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Police Foundation Convenes Policing and Mental Health Experts to Develop Prevention Model for Mental Health-Related Gun Violence

In the wake of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, CT, last month, and amid the complex ongoing political debate about the role of firearms in incidents of mass violence in America, the  Police Foundation convened a distinguished group of experts from the law enforcement, science, mental health, and policy arenas in Washington on January 14, 2013, to focus on mental health-related gun violence. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary body of knowledge, which establishes the extreme difficulty in predicting a violent act, the expert group distilled existing research into a framework that combines prevention and intervention strategies to give communities and the police a path to preventing mental health-related shootings rather than simply responding to the scene of yet another tragedy. Read More & Share

School Safety and Violence Prevention Resources

We are shocked and saddened by the horrific shootings at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school on December 14. The public and public officials are struggling to understand how and why such senseless carnage happened yet again and what, if anything, can be done to prevent future tragedies. Read More & Share

New Department of Justice/Office of Justice Programs Resources

First Responder Safety: Vehicle Marking and Visibility Guide

A new guide highlights study findings that detail best practices for making emergency vehicles more visible to help reduce collisions and save lives. This guide provides information on the application of various arrangements of emergency warning devices, creative use of retro reflective decal markings, and other innovative designs; all with the intent of increasing the visibility of emergency vehicles to motorists approaching them. It focuses on emergency vehicles not covered by existing standards in this area. Read More & Share

Balancing Budget Cuts and Service Demands: Police Agency Strategies

The December 2012 issue of Police Chief magazine includes an article, Cost Saving Efforts of the New Zealand Police: Opportunities for the USA, by Dr. Garth den Heyer, Chief Inspector, New Zealand Police Force, and Police Foundation Senior Research Fellow. In his article, Dr. den Heyer discusses challenges police agencies face in balancing decreasing resources while maintaining service levels in the wake of massive budget cuts.  With funding from the COPS Office, Dr. den Heyer is currently leading a Police Foundation study that is examining approaches designed and implemented by police agencies in the US and abroad that increase service delivery efficiency and effectiveness in a fiscally restraining environment. Read More & Share

National Law Enforcement Leadership Organizations Issue Call for Stronger Federal Gun Laws in Wake of Aurora Theater Shooting

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, an alliance of nine major national police leadership organizations, announced its call for background checks for all firearms purchasers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines at a July 26 news conference in Washington, DC. The group has been working with state law enforcement associations and leaders this summer in key states, pressing for expanded background checks for firearms purchasers and other public safety measures. But the Aurora theater shooting has intensified their calls for timely action. Read More & Share

National Law Enforcement Leadership Organizations Issue Call for Stronger Federal Gun Laws in Wake of Aurora Theater Shooting

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, an alliance of nine major national police leadership organizations, announced its call for background checks for all firearms purchasers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines at a July 26 news conference in Washington, DC. The group has been working with state law enforcement associations and leaders this summer in key states, pressing for expanded background checks for firearms purchasers and other public safety measures. But the Aurora theater shooting has intensified their calls for timely action. Read More & Share