Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Community Awareness

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are highlighting innovative responses to domestic violence and community efforts of three police departments. The third agency to be highlighted is the Apache Junction Police Department (Arizona).

Every year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Apache Junction Police Department takes part in a candlelight vigil to remember those who have been lost to domestic violence. The department members stand in solidarity with community members to support families and friends of victims. As part of the ceremony, speakers will present information on the realities of domestic violence and raise awareness about the crime.

This year, Apache Junction Police Chief Tom Kelly will serve as emcee of the event. Dr. Neil Websdale, Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative and professor at Northern Arizona University, will speak at the ceremony as well as the mayor and city council members. In addition to the speakers, the vigil will include cut-out silhouettes representing individuals lost to domestic violence. At the end of the program, the names of those lost in Apache junction and Pinal County (Arizona) will be read out loud and there will a moment of silence.

To promote awareness throughout the month, the department will decorate trees in front of the police station and city hall with purple ribbons.

For more information about the Apache Junction Police Department’s DVAM efforts, contact Chief Thomas E. Kelly at tkelly@AJCity.Net. Chief Kelly is a graduate of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. For more information on IACP training opportunities and resources on violence against women visit http://www.iacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.

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New Police Chief Mentoring Project Seeking Mentors

Are you a new chief looking for guidance or an experienced chief with wisdom to share?

Copy of CRW_3562Being a police chief comes with unique responsibilities and challenges, and having an experienced mentor who has been through these same challenges can make a big difference in a new police chief’s transition. The IACP New Police Chief Mentoring Project is a cost-free professional development opportunity that connects experienced and newer chiefs for formal short-term or problem-oriented mentoring.

Benefits for New Chiefs:

  • Expands professional expertise and camaraderie
  • Increases their likelihood for success
  • Helps avoid pitfalls and provides learning through real-life examples
  • Builds confidence through achievements
  • Provides counsel, support, and encouragement to excel

Benefits for Mentors:

  • Provides a personally rewarding experience of helping develop new talent
  • Offers great satisfaction in seeing a new chief succeed
  • Generates creativity by obtaining varying perspectives from the new chiefs
  • Improves skills and techniques learned through the experience and training
  • Is valued by organizations and respected by colleagues

Ready to sign up?

Will you be in Orlando for the IACP Annual Conference? A New Policing Chief Mentoring Registration Station will be available in the Smaller Agency Certificate Track Room W110B. Stop in to talk to program staff and learn more about this opportunity.

Or sign up online today through the Discover Policing Mentor Board! Visit http://mentorboard.jobtarget.com/dpo to register and create your profile as a mentor or mentee, highlighting your agency size and type, professional experience, and mentoring needs. You can then search the database for matches that meet your skills, needs, interests, or location and contact them through the site to get started.

For more information, contact Jennifer Styles at styles@theiacp.org or 1-800-THE-IACP, ext 804.

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IACP Introduces Virtual Police Ride-Along Career Exploration Tool

What if potential police recruits could “test drive” the job before they apply?

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released a unique career exploration resource designed to do just that. The IACP/Discover Policing Virtual Police Ride-Along is a first-of-its-kind realistic job preview for law enforcement — a tool to aid job seekers in assessing their fit to the profession of community policing.

A realistic job preview is a concept from the field of industrial/organizational psychology wherein potential job applicants are provided information on the positive and negative bloggraphicaspects of a job. Armed with this deeper understanding of what a job truly entails, candidates are better able to able to gauge their interest and future success in a field and make more informed decisions about moving forward with the application process. Results can save time and effort for both the applicant and the hiring agency.

The IACP/Discover Policing Virtual Police Ride-Along is a series of 10 animated videos depicting scenarios common to police work, with a focus on service orientation and community policing. Viewers watch each scenario and answer corresponding questions designed to gauge their fit to the law enforcement profession. At the end, viewers get diagnostic feedback along with an evaluation of how their work values and interests align with officers in the field today.

The Virtual Police Ride-Along is a great tool for police agencies to use in information sessions with potential recruits or citizen’s police academies. Educators and career counselors will find it useful as a basis for classroom discussions on the nature of police work.

The Virtual Ride-Along is part of the IACP’s flagship police recruitment and career exploration website, www.discoverpolicing.org. The Discover Policing website offers comprehensive information about careers in law enforcement, a full-featured job board, agency directory, and an integrated mentoring center. The goal of Discover Policing is to provide a nationwide platform for police recruitment that emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and an accurate portrayal of policing as a professional career option. Log onto www.discoverpolicing.org today! Contact Tracy Phillips at phillips@theiacp.org for more information.

Special thanks to the following agencies for lending staff time and talent to this project:

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2014 August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award Winners

Each year the IACP Forensic Science Committee recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system and seeks to acknowledge pioneering efforts in this field. The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award was created to honor proactive, innovative uses of forensic technologies by law enforcement.

This year three awards will be presented for ground-breaking use of existing or new forensic technologies and investigative uses of forensic science. The winners of this year’s awards are: 1.) the Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division, Serology/DNA Unit for Current or Past Contribution by a Police Agency in Forensic Science, 2.) the U.S. Army, Defense Forensic Science Center for Significant Investigative Value in a Major Crime, and 3.) Mr. Robert A. Walsh, President and CEO, Forensic Technology, Inc. for Innovation in Forensic Technology by an Individual. The winners are commended for their dedication and commitment to advancing the investigative and evidentiary uses of forensic services. Awards will be presented to the winners at IACP’s Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

For more information on The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award, please click here. For more information about the Forensic Science Committee, please contact Committee Co-Chair Stephanie Stoiloff at slstoiloff@mdpd.com.

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IACP Executive Roundtable on Police Officer Suicide

The physical and mental well-being of all law enforcement professionals has always been an important priority for the IACP. While there are no definitive numbers on suicides among law enforcement officers in the United States, annual estimates put the figure at approximately twice the number of officers killed by felonious assault or traffic-related injury.

In June 2014, the IACP and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides, to provide guidance and tangible strategies for law enforcement executives on how to address these issues within their departments. Report findings emerged from a 2013 IACP national symposium on officer suicide and mental health which brought together law enforcement and mental health practitioners to discuss contemporary strategies for suicide prevention and intervention, as well as protocols for post-incident response.

In an effort to build upon the findings of the report and continue the dialogue surrounding this important topic, the IACP will host an Executive Roundtable on Police Officer Suicide on Monday, October 27th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. as part of the 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando. Facilitated by Chief Edward Flynn of the Milwaukee, WI Police Department and Dr. John Violanti of the University of Buffalo, this discussion will provide a forum for law enforcement professionals to examine the important issue of officer suicide.

The IACP encourages all of those attending the Annual Conference to consider attending the Executive Roundtable on Police Officer Suicide. For more information on the IACP’s efforts to raise awareness on officer mental health and suicide, please visit the Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide page.

It is the IACP’s position that no injury to or death of a law enforcement professional is acceptable, and the IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness strives to improve awareness on all aspects of officer safety. To learn more and to share best practices pertaining to officer safety and wellness please visit http://www.iacp.org/CenterforOfficerSafetyandWellness or contact the Center staff at officersafety@theiacp.org.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Lethality Assessment Program

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are highlighting innovative responses to domestic violence and community efforts of three police departments. The second agency to be highlighted is the East Hartford Police Department (Connecticut).

In 2012, the East Hartford Police Department began the Lethality Assessment Pilot Program. This program was a collaborative effort between the Police Officers Standards and Training Council and the Connecticut Coalition Against Women Violence (CCADV), and was developed under the training and guidance of the Maryland Lethality Assessment Model created to reduce homicide and violence against women.

The program employs a two-pronged intervention process: the use of a research-based lethality screening tool on domestic violence calls, and the connection of victims directly to advocates for support and safety planning. Officers on the scene will capture the victim’s responses to questions on the assessment in order to determine the potential for further or escalation of violence. To help the victim address immediate safety needs, the officer will call the local domestic violence agency and encourage the victim to speak directly with an advocate. The East Hartford lethality assessment program is unique compared to other similar programs. If a high risk victim is identified, a detective is assigned to make an in-person visit with 72 hours to ensure the victim understands the details conveyed at the time of the assessment and knows how to follow-up with advocates and the court if necessary.

Recently, the department has moved the program from the pilot assessment to a permanent protocol for the response to domestic violence. Seven officers will soon be attending a train-the-trainer session in order to impart the details and procedures to the additional 125 sworn officers. The department is currently working with local universities and colleges to identify a researcher who will collect and assess pre and post lethality assessment program data.

For more information about the East Harford Police Department’s Lethality Assessment Program, contact Deputy Chief Beau Thurnauer at BThurnauer@easthartfordct.gov. Deputy Chief Thurnauer is a graduate of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. Also, be sure to read the Presidential Proclamation on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information on IACP training opportunities and resources on violence against women visit http://www.iacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.

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Conference Spotlight: Member Services Center

At IACP 2013 in Philadelphia, we introduced the Member Services Center, and we’re bringing it with us to Orlando for IACP 2014. Located in the West A/B lobby of the Orange County Convention Center – West Building, members of the IACP staff will be on hand to attend to your questions about membership in the IACP, whether you’re a current, new, or potential member!

If you were wondering what the IACP looks like on the inside, the Member Services Center is the perfect place to stop by. Experienced staff members will guide you through the different divisions, committees and sections of the IACP, benefits of membership, and how to maximize your membership’s potential. Learn more about our members-only program, IACPreferred, which offers discounts on auto insurance, vacations, car rentals, hotel reservations, and more.

The Member Services Center follows the same hours as registration for IACP 2014, allowing plenty of time to have all of your membership questions answered:

  • Friday, October 24, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday-Monday, October 25-27, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 28, from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

If you’re in the Expo Hall, visit IACP Programs & Services at Booth #2301 for more great resources and information about the IACP.

Remember, IACP 2014 is being held from October 25-28, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. Visit our conference website for more information at www.theIACPconference.org.

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Conference Spotlight: Public information Officers Section Track

Public InformationOfficersSectionTrack (2)Today we’re focusing on the Public Information Officers Section Track for the IACP 2014 Education blog series! Look for this icon on our conference website and mobile app to indicate Public Information Officers Section Track workshop.

You can’t go anywhere today and not see the news showing on televisions or in magazines and newspapers, so why not have your police department prepared to handle any press that might make the headlines? Fine-tune your public persona… and your online social media presence!

Learn how to improve your transparency while public safety events are happening by engaging with your citizens’ queries and providing the most up-to-date responses you can in “Engaging Your Community: Social Media as a Law Enforcement Philosophy.” Three social media experts, Shino Tanaka and Captain Chris Hsiung from the Mountain View Police Department, as well as Lieutenant (and IACP Fellow) Zach Perron from the Palo Alto Police Department, will help you create your social media policies.

Are you looking to fine-tune the way you run your press conferences? Dr. Glenn Corillo, a trainer and consultant in the field of communications, will interactively show you how to make the press work for you and not against you in his session “How to Effectively Construct and Conduct a News Conference.”

These, and other equally important workshops, are available in the Public Information Officers Track, which offers sessions throughout the entirety of IACP 2014 from October 25-28.

Don’t miss out on the numerous networking events held every day during IACP 2014, such as IACP’s Host Chief’s Night and the 121st Annual Banquet!

Need some questions answered? Visit the official conference website at http://www.theIACPconference.org.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Public Service Announcement

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are highlighting innovative responses to domestic violence and community efforts of three police departments.  The first agency to be highlighted is the Springfield Police Department (Missouri).

Springfield Police Department recently partnered with its local Family Violence Task Force to create a domestic violence awareness campaign. As a result of this collaboration, a public service announcement (PSA) was created aimed at increasing community awareness about the impact that domestic violence has on the community. The PSA also emphasizes the role community members have supporting victims by asking “Will you help?” and provides resources for individuals who suspect someone is being victimized. In addition to the PSA, Springfield Police Department conducted a printed awareness campaign that was disseminated throughout the area.

Springfield Police Department also collaborated with the Family Violence Task Force for the Task Force’s annual Stop the Violence Conference taking place on October 30th. During the conference, the Springfield Police Department will engage in community outreach and participate in breakout sessions about domestic violence, including a discussion of the department’s Lethality Assessment Program (LAP).

For more information about the Springfield Police Department’s public awareness campaign, the Stop the Violence Conference, or the department’s LAP, contact Chief Paul Williams at pfwilliams@springfieldmo.gov. Chief Williams is a graduate of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women. For more information on IACP training opportunities and resources on violence against women visit http://www.iacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.

Although DVAM is coming to a close, we encourage you to continue thinking about what you can do to build awareness about domestic violence and practices you can implement in your department and community to support the victims of violence. For more information on IACP training opportunities and resources on violence against women visit http://www.iacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.

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Conference Spotlight: Poster Sessions

PosterSessionsThe IACP 2014 Education blog series highlights nontraditional types of education opportunities in addition to classroom settings. Look for this icon on our conference website and app to indicate Poster Sessions.

For one day only on Tuesday, October 28, from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, in the West Hall A3 Lobby, the Poster Sessions are set up in a way that intentionally breaks that last wall between presenter and listener, facilitating one-on-one conversations. Topics at Poster Sessions cover a wide range of subjects and are delivered by the top experts in their fields.

From issues such as cell phone exploitation and active shooters, to the fields of officer wellness and drug abuse prevention, the Poster Sessions are the place to be after the Second General Assembly in the Valencia Ballroom. You can find a complete list of the presentations in our online conference program, so browse the list and come with questions prepared.

IACP 2014 is being held from October 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center – West Building in Orlando, Florida. Questions? Visit our annual conference website for more information at www.theIACPconference.org.

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