Conference General: NIJ Saturday Session

Budgets are getting tighter, and leaders are expecting great things from you. Sound familiar? Then you are keenly aware of how important it is to make choices and investments that produce the most effective policies and practices.

With that in mind, the IACP and the National Institute of Justice  – the U.S. Department of Justice’s research and evaluation agency – have created a special full-day plenary on cutting edge policing research and technology. “NIJ Saturday Session: What Works and What Matters in Policing” will feature robust discussions between law enforcement leaders who tell you how they are using research to make wise decisions. Panelists at the Saturday session will explore the evidence about what works in a range of challenging situations.

The sessions begin at 9 a.m today and last until 3 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Lineup for Saturday:

Reducing Traffic-Related Officer Injuries:  New findings have revealed a number of factors that lead to law enforcement vehicle crashes and injuries. Researchers will discuss what you can do to mitigate risk and increase officer safety.  Law enforcement executives will discuss innovative practices to increase traffic safety and inspire culture agency-wide culture change.

Domestic Radicalization: Trends, Ideology, and Preventing Violent Extremism in Our Communities: We are starting to understand more and more about domestic radicalization and violent extremism. Researchers, federal officials, and police executives will explain the issues and the things law enforcement can do to implement community-level responses to prevent and mitigate radicalization in their jurisdictions.

Technology: Tools for Working Smarter, Safer, and Cheaper: Experts will present the newest and most promising NIJ-funded technology, including a project to optimize the use of video technology to improve criminal justice outcomes, an effort to identify the most effective lighting and marking for emergency vehicles to prevent accidents, and projects related to low-cost unmanned aircraft.  

 Keeping our Communities Safe:  Increasing Firearm Safety through Research and Technology: Police practitioners and researchers will discuss what we know works to reduce gun violence in our communities, what we need to know in order to increase safety, and innovative practices law enforcement agencies can implement to better trace and interdict illegal gun transfers in their jurisdiction.

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Conference General: What to Eat While at IACP 2014

As our guests make their way to Orlando over the next few days, the question might come up about where to eat in-between sessions.  Since IACP staff is already here, we have done the research for you.

Opening Friday:

  • Florida Citrus Grill: Florida inspired salads and sandwiches. Located on Level 2.
  • Hill of Beans Café: Fresh brewed coffee, barista inspired specials, assorted pastries, muffins, and breakfast breads. Located on Level 2.
  • Coffee Carts: Multiple locations. Level 1 near registration. Level 2 outside the Expo Hall A1. The Level 2 stand opens on Saturday.

Opening Sunday:

  • Florida Surf & Turf: Salads, sandwiches, and entrees with unique regional flavors. Located on Level 2.
  • Little Italy: An Italian restaurant located in the Expo Hall with various Italian themed carts around the Convention Center.
  • Cuban Café: Expo Hall Restaurant with various Cuban themed carts around the Convention Center.
  • Food Carts will also be located throughout the Convention Center and Expo Hall
    • Pita Hut
    • Sandwich Zone
    • Crepe Factory
    • Pretzels
    • Taste of Asia
    • Café New Orleans

Don’t forget to download the IACP2014 App for maps and complete information about the conference. See you all this weekend!

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Conference Event: Forum on Using Data to Fight Crime

On Tuesday, October 28th, the IACP, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center, is hosting a forum on effective ways to use data to address local public safety trends.

The session, Using Data to Fight Crime: Leveraging the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center’s Data-Driven Technical Assistance to Create Safer Communities, will discuss how communities at the state, local, and tribal level have aligned local resources and data to create safer communities.

Representatives from the Diagnostic Center will facilitate an informational open house featuring Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock speaking on how Fayetteville, NC is utilizing technical assistance to rebuild collective efficacy and social cohesion in the local community.

We encourage you to include this forum held Tuesday, October 28th, 10am-11:30am in room W303ABC on your conference agenda.

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Conference Event: Open Forum on Reducing the Trust Deficit with Communities of Color

On Sunday, October 26th, the IACP will hold an open forum on Reducing the Trust Deficit with Communities of Color at IACP’s Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL.

Many law enforcement agencies confront a “trust deficit” with a range of racial and ethnic cultures in their communities. The situation presents a continuum of concern for police, ranging from inability to maximize service obligations, to resistance or even refusal of communities of color to partner in public safety activity, to outright fear of and hostility toward law enforcement officers.

Through facilitated discussion, participants will explore barriers, implicit and overt, to building respectful relationships between law enforcement and communities of color. Participants are encouraged to speak candidly with their peers about challenges, successes, and concerns. The forum will culminate in a discussion of what resources would be most beneficial to law enforcement leaders as they think about reducing the trust deficit in their community.

This session will be restricted to sworn law enforcement (no media will be permitted). Space in this session is limited.

We encourage you to include the open forum held Sunday, October 26th from 8:30am-10:30am in room W306AB on your conference agenda.

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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

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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 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 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, 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 today! Contact Tracy Phillips at 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

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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 or contact the Center staff at

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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 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

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