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4/2/2002 Social science and policing focus of lecture

McMINNVILLE – Lorie Fridell, director of research at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), will speak on "Number Crunching and Cops: Social Science and Policing" Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in 101 Graf Hall at Linfield College.

Fridell, a 1980 graduate of Linfield College, has been at PERF since 1999. It is a national membership organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies. It is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.

Prior to joining PERF, Fridell was an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Linfield and a master's and Ph.D. in social ecology from the University of California at Irvine.

She has been involved in a number of research projects including a 20-year study of the felonious killings of police officers in the U.S. and its territories. She also conducted research on the use of both deadly and less-than-lethal force by police and on citizen complaints of excessive force. In addition to articles and chapters on these topics, she published, with Tony Pate, a two-volume report, "Police Use of Force: Official Reports, Citizen Complaints and Legal Consequences." She also co-authored "Police Vehicles and Firearms: Instruments of Deadly Force."

In addition to her research, Fridell helped create the Florida Law Enforcement Research Coalition which was designed to develop collaborations between law enforcement and university researchers to improve law enforcement in Florida. She also worked with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to conduct training needs assessments of law enforcement agencies in both Southeast Asia and Central/Eastern Europe.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Dean's Lecture Fund and in celebration of the retirement of Frank Bumpus, long-time professor of psychology at Linfield. For more information, call 503-883-2209.