Center for Mass Violence Response Studies

To further its mission to advance public safety, the Police Foundation is establishing the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies

The Center for Mass Violence Response Studies will leverage the Police Foundation’s  expertise and its unique position as an independent organization to advise federal, state, and local public safety officials regarding the response to mass violence events. The Center will conduct objective policy-relevant research, critical incident reviews, initiate training and technical assistance programs t0 inform strategic thinking, advance public safety practice, expand policy and knowledge. The unique mission of the Center will be to prepare public safety, government, school, and community leaders to think critically about the challenges posed by mass casualty events to implement comprehensive response policies and practices.


During the last decade, persons motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and individual factors have engaged in acts of mass violence targeting innocent civilians in communities across the United States. Mass violence attacks, incidents in which multiple persons are killed or injured, have increased in frequency as well as lethality.

While incidents of mass violence, including terrorist events and school shootings, remain relatively infrequent, their effects are devastating for the survivors, families of victims, communities, first responders, and the country. For public safety officials, these incidents represent crises that challenge emergency response protocols and demand actionable research, innovation and science to inform policies and practices.

Why Police Foundation? 

The Police Foundation is uniquely positioned to expand on its knowledge and experience in researching, analyzing and educating public safety leaders and the communities they serve on the response to mass violence attacks. The Police Foundation has conducted critical incident reviews of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Kalamazoo shootings and the Pulse Night Club attack. It is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The Police Foundation developed and maintains the Averted School Violence (ASV) database, is conducting a state by state review of school facility and building safety and security standards, and is leading a countering violent extremism project in the Boston area.

Point of Contact

Chief (Ret.) Frank Straub, Ph.D.

Alexa Skills 5-O Quiz

How Well Do YOU Know 5-O? 

Ask Amazon Alexa and find out!


The Police Foundation is excited to announce it recently launched its very own Amazon Alexa Skills Quiz! “How Well Do I Know Five-Oh?” is a short 10-question multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge about police officers in America (sometimes referred to in slang as “5-O” or “Five-Oh”) and the work they do. All questions are based on facts and data from national research and statistics and cover topics from average police salaries, hiring requirements, assaults and line of duty deaths and topics such as use of force and body worn cameras.

Instructions for enabling and taking the quiz

  1. Log in to your Amazon account through your mobile device, tablet, or computer and go to the Amazon Skills homepage
  2. Search all skills by the title “How Well Do I Know Five-Oh?”
  3. Click the “Enable Skill” button
  4. Ask Alexa, “Alexa, how well do I know five-oh?”
  5. Alexa will automatically initiate the quiz, which is a series of 10 multiple-choice questions.
  6. Respond to the multiple choice questions by choosing and speaking the correct response number, such as “one”, “two”, “three,” or “four.”
  7. At the conclusion of the quiz, Alexa will tell you how many questions out of 10 you answered correctly.

Social Media Contest!

Enter by September 1, 2018, for a chance to win an exclusive Police Foundation 5-O T-shirt! 

Contest details & instructions:

  1. Take the quiz using your (or a friend’s) Amazon Echo Alexa device.
  2. Share the graphic below on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the caption: “I just took the Police Foundation 5-O Quiz on my Alexa!”
  3. Include the hashtag #PFFiveOhQuiz
  4. Tag a friend in your post and challenge them to take the quiz to see how much they know about the 5-O.
  5. We will monitor contest entries through the hashtag and randomly select winners.
  6.  Up to 5 contest winners will be announced on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Good luck!

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announces new funding opportunities

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has announced the following fiscal year 2015 funding opportunities:

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Design Study of Dual System Youth. This effort will support the development of a research design and methodology to collect data and generate statistical information on the prevalence of dual system youth and the intersection of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Applications are due by May 26, 2015.  Read More & Share

Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program Funds Available from the New York County District Attorney

NY DAThe New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) has announced it is taking Requests for Proposals for its national Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program of up to $35 million. The office is inviting RRPs from any state, municipality or other law enforcement agency for funding to pay for the cost of testing untested or backlogged sexual assault kits.

Applicants will be asked to submit information about the size and scope of their untested SAKs, current state and/or local SAK testing policies, and their willingness to follow SAK testing best practices (prescribed in this RFP). Applicants are limited to States (including territories), units of local government from any state (including federally-recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices, and public forensic labs. Read More & Share

Funding Available to Help Improve School Safety

In December 2012, the nation was shocked by the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Elementary School in which 20 children and 6 adult staff members were fatally shot.

How can we reduce the likelihood of violence in schools? How should we identify potential internal threats within the student body—and how should this information be shared and used? What technology solutions are best suited to preventing school violence? And how should schools work more effectively with community partners? Read More & Share

Webinar: Restorative Justice in Schools: Highlights of Research and Practice in the U.S.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time: 10–11:30 a.m. Pacific (1–2:30 p.m. Eastern)

In this webinar, the WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center’s researchers will describe their project examining current policy and practice around restorative justice in U.S. schools. In this project, WestEd conducted interviews with over 40 experts in the field, surveyed over 150 practitioners nationwide (and interviewed 15), and conducted a comprehensive literature review. Read More & Share

Vice President Biden, Bureau of Justice Assistance announce National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

bja logo 1_0Vice President Joseph Biden Monday unveiled the Obama Administration’s new Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), which is investing $41 million this year to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 rape kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country. This is a problem which prevents or delays the prosecution of sexual assault crimes.

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers the SAKI program, will present a webinar at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, on how law enforcement agencies can seek federal grants to help reduce sexual assault kit backlogs. The webinar requires advance registration, which is available here. Read More & Share

Webinar to Assist Law Enforcement Agency Applications for BJA’s FY2015 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

CSGJC logoOn March 4, 2015, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) will host a webinar for law enforcement agencies to discuss a funding opportunity to improve collaborative law enforcement-mental health programs for people with mental disorders. In this webinar, representatives from the CSG Justice Center and two law enforcement agencies with Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grants will discuss the various specialized police response models and how the grant program could support them. Read More & Share