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Check Out the Police Data Initiative’s Website Refresh!

 

The Police Data Initiative is a national network designed to enhance understanding of crime and public safety and accountability between law enforcement and the community through open data. To date, over 130 law enforcement agencies nationwide, large and small, have joined this community of practice. In doing so, they are taking extraordinary steps to advance the field nationally, and build collaborative relationships locally to improve public safety.

The Police Foundation has recently completed a refresh of the Police Data Initiative website. Check out the Police Data Initiative website here, and follow the links below to view our other resources on police open data.

New Publication – Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust

uas-cover-largeEnsuring the safety of the public is a core mission for all professional law enforcement agencies. In pursuit of this mission, law enforcement leverage many different types of tools, including new and emerging technologies.  One of these latest technologies is the small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).

“UAS technologies provide law enforcement agencies with unique capabilities for rapid, safe, economical and effective responses to a wide variety of public safety tactical challenges. Harnessing these capabilities requires not only the skills to operate the technology, but the input and understanding of the community and a pledge to operate the technology in a transparent manner. This is what community policing is all about,” said Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation and former Chief of Police in Redlands, California.

While the sUAS has significant potential to improve operational efficiency as well as officer and community safety, there are understandable and legitimate concerns about privacy risks. To help law enforcement agencies address these concerns, the Police Foundation is releasing new recommendations for local law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned aircraft systems for public safety purposes. Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust provides comprehensive guidance on all aspects of UAS use in public safety, including operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations.

The guidebook reflects the recommendations provided in five focus groups by law enforcement practitioners and community members on how to best achieve consensus building between law enforcement and the communities they serve on the use of sUAS. The focus group sites were Los Gatos, California; San Bernardino County, California; Draper City, Utah; Morristown, New Jersey; and Milliken, Colorado.

The guidebook also reflects the strong recommendations of the project advisory group that any sUAS program must be created as a public benefit, with public backing and the highest level of transparency, if it is to succeed. This imperative is reflected in both the framework and the language of the guidebook and the importance of maintaining and advancing community policing values is reflected in each section.

To view and download the full report, please click here.

Dr. Karen L. Amendola Named to Third Circuit Task Force on Eyewitness IDs

Dr. Karen Amendola, Chief Behavioral Scientist, was recently appointed to the Third Circuit Task Force on Eyewitness Identifications. Dr. Amendola is one of 17 members appointed by Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee (and co-Chaired bkaren-amendolay Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg) to this task force, charged with making recommendations regarding jury instructions for the evaluation of eyewitness identification testimony, and the use of expert testimony. The goal of the task force is to make important recommendations “pertaining to eyewitness identifications and testimony that can minimize the risk of wrongful convictions.”

Dr. Amendola was the lead investigator on a series of Police Foundation eyewitness identification field studies. She has published widely on the findings with colleague John Wixted in both the Journal of Experimental Criminology and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and has authored the Evidentiary Strength Rating Scale (with Meghan Slipka, 2011).

New Brief: “The Career Pipeline Concept and the California POST”

In collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, the Police Foundation is proud to release the final brief in a series of youth–focused policy briefs, “The Career Pipeline Concept and the California POST.”

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To meet the challenges associated with recruiting and retaining a workforce that is representative of the community, sheriffs and chiefs are exploring creative ways to attract and retain underrepresented candidates to law enforcement. Using POST Career Pipeline concepts, that involve engaging students in structured school-based public safety career pipeline programs, agencies in California have been at the forefront of efforts to recruit, train, and hire qualified candidates that represent gender and racial diversity represented in their community. This brief introduces the Career Pipeline concepts and highlights examples of how law enforcement agencies and schools can bridge the gap between officers and students and encourage youth to consider careers in law enforcement.

This is the final brief in a four-part series of youth-focused policy briefs produced to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to improve outcomes for youth interactions with law enforcement. California law enforcement executives, and those nationwide, can use this tool as they examine their policies and processes for ways to improve approaches to youth. The first three in this series ‘Issue Brief 1: Introduction’, ‘Issue Brief 2: Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth’ and ‘Issue Brief 3: Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers’ were released earlier this year.  

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page.

5 Things You Need to Know About Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in Law Enforcement

The Police Foundation is excited to release the newest in the “5 Things” series, “5 Things You Need to Know About Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in Law Enforcement.” There is no doubt that technology is rapidly changing thsuasfulle face of policing today, and one of these new technologies is the small- unmanned aircraft system. While this technology has great potential for improving operational efficiency and officer and community safety, there are a number of concerns about the potential for an invasion of privacy.  To avoid these risks law enforcement agencies considering adopting a sUAS should engage their communities in the decision to implement a program.

This one-pager is being released in anticipation of our forthcoming guidebook “Community Policing & Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust.” The guidebook is funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information on the project, please visit our project page: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Public Safety.

New Publication: 5 Things You Need to Know About Near-Repeat Patterns and Crime Prevention

The Police Foundation is excited to release the  “5 Things You Need to Know About Near-Repeat Patterns and Crime Prevention,” providing a resource for quick reference on how to apply the science of Near Repeat Theory to crime prevention efforts.

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This latest addition to the Police Foundation’s “5 Things” series outlines the science behind the near repeat pattern for residential burglaries and its implication for proactive policing and crime prevention that can be enhanced by including the community in crime prevention efforts.

When combined with other police data, “near repeat” patterns can be an effective way of increasing the accuracy with which law enforcement can forecast crime. The crime prevention potential of “near repeat” patterns for residential burglaries is the focus of a current Police Foundation project carried out in the Redlands Police Department (RPD) and Baltimore County Police Department (BCOPD), funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information, please visit our project page: Translating ‘Near Repeat’ Theory into a Geospatial Policing Strategy.

New Brief: “Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers”

As part of National Community Policing Week, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, is proud to release the 3rd brief in a series of youth–focused policy briefs, “Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers.”

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School-based police officers often serve as educators and mentors, community liaisons and problem solvers, and ensurers of campus safety and security. Many officers develop positive relationships with students and their families and help guide them through the personal, educational, and social pressures that are part of being an adolescent. This brief aims to advance discussions about the roles for school-based officers and how a balanced approach regarding selection of officers, training, and collaboration can strengthen campus safety, respectful relationships, and student success.

This is the third brief in a four part series of youth-focused policy briefs produced to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to improve outcomes for youth interactions with law enforcement. California law enforcement executives, and those nationwide, can use this tool as they examine their policies and processes for ways to improve approaches to youth. The first in this series ‘Issue Brief 1: Introduction’ and ‘Issue Brief 2: Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth’ were released earlier this year.  The series will conclude in the coming months with:

  • The Career Pipeline Concept

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page.

New Report: Bringing Calm To Chaos: A Police Foundation review of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks

In December 2015, two terrorists attacked a training session and holiday party for San bringingcalmtochaosimagesmallBernardino County employees, killing 14 and wounding 24 including two police officers. Further losses were averted by the response of the police department, sheriff’s office, emergency services, and FBI, who came together to prevent additional deaths and injuries. This Critical Incident review provides a detailed overview of the incident response; lessons learned to improve responding agencies’ policies, procedures, tactics, systems, culture, and relationships; and guidance to other agencies and first responders as they prepare for responses to terrorist, active shooter or other hostile events, and mass casualty incidents.

To read the e-report, click here.

New Brief: “Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth”

Just in time for ‘back to school,’ the Police Foundation, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, is proud to release the 2nd brief from a series of youth –focused policy briefs, “Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth.”

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The teen brain can greatly affect police interactions.  The part of the brain responsible for impulse control, problem solving, and decision-making are among the last areas to mature, usually not until an individual’s early twenties. Highlighting examples, this brief explores some agencies that have designed programs and developed resources around the challenges of the teen brain. This brief provides a summary of how law enforcement leaders can focus strategies around teens for impactful and positive interactions.

This is the second brief in a four part series of youth-focused policy briefs produced to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to improve outcomes for youth interactions with law enforcement. California law enforcement executives, and those nationwide, can use this tool as they examine their policies and processes for ways to improve approaches to youth. The first in this series ‘Issue Brief 1: Introduction’ was released earlier this year.  The series will continue in the coming months with:

  • Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers; and
  • The Career Pipeline Concept

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page.