Hall of Fame inductees were Deputy Police Chief Hassan Aden of Alexandria, Va.; Redlands, The Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University in Virginia yesterday inducted eight members. The hall of fame, part of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, 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. At the ceremony, James Birch, acting director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, noted that the number of funding applications to his agency’s Smart Policing Initiative, which provides seed funding to law enforcement agencies that want to use evidence and research in developing new strategies in partnership with local researchers, has doubled in the last year. Nearly 35 law enforcement agencies proposed to take part in this effort this fiscal year, up from under 20 the previous year.
Hall of Fame inductees were Deputy Police Chief Hassan Aden of Alexandria, Va.; Redlands, Ca., Police Chief James Bueermann; Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Marietta, Ga., Police Chief Dan Flynn; Queensland, Austria, Police Service Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin; UK Natonal Policing Improvement Agency Chief Constable Peter Neyroud, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; and retired Charlotte Police Chief Darrel Stephens. Stephens and crriminologist Joan Petersilia of the University of California Irvine were presented the Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy.