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Registration closes July 31 for symposium on policing to be presented August 17-18 by Police Foundation and Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

TThe Police Foundation will join with the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy for a wide-ranging symposium on August 17-18, 2015. Topics and research findings will be presented on policing and communities of color; new research on body worn cameras; school safety, bullying and prevention; investigations and early warning systems; crime patterns at places and communities; evidence-based policing, translation and receptivity; and the President’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing.

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 31 - REGISTER NOW to take part in the symposium.

The findings of the Police Foundation’s ground-breaking study on the benefits and problems associated with different shift lengths worked by police officers are highlighted in a new one-page synopsis released by the Foundation: “5 Things You Need to Know about Shift Work.” In addition to two national surveys completed in 2005 and 2009 to establish trends in shift length, the Police Foundation’s Shift Length Experiment provided the first major scientific study of the effects of 8-hour, 10-hour and 12-hour shifts on the performance and quality of life of law enforcement officers. The latest addition to the Foundation’s Five Things Series, “5 Things You Need to Know about Shift Work” provides a one-page recap of those findings.





NIJ Ultra-High Speed Apps Challenge: Using Current Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Operations

About the Ultra-High Speed Apps Challenge

NIJ created the Ultra-High Speed (UHS) Application Challenge to encourage software developers and public safety professionals to take advantage of public domain data and UHS bandwidth systems with apps that significantly improve criminal justice or public safety services and operations. Currently, most app developers optimize their software for slower and lower capacity networks. The prospect of UHS networks capable of transferring large amounts of data more quickly and reliably creates new opportunities for developers.

Jim Bueermann and Research Advisory Committee Members Join Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board Thursday welcomed as new members Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, and Drs. Anthony Braga and Jerry Ratcliffe, who are members of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee. Dr. David Weisburd, chairman of the Research Advisory Committee, was re-appointed to the Science Advisory Board and named a subcommittee chairman. The 25-member board provides OJP with guidance and recommendations for research, statistics and grant programs, ensuring the programs and activities are scientifically sound and pertinent to policymakers and practitioners.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News Summer Issue Released by the Police Foundation

The summer issue of the Crime Mapping & Analysis News has been released by the Police Foundation, bringing together articles on a wide range of topics including the role of mapping in finding missing children, micro hot-spots, a new look at problem-oriented policing and a review of the CrimeStat IV system. The quarterly online newsletter is available at This issue also includes articles on the new Public Safety Open Data Portal being developed by the Police Foundation, and an update on a series of free symposiums for law enforcement leaders on expanding crime analysis for greater effectiveness throughout their agencies.

The LISC Community Safety Initiative will present a free webinar on "building community leadership for sustainable crime reduction" at 2 p.m. EDT on July 28. Active community leadership is often the lynchpin for achieving and sustaining safety and revitalization gains. In high crime neighborhoods, engaging community members in developing and implementing projects that reduce crime and improve quality of life is particularly important. Join LISC and leaders from BJA’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program for a conversation on the fundamentals of meaningful community engagement and approaches to involving residents in decision-making about crime reduction strategies and broader efforts to improve neighborhoods. Practitioners from multiple sectors involved in community building and safety efforts will benefit from the discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters during the webinar. There is no registration fee or cost to participate.

Registration for the event is available here.

The Police Foundation has released “5 Things You Need to Know about LEO Near Miss,” highlighting its Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System, which is designed to improve officer safety nationwide by helping law enforcement personnel share near miss information and providing analysis of the events and information that can be used to avoid future near misses and critical incidents. A “near miss” is a close call or unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in a serious injury, fatality, significant property damage or other crisis, if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events. The new 5 Things fact sheet provides an introduction to the Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System and the website, which serves as a confidential forum for law enforcement officers of any rank to report “near misses”.

Police Foundation Vice President Jim Burch named to Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame

The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University in Virginia has named Jim Burch, Police Foundation Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, to the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame.  The nomination of Burch was submitted in light of his leadership and work at the Department of Justice, where he encouraged and instilled a reliance on evidence in the development of national crime reduction programs and practices. Burch joined the Police Foundation in January and since then has directed the development of a comprehensive evidence-based review of public safety strategies in Wilmington, DE for the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. He is currently leading the development of the Public Safety Open Data Portal, which will provide centralized access to open datasets released by law enforcement agencies nationwide, including agencies participating in the White House Police Data Initiative.

5 Things You Need to Know About Hot Spots Policing & The “Koper Curve” Theory

The Police Foundation has released “5 Things You Need to Know about Hot Spots Policing and the “Koper Curve” Theory,” providing a quick resource on how to get the most out of enforcement resources in crime hot spots. The latest addition to the Police Foundations “5 Things” series outlines an introduction to the “Koper Curve” Theory, which measured the effectiveness of increasing patrols in a crime hot spots. Developed by Dr. Chris Koper, a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committeel, the Koper Curve offers useful guidance for law enforcement administrators dealing with patrol allocation and crime reduction.

Police Foundation welcomes new Policing Fellow experienced in crime analysis

The Police Foundation welcomes Sergeant Greg Stewart, who directs the Portland (OR) Police Bureau's Crime Analysis Unit, as a Policing Fellow. The Policing Fellowship program is designed for current law enforcement professionals. Fellows work closely with Police Foundation staff to conduct research that is directly applicable to law enforcement agencies across the country.  Sergeant Stewart, a 19-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon, has served as a patrol officer, including working in both a walking beat and conducting street level drug investigations, and as a patrol sergeant. Additionally, he supervised for the Bureau’s Domestic Violence Reduction Unit and worked to implement one of the nation’s first automated actuarial risk assessment systems.  This system was used to conduct risk-based case assignment aimed at targeting domestic offenders with the highest risk of recidivism for additional follow-up.