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Law Enforcement – Mental Health Learning Sites Expansion

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Police Foundation, selected four law enforcement agencies to join the Law Enforcement – Mental Health Learning Site initiative. The Madison County (TN) Sheriff’s Office, Arlington (MA) Police

Department, Jackson County (OH) Sheriff’s Office, and Tucson (AZ) Police Department were chosen through a competitive process to participate in the BJA-supported initiative. These four agencies join the current six sites to deliver peer-to-peer learning through a diverse cross-section of model strategies and examples of successful collaborations between law enforcement and mental health agencies. The 10 learning sites offer their experiences and expertise to promote strategies that can save the life of an officer, community member, or family member.

Read about the Expansion of the National Law Enforcement – Mental Health Learning Site Program and visit the Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites website to access the Police – Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit and to learn how to request technical assistance with a similar collaboration project in your area.

Police Foundation Grieves Passing of Executive Fellow Tom Engells

The Police Foundation grieves the sudden passing of PF Executive Fellow and UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells this past Sunday. Please see below for a message about Chief Engells from UTMB’s President, Dr. David Callender:

“Chief Engells has led our Police Department since 2010, and has been part of the UT System family for more than 34 years. Under his dynamic leadership, UTMB became the first UT System police department to achieve national accreditation for excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He was named the inaugural UT System Police Chief of the Year in 2011 and again in 2014, and also earned “Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year” by the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators. More recently, Chief Engells achieved international recognition for his expertise in biosecurity.

He was also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His accomplishments and contributions to UTMB, UT System and the policing profession were many. Most of all, Tom was our brilliant and witty colleague whose humble, soft-spoken nature had a powerful impact on all who knew him. We will surely miss him.

Please keep Tom’s wife, Peggy, and his daughter, Laura, in your thoughts during this most difficult time.”
 
Tom was always fun, insightful, and a pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed at the Police Foundation.

New Report: Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub

On June 12, 2016, what began as an active shooter incident when a lone gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and began shooting innocent club goers transitioned into a barricaded suspect with hostages incident and ended as the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. This Critical Incident Review provides a detailed overview of current active shooter and hostage negotiation protocols within the context of a terrorist event; leadership and interagency relationships; tactical response and command and control; equipment and training; emergency medical care; officer safety and post-event responder wellness; post-incident investigation; media and public information; and, community engagement.

To read the report, click here.

To view the interactive e-report, click here.

Help Inform the Community Engagement Playbook

Together, the Police Foundation, the Policing Project at NYU Law, and the National Urban League have partnered to conduct a comprehensive, nationwide survey of effective best practices for police-community engagement. We are surveying both police departments and community members and organizations to learn about the many ways that departments engage their communities.

To learn more about the surveys and the project, visit: https://policingproject.org/engagement-study/.

A Message from Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann

Dear Friends,

As you and others involved in policing know very well, the role of our nation’s finest and the job these men and women courageously do every day comes with great cost. At times, this work is misunderstood. Yet we continue to have faith and confidence in America’s most noble profession – policing.

As we witness and participate in conversations about law enforcement issues, it becomes very evident that it is far too difficult to find independent, nonpartisan research and resources that can help improve our collective understanding and can help us separate fact from fiction. Objective, unbiased research and resources for executives, command staff, and the rank and file, as well as our political and community stakeholders, is exactly what we – collectively – need.

The Police Foundation is the oldest nationally known, nonprofit, non-partisan, and non-membership-guided organization dedicated to improving policing in America. We are unique in our independence, our work, and our people, and we leverage this uniqueness as we support the advancement of policing through innovation and science. Throughout our history, we have always insisted that our work have a practical impact on policing and that the knowledge gained through empirical investigation be applicable outside the “laboratory,” informing police work.

Looking ahead, we need to better understand how the national conversations are impacting police organizations, leaders, and those on the front lines. We need to dig deeper into sometimes difficult or daunting issues such as effectively policing peaceful and non-peaceful mass demonstrations, preventing and effectively responding to incidents of mass violence, and understanding how these issues impact the officers and their families, as well as the communities that they serve and that they too are a part of. Topics such as officer safety and violent crime are at the top of our agenda in 2018, as is exploring the role of cutting edge technologies such as virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence in policing. We will continue to address these areas through our unique combination of science and research with practical experience and innovation, all with the goal of translating critical research findings into practical guidance for executives and officers on the street alike.

As President of the Police Foundation, I ask you to consider supporting our work, to help us identify policing best practices and share those best practices with others.


On #GivingTuesday, support effective American policing by supporting the Police Foundation. To make a donation, please click here or click the Donate button above. The Police Foundation is an exempt organization under IRC section 501(c)(3). Donations are deductible to the full extent of the law and will help us continue our critical work.

Any level of support is appreciated. Even if you are not in a position to donate, I hope you will join me in sharing the news about our mission, our work, and our commitment.

Thank you, and be safe.

Sincerely,

Jim Bueermann

Police Foundation’s Chief Behavioral Scientist Dr. Karen L. Amendola Elected President of the Division of Experimental Criminology!

The Police Foundation is very pleased to announce that Dr. Karen L. Amendola has been elected as the new President of the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC’s) Division of Experimental Criminology (DEC) Executive Board. The Division of Experimental Criminology (DEC) is one of 8 divisions in the American Society of Criminology. The DEC seeks to promote and improve the use and development of experimental evidence and methods in the advancement of criminological theory and evidence-based crime policy.

Throughout Dr. Amendola’s long and distinguished career with the Police Foundation, she has led a number of experimental studies in policing, including the Police Foundation’s Shift Length Experiment, the first national randomized controlled trial of various shift lengths among officers in two police departments (Detroit, MI and Arlington, TX), designed to illuminate shift length impacts on officer fatigue, alertness, satisfaction, stress, overtime, and productivity.

The Police Foundation enthusiastically supports Dr. Amendola’s election to this very influential position and looks forward to sharing Dr. Amendola’s expertise and leadership with the criminology community. The Police Foundation is also very pleased to see Dr. Amendola joined by former Police Foundation Senior Research Associate, Dr. Travis Taniguchi (now at RTI) on the DEC executive board.

For more about Dr. Amendola’s background and work, visit her staff page on the Police Foundation website.

Police Foundation Releases Law Enforcement Executive’s Guide to Open Data

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the Police Foundation has released the Law Enforcement Executive’s Guide to Open Data: Supporting the Community in the Co-Production of Public Safety. This guide is intended to serve not as a technical manual but rather as a primer for law enforcement executives interested in the concept of open data. As such, it examines the expectations for increased transparency from members of both the public and the police and offers open data as a means of achieving this end. This guide also introduces the Police Data Initiative, a community of practice designed to support agencies seeking to better inform and engage the public through the release and use of open data.

View and download the publication here, and learn more about the Police Data Initiative at www.policedatainitiative.org.

Calibre Press Urges Law Enforcement to Learn from the Past to Prevent Future Tragedies

A few days ago, Calibre Press released a new article, entitled “What Nearly Happened,” issuing a call to law enforcement to begin learning from its close calls and good-faith mistakes to prevent future tragedies. In the article, Calibre Press Publisher Crawford Coates points to the success of FireFighterNearMiss.com in promoting a culture of safety within the fire and EMS service and highlights the Police Foundation’s LEO Near Miss reporting system as a way to foster a similar culture in law enforcement. To read the full article from Calibre Press, please click here.

We thank Calibre Press for their dedication to officer safety and for their support in this important initiative.

Register Now! “Opiate Crisis: Professional and Personal Experiences”

​On September 28, 2017, the Police Institute at Rutgers University is excited to welcome Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, and Shelly Lowe, Program Development Specialist for the New Jersey State Police, as our next Distinguished Lecturers. Colonel Fuentes and Ms. Lowe will lead a discussion titled “Opiate Crisis: Professional and Personal Experiences”.

This Distinguished Lecture Series event will speak to and answer questions about the opiate crisis in New Jersey with a focus on heroin. Colonel Fuentes will provide information on the role of the New Jersey State Police in this war on opioids, the path of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), and its impact on communities and law enforcement. Shelly Lowe will provide her personal perspective on “it’s not just a disease.” Shelly Lowe was born and raised in Lakehurst, New Jersey. She and her husband Adam raised three children: Adam Jr. (27), Amber (24) and Austin (22). Adam Jr.’s life ended November 28, 2016 by snorting heroin laced with fentanyl.

If you would like to register to attend this event, please refer to the event flyer by clicking here or clicking on the flyer to the right.

Police Foundation Releases New Issue of Ideas in American Policing

Yesterday, the Police Foundation released the newest issue of its flagship seminar and publication series, Ideas in American Policing, entitled “Outside the Academy: Learning Community Policing through Community Engagement.” In it, Anne Li Kringen, Ph.D. and Jonathan Allen Kringen, Ph.D. beg the question, “Can new recruits really learn community policing inside the training academy? Using New Haven Police Department’s innovative approach to training recruits in community policing through community engagement outside the academy as an example, this publication explores the impact of this innovative approach on the involved recruits, the potential value of context-based learning, and the benefits of formative community experiences for police recruits.

We encourage you to view and download the publication here, and if you missed the presentation, we’ll be posting a video of the lecture and discussion on our website in the next few weeks. If you would like to read other issues in the Ideas in American Policing series, written by esteemed authors such as Dr. Lawrence Sherman and Dr. David Weisburd, please visit our Ideas in American Policing Library.

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