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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.

Register for the Upcoming Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference!

Register now for the 12th Annual Missing and Unidentified Persons conference (MUPC), which will be held in Atlanta, GA on September 19-21, 2017. Titled “Multiple Victims Events: Implications for Investigation, Search, Rescue, and Recovery”, the conference will focus on the tragic circumstances behind many missing persons reports, whether due to mass incidents or criminal events.

Participants will learn effective strategies for responding to:

  • Mass incidentss
  • Search and rescue
  • Death and forensic investigations
  • Recovery of unidentified remains
  • Missing person’s cases

Fox Valley Technical College’s National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) and the National Association For Search And Rescue (NASAR) are partnering again on the conference to provide broad knowledge and expertise for the event.

Register now

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.

Statement on the President’s Remarks to Law Enforcement on July 28, 2017

Police officers are professionals. Professionals who take a sworn oath to uphold the law and to protect us all. While the President’s support for law enforcement is appreciated by many who have and continue to serve our communities, we cannot support any commentary – in sincerity or jest – that undermines the trust that our communities place in us to protect and serve. That is what separates us from evil as we follow the rule of law. The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics – that thousands have solemnly taken and many have made the ultimate sacrifice for – contain statements worthy of reminder:

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve…
… I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence…

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)

President

New Research Brief: “Archival Review of Complaints of Sexual Assaults Committed in Places of Public Accommodation”

The Police Foundation was engaged by the Gill Foundation to assess, using police records in multiple cities, the historical prevalence of sexual assault committed in places of public accommodation by an otherwise prohibited person accessing that place of accommodation under the guise of being transgender.  This research was conducted in states where non-discrimination laws that would allow a transgender individual to access a place of accommodation that aligns with their gender identity are already on the books at the county and city levels
 
This research brief presents the findings of the review of sexual assault complaints over multi-year periods in Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas, Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona. The Police Foundation conducted this review independently, using records obtained through each city’s open records processes. 
 
To read the full brief, please click here

Check Out the Police Data Initiative’s Website Refresh!

 

The Police Data Initiative is a national network designed to enhance understanding of crime and public safety and accountability between law enforcement and the community through open data. To date, over 130 law enforcement agencies nationwide, large and small, have joined this community of practice. In doing so, they are taking extraordinary steps to advance the field nationally, and build collaborative relationships locally to improve public safety.

The Police Foundation has recently completed a refresh of the Police Data Initiative website. Check out the Police Data Initiative website here, and follow the links below to view our other resources on police open data.

New Infographic Released on the Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) by Law Enforcement

Ensuring the safety of the public is a core mission for all professional law enforcement agencies. In pursuit of this mission, law enforcement leverages many different types of tools, including new and emerging technologies. One of these latest technologies is the small-unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).

Today, the Police Foundation released a new infographic for both law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned aircraft systems for public safety sUAS Infographic thumbnail_157x105purposes and for communities interested in learning more about the purposes and protections surrounding their use. The infographic, entitled sUAS and Public Safety, provides an overview of operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations in visual format for law enforcement agencies interested in using sUAS for public safety. Importantly, it highlights key recommendations for law enforcement agencies on engaging their communities in the co-production of public safety using sUAS prior to implementation.

Check out our new infographic here, and follow the links below to view our other resources on the use of sUAS in law enforcement:

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