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WELCOME to Monroe NC from SPIAA President Robert Rollins and the Board.
62nd Annual SPIAA Training Conference.

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Focused Deterrence "Pulling Levers"

WELCOME to the SPIAA 62nd Annual Training Conference...

62nd SPIAA Training Conference
July 23-26, 2013
Monroe, North Carolina
Law Enforcement Training for SPIAA Members and Non-Members
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Focused Deterrence/“Pulling Levers”

          The 62nd SPIAA conference will be held July 23-26 in Monroe, North Carolina. Located approximately 25 miles from Charlotte, Monroe represents the best of southern charm and is a short distance from one of our nations most vibrant financial centers. Our training agenda will explore an important and innovative tactic used to suppress violence – Focused Deterrence – a strategy that narrowly tailors sanctions to specific individuals and/or specific criminal behaviors (for example handgun violence among gang members). Rather than rely upon the general deterrent effect of the traditional criminal justice process, potential offenders are explicitly told that the (their) risk of being sanctioned has increased unless they change their behavior.

          This model has been used by many jurisdictions around the United States. In Cincinnati Ohio, where racial tension between police and African Americans erupted into three days of rioting in 2001, the police department employed Focused Deterrence to target gang violence. Researchers working with the program discovered that the targeted individuals were associated (as victims, offenders, or both) with 75% of Cincinnati’s homicides. The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), had offenders attended a “call in” where they were told, face to face by the police, that gun violence would be met with swift and severe sanctions. As a result, Cincinnati homicides declined almost 20% overall, and 36% among Black males using handguns. While previous crackdowns in Cincinnati had resulted in a backlash from law abiding residents who felt harassed by police, this targeted crackdown was praised by community members. In High Point NC, an evaluation of a focused deterrence drug market policing strategy in that city found a statistically significant reduction in violent crime within the targeted neighborhoods compared to other High Point neighborhoods. In 2012, Kansas City launched “KC NOVA” (No Violence Alliance) a focused deterrence effort to reduce violence in the jurisdiction. This project represents an implementation of the model in its infancy and thus provides a unique perspective for discussion.

          Our conference training program will present to attendees the critical elements of the focused deterrence/ pulling levers model. Three geographically diverse implementations of the tactic (Cincinnati, High Point, and Kansas City) will be discussed in detail by police commanders involved with these programs. Each department’s strategy will be examined individually with regard to its leadership, funding, administration and community support issues. A facilitated panel discussion will focus on the similarities and differences between the implementations. Conference delegates will have ample opportunities to ask questions of command officers who are currently engaged in focused deterrence initiatives. Additionally, participants will have two hours of legal updates concerning recent changes in criminal procedure and administrative law.


          We look forward to seeing you all in wonderful Union County, North Carolina and we will have hotel and registration information soon.


Courtesy of Bill Draper, Associated Press, March 23, 2013
Kansas City Kansas - KC fights violent crime with incentive program. An alternative law enforcement approach offers incentives to convicted and would-be criminals to change their ways. But local leaders think their newest assault on violent crime - patterned after a "focused deterrence" model created in Boston in the mid-1990s and refined over the years by cities like Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Los Angeles - might finally change things.
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