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In 1941 former Berkeley Chief of Police August Vollmer, UC Berkeley professor of police administration O.W. Wilson, and others gathered to form what is now known as the American Society of Criminology. Originally created "for the purpose of furthering college police training and standardizing police training curricula" the ASC blossomed into the diverse organization it is today, spanning every aspect of criminology and criminal justice research and practice, where numerous divisions have flourished. Policing scholarship and outreach has been an important and significant part of the Society and its annual meetings ever since.

Long overdue, in November 2013, a group of policing scholars and practitioners of the ASC convened to discuss and plan for the petitioning and development of the Division of Policing (see the names of this group at http://www.ascpolicing.org/home/special-thanks/). The ASC Board approved the creation of the Division of Policing at its Board Meeting on May 3, 2014.

The Division of Policing's mission is to advance theory, knowledge and practice in policing through rigorous research and evaluation. The Division recognizes the fundamental importance of the police for maintaining order, protecting civil liberties, and enhancing public safety in free societies. It is committed to advancing the science of policing, testing innovation in the field, and promoting excellence in practice through translational activities. These goals can be achieved by facilitating a dialogue and building partnerships among policing scholars, practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and students of policing.

We welcome all ASC members to join the Division of Policing and join us at our inaugural event on Thursday afternoon at the ASC 2014 Conference in San Francisco, to celebrate where it all began. Visit us at www.ascpolicing.org to become a member, donate to the division, and get more involved in policing in the ASC.

Division of Policing Webpage

Constitution and By Laws (http://www.ascpolicing.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Division-of-Policing-Mission-and-Constitution.pdf)