Police Foundation Vice President Jim Burch named to Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame

burch picThe Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University in Virginia has named Jim Burch, Police Foundation Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, to the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame.  The nomination of Burch was submitted in light of his leadership and work at the Department of Justice, where he encouraged and instilled a reliance on evidence in the development of national crime reduction programs and practices.

Burch joined the Police Foundation in January and since then has directed the development of a comprehensive evidence-based review of public safety strategies in Wilmington, DE for the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission. He is currently leading the development of the Public Safety Open Data Portal, which will provide centralized access to open datasets released by law enforcement agencies nationwide, including agencies participating in the White House Police Data Initiative.

Burch concluded his 20 year career at the U.S. Department of Justice, by serving as the Acting Assistant Director at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) (2014-2015), the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (2011-2014) and the Acting Director of DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (2009-2011).  In these roles, Mr. Burch led the development of many national DOJ programs that were grounded in data, science, and research, established collaborative partnerships with DOJ’s National Institute of Justice and its Bureau of Justice Statistics, developing joint research and development programs and using statistical data to guide and improve federal funding outcomes.

Also named as a new member of the Hall of Fame is Executive Fellow Tony Farrar, who is Chief of the Rialto Police Department. Farrar conducted one of the first evidence-based studies of police body cameras, which was published last year in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology by Cambridge University.

The Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame recognizes innovative law enforcement practitioners who have been central to the implementation of a high quality research program in their agency and also are relentless champions of institutionalizing evidence-based practices. Those honored are recognized for not only helping make high-quality police scholarship possible but also advancing significant reforms in policing by utilizing science in their decision making.

Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, was selected as a member of the Hall of Fame in 2010 for his work in using evidence-based practices and community-based policing while Chief of the Redlands Police Department.

Other Hall of Fame honorees from the Police Foundation include Executive Fellow Hassan Aden, former Chief of the Greenville Police Department and current Director of Research at the International Association of Chiefs of Police; Policing Fellow Sergeant Renee Mitchell of the Sacramento Police Department; and Hubert Williams, former president of the Police Foundation.

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