Police Foundation Names Jim Bueermann President: New CEO is an Innovator in Bridging the Gap Between Police Research and Practice

Aug. 28, 2012

Congratulations to former Redlands, CA Chief Jim Bueermann on his selection to succeed Hubert Williams as president of the Police Foundation.  Jim is a good guy in addition to being an innovative police leader and thinker.

“WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Police Foundation Board of Directors announced today that Jim Bueermann, former chief of police in Redlands, CA, has been appointed president, effective September 17, 2012.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Jim Bueermann’s experience and caliber to lead the foundation,” said Board Chairman Weldon J. Rougeau. “Jim’s advocacy for evidence-based practice and support of researcher and practitioner partnerships has produced several key studies of crime and policing. He has been a leading advocate among chiefs for using research to make decisions around policy and practice.”

“Rougeau added, “In establishing the Police Foundation in 1970, the Ford Foundation intended for the new organization to become a force for constructive change in the police function. The police of America had never before had an independent focal point to which they could look for leadership and resources to help them strike out in new directions. Through the years, Ford sustained its commitment to the Police Foundation and in 1987 bestowed a generous endowment to the Police Foundation Third Decade Fund for Public Safety, ensuring the foundation’s continued ability to fulfill the mission Ford had envisioned. At this important time in the foundation’s 42-year history, Jim Bueermann brings precisely the kind of innovative thinking and leadership necessary to take the Police Foundation into its future.”

“Jim was the first police chief to be inducted as an honorary fellow in the Academy of Experimental Criminology and into the halls of fame at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and the School of Behavioral Science at California State University, San Bernardino. He is currently an executive fellow with the US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and a senior fellow at George Mason University.

“Bueermann succeeds Hubert Williams who announced his retirement in March 2012, after 27 years as foundation president. “We are grateful to have had Hubert’s knowledge, integrity, and leadership for the past 27 years. Under his leadership, the Police Foundation has helped lay the groundwork for significant improvement in the way police conduct their business in decades to come,” said Mr. Rougeau.”


About stephenomeara

My name is Jim Jordan. I have had the privilege of working with the Boston Police Department and hundreds more departments over my nearly 30-year career in police administration and city government. I am now teaching and consulting independently at www.sergeantsleadership.org. I have learned the best of what I know from the thousands of smart, dedicated and ethical police personnel and scholars who have guided me along the way. My address is named for the great Reform commissioner of the Boston Police at the turn of the 20th century. Commissioner O'Meara died just a short while before the Strike in 1919. He was replaced by a vicious puppet (of Gov. Coolidge) named Edwin U. Curtis. Had O'Meara lived events may have turned out quite differently.
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