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In memory of the first responders who gave their lives on September 11, 2001

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann issued a statement in memory of the first responders who were killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001:

We must never forget the sacrifice of the 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers who lost their lives while trying to save others after the attacks on September 11, 2001. In a time of increased turmoil and tension in the world, it is important to reflect on those who rush to protect our communities no matter how grave the danger.

When the first jetliner flew into World Trade Center North Tower on that terrible day, firefighters and police hurried to evacuate the thousands of people who worked there. They streamed up staircases toward acrid smoke and burning jet fuel in an effort to get everyone out safely. When the second jet hit the South Tower, it was clear that this was no accident – America was under attack. But those responding to the disaster never faltered – they redoubled their efforts to clear the buildings.

Military surplus equipment has saved officers’ lives, needs better oversight, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann tells Senate Committee

Surplus military equipment provided to law enforcement agencies has saved lives and should be preserved, but needs better oversight and regulations, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Bueermann testified during the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on oversight of federal programs for equipping law enforcement agencies. The hearing was called in response to the national debate over unarmed protesters facing heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri after a police shooting there. One program in particular – known as the 1033 program – was criticized by Senators for giving out equipment they felt was inappropriate for police forces. Click here for a copy of Bueermann's testimony.

Police Foundation makes major contribution to National Institute of Justice report on Sentinel Event Reviews

The National Institute of Justice has released a new publication that proposes that law enforcement agencies adapt "sentinel event" policies that seek to learn from errors rather than lay blame for them. The report includes commentaries from President Jim Bueermann and a number of others affiliated with the Police Foundation.

Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews explores ways to reduce errors in criminal justice by analyzing mistakes, such as the conviction or detention of innocent persons or the release of dangerous persons. This report explores whether this model - widely used in medicine and aviation - would be suitable in evaluating the criminal justice system. The report is available by clicking here.

Police-community relations will be explored in online workshop

The formation of police-community partnerships to increase safety and confidence in police is the topic of a two-day workshop being held Thursday and Friday, September 4-5, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. The workshop will be streamed live online, and can be watched by clicking here.

"Bridging the Great Divide: Can Police-Community Partnerships Reduce Crime and Strengthen Our Democracy" will take place 4-6 p.m. EDT on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday. Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann is a member of the Steering Committee for the event.

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann interviewed on national public radio

The best way for law enforcement agencies to avoid the kind of riots and upheaval that have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri the past week is to adhere to the principles of community-based policing and have departments reflect 

the ethnic makeup, values and concerns of the community where they serve, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann said Monday in a nationally-syndicated public radio program.

"So much of what goes into policing in terms of community reaction, is a direction result of whether the community has confidence in the police, do they trust the police, do they feel that they are open, transparent and accountable, do they feel they have a voice in terms of policing," Bueermann said. "When the police department does not reflect the ethnic makeup of the community it serves, and that disparity is as significant as ... has been reported in Ferguson, then, in my opinion, the question is not 'is there going to be a problem between the community and police,' the question is 'when is that problem going to occur?'"

Bueermann was interviewed on the "Here and Now" program produced by public radio station WBUR in Boston and broadcast to more the 475 National Public Radio stations nationwide.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News launched by Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is bringing back Crime Mapping & Analysis News. This week the first volume of the quarterly online newsletter ( will be released, highlighting innovative programs in crime mapping and analysis. This is a renewal of the popular newsletter that started in the late 1990’s, that helped to shape the standards for how police strategically engage mapping and crime analysis methods.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News brings together articles by both researchers and practitioners on the methods, technologies and tools that support innovation, data collection and evidence-based practices in law enforcement agencies. The newsletter is a revamped version of Crime Mapping News, which was published by the Police Foundation from 1999-2009. This revised version is a vehicle for law enforcement professionals, crime analysts, researchers and crime prevention managers and executives, and criminologists to share their ideas to improve and strengthen the law enforcement community

Unmanned Aerial System Guidebook Featured in Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Newsletter

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services' August Dispatch Newsletter features the Police Foundation's preparation of a guidebook for law enforcement agencies considering adding an unmanned aerial system to their department. This project, titled “Community Policing and UAS Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust,” is funded by the COPS office. The Police Foundation's guidebook project will help law enforcement agencies understand potential costs and benefits of using UAS, legal challenges and liability issues, impact on privacy, and the collection and use of UAS-acquired data. It is also intended to provide guidelines for deploying UAS in policing scenarios in accordance with the 4th Amendment, civil liberties, and the community policing philosophy.

Police Foundation Symposium on Crime Analysis Presented to Law Enforcement Executives

More than 40 law enforcement executives attended the first in a series of symposiums presented by the Police Foundation and International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) designed to help police departments integrate the use of crime analysis to increase effectiveness and reduce crime.

The symposium, presented July 16 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, drew police chiefs and other executives from throughout the Northeastern United States and beyond. The other regional locations and dates for the series will be announced later this year.

The free day-long symposium is one of a series that is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The series is entitled “Advancing Policing Through Innovation and Science: A Crime Analysis Symposium for Law Enforcement Leaders.” It was developed based on the best practices of crime analysis and draws on the expertise of the Police Foundation, the IACA, policing and crime analysis researchers and experts.

Former Police Foundation Fellow Promoted to Deputy Chief in Arlington, Texas

The Police Foundation is pleased to congratulate former Police Fellow LaTesha Watson, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief in the Arlington (TX) Police Department. Watson, who was a Police Foundation Fellow in 2008, is assuming command of the East Patrol District in Arlington and will supervise 109 sworn and non-sworn personnel. The district staff include patrol officers, geographic investigators, field training officers, and police leadership.

Police Foundation offers News on Policing to subscribers

The Police Foundation has inaugurated a regular compendium of news items on innovative police practices, new technologies in law enforcement, and other topics of interest that are engaging researchers and practitioners in the realm of criminal justice and law enforcement. News on Policing is available to subscribers of the Police Foundation email list. To receive this and updates on Police Foundation activities, click here.