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The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has identified best practices on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force; developing community policing and problem-oriented policing; using technologies to deliver police services to the community; and evaluating crime reduction strategies.

The association’s position is that officers should be permitted to review BWC recordings before they are required to give a statement or write a report
Recommendations include re-examining hiring processes, updating hiring standards and offering recruitment incentives such as take-home vehicles
I strongly recommend every administrator, trainer, supervisor and field training officer read this report, which will help police academies chart a course for the future
PERF, COPS Office, NHTSA and the Pursuits Working Group wrote guidance for law enforcement when developing or revising their vehicle pursuit policies
“You can get a suspect another day, but you can’t get a life back,” Executive Director Chuck Wexler said
The new curriculum teaches cops how to recognize people in crisis and offers communication tactics
The department’s strategic plan, which was launched in 2019, aims to reduce social harms, including mental health issues, substance abuse and fear of crime
Currently, women make up 12% of sworn officers. The 30x30 Initiative is trying to change that
Wexler has said PERF will not “reinvent the wheel” in Atlanta, but rather will facilitate discussions between APD brass and leading experts in the field
The ICAT training program may well be the only model of de-escalation empirically shown to have a meaningful impact
Cities are looking to engage their communities in an open and transparent selection process
“We’re getting hit hard in our communications bureau, as well as our patrol division.”
Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief and U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer discusses the unique issues facing Capitol police officers
“Without mandating the vaccine when it becomes available, we will not be able to provide the service to our community.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms has vowed to reform the agency’s use-of-force policy and bolster de-escalation training
Police executives from three cities in states where election results are expected to be close discuss their preparations for November 3
PERF survey finds a third of respondents had a higher number of resignations and retirements this year than the same time frame in the past five years
From COVID-19 to civil unrest, police departments nationwide face unprecedented challenges
The applicant shortage is not a short-term issue that can be resolved by agencies relying solely on traditional recruitment methods
Police agencies are on the frontline of this crisis – here are 10 steps all chiefs and sheriffs need to take
Policies, training and specialized units focusing on homelessness have an increased presence in police agencies compared to 1993 numbers
When considering best practices, law enforcement models of the past do not provide solutions for today’s problems
The bottom line is this: We cannot arrest our way out of this problem
PERF’s new report provides in-depth analysis for police agencies on how to combat the growing threat