luncheon Event

“30 Years, 3,000 Saves: Celebrating NIJ's Body Armor Program"

NIJ’s body armor standards and testing program has been a hallmark of NIJ’s legacy of service to criminal justice. Last summer marked 30 years since NIJ launched its body armor program with a field test of 5,000 prototype armors issued to 15 urban police departments. The first save from that field test occurred December 1975, in Seattle Washington. The 3,000th documented save was recorded earlier this year.

Meet the pioneers who launched NIJ’s body armor standards and testing program—and two of the law enforcement officers whose lives were saved. Hear the dramatic stories behind Save Number 1 and Save Number 3,000.

Date Created: November 27, 2007