National Police Foundation to Attend International Summit in India on Countering Violence and Extremism

The National Police Foundation and From India with Love, an initiative of the International Association for Human Values, to collaborate and explore opportunities to counter violence and extremism through Ghandi’s principals of nonviolence and compassion.

MUMBAI, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Frank Straub, Director of Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the National Police Foundation, and Chief (Ret.) Dean Esserman, Senior Counselor at the National Police Foundation, will travel to India to attend a global summit, organized by Mandar Apte, the Founder and Executive Director of From India with Love, on countering violence and extremism.

Our participation in the world summit and collaboration with From India with Love will create new opportunities to work with police leaders to identify innovative responses to violence & extremism. #NonViolenceSummit2018

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The international summit will bring together police officials, political and community leaders from across the United States and India to study Mahatma Ghandi’s principles of nonviolence. The summit coincides with the 149thanniversary of Ghandi’s birth and a year of celebration and reflection in India.

At the summit, the National Police Foundation, through its recently formed Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, will collaborate with From India with Love, to identify opportunities to reduce violence and improve policing through India’s ancient culture and the wisdom of nonviolence and compassion.

“The collaboration we are developing with From India with Love presents a unique and important opportunity to explore Ghandi’s principles of nonviolence and work with police and community leaders to counter violence and extremism,” said Chief (Ret.) Jim Bueermann, President of the National Police Foundation. “We continue to collaborate with law enforcement leaders in the United States and abroad, including Mexico, Canada and beyond to share ideas to advance policing and safety through science and innovation. We believe that our participation in the world summit and collaboration with From India with Love will create new opportunities to work with law enforcement leaders and to draw from their unique perspectives to identify responses to violence and extremism.”

The Center for Mass Violence Response Studies (CMVRS) draws on the National Police Foundation’s knowledge and experience to provide objective, thorough and actionable research; training; and, technical assistance regarding the prevention, response and recovery from mass violence events.

“As evidenced by this week’s attacks in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Maryland, we must endeavor to identify innovative and collaborative responses to the vexing challenge of mass violence,” said Dr. Frank Straub, Director of CMVRS. “Participation in the Summit presents a unique opportunity to learn from our international colleagues and to identify responses to violence and extremism built on the principals of non-violence and compassion.”

Ultimately, the two groups hope to strengthen connections between U.S. law enforcement and the From India with Love initiative through research and practice as they relate to preventing, responding and recovering from mass violence events.

Established in 1970, the National Police Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the Foundation has conducted research on all aspects of policing and is leading the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement. The Foundation is currently working with hundreds of police agencies nationwide, as well as internationally, providing research and translation, training, technical assistance, and modern technology implementation.

From India with Love, an initiative of the International Association for Human Values, is a social advocacy group whose mission is to support leaders to reinvigorate the conversation about nonviolence in America from inspiration to implementation. The group offers customized leadership development programs for civic leaders to experience and study India’s ancient culture and wisdom of nonviolence and supports leaders to design solutions that will promote safer and more peaceful communities & neighborhoods. The group was founded by Mandar Apte after producing a documentary film about victims of violence from across America who embarked on a journey to India, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had also visited India to study nonviolence.

For media inquiries, please contact Dr. Frank Straub, Director of Center for Mass Violence Response Studies at the National Police Foundation, at fstraub@policefoundation.org or at 202-833-1460.

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