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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

The Police Foundation Releases “Harm-Focused Policing,” the latest in the Ideas in American Policing Series

harmfocusedHarm-Focused Policing authored by Professor Jerry Ratcliffe, a Temple University crime and policing researcher and a member of the Police Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee, examines how a refocus of policing strategies towards community harm can help police departments account for more of the actual workload assigned to them by the community and its stakeholders into measures of harmful places and harmful offenders. For example, drug overdoses and traffic accidents are community problems often assigned to the police to mitigate that can be addressed as part of a harm-focused policing approach, rather than addressed independent of the crime and disorder problem. This can improve targeting of police resources and choices about places and suspects who should be the priority focus of crime reduction efforts by focusing on those places and suspects that are responsible for the most significant harm to the community as opposed to a more focused consideration of crime frequency and severity. The approach can also be implemented with associated metrics to assist departments in understanding the outcomes and impact of harm-focused policing strategies. The paper is available for download here. Read more

Symposium on policing (Aug. 17-18) by Police Foundation and Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

cebcpThe Police Foundation will join with the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy for a wide-ranging symposium on August 17-18, 2015. Topics and research findings will be presented on:

  • policing and minority communities;
  • police technologies, with an emphasis on body worn cameras;
  • school safety, bullying and prevention;
  • investigations and early warning systems;
  • crime patterns at places and communities;
  • evidence-based policing, translation and receptivity; and
  • the President’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing.

Register here to take part in the symposium. Read more

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