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New Essay: Big Time Trouble Won’t Only Happen in Big Cities

PF On Policing logo final versionThe newest release in the On Policing essay series features Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeffrey Hadley discussing lessons he learned from a series of shootings that occurred in Kalamazoo on February 20, 2016. He emphasizes the critical importance of preparing for critical incidents such as the one experienced by his department, and he stresses the need for an effective communication strategy in the aftermath. To read the full essay, click here or visit www.onpolicing.org.

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Big Time Trouble Won’t Only Happen in Big Cities

jhadley picBy Jeff Hadley
Chief of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

If the past year has shown us anything, it’s that crime and terror on a major scale can happen anywhere, not just in big cities like New York or Washington D.C.

There were probably a lot of Americans who had never heard of Kalamazoo, Michigan, before an Uber driver went on a killing spree in my community on Feb. 20, 2016, but I am guessing a lot of Americans also had never heard of San Bernardino, Calif., before terrorists attacked it last December.

Just two weeks before the Uber driver killed six people, I was talking to a reporter and discussing the notion that an active shooter event could easily happen here. As police chiefs, we have to be ready for major incidents, no matter the size of the community that we are responsible for protecting. With major incidents comes major attention from the national media, and these days, sometimes even the international media. Read More & Share

Using Near Repeat Patterns for Community-Driven Crime Prevention

Lead researchers on the Police Foundation’s “Translating ‘Near Repeat’ Theory into a Geospatial Policing Strategy” study have published a new article on Near Repeat Patterns for Community-Driven Crime Prevention. Near repeat Near Repeat coverpatterns have been found for a number of crimes, such as residential burglaries, and can be used to design proactive, community-driven crime prevention strategies. Former Police Foundation Senior Research Associate Dr. Travis Taniguchi of RTI International and Dr. Liz Groff of Temple University published the article in the August 2016 issue of The Police Chief magazine.

To read the full article, please click here.  To read more about the Police Foundation study, please click here.

Police Foundation Receives Public Safety Grant Award from Motorola Solutions Foundation

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The Police Foundation is pleased to announce the award of a Public Safety Grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. This grant will continue to advance officer safety by supporting the application of the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss reporting system in law enforcement agencies across the country.

Motorola’s support will allow the Police Foundation to work with key local agency partners in Tempe, Arizona, and Snohomish County, Washington, to implement near miss reporting and analysis at the agency level and train local agency staff regarding the use of the LEO Near Miss system. Additionally, it will enable the Police Foundation and its partner organizations to use near miss incident reports to begin identifying and developing lessons learned to guide operational and tactical decisions and training, which will benefit local partner agencies as well as agencies throughout the U.S.

“The generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation will enable us to explore the benefits of near miss reporting and analysis at the agency level in addition to encouraging independent near miss reporting by individual officers.  Ultimately, near miss reporting will benefit individual agencies and the law enforcement profession overall by helping to create a culture of safety” said Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation.

“We wholeheartedly support innovation that enhances public safety,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The programs we’re supporting will benefit a broad range of communities served by law enforcement officers and staff, fire service personnel, federal agents, emergency medical service providers and our men and women in the military services – both active duty and veterans.”

The foundation gave $3.45 million to 83 organizations in 2016, which will benefit about 1 million first responders and community members.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor and convener on issues that affect the safety of communities around the world, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and engage the network of those interested in these issues.

We thank the Motorola Solutions Foundation for their generous support of officer safety. We are proud to partner with Motorola and with the Tempe Police Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and many other agencies to improve officer safety.  For more on LEO Near Miss or to submit a report, visit www.LEOnearmiss.org.

New Report Released: State of Policy in Law Enforcement

PowerDMS, in collaboration with the Police Foundation, recently released a new report detailing the current state of policy and training in law enforcement agencies across the State of Policy in LE_cover2country. Drawing from survey responses of over 100 law enforcement leaders, the report provides a baseline of existing practices and a benchmark for best practices in law enforcement policy management and training.

Among the key findings are that well over ninety percent of agencies surveyed:

  • Agreed that policies are very important for law enforcement job performance; and
  • Believe that agency liability, civil lawsuits, and inconsistency are consequences of poor policy management.

The vast majority of law enforcement executives indicated that policies should be “dynamic” or, in other words, be continuously reviewed to ensure agency needs and priorities are being met. Additionally, a majority indicated they currently use a software tool to distribute new policies (63%) or would consider using one in the future (35%). Major sources of data for law enforcement tracking of policy effectiveness include civilian complaints, accreditation standards, and routine internal audits.

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To compare your policy and training management processes to those of your peers, please download the full report here.

DEA Officer Safety Alert: Fentanyl Can Kill You

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released a 3-minute video warning law enforcement about the danger of exposure to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin. Commonly sold as heroin, the smallest amounts of fentanyl ingested or absorbed can be lethal, a point emphasized in the video by two New Jersey detectives that were poisoned after accidentally inhaling only a small amount of the drug. To ensure officer and canine safety, the DEA urges law enforcement to take appropriate precautions and forego field testing when dealing with the drug. For more information, please see the DEA roll call video below or visit www.dea.gov.

 

Chief Flynn Discusses Race and Law Enforcement During Presidential Town Hall


FLYNNEdwardAMilwaukee Police Chief and Police Foundation Executive Fellow Edward Flynn took part in the nationally televised town hall forum with President Obama on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The forum tackled race relations and law enforcement, two issues that have been at the forefront of the nation in recent weeks. Chief Flynn addressed both the issues of minorities’ mistrust of law enforcement and the easy availability of high-powered weapons. Read More & Share

If We Open Our Ears and Our Minds, We Can Reconnect with Our Communities

Higgins-Photo-originalBy Ronnell Higgins
Chief of the Yale University Police Department

In the business of policing, we often talk about lessons learned.

Let me tell you something, from my perspective as chief of the university police, we sure have had ample opportunities to learn some lessons here at Yale University over the past year.

Last January, my department came under fire after one of my officers drew his weapon while stopping a young black male who matched the description of an intruder seen at another nearby college where there had been a series of burglaries. It turned out the young man was not the intruder—he was a Yale student. It also turned out the student was the son of a New York Times columnist who took us to task at a time when policing in America, especially in communities of color, was under intense scrutiny. Read More & Share

President Obama Issues “Open Letter” to America’s Law Enforcement Officers

White House logoOn Monday, July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama issued an open letter to America’s law enforcement community, expressing gratitude and support for their heroic efforts and grief over the recent loss of too many of America’s heroes who serve in their communities. We applaud the President for taking this extraordinary and much needed step to make clear that law enforcement officers deserve our support and that we must all protect our protectors. The Police Foundation is pleased to share this letter and wholeheartedly supports the President’s statements.

On Policing: Orlando Tragedy Spurs Memories for San Bernardino Chief

PF On Policing logo final versionIn the newest On Policing essay, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan discusses the tragic attack that occurred in Orlando, FL, early Sunday morning, drawing upon his own personal experiences and reflections from the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA, on December 2, 2015. Be sure to check out the essay here or visit www.onpolicing.org.

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