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National Police Foundation to Participate in 2019 Drapkin Symposium on Evidence-Based Policing at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

Jim Burch (left), President of the National Police Foundation; Lawrence W. Sherman (middle), Director of the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology and Wolfson Professor of Criminology Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, Chair of the Cambridge Police Executive Program, and Distinguished Professor at University of Maryland; David Weisburd (right), Distinguished Professor at George Mason University, Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, and Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem.

This week, Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation, will attend and participate in the 2019 Drapkin Symposium on Evidence-Based Policing at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Jim will join renowned criminologists and policing researchers from the US, the UK, Australia and Israel in addressing Evidence-Based Policing. Jim’s remarks will focus on the challenges of adopting Evidence-Based Policing from a practitioner perspective.

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NPF and COPS Office Meet with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders in Oklahoma to Discuss Technical Assistance Needs 

WASHINGTON — With fewer resources than larger agencies, large geographical areas of responsibility, and different types of crime and disorder challenges in less densely populated regions, smaller rural agencies can be left out of the conversation regarding contemporary policing needs and challenges, including the impact and availability of new technology, strategic approaches to policing, resources and law enforcement operational efficiencies.

The National Police Foundation is providing technical support to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), along with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and United States Attorneys’ Offices in hosting a series of regional convenings with rural law enforcement leaders across the United States. The Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders convenings are intended to facilitate discussion and solicit input regarding rural agencies’ strengths and challenges, their technical assistance and resource needs, and the most effective innovations in effective crime fighting and public safety response. The convenings also serve as an opportunity for DOJ and relevant stakeholders to provide information regarding existing federal resources — including federal grant funding opportunities, online resources, and technical assistance programs — to support rural law enforcement.

To date, the USDOJ and NPF have held convenings in South Dakota and Oklahoma. Upcoming convenings are planned for Utah, Iowa and Montana.

NIJ Executive Maureen McGough to Join NPF as National Programs Director

WASHINGTON — The National Police Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Maureen Q. McGough, who currently serves as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Director, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), to serve as the Foundation’s Director of National Programs. McGough will depart DOJ after a decade of federal service and join the National Police Foundation in early July. The Director of National Programs will oversee many of the Foundation’s national-scope projects in areas such as research, technical assistance, and training.

McGough currently manages and leads many of NIJ’s evidence-based policing projects and major initiatives, including the NIJ LEADS Scholar Program (which she founded) and the DOJ Sentinel Events Initiative. McGough also recently convened a national stakeholder summit to develop a research agenda on women in policing, demonstrating her commitment to research and many important issues in policing. Her knowledge of OJP grant programs and the NIJ sphere of research and evaluation grant programs will be immensely valuable to the Foundation and the field.

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Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section

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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – On May 2, 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr approved the creation of the State and Local Law Enforcement Coordination Section (SLEC-S) within the Office of Legislative Affairs. As of June 3, 2019, the SLEC-S will be responsible for ensuring that Department leadership is properly informed of state and local law enforcement’s top priorities, while working to ensure that the Department has an impactful presence within the state and local law enforcement community. SLEC-S will serve as the primary liaison with state and local law enforcement, and all supporting entities.

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National Police Foundation Selects New President

National Police Foundation Board of Directors selects former U.S. Department of Justice executive and champion of evidence-based policing and police-community trust as new President

WASHINGTON — The National Police Foundation (NPF) Board of Directors recently announced their decision to name Executive Vice President Jim Burch as the organization’s new President. This announcement comes after the retirement of the former President and retired police chief Jim Bueermann in 2018. Burch has been serving as interim President since December and will begin serving as President immediately.

Burch has served with the Foundation — a non-partisan, non-profit research organization dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science — since 2015. During his tenure, he developed and led multiple research, training, and technical assistance projects related to violent crime reduction, officer safety, transparency and technology, and international policing development efforts, resulting in substantial growth of the Foundation’s programs serving police and communities alike. Burch joined the Foundation after serving more than 20 years in both federal service and the private sector. Burch served as an Acting Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s largest agency dedicated to supporting state and local law enforcement, and as Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance where he led the development of many resources and programs designed to support and encourage the use of science in policing.

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National Police Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Bernard Melekian Receives Distinguished Service Medal

Distinguished Service Medal recipients Evalee Treen (left), retired administrative office professional; and Bernard Melekian (right), retired undersheriff. (Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)

The National Police Foundation is pleased to announce Bernard Melekian, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, was recently awarded a Distinguished Service Medal by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, in recognition of his 40-plus year career in law enforcement and his guidance and leadership during his time at the Sheriff’s Office.

The medal was presented on April 12, 2019, during an annual recognition awards ceremony, where the  Sheriff’s Office recognized a group of individuals and/or units who demonstrated exemplary performance.

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NPF and City of Phoenix to release Phoenix PD Officer-Involved Shooting Study

Media advisory issued by the Phoenix Police Department

PHOENIX — On Friday, April 19, 2019, at 10:15 a.m., Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams with Mayor Kate Gallego and Chairman of the Public Safety & Veterans Subcommittee District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski, along with Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation (NPF), will hold a press conference at Phoenix Police Headquarters to announce the release of the final report on the study of the 2018 Phoenix Police Officer-Involved Shootings.

A copy of the report, as well as background and supporting documents, may be downloaded by visiting www.phoenix.gov/oisinfo. Our speakers will be available for brief questions following the announcement. Those outlets in attendance may sign up for limited one-on-one time with Chief Williams (must be in attendance to sign up). The conference will be streamed live on the Phoenix Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/phoenixazpolice.

Background: In May of 2018, Phoenix Police reached the total number of OIS for all of 2017 (21). Proactive steps to examine and address this disturbing spike were begun, to include increased training, releasing a publicly available OIS Data Showcase/Dashboard, and requesting that City Council grant permission to commission a study. The National Police Foundation, an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization was chosen to conduct the study. By the end of 2018, there had been 44 Phoenix Police OIS, 37 of these suspects were armed with firearms; 35 total suspects were injured, and 22 were fatally injured.

“As chief, I am committed to taking each of the National Police Foundation’s recommendations seriously and working through the process to implement them,” said Jeri Williams, Phoenix Police Chief.

Jim Burch, Interim President of the National Police Foundation. Mr. Burch has over 20 years of policing and criminal justice experience at the US Department of Justice, and has served as the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Acting Director at the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Dr. Justin Nix, researcher for this endeavor. Dr. Nix is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research centers on policing with emphasis on procedural justice, legitimacy, and officer-involved shootings.

For media inquiries, please contact media@policefoundation.org.

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Update: A copy of the report is now available to view/download on our website here. To view a recording of the press conference, please visit the Phoenix Police Department Facebook page here.

April Policing Updates Newsletter

April 3, 2019 — This month’s newsletter features our police professionalism and public safety accreditation work in Mexico in collaboration with CALEA and INL, two new publications on UAS implementation and Early Intervention System implementation, a new OnPolicing blog, resources for agencies, NPF Policing Fellows spotlight, upcoming events, and more!

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Co-opting the Police: What can be done about “Profiling by Proxy?”

By Sergeant Jeremiah P. Johnson
Darien Police Department, CT

More than 50 years ago, James Q. Wilson noted that, “As the urban poor and the big-city police increasingly come into conflict, it is the patrolman who is on the grinding edge1.” Wilson’s imagery brings to bear an uncomfortable reality that is neither pleasant for police or the community. If police are on the grinding edge, the metaphor begs the question as to whom is pulling the lever.  Police and “the urban poor” (a euphemism for racial and ethnic minorities) are brought into contact through different avenues, not all of which are initiated by the police. It is imperative for police executives to recognize and mitigate the perils of 911-driven complaints that can entangle their officers in the biases of others. Read More & Share

Public Safety Agencies in More than Half of All States in Mexico Sign on to Police Professionalism Grant Under U.S. State Department 

Law enforcement agencies in 21 out of 32 states in Mexico aim to achieve the “gold standard” in public safety accreditation

MEXICO CITY, March 12, 2019 — Law enforcement agencies in more than half 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, Canada, Barbados and Mexico 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 Merida Initiative, with additional training and technical assistance provided by the Police Foundation.

There are currently 50 state, municipal, and federal public safety agencies pursuing or maintaining CALEA accreditation in Mexico, including police departments, public safety training academies, and public safety communication centers. In November of 2018, CALEA inaugurated its first accreditation hearing in Mexico City, where six Mexican law enforcement agencies presented before CALEA’s Board of Commissioners and earned CALEA accreditation. These agencies are required to undergo annual on-line audits and an on-site evaluation by trained CALEA Assessors every four years in order to maintain their accredited status.

“The growing number of Mexican law enforcement agencies interested in pursuing CALEA accreditation demonstrates a commitment to organizational improvement, excellence, and professionalism — not just in one state, but across the entire country of Mexico,” said Jim Burch, the Interim President of the Police Foundation. “We are optimistic that even more Mexican agencies will apply to earn CALEA accreditation, demonstrating significant commitment to professionalism by Mexican law enforcement and new hope for Mexican citizens.”

Law enforcement agencies achieve accreditation following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA Assessors. Each agency then goes before CALEA’s Board of Commissioners, which reviews all findings and makes an independent determination if the agency complies with all applicable CALEA standards before conferring accredited status.

With regard to the significance of Mexican law enforcement earning CALEA accreditation, Tobin Bradley, Director of the Merida Initiative office at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, stated, “Accreditation increases public trust in institutions; it gives citizens confidence that their complaints will be heard, that their police forces will do what they should, and if they don’t – that they will be held accountable.”

CALEA’s Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. added, “The process of CALEA accreditation is a proven model for success in public safety. CALEA’s partnership with the National Police Foundation and the United States Department of State serves to further assist public safety leaders and practitioners in Mexico to achieve continuous organizational improvement.”

“We are honored to provide technical assistance and guidance to 39 Mexican public safety agencies, including 18 training academies, 11 communications centers, and 10 law enforcement agencies, as they pursue international accreditation through CALEA and we are grateful for the State Department’s critical support,” said Jim Burch, Interim President of the National Police Foundation. “This program has already resulted in the accreditation of multiple agencies across Mexico and has generated interest from dozens of others, demonstrating a strong desire to enhance professionalism and to advance Mexican policing.”

Background:
The Merida Initiativeis a bilateral security cooperation agreement between Mexico and the United States of America. Through nearly ten years of implementation, the Merida 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 Police Foundationis a U.S.-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the 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 Police Foundation, please visit www.policefoundation.org (www.fundacionpolicia.org.mx). For media inquiries, please contact media@policefoundation.org.

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