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“Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives” Supports Effort to Aid Overdose Victims

Naloxone_0_3Released at IACP  2014 in Orlando, the  Police Foundation now has available the  “Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives” in support of a campaign launched this week by the Department of Justice to urge law enforcement officers to carry kits that could aid in the intervention of drug overdose episodes.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit this week at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference inOrlando, Florida. The one-stop clearinghouse will provide law enforcement agencies with important information about Naloxone, a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose. Read More & Share

Police Foundation welcomes new Executive Fellows

The Police Foundation has named three law enforcement executives to become Executive Fellows: Chief Hassan Aden of the Greenville Police Department in North Carolina, Chief Albert Bidou of the Vallejo Police Department in California, and Chief Walt Tibbet of the Fairfield Police Department in California. Read More & Share

The Missing Piece of NIMS: Teaching Incident Commanders How to Function in the Edge of Chaos By Chief Cynthia Renaud

RenaudOfficialThe National Incident Management System (NIMS) has become a subject of controversy, as many practitioners find severe limitations with the system’s field effectiveness. Chief Cynthia Renaud of the Folsom Police Department in California has addressed the concerns of first responders in an article published in the Homeland Security News, the Journal of the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Defense and Security. The article explores the dynamics of the initial edge-of-chaos that characterizes the first phase of every large-scale incident and offers recommendations for additions to NIMS that will better prepare first-responding incident commanders to work their way through that chaos and later apply the NIMS process with purpose. Read More & Share

Police Foundation to conduct comprehensive review of Stockton bank robbery and gun battle

On July 16th, the Stockton Police Department in California responded to a call about a bank robbery at the Bank of the West. When the officers arrived the three robbers fled, taking three hostages with them. Officers gave chase and exchanged fire with the robbers, who had a number of semi-automatic weapons including an AK-47 rifle. The chase ended with the death of one of the hostages. Read More & Share

National Research Council issues recommendations to improve eyewitness identifications

eyewitnessThe National Research Council has released a comprehensive report reviewing eyewitness identification methods for criminal investigations, and has recommended a series of “best practices” to guide law enforcement and prosecutors in obtaining and using more accurate eyewitness accounts. The report, entitled “Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification,”  is available free online at the National Academies Press.

Dr. Karen L. Amendola, the Police Foundation’s Chief Behavioral Scientist, presented testimony in April to the Committee on Scientific Approaches to Understanding and Maximizing the Validity and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification in Law Enforcement and the Courts, who prepared the report. Dr. Amendola has been conducting research on the effectiveness of law enforcement practices used in eyewitness identification with Dr. John Wixted, a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Their research is forthcoming in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Read More & Share

Police Foundation Fellow Brenda Bond, PhD, produces webinars on organizational change

Brenda BondIn the past year, Police Foundation Research Fellow Brenda J. Bond, PhD has reached hundreds of police leaders and researchers through her webinars on organizational change.  Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative, Dr. Bond has developed and delivered highly viewed webinars focused on change in law enforcement, and measuring that change to identify results. Dr. Bond’s Smart Policing work on organization change includes working with local and state police agencies on the institutionalization of evidence-based practices.  This work can be extremely challenging for leaders and practitioners interested in changing the way officers and managers think and behave relative to modern policing strategies.   To view Dr. Bond’s webinars on organization change, visit the Smart Policing website via the following link: http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/tta/webinars Read More & Share