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VRN Webinar: Recruiting a Diverse Police Department Through Digital Outreach

The Violence Reduction Network (VRN) is hosting a free webinar, entitled “Recruiting a Diverse Police Department Through Digital Outreach”, on April 21, 2016, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT. This webinar is intended to teach participants about how the Chicago Police Department developed and implemented its 12-week digital outreach campaign to increase minority recruitment, and it will also discuss lessons learned to assist in future recruitment efforts. For more information or a link to register for the event, please click here.

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On Policing Release: Lessons Learned from Stockton, CA

In the latest release of On Policing, Stockton, California, Police Chief Eric Jones discusses the challenges he has encountered and overcome since his appointment in 2012. From leading the department through low morale and tight budgetary constraints amidst city bankruptcy, to handling a high profile bank robbery where police accidentally shot one of the hostages, he recounts the lessons he learned and offers advice on how to navigate similar situations in the future. Also, be sure to catch up on last week’s On Policing release where Chief Paul Walters offers his perspective on how departments can fully integrate SWAT teams into community-based policing. To read the full essays, please visit

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“On Policing”: Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Law Enforcement Officers

For this week’s release of On Policing, Deputy Chief Brett Meade, Ed.D. (University of Central Florida) examines an issue facing all law enforcement agencies today: recruiting, selecting, and retaining sworn officers. Deputy Chief Meade offers insight into how law enforcement can address this growing issue by providing a successful recruiting and retention plan.

Deputy Chief Meade discusses current issues, such as falling retention rates, overcoming initial training costs, and defending candidates from competitors. Criticizing current, archaic recruiting styles, such as career fair tables, he explains how police executives must develop a strategy to hire and retain sworn personnel who are diverse and reflective of the community. Laying out nine concrete points, he suggests a plan that law enforcement agencies can follow in order to avoid these issues and more in recruiting and retention.

Check out the new essay here or visit We encourage any comments or thoughts you may have, as well as sharing the essay with others. We also encourage you to contribute to the series. If interested, please send a 500-1000 word essay to

Policing Youth Policy Briefs: Opportunities for Positive Police-Youth Interaction

Policing Youth Policy Briefs: Opportunities for Positive Police-Youth Interaction

The Police Foundation, in collaboration with the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association and with funding from the California Endowment, produced a series of youth-focused policy briefs to enhance law enforcement knowledge and understanding of youth development in an effort to help improve outcomes for youth and public safety.

Line level personnel from both police and sheriff’s agencies more often than not, respond to sensitive situations, such as domestic family disputes, and in some jurisdictions are called on by the school to respond to incidents on campus. With the national debate surrounding the role of law enforcement in communities and more specifically in schools, it is important to provide law enforcement leaders and line level personnel with resources focused on helping to define the role of officers, identify best practices for youth police engagement, and educate law enforcement about the science of  youth development and working with young adults, with the overall goal of enhancing trust and cooperation between police, youth, and their families.

The four policy brief series is designed for California law enforcement executives but is applicable to law enforcement nationwide. Law enforcement executives from across the country can use these briefs to inform their strategies and to best define the role of their officers in schools and communities. The first brief is an introduction that challenges law enforcement executives to develop a vision for positive police-youth interactions.

Topics of the remaining policy briefs include:

  • Teen Brain: Preparing Your Officers to Engage with Youth
  • Defining the Role of School-Based Police Officers
  • The Career Pipeline Concept

For more information, visit the Youth Policing Project page or contact:

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Programs
(202) 833-1460

“On Policing”: Changing the Approach to Training and Community Relations

In this week’s On Policing release, Executive Director Sue Rahr (Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) discusses the need for a culture shift in policing from a “warrior” mindset to a “guardian” mindset, and Chief Andrew Bidou offers insight into how law enforcement can build and improve positive relationships with the community.

Both essays share a common theme—law enforcement needs to take steps to bridge the growing divide between police and the communities they serve. Chief Bidou lays out concrete steps his department has taken to accomplish this, and he speaks to the overwhelming response his department has received.  Director Rahr takes a slightly different approach, asserting that change needs to begin with a shift in focus in officer training and development.

Check out the new essays here or visit We encourage you to leave any comments or thoughts you may have, and please share the essays with others! We also encourage you to contribute to the series. If you are interested, please send your 500-1000 word essay to

11th Annual Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference

The 11th Annual Missing and Unidentified Persons conference (MUPC) and pre-conference will be held in Atlanta, GA on August 15-19, 2016. The conference provides training and education to 300+ search and rescue and law enforcement professionals from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico on effective tools, techniques and strategies for locating and recovering missing persons. MUPC blends practical application and skills development with technology and science in order to provide first responders with the critical information they need to know about what works best.

Presentations will include:

  • DNA can be used effectively to identify individuals
  • Discussions and presentations on effective and practical technology, contingent on circumstances
  • Pending innovations that can help first responders identify those who are missing

The conference also provides participants with instruction on how to interact, communicate with, and support those who become displaced or disconnected from their families as a result of disasters, mass tragedies, casualties, physical or developmental disabilities, mental health, age, culture, or even physical boundaries.

  • Sixteen hours of instruction will be available through a series of four pre-conference sessions
  • Twenty hours of instruction will be offered through the conference (August 17-19)

Fox Valley Technical College’s National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) and the National Association For Search And Rescue (NASAR) are partnering on the conference.

Register now

New “On Policing” Essays Released

The Police Foundation’s new essay series, On Policing, continues to grow with the release of two brand new essays: “Inviting Outsiders Inside Policing” and “Police Errors are Opportunities to Build Trust”. Both essays offer unique perspectives and ideas about how to advance modern-day policing from authors who have dedicated their entire careers to law enforcement and public service. To view the essays, please visit the On Policing library here. We highly encourage you to leave your thoughts and comments after reading each essay, and please share the essays with others!

New essays will be released next week, so please visit the On Policing page again soon!

Register for Crime Analysis for Chief Executives workshop in Freehold, NJ, March 17-18, 2016

On March 17-18, 2016, the Police Foundation and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) will be hosting a Crime Analysis for Chief Executives Workshop in Freehold, New Jersey at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. This free, intensive two-day workshop is designed to support Chiefs, Sheriffs, and other police executives in the development, utilization, and enhancement of crime and public safety analysis intended to drive departmental operations. Limited space is still available if your agency is interested in participating as a team.

Click here for more information on registration

Police Foundation Statement Regarding Proposed Amendment to the Sportsman’s Bill (HR 2406)

The Police Foundation issued a statement regarding a proposed amendment to the Sportsman’s Bill (HR 2406) which will have a chilling effect on enforcement of illegal gun possession and other gun crimes. At a time when many cities and counties have just witnessed 2015 come to an end with increased homicides and non-fatal shootings, Congress should strengthen, not weaken enforcement of our nation’s gun laws. We call on Members of Congress to support law enforcement officers as they perform the most dangerous job of confronting shooters and other armed criminals, and to uphold state and local efforts to make communities safer. Please see the Statement for further information on the proposed amendment and the Police Foundation’s views.

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The Police Foundation Announces Launch of Timely Essay Series Entitled “On Policing”

PF On Policing logo final versionThe Police Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new essay series entitled On Policing. This timely series is intended to open up dialogue between police practitioners, policymakers, and the public on the critical issues of policing today.  The On Policing series will capture the invaluable knowledge and perspectives that police practitioners gain as they advance through their careers while they are still “on-the-job”, and it will provide a forum for critical discussion on the topics presented.

In the first essays to be published, San Bernardino (CA) PD Chief Jarrod Burguan and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon discuss the December 2015 terror attack and offer lessons on how other law enforcement practitioners can prepare for similar events.

Under the best of circumstances, many times the knowledge gained from experiences such as San Bernardino and other less high-profile policing situations remains local in that jurisdiction.  It can be diluted with the passage of time unless captured in a meaningful way. Rarely does anyone intentionally capture what police chiefs and other officers learned during their careers.  The Police Foundation aims to change this situation through this essay series so all – especially those separated by mitigating factors of time and distance – can benefit from both lessons learned and critical discussion about a variety of policing issues.

To read and take part in On Policing, click here or visit


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