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Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark

The Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark integrates research, problem solving, and criminal justice policy and practice. The institute serves as a neutral convener of government agencies and community partners. Its broad goal is to bring together social scientists, students, and practitioners and focus their collaborative activities on genuine community problems. Under the overall direction of Dr. George Kelling, but led by Mr. Michael Wagers, the Police Institute, at any one time, is involved in over a dozen initiatives. The Safer Cities Partnership, whose mission is to improve community safety in New Jersey through problem solving and collaboration, is the cornerstone of many of the institute's activities. Begun in 1999, Safer Cities is a broad coalition of criminal justice, social service, and faith-based organizations.

Among the Police Institute's other projects are: Operation CeaseFire, a strategy that is "working to stop the next shooting"; the Juvenile Justice Reentry Initiative, which is redesigning how ex-offenders are released back into the community; and the I-95 Domestic Security Preparedness Initiative, a project that involves police, criminal justice, and homeland security leaders from Boston to Miami. Supporting many of the institute's community justice efforts are its "network of community organizers" assembled and guided by Ms. Lori Scott-Pickens.

The institute also hosts the monthly Motorola Lecture Series to provide practitioners, community members, and students with a broad perspective on preventing crime and terrorism. Past speakers have included Sir Ian Blair, London Metropolitan Police, Chief William Bratton, LAPD, and best-selling authors Malcolm Gladwell and David Osborne.

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