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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 occured 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.

Kyrgyzstan police officer and scholar presents Ideas in International Policing lecture on challenges from terrorism and extremism

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, police agencies in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan have had to deal with government corruption, poor training and a lack of resources – but now they are facing a more dangerous problem with the growth of religious extremism and terrorism, said Dr. Chyngyz Kambarov, a lieutenant colonel with Kyrgyz Interior Ministry.

Kambarov, a Fulbright Scholar and a Police Foundation International Fellow, laid out the challenges faced by police in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Central Asian states in an Ideas in International Policing lecture at the Foundation offices

Ideas in American Policing Monograph Highlights the Rewards for "Embedded Criminologists"

When Edward F. Davis became the  Police Commissioner the Boston Police Department in 2007, he offered Dr. Anthony Braga, a professor of criminology at Rutgers University and Harvard University, the opportunity to advance police research from the inside.   Braga took the offer, and for the next six years helped the department use evidence-based policing to take on gangs and reduce crime by focusing resources.

Dr. Braga captures his experiences, focusing on the successes and challenges  as an “embedded criminologist” while at the Boston Police Department in the Police Foundation’s latest Ideas in American Policing monograph:  “Embedded Criminologists in Police Departments.”

Top policy experts gather for advisory panel on developing community trust for police use of unmanned aerial systems

A panel of national experts in law enforcement, civil liberties, technology, and government policy gathered Monday as an advisory board on building community trust for police use of unmanned aerial systems. The advisory board has been assembled by the Police Foundation as part of a project to develop a guidebook for police departments that will help navigate the sometimes controversial efforts to utilize drones for searches, suspect apprehension, and crime prevention.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been ordered by Congress to develop guidelines on how to integrate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles into U.S. airspace by 2015. Although 27 law enforcement agencies have already received permission to test the use of drones in carefully managed pilots, most police departments must wait until the FAA lays out guidelines to begin using the new technology. However, the technology itself is spreading rapidly into private use by “hobbyists,” some of whom are already coming into conflict with local privacy ordinances and causing law enforcement officials to realize they cannot wait to develop local policies to deal with these problems.

Ideas in American Policing presenter Robin Engel: Law Enforcement should strive for both effectiveness and equity in crime reduction strategies

The long-held belief that efforts by police to increase crime control tend to reduce attention to due process may be outdated and in need of revision, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Professor Robin Engel, PhD, told a Police Foundation Ideas in American Policing audience. In fact, research evidence shows that it may be possible to improve both crime reduction and preserve liberties with carefully structured enforcement strategies, she said.

Dr. Engel, the Director of the Institute of Crime Science at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Council, presented the 18th “Ideas in American Policing” Lecture Wednesday. The series presents commentary and insight from leading criminologists on issues of interest to scholars, practitioners and policy makers. Many of the lectures are cited in research and academic journal articles.