Gary P. Hayes
Gary Hayes made his mark on the policing field as the founding executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a national organization created to support the efforts of progressive police executives through research and public dialogue. After receiving his master’s degree in police administration from Washington State University Gary came to the UW Law School to study policing, making important contacts with Professor Emeritus Herman Goldstein and the American Bar Association and the Police Foundation, and graduating in 1972. After law school, Gary served as assistant to the police commissioner of the Boston Police Department prior to assuming leadership of the Police Executive Research Forum. Gary died prematurely in 1985. A memorial fund and a national award honoring other young progressive police leaders were established in his honor. Funding for the UW Law School’s Hayes Internships has generously been provided by the Gary Hayes Memorial Fund.
Starting in 2007, the Frank J. Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School will offer a limited number of ten-week summer internships to provide UW law students with a work experience that applies the principles and methods taught in the UW Law School classroom to the real-world public safety problems routinely and jointly confronted by police and prosecutors.
The conceptual framework for this internship is the problem-oriented approach to public safety, a concept originally developed at the University of Wisconsin Law School by Professor Emeritus Herman Goldstein and former Professor Frank Remington. This approach has profoundly influenced the policing field and is increasingly influencing the prosecution field.
The internship is named for Gary Prescott Hayes, a 1972 graduate of the UW Law School, who went on to have a profound influence on the policing field.
This internship capitalizes on several recent developments in Wisconsin and at the UW Law School. First, it builds upon the reestablishment of academic courses in policing offered at the Law School, namely “The Role of the Police in a Free Society” and “Selected Problems in Policing.” These courses, developed and taught for many years by Professor Goldstein are now being taught by Clinical Associate Professor Michael Scott.
Second, it builds upon a new summer program co-developed by the UW Law School and the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, and co-taught by Professors Scott and Goldstein. This program, the Wisconsin Problem-Oriented Leadership Institute for Chief Executives, is a two-week in-residence program for Wisconsin police chiefs and sheriffs. The graduates come away from the program familiarized with the problem-oriented approach to public safety.
Third, the internship builds upon an emerging interest among prosecutors in what is known as community prosecution. Led by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors are being asked to adopt a community-based and problem-oriented perspective to their work, a perspective that puts them in a more collaborative working relationship with the police and the community. The UW Law School’s current Prosecution Project directed by Clinical Associate Professor Ben Kempinen has increasingly brought the problem-oriented perspective into the classroom portion of the Law School’s Prosecution Project to complement instruction on the traditional process-focused role of the prosecutor.
This proposal anticipates up to six student interns per summer would work jointly with a Wisconsin police or sheriff’s agency and district attorney’s office. The focus of the intern’s work would be on one or more public safety problems of current special concern to both the prosecutor and the police. These might be problems that are producing a high volume of cases for prosecution, emerging public safety problems, or problems for which effective responses otherwise remain elusive. The intern will assist the police and prosecutor in examining the scope and severity of the problem, its causes and contributing factors, the state of the current response to the problem, and the relative effectiveness of current responses. The goal of the experience is to help police and prosecutors develop an improved overall response to the particular public safety problem with an eye toward minimizing its harmful impact on that community and its impact on police and prosecutorial resources. The student will submit a final report on the problem to the UW Law School and the participating police and prosecution agencies.
Recent years' interns have explored the following public safety problems:
- Youth gang violence (Appleton/Outagamie County)
- Acquaintance rape of college students (UW-Madison/Dane County)
- Stalking of college students (Madison/Dane County)
- Domestic violence (Milwaukee/Milwaukee County)
- Problems relating to homeless/transient people (Madison/Dane County; Oak Creek/Milwaukee County; Green Bay/Brown County)
Preparation requirements will include enrollment and satisfactory completion of two spring semester courses:
Selected Problems in Policing (Course 977)
LCP: The Prosecution Function.
Placements would be based on a match between a willing and knowledgeable police executive, district attorney, and student.
Participating students would receive a stipend similar to that received by students in the Law School’s traditional Prosecution and Defender Projects. Alternatively, some students may elect to complete the internship for course credit.
For more information about problem-oriented policing, visit the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.