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Apply Now to Join Law Enforcement and Homelessness Community of Practice

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the National Police Foundation (NPF) are hosting a three-session, virtual Community of Practice focused on how data can inform police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) strategies for addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. The Community of Practice will be led by law enforcement data expert and former police chief, Dr. Frank Straub, and will also feature presentations from peer jurisdictions. Participants will have opportunities for mutual learning and dialogue and will collaborate with CSG Justice Center and NPF staff in the development of a data dashboard, which will allow PMHCs to collect and analyze data to guide and evaluate their efforts.

Upon completion, participants will also have several strategies they can use in their own communities to guide data collection and analysis efforts, with the ultimate goals of improving housing and mental health outcomes and reducing the number of people coming into contact with the justice system.

These three sessions are funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Dates: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Apply by Tuesday, October 20, 2020 if interested in participating.

If you have any questions, contact Charles Francis at

National Police Foundation Launches Council on Policing Reforms and Race

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2020,/PRNewswire/—The National Police Foundation (NPF) announces the formation of the Council on Policing Reforms and Race (“Council”), a majority African American led nonpartisan initiative that will use research and evidence to consider and offer recommendations to resolve some of the most significant and pressing issues with regard to policing reforms and race. In launching this effort, NPF is acknowledging the role that racism, bias, culture (societal and organizational), and patterns and practices have played and continue to play and will encourage the Council to offer commentary, recommendations, and solutions for addressing these issues, which have substantially led to the deterioration of trust and respect between law enforcement and Black communities. While various national panels and blue-ribbon commissions have been put forth previously to address similar areas of concern, this effort is distinguished by its aims of bringing together a broad cross-section of perspectives, infusing what we know and don’t know from science in relation to these issues, elevating the voices of Black American working inside and outside of the policing profession, and with the support of an organization such as NPF that aims to see these recommendations through to implementation.

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Put Your Mask on First—Prioritizing Self Care for Law Enforcement Executives

By Chief Debora Black
Prescott (AZ) Police Department

Thus far, 2020 has produced indisputable evidence of the perils facing law enforcement in the United States and around the world. A global pandemic has taken more than 200,000 lives in the United States including more than 200 deaths of those serving in law enforcement and corrections services. [1] Adding to that toll are stressors created by natural disasters, peaceful protests, civil unrest, riots, and ambush attacks on officers which, of late, occur on a daily basis. The pressures on law enforcement agencies, and the remarkable men and women who lead them have never been greater, and the list of those leaving their agencies, not of their own volition or timing, continues to grow. As a member of this small group of stalwart leaders, I wonder, when was the last time someone asked, “How you are doing? Chief, who has your back?”

From a physical, emotional, and cognitive perspective, this is much more than a rhetorical question. At a time when so much is expected of law enforcement leadership—from the community, your agency, elected officials, and the media—taking care of yourself is likely to be very low on your priority list. With so many demands for your time and attention, what does your self-care even look like? While you may be able to recognize the impacts of anxiety and distress in others, can you recognize when the same stressors have pulled you off balance? And are you willing to take the necessary steps to restore equilibrium and invest in your physical, mental, and emotional health?

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National Police Foundation and partners award microgrants to first responder families impacted by COVID-19

September 25, 2020—The National Police Foundation is pleased to launch the National First Responder COVID-19 Grant Relief Program. With funding support from private sector partners, including The Starbucks Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, this program has allowed first responders and survivors of first responders an opportunity to request a grant to reimburse select COVID-19 related expenses, such as mental health and wellness costs, unanticipated dependent care, disinfecting services, and similar costs. Currently, these microgrants are being awarded in an amount up to $1,000 per individual/family and are being distributed directly to the recipients.

“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to design and administer this program and it is one that we are confident will make a difference for many highly impacted first responders and their families,” said Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation. “Together, with the generous contributions from The Starbucks Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, it is our turn to protect the protectors and to help ease some of the financial burdens incurred by many during these challenging times.”

Applications are being reviewed by the National Police Foundation, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 9-1-1 Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE).

Currently, the program is cycling through its second phase of awarding recipients. To date, the NPF has received more than 465 applications requesting more than $360,000 in grant funding from all over the country with applicants from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers, public safety communicators, and more. Applicants have shown a tremendous need for dependent or childcare, decontamination and cleaning expenses, mental health services, and other individual-or family-specific needs.

While this program is generously supported by The Starbucks Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the National Police Foundation is looking for additional funders so that we can continue helping our heroes who are fighting for us on the frontlines.

CRI-TAC COVID-19 partnership with National Police Foundation and release of LODD analysis

September 8, 2020—The National Police Foundation (NPF) has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) to develop and share resources with the law enforcement community based on the continued impact of COVID-19.

In March 2020, the NPF launched a real-time COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact Dashboard to collect data and monitor workforce impacts, including the number of officers unable to work/placed in off-duty status due to possible or confirmed exposure, the number of officers that have been tested and diagnosed, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) needs. The NPF has revised the dashboard to expand on key measures to better track the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and related operational challenges that agencies are facing.

The NPF, IACP, and other CRI-TAC partners encourage law enforcement agencies to submit their data here: Data collected through the COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact Dashboard will assist the field with understanding the scope and impact of COVID-19, as well as informing CRI-TAC tools and resources for the field.

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Reducing violent crime through cross-sector partnerships—National Police Foundation collaborates with OneCOP and Indianapolis Police Department

August 25, 2020—The National Police Foundation, in partnership with MovementForward’s signature program, the OneCOP Initiative, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Near West Collaborative Advisory Board is confronting violent crime through cross-sector community partnerships that facilitate police-community communication and advocate for public safety awareness in the community. As part of this ongoing initiative, its CBCR Crime Reduction Program is using social media and cutting-edge technology to reduce violent crime in the Near West Collaborative of Indianapolis, Indiana. “Community by MovementForward,” a new social media app in development, will support communities and law enforcement by relaying information, data, and statistics about local, neighborhood crime “hot spots. This will serve as an important tool in reversing the negative bias toward law enforcement by promoting the spread of positive stories, information, and images through real-time communication, and by allowing law enforcement to proactively engage their communities and faith-based organizations in order to build safer and healthier neighborhoods. 

In Policing, ‘You Don’t Know Nothing’—Until You Ask Questions

By Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D.
Darien (CT) Police Department 

The late New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra is perhaps remembered more for his malapropistic quotes than what he achieved on the field. The irony about “yogi-isms” is that his words can actually be quite profound. One such statement, “In baseball, you don’t know nothing” likely speaks to the unpredictability of the game. It could, however, be read as an indictment of sorts. Yogi played during baseball’s golden age, long before the sports analytics revolution, when the game was guided more by tradition and conjecture than objective knowledge. The same critique could very well be made against our own vocation- “In policing, you don’t know nothing.”

How do we know what we know? The classic answer that cops use on the witness stand is “training and experience”. As much as training and experience can help officers on the street, we may overvalue these characteristics when it comes to running police organizations. Most police training is not evidence-based and years of experience is a poor proxy for occupational knowledge. Policing needs to look deeper.

Like modern baseball, the private sector of the 21st century runs on data. It is challenging to find a major corporation that does not track consumer behavior, measure employee sentiment, or solicit customer feedback. It is true that policing has made great strides toward becoming data driven in regards to crime. The Compstat revolution of the late 20th century along with the advent of crime analysis transformed police operations, particularly in large cities. As good as law enforcement is at tracking crime, blind spots remain when it comes to understanding community concerns and the needs of our own officers.

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National Police Foundation helps North Charleston Police implement data-driven reforms

August 19, 2020—The National Police Foundation is at the forefront at providing technical assistance and organizational assessments to local police departments. Our work with the North Charleston Police Department highlights our focus on evidence-based and data-centered assessment and technical assistance. In our initial phases working with the agency, we gathered and analyzed data from the department, as well as local government, non-profit, and community stakeholders. Our data analysis included (but was not limited to) use of force, traffic and pedestrian stops, arrests, and civilian complaints. This is critical work for fulfilling our organization’s mission as these data analysis insights are now being used to provide technical assistance for the North Charleston Police Department’s recruitment, hiring and personnel practices, training, use of force, traffic and pedestrian stops, civilian complaints, accountability and transparency, violence prevention and reduction, and strengthening of police-community relationships. By strengthening our police departments through rigorous training and assistance, we are strengthening our work in the local communities they also serve. 

National Police Foundation releases new report – National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications

August 13, 2020—The National Police Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is pleased to release the National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications, along with its accompanying Executive Brief, and interactive website. The report presents the results of a national survey developed and administered by NPF to examine the officer safety and wellness training and resource needs of law enforcement officers and executives.

The survey is part of the BJA Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative. BJA created the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative to improve officer safety training resources and opportunities available to the law enforcement community in the United States. The goal of the Initiative is to increase officer safety and resilience and strengthen officer wellness. Since the creation of the Initiative, more than 123,000 law enforcement personnel have received some form of VALOR-related training. A critical piece of the VALOR Initiative is to understand the future officer safety training needs.

For more information about the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative, please visit:

New COPS Office Report: Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety

August 11, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) released a new report entitled: “Ten Essential Actions to Improve School Safety: School Safety Working Group Report to the Attorney General”

The COPS Office School Safety Working Group, which is composed of representatives from eight national law enforcement organizations, has identified 10 essential actions that can be taken by schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies to improve school safety.

Frank Straub, Ph.D., Director of the National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, had the privilege of serving on the School Safety Working Group.

A copy of the report can be found at: