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Police Foundation President Testifies Before House Armed Services Subcommittee Regarding Military Surplus Program for Law Enforcement

Congress should maintain the program by which law enforcement receives surplus equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense, however requirements should be strengthened for transparency and review by the public and local policy-makers before the equipment is acquired, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Thursday.

Bueermann testified during a hearing called in response to the national debate over unarmed protestors facing heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri after a police shooting there. The House hearing focused on the “1033” program, which has been criticized by civil liberties groups and media outlets for providing equipment inappropriate for local law enforcement use. A webcast of the hearing is available here.

The Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety

As voters in two more states and the District of Columbia voted to legalize the use of marijuana, the Police Foundation and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police have developed and released “The Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety”. The one-page guide provides a quick preview of issues faced by law enforcement when states or localities legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The “Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety” is part of a project to develop a guidebook laying out the issues that law enforcement agencies will face when recreational marijuana is legalized. Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational use. Voters in Oregon and Alaska Tuesday approved measures to allow legal sales and recreational use of marijuana. Washington, D.C. voters approved growing and using marijuana, but not sales.

Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Support for Officer Safety by Expanding Firearm Purchase Background Checks

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann has joined leaders representing nine national law enforcement organizations in stressing the need for expanded background checks for firearm purchases to help reverse an increase in gun-related injuries and deaths among officers.

Under the umbrella of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (“the Partnership”), law enforcement executives from across the nation came together at a press conference during the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to urge that, as a matter of public safety, policy makers must find ways to keep guns out of dangerous hands.

OJJDP Report: Webcast To Examine Impact of Brain Development Research on Youth Programs

On November 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET, the 2014 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture will present "The Developing Brain: Implications for Youth Programs."

"Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives" Supports Effort to Aid Overdose Victims

Released at IACP 2014 in Orlando, the  Police Foundation now has available the  “Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives” in support of a campaign launched this week by the Department of Justice to urge law enforcement officers to carry kits that could aid in the intervention of drug overdose episodes.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit this week at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando, Florida. The one-stop clearinghouse will provide law enforcement agencies with important information about Naloxone, a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose.

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.