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Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Nominations

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 10.33.04 AMEvery day, law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect American citizens and communities. While in the line of duty, officers constantly encounter situations which require them to engage in exceptional acts of bravery. To honor these individuals, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008, which created the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB). Each year, medals are awarded by the U.S. Attorney General and presented by Congressional representatives to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers for their courageous acts.

Exemplary acts of bravery from previous recipients range from Deputy Arturo Ramirez’s instinctive response of entering a burning building and saving three lives, to Officer German Rodriguez’s off-duty actions of spoiling a fleeing bank robber, to Officer Anna Carrizales’ dedication to protecting her community, chasing down three criminals after being shot twice. These are only a mere few examples of the countless acts of bravery our law enforcement officers display every time they put on a uniform.

The Police Foundation encourages you to nominate any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer that is deserving of the CBOB for their courageous acts in the line of duty. You can recognize these outstanding individuals by visiting the website before February 15, 2016.

The Police Foundation Releases Infographic on Police Use of Force

UOF Infographic News ItemPolice use of force is governed by a complex set of laws, legal precedents, and policies. While a topic of considerable concern to the community, it is not well understood. Today, the Police Foundation adds to the discussion by releasing an infographic intended to educate the public by visually describing the complex considerations that determine when police use of force is lawful, even when it may appear otherwise.

The infographic, entitled When Can the Police Use Force – and What Happens When They Do?, points out that use-of-force is governed by laws at the federal and local levels, and its justification is dependent on the reasonable perspective of the involved officers at the very moment force was used—not on thoughtful, retrospective examination and questioning. Articulating and explaining this information to the public is critical because these incidents bring challenging and complex considerations that are often not apparent to the public. With this infographic, the public can be better informed about when the police can use force and how police are held accountable for use-of-force situations. The infographic is available here.

Executive Fellow Sylvia Moir Named New Police Chief for Tempe (AZ) Police Department

Moir 042 300dpiPolice Foundation Executive Fellow, and current El Cerrito (CA) Police Chief Sylvia Moir, has been named Tempe (AZ) Police Department’s next chief of police after an extensive national search. The official announcement came last Friday, January 29, from Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching. In a statement, Chief Moir said, “I am excited and honored to join the Tempe team.”

With more than 27 years in law enforcement, including service with the Sacramento Police Department and the Menlo Park (CA) Police Department, Chief Moir brings a wealth of law enforcement and leadership experience to her new position in Tempe. The Police Foundation is very excited for Chief Moir and for the citizens of Tempe on her selection. We look forward to the positive impact she will have in partnership with the citizens of Tempe. To read local news coverage of her selection, please click here.

NLEOMF Seeking Innovative Officer Safety and Wellness Programs

DZ_graphic_tagline_2-fwThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is seeking nominations of officer safety and wellness programs as part of Destination Zero—a program dedicated to eliminating officer injuries and fatalities. If your agency is currently engaged in a program that promotes and improves officer traffic safety, general safety, or overall wellness, please consider submitting to help other law enforcement agencies. It only takes a minute to nominate here.

Innovative safety and wellness programs submitted by December 31, 2015 will have the chance to win a 2016 National Officer Safety and Wellness Award during National Police Week in May 2016. In addition, award winners and finalists will be featured on Destination Zero’s website. To learn more about Destination Zero or to submit a program for recognition, please visit www.destinationzero.org.

We applaud the Law Enforcement Memorial for its great work, and we applaud the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for supporting the effort! As a result of their work, more agencies, officers, coworkers and families will be better supported.

Journal of Quantitative Criminology publishes Dr. Amendola’s study on Site Variance in Lineup Type

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The Role of Site Variance in the American Judicature Society Field Study Comparing Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups

Congratulations to Dr. Karen L. Amendola, Chief Behavioral Scientist at the Police Foundation for her recently published article with colleague Dr. John Wixted from the University of California, San Diego. The article titled “The Role of Site Variance in the American Judicature Society Field Study Comparing Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups” was published December 2015 in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

For more information on the findings, visit the Journal of Quantitative Criminology or contact Dr. Amendola.

Omnibus Bill Shows Strong Support for Policing Innovation

The Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee introduced a $55.7 billion FY 16 omnibus bill to support collaborative reform, community trust initiatives, and Smart Policing. After law enforcement budget cuts for the last few years, this bill represents a much-needed boost to innovation, reform, evaluation, and evidence-based strategies in policing. Specifically, the bill calls for $10 million for collaborative reform, $70 million for community trust initiatives, and $5 million toward Smart Policing. This robust omnibus appropriations bill portrays a true bipartisan understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing law enforcement today.

Korean National Police Study Tour Stop at the Police Foundation

KNP VisitorsDuring the week of December 6, 2015, the Police Foundation was pleased to host Superintendent Moonjoon Kwak and Senior Inspectors Jae Myung Kim and Duho Song from the Police Training Institute of the Korean National Police Agency, as well as current Police Foundation International Fellow Senior Inspector Minhwan Shin, also from the Police Training Institute. As part of a fellowship for overseas studies, Kim, Kwak, and Song have spent the last two months in the U.S. studying issues surrounding the use of unmanned aircraft systems in policing.

Police Foundation Seeking Agencies Using Foot Patrol

The Police Foundation is seeking to identify law enforcement agencies that have committed to a foot patrol strategy as part of their regular patrol operations.  Ideally, we would like to identify agencies that have adopted a foot patrol strategy with specified goals for the deployment, dedicated foot patrol personnel, a targeted deployment area, and an emphasis on community engagement and problem-oriented policing. If this describes your agency or an agency you know about, we want to hear from you!

Please email us with your contact information, and we will follow-up to gather additional information.

In January 2016, the Police Foundation will select 3-5 agencies to participate in the project and to be featured in our forthcoming publication on foot patrol.  This publication will emphasize the positive aspects of foot patrol and highlight agencies engaging with the community through the strategy. It will also offer practical guidance on designing and implementing a foot patrol strategy that is based on the latest research evidence of effectiveness.

The Police Foundation is pleased to have received funding support from the Charles Koch Foundation to complete the project and looks forward to working closely with the selected agencies to highlight their efforts and the research. We believe that foot patrol, when properly designed and implemented, provides an excellent opportunity to engage and build trust with the community while engaging in problem-oriented policing to reduce crime.

For more information on our foot patrol project, please visit the project page here. We hope to hear from you!

Police Foundation President and retired Redlands, CA Chief of Police discusses San Bernardino Shooting

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Police Foundation President and retired Redlands, California Chief of Police, Jim Bueermann, discussed the tragic shooting events that took place in San Bernardino, last week, in The San Bernardino County Sun newspaper. “While the pain of this tragedy will remain with the Inland Empire forever, we should all find solace in the knowledge that, daily, the men and women of our region’s law enforcement agencies are prepared to risk their lives, without hesitation, for perfect strangers.” The full text of his commentary can be reviewed here.

Additional news coverage of Bueermann’s comments regarding the law enforcement response as events unfolded last week can be found at Police Foundation’s Facebook Page.

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.

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