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Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann interviewed on national public radio

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 6.05.05 PMThe best way for law enforcement agencies to avoid the kind of riots and upheaval that have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri the past week is to adhere to the principles of community-based policing and have departments reflect the ethnic makeup, values and concerns of the community where they serve, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann said Monday in a nationally-syndicated public radio program.

“So much of what goes into policing in terms of community reaction, is a direct result of whether the community has confidence in the police, do they trust the police, do they feel that they are open, transparent and accountable, do they feel they have a voice in terms of policing,” Bueermann said. “When the police department does not reflect the ethnic makeup of the community it serves, and that disparity is as significant as … has been reported in Ferguson, then, in my opinion, the question is not ‘is there going to be a problem between the community and police,’ the question is ‘when is that problem going to occur?'” Read More & Share

Crime Mapping & Analysis News launched by Police Foundation

crime mappingThe Police Foundation is bringing back Crime Mapping & Analysis News. This week the first volume of the quarterly online newsletter ( will be released, highlighting innovative programs in crime mapping and analysis. This is a renewal of the popular newsletter that started in the late 1990’s, that helped to shape the standards for how police strategically engage mapping and crime analysis methods.

Crime Mapping & Analysis News brings together articles by both researchers and practitioners on the methods, technologies and tools that support innovation, data collection and evidence-based practices in law enforcement agencies. The newsletter is a revamped version of Crime Mapping News, which was published by the Police Foundation from 1999-2009. This revised version is a vehicle for law enforcement professionals, crime analysts, researchers and crime prevention managers and executives, and criminologists to share their ideas to improve and strengthen the law enforcement community. Read More & Share

Unmanned Aerial System Guidebook Featured in Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Newsletter

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 2.42.32 PM_0The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ August Dispatch Newsletter features the Police Foundation’s preparation of a guidebook for law enforcement agencies considering adding an unmanned aerial system to their department. This project, titled “Community Policing and UAS Guidelines to Enhance Community Trust,” is funded by the COPS office.

Because of Federal Aviation Administration restrictions, very few law enforcement agencies currently have access to unmanned aerial systems – which employ the guided flying vehicles most commonly referred to as “drones” by the public and media. However, the FAA is developing guidelines to allow commercial drones into U.S. airspace by September 2015, and the law enforcement interest in the technology is growing. Read More & Share

Police Foundation Symposium on Crime Analysis Presented to Law Enforcement Executives

photo (1)More than 40 law enforcement executives attended the first in a series of symposiums presented by the Police Foundation and International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) designed to help police departments integrate the use of crime analysis to increase effectiveness and reduce crime.

The symposium, presented July 16 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, drew police chiefs and other executives from throughout the Northeastern United States and beyond. The other regional locations and dates for the series will be announced later this year. Read More & Share

International Ideas in Policing Webinar coming Aug. 5 on Policing Terrorism and Extremism in Central Asia

Kambarov 2Dr. Chyngyz Kambarov, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Police Foundation, will host a webinar on Aug. 5, 2014 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT discussing the growth of terrorism and extremism in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan and how police are attempting to respond to this growing threat.

The webinar is available free to the public. To connect through Google Plus, click here. To connect through YouTube, click here.

Dr. Kambarov, a police lieutenant colonel who works for the Interior Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic, recently presented an Ideas in International Policing lecture examining the most active terrorist and extremist organizations operating in the nation, and how they became radicalized. Many of the groups operate in the Fergana Valley, which overlaps Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and are threatening to become a hotbed of Islamic radicalism in the Central Asian republics. Kambarov laid out the major challenges facing Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies in combatting these sources of terrorism. He called for better training and equipment, and for more cooperation between national and local police, and between Interior Ministry units and national security forces.

The Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia gained independence in 1991 with the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. The nation – also known as Kyrgyzstan – has remained a parliamentary republic since that time, but faces constant threats from religious terrorism and extremism, both from internal and external groups.

Dr. Kambarov received his PhD in Law at the Management Police Academy of Russia in 2006, and a Masters Degree at Kyushu University in Fukuoka in 2011. He began his career as a police investigator, and is currently the Deputy Chief of the Legal Department at the Kyrgyz Republic Interior Ministry. He has served as an International Fellow for the Police Foundation for the past year, and has met with and toured American police departments from Massachusetts to California.

A recording of the Ideas in International Policing lecture may be viewed by clicking here.

Ideas in American Policing Monograph Highlights the Rewards for “Embedded Criminologists”

braga picWhen Edward F. Davis became the  Police Commissioner the Boston Police Department in 2007, he offered Dr. Anthony Braga, a professor of criminology at Rutgers University and Harvard University, the opportunity to advance police research from the inside.   Braga took the offer, and for the next six years helped the department use evidence-based policing to take on gangs and reduce crime by focusing resources. Read More & Share

Kyrgyzstan police officer and scholar presents Ideas in International Policing lecture on challenges from terrorism and extremism

IMG_3865Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, police agencies in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan have had to deal with government corruption, poor training and a lack of resources – but now they are facing a more dangerous problem with the growth of religious extremism and terrorism, said Dr. Chyngyz Kambarov, a lieutenant colonel with Kyrgyz Interior Ministry.

Kambarov, a Fulbright Scholar and a Police Foundation International Fellow, laid out the challenges faced by police in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring Central Asian states in an Ideas in International Policing lecture at the Foundation offices Tuesday. Read More & Share

Top policy experts gather for advisory panel on developing community trust for police use of unmanned aerial systems

A panel of national experts in law enforcement, civil liberties, technology, and government policy gathered Monday as an advisory board on building community trust for police use of unmanned aerial systems. The advisory board has been assembled by the Police Foundation as part of a project to develop a guidebook for police departments that will help navigate the sometimes controversial efforts to utilize drones for searches, suspect apprehension, and crime prevention. Read More & Share

Ideas in American Policing presenter Robin Engel: Law Enforcement should strive for both effectiveness and equity in crime reduction strategies

0183EngelRobin2968The long-held belief that efforts by police to increase crime control tend to reduce attention to due process may be outdated and in need of revision, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Professor Robin Engel, PhD, told a Police Foundation Ideas in American Policing audience. In fact, research evidence shows that it may be possible to improve both crime reduction and preserve liberties with carefully structured enforcement strategies, she said.

Dr. Engel, the Director of the Institute of Crime Science at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Police Foundation Research Advisory Council, presented the 18th “Ideas in American Policing” Lecture Wednesday. The series presents commentary and insight from leading criminologists on issues of interest to scholars, practitioners and policy makers. Many of the lectures are cited in research and academic journal articles. Read More & Share