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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.”

The Police Foundation will be at Booth 932 at the IACP Conference

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

October 25-28

Expo Floor, Booth 932

We are excited to announce that the Police Foundation will be hosting an exhibition booth again this year at IACP 2014. Please stop by Booth 932 to meet Police Foundation staff and learn about the latest work underway. We are looking forward to showcasing the story map presentation of "Police Under Attack," the critical incident review of the regional police response to the attacks by former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. Additionally, staff will be on hand to discuss with you how research can play a critical role in building effective law enforcement organizations.

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:

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.