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Shaping the future of justice: the Futures Working Group.

The Futures Working Group (FWG) is a collaboration between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI) "to develop and encourage others to develop forecasts and strategies to ethically maximize the effectiveness of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement bodies as they strive to maintain peace and security in the twenty-first century" as well as "identify and

promote innovation for the future of policing."

PFI was established at the end of the 1991 International Symposium on the Future of Law Enforcement held at the FBI Academy by the 250 criminal justice practitioners and educators from 20 nations attending the gathering. Dedicated to advancing the police profession, the organization was the outgrowth of a course in the future of policing taught at the FBI's National Academy (which provides advanced educational experiences for leadership potential police officers) and the course's instructor, FBI Special Agent William Tafoya.

In 1999, the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI resumed teaching the futures course and began an ongoing dialogue with PFI members that resulted in collaborative efforts. The terrorist attack of 9/11 became the catalyst for formalizing this relationship with a February 2002 Organizational Conference and an April 2, 2002, signing of the FBI-PFI Futures Working Group Memorandum of Understanding. FWG is now chaired by Special Agent John J. Jarvis, the latest teacher of the National Academy's futures course.

In the first decade of work, the 30-plus members of FWG have met numerous times, assisted law enforcement agencies in problem solving and initiating future-oriented planning, studied several emerging issues or situations affecting law enforcement, and issued 14 publications on such topics as police and augmented reality technology, the future of law enforcement intelligence, Neighborhood-Driven Policing, Homeland Security, the police and the military, and advancing police leadership.

As a member of this Delphi group on the future of policing, I have gained a great deal of perspective about how these highly informed practitioners / academics envision the public safety arena evolving by the year 2030.

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Title Annotation:Society of Police Futurists International
Author:Stephens, Gene
Publication:The Futurist
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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