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Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF


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Support for Legislation to Close the Terror Gap & to Fully Fund ATF

June 17, 2016

The Police Foundation fully supports Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate Amendment 4720 to the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill (S.2837), which addresses the loophole that currently allows individuals listed in the Terrorist Screening Database (terror watch list) to purchase firearms. S.Amdt.4720 would address this loophole by allowing the Department of Justice to stop gun sales if the purchaser is a terror suspect. Additionally, the Police Foundation reiterates its strong support for the provision in Senator Feinstein’s bill that would fully fund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), adding 200 ATF agents to enforce the laws already on the books.

Lastly, the Police Foundation voices its opposition to a counter-proposal by Senator Cornyn (S.Amdt.4729 to S.2837), as it creates an impractical and time-consuming process for the government to implement in order to stop these gun sales. Specifically, the Cornyn amendment would require law enforcement seeking to stop a gun sale to first prove that the terror suspect will commit an act of terror or has conspired to do so; not that the person is suspected of terror ties and is likely to use the firearm in connection with terror, but that he or she will actually commit terrorism or has conspired to do so. The legislation would give the government only 3 business days to bring the suspected terrorist to court and meet this incredible standard, or else the DOJ would be rendered unable to block the sale. In light of this, the Cornyn amendment would continue to leave the terror gap open.

The Police Foundation urges the Senate to address the terror gap in our gun laws by voting in favor of Senate Amendment 4720.

 

NLEPPGV Statement On the Orlando Terrorist Event and Mass Shooting

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National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
STATEMENT ON THE ORLANDO TERRORIST EVENT AND MASS SHOOTING

Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson 
Chair National Law Enforcement Partnership To Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — America’s law enforcement community, like our nation as a whole, is shocked and shares in the tremendous grief over the loss of 49 innocent lives and the wounding of 53 others in Orlando, Florida this weekend, making it the worst mass shooting recorded in United States history.

At this difficult time, our thoughts are with those whose lives were forever altered by this event, especially the families and friends of the 49 whose lives were taken, and all those who survived this senseless act. Tragically, they have been left to cope with the grief and devastation that none should have to bear.
This horrific and tragic terrorist attack reminds us that our nation has been deeply traumatized by the cruel and agonizing loss of life before and not nearly enough has been done to protect others from the dangers of firearms in the wrong hands and excessive firepower in our communities.

As we have previously stated, Americans should not have to fear being gunned down in social venues, university and elementary school classrooms, work places, movie theaters and other public places. This nation has no higher priority than the protection of its citizens from the rampant scourge of gun violence that affects all of our communities — large and small, urban, rural, and suburban. We have, unfortunately, turned our back on this priority for too long.

While we cannot bring back the 49 innocent lives lost in Orlando or the 26 children and educators lost at Sandy Hook, the thousands of other people who have lost their lives to gun violence in places like Chicago and elsewhere, we must do more to save others and prevent such needless suffering. We owe it to those we lost, to their survivors, the law enforcement officers who risk their lives to confront these criminals and return to these scenes to investigate the carnage, and all generations to come to take action. We repeat what we have said before and urge those with differing views to come together to confront this priority – “enough is enough.”

 

 

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On Policing: Orlando Tragedy Spurs Memories for San Bernardino Chief

PF On Policing logo final versionIn the newest On Policing essay, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan discusses the tragic attack that occurred in Orlando, FL, early Sunday morning, drawing upon his own personal experiences and reflections from the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA, on December 2, 2015. Be sure to check out the essay here or visit www.onpolicing.org.

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LEO Near Miss Featured in May Issue of IACP’s Police Chief Magazine

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As our nation continues to remember and honor the sacrifices of fallen officers following National Police Week, it is critical that we remain focused on reducing and preventing these tragedies.  In this month’s Officer Safety and Wellness issue of the IACP’s Police Chief magazine, Chief Frank Straub (Ret.) and Commissioner Robert Haas explain how law enforcement agencies and officers can take tangible steps towards this goal. Entitled “Learning from Near Misses: The Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss System”, the article calls upon and encourages law enforcement leaders to do more by reporting and learning from near misses that occur within their agencies.

Utilized extensively in other fields such as aviation, medicine, and fire & rescue, the systematic reporting, collection, and analysis of “near miss” incidents is fundamental to reducing risk, improving safety, and saving lives. For every tragedy, there are literally dozens of “near misses”—incidents that could have resulted in significant injury or death if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events. As law enforcement agencies and organizations, such as Below 100, continue to strive towards reducing the number of line of duty deaths, it is critical that agencies look, not only to these tragedies, but also to near misses for lessons learned that can be applied to future operations in order to improve safety.

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LEO Near Miss, developed by the Police Foundation with funding support from the COPS Office, provides law enforcement agencies and officers with the ability to view and report near miss incidents in one online, anonymous, and voluntary system. For more information on the system and the benefits it offers to law enforcement, please see this month’s article in The Police Chief magazine and be sure to visit the LEO Near Miss website at www.LEOnearmiss.org.

 

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New Release: Law Enforcement Leaders Can Learn from Their Rank-and-File

In this week’s On Policing essay, Police Foundation Policing Fellow, Sgt. Frank Tona, stresses the valuable contributions rank-and-file officers can make to the operations of law enforcement organizations. Many of these officers possess advanced education, training, and practical experience that provide them with unique and innovative perspectives, as well as the skill set to implement evidence-based policing practices. Sgt. Tona calls upon law enforcement leaders to rely not only upon command-level officers for advice and expertise, but also the wealth of knowledge and expertise available among the rank-and-file. Click here to read more.

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Police Data Initiative – Watch the White House Event Here


Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.55.45 PMOn Friday, April 22, 2016, the White House hosted and live streamed an event marking one year of progress on the Police Data Initiative. Launched by the White House as a response to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, The Police Data Initiative strives to accelerate progress around data transparency and analysis to increase both trust and understanding of law enforcement’s interactions with the public.

PDI mapThe Police Foundation has aided in the Police Data Initiative by creating the Public Safety Open Data Portal. Our portal is intended to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for accessing local and national law enforcement and public safety open datasets. The portal contains select datasets from agencies participating in the White House’s Police Data Initiative as well as national data to provide context. The number of agencies participating in the Initiative is growing rapidly, increasing success and attention nationwide.

As a Police Data Initiative partner, the Police Foundation invites you to view the archived video below to celebrate the advances of the Police Data Initiative and the Public Safety Open Data Portal. Watch White House officials, leading law enforcement agencies, researchers, and community stakeholders as they share experiences, resources, and data innovation leveraged to increase trust between police and citizens. The event includes panel discussions about building community trust and furthering the field with new technologies, and you will hear stories of current Police Data Initiative participants from coast to coast.
 

 

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White House Releases Fact Sheet Highlighting Agencies Committed to the PDI

Today, the White House released a fact sheet recapping one year of the Police Data Initiative. The release comes in conjunction with an event being hosted at the White House today entitled, “The Police Data Initiative Year of Progress: Building on the President’s Call to Action to Leverage Open Data to Increase Trust between Police and Citizens.” To live stream the remainder of the event, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/live.

For more information on how the Police Foundation is contributing to the Police Data Initiative, please visit www.publicsafetydataportal.org.

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New On Policing Release Features Community Engagement Video from Vallejo PD

vallejo PD sealIn the latest release of On Policing, Vallejo, California, Police Department discusses how their department is making an effort to engage and rebuild the relationship with their community in a newly produced YouTube video simply entitled “Reconnecting”.

The video offers insightful perspectives from both community members and police officers, and it underscores the importance of a strong relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. To view the video, click here, and be sure to visit www.onpolicing.org next week to check out the next release in the series.

CSG Justice Center Webinar on Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant

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On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 2:00pm EDT, the CSG Justice Center is hosting a webinar to discuss the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) and answer questions about completing proposals, which are due May 17, 2016. The webinar announcement and registration information are available here.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is continuing to support the efforts to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The JMHCP supports innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.

Law enforcement agencies that partner with a behavioral health provider to implement or expand specialized state or local law enforcement strategies that are tailored to the needs of people with mental disorders will receive priority consideration for funding.

The full BJA grant announcement and application are available at: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/JMHCP16.pdf. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

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