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Register Now! “Opiate Crisis: Professional and Personal Experiences”

​On September 28, 2017, the Police Institute at Rutgers University is excited to welcome Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, and Shelly Lowe, Program Development Specialist for the New Jersey State Police, as our next Distinguished Lecturers. Colonel Fuentes and Ms. Lowe will lead a discussion titled “Opiate Crisis: Professional and Personal Experiences”.

This Distinguished Lecture Series event will speak to and answer questions about the opiate crisis in New Jersey with a focus on heroin. Colonel Fuentes will provide information on the role of the New Jersey State Police in this war on opioids, the path of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), and its impact on communities and law enforcement. Shelly Lowe will provide her personal perspective on “it’s not just a disease.” Shelly Lowe was born and raised in Lakehurst, New Jersey. She and her husband Adam raised three children: Adam Jr. (27), Amber (24) and Austin (22). Adam Jr.’s life ended November 28, 2016 by snorting heroin laced with fentanyl.

If you would like to register to attend this event, please refer to the event flyer by clicking here or clicking on the flyer to the right.

Police Foundation Releases New Issue of Ideas in American Policing

Yesterday, the Police Foundation released the newest issue of its flagship seminar and publication series, Ideas in American Policing, entitled “Outside the Academy: Learning Community Policing through Community Engagement.” In it, Anne Li Kringen, Ph.D. and Jonathan Allen Kringen, Ph.D. beg the question, “Can new recruits really learn community policing inside the training academy? Using New Haven Police Department’s innovative approach to training recruits in community policing through community engagement outside the academy as an example, this publication explores the impact of this innovative approach on the involved recruits, the potential value of context-based learning, and the benefits of formative community experiences for police recruits.

We encourage you to view and download the publication here, and if you missed the presentation, we’ll be posting a video of the lecture and discussion on our website in the next few weeks. If you would like to read other issues in the Ideas in American Policing series, written by esteemed authors such as Dr. Lawrence Sherman and Dr. David Weisburd, please visit our Ideas in American Policing Library.

Statement on the President’s Remarks to Law Enforcement on July 28, 2017

Police officers are professionals. Professionals who take a sworn oath to uphold the law and to protect us all. While the President’s support for law enforcement is appreciated by many who have and continue to serve our communities, we cannot support any commentary – in sincerity or jest – that undermines the trust that our communities place in us to protect and serve. That is what separates us from evil as we follow the rule of law. The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics – that thousands have solemnly taken and many have made the ultimate sacrifice for – contain statements worthy of reminder:

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve…
… I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence…

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)

President

New Research Brief: “Archival Review of Complaints of Sexual Assaults Committed in Places of Public Accommodation”

The Police Foundation was engaged by the Gill Foundation to assess, using police records in multiple cities, the historical prevalence of sexual assault committed in places of public accommodation by an otherwise prohibited person accessing that place of accommodation under the guise of being transgender.  This research was conducted in states where non-discrimination laws that would allow a transgender individual to access a place of accommodation that aligns with their gender identity are already on the books at the county and city levels
 
This research brief presents the findings of the review of sexual assault complaints over multi-year periods in Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas, Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona. The Police Foundation conducted this review independently, using records obtained through each city’s open records processes. 
 
To read the full brief, please click here

Check Out the Police Data Initiative’s Website Refresh!

 

The Police Data Initiative is a national network designed to enhance understanding of crime and public safety and accountability between law enforcement and the community through open data. To date, over 130 law enforcement agencies nationwide, large and small, have joined this community of practice. In doing so, they are taking extraordinary steps to advance the field nationally, and build collaborative relationships locally to improve public safety.

The Police Foundation has recently completed a refresh of the Police Data Initiative website. Check out the Police Data Initiative website here, and follow the links below to view our other resources on police open data.

New Infographic Released on the Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) by Law Enforcement

Ensuring the safety of the public is a core mission for all professional law enforcement agencies. In pursuit of this mission, law enforcement leverages many different types of tools, including new and emerging technologies. One of these latest technologies is the small-unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).

Today, the Police Foundation released a new infographic for both law enforcement agencies considering the use of small unmanned aircraft systems for public safety sUAS Infographic thumbnail_157x105purposes and for communities interested in learning more about the purposes and protections surrounding their use. The infographic, entitled sUAS and Public Safety, provides an overview of operational, training, and legal and regulatory compliance considerations in visual format for law enforcement agencies interested in using sUAS for public safety. Importantly, it highlights key recommendations for law enforcement agencies on engaging their communities in the co-production of public safety using sUAS prior to implementation.

Check out our new infographic here, and follow the links below to view our other resources on the use of sUAS in law enforcement:

Join the “Stand With Honor” Program

stand with honorThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has just launched a new program in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum called “Stand With Honor.” This is a lifetime membership program being offered to active and retired law enforcement officers.  Some of the benefits include free admission to the Museum for life, special VIP treatment when you visit the Museum and, most importantly, a chance to have your law enforcement story told in the Museum (e.g., where you served, when you served, and memorable moments in your career to be captured and shared at the Museum forever!).  Read More & Share

BJA Releases Solicitation for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program (COAP)

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Today the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice released the solicitation for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program (COAP), funded through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).

Who will be eligible to apply for BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program (COAP)?
As laid out in CARA, applicants may include state agencies, units of local government, and federally-recognized Native American and Alaskan tribal governments.  BJA will also accept applications that involve two or more entities, including treatment providers and other not-for-profit agencies, and regional applications that propose to carry out the funded federal award activities. Specific eligibility requirements by category can be found here.

What can be funded through this program? 
BJA’s COAP site-based solicitation contains six categories of funding.  The funding categories include:

  • Category 1: Overdose Outreach Projects
  • Category 2: Technology-assisted Treatment projects
  • Category 3: System-level Diversion and Alternative to Incarceration Projects
  • Category 4: Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects
  • Category 5: Harold Rogers PDMP Implementation and Enhancement Projects
  • Category 6: Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse

How can potential applicants plan and prepare for applying?
To prepare for the CARA solicitation, potential applicants are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams, or leverage existing planning bodies, and identify comprehensive strategies to develop, implement, or expand treatment diversion and alternative to incarceration programs.

How many awards will be made?
BJA anticipates up to 45 awards may be made under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant program.

What is the application deadline? 
The application deadline is April 25, 2017.

Where can I find additional information?
The official BJA document on the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant program can be located here.

For more information and for current funding updates and training opportunities, visit http://www.addictionpolicy.org/cara-grants.

Law Enforcement Leaders Call for Federal Support & Prioritization of Violent Crime Reduction

While national crime statistics remain historically low, violent crime—particularly homicides and shootings—is rising in many major cities. The Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), with generous support from the Joyce Foundation, are jointly releasing a report entitled, Reducing Violent Crime in American Cities: An Opportunity to Lead. The report provides more than 25 recommendations for the new Administration and Congress, to strengthen federal-local partnerships and support local efforts to reduce violent crime.

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 14.57.16According to FBI data, the country’s largest cities experienced a 10% increase in homicide and non-negligent murder from 2014 to 2015, and the second largest group of cities saw a 20% surge. More recent data from MCCA suggest these surges in large cities remains steady, with 61 agencies reporting a 10% increase in homicide from 2015 to 2016, and 1400 additional non-fatal shootings over 2015, another important indicator of violent crime. Law enforcement agencies in many of these cities are also reporting substantial increases in non-fatal shootings, another important indicator of violent crime. While the federal government has provided important assistance in recent years, budget and personnel reductions coupled with competing federal priorities leave some local law enforcement agencies without the fortified partnerships they need to effectively combat violent crime. Law enforcement leaders call for a federal agenda that prioritizes violent crime from both a budgetary and policy standpoint, and that addresses problems with evidence-based solutions.

“Major cities aren’t asking for temporary surges of hundreds more federal agents or responses that take months and years to have a sustained impact. They want tools and smart resources like ballistics imaging, gun tracing, and flexible grants,” said Chief Tom Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann further emphasizes that “federal, state and local law enforcement need strong partnerships and smart, evidence-based, locally-tailored strategies to reverse trends in the number of shootings in many major cities.”

The recommendations in this report create an overarching strategy to address violence by prioritizing violent crime, holding federal partners accountable for local impacts, and enabling the kinds of partnerships that will create lasting solutions. The following items form the basis of the report’s recommendations: analysis of literature on effective violence reduction strategies; in-depth analysis of federal agency programs, budgets, priorities, authorities, and performance; and, survey data and input from local law enforcement executives.

To view and download the Full Report, please click here.

To view and download the Executive Brief, please click here.

Input Needed! Nominate Innovative Programs Responding to Addiction

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Our organization, in collaboration with the Addiction Policy Forum, is excited to launch a new project featuring innovative programs to address addiction in the fields of prevention, treatment, recovery support, overdose reversal, criminal justice reform and law enforcement strategies.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the 2015 drug overdose death data, which showed a significant increase from 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014 to 52,404 – an average of 144 drug overdose deaths each day.

However, many states and communities all over the country have created innovative programs to address substance use disorders in their area and we believe they deserve recognition for their hard work in the face of a national epidemic. Innovations in addressing the disease of addiction will help change the way our country views addiction, and featuring these great programs move this forward.

We would like to invite you to nominate programs your organization believes are innovative in these fields. All nominated programs will be reviewed and considered by the Addiction Policy Forum’s National Advisory Board. Selected programs will receive the following:

  • National recognition as an innovation, including announcement to the media and key policymakers;
  • A feature article published on the Addiction Policy Forum website and delivered to over 200 partner organizations
  • A seal of recognition to include on their website and organizational websites; and,
  • Inclusion in a compilation of innovative programs to be published by the Addiction Policy Forum

If you or your organization is interested in nominating a program, please complete the nomination form available here:  Nominate a Program.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 31st, 2017.

COMING SOON!
New Police Foundation Reports and Training Opportunities!