Magazine article The Futurist

Shaping the Future of Justice: The Futures Working Group

Magazine article The Futurist

Shaping the Future of Justice: The Futures Working Group

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The Futures Working Group (FWG) is a collaboration between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI) "to develop and encourage others to develop forecasts and strategies to ethically maximize the effectiveness of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement bodies as they strive to maintain peace and security in the twenty-first century" as well as "identify and

promote innovation for the future of policing."

PFI was established at the end of the 1991 International Symposium on the Future of Law Enforcement held at the FBI Academy by the 250 criminal justice practitioners and educators from 20 nations attending the gathering. Dedicated to advancing the police profession, the organization was the outgrowth of a course in the future of policing taught at the FBI's National Academy (which provides advanced educational experiences for leadership potential police officers) and the course's instructor, FBI Special Agent William Tafoya.

In 1999, the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI resumed teaching the futures course and began an ongoing dialogue with PFI members that resulted in collaborative efforts. …

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