NIJ disseminates information to policymakers and practitioners
in a number of ways. One of the newest is a series of online
discussions about innovations in public safety. The series
is produced through the collaborative efforts of Harvard
University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance
and Innovation, NIJ, and OJP. NIJ is providing subject matter
expertise, marketing assistance, and logistical support
to the series.
- Less Lethal Force
The first online discussion, “Less Lethal
Force: An Online Session on Emerging Issues and Where to
Learn More,” was emceed by then-Assistant Attorney
General Deborah J. Daniels and Harvard University Professor
of Government Stephen Goldsmith. Police Executive Research
Forum Executive Director Chuck Wexler served as moderator.
The practitioner perspective was given by Thomas Streicher,
Cincinnati Chief of Police, and Clark Kimerer, Seattle Deputy
Chief. Research findings were discussed by Robert Kaminski
of the University of South Carolina and David Klinger of
the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The online discussion
included multimedia presentations and multiple modes of
interaction between the audience and presenters.
- DNA in “Minor” Crimes
The second online discussion, “DNA in ‘Minor’
Crimes Yields Major Benefits in Public Safety,” showcased
how police departments across the United States and around
the world are discovering that biological evidence from
property crime scenes can play a significant role in preventing
future property crimes and more serious offenses.
The discussion featured Dr. Cecelia Crouse, DNA Technical
Leader and Supervisor of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s
Office Crime Lab, Dr. Peter Pizzola, Director of the New
York City Police Department Crime Lab, and Paul Hackett,
National DNA Business Manager for the Forensic Science Service
in the United Kingdom.
Archives of these two sessions and announcements of future
sessions can be found on the Ash Institute’s Government
Innovators Network Web site (http://www.innovations.harvard.edu).
The site was launched in November 2004 with the aim of becoming
an e-marketplace of ideas for senior-level policymakers