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Registration closes July 31 for 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 communities of color; new research 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 31 - REGISTER NOW to take part in the symposium.

Jim Bueermann and Research Advisory Committee Members Join Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board Thursday welcomed as new members Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, and Drs. Anthony Braga and Jerry Ratcliffe, who are members of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee. Dr. David Weisburd, chairman of the Research Advisory Committee, was re-appointed to the Science Advisory Board and named a subcommittee chairman. The 25-member board provides OJP with guidance and recommendations for research, statistics and grant programs, ensuring the programs and activities are scientifically sound and pertinent to policymakers and practitioners.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News Summer Issue Released by the Police Foundation

The summer issue of the Crime Mapping & Analysis News has been released by the Police Foundation, bringing together articles on a wide range of topics including the role of mapping in finding missing children, micro hot-spots, a new look at problem-oriented policing and a review of the CrimeStat IV system. The quarterly online newsletter is available at This issue also includes articles on the new Public Safety Open Data Portal being developed by the Police Foundation, and an update on a series of free symposiums for law enforcement leaders on expanding crime analysis for greater effectiveness throughout their agencies.

Police Foundation Vice President Jim Burch named to Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame

The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University in Virginia has named Jim Burch, Police Foundation Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, to the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame.  The nomination of Burch was submitted in light of his leadership and work at the Department of Justice, where he encouraged and instilled a reliance on evidence in the development of national crime reduction programs and practices. Burch joined the Police Foundation in January and since then has directed the development of a comprehensive evidence-based review of public safety strategies in Wilmington, DE for the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. He is currently leading the development of the Public Safety Open Data Portal, which will provide centralized access to open datasets released by law enforcement agencies nationwide, including agencies participating in the White House Police Data Initiative.

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.