News Release

May 23, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine LaPaille, Director of Communications, o: 703-824-2693, m: 202-288-9354

CNA to Lead Initiative to Implement Recommendations of President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative Will Support 15 Police Agencies across the U.S.

Arlington, VA—CNA, in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and in cooperation with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), will lead an initiative to provide training and technical assistance to implement the recommendations and action items of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Final Report.

The initiative, Advancing 21st Century Policing, will support police agencies in: Albany, NY; Arlington, TX; Atlanta, GA; Camden, NJ; Columbia, SC; Doral, FL; Gun Lake Tribe (MI); Hennepin County, MN; Indio, CA; Kewaunee County, WI; Louisville, KY; Lowell, MA; San Antonio, TX; South Dakota Highway Patrol and Tucson, AZ.

The White House is sponsoring a kick-off event for the initiative today which will include remarks from Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States.

Task Force recommendations cover six main areas: building trust and legitimacy; policy and oversight; technology and social media; community policing and crime reduction; officer training and education and officer safety and wellness.

Project director James CHIPS Stewart, senior advisor Dr. James Chip Coldren, and project manager Dr. Laura Kunard of CNA’s Safety and Security (SAS) division will lead the initiative. SAS is a national leader in supporting homeland security, public safety, and emergency operations at all levels of government. SAS uses research and analysis to deliver solutions to first responders, emergency managers and homeland security professionals that improve decision-making during crisis operations and support the development of risk-management policy, planning and operations.

"With our extensive experience in working with police agencies across the U.S. on community engagement, smart policing and police reform, we’re uniquely qualified to lead this initiative," said CNA’s James CHIPS Stewart. "It’s an important initiative and we look forward to working with local agencies to implement the recommendations from the President’s Task Force."

Throughout the initiative, CNA’s technical assistance team will go on site to meet with members of local police departments, city governments and community stakeholders to discuss how best to implement the task force recommendations. After assessing the capacities of each site, CNA analysts will develop a series of action plans tailored to each location that includes coaching, problem solving and training and technical assistance resources.

After the initiative is completed, the CNA study team will produce a 21st Century Policing Field Operations Guide that features lessons learned from the participating law enforcement agencies. The guide will also include case studies of each of the 15 participating agencies and serve as a "how to" resource for other cities.

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and classrooms, and working side-by-side with a wide array of government decision-makers around the world. In addition to defense-related matters for the U.S. Department of the Navy, CNA’s research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security, energy security, water resources, enterprise systems and data analysis, and education.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


Elizabeth Cutler
Sr Communications Specialist

John Stimpson
Communications Associate