NIJ at IACP 2015: What Works and What Matters in Policing

Thank you to everyone who participated in the panels and sessions!

IACP 2015, October 24-27 Chicago, Illinois, McCormick Place West

Oct 24, 2015
McCormick Place West, Chicago, Ill.
Room W185BC

NIJ will be hosting a special Saturday session, "What Works and What Matters in Policing" at this year's IACP Annual Conference and Expo. The session will update law enforcement on the latest NIJ-sponsored research to help improve officer safety and protect their communities. Join us for exciting expert panels featuring policing researchers and law enforcement professionals discussing the newest lessons learned on how to build effective researcher-practitioner partnerships, how to utilize policing technology to enhance criminal justice, understanding the radicalization process, and improving community relations.

All NIJ Saturday session events will take place in room W185BC.

Agenda and Speakers (tentative)

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
What Works and What Matters in Policing – Opening Remarks
DOJ and IACP leadership will discuss the value of research in police practice and kick-off the NIJ Saturday Session.


  • Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General
  • Vincent Talucci, Executive Director, IACP

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Pathways to Violent Extremism: Understanding the Radicalization Process and How Best to Prevent Violence in Your Community
Leading researchers will share the latest findings on how and why people radicalize to violence and what law enforcement can do to prevent advance resilient communities. Law enforcement executives will discuss how this research has borne out in their jurisdiction and share promising practices.


  • John Horgan, Director, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, University of Massachusetts
  • Mark Hamm, Professor, Indiana State University
  • Thomas Loughran, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
  • Brent Smith, Director, Terrorism Research Center, University of Arkansas
  • Richard Stanek, Sheriff, Hennepin County, MN
  • Darryl McSwain, Assistant Chief, Montgomery County Police Department
  • George Selim, Director for Community Partnerships, White House National Security Council

11:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Building the Evidence in Your Jurisdiction: Models for Partnerships between Law Enforcement Agencies and Researchers
This panel – composed of effective law enforcement/researcher partners - will explore several different models for partnerships, discussing benefits, challenges, best practices and promising strategies for overcoming bureaucratic and relational hurdles.


  • Geoff Alpert, Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Jason Saunders, Inspector, Queensland Police, Queensland, Australia
  • Ed Davis, Commissioner (Retired), Boston, MA
  • Elizabeth Groff, Professor, Temple University
  • Hank Stawinski, Deputy Chief, Prince George’s County Police Department
  • John Andrew Hansen, Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Carolina
  • Nancy Rodriguez, Director, National Institute of Justice

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Technology: Tools for Working Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper
First, the panel will focus on small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), offering a cost-effective alternative to traditional manned-aviation for most public safety aviation missions. Second, the panel will focus on the expanding use of video technology in policing practice.


  • Ben Miller, UAS Operations Manager, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Will Johnson, Chief, Arlington Police Department, Arlington, TX
  • Henry Rigol, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Jim Bueermann, President, Police Foundation
  • Scot Haug, Chief, Post Falls Police, Post Falls, ID
  • Elizabeth Groff, Professor, Temple University
  • James Coldren, Managing Director, Justice Programs, CNA Corporation
  • Nancy Rodriguez, Director, National Institute of Justice

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Improving Community Relations: Evidence on Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice
This panel will explore if and how common policing techniques impact views about police legitimacy, how law enforcement agencies can capture and use data on police legitimacy in police-citizen encounters to improve citizen perceptions, and explore an evaluation of a procedural justice training.


  • Tom Tyler, Professor, Yale
  • Robert Worden, Director, John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety
  • Karen Amendola, Chief Behavioral Scientist, Police Foundation
  • Ronald Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • Mike Davis, Chief, Northeastern University Police
  • Howard Spivak, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice
Date Modified: October 30, 2015