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New Brief: “Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth”

Just in time for ‘back to school,’ the Police Foundation, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, is proud to release the 2nd brief from a series of youth –focused policy briefs.

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The teen brain can greatly affect police interactions.  The part of the brain responsible for impulse control, problem solving, and decision-making are among the last areas to mature, usually not until an individual’s early twenties. Highlighting examples, this brief explores some agencies that have designed programs and developed resources around the challenges of the teen brain. This brief provides a summary of how law enforcement leaders can focus strategies around teens for impactful and positive interactions.

This is the second brief in a four part series of youth-focused policy briefs produced to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to improve outcomes for youth interactions with law enforcement. California law enforcement executives, and those nationwide, can use this tool as they examine their policies and processes for ways to improve approaches to youth. The first in this series ‘Issue Brief 1: Introduction’ was released earlier this year.  The series will continue in the coming months with:

  • Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers; and
  • The Career Pipeline Concept

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page.

Police Foundation Receives Public Safety Grant Award from Motorola Solutions Foundation

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The Police Foundation is pleased to announce the award of a Public Safety Grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. This grant will continue to advance officer safety by supporting the application of the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss reporting system in law enforcement agencies across the country.

Motorola’s support will allow the Police Foundation to work with key local agency partners in Tempe, Arizona, and Snohomish County, Washington, to implement near miss reporting and analysis at the agency level and train local agency staff regarding the use of the LEO Near Miss system. Additionally, it will enable the Police Foundation and its partner organizations to use near miss incident reports to begin identifying and developing lessons learned to guide operational and tactical decisions and training, which will benefit local partner agencies as well as agencies throughout the U.S.

“The generous support of the Motorola Solutions Foundation will enable us to explore the benefits of near miss reporting and analysis at the agency level in addition to encouraging independent near miss reporting by individual officers.  Ultimately, near miss reporting will benefit individual agencies and the law enforcement profession overall by helping to create a culture of safety” said Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation.

“We wholeheartedly support innovation that enhances public safety,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The programs we’re supporting will benefit a broad range of communities served by law enforcement officers and staff, fire service personnel, federal agents, emergency medical service providers and our men and women in the military services – both active duty and veterans.”

The foundation gave $3.45 million to 83 organizations in 2016, which will benefit about 1 million first responders and community members.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor and convener on issues that affect the safety of communities around the world, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and engage the network of those interested in these issues.

We thank the Motorola Solutions Foundation for their generous support of officer safety. We are proud to partner with Motorola and with the Tempe Police Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and many other agencies to improve officer safety.  For more on LEO Near Miss or to submit a report, visit www.LEOnearmiss.org.

New Report Released: State of Policy in Law Enforcement

PowerDMS, in collaboration with the Police Foundation, recently released a new report detailing the current state of policy and training in law enforcement agencies across the State of Policy in LE_cover2country. Drawing from survey responses of over 100 law enforcement leaders, the report provides a baseline of existing practices and a benchmark for best practices in law enforcement policy management and training.

Among the key findings are that well over ninety percent of agencies surveyed:

  • Agreed that policies are very important for law enforcement job performance; and
  • Believe that agency liability, civil lawsuits, and inconsistency are consequences of poor policy management.

The vast majority of law enforcement executives indicated that policies should be “dynamic” or, in other words, be continuously reviewed to ensure agency needs and priorities are being met. Additionally, a majority indicated they currently use a software tool to distribute new policies (63%) or would consider using one in the future (35%). Major sources of data for law enforcement tracking of policy effectiveness include civilian complaints, accreditation standards, and routine internal audits.

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To compare your policy and training management processes to those of your peers, please download the full report here.

DEA Officer Safety Alert: Fentanyl Can Kill You

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released a 3-minute video warning law enforcement about the danger of exposure to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin. Commonly sold as heroin, the smallest amounts of fentanyl ingested or absorbed can be lethal, a point emphasized in the video by two New Jersey detectives that were poisoned after accidentally inhaling only a small amount of the drug. To ensure officer and canine safety, the DEA urges law enforcement to take appropriate precautions and forego field testing when dealing with the drug. For more information, please see the DEA roll call video below or visit www.dea.gov.

 

New Release: Community-Led Policing

PF On Policing logo final version In the newest On Policing essay, Riley County Police Captain and Police Foundation Executive Fellow Tim Hegarty discusses the concept of community-led policing. In this model, he explains, there is no need for civilian oversight of the police, as the public and the police share the responsibility for determining the course of policing in their community. Be sure to check out the essay here or visit www.onpolicing.org.

If you would like to receive updates when new On Policing essays are posted, please click here to subscribe and indicate that you would like to receive information about the On Policing essay series.

 

President Obama Issues “Open Letter” to America’s Law Enforcement Officers

White House logoOn Monday, July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama issued an open letter to America’s law enforcement community, expressing gratitude and support for their heroic efforts and grief over the recent loss of too many of America’s heroes who serve in their communities. We applaud the President for taking this extraordinary and much needed step to make clear that law enforcement officers deserve our support and that we must all protect our protectors. The Police Foundation is pleased to share this letter and wholeheartedly supports the President’s statements.

Upcoming 2016 Trace Evidence Data Workshop

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On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 through Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be holding a FREE Trace Evidence Data Workshop, focused on improving technology and measurement in forensic science. Practitioners and researchers in the forensic science community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on improving access and expanding the development of datasets useful for trace forensic evidence. For more information or to register for the workshop, please click here. Participants must register by July 12, 2016.

The NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories, founded in 1901 as a measurement infrastructure. NIST measurements support technologies ranging from nanoscale devices to global communication networks.

On Policing: Taking Emergency Medicine In The Field To A SMART Level

PF On Policing logo final versionIn this week’s On Policing essay, Dr. Michael Neeki, a volunteer member of the Inland Valley SWAT team, stresses the need for the creation of specially trained medical teams to respond to terrorist attacks, active shooter scenarios, and natural disasters. In order to increase victim survival in these incidents, Dr. Neeki proposes an innovative program entitled Special Medical Anti-terror Response Team (SMART). This program would make teams of trauma-trained doctors, nurses, and paramedics available 24-7 to respond to mass casualty incidents. Click here to read more or visit www.onpolicing.org.

If you would like to receive updates when new On Policing essays are posted, please click here to subscribe and indicate that you would like to receive information about the On Policing essay series.

 

Support for Legislation to grant Discretionary Authority to Deny Transfers of Firearms or Explosives to Terrorist

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The Police Foundation fully supports Senator Susan Collins’ Senate Amendment 4814 to the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill (H.R.2578), which prohibits firearm sales to terrorism suspects appearing on either the government’s No-Fly List or the “Selectee List,” subsets of the Terrorism Screening Database (TSDB).

This amendment grants the Attorney General the authority to deny firearm sales to individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity. In addition, the amendment would provide a provision ensuring prompt notification to the FBI if individuals listed in the TSDB within the past five years purchase a firearm. We respectfully urge members of the Senate to take action and vote in support of Senator Collin’s Amdt 4814. We also continue to encourage Congress to take action to establish universal background checks for all firearm sales.

 

Upcoming 2016 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit

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On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. EDT through Wednesday, September 14th at 4:00 P.M. EDT, the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation will be hosting the 2016 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit. As the Nation’s only preparedness summit dedicated to advancing the use of location-enabled decision support technology and data, this summit will provide a unique opportunity for Public Safety Operators, Leaders, and GIS Responders to acquire new skills and share best practices through hands-on training and simulations. For more information or to register for the event, please click here. Attendance is FREE for public sector participants!

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2005 to overcome the challenges faced by Federal, tribal, state, and local public safety agencies. The goal of the NAPSG Foundation is to enhance public safety through the power of geospatial technology and data. The NAPSG Foundation provides education and training to GIS responders and public safety practitioners through tools such as standard operating guides, live workshops, regional summits, exercises, and virtual webinars.

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