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The USC Safe Communities Institute engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/sci/

Educational Programs:

The first educational program SCI offers is the Public Safety Leadership Program (PSLP), which provides students with a 21st Century approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology. At the core of the program, is an emphasis on leadership, ethics, and values. A unique feature of the PSLP is the integration of leadership concepts throughout the semester as a means to connect these principles with the various specific topics being discussed.

The PSLP is typically offered to mid-level management in public safety organizations (10 days total, spread out in a semester-long format).

In addition, the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), which has a similar focus, will be offered to upper-level management and designed for Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Commanders (this program will be offered on 10 consecutive days).

The PSLP and ELP programs are both considered executive education, and upon completion students will be awarded a certificate.

As part of its educational programs, SCI offers a lecture series addressing current topics in public safety. SCI will also host an annual public safety conference during the spring semester.

Research Projects:

Research is a major component of SCI. Through studies, SCI seeks to find solutions and develop policies that will enhance public safety. Partnerships with other universities as well as public and private organizations will enhance research efforts.

Community Engagement:

SCI actively engages with the community. This includes faith-based institutions, community organizations, education, government and the private sector. Through conferences, symposiums, working groups and specialized committees, SCI seeks to identify and clarify areas of community concern. To this end, a global database of best practices for community engagement will be featured as part of the institute’s objectives.

USC Safe Communities Institute (formerly DCI) University of Southern California

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The USC Safe Communities Institute engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/sci/

Educational Programs:

The first educational program SCI offers is the Public Safety Leadership Program (PSLP), which provides students with a 21st Century approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology. At the core of the program, is an emphasis on leadership, ethics, and values. A unique feature of the PSLP is the integration of leadership concepts throughout the semester as a means to connect these principles with the various specific topics being discussed.

The PSLP is typically offered to mid-level management in public safety organizations (10 days total, spread out in a semester-long format).

In addition, the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), which has a similar focus, will be offered to upper-level management and designed for Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Commanders (this program will be offered on 10 consecutive days).

The PSLP and ELP programs are both considered executive education, and upon completion students will be awarded a certificate.

As part of its educational programs, SCI offers a lecture series addressing current topics in public safety. SCI will also host an annual public safety conference during the spring semester.

Research Projects:

Research is a major component of SCI. Through studies, SCI seeks to find solutions and develop policies that will enhance public safety. Partnerships with other universities as well as public and private organizations will enhance research efforts.

Community Engagement:

SCI actively engages with the community. This includes faith-based institutions, community organizations, education, government and the private sector. Through conferences, symposiums, working groups and specialized committees, SCI seeks to identify and clarify areas of community concern. To this end, a global database of best practices for community engagement will be featured as part of the institute’s objectives.

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    Anonymous Soldiers - The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

    Anonymous Soldiers - The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

    A landmark history of the battles between Jews, Arabs, and the British that led to the creation of Israel, based on newly available documents from the British, Israeli, and U.S. Archives. Anonymous Soldiers chronicles the British Mandate in Palestine, nearly three decades of growing unrest that culminated in British withdrawal and the U.N. resolution to create two separate states. Based on newly available documents, Anonymous Soldiers tells the story of how Britain, in the twilight of empire, struggled and ultimately failed to reconcile competing Arab and Jewish demands. Anonymous Soldiers depicts how the British were beaten by a determined terrorist campaign led by the "anonymous soldiers" of Irgun and Lehi thus demonstrating that terrorism is not always the failed strategy that is often claimed. Anonymous Soldiers thus provides a uniquely detailed and sustained account of one of the 20th Century's most consequential terrorist and counterterrorist campaigns, and also provides a definitive account of the struggle for Israel.

    Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for nearly four decades. He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is also the Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program. In addition, Professor Hoffman is visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND's Washington, D.C. Office. Appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI's Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization, Professor Hoffman was a lead author of the commission's final report. He was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006; an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and from 2004-2005 an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad. Professor Hoffman was also an adviser to the Iraq Study Group. He is the author of Inside Terrorism (2006). Professor Hoffman's most recent books are The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death (2014), and Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (2015), which was awarded the Washington Institute for Near East Studies' Gold Medal for the best book on Middle Eastern politics, history and society published in 2015. Anonymous Soldiers was also named a best book of the year by both the St Louis Times-Disptach and the Kirkus Review and an "Editors' Choice" by the New York Times Book Review.

    The Safe Communities Institute (formerly DCI) has provided training to law enforcement professionals for more than six decades. The Safe Communities Institute engages research, interdisciplinary education and collaboration to advance sustainable "whole of community" public safety strategies, policies and programs.

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    SCI Student Testimonial: Alisa Finsten & Byron Blair

    SCI Student Testimonial: Alisa Finsten & Byron Blair

    The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy continues the more than 60-year tradition of executive education for law enforcement professionals that began with the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) in 1946.

    Two graduates of SCI's first class of it's Public Safety Leadership Program discuss why SCI was such a great experience, why it's so important, and what their key takeaways were.

    The USC Safe Communities Institute engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs.

    http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/sci/

    Alisa Finsten
    Director of Grants & Finance
    Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety
    City of Los Angeles

    Byron Blair
    Administrative Sergeant for the Chief of Police
    Long Beach Policy Department

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    SCI Student Testimonial - Byron Blair

    SCI Student Testimonial - Byron Blair

    Byron Blair, Administrative Sergeant for the Chief of Police of Long Beach talks about his experiences with the USC Safe Communities Institute, why the program is so important, and what his key takeaways were.

    The USC Safe Communities Institute engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs.

    The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy continues the more than 60-year tradition of executive education for law enforcement professionals that began with the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) in 1946.

    http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/sci/

    Byron Blair
    Administrative Sergeant for the Chief of Police
    Long Beach Policy Department

    • 1 min
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    SCI Student Testimonial - Alisa Finsten

    SCI Student Testimonial - Alisa Finsten

    Alisa Finsten, Director of Grants & Finance for the LA Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety, talks about her experiences with the USC Safe Communities Institute, why the program is so important, and what her key takeaways were.

    The USC Safe Communities Institute engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs.

    The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy continues the more than 60-year tradition of executive education for law enforcement professionals that began with the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) in 1946.

    http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/sci/

    Alisa Finsten
    Director of Grants & Finance
    Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety
    City of Los Angeles

    • 1 min
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    Romantic Violence - Memoirs of an American Skinhead

    Romantic Violence - Memoirs of an American Skinhead

    Christian Picciolini speaks at the Safe Communities Institute Lecture Forum.

    Christian Picciolini was recruited to America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead gang at 14 years old. He rose to a prominent position in the national white-power organization as a teenager, but after seven years of perpetuating violence and hate, he had a total change of heart and escaped that life at age 22.

    Picciolini described the journey, detailed in his new book Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, to an audience of law enforcement and community leaders on Oct. 9 at the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Safe Communities Institute (SCI) Lecture Forum.

    “It’s an incredible story, and the work he’s doing now is so important,” said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at SCI. “Much like SCI, his work is based on education, awareness and community and family engagement, because he believes the only way a person reduces the risk of recruitment, radicalization and engagement in extremist violence is if the community and family are on board.”

    Speaker:
    Christian Picciolini
    Co-founder, Life After Hate
    Author, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead

    • 1 hr 5 min
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    Safe Communities Institute Kick-off Celebration

    Safe Communities Institute Kick-off Celebration

    USC Price celebrates the launch of the Safe Communities Institute (SCI) - http://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/sci/. SCI engages research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. The institute also continues the more than 60-year tradition of executive education for law enforcement professionals that began with the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) in 1946.

    DCI was founded by the Tyler family through an endowment to USC to help address the issue of youth delinquency in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 1946, the institute’s primary mission was to increase the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system.

    Over time, our understanding of – and approaches to – public safety have evolved. After a four-year hiatus devoted to rethinking its mission (2011-2015), DCI was re-launched as SCI, the Safe Communities Institute. Today, we understand that public safety requires a holistic approach. Effective leadership and collaboration between all public safety disciplines and the community are essential to meet the complex challenges facing society in the 21st Century.

    Educational Programs:
    The first educational program SCI offers is the Public Safety Leadership Program (PSLP), which provides students with a 21st Century approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology. At the core of the program, is an emphasis on leadership, ethics, and values. A unique feature of the PSLP is the integration of leadership concepts throughout the semester as a means to connect these principles with the various specific topics being discussed.

    The PSLP is typically offered to mid-level management in public safety organizations (10 days total, spread out in a semester-long format).

    In addition, the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), which has a similar focus, will be offered to upper-level management and designed for Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and Commanders (this program will be offered on 10 consecutive days).

    The PSLP and ELP programs are both considered executive education, and upon completion students will be awarded a certificate.

    As part of its educational programs, SCI offers a lecture series addressing current topics in public safety. SCI will also host an annual public safety conference during the spring semester.

    Research Projects:
    Research is a major component of SCI. Through studies, SCI seeks to find solutions and develop policies that will enhance public safety. Partnerships with other universities as well as public and private organizations will enhance research efforts.

    Community Engagement:
    SCI actively engages with the community. This includes faith-based institutions, community organizations, education, government and the private sector. Through conferences, symposiums, working groups and specialized committees, SCI seeks to identify and clarify areas of community concern. To this end, a global database of best practices for community engagement will be featured as part of the institute’s objectives.

    • 30 min

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