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SIOP Government Relations Introduces Policing Reform Initiative to Congressional Staff

In February, SIOP President-Elect Jim Outtz joined Lewis-Burke for a series of meetings with representatives from Capitol Hill and nongovernmental organizations to highlight the impacts and applications of I-O evidence-based research on policing reform, to urge stakeholders to apply I-O research to related policies and programs, and to position and promote SIOP as a collaborator and resource for these organizations going forward.

The meetings were part of a nearly year-long comprehensive initiative that began with a discussion led by Lewis-Burke at the April 2015 Annual Conference. During the conversation, Dr. Outtz proposed developing a government relations initiative on policing as a way to apply I-O to an active federal policy debate by leveraging SIOP members’ research on police recruitment and selection processes, leadership, individual and organizational decision making, and training. Following the meeting, Lewis-Burke began working with Dr. Outtz to create a working group to coordinate I-O efforts in this space and consider evidence-based solutions to complex policing challenges. …Continue reading in the April issue of TIP!

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