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Philadelphia Police Department Deputy Commissioner joins Police Foundation Executive Fellows

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that Nola Joyce, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer for the Philadelphia Police Department, has been named as an Executive Fellow.

Deputy Commissioner Joyce has 25 years of public sector experience. She has previously been the Chief Administrative Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and the Deputy Director of Research and Development for the Chicago Police Department, in addition to her current seven years with the Philadelphia Police Department.

Police Foundation welcomes new Executive Fellow with 43 years policing experience

The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Chief Marco Vasquez of the Town of Erie Police Department in Colorado as a new Executive Fellow. Vasquez, who has 43 years of experience in policing, has been a leading contributor to a partnership between the Police Foundation and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police to develop a practical guide to the challenges legalized marijuana brings to law enforcement.

Police Foundation and Colorado Chiefs release practical guide for law enforcement on legalized marijuana

In partnership with the Colorado Chiefs Association, the Police Foundation released  Colorado’s Legalization and the Impact on Public Safety: A Practical Guide on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the "Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety" conference, hosted by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. The conference, in Lone Tree near Denver, was expected to draw nearly 500 attendees from across the nation.

Colorado law enforcement has faced a wide range of complex and new challenges since the state became the first to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012. As a result of almost a yearlong examination of the experiences of law enforcement agencies across the state, the Police Foundation and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police have developed a practical guide that identifies the key challenges, as well as explores how these issues might be addressed to increase public safety in Colorado.


President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing receives written testimony from Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann

Law enforcement agencies can become the catalysts for change in the way their communities deal with crime and disorder by basing their measurements of success on evidence-based strategies, listening to the public on what is seen as fair and impartial policing, and emphasizing community harm reduction and youth development, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann has told the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Bueermann laid out a comprehensive proposal for helping law enforcement adapt to the changing social and policy-making climate in written testimony submitted to the Task Force, which conducted its first “listening session” in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. The Task Force, which is chaired by Chief Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department, is scheduled to present findings to President Obama by March 2, 2015.

Body-worn camera study by Executive Fellow Chief Tony Farrar is published in scientific journal

A study on the effects of body-worn cameras on police use-of-force produced by Police Foundation Executive Fellow Tony Farrar, Chief of the Rialto (CA) Police Department, has been published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, a scientific publication. The article has received nationwide recognition as the only scientific study of how body-worn cameras affect police interaction with the public. The study was one of three international winners of the 2014 IACP/Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Orlando in October. The award recognizes law enforcement agencies that have developed innovative programs within their communities to address a specific need.

Statement of Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann on NYPD officers killed in the line of duty

Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation, released the following statement regarding the ambush slaying of New York Police Department Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu:

“The brutal assassination of two New York City Police Department officers is a reminder that every law enforcement officer faces potentially fatal dangers when he or she is on patrol protecting the safety of our cities and towns. It is vital that we honor the memory of these officers by bringing police and community members together to work toward making our streets safer from such violent criminals bent on the murder of innocents.”

Ideas in American Policing Lecture on "Harm-Focused Policing" scheduled for January 28, 2015

Cities measure crime but communities suffer harm. Crime and harm are not the same, but because crime is easier to measure it has become the defining metric of police effectiveness. Unfortunately this measure is often limited to comparing violent crime counts from one year to another, and occasionally separately measuring traffic accidents.

The policing field lacks a more comprehensive measure that encompasses the multidimensional role of the police in the community while giving suitable weight to the serious crimes that are of greatest public concern. Furthermore, existing costs of crime indices ignore potentially inadvertent harms perceived to affect communities, such as the consequences of some police activities.

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, a nationally recognized researcher on intelligence-led policing, will present an Ideas in American Policing lecture that examines the challenging but potentially valuable concept of harm in its myriad forms. Ratcliffe will explore the possibility of using external measures to not only provide a more holistic indication of crime and disorder problems, but also expand the opportunities for police to improve community life. Register to attend

The Police Foundation Welcomes Retired Chief Walter A. McNeil as an Executive Fellow

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that Chief Walter A. McNeil (Ret.) of the Quincy Police Department in Florida has been named as an Executive Fellow. Chief McNeil brings more than 35 years of law enforcement experience and a reputation for striving for progressive law enforcement techniques and working the community to control gangs, drugs, and juvenile crime. Chief McNeil recently retired after nearly three years as the top official at the Quincy Police Department. Prior to that, he served four years in Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s administration. He was initially selected by Governor Crist to lead the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and, while serving in this capacity, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Two new Executive Fellows Join the Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that two law enforcement leaders have been named as Executive Fellows: Chief James W. Tolbert of the Flint (MI) Police Department and Commissioner Robert C. Haas of the Cambridge (MA) Police Department. The new fellows have more than 65 years combined policing experience, and have strong reputations for their efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their departments.

Police Foundation Executive Fellows serve as members of the President's Practitioner Advisory Board to ensure that 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 17 Executive Fellows providing their leadership and public service experience.

The Police Foundation Names Deputy Assistant Attorney General and ATF Assistant Director James H. Burch, II as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that James H. Burch, II will join the Police Foundation in January 2015 as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Mr. Burch will lead the Police Foundation’s efforts to advance policing by developing new initiatives to leverage emerging and proven technologies and innovation from across the public and private sectors, while building on science and evidence-based policing practices. During his more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, including more than nine years in the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Burch has gained a reputation for developing and leading many strategic initiatives in local policing and justice.