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The Police Foundation Welcomes Retired Chief Walter A. McNeil as an Executive Fellow

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that Chief Walter A. McNeil (Ret.) of the Quincy Police Department in Florida has been named as an Executive Fellow. Chief McNeil brings more than 35 years of law enforcement experience and a reputation for striving for progressive law enforcement techniques and working the community to control gangs, drugs, and juvenile crime. Chief McNeil recently retired after nearly three years as the top official at the Quincy Police Department. Prior to that, he served four years in Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s administration. He was initially selected by Governor Crist to lead the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and, while serving in this capacity, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Two new Executive Fellows Join the Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that two law enforcement leaders have been named as Executive Fellows: Chief James W. Tolbert of the Flint (MI) Police Department and Commissioner Robert C. Haas of the Cambridge (MA) Police Department. The new fellows have more than 65 years combined policing experience, and have strong reputations for their efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their departments.

Police Foundation Executive Fellows serve as members of the President's Practitioner Advisory Board to ensure that 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 17 Executive Fellows providing their leadership and public service experience.

The Police Foundation Names Deputy Assistant Attorney General and ATF Assistant Director James H. Burch, II as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that James H. Burch, II will join the Police Foundation in January 2015 as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Mr. Burch will lead the Police Foundation’s efforts to advance policing by developing new initiatives to leverage emerging and proven technologies and innovation from across the public and private sectors, while building on science and evidence-based policing practices. During his more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, including more than nine years in the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Burch has gained a reputation for developing and leading many strategic initiatives in local policing and justice.

Statement by Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann on Events in Ferguson, Missouri

The events in Ferguson, Missouri should be a wake-up call for law enforcement departments across the nation to create and reinforce outreach efforts to their communities.  Police Foundation researchers have found that community-oriented policing practices increase the level of communication between officers and citizens, and provide the means to reduce tension during times of turmoil. The Police Foundation supports the efforts of the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing in Missouri and elsewhere to help law enforcement develop a constructive dialogue with their communities.

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."