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: https://www.policefoundation.org/covid-19/. 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. 

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: https://bja.ojp.gov/program/valor/overview

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: http://cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0891

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: https://bit.ly/33k6rGF

National Police Foundation and Baltimore Police Department release reports on community policing and engagement

June 19, 2020—The National Police Foundation (NPF) is pleased to announce the release of two reports presenting the results of focus groups, interviews, and open feedback from Baltimore Police Department (BPD) staff and Baltimore community members on community policing and engagement in the City.

To support the efforts of the City of Baltimore and BPD, in implementation of its consent decree through funding from the Ford Foundation, NPF facilitated focus groups and disseminated an online feedback form to gather perspectives from BPD personnel on the department’s challenges and areas of change needed for enhanced community policing and engagement between November 2018 and January 2019. NPF also partnered with Loyola University Maryland and No Boundaries Coalition to facilitate focus groups and interview sessions and administer an open feedback form to gather community member perceptions of BPD. They also elicited input on their expectations for police service between June 2019 and October 2019.

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Statement on Atlanta Police Shooting of Rayshard Brooks

June 16, 2020—As we struggle to process our thoughts and emotions after viewing yet another video involving a deadly police encounter, we try to understand why this happened again. Without regard to perspectives, our skin color, or whether we are wearing a uniform or not, we must agree that none of us want to see another tragic and painful loss of life and acknowledge that our communities and our country can’t afford another.

We must come together and work together for change. While there are many changes that can and should be made, such a list requires more than a statement such as this can afford, however important the statement is. Instead, we urge all involved to consider what we view as essential for effective and sustainable change:

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National Police Foundation welcomes new Director of Development and Marketing and new Director of Research

The National Police Foundation is pleased to welcome two new directors to its leadership team.

Director of Development and Marketing

Tamara Martin, Director of Development and Marketing

Tamara Martin joined the National Police Foundation (NPF) in May 2020. Tamara previously worked at the University of Maryland, where she directed the Membership and Marketing department and led a complete department revamp and eCRM conversion. She achieved this while simultaneously executing award-winning revenue generating campaigns. She has over 15 years of non-profit management expertise, both nationally and internationally, having worked in and/or overseen development, events, business development, member services and communications functions in a variety of large and small organizations.

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