October 24, 2013

The Riley County Police Department recently took part in an international convention for law enforcement hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This conference held from October 19th to the 23rd was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had attendance from around the globe. This conference offered workshops, class sessions, panels and other learning opportunities for the department’s representatives.

Prior to the conference The Riley County Police Department submitted research for the department’s “Initiative: Laser Point” to the Judging Panel of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for the IACP. This organization gives recognition for outstanding research related to law enforcement and annually recognizes three agencies from around the world.

This year RCPD was informed that they would be receiving the 2013 IACP/Sprint Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award: Bronze from the RAC with the IACP. This award comes after months of research which was used to develop the hot spot policing method currently utilized by RCPD; Initiative: Laser Point. Hot spot policing is a method of evidence-based policing which more effectively utilizes law enforcement resources. It is proven to reduce crime in both urban areas and now, areas like Manhattan and Riley County.

RCPD was recognized at an awards dinner during the 120th Annual IACP Conference along with Kent Police (The United Kingdom) and Daytona Beach Florida Police.

“It is an honor for the RCPD to share this recognition with the police agencies in Kent and Daytona Beach. It is a testament to the quality of our officers and of our research partners at Kansas State University.” -Captain Tim Hegarty, Riley County Police Department.

Riley County Police would like to thank the research team of Dr. Susan Williams and Will Chernoff of the Kansas State University Sociology Department, for playing a critical role in the evaluating and validating of the results that were collected by patrol officers over several months. Dr. Williams has partnered with the department several times over the past decade on various law enforcement research projects.

RCPD would also like to recognize the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) and more specifically Shaun Stanton, the department’s Crime Intelligence Analyst, for developing means of selecting, pairing, and randomizing hot spot areas as well as tracking the department’s progress in these areas. This research could not have been possible without the effort put forth by all those involved.

“This was truly a collaborative effort and an example of how local law enforcement teamed up with area resources can potentially affect change around the world. This is an exciting time to be in law enforcement.” –Public Information Officer Matthew Droge, Riley County Police Department.

For more information on Initiative: Laser Point, visit www.RileyCountyPolice.org (http://bit.ly/1fW3GrA). You can also see the research summary posted to our News Article section.

For more information on the Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award Program visit http://www.theiacp.org/PublicationsGuides/ResearchCenter/Publications/tabid/299/Default.aspx?id=1441&v=1.