Police Foundation Releases Timely Essay Series, On Policing, Starting With San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

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Essays Aim To Stimulate Conversation, Share Knowledge For Greater Understanding Among Law Enforcement and Public

On Policing Essay Series

The essays are intended to get law enforcement and the people they are paid to protect to think together about policing in America.”

Lessons learned from the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA will lead off a new essay series by the Police Foundation, the Washington, DC-based non-profit dedicated to advancing policing through innovation.

This timely new essay series called On Policing 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 released by the Police Foundation, 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.

“On Policing fills the opinion sharing gap between casual, face-to-face discussions and more formal, professional academic articles,” said Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation. “The essays are intended to stimulate thought and conversation among members of the public who have very limited understanding of the true nature of policing, but above all, the essays are intended to get law enforcement and the people they are paid to protect to think together about policing in America.”

Upcoming essay topics include law enforcement’s role when interacting with the mentally ill, building trust between police and the community, and shifting from a warrior mindset to a guardian mindset within law enforcement. You can view the first On Policing essays by visiting http://www.policefoundation.org/onpolicing/ or http://www.onpolicing.org.

About the Police Foundation
The Police Foundation is a non-profit, independent, and non-partisan organization that has been advancing policing through innovation and science for 45 years. For more information on the Foundation’s efforts, please visit http://www.policefoundation.org.


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