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National Police Foundation joins 30×30 Initiative as national partner

March 29, 2021— The National Police Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with a coalition of police leaders, researchers, and professional organizations in recently launching the 30×30 Initiative. To date, more than 40 policing agencies across the country announced their commitment to the 30×30 Pledge—a foundational effort of the Initiative—which provides a framework for a series of no-cost and low-cost actions that policing agencies can take to improve the representation and experiences of women in all ranks.

The Policing Project at the New York University School of Law, along with the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), are proud founding partners of this critical movement.

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2020 Annual Report Now Available!

February 26, 2021—The National Police Foundation (NPF) is pleased to release its 2020 Annual Report. The report highlights NPF’s work throughout 2020 in four key areas: Building trust and legitimacy between police and communities; leveraging scientific research to advance policing; developing innovative solutions to meet the needs of police and communities; and improving officer safety and wellness through data-driven training and technical assistance.

View the report here: https://www.policefoundation.org/publication/2020-annual-report/

Applications Available for Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant Program — Due April 16

SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

February 17, 2021

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is pleased to be working with Target on a new grant program for USCM member cities.  Information on it follows. We encourage you to apply.

POLICE REFORM AND RACIAL JUSTICE GRANT PROGRAM
A U.S. Conference of Mayors/Target Opportunity

THE PROGRAM — The U.S. Conference of Mayors has long been recognized for its commitment to both police reform and civil rights and for its leadership through the years in bringing mayors and police chiefs together in working partnerships to strengthen police-community relations and build trust between police departments and the communities they serve. Target has long been committed to creating and maintaining strong, healthy and safe communities, and advancing social justice and racial equity.

On January 21, in the opening session of the 2021 Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President & Chief External Engagement Officer for the Target Corporation, announced the creation of a two-year, $700,000 Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant Program, a national partnership between the Conference of Mayors and Target aimed at identifying, supporting and promoting police policies and practices in cities shown to be most effective in advancing the goal of justice for all residents.

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National Police Foundation publishes review of the Portland Police Bureau’s response to mass demonstrations that occurred between 2017-2019

February 12, 2021 — Through a contract with the City of Portland, the National Police Foundation (NPF), recently published the results from a review that examined the responses of Portland police to mass demonstrations and counter demonstrations that occurred in Portland, Oregon, on June 4, 2017, August 4, 2018, and August 17, 2019. The official report, “Preparing for and Responding to Mass Demonstrations and Counter Demonstrations in Portland, Oregon,” drew on a comprehensive analysis of materials, video, interviews, on the ground observation, and extensive NPF subject matter expertise and experience conducting reviews of other agency responses to mass demonstrations. This analysis was focused on PPB policies, training, procedures, and practices at the time of the events and their immediate aftermath and is intended to provide objective feedback to the City and the PPB as they work to improve and to learn from experiences.

The key findings and recommendations centered on planning, preparation, deployment, training, and equipment; incident command; policies, protocols, and strategies; public communication and messaging; and, the after action review (AAR) process. The findings were based on four major themes:

  • Citywide planning and support for unified responses to mass demonstrations assist in strengthening the overall public safety response, making the response more collaborative, resourced, measured, and effective.
  • Continued prioritization of planning, preparation, management, and training for mass demonstration responses is important to strengthen the effectiveness of police responses to demonstrations.
  • Clear, consistent communication with demonstrators and other community members is key to facilitate public safety and build trust.
  • Fostering a culture of learning enables organizations to learn from promising practices and lessons learned to continually improve the organization.

The City selected NPF to conduct an independent assessment of the Portland Police Bureau’s response to mass demonstrations and First Amendment Assemblies after Mayor Ted Wheeler called for an independent investigation reviewing PPB’s actions leading up to and during demonstrations involving alt-right and anti-fascist protestors. NPF, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization with no membership interests was tasked with a review that would contribute to learning and encourage continual evaluation, improvement and evolution of the Bureau’s mass demonstration responses as opposed to assigning blame. The NPF assessment team, in fact, intentionally and by design, veered from issues under active investigation or litigation so as to not interfere with those important processes.

The specific goals of the assessment are as follows:

  • To independently assess PPB’s response to demonstrations on June 4, 2017 and August 4, 2018 and other relevant incidents from a variety of perspectives that include PPB personnel, community groups and members, and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct analysis of where improvements can be made in PPB policy, planning, practice, training, tactics, staffing, and resources.
  • Identify ways to strengthen communication and relationship building with community members and demonstrators.

The City chose the NPF for a variety of reasons including its many years of experience conducting similar reviews and the experience of its review team. NPF maintains an expansive library of similar reviews that can be found and accessed by the public at www.incidentreviews.org.

It is important to note that all data collection, writing, and development of recommendations in the report occurred prior to the death of George Floyd. As these incidents continue to evolve, NPF encourages communities and police departments to work together to bring peace, to listen to each other and to learn from responses that enable free expression while keeping life and property safe.

Media inquiries should be directed to James Middaugh, Director of Communications, Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler at Jim.Middaugh@portlandoregon.gov.

Don’t Miss It! Web Event on Improving Officer Safety on the Roadways: Today at 1pm EST

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In ever-changing times, one thing has stayed consistent—law enforcement officers are still losing their lives in preventable collisions and struck-by incidents on the nation’s roadways. Join us today, January 28, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30pm EST for a no-cost web event entitled, “Improving Officer Safety on the Roadways: Lessons Learned from NIOSH FACE Reports on Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths.” Read More & Share

National Police Foundation releases new report with results from national survey on how small law enforcement agencies respond to calls involving persons in crisis

January 24, 2021—The National Police Foundation, with funding support from Arnold Ventures, recently published the results from a national survey that examined how small law enforcement agencies are preparing for incidents involving persons in crisis as a result of mental health or substance abuse issues.

Police frequently respond to calls involving persons with behavioral health needs, particularly those with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. These calls are often time-consuming and potentially dangerous for officers and the persons experiencing crisis. Large and medium-sized law enforcement agencies have increasingly adopted specialized police response models, such as Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and Co-responder programs, that entail collaboration between law enforcement, mental health agencies, and medical facilities. However, little is known about the adoption of specialized responses by small agencies with fewer resources, less occasion to see persons in crisis, and fewer nearby mental health facilities.

Between February and October of 2020, NPF distributed a national survey to a random sample of 380 municipal police and sheriff’s offices with between 10 and 75 sworn officers. The survey aimed to explore the extent to which small law enforcement agencies have adopted specialized response models for dealing with calls involving persons in crisis, the amount of training provided in this area among small agencies, and what percentage of small agencies employ CIT-certified officers or are part of a regional CIT partnership.

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Apply Now to Join the Nationally Recognized Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Sites Program

January 22, 2021/via www.csgjusticecenter.org—In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), The Council of State Governments Justice Center is seeking applicants to expand the Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites Program. This program is designed to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with successful police-mental health collaborations (PMHCs) between leaders from law enforcement and behavioral health systems who are willing to serve as examples of effective PMHC response models.

Learning sites will be chosen, not just for their programmatic successes, but also for their ability to provide insight and guidance to other jurisdictions interested in starting or expanding a PMHC. While learning sites do not receive funding directly from BJA or the CSG Justice Center, they are reimbursed for approved costs associated with hosting site visits from other jurisdictions or travel to other jurisdictions to provide training and technical assistance. They also have access to no-cost, expert technical assistance provided by CSG Justice Center staff.

Following a competitive application process, selected jurisdictions will gain national recognition as members of the Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites Program and will work closely with the CSG Justice Center to provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities to programs nationwide. They may also be called on to collaborate with fellow learning sites and stay abreast of current research and best practices.

Learn more and apply here: https://csgjusticecenter.org/2020/12/01/apply-now-to-join-the-nationally-recognized-law-enforcement-mental-health-learning-sites-program/

*Apply no later than Friday, January 29, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. E.T.*

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From Contradiction to Confusion: Reflections on the challenges facing policing and questions to help bring clarity

January 13, 2021—The year 2020 will be remembered as an incredibly difficult and challenging year for many for good reason. With the death of George Floyd and on the heels of other controversial deadly force incidents, we witnessed a spring and summer of unrest with a serendipitous outcome—people across all backgrounds came together to declare that Black lives matter. Furthermore, in a number of these events, we saw law enforcement officers and leaders marching in solidarity.

As unrest and deadly force incidents continued, including the June 2020 shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, calls for police reform and defunding emerged. Key demands included less force and violence, decreased militarization and enforcement, the elimination of racism, increased relationship building and trust, and a fair, and just unbiased response when and where needed. Local and state governments took steps to reduce police presence and restricted the types of force that were used, including the prohibition of certain tactics, such as tear gas and other less lethal tools. The failure to use such tools is legitimately being questioned today.

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Register Now! Web Event on Improving Officer Safety on the Roadways: January 28, 2021

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In ever-changing times, one thing has stayed consistent—law enforcement officers are still losing their lives in preventable collisions and struck-by incidents on the nation’s roadways. Join us on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30pm EST for a no-cost web event entitled, “Improving Officer Safety on the Roadways: Lessons Learned from NIOSH FACE Reports on Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths.” Read More & Share

Department of Justice Establishes Community of Practice for Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness

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U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Office of Public Affairs
Email: cops.office.public.affairs@usdoj.gov
Phone: (202) 514-9079

December 22, 2020, WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has established the first-ever Community of Practice for state, local and tribal grantees  to connect, learn, share experiences, and network in an effort to continue the growth of law enforcement mental health and wellness work. Good mental and psychological health is just as essential as good physical health for law enforcement to be effective in keeping our country and our communities safe from crime and violence. The Community of Practice recently launched its work with a virtual meeting establishing short and medium term goals.

“Supporting the health and well-being of the nation’s front-line law enforcement as they ensure public safety is paramount to the Department of Justice,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “The Department has dedicated resources to critical areas of concerns for officers including resilience; officer suicides; felonious and other assaults on officers; and mental health peer support networks. Establishing this new Community of Practice will provide the guidance, assistance, resources and support needed to further develop solutions to keep law enforcement safe and well, as they keep our communities safe and well.”

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