Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #239
Law Enforcement and Applied Behavioral Science: Cultivating Positive Police-Community Relations
Monday, May 30, 2016
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Montreux, Swissotel
Area: CSE/OBM; Domain: Translational
Chair: Richard G. Smith (University of North Texas)
E. SCOTT GELLER (Virginia Tech)
JOSHUA KINSER (University of North Texas)
BOBBY KIPPER (National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence)
Abstract: The nurturing of positive relations between police officers and the citizens they serve will be addressed by describing a process that engages law-enforcement officers in the application of a behavior-based reward process in their communities. The initiation of this program was reported on Fox News ( and described in an article published and distributed to every police department in the U.S. (Geller & Kipper, 2015). Each panelist will give a brief description of a primary component of this ongoing process, referred to as Actively Caring for People (AC4P) Policing. Then the Chair will facilitate a question-and-answer session between panelists and the audience. The first panelist, E. Scott Geller, will explain how AC4P Policing ( evolved from the AC4P Movement ( that began in 2007 after a gunman took the lives of 32 at Virginia Tech. Then, Bobby Kipper, a retired police officer who served for 25 years and founded the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence ( will show how this positive approach to policing has been spreading nationwide, and explain the strategies that contributed to this dissemination. Thirdly, Joshua Kinser will discuss plans to test the impact of AC4P Policing on both law-enforcement officers and citizens.
Keyword(s): Actively Caring, Community Intervention, Humanistic Behaviorism, Positive Policing



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