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Major County Sheriffs of America Selects National Police Foundation as Independent Research Partner

 

The National Police Foundation is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) to serve as MCSA’s research partner. Our goal is to provide independent and objective research on a variety of issues, translational services, policy analysis, technology assessments and reviews, evaluations, and the development of promising and evidence-based resources for the MCSA. This work will be done in support of MCSA’s mission and in recognition of their leading role in American policing.

The National Police Foundation’s mission is to advance policing through innovation and science. We are the oldest nationally-known, nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving America’s most noble profession – policing. Our work promotes research and innovation to reduce and prevent violent crime, improve officer safety and wellness, advance police organizations, and promote science and evidence-based practices in policing.

The Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) is a professional law enforcement association of elected sheriffs representing counties or parishes with 500,000 population or more. They are dedicated to preserving the highest integrity in law enforcement and the elected Office of the Sheriff. Their membership represents over 100 million Americans. MCSA works to promote a greater understanding of law enforcement strategies to address futures problems and identify law enforcement challenges facing their members. MCSA is  committed to advancing legislative issues that will enhance the safety of communities, and also aggressively pursues the development of innovative education along with prevention and enforcement strategies and programs.

New Reports Examine Averted and Completed Acts of School Violence

The National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, in collaboration with the COPS Office, United States Department of Justice, has released two new reports examining both averted and completed acts of school violence.

The first report, entitled A Preliminary Report on the Police Foundation’s Averted School Violence Database, analyzes 51 averted incidents of school violence selected from the Averted School Violence database to begin to improve our understanding of averted school attacks. The report begins with a case study of one averted attack and then details findings on the 51 averted incidents in the study. It concludes with recommendations for law enforcement and school administration to improve school safety. To view and download the report, click here.

As a companion to the first report, the second report, entitled A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database, compares and analyzes 51 completed acts of school violence with 51 averted incidents from the ASV database. It includes findings on the demographics of individuals who plan attacks, victims’ demographics in completed attacks, and community characteristics. The report also provides important recommendations to minimize school violence and improve student and school safety. To view and download the report, click here.

The Averted School Violence database was developed to systematically collect and analyze incidents of averted and completed acts of school violence, submitted by school safety practitioners, to identify promising practices in order to grow the body of knowledge related to successful attack prevention. Please help us grow this body of knowledge by submitting all such incidents at avertedschoolviolence.org. The ten minutes you take to report an incident can provide lessons learned that can save lives.

National Police Foundation Launches Center for Mass Violence Response Studies Website

February 7, 2019, WASHINGTON — To further its mission to advance public safety through innovation and science, the National Police Foundation — a non-partisan and non-profit research organization — recently launched the Center for Mass Violence Response Studieswebsite. The Center was originally established in July of 2018 and now has its own designated website, where public and school safety officials, government and community leaders, and law enforcement can access important research, reports, and other information collected and produced by the National Police Foundation to help inform policy and procedure relating to the prevention, response, and recovery from mass violence. The mission of the Center is to serve as an innovation incubator that builds on the Foundation’s expertise and provides a platform to bring persons and organizations together that are dedicated to preventing extremism and mass violence and improving the response and recovery from these tragic events.

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 and 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 to inform policies and practices.

The Center for Mass Violence Response Studies leverages the National Police Foundation’s expertise and its unique position as an independent organization to advise federal, state, and local public safety officials regarding the prevention, response and recovery from mass violence events. The Center features research in five key areas: countering violence and extremism, averted school violence, critical incident reviews, first responder safety & wellness, and a state-by-state legislative review of school safety standards and legislation. The Center conducts objective policy-relevant research, critical incident reviews, and provides training and technical assistance to inform strategic thinking, expand knowledge, and advance public safety policies and practices.

“Public safety, law enforcement, policy makers and government leaders can gain valuable insights from research, data, and case studies that illuminate best practices and critical focus areas to enhance the prevention, response and recovery from mass violence incidents,” said Jim Burch, Interim President of the National Police Foundation. “Drawing from key research studies and critical incident reviews, the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies will provide valuable resources to agencies responsible for ensuring public safety in communities across the U.S. and internationally.”

The 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. In 2015, with funding from the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the National Police Foundation developed and administers the Averted School Violence database. The Foundation also conducted a state by state review of school facility and building safety and security standards and is leading a Department of Homeland Security countering extremism and violence project in the Boston area.

Dr. Frank Straub is the Director of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies and oversees the Foundation’s public safety, terrorism, school safety and youth violence initiatives.

Established in 1970, the National Police Foundation is a national, 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. The Foundation is a leader in officer safety and wellness, community policing, open-data, investigations, and law-enforcement technology. The Foundation’s main goal is to improve the way police do their work and the delivery of police services, in order to benefit officers and the communities they serve, as well as reduce crime.

 

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

 

Monthly Policing Updates Email – Join our Mailing List Today

In January of 2019, the National Police Foundation launched a monthly email newsletter that is distributed to individuals subscribed to the Foundation’s mailing list. Our monthly Policing Updates emails are intended to keep those involved in the criminal justice and law enforcement field informed and updated on important research, noteworthy publications, training opportunities and upcoming events, and more.

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We encourage police executives and officers, criminal justice researchers and professors, local and government leaders, and community members to join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and other important information and resources relevant to your needs and interests within the criminal justice field.

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Police Executives From Across U.S. To Speak at Public Safety Tech Summit

Register today for upcoming Public Safety Technology Summit and hear from speakers including law enforcement executives and criminal justice experts.

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“What FRA does and the way they focus the conferences and the information presented is extremely valuable,” says Dan Mark, a Lieutenant for the City of Aurora Police Department in Colorado. Mark will chair the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Summit, alongside Major Christian P. Quinn, Commander: Cyber & Forensics Bureau for the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, who will chair the UAS & Counter Drone Summit conference.

“The two prongs of the conference are both timely and important,” Quinn says, noting that the information presented and shared is beneficial to the broader community.

Featuring 25 speakers and nearly 30 sessions that address critical law enforcement topics, here is just a sampling of what you’ll will learn:

The Future of UAV Tech and Policy

Speakers:

Major Christian P. Quinn, Commander – Cyber & Forensics Bureau, Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

David Makin, Assistant Professor – Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice.

While it may be difficult to conceive of artificial intelligence being used with UAV, Quinn says that eventually it will be possible, and agencies will have to work with the community to see if they are amenable to it. The two will also explore potential uses of drones in the future and what agencies should think about now while drones don’t have those capabilities.

Manage Digital Evidence Overload

Speaker:

Dan Mark, Lieutenant, City of Aurora Police Department in Colorado

Agencies that do maintain the evidences on their premises must also comply with requirements to back up the evidence. In addition, Mark says agencies must consider staffing needs to manage and handle requests for video. The session will look at all the moving parts involved with digital evidence that agencies don’t think about when they start their BWC programs.

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National Partnership Launches Training Initiative for Law Enforcement Executives & Managers Exploring, Evaluating and Implementing Advanced Technologies

NEW YORK — At the conclusion of a two-day Regional Information Sharing Summit hosted by the New Jersey State Police, the New York Police Department and many other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies spanning the I-95 Corridor, law enforcement leaders concluded that existing information technology continues to provide public safety advantages while emerging technologies hold incredible promise for future capabilities to prevent and effectively intervene against violent and serious crime and the networks that perpetrate such crime.

“Selecting and implementing new technology in law enforcement deserves and requires unique considerations, not the least of which is the impact on officers and the community.” – Jim Burch, @PoliceFound on partnership with @ijisinstitute and @RutgersSCJ

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During the Summit, a new national partnership among the IJIS Institute, the National Police Foundation, and the Center on Policing at Rutgers University was announced, offering a unique and customized training program for federal, state and local law enforcement executives, managers and staff who are seeking or implementing emerging and enhanced technologies in their agencies.

The public safety community is often overwhelmed by the amount and sophistication of new technologies available to agencies, with developers and marketers promising the best and most advanced technologies available. Yet no formal training program to prepare executives for the process of sorting through the available technologies, selecting the most appropriate solutions, and effectively implementing the solution within the agency’s existing environment and consistent with community norms and expectations is available specifically for law enforcement and public safety.

“The exploding introduction of new technologies in policing makes it very difficult for police executives to know what a given technology can do to improve operations and what pitfalls should be avoided,” said Ashwini Jarral, Executive Director of the IJIS institute. “This training program offers practical advice on selecting and managing technology implementation.”

The partnership will launch with an inaugural seminar entitled “The Promises & Perils of Law Enforcement Information Technologies.” The two-day executive seminar offers case-studies on current and emerging information technologies and the benefits and challenges that such technologies may bring. The seminar will emphasize lessons learned in harnessing the benefits of such technologies and mitigating the risks through proven strategies and strong project management and planning.

“Police executives and other staff overseeing the selection and implementation of new technologies in law enforcement can learn from the valuable lessons of others, including their successes and failures,” said Tom O’Reilly of the Center on Policing at Rutgers University.

Seminar topics include the discussion of justifying the adoption of new technologies, developing community support and acceptance, privacy concerns and safeguarding strategies, managing the acquisition of technology, measuring benefits, risk management, developing policies on the use of data, and more. Participants will also learn about the current and coming state of the art of police information technology.

The sponsoring partners will also be offering a course for senior managers responsible for implementing information technologies in law enforcement concentrating on best practices for managing implementation of advanced technologies. A third course will be offered for project managers. Additional courses on related topics are being considered. Technologies discussed include CAD & RMS Systems, Predictive Policing Solutions, Body Worn Cameras, License Plate Readers, Gunshot Detection and other Sensor Technologies, Early Intervention Systems, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Communications technologies including NG911 and FirstNet-related capabilities.

The seminar aims to enhance skills among law enforcement decision makers and planners that will enable them to independently consider what technology is actually needed versus desired, understanding solution and project scope and rightsizing and the implications this may have for cost, complexity and the likelihood of success, understanding basic information technologies and concepts and thinking forward about how the solutions may impact agency operations and the community perceptions, including privacy and civil liberty impacts.

“As has been said before, we cannot allow technology to happen to us and this is particularly true in policing and public safety where the needs are great, but the risks may in some cases be even greater,” said Jim Burch, Interim President of the National Police Foundation. “Selecting and implementing new technology in law enforcement deserves and requires unique considerations, not the least of which is the impact on officers and the community.”

Additional courses in Emerging Law Enforcement Information Technology and Law Enforcement Technology Project Management will be offered in 2019. Those completing the courses will receive a certificate and continuing education credits from Rutgers.

Agencies interested in receiving more information on this training initiative can sign up here.

Background:

The IJIS Institute is a nonprofit alliance working to promote and enable technology in the public sector and expand the use of information to maximize safety, efficiency, and productivity. IJIS has members and associates working within and across several major public-sector domains as our areas of focus: Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts), Public Safety (Fire, EMS, Emergency Management), Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Transportation. The IJIS Institute brings together the innovative thinking of the private sector and the practitioners, national practice associations, and academic organizations that are working to solve public sector information and technology challenges. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the IJIS Institute includes member companies and individual associates from government, nonprofit, and educational institutions from across the United States. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.ijis.org/ and follow us on Twitter @ijisinstitute.

The Center on Policing (COP), formerly known as the Police Institute, was founded by Dr. George Kelling in 2001. Our Center is composed of individuals with a broad range of experience in the public safety arena. The COP’s mission is to integrate research and evidence-based best practices into police operations, violence reduction, problem-solving, community policing, education, training, and the development of criminal justice policy and practice. The center will achieve its goals by focusing on the following three areas: Research, Technology, and Education & Technical Assistance.

The National Police Foundation is a U.S.-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the Police Foundation has conducted research, provided training and technical assistance, and has led the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement in the U.S. and internationally. The National Police Foundation is conducting research on the perceptions of police officers regarding available and needed technologies and their impacts and has recently completed a study on law enforcement units and operations related to unmanned aerial systems. In recent years, the National Police Foundation has initiated efforts to engage law enforcement agencies in assessing the privacy impacts of surveillance systems, promoted the use of open data and transparency in law enforcement, and examined the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles and robotics in policing. For more information on the National Police Foundation, please visit www.policefoundation.org or contact the Foundation at info@policefoundation.org.

Contacts

National Police Foundation
Erica Richardson, 240-682-2206
erichardson@policefoundation.org

Interim National Police Foundation President Jim Burch and Board Chairman Barney Melekian Welcome Board of Directors

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Interim Police Foundation President Jim Burch, Board Chairman Barney Melekian, and the staff of the National Police Foundation (NPF) will welcome the Foundation’s Board of Directors to Washington for the first board meeting of 2019. This will be the first board meeting since the retirement of the Foundation’s past President Jim Bueermann, who served in the capacity of President for nearly 7 years.

The January 2019 board meeting will take place at NPF headquarters. At this meeting, the NPF will welcome its newest Board Members:

Michael L. Brown
Police Chief
Alexandria Police Department Alexandria, VA

William J. Galloway 
Real Estate and Investments Manager
Pasadena, CA

Daniel Isom
Professor
University of Missouri – St. Louis St. Louis, MO

David Klinger
Professor
University of Missouri – St. Louis St. Louis, MO

Ronal W. Serpas
Professor
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Michael P. Valenti
Partner
Beechwood Capital Advisors Short Hills, NJ

as well as welcome its returning members:

Henry DeGeneste
President
HDG Consulting, Inc. Ocala, FL

Cheryl Anthony Epps
Attorney
Epps Consulting, Inc. McKenney, VA

Jonathan Knowles
Explorer Autodesk
Los Gatos, CA

Joseph Mancias, Jr.
Principal
Nash Nogales, LLC Alexandria, VA

Bernard Melekian, DPPD
Chair
Assistant CEO for Public SafetySanta Barbara County Executive OfficeSanta Barbara, CA

Mark Mellman
President and CEO
The Mellman Group Washington, DC

The meeting will conclude on Friday, February 1.

NPF Executive Policing Fellow Captain Ivonne Roman Selected as a TED Fellow

Captain Ivonne Roman, National Police Foundation Executive Policing Fellow and the co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Academy, to present at TED2019, joining the newest class of 20 global visionaries.

NEW YORK, JANUARY 23, 2019 — Newark, NJ, Police Captain Ivonne Roman has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world to deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver. Roman was selected for her work to improve the recruitment and retention of women in policing through the use of evidence-based practice and mentoring.

Roman says, “Women make up just 12% of police officers in the United States, yet research since the 1970s shows that women are invaluable to police departments and communities. Countries like Canada, Australia, and the UK have significantly higher rates of police women and New Zealand is seeking gender parity by 2021; we can and must do better.”

Roman explains, “By far, the biggest barrier to increasing representation of women in policing, is arbitrary fitness standards that vary from state to state. Research evidence informs our work, which shows women can achieve police required fitness levels, when the training design is grounded in the science of physiology.  The US Marshalls, FBI, DEA, ATF and the United States military fitness programs are designed to test fitness without causing disparate outcomes based on gender. However, there is no uniformity among the 18,000 police agencies in the United States, contributing to low levels of women in policing and limiting the pool of qualified applicants. The Women’s Leadership Academy is working to address gender disparities in recruitment and retention of women in police academies through advocacy and mentoring of women preparing for careers in law enforcement, filling a gap that currently exists in the police recruitment efforts.”

“We are thrilled to announce the newest class of TED Fellows, who give voice to some of the most exciting ideas we’ve seen in the program’s 10-year history,” said TED Fellows Director Shoham Arad. “This year’s class includes a police captain designing systems to support women in policing, a space environmentalist building technology to monitor space debris, and an artist exploring the ethical implications of emerging technology. The Fellows program is committed to using its resources and platform to help scale Fellows’ ideas and impact, and we are so excited to have these Fellows become an integral part of our global community.”

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 472 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have been viewed more than 250 million times overall. In its ten-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond.

As a TED Fellow, Captain Ivonne Roman joins a community that includes Perry Chen, the artist who co-founded Kickstarter; Amanda Nguyen, the activist whose organization RISE helped write the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which passed unanimously through US Congress; and Essam Daod, the psychiatrist who founded Humanity Crew to provide psychological aid to refugees.

The TED Fellows has also yielded a wide variety of collaborative projects, including PEEK, the social enterprise that recently raised a $1 billion fund to eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world; BRCK, the technology company that builds mobile WiFi routers that can work anywhere, even in the harshest conditions; and Fine Acts, the international collective bringing together artists and activists to instigate social change.

Applications for the 2020 TED Fellows class will be open later this year. Interested applicants should visit the TED Fellows program website for information and updates about the fellowship:  http://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow.

The Women’s Leadership Academy was established within the Newark Police Superior Officers Association by its President, Captain John Chrystal, in response to high female attrition rates in Newark Police academy classes.  The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation, Implementing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing program.

About the TED Fellows program

The TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from around the world and across disciplines, who display both outstanding achievement and exemplary character, to raise international awareness of their work and maximize their impact. The program offers Fellows full participation in a TED or TEDGlobal Conference, a two-day pre-conference of workshops and activities, a Fellows Retreat, ongoing professional coaching and mentoring, dedicated PR coachingand active participation in the TED community, including the global TED Fellows network.

Learn more:

Complete list of all new 2019 TED Fellows and TED Senior Fellows: ted.com/fellows
Playlist: Top 10 talks by TED Fellows
Website: ted.com/fellows

Connect:

Email: fellows@ted.com
Twitter: @tedfellow
Facebook: facebook.com/TEDFellow
YouTube: youtube.com/tedfellowstalks

National Police Foundation to Participate in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) on January 9, 2019

On January 9, 2019, the National Police Foundation will participate in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).

Our mission is to advance policing through innovation and science. Fundamental to our mission’s success is respect for and dedication to  law enforcement — America’s most noble profession.

Although we express our appreciation for law enforcement officers each and every day through our work, including officer safety and wellness initiatives, research translation that brings the power of science to policing strategies, and through the identification of innovative technologies and approaches, a special day of thanks and recognition is clearly warranted.

On January 9, we will proudly stand beside those in our communities to pay tribute to our nation’s law enforcement officers — for their sacrifice, bravery, and commitment to protecting others. We especially would like to honor those officers and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice, including the 148 officers who died in the line of duty in 2018.

Below are some of the ways NPF, other organizations, and community members can show support on National L.E.A.D. January 9:

  • Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
  • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
  • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
  • Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
  • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s web page or social media pages
  • Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.

End of Year Message from the National Police Foundation

December 31, 2018

Dear Friends,

As 2018 draws to a close, we want to express our gratitude to the men and women wearing the badge this weekend, working around the clock and through the holidays to serve and protect communities across the country. We also want to thank you, our community of supporters, who know and value the work we do to advance policing through innovation and science, promoting effective ways to fight crime, and making our nation safer for all.

We also want to announce that we were recently awarded the Gold Seal of Transparency by Guidestar, the largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Check out our profile for more information. In addition, we’ve launched our 2018 Annual Report webpage, which highlights many of our innovative 2018 projects.

Looking ahead, in 2019 the National Police Foundation is excited to continue to conduct critical policing research and promote evidence-based guidance focused on ensuring police do their work safely, justly, and effectively. Please consider making an end-of-year donation to support our important work.

We wish you a joyful and peaceful holiday season. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Laura Caldwell
National Police Foundation

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