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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.

Police Foundation Vice President Jim Burch moderates Congressional briefing on less-lethal practices

The co-chairmen of the Law Enforcement Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives hosted a briefing Thursday, May 14 on police use of less-lethal technology and practices to reduce use of force during arrests and other situations that could lead to a use of force.

Police Foundation Vice President Jim Burch moderated the briefing, which brought together law enforcement leaders and industry representatives of firms that produce less-lethal technologies. The briefing was presented to House congressional staff involved in criminal justice policy.

Caucus co-chairman Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-New Jersey, said the briefing was in response to the need to ensure that police continue to have the resources to protect themselves and the community, but also become more responsive to concerns about police use of force.

“Continuing advances in technologies offering less-than-lethal force offer the potential for police to maintain that protection, while reducing the possibility of death to suspects,” Pascrell said.

Burch, the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, noted that a study conducted by the National Institute of Justice found that, when officers used less-lethal technology like pepper spray to aid arrests, those taken into custody were 65 percent less likely to suffer serious injury than when officers made arrests using only their hands.

Webinar on Aiding Children of Incarcerated Parents presented by the Urban Institute

Promising and Innovative Practices for
Children of Incarcerated Parents:

Arrest through Pre-Adjudication

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Register Here.

Nearly three million children under the age of 18 have a parent in jail or prison, and millions more have experienced their parents being arrested. Due to their parent’s criminal justice involvement, a growing body of research indicates that these children often experience trauma, family disruption, and the loss of their primary caregiver, which can lead to financial hardship, residential instability, and an array of emotional and behavioral problems. In response, several community-based organizations and government agencies across the country have implemented programs and practices aimed at reducing this trauma and mitigating the potentially harmful outcomes associated with parental criminal justice involvement. Join the Urban Institute and the National Institute of Corrections for a live webinar highlighting these promising and innovative programs and practices.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announces new funding opportunities

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has announced the following fiscal year 2015 funding opportunities:

Design Study of Dual System Youth. This effort will support the development of a research design and methodology to collect data and generate statistical information on the prevalence of dual system youth and the intersection of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Applications are due by May 26, 2015. 

Studies Program on At-Risk or System-Involved Girls. This program will sponsor studies and/or secondary analyses of existing

Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program Funds Available from the New York County District Attorney

The New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) has announced it is taking Requests for Proposals for its national Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program of up to $35 million. The office is inviting RRPs from any state, municipality or other law enforcement agency for funding to pay for the cost of testing untested or backlogged sexual assault kits. Applicants will be asked to submit information about the size and scope of their untested SAKs, current state and/or local SAK testing policies, and their willingness to follow SAK testing best practices. Applicants are limited to States (including territories), units of local government from any state (including federally-recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices, and public forensic labs. All applications must be submitted through DANY’s online grant administration portal by June 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Funding Available to Help Improve School Safety

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) — the scientific research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice — is overseeing the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) to build evidence-based knowledge about the causes of school violence and test innovative approaches that will contribute to our understanding of how to keep schools safe. Grant funding under CSSI is now available to develop knowledge about what works to make schools safe, to explore the causes and consequences of school violence, and to develop and evaluate a comprehensive school safety framework. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm ETon June 12, 2015. Register now for an April 16 webinar to learn more details on how to apply for funding.

Police Foundation Releases “5 Things You Need to Know about Open Data in Policing"

With an increasing number of law enforcement agencies considering how to make their key data more accessible and thereby improve transparency, the Police Foundation Wednesday unveiled “5 Things You Need to Know about Open Data in Policing,” the latest in the Foundation’s Five Things series. Police agencies have traditionally kept data close hold, in light of their responsibility to protect the privacy interests of the communities they serve and to ensure that operations and safety are not jeopardized. But the open government movement has shown that it is possible to provide data to the public without compromising privacy, operations or safety. The benefits of providing data in an open format include better police-community collaboration as a result of increased transparency, and new ideas from researchers, community leaders and others on ways to improve the delivery of police services.