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Alert: The National Police Foundation NEVER Solicits Donations via Telephone!

The National Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization, has received inquiries from across the U.S. by individuals who have been contacted by solicitors asking for donations in support of an organization of the same or similar name. We want to make the public aware that the National Police Foundation or Police Foundation does not now and never has solicited individual donations over the phone.

If you have been contacted via telephone and asked to make donations to the National Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. or the Police Foundation location in Washington, D.C., this is a scam.

Please note that many legitimate local (but unaffiliated) police foundations and organizations may solicit donations from local communities via telephone and mail. If you receive such a call, we encourage you to take note of who is calling (by name and number), the date and time. We also encourage you to require donation information to be sent to you via U.S. Mail before considering any donation or even pledging one.

What you should do if you are receiving unwanted calls:

1. Call your State’s charity registration agency and report the information. You can find a list of your state’s registration agency here ( It does not matter if the caller is from another State, it is your State agency that can protect you.

2. Report telemarketing fraud to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at

3. Contact your State Attorney General’s Office to understand how they protect State residents from telemarketing fraud. Many offices have consumer protection units.

4. Consider using a call-blocking feature through your telephone service provider and/or a mobile app to block calls from unknown or suspected telemarketing numbers.

5. Tell solicitors that you will NOT now or EVER make any donation or pledge over the phone and demand that they provide you with the number they are calling from, their full name, the charity name, the website address where their IRS Form 990 can be found, and their physical address.

The National Police Foundation ONLY receives donations online via our website or via U.S. mail at the address listed on our website. We are registered as a charity in every state that requires registration and we are a GuideStar Platinum Charity—a designation given to charities that meet strict criteria around transparency.


Our donations are handled through a third party service provider: Give Lively, LLC, which has its own privacy and security policies. Our secure donation page can be viewed at

For more information, please view the National Police Foundation’s Privacy Policy:

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Law enforcement agencies in 78 percent of states in Mexico aim to achieve the “gold standard” in public safety accreditation

MEXICO CITY—Law enforcement agencies in more than three-fourths of all states in Mexico have officially committed to pursuing international law enforcement accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA was established in 1979 and is a credentialing authority that awards accreditation to public safety agencies in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Barbados that demonstrate meeting an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices.

This initiative, made available to law enforcement agencies in Mexico, is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Mérida Initiative, with additional training and technical assistance provided by the National Police Foundation.

There are currently more than 75 state, municipal, and federal public safety agencies pursuing or maintaining CALEA accreditation in Mexico, including police departments, public safety training academies, public safety communication centers, and as of October 2019, Mexico’s first public safety investigative agency. In November of 2018, CALEA inaugurated its first accreditation hearing in Mexico City.

Public safety leaders in Mexico continue to demonstrate commitment to achieving CALEA Accreditation and heightened professionalism through participation in focus groups, workshops and events offered in the country.  This commitment was showcased during the National Police Foundation’s Best Practices in CALEA Accreditation event held in Mexico City September 23rd-24th, 2019, where over 100 public safety officials representing a majority of the states in Mexico attended the event to receive training in accreditation best practices, listen to personal accounts from fellow attendees, and learn from speeches given by CALEA and Police Foundation leadership.

The National Police Foundation serves 64 Mexican public safety agencies, including 25 training academies, 21 law enforcement agencies, 17 communication centers, and one state investigative agency.


The Mérida Initiative is a bilateral security cooperation agreement between Mexico and the United States of America. Through nearly ten years of implementation, the Mérida Initiative has led to greater cooperation between the United States and Mexico. It provides tangible support to Mexico’s law enforcement and judicial institutions, strengthens border security, and helps to counteract the activities of transnational criminal organizations and the illegal trade in narcotics. To date, through the Mérida Initiative the United States has delivered USD 1.8 billion in equipment, training, and capacity building assistance to the government of Mexico.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as an independent, not-for-profit credentialing authority. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer board of commissioners.

The National Police Foundation is a U.S.-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the National Police Foundation has conducted research on all aspects of policing, provided training and technical assistance in all aspects of policing, and has led the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement in the U.S. and internationally. For more information on the National Police Foundation, please visit www.policefoundation.orgor For media inquiries, please contact

National Police Foundation Selected to Conduct New Experiments in Police Practices

The National Police Foundation has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct a scientific study of two critical areas of police practice: police stops in violent crime hot spots and eyewitness field identification or “show up” accuracy.

The National Police Foundation and George Mason University will conduct a randomized control trial to test the idea that stops can be conducted in such a way that reduces crime and that can be implemented effectively, legally, and without alienating the community.

The National Police Foundation will also conduct a lab study replication of the findings of a previous study on confidence and accuracy in eyewitness identification using show-ups; a field study testing the same question as part of actual police eyewitness procedures; and a survey of current practices in eyewitness identification that will help update our knowledge of changes in the field related to eyewitness identification practices and the extent to which these are evidence-based.

Both studies will benefit from the experience of the Foundation’s in-house research scientists, who have a long history of conducting scientific experiments to advance policing— including studies focused on patrol practices, use of force, shift lengths and crime reduction strategies. For more information on our research, see our Project Page and Publications.

NEW REPORT NOW AVAILABLE: “Planning for the Future: A Primer for Police Leaders on Futures Thinking”

The National Police Foundation, in collaboration with the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI) and the Futures Working Group (FWG)—an entity previously developed and supported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—has developed a new publication for law enforcement leaders on futures thinking in policing.

This essay introduces futures thinking and discusses how it can be a valuable tool for contemporary police leaders. It starts with an overview of the emergence of futures thinking and a description of how one long-term police chief was able to effectively use this tool during his career. The essay next explains what futures thinking entails and how it can be integrated into strategic planning and decision making.  Finally, several prominent trends of relevance to policing are considered. The intent of the document is to orient the reader to what futures thinking entails and how it can be integrated into the work habits and routines of a police leader to increase her or his efficacy.

To view the report, please click the button below.

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IACP 2019 preview: National Police Foundation Panel Discussions & Workshops

IACP 2019 preview: National Police Foundation Panel Discussions & Workshops

Are you up to speed with the latest on CompStat, Officer Safety & Wellness training, and after-action reviews? If you’re not sure, join the National Police Foundation’s panels of experts (active and retired law enforcement executives, senior program managers, and senior researchers) and get the most up-to-date information. Glean valuable insight from NPF research and programs and learn how you can help your agency succeed and provide superior service to your employees and community. Learn more about NPF panels and workshops at IACP 2019 below.

Panel Discussion: Enhancing the Culture of Officer Safety and Wellness Through Intensive Training and Technical Assistance: A Comprehensive Assessment

Saturday, October 26, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room W196b

This workshop will discuss the findings of training research conducted by the National Police Foundation, in partnership with U.S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the VALOR Initiative. The survey findings provide a never-before-seen snapshot of officer safety and wellness training needs and challenges that can help inform future training development and delivery. Participants will also hear from two of three agencies, Alexandria Police Department, VA and Arlington Police Department, TX, that participated in an extensive training and research program—as a component of this work—designed to identify and provide evidence-based, data driven training and technical assistance to enhance and strengthen the culture of officer safety, wellness, and resiliency.

Workshop: Creating a Culture of Learning: Incorporating After-Action Reviews into Your Agency’s Culture

Sunday, October 27, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room W190b

Some law enforcement agencies already use critical incident reviews (CIRs), after-action reviews (AARs) and near miss incidents–both internally and from other agencies—to identify training needs and policy or procedure adjustments. Regularly conducting and using these reviews can help to create and instill a culture of learning. Both AARs and reported near misses can help to identify areas on which to focus and improve to effectively respond to future incidents of mass violence or mass demonstrations, and to inform day-to-day officer safety and wellness issues. Through funding from the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the National Police Foundation (NPF) has developed a Guidebook (that will be published by early 2020) and the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss initiative to move the needle forward on incorporating and instilling a culture of learning, enhancement and evolution in all law enforcement organizations. The Guidebook includes lessons learned from a meta-analysis of 20 recent mass violence and mass demonstration AARs and a step-by-step guide for conducting them. The LEO Near Miss system is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of near misses, often referred to as “close calls,” to identify lessons learned that can save officers’ lives. In addition, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) has created online training courses on the importance of creating learning environments within law enforcement agencies, conducting AARs and submitting and studying near misses. This workshop will highlight the importance of instilling a culture of learning and conducting AARs in law enforcement agencies, identify some of the key lessons learned from the NPF’s analysis, and provide an overview of the resources available in this area.

Educational Session: Psychological Analysis of Violent Motives

Sunday, October 27
12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Room W187bc

This presentation is intended for police executives and examines the psychological motives and “whys” behind murders, mass murders, and other violent acts. Violent crime motive analysis based upon more than 500 high-stakes psychological evaluations of violent criminals will be presented, including key principles of threat assessment. Participants can also expect to be primed and exposed to the effects of mass casualty incidents on the law enforcement agencies and officers that respond to these cases. Strategies and policies to support officers during and following the incidents will be examined. Participants will gain information that will assist them in understanding of the psychological dynamics of mass violence and application of such to help prepare officers and agencies. This session will be presented by Dr. David Black, CEO & Chief Psychologist of Cordico, and Dr. Frank Straub, Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the National Police Foundation.  

Panel Discussion: CompStat360: Measuring What Matters, the Next Generation of CompStat

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
1:30 PM –  3:00 PM
Room W193

As the adage goes, what gets measured matters. But community metrics—key to ensuring that police respond to community safety needs—are not measured to the same extent as crime. CompStat has proven to be a valuable tool, yet the lack of community measures can impair full adoption of community policing and impede the co-production of public safety. Agency leaders want tools to promote accountability for responding to these problems in ways that support community vitality and safety. CompStat360, a public/private venture, offers an opportunity for police agencies to focus on crime as well as community engagement and organizational effectiveness. This presentation highlights lessons learned from CompStat360 pilot sites and future directions.

Rebecca Neusteter of Vera will facilitate the panel and open with a description of the need to advance CompStat, particularly in light of introducing community and organizational performance indicators. Other panelists will describe the model, its research-informed development, and the current piloting phase. Kristen Mahoney of BJA and Patrick Griffin of MacArthur Foundation will discuss the initiative’s importance, from both public and private funding perspectives. Police executives from several CompStat360 pilot sites, including Chief Johnson (Arlington PD), will speak to their experiences with implementation, including priority identification, problem-solving teams, analytics, benefits and challenges, and more. Dr. Neusteter and Mr. Burch will describe future directions for this project and available resources for the field (e.g., website, fact sheets, webinars, training and technical assistance). The panel will conclude with audience questions.

About the National Police Foundation:
Established in 1970, the National Police Foundation(NPF) is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the Foundation has conducted research on all aspects of policing, including landmark studies on foot patrol and shift length, and is leading the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement. The Foundation is currently working with hundreds of police agencies nationwide, as well as internationally, providing research and translation, training, technical assistance, and modern technology implementation. The Foundation is a leader in officer safety and wellness, community policing, investigations, and law-enforcement technology.

National Police Foundation Encourages Participation in New Research Study Examining Nonfatal Injuries Among Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON—The National Police Foundation (NPF) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), to support a national study on nonfatal injuries among law enforcement officers. Police officers are encouraged to participate as this research will help law enforcement leaders better understand how on-duty injuries to officers occur and how these injuries can be prevented.

Previously, NIOSH conducted a study that was broader in scope—looking at the total number of emergency department visits for both intentional and unintentional on-duty injuries among law enforcement officers. This study showed that injuries among officers were prevalent, and that we likely underestimate how often they occur. Initial evidence suggests that assaults on officers may be increasing—a troubling trend that requires more research about the circumstances of these incidents so that more can be done to prevent future incidents.

“This new study is a critical national study. We don’t know how many officers sustain injuries on the job each year, the severity of those injuries, or how it impacts the officers, agencies, or communities,” said Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation. “Sharing information about your injury can help prevent injuries among other officers and help to inform decision makers about the risks that officers face and how often they occur.”

Data collection efforts are already underway. Officers who are injured to the extent that a hospital examination is required may be contacted by CDC/NIOSH researchers in follow-up to their visit. NPF encourages officers who are contacted to respond when contacted.

The new study aims to analyze nonfatal incidents in greater detail. For example, this research will address questions such as:

  • What duty was the officer performing or what kind of activity was the officer engaged in when he or she was injured?
  • What stage of an officer’s career do these injuries most often occur?
  • What time of day did the injury occur?
  • Were other officers present at the time of injury?
  • If it was a motor-vehicle collision, what were the weather conditions?

Data collected through this study will help the law enforcement community understand the risks that officers face and will position law enforcement leaders to make decisions to improve officer safety.

“As law enforcement officers, we know the risks we face, but on a national level, we lack the data needed to prevent fatalities and injuries through improved policies and training,” said Chris Cosgriff, Officer Down Memorial Page Founder and Police Officer. “Your support and the provision of information to the CDC/NIOSH team can make a difference and protect a fellow officer. I urge you to be alert for outreach from NIOSH following any emergency room visit.”

Agency and officer information is kept strictly confidential and afforded federal research protections, and any results will be published without identifying information. Agencies do not need to release records—information is collected directly from injured officers through a brief telephone interview with a trained public health researcher.

“Below 100 works with law enforcement every day to prevent officer fatalities and injuries. While we know a fair amount about fatalities, we know very little about injuries and, consequently, we don’t know much about preventing them,” said Roy Bethge, Executive Director of Below 100. “This CDC/NIOSH study can close the knowledge gap on officer injuries, but only with our help. It is vital that officers who are contacted by CDC/NIOSH respond and provide information, which can be done confidentially. We can only do something about these events if we are willing to share our stories and take a long hard look at the data.”

For more information on the study, please visit:

For media inquiries, please contact the NIOSH Press Office at

About NIOSH:

NIOSH is the federal institute that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. For more information about NIOSH visit

About the National Police Foundation:

Established in 1970, the National Police Foundation is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the Foundation has conducted research on all aspects of policing and is leading the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement. The Foundation is currently working with hundreds of police agencies nationwide, as well as internationally, providing research and translation, training, technical assistance, and modern technology implementation. The Foundation is a leader in officer safety and wellness, community policing, open-data, investigations, and law-enforcement technology.


NIOSH Press Office
Nura Sadeghpour

National Police Foundation Hosts Public Safety Best Practices Conference in Mexico City 

MEXICO CITY, October 1, 2019 — The National Police Foundation recently hosted a Public Safety Best Practices Conference in Mexico City, MX, with the support of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This conference was attended by Law Enforcement Executives and staff from Mexican state and local agencies pursuing CALEA Accreditation or already CALEA accredited. During the conference, executives discussed how they successfully promoted professionalism and strengthened their agencies through CALEA accreditation. The National Police Foundation, with funding support from the U.S. Department of State, is currently providing technical assistance to over 60 agencies across Mexico, including police departments, training academies, and communications centers, to help them earn CALEA accreditation.

“CALEA accreditation brings many positive changes to agencies and sets the foundation for agencies to build on their professionalism & strengthen their organization,” said Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation, during the conference. “We think CALEA accreditation is an important signal for agencies to give to their communities, showing their commitment to pursuing professionalism. They are opening themselves up to an independent body to determine if the agency is meeting international standards through their policies and practices. This will go a long way toward building trust with the community and says a lot about what the agency is trying to achieve.”

National Police Foundation Works with the Santa Fe Police Department to Address Recruitment, Retention and Staffing Needs

The National Police Foundation recently completed a comprehensive needs assessment focused on recruiting and retention of police officers as a foundational step to assessing staffing needs.  The five-month effort produced data-driven findings and recommendations based on department challenges, research evidence, and best practices from across the nation. On September 24, 2019, Chief Brett Meade (ret.), Senior Program Manager, provided a high-level presentation of the report, findings, and recommendations to the Santa Fe Mayor and City Council. For more information, please see the press release below issued by the City.






City of Santa Fe Releases National Police Foundation Report on Police Department Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities

Department Has Top-Notch Reputation, Faces Staffing, Recruitment and Retention Challenges

SANTA FE, September 19, 2019 – In early 2019 the City of Santa Fe asked the National Police Foundation (NPF) to provide an assessment of pressing personnel and staffing needs, and to make recommendations for how the department could improve recruitment and retention. The City took this proactive step in order to be able to work with unbiased assessments and to improve an already-excellent department.

“Throughout my administration, we have completed a series of assessments and eight audits across the city, as we continue to demonstrate our willingness to improve performance,” said Mayor Webber. “Our collaboration with the Police Foundation to assess our strengths and weaknesses, and to leverage their experience working with other municipalities, allows us to build on the work we have through the signing payments, retention pay, and pay increases.”

“The Foundation brings a wealth of knowledge and having the support and partnership of the Mayor on this has made it a valuable experience,” said Police Chief Andrew Padilla.  “We already have an amazing community that supports our department. The City will continue to offer great benefits and competitive pay, all things we hope will help our recruiting efforts.”

The report includes the following findings and recommendations:

  • The SFPD has a reputation as a progressive department that selects excellent recruits and provides them with top-notch training and equipment
  • SFPD has a positive relationship with union leadership, and a new contract that provides raises and facilitates recruitment and retention
  • Recruitment is a national problem hitting departments across the country; SFPD vacancy rate sits at about 30 vacancies
  • Recommending better marketing, faster hiring process, and using civilians in certain positions

“Departments across the country are facing these same issues. Ours was exacerbated by the City of Albuquerque’s dramatic pay increase,” said Mayor Webber. “Some recommendations are easy fixes and others are a little more complex, but we are convinced we’re on the right track.”

“We are a young police department, with new officers, new supervisors and commanders,” said Chief Padilla, “and we are constantly evolving, learning and striving for the best for our police officers, their families and our community.”


National Police Foundation Issues Open Letter to Elected Officials and Policymakers Regarding Law Enforcement’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The National Police Foundation has issued an open letter to elected officials and policymakers at the Federal, State and Local levels regarding law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology. Our letter, titled “Promoting Accountability Instead of Banning Efficient Justice: A Letter to Local, State and Federal Elected Leaders on Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition” can be found below.


How Police Departments Are Using Data from the National Law Enforcement Applied Research & Data Platform

Agencies across the country are using survey data to make informed decisions relating to officer safety and wellness, technology, and police-community relations.  

What is the Platform? 

The National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform, funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and facilitated through the National Police Foundation, is a research initiative aimed at delivering actionable survey data to police executives to help inform policy, procedure, training, and strategy. The Platform is a collaborative effort between participating agencies (the Platform community) and National Police Foundation senior researchers and programs staff.

The Platform consists of internal officer, professional staff, and external community/police-community interaction surveys —allowing agency decisionmakers to assess their department from multiple perspectives.


The Platform currently uses three core internal surveys to provide agencies with actionable data. Survey topics for sworn and non-sworn personnel include: safety and wellness; perceptions of the department and the community, and the impact of technology. The Platform also offers external community surveys in a variety of formats. These surveys measure the community’s perceptions of the department and police-community interactions.


The Platform is funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and agencies can participate at no cost. Data is provided in near real-time, with agencies having to wait as little as 48 hours after the survey closes for results to be uploaded to the National Police Foundation’s Policing Dashboards Site— an online data visualization tool. Agencies are also provided a detailed written report within 10 business days. The Platform provides an opportunity for agencies to benchmark their results against departments of similar size and geographic location. The Platform team works with agency leadership to determine the most effective method(s) for distribution of internal and external community surveys to ensure highest response rate possible. SMS (text message) surveys are also available.

Implications for Policy & Practice

The Platform is rapidly developing a national presence and is providing a source of valuable information to major, mid-size and small departments. The growing community of Platform agencies are using survey data to inform their internal operations and their community outreach and engagement strategies.

In addition to individual agency data, researchers analyze survey data across multiple Platform agencies to identify trends and patterns across agencies of similar size or within the same geographic region. A multi-agency summary report for the officer safety and wellness and technology surveys can be found here.


“The Platform has been a valuable tool for our agency. We have used results from the officer safety & wellness survey to better inform training and glean resources to procure for our officers. The other surveys will allow our agency to continue to make data-driven decisions regarding technology, community relations, and internal operations. Additionally, the fact the surveys are covered through a federal grant, and are of no cost to our agency, makes it an even more valuable tool.”

– Chief Abdul D. Pridgen, Seaside Police Department, CA

“Our agency has been a member of the Platform since July 2018. The surveys are quick and capture relevant and insightful input from sworn and professional staff that helps our commanders make important decisions, backed by data. The National Police Foundation staff are extremely professional and provide detailed and easy-to-follow reports, and access to the Policing Dashboards Site visualization tool in a timely manner that break down our survey results – allowing us to implement changes and take action more quickly.”

– Chief Danielle Outlaw, Portland Police Bureau, OR

How Agencies Can Join the Platform

Agencies interested in joining the Platform can sign up at

New Police Foundation Reports and Training Opportunities!