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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:

U.S. Senate Law Enforcement Caucus hosts virtual panel discussion on community policing

JULY 31, 2020—The U.S. Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), recently hosted a virtual panel discussion centered on the philosophy of community policing, exploring effective community policing policies and programs, the impact that community policing has had on the public, and the role of community policing moving forward.  

The virtual event was attended by a range of law enforcement officers, community leaders, and civil rights organizations from across the country.

The panel was moderated by Karen Amendola, Ph.D., Psychologist and Chief Behavioral Scientist at the National Police Foundation. Panelists included: Chief Greg Mullen (formerly of Charleston, SC, Police Department) of Clemson University (SC), Chief Danny Whiteley of Poplar Bluff (MO), Reverend Dr. Donald Morton of the Complexities of Color Coalition in Wilmington (DE), and Bishop Mark Tolbert, Vice President of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners.

To view a recording of the panel, please visit:

When Strategies Cause Unintended Harms

By Ivonne Roman, Executive Fellow, National Police Foundation

Policing is a fast-paced environment as departments are consistently responding to community demands for service and chiefs are consistently responding to crime trends.  As strategies are implemented though, too often, its impacts are assessed based on weekly or monthly comparisons for crime, yet little thought is given to possible blow-back effects, or to the unintended outcomes of strategies—the type of effects that damage relationships with those we serve.  Although a strategy may appear to work at first glance, we must ask ourselves, “Does the strategy cause unintended harms?” and “How can we best measure those harms?”

Misapplication can be malpractice

In February 2015, I was at a police executive meeting where former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was speaking to a room full of law enforcement officers and college students gathered at Rutgers–Newark.  Bratton was the featured speaker for the Police Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series. During his address, he detailed how he used disorder policing strategies, better known as the broken windows theory, to reduce crime in New York City and Los Angeles.  He also warned against the theory’s misapplication, a topic rarely discussed in policing circles.

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