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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:

Join the “Stand With Honor” Program

stand with honorThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has just launched a new program in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum called “Stand With Honor.” This is a lifetime membership program being offered to active and retired law enforcement officers.  Some of the benefits include free admission to the Museum for life, special VIP treatment when you visit the Museum and, most importantly, a chance to have your law enforcement story told in the Museum (e.g., where you served, when you served, and memorable moments in your career to be captured and shared at the Museum forever!).  Read More & Share

Fraud Alert: Calls Soliciting Donations for the “Police Foundation”

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The Police Foundation, a national, Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policing through science and innovation, has received information from several individuals who have been contacted by solicitors asking for donations in support of the “Police Foundation.”

The Police Foundation does NOT solicit donations from anyone via phone. If you have been contacted via telephone and asked to make donations to the national Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., this is a scam.

Please note that many legitimate local (and unaffiliated) police foundations and organizations DO solicit donations from local communities and may do so via telephone. If you receive such a call, we encourage you to take note of who is calling (by name and number), the date and time. We also encourage you to require donation information to be sent to you via U.S. Mail before considering any donation.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains an online reporting system for telemarketing and other scams, which can be found at https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/submit-consumer-complaint-ftc and many State Attorneys General offer assistance in reporting and responding to fraud.

The Police Foundation will closely monitor the information and complaints it receives and will share information with authorities as appropriate.

BJA Releases Solicitation for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program (COAP)

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Today the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice released the solicitation for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program (COAP), funded through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Who will be eligible to apply for BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program (COAP)?
As laid out in CARA, applicants may include state agencies, units of local government, and federally-recognized Native American and Alaskan tribal governments.  BJA will also accept applications that involve two or more entities, including treatment providers and other not-for-profit agencies, and regional applications that propose to carry out the funded federal award activities. Specific eligibility requirements by category can be found here.

What can be funded through this program? 
BJA’s COAP site-based solicitation contains six categories of funding.  The funding categories include:

  • Category 1: Overdose Outreach Projects
  • Category 2: Technology-assisted Treatment projects
  • Category 3: System-level Diversion and Alternative to Incarceration Projects
  • Category 4: Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects
  • Category 5: Harold Rogers PDMP Implementation and Enhancement Projects
  • Category 6: Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse

How can potential applicants plan and prepare for applying?
To prepare for the CARA solicitation, potential applicants are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams, or leverage existing planning bodies, and identify comprehensive strategies to develop, implement, or expand treatment diversion and alternative to incarceration programs.

How many awards will be made?
BJA anticipates up to 45 awards may be made under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant program.

What is the application deadline? 
The application deadline is April 25, 2017.

Where can I find additional information?
The official BJA document on the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant program can be located here.

For more information and for current funding updates and training opportunities, visit http://www.addictionpolicy.org/cara-grants.

Law Enforcement Leaders Call for Federal Support & Prioritization of Violent Crime Reduction

While national crime statistics remain historically low, violent crime—particularly homicides and shootings—is rising in many major cities. The Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), with generous support from the Joyce Foundation, are jointly releasing a report entitled, Reducing Violent Crime in American Cities: An Opportunity to Lead. The report provides more than 25 recommendations for the new Administration and Congress, to strengthen federal-local partnerships and support local efforts to reduce violent crime.

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 14.57.16According to FBI data, the country’s largest cities experienced a 10% increase in homicide and non-negligent murder from 2014 to 2015, and the second largest group of cities saw a 20% surge. More recent data from MCCA suggest these surges in large cities remains steady, with 61 agencies reporting a 10% increase in homicide from 2015 to 2016, and 1400 additional non-fatal shootings over 2015, another important indicator of violent crime. Law enforcement agencies in many of these cities are also reporting substantial increases in non-fatal shootings, another important indicator of violent crime. While the federal government has provided important assistance in recent years, budget and personnel reductions coupled with competing federal priorities leave some local law enforcement agencies without the fortified partnerships they need to effectively combat violent crime. Law enforcement leaders call for a federal agenda that prioritizes violent crime from both a budgetary and policy standpoint, and that addresses problems with evidence-based solutions.

“Major cities aren’t asking for temporary surges of hundreds more federal agents or responses that take months and years to have a sustained impact. They want tools and smart resources like ballistics imaging, gun tracing, and flexible grants,” said Chief Tom Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann further emphasizes that “federal, state and local law enforcement need strong partnerships and smart, evidence-based, locally-tailored strategies to reverse trends in the number of shootings in many major cities.”

The recommendations in this report create an overarching strategy to address violence by prioritizing violent crime, holding federal partners accountable for local impacts, and enabling the kinds of partnerships that will create lasting solutions. The following items form the basis of the report’s recommendations: analysis of literature on effective violence reduction strategies; in-depth analysis of federal agency programs, budgets, priorities, authorities, and performance; and, survey data and input from local law enforcement executives.

To view and download the Full Report, please click here.

To view and download the Executive Brief, please click here.

Input Needed! Nominate Innovative Programs Responding to Addiction

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Our organization, in collaboration with the Addiction Policy Forum, is excited to launch a new project featuring innovative programs to address addiction in the fields of prevention, treatment, recovery support, overdose reversal, criminal justice reform and law enforcement strategies.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the 2015 drug overdose death data, which showed a significant increase from 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014 to 52,404 – an average of 144 drug overdose deaths each day.

However, many states and communities all over the country have created innovative programs to address substance use disorders in their area and we believe they deserve recognition for their hard work in the face of a national epidemic. Innovations in addressing the disease of addiction will help change the way our country views addiction, and featuring these great programs move this forward.

We would like to invite you to nominate programs your organization believes are innovative in these fields. All nominated programs will be reviewed and considered by the Addiction Policy Forum’s National Advisory Board. Selected programs will receive the following:

  • National recognition as an innovation, including announcement to the media and key policymakers;
  • A feature article published on the Addiction Policy Forum website and delivered to over 200 partner organizations
  • A seal of recognition to include on their website and organizational websites; and,
  • Inclusion in a compilation of innovative programs to be published by the Addiction Policy Forum

If you or your organization is interested in nominating a program, please complete the nomination form available here:  Nominate a Program.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 31st, 2017.

New Release: The Importance of Shop with a Cop

PF On Policing logo final versionAs we enjoy the holiday season and spend time with friends and family, one police department is taking the opportunity to make a special impact on its community. In our newest essay, Beaumont (CA) Police Chief Sean Thuilliez explains how his department’s annual Shop with a Cop event is a great way to not only connect and build relationships with the community, but to also provide for children who may otherwise not receive any gifts for Christmas. To read the full essay, click here. And if you missed the recent essays on pre-arrest diversion programs and deadly force encounters, be sure to visit www.onpolicing.org.

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New Essay: It’s Not Weak to Feel Psychological Trauma – It’s Human

PF On Policing logo final thumbnailOn the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, clinical psychologist Tammy McCoy-Arballo discusses the myriad of emotions and thoughts officers can experience in the aftermath of such an incident. She stresses that “those who develop post-incident reactions are not weak – they are human.” To read the full essay, click here or visit www.onpolicing.org.

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21st Century Cures Act Passes in the House of Representatives

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A message from Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann:

I am pleased to share the news that the 21st Century Cures Act  passed  the House of Representatives last night with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 392-26. As I shared previously, the bill, while primarily focused on medical innovation, contains critical provisions on criminal justice. I was most pleased by inclusion of a provision that would provide for the creation of a National Criminal Justice and Mental Health Training Center, which would coordinate best practices on responding to mental illness in the criminal justice system and provide technical assistance to governmental agencies.

Here’s a list of 7 things the bill does to support law enforcement:

1.  Law Enforcement Training – Authorizes resources for police responses to individuals with mental illness and de-escalation training.

2.  National Criminal Justice and Mental Health Training Center – Creates a new center to coordinate best practices on responding to individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system and provide technical assistance to governmental agencies.

3.  Diversion Programs – Allows state and local governments to use grant funds on programs to divert individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders from prisons and jails.

4.  Crisis Intervention Teams – Expands resources available to state and local governments to develop and operate school-based mental health crisis intervention teams that include coordination with law enforcement agencies.

5.  Focus on Evidence-Based Research – Requires the Department of Justice to prioritize grant applications to those who use evidence-based interventions and risk assessment tools to reduce recidivism.

6.  Mental Health Response and Corrections Programs – Allows funds from existing federal grant programs to be used in new ways, such as on specialized mental health response training like crisis de-escalation techniques.

7.  Active-Shooter Training – Permanently authorizes the VALOR Initiative to provide crisis training and active-shooter training for federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

8.  Reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) – an essential funding mechanism that supports the use of mental health courts and crisis intervention teams in local law enforcement agencies. The bill would extend MIOTCRA, effectively filling critical gaps in the system, including providing additional resources for veterans’ treatment courts to help those suffering from behavioral or post-traumatic stress disorders.

This bill is a needed step along the way to strengthening our nation’s criminal justice system and ensuring that people with mental illness are treated well by it. Law enforcement professionals are a huge part of the system and I am glad that the bill recognized this and provided solid policy provisions designed to aid the community in its work each day.

Fortunately, Police Foundation was at the table in crafting these important provisions, having worked with key champions on the Hill to advance this work and having sent a letter of support. Thank you to those who lent their names to that effort. I look forward to keeping you updated as we follow the bill’s progress through the Senate and then onward to the President for his signature, which we hope to see finalized within the next two weeks.

 

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)
President
Police Foundation

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