CRITICAL ISSUES in POLICING SERIES
For 20 years the Police Executive Research Forum and Motorola have had a close friendship, which began when Robert Galvin, Motorola’s legendary CEO and board chairman, had an idea that Motorola could contribute to the economic vitality of communities by helping to reduce crime. Motorola had worked closely with many police departments over the years, and Galvin wondered whether police agencies could become more efficient by using analytical tools like Six Sigma and process mapping. Thus began the first Motorola/PERF collaboration, in which PERF helped eight police agencies test whether process mapping could improve police departments’ core operations. The success of that first project led to what became known as the “Critical Issues in Policing” series.
The basic concept of the Critical Issues Series is that PERF, with support from Motorola, conducts research and brings together police leaders to work on the most difficult and important issues facing police departments. PERF then produces reports summarizing the findings, which are shared with law enforcement agencies across the country. Over the years, these reports have covered a range of topics, including police use of force; police management of large-scale demonstrations; violent crime reduction strategies; the role of local police in immigration enforcement; gang violence and gun crime; and the impact of the economic crisis on policing.
Critical Issues in Policing Publications & Projects
Gang Violence: The Police Role in Developing Community-Wide Solutions (February 2010)$
Chief Concerns: Exploring the Challenges of Police Use of Force (April 2005)$
Challenge to Change: The 21st Century Policing Project (1998)$
Police Planning for an Influenza Pandemic: Case Studies and Recommendations From the Field (October 2007)$