Stop Snitching Conference
Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society and
The Community College of Philadelphia Department of Psychologypresent:
The 3rd Annual Shh! Silence and the Law Conference:The Community Speaks Out: Signup Or Get More Information
On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society and Department of Psychology will co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Shh! Silence and the Law Conference: The Community Speaks Out. The conference will be held in the Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28, located on the corner of 18th and Callowhill Streets. The sessions are free and open to the public.
MORNING SESSION: ENCOURAGING COOPERATION THROUGH COMMUNITY BUILDING
Opening remarks by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey
9:35 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Room C2-28
Do Community Members Look Out for Each Other?
9:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Room C2-28
The "broken window" theory states that maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may reduce more serious crimes. But does it also increase the likelihood that community members will report crimes in their neighborhood? Students from Dr. Frei's Applied Psychology class will look at whether street cleanups, neighborhood gardens, and other aspects of community-building are related to people's propensity to report crime and present the results from a recent city-wide survey on the topic.
From Filthadelphia to Philadelphia: Improving Community through Green Initiatives
11:10 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Room C2-28
One method of creating a sense of community is through green initiatives, which not only improve urban environments but also benefit the long-term sustainability of the community. Margaret Stephens will lead a panel discussion on various green initiatives in the Philadelphia area. Panelists include Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia and Francis Lawn, Project Manager of the Roots-to-Reentry Program for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Moderator Margaret Stephens, Associate Professor of Social Science
AFTERNOON SESSION: REDUCING THE COST OF SPEAKING UP
Opening remarks by Michael Resnick, Philadelphia Director of Public Safety
12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room C2-28
Reaching Out: Technology and Reporting Crime
1:00 p.m. to 2:10p.m., Room C2-28
LatanŽ and Darley's model of helping behavior states that people will be more likely to help another person if the cost of helping is low. One method of reducing the cost of helping is by providing people with a method of reporting crime quickly, easily, and anonymously. Students from Dr. Frei's Applied Psychology class will look the history of using technology to report crime (the police box, 911, anonymous tip lines etc.) and report results from a recent city-wide survey on the topic. The discussion will include a review of iWatchPhiladelphia, a new Smartphone application that allows the user to report suspicious/criminal activity or submit video of crimes recorded on a cell phone and then send the information anonymously to iWatch, which then forwards the information to the police. Panelists will also discuss the use of technology to report crimes against animals, as well as how to recognize the difference between 311 calls and 911 calls. Panelists include Dan Elliott, CEO of iWatch and Phil Arkow of AnimalTherapy.net.
Changing the Culture of Crime through iWatch
2:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Room C2-28
This collaborative session will explore how technology can be used to overcome cultural obstacles that prevent the reporting of crimes and criminal activity. Sessions will include discussions about the hip hop stop snitching movement, animal cruelty as a gateway to interpersonal violence, and using iWatch as a means of empowering citizens to speak up without cultural interference.
2:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. Session Overview
Dan Elliott, iWatch CEO, will provide a brief overview of the following three breakout sessions.
2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Snitches vs. Witnesses—Understanding When to Speak Up
What's the difference? When is it okay to say something? Community policing and anti-violence expert Lt. David Daniels of the Bridgeport CT Police Department will explore the hip hop stop snitching movement as a cultural and political phenomenon.
3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An Open Gateway: Animal Crimes and Interpersonal Violence
Leaders from the ASPCA and other animal advocacy programs will present a discussion on the relationship between animal cruelty and interpersonal crimes. Discussion will include animal crimes as the unreported extension of city crime and crime as a gateway. Speakers will include Dr. Randall Lockwood, Senior Vice President for Anti-Cruelty Initiatives and Legislative Services for the ASPCA, and Phil Arkow of AnimalTherapy.net.
4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. iWatchPhiladelphia, and So Should You: Connecting Your Community Through iWatch
iWatch CEO Daniel Elliott will engage attendees with an in-depth look at how schools, churches, shopping districts, hotels, corporations and others can use iWatch as part of their community growth and outreach. Members of the iWatchPhiladelphia program will offer a training session to neighborhood watch groups and other concerned citizens about how to download and use their free app. Other speakers will include Lt. David Daniels, Bridgeport CT Police Department, and representatives from the Philadelphia Police Department.
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