By Nancy Kolb, Guest Blogger; and Senior Program Manager, Community Safety Initiatives, IACP
Budget challenges and resulting staffing reductions are having a marked impact on the entire criminal justice system. Law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies are looking at increased collaboration and partnerships as ways to do more with less.
Highlighted as one of the initiatives of the IACP President, Chief Walter A. McNeil, police-corrections partnerships are at the forefront of cross-agency collaborations. Although competing organizational approaches are sometimes cited as a barrier, through enhanced supervision, specialized enforcement, and information sharing, police and correctional agencies can leverage their resources to meet a common goal: crime control.
Over the last several years, the IACP has been developing resources aimed at building and sustaining successful police-corrections collaborations. The latest publication, Police-Corrections Partnerships: Collaborating for Strategic Crime Control, was developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. This guide is aimed at chief executives and focuses on the benefits and typologies of police-corrections partnerships. The guide also addresses the development and the sustainability of collaborative partnerships and provides a blueprint for a partnership model. These partnerships can reduce crime and have the ancillary benefit of increasing safety for police officers and correctional officers.
Other resources developed under the auspices of this project include Probation and Parole: A Primer for Law Enforcement and a video, Targeting Criminality: Successful Police Corrections Partnerships.
For more information, contact Nancy Kolb.