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Statement by Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann on Events in Ferguson, Missouri

The events in Ferguson, Missouri should be a wake-up call for law enforcement departments across the nation to create and reinforce outreach efforts to their communities.  Police Foundation researchers have found that community-oriented policing practices increase the level of communication between officers and citizens, and provide the means to reduce tension during times of turmoil. The Police Foundation supports the efforts of the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing in Missouri and elsewhere to help law enforcement develop a constructive dialogue with their communities.

Police Foundation President Testifies Before House Armed Services Subcommittee Regarding Military Surplus Program for Law Enforcement

Congress should maintain the program by which law enforcement receives surplus equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense, however requirements should be strengthened for transparency and review by the public and local policy-makers before the equipment is acquired, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Thursday.

Bueermann testified during a hearing called in response to the national debate over unarmed protestors facing heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri after a police shooting there. The House hearing focused on the “1033” program, which has been criticized by civil liberties groups and media outlets for providing equipment inappropriate for local law enforcement use. A webcast of the hearing is available here.

The Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety

As voters in two more states and the District of Columbia voted to legalize the use of marijuana, the Police Foundation and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police have developed and released “The Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety”. The one-page guide provides a quick preview of issues faced by law enforcement when states or localities legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The “Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety” is part of a project to develop a guidebook laying out the issues that law enforcement agencies will face when recreational marijuana is legalized. Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational use. Voters in Oregon and Alaska Tuesday approved measures to allow legal sales and recreational use of marijuana. Washington, D.C. voters approved growing and using marijuana, but not sales.

Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Support for Officer Safety by Expanding Firearm Purchase Background Checks

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann has joined leaders representing nine national law enforcement organizations in stressing the need for expanded background checks for firearm purchases to help reverse an increase in gun-related injuries and deaths among officers.

Under the umbrella of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (“the Partnership”), law enforcement executives from across the nation came together at a press conference during the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to urge that, as a matter of public safety, policy makers must find ways to keep guns out of dangerous hands.

"Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives" Supports Effort to Aid Overdose Victims

Released at IACP 2014 in Orlando, the  Police Foundation now has available the  “Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives” in support of a campaign launched this week by the Department of Justice to urge law enforcement officers to carry kits that could aid in the intervention of drug overdose episodes.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit this week at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando, Florida. The one-stop clearinghouse will provide law enforcement agencies with important information about Naloxone, a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose.

Police Foundation welcomes new Executive Fellows

The Police Foundation has named three law enforcement executives to become Executive Fellows: Chief Hassan Aden of the Greenville Police Department in North Carolina, Chief Albert Bidou of the Vallejo Police Department in California, and Chief Walt Tibbet of the Fairfield Police Department in California.

Police Foundation Executive Fellows serve as members of the President's Practitioner Advisory Board to ensure the Foundation is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the practical side of policing. They serve as the Foundation's regional representatives, work on specific projects and represent the Foundation in meetings and conferences. The Foundation currently has 16 Executive Fellows providing their leadership and public service experience.

The Missing Piece of NIMS: Teaching Incident Commanders How to Function in the Edge of Chaos By Chief Cynthia Renaud

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) has become a subject of controversy, as many practitioners find severe limitations with the system’s field effectiveness. Chief Cynthia Renaud of the Folsom Police Department in California has addressed the concerns of first responders in an article published in the Homeland Security News, the Journal of the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Defense and Security. The article explores the dynamics of the initial edge-of-chaos that characterizes the first phase of every large-scale incident and offers recommendations for additions to NIMS that will better prepare first-responding incident commanders to work their way through that chaos and later apply the NIMS process with purpose.

Police Foundation to conduct comprehensive review of Stockton bank robbery and gun battle

On July 16th, the Stockton Police Department in California responded to a call about a bank robbery at the Bank of the West. When the officers arrived the three robbers fled, taking three hostages with them. Officers gave chase and exchanged fire with the robbers, who had a number of semi-automatic weapons including an AK-47 rifle. The chase ended with the death of one of the hostages.

In order to understand the incident as fully as possible, and to examine all aspects of its response to the robbery and hostage-taking, the Stockton Police Department has commissioned an independent review of all aspects of the July 16th events.  The department selected the Police Foundation to conduct this review and has made it clear they expect a thorough, comprehensive examination.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said, “We believe it’s essential that our department learn all it can from this tragic event – but also that agencies everywhere learn all they can from it.  If there are lessons to be learned or ways to improve how an agency responds to this kind of critical, complex event, we want to share those lessons as openly and as broadly as we can.”

National Research Council issues recommendations to improve eyewitness identifications

The National Research Council has released a comprehensive report reviewing eyewitness identification methods for criminal investigations, and has recommended a series of “best practices” to guide law enforcement and prosecutors in obtaining and using more accurate eyewitness accounts. The report, entitled “Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification,”  is available free online at the National Academies Press.

Dr. Karen L. Amendola, the Police Foundation’s Chief Behavioral Scientist, presented testimony in April to the Committee on Scientific Approaches to Understanding and Maximizing the Validity and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification in Law Enforcement and the Courts, who prepared the report. Dr. Amendola has been conducting research on the effectiveness of law enforcement practices used in eyewitness identification with Dr. John Wixted, a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Their research is forthcoming in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Police Foundation Fellow Brenda Bond, PhD, produces webinars on organizational change

In the past year, Police Foundation Research Fellow Brenda J. Bond, PhD has reached hundreds of police leaders and researchers through her webinars on organizational change.  Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative, Dr. Bond has developed and delivered highly viewed webinars focused on change in law enforcement, and measuring that change to identify results. Dr. Bond's Smart Policing work on organization change includes working with local and state police agencies on the institutionalization of evidence-based practices.  This work can be extremely challenging for leaders and practitioners interested in changing the way officers and managers think and behave relative to modern policing strategies.   To view Dr. Bond's webinars on organization change, visit the Smart Policing website via the following link: http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/tta/webinars

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