News & Announcements

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


Executive Fellow Henry Stawinski III Confirmed as Chief of Police for Prince George’s County (MD)

Stawinski, Hank_8x10The Police Foundation is pleased to share that Executive Fellow and current Prince George’s County (MD) Interim Chief of Police, Henry Stawinski III, was confirmed on February 17, 2016 as the new Chief of Police for the Department. Chief Stawinski has served as Deputy Chief for the department since September 11, 2011.

As he named Interim Chief Stawinski to the position of Chief, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said, “He is a 23 year veteran of the department and has served admirably as Deputy Chief under Chief Magaw. He is commander of the Bureau of Patrol, PGPD’s chief crime data analyst, director of PGPD’s community policing, public relations, and communications efforts. In addition, Deputy Chief Stawinski has served as the top liaison for the police department and public safety for our Transforming Neighborhoods initiative.”

Chief Stawinski joined the Prince George’s County Police Department in 1992, following in the footsteps of his father who also served in the department. The Police Foundation congratulates Chief Stawinski on his appointment and looks forward to working closely with him in the future.

Police Foundation and Major Cities Chiefs Association Issue Joint Statement on Proposal to Change Firearms Regulations

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 10.32.20 AMOn February 9, 2016, the Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association issued a joint statement regarding the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002), introduced in the United States Senate in August of 2015 by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).  While the Police Foundation applauds Congressional action and leadership in addressing America’s mental health challenges, and supporting critical programs such as the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and other funding programs that provide support for crisis intervention teams and related strategies, we expressed serious concerns with the provisions of the bill related to access to firearms, which would appear to weaken current restrictions designed to protect individuals from gun violence. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on February 10th entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Mental Health and the Justice System” where the bill was discussed. Click here to see the joint statement issued by the Police Foundation and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Nominations

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 10.33.04 AMEvery day, law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect American citizens and communities. While in the line of duty, officers constantly encounter situations which require them to engage in exceptional acts of bravery. To honor these individuals, Congress enacted the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008, which created the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery (CBOB). Each year, medals are awarded by the U.S. Attorney General and presented by Congressional representatives to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers for their courageous acts.

Exemplary acts of bravery from previous recipients range from Deputy Arturo Ramirez’s instinctive response of entering a burning building and saving three lives, to Officer German Rodriguez’s off-duty actions of spoiling a fleeing bank robber, to Officer Anna Carrizales’ dedication to protecting her community, chasing down three criminals after being shot twice. These are only a mere few examples of the countless acts of bravery our law enforcement officers display every time they put on a uniform.

The Police Foundation encourages you to nominate any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer that is deserving of the CBOB for their courageous acts in the line of duty. You can recognize these outstanding individuals by visiting the website before February 15, 2016.

The Police Foundation Releases Infographic on Police Use of Force

UOF Infographic News ItemPolice use of force is governed by a complex set of laws, legal precedents, and policies. While a topic of considerable concern to the community, it is not well understood. Today, the Police Foundation adds to the discussion by releasing an infographic intended to educate the public by visually describing the complex considerations that determine when police use of force is lawful, even when it may appear otherwise.

The infographic, entitled When Can the Police Use Force – and What Happens When They Do?, points out that use-of-force is governed by laws at the federal and local levels, and its justification is dependent on the reasonable perspective of the involved officers at the very moment force was used—not on thoughtful, retrospective examination and questioning. Articulating and explaining this information to the public is critical because these incidents bring challenging and complex considerations that are often not apparent to the public. With this infographic, the public can be better informed about when the police can use force and how police are held accountable for use-of-force situations. The infographic is available here.

Executive Fellow Sylvia Moir Named New Police Chief for Tempe (AZ) Police Department

Moir 042 300dpiPolice Foundation Executive Fellow, and current El Cerrito (CA) Police Chief Sylvia Moir, has been named Tempe (AZ) Police Department’s next chief of police after an extensive national search. The official announcement came last Friday, January 29, from Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching. In a statement, Chief Moir said, “I am excited and honored to join the Tempe team.”

With more than 27 years in law enforcement, including service with the Sacramento Police Department and the Menlo Park (CA) Police Department, Chief Moir brings a wealth of law enforcement and leadership experience to her new position in Tempe. The Police Foundation is very excited for Chief Moir and for the citizens of Tempe on her selection. We look forward to the positive impact she will have in partnership with the citizens of Tempe. To read local news coverage of her selection, please click here.

NLEOMF Seeking Innovative Officer Safety and Wellness Programs

DZ_graphic_tagline_2-fwThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is seeking nominations of officer safety and wellness programs as part of Destination Zero—a program dedicated to eliminating officer injuries and fatalities. If your agency is currently engaged in a program that promotes and improves officer traffic safety, general safety, or overall wellness, please consider submitting to help other law enforcement agencies. It only takes a minute to nominate here.

Innovative safety and wellness programs submitted by December 31, 2015 will have the chance to win a 2016 National Officer Safety and Wellness Award during National Police Week in May 2016. In addition, award winners and finalists will be featured on Destination Zero’s website. To learn more about Destination Zero or to submit a program for recognition, please visit

We applaud the Law Enforcement Memorial for its great work, and we applaud the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for supporting the effort! As a result of their work, more agencies, officers, coworkers and families will be better supported.

Journal of Quantitative Criminology publishes Dr. Amendola’s study on Site Variance in Lineup Type

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The Role of Site Variance in the American Judicature Society Field Study Comparing Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups

Congratulations to Dr. Karen L. Amendola, Chief Behavioral Scientist at the Police Foundation for her recently published article with colleague Dr. John Wixted from the University of California, San Diego. The article titled “The Role of Site Variance in the American Judicature Society Field Study Comparing Simultaneous and Sequential Lineups” was published December 2015 in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

For more information on the findings, visit the Journal of Quantitative Criminology or contact Dr. Amendola.

Omnibus Bill Shows Strong Support for Policing Innovation

The Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee introduced a $55.7 billion FY 16 omnibus bill to support collaborative reform, community trust initiatives, and Smart Policing. After law enforcement budget cuts for the last few years, this bill represents a much-needed boost to innovation, reform, evaluation, and evidence-based strategies in policing. Specifically, the bill calls for $10 million for collaborative reform, $70 million for community trust initiatives, and $5 million toward Smart Policing. This robust omnibus appropriations bill portrays a true bipartisan understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing law enforcement today.

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