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Director's Message, NIJ Journal No. 263

Kristina Rose, Acting Director

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Acting Director Kristina Rose discusses her thoughts on the "listening" sessions.

Hi, I'm Kristina Rose, and I'm the acting director of the National Institute of Justice, which is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.

[Thoughts on the "listening" sessions]

Well, the listening sessions really started with Laurie Robinson, our acting Assistant Attorney General. And she decided to hold sessions that brought together a diverse group of our constituency audiences. And we got to hear from them very honest and candid information about how they think we can better communicate with them.

We have been bringing them into NIJ one by one for a sit-down, not just with the leadership in NIJ but the folks that are managing these grants, the people that are working with them on a daily basis.

When we invited the folks from the National Sheriffs' Association in to chat with us, Aaron Kennard, who is the executive director, spent the first part of the meeting talking to us about the difference between police chiefs and sheriffs. And I have to say, we all think that we know the difference between police chiefs and sheriffs, but he made it very clear that we don't know everything that there is to know and that the sheriffs are very, very proud of the work that they do, and they want to be seen as different than the police chiefs. So that was something that we learned from them that was kind of unexpected.

So through these meetings and listening to their various concerns, we have also come up with different ideas about how we can work better together and collaborate.

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