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Body-worn camera study by Executive Fellow Chief Tony Farrar is published in scientific journal

JQC coverA study on the effects of body-worn cameras on police use-of-force that was produced by Police Foundation Executive Fellow Tony Farrar, Chief of the Rialto (CA) Police Department, has been published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, a scientific publication. The article has received nationwide recognition as the only scientific study of how body-worn cameras affect police interaction with the public.

The journal article, written by Farrar and his fellow researchers Dr. Barak Ariel and Dr. Alex Sutherland of Cambridge University (UK), features the study that was first released by the Police Foundation under the title “Self-Awareness to Being Watched and Socially-Desirable Behavior: A Field Experiment on the Effects of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Use-of-Force.”  The study, which has been widely cited by national media over the past year, gained new attention because of the scientific journal article. Read More & Share

Statement of Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann on NYPD officers killed in the line of duty

Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation, released the following statement regarding the ambush slaying of New York Police Department Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu:

The brutal assassination of two New York City Police Department officers is a reminder that every law enforcement officer faces potentially fatal dangers when he or she is on patrol protecting the safety of our cities and towns. It is vital that we honor the memory of these officers by bringing police and community members together to work toward making our streets safer from such violent criminals bent on the murder of innocents.

As president of the Police Foundation, I want to send our deepest sympathies to the families of Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu, who lost their lives in service to their fellow citizens. As we continue our efforts to forge stronger ties between police and communities, it is vital that we remember that officers have spouses, children, parents and other loved ones who have a right to have them come home safe each day.


Two new Executive Fellows Join the Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that two law enforcement leaders have been named as Executive Fellows: Chief James W. Tolbert of the Flint (MI) Police Department and Commissioner Robert C. Haas of the Cambridge (MA) Police Department. The new fellows have more than 65 years combined policing experience, and have strong reputations for their efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their departments. Read More & Share

The Police Foundation Names Deputy Assistant Attorney General and ATF Assistant Director James H. Burch, II as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

The Police Foundation is pleased to announce that James H. Burch, II will join the Police Foundation in January 2015 as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.  Mr. Burch will lead the Police Foundation’s efforts to advance policing by developing new initiatives to leverage emerging and proven technologies and innovation from across the public and private sectors, while building on science and evidence-based policing practices.  Read More & Share

Statement by Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann on Events in Ferguson, Missouri

The events in Ferguson, Missouri should be a wake-up call for law enforcement departments across the nation to create and reinforce outreach efforts to their communities.  Police Foundation researchers have found that community-oriented policing practices increase the level of communication between officers and citizens, and provide the means to reduce tension during times of turmoil. The Police Foundation supports the efforts of the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing in Missouri and elsewhere to help law enforcement develop a constructive dialogue with their communities. Read More & Share

Police Foundation President Testifies Before House Armed Services Subcommittee Regarding Military Surplus Program for Law Enforcement

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.54.03 PM_0Congress should maintain the program by which law enforcement receives surplus equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense, however requirements should be strengthened for transparency and review by the public and local policy-makers before the equipment is acquired, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Thursday. Read More & Share

The Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 5.49.40 PMAs voters in two more states and the District of Columbia voted to legalize the use of marijuana, the Police Foundation and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police have developed and released “The Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety”. The one-page guide provides a quick preview of issues faced by law enforcement when states or localities legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The “Five Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Legalization’s Impact on Public Safety” is part of a project to develop a guidebook laying out the issues that law enforcement agencies will face when recreational marijuana is legalized. Colorado and Washington state already have legalized recreational use. Voters in Oregon and Alaska Tuesday approved measures to allow legal sales and recreational use of marijuana. Washington, D.C. voters approved growing and using marijuana, but not sales. Read More & Share