Institute For Public Safety Partnership

Public Service and Public Education Projects

A core mission of the Center for Research in Law and Justice is to translate knowledge into practice and provide public education, service and technical assistance on issues of public safety. The development and support of multi-agency partnerships and coalitions is one of the primary methods used to achieve this mission. Much of this work is carried out by the Center’s Institute for Public Safety Partnership (IPSP). Examples of funded projects are listed below.

Issues Forums on Community Policing Approaches to Violent Crime

IPSP conducts issue forums on specific topics under the broad rubric of preventing and reducing urban violence. This program produces publications useful to communities throughout the nation.

Co-PI’s: Robert P. Boehmer & William McCarty

Community Corrections Problem Solving Through Web 2.0

IPSP, in conjunction with the American Probation and Parole Association, formed a National Training and Technical Assistance Partnership to improve the implementation of evidence based practices in support of neighborhood based probation and parole.

CO-PI’s: Robert P. Boehmer & William McCarty

Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. In conjunction with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, ISPS acted as the fiscal agent for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to operate its anti-gang activities in three high crime police districts in the City of Chicago.

CO-PI’s: Robert F. Rich & Robert P. Boehmer

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. In conjunction with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, ISPS acted as the fiscal agent for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to operate its project Safe Neighborhoods activities in three high crime districts in the City of Chicago.

CO-PI’s: Robert F. Rich & Robert P. Boehmer

Addressing Gang Mobility: A Targeted Approach in Illinois and Pennsylvania​

Funded by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to conduct a pilot project to address gang and violence issues by developing and implementing partnership-based gang strategies in four target areas.

PI: Robert P. Boehmer

Englewood Weed and Seed

IPSP acted as the site coordinator and fiscal agent for the Weed and Seed program in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago for three federal fiscal years.

PI: Robert P. Boehmer

Project Safe Neighborhoods Community Liaison Program

Funded by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to assist the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. This initiative sought to increase communication and cooperation with community service providers in the PSN target districts and develop corporate resources to support PSN media and community services efforts.

PI: Robert P. Boehmer

Community Coalition Building: Responding to the Impact of Methamphetamine in Our Communities

Funded by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. This program developed a model community coalition capacity building program to combat the spread of methamphetamine, provide problem solving training to new and existing community coalitions and to provide them the opportunity to obtain seed money to use their newly acquired problem solving skills to address the methamphetamine problem facing their communities.

PI: Robert P. Boehmer

Creating the Framework for Increasing the Professionalism of Campus Safety Officers

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, this project developed and delivered a series of training curricula geared toward enhancing the professionalism of campus safety officers.

PI: Robert Boehmer

Building Trust in Immigrant Communities

This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, to conduct demonstration projects that would assist select police agencies and immigrant communities to develop trusting relationships for the improvement of public safety.

PI: Robert Boehmer

Center for Excellence in Integrity

Funded by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. These grants established and sustained a new Center for Excellence in Integrity; one of four national centers charged with improving ethical standards and practices in policing, and maintaining transparent, collaborative relationships with the community, particularly within the context of homeland security.

PI: Robert Boehmer; Sandra Costello

Support for Counter-Terrorism Awareness Training

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this project supported joint training between the RCPIs and the FBI regarding the awareness and prevention of domestic and international terrorism.

PI: Dennis Nowicki

Advancement of Community Policing

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this project supported IPSP’s basic range of training and technical assistance, as well as integrating a new national initiative regarding best practices in gang violence suppression.

PI: Sandra Costello

Community Policing Development

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this project supported the implementation of new and existing community policing curricula, as well as delivery of other DOJ-approved curricula such as Project Safe Neighborhoods and Cops in Schools.

PI: Costello

Police Integrity Training Initiative

Funded by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Developed and implemented new community policing curricula to address the issues of ethics, integrity and leadership within a collaborative partnership context.

PI: Sandra Costello

Racial Profiling: Issues and Dilemmas – Executive Ethics Training of Trainers

Funded by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, this project implemented a new community policing curricula designed to assist police executives in providing leadership to their organizations and communities regarding specific topics, such as racial profiling.

PI: Sandra Costello

Regional Community Policing Funding

Funded by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. These grants created and sustained the Institute for Public Safety Partnerships, which developed and implemented a wide range of community policing curricula to enhance problem-solving partnerships and community safety.

PI: Dennis Rosenbaum; Chip Coldren, Sandra Costello