Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)
In September 2012, Jim Bueermann was appointed as the president of the Washington, DC-based Police Foundation. Founded in 1970, the Police Foundation is America’s oldest non-partisan, non-profit police research organization. The mission of the Police Foundation is “to advance policing through innovation and science.”
He worked for the Redlands Police Department for 33 years, serving in every unit within the department and retired in the summer of 2011. He was appointed Chief of Police and Director of Housing, Recreation and Senior Services in 1998. From June 2011 until September 2012 he served as an Executive Fellow with the US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice and a Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy.
As a police chief, he developed a holistic approach to community policing and problem solving that consolidated housing and recreation services into the police department and was based on risk and protective factor research into adolescent problem prevention. This strategy was recognized as one of the country’s 25 most innovative programs in the 2000 Innovations in American Government program sponsored by Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Jim was the first police chief inducted as an Honorary Fellow into 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 on policing advisory boards at Cambridge University and George Mason University, was appointed by US Attorney General Eric Holder to the US Department of Justice’s Science Advisory Board and serves on the the FBI National Academy’s Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences Panel on Proactive Policing and served on the Academies Roundtable on Crime Trends and Stanford University’s Executive Session on Correctional Realignment. In addition, he works extensively in the field of community policing, evidence based crime control strategies and innovative technologies.
He is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, the FBI National Academy and the California Command College.