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Executive Fellow and Chief of Police Promoted to Director of Public Safety at Yale University

Higgins-Photo-2Police Foundation Executive Fellow and Chief of Police at Yale University, Ronnell Higgins, has been promoted to Director of Public Safety at Yale.  Director Higgins will continue to oversee the nation’s oldest campus police department at Yale University, as well as campus security operations and security systems. His reputation for leadership, experience, and exemplary achievement reflects his ability to drive change, broker exceptional intercommunity relationships, optimize operations, and ensure overall public safety. Director Higgins’ broad background and understanding of the unique issues of an urban Ivy League campus have earned him a reputation for delivering solutions, which produce outstanding results, and for leveraging relationships for mutual benefit.

Click here to read the full press release from Yale.

Chief Rick Braziel Appointed Inspector General in Sacramento County

sacramento county sealThe Sacramento County (CA) Board of Supervisors has announced that Police Foundation Executive Fellow and former Sacramento (CA) Chief of Police, Rick Braziel, has been appointed as its Inspector General. In this role, he will provide independent oversight of the Sheriff’s Department and, when necessary, recommend changes to its operations. He will assume the official duties of the office on December 1.

Drawing from 33 years of policing experience and his work as a consultant and Police Foundation Executive Fellow, Chief Braziel brings a wealth of expertise to his new position that will certainly benefit the Sheriff’s Department and the community. The Police Foundation congratulates Chief Braziel and Sacramento County on his appointment.

Click here to read the full story from Sacramento County.

Police Foundation release fourth issue of Crime Mapping & Analysis News

cman4The Police Foundation released its fourth issue of Crime Mapping & Analysis News this month. The Crime Mapping & Analysis News is a quarterly newsletter that brings together articles written by leading researchers, practitioners, and other experts on a range of current trends and topics. The quarterly online newsletter is available at or download a PDF version here.

This newest issue includes articles on the importance of using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) with crime mapping and how to leverage Unstructured Data to Enhance Crime Analysis. Readers can learn about the use of crime mapping to prevent on-campus smoking problems or about the latest in License Plate Recognition (LPR) technolo¬gy.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News is supported by the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), ESRI, the world’s leader in geographic systems software, and by the Omega Group, the industry-leading developer of geographic software for public safety agencies.

Police Foundation Executive Fellow and former Chief of Police Michael Schirling Named Executive Director of BTV Ignite

Police Foundation Executive Fellow and former Burlington, Vermont Chief of Police Michael Schirling has been named the first Executive Director of BTV Ignite, a partnership between US Ignite, a national non-profit organization, and the City of Burlington intended to foster the local development of next-generation internet applications for economic and educational benefit.

Chief Schirling’s selection as Executive Director for BTV Ignite comes only a few months after his retirement in June, 2015, as the Chief of Police for the Burlington Police Department. After 26 years of service to the community with the Burlington Police Department, his desire to serve remains evident. The Police Foundation congratulates Chief Schirling on his new position and looks forward to his continued contributions to policing through the Foundation’s fellowship program.

For more on Chief Schirling’s selection, click here. Read more

Executive Fellow Rick Braziel appointed to the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training


The Police Foundation is pleased to share that Police Foundation Executive Fellow and former Sacramento (CA) Chief of Police, Rick Braziel, was appointed to the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) by Governor Edmund Brown Jr. on Monday, September 28, 2015. In this role, Chief Braziel will be responsible for ensuring officers receive high quality training and continuing the standards of professionalism in California law enforcement.

Since becoming a Police Foundation Executive Fellow in 2013, Chief Braziel has provided valuable leadership and expertise on a number of Police Foundation projects. Most recently, he led the Police Foundation’s Critical Incident Review of the Stockton bank robbery and hostage taking incident, and in 2013, he led the team that completed the Police Foundation’s review of the Christopher Dorner incident. Chief Braziel has also been serving as the lead law enforcement expert on the Department of Justice’s Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funded Collaborative Reform Initiative. The Police Foundation congratulates Chief Braziel on his new appointment.  His contributions as a Commissioner and as a Police Foundation Executive Fellow will continue to have a positive impact on the law enforcement community.

More on Governor Brown’s appointment of Chief Braziel can be found here.

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact (Vol. 3)

marijuanaincoThe Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) recently published a 3rd Volume of its report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain HIDTA worked in concert with more than 30 organizations to evaluate the effects marijuana legalization has had and is having on Colorado residents. The Report examines data from 2006 to present, highlighting changes that occurred during each phase of Colorado’s legalization progression and specifically examining the impacts across key areas, including impaired driving, use of marijuana by both adults and youth, hospital visits relating to the use of marijuana, and exposure cases.  The Report’s findings include:

  • In 2014, when retail marijuana businesses began operating, there was a 32 percent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in just one year from 2013.
  • Probationers ages 18 to 25 and 26+ years old testing positive for marijuana increased 49 and 87 percent respectively since marijuana was legalized in 2013.
  • Drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 40 percent from school years 2008/2009 to 2013/2014. The vast majority were marijuana violations.
  • During 2013–2014, when recreational marijuana was legalized, the yearly average interdiction seizures of Colorado marijuana increased another 34 percent from 242 to 324.
  • From 2006–2008, compared to 2013–2014, the average number of seized parcels containing Colorado marijuana that were destined for outside the United States increased over 7,750 percent, and pounds of marijuana seized in those parcels increased over 1,079 percent.
  • Denver has more licensed medical marijuana centers (198) than pharmacies (117).

Click here to review the final report. Read more

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Aims to Strengthen Juvenile Diversion Efforts in Communities

cjjrbigThe Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy invites teams to apply for the 2015 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program through September 18, 2015.

Created in partnership with the National League of Cities and the Juvenile Law Center, the Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program will bring together law enforcement officers, probation staff, prosecutors, school officials, judges, policy-makers, and other local leaders committed to strengthening their diversion efforts. National experts will share cutting edge ideas, policies and practices to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to implement or improve juvenile diversion programming within their jurisdictions, whether at pre-arrest, intake or the court stages of case processing. Read more

New Resource: IACP’s Child Sex Trafficking Toolkit For Law Enforcement

international-association-of-chiefsThe IACP, in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) at the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Violent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has announced the launch of the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers online training course.

This training is available to law enforcement only and builds on the Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers toolkit developed by the IACP, the COPS Office and the FBI. Read more

The Police Foundation Releases “A Heist Gone Bad, a Police Foundation Critical Incident Review of the Stockton Police Response to the Bank Of The West Robbery And Hostage-Taking”

heist-gone-badThe Police Foundation released today a report on the July 2014 armed robbery of the Stockton, California branch of the Bank Of The West. The situation involved more than 33 police officers, three bank robbery suspects, and three innocent hostages.

The armed robbery of the Bank Of The West evolved into a multiple-hostage situation in which three heavily-armed bank robbery suspects led police officers on a 60-minute chase through the highways and streets of Stockton, California. During the pursuit of the suspects, the officers faced a constant barrage of gun fire that disabled more than 14 police vehicles, demonstrating extraordinary bravery and valor while continuing the close pursuit despite facing significant firepower. Read more

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