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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.

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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.

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.

 

Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF


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Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF

June 17, 2016

The Police Foundation fully supports Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Amendment 4720 to the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill (S.2837), which addresses the loophole that currently allows individuals listed in the Terrorist Screening Database (terror watch list) to purchase firearms. S.Amdt.4720 would address this loophole by allowing the Department of Justice to stop gun sales if the purchaser is a terror suspect. Additionally, the Police Foundation reiterates its strong support for the provision in Senator Feinstein’s bill that would fully fund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), adding 200 ATF agents to enforce the laws already on the books.

Lastly, the Police Foundation voices its opposition to a counter-proposal by Senator Cornyn (S.Amdt.4729 to S.2837), as it creates an impractical and time-consuming process for the government to implement in order to stop these gun sales. Specifically, the Cornyn amendment would require law enforcement seeking to stop a gun sale to first prove that the terror suspect will commit an act of terror or has conspired to do so; not that the person is suspected of terror ties and is likely to use the firearm in connection with terror, but that he or she will actually commit terrorism or has conspired to do so. The legislation would give the government only 3 business days to bring the suspected terrorist to court and meet this incredible standard, or else the DOJ would be rendered unable to block the sale. In light of this, the Cornyn amendment would continue to leave the terror gap open.

The Police Foundation urges the Senate to address the terror gap in our gun laws by voting in favor of Senate Amendment 4720.

 

NLEPPGV Statement On the Orlando Terrorist Event and Mass Shooting

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National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
STATEMENT ON THE ORLANDO TERRORIST EVENT AND MASS SHOOTING

Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson 
Chair National Law Enforcement Partnership To Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — America’s law enforcement community, like our nation as a whole, is shocked and shares in the tremendous grief over the loss of 49 innocent lives and the wounding of 53 others in Orlando, Florida this weekend, making it the worst mass shooting recorded in United States history.

At this difficult time, our thoughts are with those whose lives were forever altered by this event, especially the families and friends of the 49 whose lives were taken, and all those who survived this senseless act. Tragically, they have been left to cope with the grief and devastation that none should have to bear.
This horrific and tragic terrorist attack reminds us that our nation has been deeply traumatized by the cruel and agonizing loss of life before and not nearly enough has been done to protect others from the dangers of firearms in the wrong hands and excessive firepower in our communities.

As we have previously stated, Americans should not have to fear being gunned down in social venues, university and elementary school classrooms, work places, movie theaters and other public places. This nation has no higher priority than the protection of its citizens from the rampant scourge of gun violence that affects all of our communities — large and small, urban, rural, and suburban. We have, unfortunately, turned our back on this priority for too long.

While we cannot bring back the 49 innocent lives lost in Orlando or the 26 children and educators lost at Sandy Hook, the thousands of other people who have lost their lives to gun violence in places like Chicago and elsewhere, we must do more to save others and prevent such needless suffering. We owe it to those we lost, to their survivors, the law enforcement officers who risk their lives to confront these criminals and return to these scenes to investigate the carnage, and all generations to come to take action. We repeat what we have said before and urge those with differing views to come together to confront this priority – “enough is enough.”

 

 

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International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
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National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
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On Policing: Orlando Tragedy Spurs Memories for San Bernardino Chief

PF On Policing logo final versionIn the newest On Policing essay, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan discusses the tragic attack that occurred in Orlando, FL, early Sunday morning, drawing upon his own personal experiences and reflections from the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA, on December 2, 2015. Be sure to check out the essay here or visit www.onpolicing.org.

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LEO Near Miss Featured in May Issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine

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As our nation continues to remember and honor the sacrifices of fallen officers following National Police Week, it is critical that we remain focused on reducing and preventing these tragedies.  In this month’s Officer Safety and Wellness issue of the IACP’s Police Chief magazine, Chief Frank Straub (Ret.) and Commissioner Robert Haas explain how law enforcement agencies and officers can take tangible steps towards this goal. Entitled “Learning from Near Misses: The Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss System”, the article calls upon and encourages law enforcement leaders to do more by reporting and learning from near misses that occur within their agencies.

Utilized extensively in other fields such as aviation, medicine, and fire & rescue, the systematic reporting, collection, and analysis of “near miss” incidents is fundamental to reducing risk, improving safety, and saving lives. For every tragedy, there are literally dozens of “near misses”—incidents that could have resulted in significant injury or death if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events. As law enforcement agencies and organizations, such as Below 100, continue to strive towards reducing the number of line of duty deaths, it is critical that agencies look, not only to these tragedies, but also to near misses for lessons learned that can be applied to future operations in order to improve safety.

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LEO Near Miss, developed by the Police Foundation with funding support from the COPS Office, provides law enforcement agencies and officers with the ability to view and report near miss incidents in one online, anonymous, and voluntary system. For more information on the system and the benefits it offers to law enforcement, please see this month’s article in The Police Chief magazine and be sure to visit the LEO Near Miss website at www.LEOnearmiss.org.

 
 

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