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Jim Bueermann

Chief Jim Bueermann

Chief Jim Bueermann (ret.) has spent more than four decades in policing. He is the president of the Future Policing Institute (FPI) which he founded in 2019 as a vehicle for advancing future policing that is effective, empathetic and just. He served as the president of the National Police Foundation (now the National Policing Institute) in Washington, DC., from 2012 through the end of 2018. From 1978 until 2011 he served with the Redlands Police Department (RPD) in Southern California. For the last 13 years of his career with the RPD, he was the police chief and director of housing, recreation, senior services and code enforcement.

It is the uncertainty about the future that served as the impetus for the Future Policing Institute and its Center on Policing and Artificial Intelligence (COP-AI). A central tenet of the Institute is the belief that: 1) it is better to control our own destiny than to passively allow external forces or events to do so; and 2) that by using foresight and strategic thinking it is possible to dramatically increase the odds that we’ll realize the future we desire. The Institute and its Center on AI can be found at

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