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New Ideas in American Policing monograph: “Effectivness vs. Equity in Policing: Is a Tradeoff Inevitable?”

IAP 18The Police Foundation has released the latest in their Ideas in American Policing series.  This paper, “Effectiveness vs. Equity in Policing: is a Tradeoff Inevitable?”, written by Dr. Robin Engel and Dr. John Eck, challenges the long-standing belief that reducing crime must come at the cost of community relations.  The paper is available for download here. Read More & Share

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe Ideas in American Policing Lecture Video Available

Ratcliffe IAP (video)The Police Foundation is pleased to release the video presentation of the Ideas in American Policing lecture by Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe on the subject of “Harm-Focused Policing.” Dr. Ratcliffe, a professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee, presented his lecture on January 28, 2015.

According to Ratcliffe, while the primary focus of law enforcement will remain on reducing crime, nearly 80 percent of the incidents that take up police time do not result in arrests or other criminal followup. Much of the rest involves protecting vulnerable persons from many forms of harm other than serious crime, he said. Read More & Share

Body-worn cameras are not a panacea for police-community relations, Police Foundation president tells federal task force

JB 013115 bBody-worn cameras will become easier to use and provide opportunities to enhance police legitimacy, procedural justice and officer safety, but they are never going to be a panacea to improve police-community relations without proper policies and training, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told the federal Task Force on 21stCentury Policing Saturday.

Police-community relations “in all likelihood, can be greatly enhanced by employing technological advances like body-worn cameras,” Bueermann told the panel appointed by President Obama. “But, no matter how much we are enamored with technology, we must never forget that, ultimately, in policing and protecting our communities, only people count.” Read More & Share

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe presents Ideas in American Policing lecture on “harm-focused policing”

IMG_4149_0240_edited-1As law enforcement agencies face tighter budgets and increasing concerns about police legitimacy, the future of policing should be “harm-focused,” intelligence-led, problem-oriented and evidence-based, Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe told a Police Foundation audience at the Ideas in American Policing presentation Wednesday.

Although the primary focus of law enforcement will always be on reducing crime, crime response and investigation makes up less than 20 percent of the incidents that require police officers’ time, said Ratcliffe, a professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Committee. Read More & Share

Police Foundation welcomes new Executive Fellow with 43 years policing experience

CHIEF vasquez tightThe Police Foundation is pleased to welcome Chief Marco Vasquez of the Town of Erie Police Department in Colorado as a new Executive Fellow. Vasquez, who has 43 years of experience in policing, has been a leading contributor to a partnership between the Police Foundation and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police to develop a practical guide to the challenges legalized marijuana brings to law enforcement. Read More & Share

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing receives written testimony from Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann

Law enforcement agencies can become the catalysts for change in the way their communities deal with crime and disorder by basing their measurements of success on evidence-based strategies, listening to the public on what is seen as fair and impartial policing, and emphasizing community harm reduction and youth development, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann has told the President’s Task Force on 21stCentury Policing. Read More & Share

Police Foundation and Colorado Chiefs release practical guide for law enforcement on legalized marijuana

In partnership with the Colorado Chiefs Association, the Police Foundation released  Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Public Safety: A Practical Guide on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the “Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety” conference, hosted by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. The conference, in Lone Tree near Denver, was expected to draw nearly 500 attendees from across the nation. Read More & Share