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Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper killed while responding to a bank robbery

The Police Foundation expresses deepest sympathy to the Wisconsin State Patrol and the family of Trooper Trevor Casper, who was shot and killed while pursuing an alleged bank robber. Casper had been sworn in as a new trooper in December and was on his first day of solo patrol.

Casper pursued a suspected bank robber after identifying a stolen vehicle in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, exchanging gunfire with the suspect. Both Casper and the suspect were killed in the exchange.

San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson shot and killed responding to call

The Police Foundation sends deepest condolences to the San Jose Police Department and the family of Officer Michael Johnson, a 14-year veteran who was shot and killed while responding to a report of a suicidal man with a gun.

Johnson was shot without warning when he entered an apartment complex responding to the report. The suspect was later found dead of a gunshot wound, although it is unknown if the shot came from police or was self-inflicted.

A field-training officer for rookies, Johnson was known for his ability to make people comfortable, and for being a front-line defender, said

Police Foundation Welcomes Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor as an Executive Fellow

The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Chief Jane Castor of the Tampa Police Department as a new Executive Fellow. A 31-year law enforcement veteran, Castor is an advocate of community-oriented policing and of using an evidence-based approach to police practices. A Tampa native, Chief Castor was the first female president of a police academy class when she joined the department in 1984. She was a driving force behind the department’s development of the “Focus on Four” crime reduction strategy, which has reduced violent and property crime by 70 percent since its introduction in 2003. She was named Chief of the department in 2009.

Vice President Biden, Bureau of Justice Assistance announce National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

Vice President Joseph Biden Monday unveiled the Obama Administration’s new Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), which is investing $41 million this year to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 rape kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country. This is a problem which prevents or delays the prosecution of sexual assault crimes.The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers the SAKI program, will present a webinar at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, on how law enforcement agencies can seek federal grants to help reduce sexual assault kit backlogs. The webinar requires advance registration, which is available here.

Symposium on crime analysis for law enforcement executives presented by Police Foundation and International Association of Crime Analysts

The Police Foundation and the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) are inviting California and Nevada law enforcement executives to a free symposium that will provide them an overview of crime analysis best practices and organizational considerations necessary to integrate crime analysis and evidence-based policing strategies into their agencies’ everyday practices, making them more effective and efficient in reducing crime in their communities. This unique opportunity is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and will be led by a selected cadre of crime analysis and evidence-based policing experts.The symposium will be held in Oakland, California on Thursday, April 30th at the California Endowment Oakland Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA.

Police Foundation sends condolences on death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

The Police Foundation sends condolences to the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the family of Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, who was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Wells was part of a team attempting to take a man into custody at the Elm Grove Motel in Baton Rouge on March 10, 2015. Shots were exchanged and Deputy Wells was struck. He was transported to a local hospital by another deputy marshal but succumbed to his wounds a short time later. The subject was shot multiple times and died the following day.

Wells, 27, was a four-year veteran of the

Former King County, Washington, Sheriff Sue Rahr joins the Police Foundation as an Executive Fellow

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that former King County (WA) Sheriff Sue Rahr has agreed to become a member of the Executive Fellows program. Rahr, who has served in law enforcement for 36 years, is currently the executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Sheriff Rahr was a member of the team that produced “Police Under Attack,” the Police Foundation’s comprehensive review of the regional Southern California law enforcement response to the attacks by former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. And she was also appointed in December as one of 11 members of President Obama’s “Task Force on 21st Century Policing”.

Police Foundation welcomes Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub as an Executive Fellow

The Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, as an Executive Fellow. Straub has been the Chief of the Spokane Police Department since October 1, 2012. Spokane is the second largest city in the state of Washington and serves a community of 210,000 residents. During his tenure, the SPD has dramatically reduced serious crime, the use of force by its officers, expanded community policing initiatives, and is implementing a department-wide body worn camera program.

Research Advisory Committee Chairman David Weisburd awarded Israel Prize

Professor David Weisburd, the chair of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee, will be awarded the Israel Prize in Social work and Criminological research, the Israeli Education Ministry has announced. Weisburd is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem. The Israel Prize is largely regarded as the state's highest honor. It is presented annually on Independence Day in a state ceremony in Jerusalem in the presence of the president, the prime minister, the Knesset speaker and the Supreme Court president.

The Police Foundation announces a new social media resource via Twitter

@PolicingNews is designed to be your single source for law enforcement news.

Followers of the Police Foundation Twitter feed (@PoliceFound) have a new source for policing news.  Today, we are launching a new Twitter feed - @PolicingNews - designed to provide news about police practices, technologies, and policy developments that will bring changes to the policing world.  When combined with the Police Foundation’s main Twitter feed (@PoliceFound), you’ll have the latest information about improving policing through science and innovation and the latest law enforcement news from U.S.