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2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award: Call for Nominations

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, US Department of Justice, is seeking nominations for the 2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. The Sutin Civic Imagination Award recognizes the efforts of collaborative partnerships within the community. This honor is bestowed upon a team of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interaction has transformed public safety in their community. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 24, 2013, at 5:00 PM EST. More information can be found here. Read More & Share

Jim Bueermann Attends White House Meeting on Gun Legislation

Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann met with Vice President Biden at the White House on May 2, along with other law enforcement leaders, to discuss continued efforts to pass gun control legislation. Three weeks after bipartisan gun-control legislation was defeated in the Senate, the vice president conferred with law enforcement leaders on a renewed effort to expand background checks and close loopholes on gun trafficking. According to Bueermann, “There is optimism about the passage of reasoned gun legislation.” Read More & Share

3D-Printed Firearm Successfully Fired for the First Time

A Texas man successfully fired the first bullet from a 3D-printed firearm on Saturday, May 5, raising new security concerns and prompting calls for a ban on such weapons. Plastic guns are not detectable by metal detectors, and policymakers and law enforcement officials expressed concern about security vulnerabilities posed by such weapons. Read More & Share

Partner News: Two Police Chiefs Honored at 2013 Innocence Network Conference

The Innocence Network honored two innovative police chiefs last week at the annual Innocence Network Conference for their work to reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions: William G. Brooks, III, Chief of the Norwood, Massachusetts Police Department, and Darrel Stephens, former Chief of the Charlotte Police Department. More information can be found at the following link. Read More & Share

New Publication: Police independent oversight in Australia and New Zealand

15614263.2013.767093.fp_.png_v03Congratulations to Dr. Garth den Heyer, Senior Research Fellow, for his recently published article in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. The article, titled “Police independent oversight in Australia and New Zealand”, discuses the effectiveness and accountability of independent oversight organizations on policing organizations. The abstract is available below and the full text can be found at the link. Read More & Share

Challenges to Policing Terrorism in Pakistan: A Police Foundation Report

In this paper, Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir, Deputy Inspector General of the Police Service of Pakistan, and a 2012-13 Humphrey Fellow, describes the range of challenges facing Pakistan’s domestic security. Pakistan’s police force is underresourced, poorly trained, badly paid, low in morale, and viewed with suspicion. Terrorist attacks have escalated in the last decade, and law enforcement in Pakistan needs significant reform in order to effectively counter the increasing terrorism and insurgency that is gripping the nation. Read More & Share

Policing and Society: Dr. Garth den Heyer on Militarization in Policing

Senior Research Fellow Garth den Heyer‘s article, Mayberry Revisited: A Review of the Influence of Police Paramilitary Units on Policing, was recently published in Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy. In his paper, Dr. den Heyer refutes the proposition that policing has increased in militarization and analyzes earlier survey findings and subsequent literature in a wider context, which includes the argument of the professionalization or the evolution of policing. Read More & Share

Bulletproof Vest Partnership – Applications now being accepted

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) application funding period.

Applications for FY 2013 BVP funds will be accepted beginning Monday, April 8, 2013. All applications must be submitted online by 6:00 pm (Eastern Time), Monday, May 20, 2013.

Further information, eligibility criteria, and the online application can be found on the BVP website. Read More & Share