Letter from IACA President

Greetings Colleagues –

2015 has been a very busy and exciting year for the International Association of Crime Analysts. We have been working hard at collaborating with our partners to share in the efforts of expanding crime analysis across the country.

The IACA and the Police Foundation’s partnership with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funding is moving ahead with the Advancing Policing Through Innovation & Science: A Crime Analysis Symposium for Law Enforcement Leaders project.  The project consists of an informative full-day crime analysis symposium for executives.  The curriculum was developed by IACA member Professor Dr. Rachel Boba-Santos (Florida Atlantic University, FL), who serves as the subject matter expert on the project.  Instructors were all selected through an application process and all are IACA members.  Three areas of the curriculum are represented through the use of three different presenters: A Criminologist, an Executive and a Crime Analyst.

In a free one-day symposium, executives will be shown how to focus their use of crime analysis by matching the appropriate type of analysis to the appropriate rank and division in the agency, so that crime reduction at all levels is informed by actionable crime analysis.  The expert team of presenters – a police executive, criminologist, and crime analyst – will discuss and explore how agencies of all sizes can integrate approaches such as problem-oriented policing, hot-spots policing, community policing, predictive policing and intelligence-led policing.

April 30, 2015 the symposium was presented to approximately 90 attendees in Oakland (CA).  IACA members Police Intelligence Analyst Dawn Clausius, Olathe (KS) Police Department, Deputy Chief Richard Del Toro, Port St. Lucie (FL) Police Department and Dr. Eleazer “Lee” D. Hunt Greensboro (NC) Police Department presented to attendees.  The Oakland (CA) Police Department and the California Endowment organization hosted the event at the Oakland Conference Center.  The next symposium sites are tentatively planned for the cities of Chicago (IL), Camden (NJ)-Wilmington (DE) and Detroit (MI).  The locations coordinate with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network partner cities. For additional information on that program please visit https://www.bja.gov/Programs/vrn.html.

Through our partnership with the Police Foundation and support from BJA, the IACA is proud to be able educate executives on the importance of the implementation of actionable crime analysis strategies into their daily police functions.  Through this partnership, with the Police Foundation, the IACA is pleased to be a part of the overall goal of supporting and enhancing crime analysis nationally. To view other BJA supported crime analysis projects, please visit their website at https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=113#horizontalTab3.

The IACA is hosting its 25 Year Anniversary Training Conference this year in Denver, CO, September 21-25, 2015. Registration is open and the conference committee is finalizing plans for the event. We are on track to have a class schedule available via the web the week of June 1st.  We are extremely excited and honored to have Denise O’Donnell, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, as our opening session keynote speaker.  Our luncheon keynote will be IACA Parliamentarian Nancy Sylvester.  She will be discussing recent changes in the IACA’s bylaws.

National Institute of Justice is a large part of our conference again this year. We will have a track of NIJ speakers to present on projects they are working with in conjunction with NIJ. We are finalizing nights out plans and looking forward to a great time in Denver celebrating IACA’s 25th year!  Please visit the IACA website for further details.

2015 is also the year for new elections. All positions on the Executive Board are open for new members to get involved. The nominations are in and the campaigning will begin soon for those who are running.

We value all of the support The Police Foundation offers the IACA and we look forward to continuing this wonderful partnership.

 

Sincerely,

Carolyn Cassidy, President

International Association of Crime Analysts

 

 

 

Carolyn Cassidy

Carolyn Cassidy is the Crime Analysis Training Director for the State of New York through the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is responsible for conducting and coordinating the training for all of the state’s Crime Analysis Centers. Carolyn served with the Gainesville (FL) Police Department for seven years as crime analyst. Carolyn then served as the crime analyst for four years at the Alexandria (VA) Police Department. While at APD, her focus became phone toll analysis and work in the Narcotics Investigations Unit. Carolyn has worked with several Federal, State and local agencies, as well as sitting on professional panels and focus groups to help enhance the crime analysis profession. She became IACA president in 2014 after serving on the IACA’s Executive Board as Vice President of Administration for two years.

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