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


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.

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.

New Police Foundation Reports and Training Opportunities!