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Radford University’s Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research presented its 2023 Excellence in Policing Award to City of Boulder (Colorado) Police Chief Maris Herold during a ceremony at the 31st annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference in Boulder in early August.
Rachel and Roberto Santos have built a policing model from practice and research that provides police leaders around the U.S. a clear path for institutionalization of crime reduction. They’ve also established a crime analysis and criminal intelligence minor designed to help Radford students build a foundation of knowledge and skills that is already translating to careers as law enforcement crime and intelligence analysts.
Radford University’s Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research presented its 2021 Excellence in Policing Award to Walton County, Florida, Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr. during a ceremony held in the university’s Hemphill Hall on April 7, 2022.
The following article highlights success of the Salt Lake City, UT Police Department in reducing crime through the implementation of Stratified Policing.
December 2023: SLCPD Highlights Reduction in Car Thefts & Car Burglaries
During Fall 2023, Drs. Santos partnered with the Savannah, GA Police Department to implement Stratified Policing departmentwide. Pictured here are Roberto and Rachel with Chief Lenny Gunther.
The following article highlights Lynchburg, VA Police Department's start of their implementation of Stratified Policing.
In May 2023, Drs. Santos speak a leadership seminar on Stratified Policing (pictured below) for the command staff of the Montgomery County, MD Police Department. They are pictured (above) with Lt. Brian Merryman, Assistant Chief Francke, and a representative of the Montgomery County Police Foundation who sponsored the event.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here with Chief Shon Barnes of the Madison, WI Police Department. In October 2022, they begin a partnership with MPD to implement Stratified Policing which include a review and recommendations for current crime analysis, problem solving, crime prevention, and accountability practices, agencywide training, and in depth assistance.
In 2023, Drs. Santos have partnered with the Prosper, TX Police Department to assist the agency in the full implementation of Stratified Policing. They are pictured here above with Chief Doug Kowalski.
RELEASED: JANUARY 2023!!!
The new COPS Office Guide: Proactive Response to Domestic-Related Repeat Calls for Service, is the result of the partnership between the Danville (VA) Police Department (DPD) and Radford University’s Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research.
Domestic-related calls for service are one of the most frequent categories police respond to and are one of the most dangerous calls for officers. Yet many of these calls do not constitute a domestic violence crime or trigger an arrest. Dispatchers use a “domestic disturbance” or “domestic violence” call type to alert responding officers to potential domestic violence issues based on the brief information provided by citizens who call 911. Once an officer arrives, there may be no probable cause or even an allegation of violence, so no report is required to be taken. Because most proactive domestic violence responses are initiated by a crime report, identifying repeat occurrences of noncriminal calls for service presents an opportunity for police to respond proactively with the potential to prevent future incidents of domestic violence.
Based on DPD’s implementation of one component of Stratified Policing (i.e., “repeat incidents”), the guide outlines a proactive police response to short-term domestic-related problems identified through repeat calls for service at individual addresses. Importantly, DPD carried out all proactive activities within its normal police business without specialized personnel or units or overtime pay. Thus, the process outlined and recommendations for implementation are realistic for any police agency to implement immediately. Lastly, although this guide focuses on a particular type of activity, the process can also be used for other types of repeat calls for service, for example, suspicious activity, drug activity, loud noise/parties, and alarms.
In 2022, Drs. Santos have partnered with the Salt Lake City, UT Police Department to assist the agency in the full implementation of Stratified Policing. They are pictured here above with Deputy Chief Scott Mourtgos.
In 2022, Drs. Santos have partnered with the Lynchburg, VA Police Department to assist the agency in the full implementation of Stratified Policing. They are pictured here above with Chief Ryan Zuidema. Below Dr. Roberto Santos is training LPD's command and executive staff on Stratified Policing and proactive crime reduction.
In 2022, Drs. Santos have partnered with the Boulder, CO Police Department to assist the agency in the full implementation of Stratified Policing. They are pictured here above with Chief Maris Herold. Below Dr. Roberto Santos is training Boulder PD's command and executive staff on Stratified Policing and proactive crime reduction.
In 2021, Drs. Santos have partnered with the Gastonia, NC Police Department to assist the agency in the full implementation of Stratified Policing. They are pictured here with Amanda Neese (PARC Administrator), Chief Brittan, and Assistant Chief Conard.
Since Summer 2021, Dr. Rachel Santos has been assisting the Atlanta, GA Police Department in refining and focusing their crime analysis capacity to product effective action-oriented and evaluation-oriented to support the weekly COBRA accountability meeting (pictured here).
In September 2021, Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos conducted crime analysis and sworn training for the Pineville, NC Police Department as the first part of its implementation of Stratified Policing. They will continue the partnership with Chief Hudgins and the department to provide assistance for the next several months until Stratified Policing is fully implemented.
Drs. Santos are pictured here with the command staff and newly hired crime analyst, Katherine Rimer (Radford University Alum 2021).
In Summer 2021, Drs. Santos conducted command-level, crime analysis, and operational personnel training for West Palm Beach Police, FL Police Department as part of their partnership to implement Stratified Policing.
The following article highlights the success of the Danville, VA Police Department's implementation of community engagement and proactive evidence-based crime reduction strategies through Stratified Policing.
Salisbury, NC Police partnered with Drs. Santos in 2017 to implement Stratified Policing. Chief Stokes discusses their crime reduction over the last several and the role of Stratified Policing in his agency.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos continue their partnership with the Putnam County, FL Sheriff's Office to implement Stratified Policing. They are pictured here with Colonel Joseph Wells and Sheriff "Gator" DeLoach.
Drs. Roberto (pictured above) and Rachel (pictured below) Santos recently conducted training for all ranks at the Matthews, NC Police Department as part of a comprehensive implementation of Stratified Policing in the department.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here with Chief Scott C. Booth and Danville, VA Police Department's command staff after accepting a Partnership Award from the Chief for their collaboration with DPD since January 2019 to implement Stratified Policing.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are partnering with Washoe County, NV Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Darin Balaam to implement proactive crime reduction strategies through Stratified Policing. In the Fall of 2019, Drs. Santos conducted an assessment of the agency that resulted in specific recommendations for tailoring Stratified Policing and a step-by-step implementation plan.
In Fall 2020, as part of Stratified Policing implementation, Drs. Santos conducted commander and executive training for Washoe County, NV Sheriff’s Office which included an overview of the approaches as well as sessions on crime analysis, accountability structure/meetings, and long-term problem solving. Separate sessions were conducted for sergeants, deputies, and detectives.
Dr. Steve Owen is pictured here at the Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety in Denver, Colorado, where he attended an active assailant preparedness training session sponsored by the “I Love You Guys” Foundation.
In 2019, Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos, pictured here with Chief Scott Booth and his command staff, partnered with the Danville, VA Police Department to implement Stratified Policing. In 2019, the City of Danville saw significant decreases in both violent and property crime after the implementation of Stratified Policing which is highlighted here in a TV news clip and a press conference held by Chief Booth at City Hall.
Drs. Santos are working with Chief Clark Pennington and the Matthews, NC Police Department (MPD) to implement Stratified Policing. They recently conducted a two-day site visit to conduct interviews and focus groups as part of an organizational assessment that will result in specific recommendations for the department's implementation.
Dr. Rachel Santos is working with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on a project for the Topeka, KS Police Department to address non-fatal shootings. Pictured with Dr. Santos are Dr. Sean Goodison, Rachael Arietti, Tom Wilson, and John Skaggs.
Drs. Rachel and Roberto Santos partnered with the Richmond County, GA School District Police Department and Chief Reginald Wade. In Summer 2019, they trained the entire department on proactive crime reduction, Stratified Policing, and in depth problem solving and will continue to assist the department and the school district to address fights, bullying, as well as issues related to drugs and guns on campuses. See the Police Practice-Based Research for more information about this project.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos presented on proactive crime reduction and Stratified Policing at the Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference 2019 in Tampa Florida highlighting the work they have done with Walton County, FL and Putnam County, FL Sheriff's Offices.
In June 2019, Drs. Santos began their partnership with the Fort Myers, Florida Police Department to implement Stratified Policing. They are pictured here with Deputy Chief Randall Pepitone, Chief Derrick Diggs, and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Meyers. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project.
Dr. Rachel Santos presented the keynote on the first day of the International Association of Crime Analysts, entitled: "The Promising Future of Crime Analysis in Effective Policing." The conference was held June 2019 in Calgary, Alberta and included crime analysts from around the US, Canada, and many European countries.
Since 2015, Dr. Roberto and Rachel Santos have partnered the Delaware State Police to enhance and evaluate its implementation of Stratified Policing. They recently spent two days with command staff conducting training on long-term problem solving, evaluation, and accountability. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project.
George Mason University Distinguished Professor David Weisburd, eminent police scholar and winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, pictured here with Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos after his recent talk at Radford University entitled, "Hots Spots of Crime and Placed-Based Prevention.
The Center has worked with local SW Virginia police departments to implement proactive crime reduction strategies and Stratified Policing through a grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Drs. Rachel and Roberto Santos pictured with the police chiefs of partner agencies, Don Goodman (Radford PD), Rick Arnold (Wytheville PD), Gary Roche (Pulaski PD), and Rick Clark (Galax PD). See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here with the Harrisonburg, VA Police Department command staff after conducting Stratified Policing training. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project.
Dr. Roberto and Rachel Santos worked with San Mateo County, CA Sheriff's Office to implement Stratified Policing and train their managers and commanders. They are pictured here with Assistant Sheriff Gregory Rothaus and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos in Redwood City, CA at the agency's training. See the Police Practice-Based Research page for more information about this project.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos pictured here with Port St. Lucie (FL) Police Department's Chief John Bolduc, command staff, crime analyst, and repeat offender program detectives after their completion of the Bureau of Justice Assistance SPI project entitled: "A Partially Blocked Randomized Controlled Trial of Offender-Focused Police Intervention in Residential Burglary and Theft from Vehicle Hot Spots."
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos are pictured here at the annual Problem-Oriented Policing Conference with Herman Goldstein who conceived and developed problem-oriented policing and received the International Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2018 for his global impact on the improvement of policing.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay, working with the Inter-American Development Bank to implement proactive crime reduction strategies and evaluate the results in the Montevideo Police Department.
Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos present findings from their random controlled trial on micro-time hot spots at the annual Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis conference in Elche, Spain.