WCSU Scholars in Action Online Forum to air on April 6

Panel of WCSU Professors on Webex to Discuss the Use of Data in Police and Law Enforcement Policy

DANBURY, CONN. – The West Connecticut State University Provost’s Office will host a Scholars in Action program presented via Webex on Tuesday, April 6, featuring four faculty members from the Division of Justice and Justice. administration of law at a panel discussion on “Data-Driven: How Strong Data Analytics Can Inform Police Policy.

Participants in the online program starting at 4 p.m. will discuss topics such as funding trends for police programs, police relations with communities following shootings involving officers, the role of data analysis on crime in the political decisions of the police and the current legal and political framework. surrounding the use of force by the police. The panelists presented are Assistant Professor Dr Mohsen Alizadeh, Associate Professor Dr Hasan Arslan, Assistant Professor Dr Rainer Kroll and Assistant Professor Thomas Miller. Vice-President and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Missy Alexander, will moderate the panel. The public is invited to join the Webex presentation for free by accessing the event registration page.

Here are the topics that the panelists will cover during the program:

  • Alizadeh will discuss his research investigation into the impact of the 9/11 attacks on the funding of police programs in his presentation, “Focusing Events: Theory and Change in Policing Style”. His research spanned 24 years of federal grants to identify policy changes in New York City’s programs for general policing, community policing, and homeland security. Basing its analysis on theories of focus of events and moral panic, Alizadeh’s study argues that 9/11 became a catalyst for public policy change, shifting police agendas towards homeland security.

WCSU Scholars in Action Panel airs via Webex on April 6

  • Arslan’s presentation, “The Impact of Police Shootings in the United States on Police-Community Relations,” will present the findings of his review of information from the Statistics Help Officer Training database. Arslan observed that the shootings involving officers exacerbate tensions in police-community relations, but that actual, accurate and complete national statistics on these shootings are not readily available. His study argues that a move towards data-driven policymaking and police training would improve police-community relations and support more rational public debate on sensitive topics.

  • Kroll will explore the evolution of the use of geographic data in police services in his presentation “Police Services’ Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Traditional Crime Analysis.” Kroll notes that the Analysis of crime data has long been an important factor in determining the efficient allocation of police resources and the effective response to criminal activity. From locating criminal sites on maps with colored pins to current GIS software, mapping and the data-driven graphics informed policing policy, helping departments respond to crime in their jurisdictions with targeted enforcement policies.

  • Miller will discuss the legal framework for the use of lethal force in the United States in his presentation entitled “The State of the Law Surrounding the Use of Force”. Miller’s presentation will examine the laws and policies governing the use of force by law enforcement agencies in a wide range of geographic locations and jurisdictions. It will also examine the legal ramifications of these laws and policies and their potential impact on decisions regarding the use of force.

For more information, contact Sherri Hill of the Academic Relations Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The online registration page for the event can be accessed by following this link.