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Statement on the President’s Remarks to Law Enforcement on July 28, 2017

Police officers are professionals. Professionals who take a sworn oath to uphold the law and to protect us all. While the President’s support for law enforcement is appreciated by many who have and continue to serve our communities, we cannot support any commentary – in sincerity or jest – that undermines the trust that our communities place in us to protect and serve. That is what separates us from evil as we follow the rule of law. The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics – that thousands have solemnly taken and many have made the ultimate sacrifice for – contain statements worthy of reminder:

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve…
… I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence…

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)

President

Support for Legislation to grant Discretionary Authority to Deny Transfers of Firearms or Explosives to Terrorist

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The Police Foundation fully supports Senator Susan Collins’ Senate Amendment 4814 to the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill (H.R.2578), which prohibits firearm sales to terrorism suspects appearing on either the government’s No-Fly List or the “Selectee List,” subsets of the Terrorism Screening Database (TSDB).

This amendment grants the Attorney General the authority to deny firearm sales to individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity. In addition, the amendment would provide a provision ensuring prompt notification to the FBI if individuals listed in the TSDB within the past five years purchase a firearm. We respectfully urge members of the Senate to take action and vote in support of Senator Collin’s Amdt 4814. We also continue to encourage Congress to take action to establish universal background checks for all firearm sales.

 

Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF


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Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF

June 17, 2016

The Police Foundation fully supports Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Amendment 4720 to the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill (S.2837), which addresses the loophole that currently allows individuals listed in the Terrorist Screening Database (terror watch list) to purchase firearms. S.Amdt.4720 would address this loophole by allowing the Department of Justice to stop gun sales if the purchaser is a terror suspect. Additionally, the Police Foundation reiterates its strong support for the provision in Senator Feinstein’s bill that would fully fund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), adding 200 ATF agents to enforce the laws already on the books.

Lastly, the Police Foundation voices its opposition to a counter-proposal by Senator Cornyn (S.Amdt.4729 to S.2837), as it creates an impractical and time-consuming process for the government to implement in order to stop these gun sales. Specifically, the Cornyn amendment would require law enforcement seeking to stop a gun sale to first prove that the terror suspect will commit an act of terror or has conspired to do so; not that the person is suspected of terror ties and is likely to use the firearm in connection with terror, but that he or she will actually commit terrorism or has conspired to do so. The legislation would give the government only 3 business days to bring the suspected terrorist to court and meet this incredible standard, or else the DOJ would be rendered unable to block the sale. In light of this, the Cornyn amendment would continue to leave the terror gap open.

The Police Foundation urges the Senate to address the terror gap in our gun laws by voting in favor of Senate Amendment 4720.

 

NLEPPGV Statement On the Orlando Terrorist Event and Mass Shooting

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National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
STATEMENT ON THE ORLANDO TERRORIST EVENT AND MASS SHOOTING

Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson 
Chair National Law Enforcement Partnership To Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — America’s law enforcement community, like our nation as a whole, is shocked and shares in the tremendous grief over the loss of 49 innocent lives and the wounding of 53 others in Orlando, Florida this weekend, making it the worst mass shooting recorded in United States history.

At this difficult time, our thoughts are with those whose lives were forever altered by this event, especially the families and friends of the 49 whose lives were taken, and all those who survived this senseless act. Tragically, they have been left to cope with the grief and devastation that none should have to bear.
This horrific and tragic terrorist attack reminds us that our nation has been deeply traumatized by the cruel and agonizing loss of life before and not nearly enough has been done to protect others from the dangers of firearms in the wrong hands and excessive firepower in our communities.

As we have previously stated, Americans should not have to fear being gunned down in social venues, university and elementary school classrooms, work places, movie theaters and other public places. This nation has no higher priority than the protection of its citizens from the rampant scourge of gun violence that affects all of our communities — large and small, urban, rural, and suburban. We have, unfortunately, turned our back on this priority for too long.

While we cannot bring back the 49 innocent lives lost in Orlando or the 26 children and educators lost at Sandy Hook, the thousands of other people who have lost their lives to gun violence in places like Chicago and elsewhere, we must do more to save others and prevent such needless suffering. We owe it to those we lost, to their survivors, the law enforcement officers who risk their lives to confront these criminals and return to these scenes to investigate the carnage, and all generations to come to take action. We repeat what we have said before and urge those with differing views to come together to confront this priority – “enough is enough.”

 

 

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Police Foundation (PF)

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“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.

Police Foundation and Major Cities Chiefs Association Issue Joint Statement on Proposal to Change Firearms Regulations

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 10.32.20 AMOn February 9, 2016, the Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association issued a joint statement regarding the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002), introduced in the United States Senate in August of 2015 by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).  While the Police Foundation applauds Congressional action and leadership in addressing America’s mental health challenges, and supporting critical programs such as the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and other funding programs that provide support for crisis intervention teams and related strategies, we expressed serious concerns with the provisions of the bill related to access to firearms, which would appear to weaken current restrictions designed to protect individuals from gun violence. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on February 10th entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Mental Health and the Justice System” where the bill was discussed. Click here to see the joint statement issued by the Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

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.

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 crimemapping.info 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 & Share

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

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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.

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