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.
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 database, is conducting a state by state review of school facility and building safety and security standards, and leading a countering violent extremism project in the Boston area.
Chief (Ret.) Frank Straub, Ph.D.