Special Tip Sheet from WSU Spokane
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Week of: April 16, 1999
Media Contact: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527,chamberlain@wsu.edu or
Dick Cottam, Spokane Police Department, 509/625-4456, pio@spokanecounty.org

WRICOPS Community Oriented Policing Conference April 19-22
More than 300 persons from throughout the nation are expected to attend this conference in Spokane on community oriented policing. They will include law enforcement officials, academicians, policymakers, community leaders and other interested citizens. Conference sponsors are the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS) at WSU Spokane, Washington State University at Spokane, the Spokane Police Department and the City of Spokane. The conference is being held at the Ridpath Hotel, 515 W. Sprague.

HERE IS A LIST OF SELECTED TOPICS YOU MAY WANT TO COVER:

"Proactive School Security and Crisis Preparedness"

Strategies that emphasize school, law enforcement and community partnerships. Lessons learned from national tragedies, "New Times, New Crimes" (homemade bombs, bomb threats, technology offenses, terrorist-like threats, etc.), drugs and concealed weapons update, reducing student victimization, myths and misconceptions vs. reality. Wednesday, April 21: 8-9:15 a.m. keynote presentation; 9:30 a.m.-noon workshop; repeated 1:30-4 p.m.

"Emotional Survival: Integrity Inoculation for the Community Based Policing Officer"

The dynamic on the street can turn idealistic and highly motivated law enforcement officers into cynical and angry individuals who perceive the community at large as a potential threat. How can this be survived and overcome? Tuesday, April 20: 9:30 a.m.-noon; repeated 1:30-4:30 p.m.

"Providing Assistance Service to Older Victims of Crime"
Senior citizens fear violent crime, but data show that seniors are more likely to be victimized by fraud -- telephone and mail scams, bank examiner fraud, roofer or driveway repair schemes, theft by persons they hire for various personal services, and the like. Topics covered will include demographic issues facing police departments, perceptions vs. realities of crime for older people, unique impacts crimes have on older victims. Tuesday, April 20: 9:30 a.m.-noon; repeated 1:30-4:30 p.m.

"Cultural Awareness and Diversity in Community Policing"

Rapidly changing demographics and cultural influences will have a significant -- even dramatic -- effect on delivery of safety and other services to the public. Pragmatic, educational approach designed to build skills, knowledge and tools for understanding cultural communication dynamics, cultural indicators, communication process vs. content, influences of culture within communities and more. Wednesday, April 21: 9:30 a.m.-noon workshop; repeated 1:30-4 p.m.

"Futures Research and Community Policing"

Speaker: Judith Lewis, retired captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and past president of the Society of Police Futurists International. Thursday, April 22: 8-9:15 a.m.

FYI CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING

Congressional staff from throughout Washington and Idaho have been invited to attend Thursday morning sessions and to attend a special briefing on WRICOPS and higher education/policing agency/community partnerships 10-11 a.m. The briefing session is open to media, but is not a news conference.

WRICOPS BACKGROUND
The Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety was formed in 1996 under the leadership of WSU Spokane. WRICOPS works to extend the community policing partnerships model to the western five-state region of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. WRICOPS offers training, technical and organization development assistance and research components. The program is cited as a model by the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and receives frequent visits of delegations from other states to learn from its success. As a national partnership model, WRICOPS is one of 29 university-practitioner collaborations funded by Congress, known as Regional Community Policing Institutes. Originally funded in 1996 with $500,000 from the Department of Justice, three-year funding now totals $2,470,000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
A full conference program is available online at:
<http://www.spokane.wsu.edu/research&service/WRICOPS/WRICOPS.html>.
To arrange interviews with speakers outside their scheduled appearances or with WRICOPS Executive Director Jon Walters, contact Barb Chamberlain, WSU Spokane Communications Manager, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu.

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