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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.

OJJDP Report: Defending Childhood Webinar To Discuss Violence Prevention Partnerships

On September 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, the Defending Childhood initiative, in conjunction with OJJDP and Futures Without Violence, will present the 90-minute Webinar “From Associates to Allies: Forging Public Sector Partnerships that Prevent Violence.”

OJJDP Report: Webinar To Discuss Implementing Evidence-Based Services in Juvenile Justice Systems

On September 17, 2014, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. ET, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice will present “Implementing Evidence-Based Services.”

Urban Institute Justice Policy Center: DC gunfire, debating risk assessments, and more

New research and updates from the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center