WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. law enforcement leaders strongly support measures to protect communities by keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a risk to themselves and others, such as universal background checks and gun violence restraining orders to remove firearms temporarily from those in crisis due to mental illness or domestic violence.
These are among findings of a new report from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a research and membership organization of executives from state and local law enforcement agencies.
The full report can be found at http://www.policeforum.org/assets/gunpolicyreport2015.pdf.
The findings are based on two research components: a survey of member police executives from more than 250 agencies, and regional summits in Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. The summits were attended by approximately 200 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, mayors, researchers, and public health officials offering strategies for reducing gun crimes.
"One theme comes through loud and clear in our report: We must find a way to 'de-politicize' gun crime issues and talk about gun crime as a public health matter," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of PERF. "There are common-sense measures that can be taken to make it more difficult for felons and dangerously mentally ill persons to acquire firearms. Local police chiefs and mayors, working with federal ATF officials, also are developing innovative programs under existing laws, such as Crime Gun Intelligence Centers, which help police process ballistic and crime gun trace evidence quickly in order to identify suspects and build cases against violent offenders."
The PERF project, supported by the Joyce Foundation, found that most of the participating law enforcement executives are strongly united on major gun violence prevention policy issues:
The Police Executive Research Forum 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, evaluating crime reduction strategies, and other issues. To learn more, please visit www.policeforum.org.
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