Stalking Victimization; Language Barriers; Reducing Crime; Community Policing
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released Stalking Victimization in the United States. The special report presents findings on nonfatal incidents based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date. Data were collected in a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Topics covered in the report include stalking and harassment prevalence rates by demographic characteristics, offender attributes, victim-offender relationship, duration of stalking, cyberstalking, protection measures, and emotional impact. The document also contains data concerning whether victims sought help from others, the involvement of a weapon, injuries sustained, other crimes perpetrated by the stalker, and response by the criminal justice system.
Highlights from the report revealed that about half (46 percent) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, and 11 percent of victims said that they had been stalked for five years or more. Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of cyberstalking, such as e-mail (83 percent) or instant messaging (35 percent). Women were at greater risk than men for stalking victimization; however, women and men were equally likely to experience harassment. Nearly 3 in 4 stalking victims knew their offender in some capacity. More than half of stalking victims lost five or more days from work. The report is available at the BJS website, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs, and at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s website, http://www.ncjrs.gov, under NCJ 224527.
Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement is an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) report that discusses overcoming language barriers. Changing demographics across the United States have led to a need for law enforcement agencies to be able to communicate more effectively with the people in their jurisdictions. The COPS Office and the Vera Institute of Justice formed a partnership to identify and disseminate promising practices that some police departments have implemented so that others can model programs after these to address language barriers they face. The report (NCJ 227423) can be accessed at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s website, http://www.ncjrs.gov.
Local elected officials and police departments across the United States are discovering that communities can “build” their way out of persistent crime problems that often cannot be solved just through arrests. The new Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) publication, A Policymaker’s Guide to Building Our Way Out of Crime: The Transformative Power of Police-Community Developer Partnerships, examines case studies in Charlotte, North Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Providence, Rhode Island, and chronicles the accomplishments of this strategic alliance in these cities. It addresses efforts to reduce crime and improve economic vitality through partnerships comprising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government, community development leaders, financial industry investment strategists, private foundation executives, and law enforcement managers. This document, based on a longer COPS guidebook, provides evidence that police-community developer partnerships can convert crime hot spots that ruin entire neighborhoods into safety-generating community assets. For further information, access the publication (NCJ 227421) at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s website, http://www.ncjrs.gov.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released Community Policing: Looking to Tomorrow, which summarizes a series of roundtable discussions held across the country where police chiefs, sheriffs, and other leaders shared their views on community policing. The voices of the law enforcement leaders heard in this report are varied and reflect a broad policing experience, but what they have in common is a continuing interest in delivering the best quality police service to the communities they serve. Section I presents the roundtable participants’ views about what community policing looks like today and the challenges it faces and summarizes their predictions about how community policing may evolve in the future. Section II provides suggestions about how police departments and city leaders can work together to enhance their community policing efforts and continue to strive to take community policing to the next level. Readers may access the report (NCJ 227424) at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s website, http://www.ncjrs.gov.