Associate Professor Phyllis McDonald was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportaion's Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) for a two-year term. The committee advises the Federal Transit Administration on transit safety issues, and its reccomendations help the FTA develop new policies and practices as well as regulations for enhancing rail safety.
McDonald has been a professor with PSL since 2000 and has previously served as the Seanior Research Analyst with the National Institute of Justice.
Incoming police chief Robert White is known for imposing tough discipline, developing community partnerships and turning around troubled police departments, said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
That's why Monday, Hancock said, he made the toughest decision of his 99 days in office when he selected White to be Denver's next police chief — choosing an outsider over a popular division chief.
White, 59, has been chief of the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Department since 2003. He will be Denver's first African-American police chief and only the second chief from outside the department in 50 years.
"We have got to begin to restore the trust, and I felt that Chief White was the best person to do that," Hancock said. White has exactly the professionalism and personality he was looking for, repeating a statement made by Louisville's mayor that "White is a police officer's officer."Read the full story in the Denver Post
On Thursday, October 20, 2011 Dave Thomas received the Champion of Change award at the White House for his work in combating violence agaisnt women.
According to Thomas " I was both humbled and honored to receive a Champions of Change award along with 13 exceptional and deserving honorees. As I sat there and listened to the gripping stories of my fellow Champions it was clear to me that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got it right when he said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
"We have come a long way, but there are still many victories to be won. Working together we can make justice a reality and make righteousness more than just a dream."
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the appointment of Greg Marshall as Chief Security Officer (CSO). In this capacity, Mr. Marshall is responsible for security related issues affecting the Department-personnel security, physical security, administrative security, special security, identity management, special access programs, and security training and awareness.
Mr. Marshall began his Federal career as a police officer with the United States Capitol Police in 1984. In 1988, Mr. Marshall transferred to the Howard County Maryland Police Department, retiring in 2007 as a senior commander. In 2007, he returned to federal service when he joined DHS as the Deputy Chief of Physical Security. He was later promoted to Deputy Chief Security Officer.
A 27-year law enforcement veteran, Mr. Marshall holds as Master of Science in Management degree from Johns Hopkins University.
The Maryland State Motor Vehicle Administration awarded the Johns Hopkins University, a $50,000 grant to conduct research on traffic violations. An error analysis of traffic violations leading to five points on a Maryland State license will be conducted in order to determine the types of topics to be covered in the MVA Driver Improvement Instructional Program. Phyllis McDonald, Associate Professor, PSL, will direct the gathering and analysis of data and development of the new instructional program.
PSL student James Davis, an officer with the United States Capitol Police Department and a First Sgt. with the United States Army Reserves proudly raised the JHU flag over the Bagdad Embassy during his recent deployment.
The flag was given to him by a Johns Hopkins Alumni and current member of the armed forces serving in Iraq. According to 1Sgt.Davis, the flag been across the globe and has a very long and proud history. Sgt. Davis also flew a US flag to honor SOE, Associate Dean Sheldon Greenberg, for his work in law enforcement and support of the men and women in uniform serving around the world.
Director of the Division of Public Safety Leadership Doug Ward was quoted in a story this week in the Baltimore Sun, discussing the ethics of police using the cell phone GPS device of a suspect to track them.
"For investigators, the cellphone has become one of the greatest tools available," he said.
"But certainly we want to do this the right way and protect peoples rights. This technology is going to cause more and more of these arguments, and the courts are going to have to settle how it all turns out. Like anything else, there can be abuses. Justice demands that we weigh that."
The story in question centers around a recent refusal by U.S. District Judge Susan K. Gauvey to issue a warrant to track a suspect through his cell phone - saying that the government was trying to use the technology in a new way "not to collect evidence of a crime but solely to locate a charged defendant."
Various courts have muddled ruling on such cases, so it will be interesting to see what direction such methods take in the future, as more and more people have cellular phones.
A string of recent misconduct by Baltimore police officers has caused some questions about the leadership of Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld, and Division of Public Safety Leadership Director Sheldon Greenberg was quoted in the Baltimore Sun's story on the subject.
Bealefeld's department has suffered a string of recent controversy, with several incidents - the fatal shooting of a plainclothes officer by fellow officers outside of a nightclub in January, over 50 officers implicated in a towing kickback scheme and a veteran officer being indicted for sellling drugs while on duty - leading some to question his authority, though downward trends in crime have him in the good graces of the political leadership by and large.
"The reality is, chiefs of police nationwide work for a political leader, and their tenure is based on how they serve that political leader," Greenberg said. "What politicians want first and foremost is good stats, and they're willing to forgo a lot of other things if their chiefs give them good statistics."
Greenberg said police chiefs should be accountable for what happens on their watch. "The question is, is it an isolated situation? These could be very isolated situations that happen to be coming to the fore in a tight time period, or they may arise when you start looking into things and find other things," he said.
In one city, Greenberg said, a police chief with just a few weeks on the job was run out of town after an officer shot and killed a teenage boy. In other cities, chiefs can weather scandal after scandal, crisis after crisis, for years. Problems may be deeply entrenched, and fixes can take years to be realized.
"There's a difference between mistakes and wrongdoing," he said.
Brian Martin, an aviator in the Army Reserve, missed his graduation last year from the School of Education’s Public Safety Leadership Program because of his third deployment to the Middle East. But this year was the charm. After earning his master’s degree in management, Martin walked across the stage in front of his fellow Johns Hopkins graduates and some members of last year’s graduating class who were on hand to congratulate him. The father of three from Dorchester County, Md., has been an Army pilot for 24 years – six of them on active duty and 18 as a reservist. Now a pilot with the Maryland Natural Resources Police, he has served two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star and two Air Medals. Martin’s academic life is just as decorated. He was awarded the Hodson Star Scholarship for veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The scholarship benefits undergraduate and graduate students at Johns Hopkins as well as Hood College, St. John’s College and Washington College.
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Division of Public Safety Leadership faculty members Christina Harnett and Joan DeSimone both had chapters included in the recently published "Treating Young Veterans: Promoting Resilience Through Practice and Advocacy"
The text, put out by Springer Publishing, is edited by Diann Kelly, Sydney Barksdale and David Gitelson.
According to the book's website,
Many veterans unsuccessfully attempt to self-manage their mental and physical health needs. This volume examines the multiple challenges awaiting the new generation of young veterans returning to civilian life, and provides strategies for mental health professionals to assist them in the process of readjustment. It incorporates multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art research to present practice and advocacy opportunities that facilitate a healthy and socially engaged reintegration into society for both traditional veterans (enlisted and career military personnel) and nontraditional veterans (reservists, national guardsmen, and women) aged 18 to 40 years.
The volume is divided into three sections: Assessment and Practice Approaches to Promote Resilience; Outreach and Practice With Special Communities, and Advocacy Practice to Promote Young Veterans' Well-Being. Each section includes an introduction highlighting the chapters, and an epilogue delineating important steps in practice, outreach, and advocacy.
Professor of Applied Ethics and Humanities professor Chris Dreisbach penned this article for Think, a journal published by the Royal Institute of Philosophy at Cambridge.
Osama bin Laden means well. This is evident from his declarations, juridical decrees, lectures, epistles, and written reminders, which Bruce Lawrence has made available in Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden (2005; hereafter referred to by the page numbers in parentheses) a single volume. Duty, Osama claims, compels Muslims' support for jihad against the ‘Crusader–Jewish Alliance’ (7, 23). But many attack his goals and behavior as immoral. Initiatives he has supported or directed represent his strategy for fulfilling his duty and demonstrate its apparent immorality at the same time: notably, attacks on U.S. embassies, the 9/11 attacks, and more recently an alleged plot to detonate hydrogen peroxide bombs in public transportation venues. Moreover, his willingness to kill innocents generally is self-evidently wrong, as is his blanket hatred of Jews, Americans, and Christians (56, 87); although on one occasion he has declared that ‘many in the West are polite and good people’ (142).
Division of Public Safety Leadership faculty member Dr. Kathleen Kiernan was interviewed this month in the well-respected ASIS International Dynamics magazine.
Dr. Kiernan was discussed her work in the law enforcement world and was asked several questions about her career, which has spanned both the public and private sectors. Two examples are below. To read the interview in it's entirety, go to the PDF of the magazine here. Her interview begins on page 12.
Q: What strengths have been most beneficial to your success?
A: I think [one strength is a] deep knowledge and understanding of threats we face—the motivation and intent of our adversaries—
whether or not those adversaries are business rivals, international terrorists, or criminals. In addition to this knowledge is the development of personal character, leadership skills, and communication skills that are fundamental to credibility and influence. It really is all about leadership.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever received?
A: Fail forward. Do not be afraid of taking a risk in order to succeed. The best lessons I learned were from making mistakes the
first time that I tried a new skill. It can be a challenge to feel comfortable taking a risk—the environment was not always forgiving for women in what was traditionally a male-dominated occupation.
Often, you must forgive yourself before your work environment does. You learn to roll with the punches, develop a thick skin, and always be open to learning, which sometimes comes from the most unexpected places. For me, that means not only from colleagues and peers, but also from dealing with human behavior at its extremes, as is often seen in the field of law enforcement.
Challenges are part of every occupation and the key is really how you deal with them. I always worked at turning a “no” into a “yes,” and learned as well that competence trumps gender, age, ethnicity, and skill level. I learned to work through or work around professional obstacles where they existed and in the process had the opportunity to become a “first” in many areas, including participation in specialized arson and explosive investigative teams. But most importantly, I was not the last woman to do so. My former agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, has women involved on every technical and policy level.
On April 28, 2011 PSL Faculty Member, Dave Thomas briefed congress on Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). With VAWA set to expire this year, Thomas as well as other advocates and survivors addressed the need for VAWA reauthorization and federal funding for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking programs. Thomas’ presentation focused on how VAWA has positively transformed law enforcement response to domestic and sexual violence.
Richard Lisko (BS 2010, MS 2011) wrote an article for this month's issue of Police Chief Magazine titled "Agency Policies Imperative to Disclose Brady v. Maryland Material to Prosecutors.
Lisko is a Lieutenant and Assistant Precinct Commander for Baltimore County's police department.
On March 23, 2011, Christina Harnett, a PSL faculty member and a licensed clinical psychologist, was awarded the State of Maryland Meritorious Service Medal, the second highest military medal issued in Maryland. Harnett received this honor for her “exceptional service to the warriors of the Maryland National Guard as they resume their civilian lives following deployment.” Harnett has been providing the National Guard with professional behavioral health services for over four years as a member of the Maryland Defense Force and faculty member of the Maryland National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. The program helps “citizen-soldiers” returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to transition back into a civilian society. Harnett heads a team that developed the program’s resilience curriculum and provides ongoing reintegration training and support, as well as pre-deployment training for soldiers and their families.
Commenting on Harnett’s award, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gafney, who heads the Maryland Guard’s Deployment Cycle Support program, said, “her hard work, dedication and volunteerism has meant that the reintegration program remains in the forefront of those in the nation.” In 2009, Harnett was awarded the U.S. Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, one of the few medals that the Army bestows on civilians.
Christopher Dreisbach, an assistant professor at the Division of Public Safety Leadership, was quoted in a recent Baltimore Sun story examining the rebuilding of the relationship between the city prosecutor's office and the police department under new state's attorney Gregg Bernstein.
Bernstein, who took office largely on a platform of better relations with the police department (and the subsequent support of the department itself), is considering eliminating a division within his office that is devoted to police misconduct, something that his predecessor, Patricia Jessamy, wasn't shy about criticising.
"The Police Department isn't the enemy" of the prosecutor's office, said Christopher Dreisbach, an assistant professor within the Division of Public Safety Leadership at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education. "There's a kind of loss of confidence in the whole law enforcement structure of the city if the two main players are feuding with each other."
Darrell Stephens, executive director of the major Cities Chiefs Association at the Division of Public Safety Leadership, has been named to the expert panel chosen by Baltimore City mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to investigate a shooting in January outside of a nightclub that ended with the death of a veteran police officer and a 22-year-old man.
Officials say the independent review board will issue a comprehensive report on the circumstances that led to the agency's first fatal police-on-police shooting in more than 80 years, killing Officer William H. Torbit Jr. and civilian Sean Gamble, and make recommendations to improve policies.
Teresa Chambers, a Division of Public Safety Leadership alumna and current faculty member, was named the head of the U.S. Park Police eight years ago, but was relieved of her job a year later after comments discussing budget shortfalls in her department were published in the Washington Post.
Believing her termination to be unjustified, Chambers and her husband battled for seven years to reverse the decision and was successful, as a court determined that her actions were legal under federal whistle-blower laws.
“I was losing faith in a system that I believed in, in a country that I love,” she said. “I bleed red, white, and blue and to be sitting here today, now, in the one police chief’s position that can both serve the country and serve the profession is such an honor and I’ve got my pride back in everything I believed in growing up and still do.”
Read the full story on ABCNews.com
Doug Ward, Director of the Division of Public Safety Leadership was a guest on Marc Steiner Show January 19, 2011 to discuss police-community relations in the wake of the Select Lounge shootings. He was joined by guests Dr. Marvin "Doc" Cheatham - Former President of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP and Greg Thompkins, Baltimore City resident, musician and music teacher. To listen to the podcast click here
A recent story about the increased levels in job-related deaths of police officers in 2010 quoted PSL director Doug Ward, who spoke about the fact that many of the deaths were related to traffic incidents rather than other aspects of police work.
Doug Ward, director of the division of public safety leadership at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, called the 2010 increase "troubling" but found no obvious explanation.
"Until you look at each one of these cases, it's hard to know the why," he said.
Ward, a 27-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, said it should be no surprise that traffic fatalities exceeded the deaths by firearms. Gun incidents are relatively rare, he said, and some officers never encounter a shooting incident. Meanwhile, virtually every officer is exposed to potential traffic injuries.
"They're just out there more, and there's more of them out there, so just statistically it's bound to happen," he said.
Division of Public Safety Leadership director Doug Ward was quoted in a recent article from the Baltimore Sun about the recent arrest in Catonsville of a man who plotted to blow up a military recruitment center.
The article discusses the police tactic of targeting people they believe to have 'jihadic' tendencies, then working with them to plan their violent attack, only to arrest them prior to carrying it out. Critics call the tactic 'entrapment', but Ward - a 27-year member of Maryland's State Police prior to working at the University, disagrees.
"If your intent is to do harm, does it really matter how you want to do it?" said Doug Ward, the director of the division of public safety leadership at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Police could make arrests based on threats, but Ward, a retired 27-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, said it's much better to catch someone with his finger on the trigger — even on the trigger of a bomb that authorities know won't go off.
"They are making a better case while still preventing the act," he said. "If somebody says he intends to blow up a building, was that true or just somebody mouthing off? The more you have, the easier it is for a jury to determine true intent. … Is it just words or is it words and deeds?"
i2 Board Member Recognized with Women of Influence Award
McLEAN, Va., -- Nov. 16, 2010 -- The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) honored i2 Board Member Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, a former official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with a Women of Influence Award. EWF is a community of the most influential female executives within the Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management industries globally.
The awards, which were co-presented by Alta Associates and CSO Magazine in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month, recognized women in four categories: the public sector, academia, a private solutions provider from the security industry and a corporate practitioner, as well as a "One to Watch" award to a future leader in the security field. The winners were nominated by peers in the security community. Dr. Kiernan was presented with the public sector award.
“Kathleen’s selfless commitment to public service is beyond measure,” said Joyce Brocaglia, CEO of Alta Associates and Founder of the EWF.
“From logging miles to raise awareness of breast cancer research to teaching the next generation of leaders and serving vital roles in national and homeland security, she epitomizes the values of EWF.
Judges selected the winners based upon a six-point set of criteria:
“I am humbled to receive the Women of Influence Award for the public sector. It’s not too often that you can be recognized for something you are so passionate about,” said Dr. Kiernan. “It’s inspiring to see the EWF’s great work in building a strong network of influential women who are dedicated to the information security field and giving back to the communities in which they live and work. That’s an obligation that I take seriously in my day-to-day professional and personal life.
Dr. Kiernan is the CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, an international consulting firm which supports federal and civil clients. She previously served as the assistant director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the ATF. She also is a senior fellow for the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. She also chairs InfraGard, a 41,000 member organization that drives public-private partnership dialogue and strategies to protect national security.
“On behalf of i2, I congratulate Dr. Kiernan on winning the Women of Influence Award,” said i2 CEO Robert Griffin. “It’s gratifying to have an active Board member of her caliber who is so committed to advancing the missions of our customers. She continues to be an influential leadership mentor to me and has made great contributions in helping grow i2 as a business.
Dr. Kiernan joined the i2 Board in November 2009.
PSL Faculty member, Darrel Stephens was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. The Hall recognizes innovative law enforcement practitioners who have been central to the implementation of a high quality research program in their affiliated agency, highlighting individual excellence in both using and conducting policing research.
July 11, 2010
LEWISTON, NY – The Tuscarora Nation, a small band of the Six Nations Iroquois, gave honors to John Wigle at its 165th Nation Picnic and Field Day this past Saturday. The tribe held the honoring ceremony immediately after the opening of the oldest annual event in Niagara County history, which includes a parade along Walmore Road to the picnic grove next to the Tuscarora School. The Tuscarora chiefs and clan mothers marched with an eagle feather staff and two brilliant purple and white flags to the sound of a traditional powwow drum song. The procession of tribal officials, the newly crowned Tuscarora Princess, followed by veterans, children dressed in regalia, school sports teams, and fire trucks ended at a small stage in a grove of trees where the flags and staff were posted in the manner of a color guard to open the event.
Elder Robinson said a prayer in the native tongue of the Tuscarora. The emcee, Neil Patterson, Sr. dismissed John Wigle from the powwow drum, one of the roles John carries out at the picnic each year, to be honored on the stage. Mr. Patterson recounted with pride the life works of Mr. Wigle and his dedication and loyalty to the small tribe of the Iroquois. The White Bear Clan Mother, Francene Patterson, bestowed the native name of Thr?tik?hraye:r? (Tra’-dee-keh-raw-yea-ree’) a name of high regard among the Tuscarora. The literal translation from the Tuscarora language is “he is right minded.” The Clan Mother spoke of the meaning of the name, and how it can be personally costly and difficult to follow the right path, or the “good mind” of Iroquois lore. She recounted a few occasions the tribe vigilantly watched as he handled several ordeals with grace and dignity. She handed him a finely beaded Iroquois picture frame with an engraving to commemorate the occasion of his honoring.
The powwow drum sounded again with an honoring song to hearken the crowd gathered to shake Mr. Wigle’s hand and to thank him for his deeds. The chiefs, clan mothers, the Tuscarora Princess, elders and tribal members stood in line to shake his hand and exchanged nods of recognition, words of appreciation, smiles and laughter with him.
John Wigle is a descendant of the Turtle Clan of the Tuscarora Nation, and a direct descendant of Chief William Chew or Sacharissa who signed the 1838 Buffalo Creek Treaty with the United States and who is the namesake of the Sacarissa Lodge, a Western New York legacy. John is the Public Advocate of the American Indian Society of Washington, DC, and an adjunct senior lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland. He resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife and children, who along with his mother made the pilgrimage to the small reservation community to observe the event.
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