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.