2013 EXCELLENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT RESEARCH AWARD RECIPIENTS

Internet Risk Assessment Tool (KIRAT)
Kent, United Kingdom, Police
Gold Award Winner

Left to right: Laurence Alison, professor, University of Liverpool; Matthew Long, detective chief inspector, Kent Police; and Laurie Robinson, professor, George Mason University

KIRAT is a risk assessment tool and that strives to identify, from the available intelligence, those individuals most at risk of committing contact sexual offences allowing the police to take action to protect children. The purpose of the tool is also to assist with risk management, prioritization and workload management within indecent images of children (IIOC, child abuse material or child pornography) investigations. From 2009 to 2011 Kent Police partnered with the University of Liverpool to devise a new, innovative, academically validated risk assessment tool to help front line Detectives in assessing the risk offenders posed. It has now been rolled out to 40 Law Enforcement Agencies across the UK. KIRAT is estimated to have saved the UK £1,500,000.00 which can be re-invested into child protection. It has standardized risk assessment in child abuse material cases across the UK with over three quarters of Law Enforcement Agencies using the tool and more in training. During the lifetime of the project Kent Police's Detectives have safeguarded over 330 children.

Evidence-Based Offender Profiling Program
Daytona Beach, Florida, Police Department
Silver Award Winner

Left to right: Laurie Robinson, professor, George Mason University; Bryanna Hahn Fox, assistant professor, University of South Florida; Kerry Orpinuk, captain, Daytona Beach Police Department

The Evidence-Based Offender Profiling Program was established by the Daytona Beach Police Department in partnership with Cambridge University as a pioneering research collaboration to scientifically develop, and test, the first data-driven profile for burglary in the United States. Every year, over 2.5 million burglaries occur in the U.S., though less than 13% of those crimes are ever solved. With a financial impact over $5 billion dollars, there are serious economic consequences to this prevalent but highly unsolved offense. Results of the experiment show that the police department using the burglary profiles cleared nearly four times as many burglaries as the departments which did not, despite having nearly identical arrest rates at the start of the experiment. A follow-up cost-benefit analysis showed that such an improvement in clearance rate could result in over $6.3 million in direct savings for a mid-size police department.

Initiative: Laser Point
Riley County, Kansas, Police Department
Bronze Award Winner

Left to right: Shaun Stanton, crime analyst, Riley County Police Department; Matthew Droge, public information officer, Riley County Police Department; Dr. Sue Williams, Kansas State University; Tim Hegarty, captain, Riley County Police Department; Brad Schoen, director, Riley County Police Department; and Laurie Robinson, professor, George Mason University

Initiative: Laser Point was developed and implemented Riley County Police Department in partnership with Kansas State University. This geospatial crime reduction project focused on whether or not micro hot spot policing works in non-urban regions such as Manhattan, KS and whether or not officer behavior within the treatment area mattered. Results were significant and positive that hot spot policing at micro places, using 15 minute treatment, decreased calls for services and part I/part II crimes when comparing the same geographic areas over a four-year period. Despite the recent Manhattan, KS area growth, the crime rate has steadily declined over the last four years, in large part due to this initiative. As demonstrated in this study by a police/university team, evidence-based policing such as hot-spot strategies may address containment, proactivity, and cost-efficient policing practices, while fostering community connections.

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