Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,Hearing On Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction StrategiesMarch 3, 2010Today, the Committee returns to the critical issue of finding the best strategies for reducing crime. I chaired a hearing in the last Congress on this issue, and we now consider what the next steps can and should be. We will hear about innovative approaches that are working in police departments and criminal justice systems across the country, and examine what the Federal Government can do to encourage the adoption of approaches that work to keep our communities safe. I hope we can make bipartisan progress on this issue. We all want to effectively and efficiently reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.In the 1990s, with the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden and others, we passed legislation to create and fund the COPS program and other important initiatives, which put thousands of new officers on the street and encouraged innovative policing strategies. Law enforcement leaders in cities and towns throughout the country, bolstered by this national support, revolutionized the way policing was done throughout the country. These efforts led to the unprecedented drops in violent crime we saw during the 1990s.That progress stalled in the last decade as Federal funding for state and local law enforcement dried up, and Federal attention to finding the best approaches to reducing crime wavered. Rates of crime stayed largely stagnant, despite skyrocketing incarceration rates, and some communities saw significant resurgences in violent crime. One of the factors that prevented the crime problem from worsening in the last decade was continuing innovation at the local level. Enterprising police chiefs, hard working law enforcement officers, judges and community leaders worked together to find new and more effective crime reduction strategies, and many communities saw this work pay good dividends. The economic downturn has put an even greater strain on our communities efforts to keep crime rates down. In response to this growing crisis, Congress and the President acted decisively, including $4 billion in Federal assistance to state and local law enforcement in last year s stimulus legislation. I fought hard for that funding, and the results are already being felt. Crime rates are coming down as police departments are adding or retaining officers and implementing new initiatives.Even with this help, though, police departments and criminal justice systems remain short on resources. More money alone will not solve the problem. It is important that cities and towns use their resources in the ways that have been proven to work best.We will hear today from leaders in the field who have been setting good examples for how our communities can make their law enforcement and crime reduction efforts work well. Chief Mike Schirling from Burlington, Vermont, has brought significant innovation to a small city police force. He has implemented comprehensive community policing and partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and with schools and community groups. He is exploring the use of alternative sanctions to set low-level offenders on the right path before they enter the criminal justice system, targeted programs to address mental health needs, consolidation of resources to help police departments function more efficiently, and the use of new technology to share information more effectively.Chief Rodney Monroe has made great progress in Richmond and now Charlotte with initiatives like using technology to pinpoint law enforcement efforts and integrating law enforcement with economic development and job training. Colonel Dean Esserman has made Providence into a national leader in community-based policing. Chief Patrick Berarducci has also brought innovation to a small city police force.There are good examples from across the country. Cities like Los Angeles and Chicago are seeing results with gang outreach and mediation initiatives. Thinkers on crime reduction strategy like Jeremy Travis and David Kennedy with the National Network for Safe Communities have helped communities throughout the country effectively tackle intractable crime problems. The HOPE program in Hawaii has shown that probation supervision with swift and certain consequences can greatly reduce recidivism. Many jurisdictions have had great success with juvenile prevention and reentry programs.Today s witnesses come from communities that look like much of America and prove that innovative and effective crime reduction approaches are not restricted to the biggest cities with the greatest resources. I hope that by highlighting these successes, we can encourage other communities to follow their lead.I believe the Federal Government can and must help by spreading the word about strategies that work, and also by targeted funding and support. We have seen in Burlington and in many other cities that an initial Federal investment can make possible initiatives that would not be possible otherwise. These programs are inexpensive and cost effective. Over time, they should more than pay for themselves by reducing the costs of crime, improving local economies and creating jobs, and reducing the need for federal assistance. I know there is disagreement about Federal support for state and local law enforcement. I hope there can be broad bipartisan agreement on supporting cost effective strategies that work to keep our communities safer.Source: LEahy’s office. 3.2.2010# # # # # Burlington Police Chief Michael E Schirling testified Tuesday afternoon before a congressional panel chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Leahy invited Schirling to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies.Leahy has made state and local law enforcement issues a priority for the Judiciary Committee this Congress. He dedicated the first hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local law enforcement. Last year, Leahy worked to secure $4 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for state and local law enforcement, including the successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. Twenty-five police departments in Vermont were recipients of COPS funding included in the ARRA. In 2008, Leahy twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony about community efforts to address crime. We have seen in Burlington and in many other cities that an initial Federal investment can make possible initiatives that would not be possible otherwise, Leahy said at the hearing. These programs are inexpensive and cost effective. Over time, they should more than pay for themselves by reducing the costs of crime, improving local economies, creating jobs, and reducing the need for federal assistance. Schirling testified about the Burlington Police Department s success in developing and enhancing community policing. Over the last 11 years, our policing paradigm shifted from a response-based model to one embracing the core tenets of community policing partnership and problem solving with an eye toward preventing crime and mitigating disorder on our streets and in our neighborhoods, said Schirling. We believe that critical law enforcement innovation can occur not just in traditional policing endeavors, but also in other areas. Chief Schirling has brought significant innovation to a small city police force, said Leahy. He has implemented comprehensive community policing and partnerships with all levels of law enforcement and with schools and community groups.Police departments across the country are facing cutbacks in resources and funding during difficult economic times, and are increasingly looking to local business and community organizations to help identify and implement innovative strategies to address violence and crime.Audio and video footage will be available later this afternoon.An archived webcast will be available online later today. # # # # #
“It was very fast,” Ngannou said during his post-fight interview. “I didn’t even realize what happened.”WOW! @Francis_Ngannou gets it done in Arizona! #UFCPhoenix pic.twitter.com/xGF4ziuAZA— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearVelasquez (14-3) didn’t waste too much time, as he came right at Ngannou and attempted a couple of head kicks that Ngannou was able to move out of the way of. Realizing that method didn’t work, Velasquez went for a takedown, but Ngannou made him pay with a short uppercut, which landed as Velasquez’s knee buckled simultaneously, as he screamed in agony. Seeing Velasquez in trouble, Ngannou (13-3) uncorked a series of hammerfists and the referee came in to stop the fight. After a shaky start to 2018 in a title loss to then-champion Stipe Miocic and to Derrick Lewis, the native of Cameroon has knocked out Curtis Blaydes and Velasquez in just 71 seconds in his last two fights.After his latest victory, Ngannou told reporters that UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier should try to avenge the loss of his teammate and friend, Velasquez.Velasquez told ESPN that it was a freak thing that happened to his knee, adding “we’ll see what happens” regarding his future.Here’s what happened at UFC Phoenix.UFC Phoenix resultsFrancis Ngannou blasts Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds11:53 p.m.: Ngannou def. Velasquez by knockout at 0:26 of the first round. Velasquez came out throwing a couple head kicks. Ngannou hit a glancing straight right hand to the forehead and a left hand behind the head. Velasquez tried for a takedown, but Ngannou stuffed it. Ngannou hit Velasquez with a short uppercut and almost simultaneously his left knee buckled from under him. Couple hammerfists from Ngannou and it was all over.11:43 p.m.: It is now time for the main event as former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez squares off with No. 3-ranked Francis Ngannou in heavyweight action. Velasquez (14-2) returns to the Octagon for the first time in 31 months due to having surgery to repair an issue where his spine was pinching his sciatic nerve, ongoing contract negotiations with the UFC and the birth of his son, Cain Jr. The 36-year-old last fought at UFC 200 in July 2016, where he blasted through Travis Browne inside one round.Coming into 2018, Ngannou (12-3) was getting ready to challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship at UFC 220 in January 220. Many expected Ngannou to become the new sheriff of the division. However, Miocic had other ideas in mind and used his wrestling and constant pressure to stymie the native of Cameroon to win a lopsided decision. Then at UFC 226, Ngannou curled up into a shell and put on one of the worst showings in UFC history to lose a decision to Derrick Lewis. Not all was lost in 2018 for the 32-year-old when he steamrolled through Curtis Blaydes in November in just 45 seconds. If Velasquez can get past the first round, it’s his to lose as Ngannou’s cardio isn’t up to snuff.Paul Felder chops down James Vick in return to lightweight11:35 p.m.: Felder def. Vick by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). A systematic win for Felder, who was at a four-inch disadvantage. Instead of going punch for punch, Felder threw one vicious leg kick after another to nearly snap Vick’s left leg in two. Doing so allowed Felder to go upstairs and make Vick compete on just his left leg. That’s the best we have seen from Felder in a long time. If he continues to fight like that, a new contender can emerge at 155 pounds.11:10 p.m.: It is now time for the co-main event of UFC Phoenix, as No. 10-ranked James Vick takes on Paul Felder. Vick (13-2) had his four-fight winning streak snapped when he got knocked out by Justin Gaethje in 87 seconds back in August. Felder (15-4) returns to 155 pounds after a one-time trek to welterweight, losing by split-decision to Mike Perry at UFC 226.Should be a fun one. If you are looking for a grappling match, this won’t be for you.Cynthia Calvillo earns gritty decision win over Cortney Casey11:04 p.m.: Calvillo def. Casey by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). A tough victory for Calvillo and a fight that she needed to be in. Known for her submission and takedown prowess, Calvillo wasn’t able to get Casey to the mat. So, Calvillo bit down on her mouthpiece and went strike for strike to now win back-to-back fights. You learn a lot about fighters when their preferred method of competing doesn’t work. A lot of credit to Calvillo and one she will remember.10:35 p.m.: Now at UFC Phoenix, No. 11-ranked Cortney Casey battles No. 12-ranked Cynthia Calvillo in women’s strawweight action. Casey (8-6) has lost two of her last three, but did win in her last time out, winning a split-decision against Angela Hill. After losing the only fight of her career to Carla Esparza, Calvillo (7-1) bounced back with a first-round submision win over Poliana Botelho.Calvillo and Casey are action fighters, so don’t expect anything less here.Kron Gracie chokes out Alex Caceres to make successful UFC debut10:26 p.m.: Gracie def. Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of the first round. Well that didn’t take Gracie long whatsoever. After stunning Caceres with a two-punch combination and getting him to the back of the cage, Gracie took Caceres’s back and threw him to the mat. You knew what was coming next, as Gracie immediately took the back, locked in the choke and Caceres tapped out instantly.Great way to introduce Gracie to a worldwide audience. If he can show striking like he did here then watch out. He doesn’t have to be Conor McGregor. Gracie just has to be good enough to help set up his takedowns, so he can grab a submission and go from there. The impressive win caught the attention of the biggest name in the sport. Enter the mix young son.Congratulations.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 18, 2019 10:17 p.m.: Coming up next at UFC Phoenix, Kron Gracie fights Alex Caceres in featherweight action. Gracie (4-0) comes from the famed Gracie family. He’s the youngest son of Rickson Gracie and grandson of Hélio Gracie. Caceres (14-11, one no-contest) has stumbled of late, having lost three of his last five.This is designed to be a setup fight to introduce Gracie on the big stage. Can Caceres come in and spoil the party?Vicente Luque knocks out Bryan Barberena in ‘fight of the year’ contender10:08 p.m.: Luque def. Barberena by knockout at 4:54 of the third round. An unbelievable fight that was non-stop action for 15 minutes and without a doubt the best fight of the year so far in 2019. After a fantastic standup battle in the first two rounds, we were treated to a scintillating third round as well. Luque and Barberena continued to trade the heavy leather until a right uppercut down the middle by Luque finally started to break the armor known as Barberena’s chin. Luque followed up with a right hand and a knee that sent Barberena crumbling to the mat. A series of short shots from Luque proved to be too much and the referee waved it off with six seconds remaining.Luque has now won eight of his last nine fights. Give these guys a bonus. They deserve it.9:56 p.m.: How are Luque and Barberena still standing? They stood there for four minutes and 55 seconds and just exchanged one punch after another. It took a knee by Luque with five seconds left in the second round to send Barberena down. What a fight!9:50 p.m.: What a first round! Luque and Barberena showed a little bit of everything. Luque delivered a series of heavy of strikes that Barberena just walked through like it wasn’t a big deal. Barberena went on to drop Luque with a straight left hand. Once on the mat, Luque reversed position and locked in a deep rear-naked choke. Somehow, Barberena escaped and reversed position at the end of the round to get on top of Luque and landed some heavy shots. Best round so far in 2019. 9:45 p.m.: Up next at UFC Phoenix, Vicente Luque faces Bryan Barberena in welterweight action. Luque (14-6-1) is on a great run having won seven of his last eight and winning all of those via stoppage. Like Luque, Barberena (14-5) is on a good streak as well, having won four of his last six and winning three by stoppage. Expect an all-action affair.Andre Fili wins kickboxing battle over Myles Jury9:37 p.m.: Fili def. Jury by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). The name of this fight was who could fight better on the feet and it was Fili. He popped the jab and there was nothing Jury could do it about it.Fili controlled the striking in the first round and busted up Jury’s nose. Jury started off the second round well by letting his hands loose. Fili quickly regained control by staying on the outside and popping the jab and continuing make blood gush from Jury’s nose. The round took a complete turn when Jury dropped Fili with a spinning back fist and blasted Fili with some ground-and- pound punches before the round came to a close. With the fight hanging in the balance in the third round, Fili went to back to what was working and kept pumping the jab to start his 2019 with a win.Don’t get why Jury was so tentative. When he let his hands go, he was effective. He’s in trouble, as he’s lost back-to-back fights in what is becoming a deep featherweight division.9:10 p.m.: Kicking off the main card of UFC Phoenix, Myles Jury and Andre Fili square off in featherweight action. Jury (17-3) looks to get back on the winning track after losing to Fili’s teammate at Team Alpha Male Chad Mendes in July at UFC Boise by first-round TKO. Fili (18-6) had a modest two-fight win streak broken when he lost a narrow split-decision to Michael Johnson in August. A good way to start the main card that features two guys who are evenly matched.9:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC Phoenix. Get the refreshments and don’t miss any of what should be an exciting night of action.UFC Phoenix undercard resultsAljamain Sterling def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); BantamweightManny Bermudez def. Benito Lopez via submission (D’Arce choke) at 3:09 of the first-round; BantamweightAndrea Lee def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); Women’s FlyweightNik Lentz def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); LightweightLuke Sanders def. Renan Barao via TKO at 1:01 of the first-round; BantamweightEmily Whitmire def. Aleksandra Albu via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:01 of the first-round; Women’s StrawweightUFC Phoenix fight cardMain cardFrancis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez; Heavyweight James Vick vs. Paul Felder; Lightweight Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo; Women’s Strawweight Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie; Featherweight Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena; Welterweight Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury; Featherweight Preliminary card UFC Phoenix had been centered around the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who was coming back from a 31-month layoff from a due to back surgery and taking time off to spend with his family after the birth of his son last year. In front of a raucous crowd at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday night, his opponent, Francis Ngannou, strolled right in and crashed the party, knocking out Velasquez in 26 seconds. Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling; Bantamweight Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez; Bantamweight Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee; Women’s Flyweight Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz; Lightweight Renan Barão vs. Luke Sanders; Bantamweight Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire; Women’s Strawweight UFC Phoenix latest news – Francis Ngannou tells Sporting News the road back to challenging for the heavyweight title stars with Cain Velasquez.- After nearly being gone for almost three years, Velasquez explains to SN why this was the correct time and place to make his return.- Plenty of notable names are on UFC Phoenix. SN looks at Vicente Luque being the one to watch out for.