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New Release: Law Enforcement Leaders Can Learn from Their Rank-and-File

In this week’s On Policing essay, Police Foundation Policing Fellow, Sgt. Frank Tona, stresses the valuable contributions rank-and-file officers can make to the operations of law enforcement organizations. Many of these officers possess advanced education, training, and practical experience that provide them with unique and innovative perspectives, as well as the skill set to implement evidence-based policing practices. Sgt. Tona calls upon law enforcement leaders to rely not only upon command-level officers for advice and expertise, but also the wealth of knowledge and expertise available among the rank-and-file. Click here to read more.

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Police Data Initiative – Watch the White House Event Here

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.55.45 PMOn Friday, April 22, 2016, the White House hosted and live streamed an event marking one year of progress on the Police Data Initiative. Launched by the White House as a response to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, The Police Data Initiative strives to accelerate progress around data transparency and analysis to increase both trust and understanding of law enforcement’s interactions with the public.

PDI mapThe Police Foundation has aided in the Police Data Initiative by creating the Public Safety Open Data Portal. Our portal is intended to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for accessing local and national law enforcement and public safety open datasets. The portal contains select datasets from agencies participating in the White House’s Police Data Initiative as well as national data to provide context. The number of agencies participating in the Initiative is growing rapidly, increasing success and attention nationwide.

As a Police Data Initiative partner, the Police Foundation invites you to view the archived video below to celebrate the advances of the Police Data Initiative and the Public Safety Open Data Portal. Watch White House officials, leading law enforcement agencies, researchers, and community stakeholders as they share experiences, resources, and data innovation leveraged to increase trust between police and citizens. The event includes panel discussions about building community trust and furthering the field with new technologies, and you will hear stories of current Police Data Initiative participants from coast to coast.
 

 

Should you have any questions, please contact us as at info@policefoundation.org.

White House Releases Fact Sheet Highlighting Agencies Committed to the PDI

Today, the White House released a fact sheet recapping one year of the Police Data Initiative. The release comes in conjunction with an event being hosted at the White House today entitled, “The Police Data Initiative Year of Progress: Building on the President’s Call to Action to Leverage Open Data to Increase Trust between Police and Citizens.” To live stream the remainder of the event, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/live.

For more information on how the Police Foundation is contributing to the Police Data Initiative, please visit www.publicsafetydataportal.org.

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New On Policing Release Features Community Engagement Video from Vallejo PD

vallejo PD sealIn the latest release of On Policing, Vallejo, California, Police Department discusses how their department is making an effort to engage and rebuild the relationship with their community in a newly produced YouTube video simply entitled “Reconnecting”.

The video offers insightful perspectives from both community members and police officers, and it underscores the importance of a strong relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. To view the video, click here, and be sure to visit www.onpolicing.org next week to check out the next release in the series.

CSG Justice Center Webinar on Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant

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On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 2:00pm EDT, the CSG Justice Center is hosting a webinar to discuss the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) and answer questions about completing proposals, which are due May 17, 2016. The webinar announcement and registration information are available here.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is continuing to support the efforts to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The JMHCP supports innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.

Law enforcement agencies that partner with a behavioral health provider to implement or expand specialized state or local law enforcement strategies that are tailored to the needs of people with mental disorders will receive priority consideration for funding.

The full BJA grant announcement and application are available at: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/JMHCP16.pdf. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

VRN Webinar: Recruiting a Diverse Police Department Through Digital Outreach

The Violence Reduction Network (VRN) is hosting a free webinar, entitled “Recruiting a Diverse Police Department Through Digital Outreach”, on April 21, 2016, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT. This webinar is intended to teach participants about how the Chicago Police Department developed and implemented its 12-week digital outreach campaign to increase minority recruitment, and it will also discuss lessons learned to assist in future recruitment efforts. For more information or a link to register for the event, please click here.

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On Policing Release: Lessons Learned from Stockton, CA

In the latest release of On Policing, Stockton, California, Police Chief Eric Jones discusses the challenges he has encountered and overcome since his appointment in 2012. From leading the department through low morale and tight budgetary constraints amidst city bankruptcy, to handling a high profile bank robbery where police accidentally shot one of the hostages, he recounts the lessons he learned and offers advice on how to navigate similar situations in the future. Also, be sure to catch up on last week’s On Policing release where Chief Paul Walters offers his perspective on how departments can fully integrate SWAT teams into community-based policing. To read the full essays, please visit www.onpolicing.org.

If you would like to receive regular updates about our On Policing series, please subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page and select to receive information about our “On Policing” series. If you are already a subscriber but are not currently subscribed to receive On Policing updates, just let us know! Feel free to reach us at onpolicing@policefoundation.org with any requests, questions, or new essay submissions.

“On Policing”: Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Law Enforcement Officers

For this week’s release of On Policing, Deputy Chief Brett Meade, Ed.D. (University of Central Florida) examines an issue facing all law enforcement agencies today: recruiting, selecting, and retaining sworn officers. Deputy Chief Meade offers insight into how law enforcement can address this growing issue by providing a successful recruiting and retention plan.

Deputy Chief Meade discusses current issues, such as falling retention rates, overcoming initial training costs, and defending candidates from competitors. Criticizing current, archaic recruiting styles, such as career fair tables, he explains how police executives must develop a strategy to hire and retain sworn personnel who are diverse and reflective of the community. Laying out nine concrete points, he suggests a plan that law enforcement agencies can follow in order to avoid these issues and more in recruiting and retention.

Check out the new essay here or visit www.onpolicing.org. We encourage any comments or thoughts you may have, as well as sharing the essay with others. We also encourage you to contribute to the series. If interested, please send a 500-1000 word essay to onpolicing@policefoundation.org.

Policing Youth Policy Briefs: Opportunities for Positive Police-Youth Interaction

Policing Youth Policy Briefs: Opportunities for Positive Police-Youth Interaction

The Police Foundation, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, produced a series of youth-focused policy briefs to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to help improve outcomes for youth and public safety.

Line level personnel from both police and sheriff’s agencies more often than not, respond to sensitive situations, such as domestic family disputes, and in some jurisdictions are called on by the school to respond to incidents on campus. With the national debate surrounding the role of law enforcement in communities and more specifically in schools, it is important to provide law enforcement leaders and line level personnel with resources focused on helping to define the role of officers, identify best practices for youth police engagement, and educate law enforcement about the science of  youth development and working with young adults, with the overall goal of enhancing trust and cooperation between police, youth, and their families.

The four policy brief series is designed for California law enforcement executives but is applicable to law enforcement nationwide. Law enforcement executives from across the country can use these briefs to inform their strategies and to best define the role of their officers in schools and communities. The first brief is an introduction that challenges law enforcement executives to develop a vision for positive police-youth interactions.

Topics of the remaining policy briefs include:

  • Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth
  • Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers
  • The Career Pipeline Concept

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page or contact:

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Programs
(202) 833-1460
jzeunik@policefoundation.org

“On Policing”: Changing the Approach to Training and Community Relations

In this week’s On Policing release, Executive Director Sue Rahr (Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) discusses the need for a culture shift in policing from a “warrior” mindset to a “guardian” mindset, and Chief Andrew Bidou offers insight into how law enforcement can build and improve positive relationships with the community.

Both essays share a common theme—law enforcement needs to take steps to bridge the growing divide between police and the communities they serve. Chief Bidou lays out concrete steps his department has taken to accomplish this, and he speaks to the overwhelming response his department has received.  Director Rahr takes a slightly different approach, asserting that change needs to begin with a shift in focus in officer training and development.

Check out the new essays here or visit www.onpolicing.org. We encourage you to leave any comments or thoughts you may have, and please share the essays with others! We also encourage you to contribute to the series. If you are interested, please send your 500-1000 word essay to onpolicing@policefoundation.org.

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