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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 minority communities; police technologies, with an emphasis 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.

REGISTER HERE to take part in the symposium.

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.

SAFE Justice Act introduced with support from Police Foundation

The Police Foundation has joined in support of the Safe, Accountable, Fair and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that would overhaul the federal sentencing and corrections system, as well as provide a wide range of reforms for law enforcement. The bill was introduced by Congressmen James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA). The SAFE Justice Act's provisions address many aspects of the federal criminal justice system and stem from the findings of the House Judiciary Committee’s Over-criminalization Task Force. The Police Foundation supports the inclusion of provisions for important reinvestment in law enforcement capabilities and training in four areas: Officer Safety and Wellness, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Training, Leadership Training, and Critical Incident Reviews. More information on the law enforcement provisions of the act are available here.

OJJDP releases model practices for arresting parents in the presence of children

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center has published “First, Do No Harm: Model Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies When Arresting Parents in the Presence of Children.” This report recommends model practices for law enforcement agencies for reducing trauma to children during parental arrests, including trauma-informed training, collaboration with social services and child advocacy groups, and enhanced data collection.

Aiding children of arrested parents is subject of free webinar June 15

Guidance in implementing a policy to safeguard children at the time, and following, parental arrest will be offered at a no-cost, interactive webinar June 15 sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The webinar will be presented from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Details will be provided upon registration, which is availlable here.

Police Foundation offers condolences on the death of Omaha Police Department Officer Kerrie Orozco

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann issued the following statement on the death of Omaha Police Department Officer Kerrie Orozco:

We at the Police Foundation are deeply saddened at the news from Omaha that Officer Kerrie Orozco was shot to death while attempting to serve a warrant Wednesday. We offer our deepest condolences to the Omaha Police Department and to Officer Orozco’s family. The death of any law enforcement officer is a tragedy for the community they serve. Already in 2015, 45 officers have lost their lives, including 14 to gunfire, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. We mourn the loss of all of them. Officer Orozco’s death is especially tragic, however. She was a new mother, and was scheduled to go on maternity leave on Thursday because her baby girl had been cleared to go home from the hospital after a premature birth in February. She was also mother to an 8-year-old stepdaughter and a 6-year-old stepson.

Campus and Major County Law Enforcement Executive Becomes Newest Police Foundation Executive Fellow

Police Foundation welcomes new Executive Fellow Brett Meade, who currently serves as Deputy Chief of the University of Central Florida Police Department and previously served as a Captain-Commanding Officer in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office with more than 24 years of service. With 33 years in policing and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Deputy Chief Meade brings a vast amount of policing experience and expertise to the Executive Fellow Program. Deputy Chief Meade served for 25 years with the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Department. He is an advocate for community and intelligence-led policing philosophies, developing successful anti-gang and anti-terrorism initiatives and prevention programs leadership roles in both the sheriff’s department and at the university.

Symposium on Crime Analysis Presented to Law Enforcement Executives

More than 60 law enforcement executives attended the second 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 April 30 in Oakland, CA drew police chiefs, district attorneys and other executives from throughout the northern California region and as far south as Los Angeles. The free daylong symposium was the second in a series 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.

White House issues federal policy guidelines for police practices; Police Foundation to play integral role in implementation

The White House has announced a series of policy initiatives governing federal involvement with local police agencies and efforts to promote community policing and open data policies designed to increase transparency and build community trust in law enforcement. The announcement came in conjunction with President Obama’s visit to the Camden (NJ) Police Department Monday to review the progress that agency has made toward reducing crime and engaging the community. The chief of the Camden Police Department, J. Scott Thomson, is a Police Foundation Executive Fellow.