2015 IACP/American Military University Civilian Law Enforcement Military Cooperation Award Winners

The IACP Civilian Law Enforcement Military Cooperation Committee (CLEMCC) is proud to announce the winners for this year’s 2015 IACP/American Military University (AMU) CLEMCC award which recognizes excellence in law enforcement cooperation between civilian and law enforcement bodies in developing innovative joint efforts promoting public safety for both military and civilian communities.

This year’s winners are the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the U.S. Army Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) for their submission of the Former Military Registration and Military Outreach Program. The program came about in 2014 after the USMS identified the military as an at-risk population and recognized the need for enhanced sex offender investigations, information sharing, and working relationships. Understanding the importance of cooperative joint efforts with non-military entities and the significance of establishing clear practices and procedures for sex offender registration compliance and non-compliance, the OPMG willingly and openly worked with the USMS to come up with goals and set strategy for the program. The program was such a success, that earlier this year the Department of Defense (DOD) established policy for the identification, notification, and monitoring of sex offenders who are affiliated with the DOD.

In addition, CLEMCC would like to recognize honorable mention recipients, Glendale, Arizona, Police Department and the 56th Medical Operations Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona for their submission of Joint Efforts of Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse.

All award recipients will be recognized and presented awards at the annual CLEMCC meeting during the 2015 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Finally, thank you to the following agencies for taking the time to submit entries: Luke Air Force Base-56th Fighter Wing and the El Mirage, Arizona, Police Department; Fort Hood-1st Cavalry Division, Harker Heights, Texas, Police Department, and the Killeen, Texas, Police Department; United States Coast Guard, Department of the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Durham, New Hampshire, Police Department; U.S. Army Reserve 423rd Military Police Company and the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department; Florida Employer Support for Guard and Reserve and the Florida Highway Patrol; Idaho National Guard and the Boise, Idaho, Police Department; South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Highway Patrol; Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 211 and the Lowndes County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office

For more information on The IACP Civilian Law Enforcement Military Cooperation Committee and the IACP CLEMCC/AMU Award, please visit the IACP CLEMCC webpage.

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IACP 2015 Public Information Officers Track – An Attendee Perspective

Guest blogger: Lieutenant Zach Perron, Palo Alto, California, Police Department

Public_InfoAre you coming to Chicago this fall for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition (IACP 2015)? If you’re a police chief, a public information officer, and/or a social media manager for your agency, you should register now – the Public Information Officers (PIO) Section Track has an amazing line-up of instructional workshops this year!

IACP 2015 will be my sixth consecutive IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, and in that time, I’ve attended virtually every class offered in the PIO Section Track. I’ve found that these classes are taught by a group of experienced, motivated, successful veteran personnel who want to help by sharing their expertise. It’s a remarkably positive learning environment. The experiences I’ve had since Orlando in 2010 have helped to turn me into a successful, knowledgeable public information officer who now has a network of professional contacts across the world. No other police training conference is able to provide that on the huge, global scale of the IACP, which now has more than 25,000 members worldwide.

Even beyond the benefits to me personally, my agency has profited from the training I’ve received at the IACP Annual Conference. By learning from speakers from around the world and agencies large and small alike, we’ve been able to glean the contemporary best practices in crisis communications, public relations, and social media strategy. We’ve been able to completely remake our public affairs program, incorporating those best practices along the way, and have transformed our agency’s reputation and standing in our community as a result.IACP TV

The networking aspect of the relationships formed at the IACP Annual Conference cannot be overemphasized. As just one example, there’s a group of several dependable PIO friends I have from agencies of all different sizes in different regions of the country who routinely bounce ideas and problems off of each other via e-mail and the occasional phone call. The ability to gain their diverse insights into a particular issue from a multitude of perspectives and backgrounds, just with a simple e-mail or phone call, is amazing.

Here’s a blurb about just three of the twelve PIO Section Track sessions being offered this year:

  • Improving and Maintaining Successful Community Partnerships: Marketing Our Agencies in the Post-Ferguson Era. Now more than ever, law enforcement must do everything possible to create and foster partnerships with the community. See examples of progressive and practical programs to assist in those endeavors.
  • Social Media Boot Camp. Learn social media tips and tricks from two police departments in the heart of Silicon Valley in this fast-paced workshop. Avoid the many common online mistakes that agencies often make, and borrow marketing tips from the private sector.
  • Tips and Tricks to Know If Your Social Media Efforts Are Working. Your department may be actively posting on social media, but is it working? Learn the importance of measuring your social media efforts, how to maximize your effectiveness, and explore available tools to make your job easier.

For more information on all of the PIO Section Track workshop offerings, as well as more than 200 other educational sessions available at this year’s conference, visit www.theiacpconference.org. I hope to see you in Chicago on October 24!

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – #WhyIWearTheBadge at #IACP2015

This post is part of our ongoing, #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series.

Since the #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign was launched in May 2015, agencies around the world have taken to social media and have shared thousands of #WhyIWearTheBadge stories, images, and videos. Here on the IACP Blog we have showcased just a few of these great stories that capture the diversity and commitment of the law enforcement profession.

At the 2015 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition (IACP 2015), the campaign will continue with unique highlights and interactive features for attendees. These include:

#WhyIWearTheBadge Graffiti Wall: Don’t miss the opportunity to share your reason for wearing the badge by writing on the #WhyIWearTheBadge Graffitti Wall. With over 14,000 attendees, we can’t wait to see the display of responses.
Photo Op in IACP Central: Use message boards and step in front of the #WhyIWearTheBadge photo op to share your story and snap some pictures.
Videos from IACP and individual agencies: IACP is creating a video to highlight some of the amazing #WhyIWearTheBadge stories that have been shared over the past few months. This video will be shown during the Opening Ceremony. You can also watch the video, along with videos from law enforcement agencies, in IACP Central. Keep the #WhyIWearTheBadge postings coming, and you or your agency just might be featured in IACP’s video!
#WhyIWearTheBadge Walkway: Prominently displayed at conference will be a walkway full of large signs that feature the various submissions we have received throughout the campaign. Perhaps you will be featured or you may see someone you know!

You will not want to miss these #WhyIWearTheBadge features and the many opportunities available at IACP 2015. So register today! And, continue to share your #WhyIWearTheBadge posts, videos, and images on social media and you just may see your story highlighted at IACP 2015.

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Community Policing in Service in Saint Louis Park

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in community policing by police departments nationwide as part of IACP’s Community Policing: The Next Generation project. The project showcases modern, innovative, and cost-effective solutions to crime problems and public safety issues through collaboration and partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders in order to adapt community policing efforts. The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Guest blogger: Chief John Luse, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, Police Department

Over the past 15 years, our department and community have learned a great deal about the community policing model and philosophy. We moved from a triage and Band-Aids style of policing followed by a method that includes specialists and geographic ownership that focus on fixing it right the first time. Over the years, I have consistently helped my city manager, mayor, and the city council understand why the Scan, Analyze, Respond, and Assess (SARA) model and Broken Windows theory are important aspects of community policing.

My department and I learned over time to build the SARA and Broken Windows theory as well as Herman Goldstein’s core strategies for police into our operations. In the past 15 years our service delivery model has evolved from being a mile wide and an inch deep, to one that is two miles wide and two miles deep.

I have always laughed at the quote attributed to Einstein, “one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” We could not keep policing through the same model and expect different results. But, in the early years, we had to confront simple things like the language we used.

Some of you may remember the time when police officers used the term “in service” or “back in service” to indicate they were done with a call and back to left turns and right turns. We wanted officers to engage in one of Goldstein’s core strategies to think of the time between active calls as “in service.”

Our police officers and residents have a long history filled with examples of working together on neighborhood issues that affect quality of life. Our experiences with graffiti, panhandling, housing deterioration, crosswalk and pedestrian safety, and other issues have allowed us to build on real experiences versus hypotheticals. Our residents, police officers, and community leaders understand the real reduction in crime and disorder that can be achieved by a determined team effort. They understand that a “broken window” that is not repaired is, first and foremost, an invitation to break more “windows.”

My role as the police chief is simply to introduce our staff and state the reason for the community meetings that are held. I educate the community on why strong, organized neighborhoods are the backbone of a city where residents participate in what I like to call advanced citizenship. Our mission is so much broader than being the people you call when something bad happens. There is no crisis or crime epidemic in our community, which makes it the perfect time to talk about building relationships and deepening trust.

I did not believe that the transition to community policing had anything to do with resources, and secretly and idealistically thought we could even “do more with less.” Today, St. Louis Park has low crime rates and high quality of life by any standards. However, our city manager and council are supporting the need to hire additional police officers. They have taken the time to understand the different strategies and models for effective policing and what the terms “wider and deeper” mean in delivering services. The cost of not addressing quality-of-life issues effectively is much greater than the cost of expending the resources and time to increase the quality-of-life for the community.

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Bringing the Law Enforcement Voice to the Pretrial Justice Reform Conversation

Point of arrest decisions have a dramatic effect on the entire justice continuum, but at a time when significant pretrial justice reform discussions are happening nationally, law enforcement is often not part of the conversation. This week, IACP representatives and partners had the unique opportunity to share law enforcement perspective on pretrial justice issues by presenting three workshops at the 2015 National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Partners Workshop LE Breakout WardChief Mike Ward of the Alexandria, Kentucky, Police Department joined Commissioner Kevin Bouchey of Yakima County, Washington and Andy Fogle, Supervisor of the Division of Correction in Marion County, Indiana, to discuss forming partnerships to implement pretrial justice reforms. During a well-attended breakout session on law enforcement issues, we discussed how to initiate partnerships between local agencies, how to get buy-in from line level officers, and what practices are working well in local jurisdictions.

Chief Jeff Swoboda of the Elgin, Illinois, Police Department; Captain Dan Bresina of the Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office; and Joel Bishop, Manager of Mesa County, Colorado, Criminal Justice Services talked about strategies for reducing arrests through citation in lieu of arrest and risk assessment strategies.

VSC Presentation PanelIACP Victims Services Committee Chair Chief David Porter of the Dewitt, Iowa, Police Department and committee member Scott Snow, Director of the Victim Assistance Unit of the Denver, Colorado, Police Department, joined Judge Gregory Donat of the Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Superior Court and Allison Tapia, Pretrial Intake Supervisor for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, to share promising practices for ensuring that victims’ rights are a top priority during the pretrial phase. Their presentation was based on the IACP Victims Services Committee’s recently released briefing paper Law Enforcement’s Role in Supporting Victims Needs through Pretrial Justice Reform.

These three workshops covered just a few of the ways that law enforcement is getting involved with pretrial justice reform. Learn more about law enforcement’s leadership role promoting effective pretrial reform at http://www.theiacp.org/Pretrial-Justice-Reform-Initiative

What do you have to add to the pretrial justice reform conversation? Join us at the Pretrial Justice Reform Roundtable at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30am-11:30am in room W176BC.

For more information contact Jennifer Styles at styles@theiacp.org or 703-647-6804.

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – I Wear The Badge To Lead

This post is part of our ongoing #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series.

Chief Pic2 10-2013Guest blogger: Chief John Letteney, Apex, North Carolina, Police Department and IACP State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) General Chair

I, like most young recruits, originally pursued a career in law enforcement for idealistic reasons – to protect and serve, make a difference in the community, give back, etc. While some may believe those are overused terms, they continue to be at the core of what we do and, in a few short words, identify the opportunity we have to be part of the solution to what impacts our communities. I was drawn to the profession through my experience as a Law Enforcement Explorer and learned at a young age what “community policing” was, long before the term was embraced by police and community. The dedication of the officers I volunteered with challenged me, taught me and inspired me – some of those lessons I learned almost forty years ago formed the foundation of what I know to be “good police work” and that I still teach today. The overarching perspective was to be a guardian while serving the community and protecting life and property.

IMG_1827Police have the opportunity to enhance quality of life in a way that few other professions do. I saw that first hand, now as a police officer, as I handled calls for service and interacted with people during some of their most trying times. As I more fully realized the difference I could make, the help I could provide and the solutions I could bring to life’s problems, I also realized that I was only one officer and my impact was limited. I pursued promotion in part because I thought, as a sergeant, I could influence my squad to do what I was taught to do individually, but have a greater impact. And so, with every promotion, my span of influence increased and I had the opportunity to serve more people, solve more problems, enhance the quality of life for larger segments of the community and have an even bigger impact through the dedicated efforts of my team.

By guiding, teaching, mentoring, modeling, and leading, I have a great opportunity to influence the next generation of police officers to learn how to protect through the lens of service, to continuously improve individually and organizationally, and to recognize the opportunities to solve problems for the people with whom they interact; to take what I was taught, enhance it and pass it along.

The answer to Why I Wear The Badge has changed over the years, and now, as a Chief of Police, I wear the badge to lead.

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Thinking (and Learning) Outside the Box

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition educational opportunities don’t just take place inside the four walls of a classroom. With Learning Labs, Poster Sessions, and the Innovation Theatre, attendees are able to experience hands-on, visual, and innovative sessions that will get them thinking (and learning) outside the box.

Here is just a brief overview of what conference attendees can expect from these dynamic sessions.

Learning_LabLearning Labs – Learning Lab sessions provide attendees with a hands-on learning environment. Sessions are held in a special room with computer stations, allowing presenters to walk attendees through an interactive experience. There will be eight Learning Lab sessions held throughout the conference.


Poster Sessions – Featuring 18 visual presentations, the Poster Sessions are a great way to learn about a topic in a one-on-one setting with subject matter experts. The Poster Sessions are held simultaneously in the foyer of the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place West on Tuesday, October 27, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Innovation_TheaterInnovation Theatre – Experience education right on the Exposition Hall floor with the Innovation Theatre. These sessions are only 20 minutes in length and showcase innovative and cutting-edge processes and services. The Innovation Theatre sessions will run throughout the conference when the Exposition Hall is open.

With topics spanning across law enforcement subject matters, these sessions provide something interesting for all conference attendees.

Here are just a few sessions not to miss:

  • Reducing Force and Building Community Trust by Adopting Crisis Intervention and Social Interaction Training
  • The 8 Signs of Terrorism and Suspicious Activity Reporting

For more information about these sessions and the many other opportunities available at IACP 2015 visit the official conference website.

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IACP 2015 Smaller Agency Track – An Attendee Perspective

Zuidema_Portrait1Guest blogger: Chief Brandon Zuidema, Garner Police Department, North Carolina

Each year, the IACP conference offers a variety of training “tracks” at the annual conference, and the 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois will be no different. Focused on departments serving less than 50,000 residents, the Smaller Agency Track exists to develop and distribute resources to those of us in leadership positions in smaller agencies.

I’ve been fortunate to attend and present in conference training sessions and have found these sessions to be excellent opportunities to learn, to network, and – perhaps most importantly – to find chiefs and other leaders in circumstances similar to my own. I’ve been able to learn new ways to look at issues and concerns in my own department and across the police profession in areas such as leadership, supervisory liability, and being successful as a new chief. I’ve also been exposed to new programs, and I’ve had the opportunity to learn from others how to avoid common pitfalls in operational and personnel issues.

One aspect of my participation in the Smaller Agency Track that I have particularly appreciated is learning that programs and approaches I was considering have been successful in other agencies around the country. Although each community and department is unique, it is reassuring to find others with similar challenges and solutions. Having the opportunity to talk to other chiefs who have been successful has been both enlightening and rewarding.

If you are a leader in a smaller law enforcement agency and are unsure as to whether you will benefit from attending the IACP conference, trust me – you will. I consistently find that there are more sessions than I can realistically get to; in fact, I now bring another member of my command staff to the annual conference so we can “divide and conquer” in attending sessions.

Although I am looking forward to a long list of sessions this year, there are four that I feel are of particular note and are applicable across the board in smaller agencies:

1) Bridging the Generation Divide through Leadership – who among us is not challenged with finding a way to effectively communicate with, lead, and embrace the new generation of employees?
2) Grant Writing Fundamentals – as we all continue to deal with shrinking budgets and increasing responsibilities, the basics of grant writing become even more critical.
3) How to Improve Morale and Build Commitment in Smaller Agencies – we all struggle with the challenges of keeping employees engaged, motivated, and committed to today’s law enforcement mission, particularly in smaller agencies.
4) Selection Process for All Circumstances: Finding the Right Fit – don’t struggle on your own with the challenges of selecting the right employees for your department; learn tips and tools for making the best choice for your department.

Finally, if you’re on the fence about attending the IACP conference, I would encourage you to do so this year. With everything going on in our profession and the challenges we are facing, both old and new, we need now more than ever to expose ourselves to as much information as possible. Come to IACP 2015 and take advantage of the opportunities for seeing the latest trends in the Exposition Hall, joining in on the discussion to guide our profession on the national level, and participating in outstanding training, particularly in the Smaller Agency Track.

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – I Wear The Badge Because It Fills Me With Joy

This post is part of our ongoing #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series.

Guest blogger: Officer Johnny Vande Brake, Tualatin, Oregon, Police Department

Who am I? I have learned the public sees me in a variety of ways; the good, the bad and the ugly. Yet, I am a person who was molded, created and guided by two outstanding people who have instilled a wide variety of valuable layers. My parents didn’t know at the time, but they were teaching and preparing a young boy for a profession that is fun, exciting, challenging, dangerous and essential for this evil yet wonderful world we live in today.

IMG_2434My layers go deep, yet are simple expressions of who I am as a person, a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a daddy, and a police officer. I was given an opportunity to express, “Why I Wear The Badge” and give the reader an insight of who I am when I put on the uniform and pin a piece of metal over my heart that I have raised my right hand to and sworn I would give my all, my sweat and tears and possibly my life, to the community I serve.

The public we have sworn to protect and serve doesn’t see these layers of who I am. They only see a uniform and badge. But I am a loving and spirited person who dresses each work day hoping to make a difference in someone’s life. That life could be a child, a suicidal subject, a thief, a drug addict, a family who lost a loved one, or “you” who has called 911 praying we arrive as soon as possible as you hear glass breaking and foot steps coming down your hallway. As I go “lights and sirens” to your house a swarm of thoughts and feelings go rushing through my body and mind. I tell myself, I am trained and equipped to handle this situation. This person in need expects me who wears this badge of honor to protect them and bring them back to their safety and security. I do this willingly. I do this because “it’s the right thing to do” no matter how you feel about me and my profession. I pray each day before I hit the streets and say, “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” Our communities need men and women who are willing to wear the badge and protect anyone who calls. I am here to answer your calls.

IMG_2533-1 ResizedWe call this piece of metal we so proudly wear a “shield”, a “badge”, and a symbol that we will protect and serve the people of our communities. I wear it proudly. But what the community might not understand, each man and woman serve and wear the badge pledging to do their very best and not falter when we are needed most. I take this responsibility with open arms. I love my job, the profession and its purpose. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else that fills me with such joy.

Throughout my work day, I can be contacted by all sorts of people I serve. It could be someone who ran a red light, an angry and intoxicated transient who calls me names and wants to do me harm, or a young boy who just wants a closer look at my uniform, equipment, and badge. I’ve had several opportunities throughout my career where I have looked down and was met by young innocent eyes whose only goal was to meet me and ask for a badge sticker. It’s amazing how a child’s eyes light up when they place their badge sticker onto their chest. I want to say I do the same thing every time I wear my badge and go to work. I wear the badge for them. I wear the badge for you.

Recently, I was working a special event where a local community church was helping a low income neighborhood. Kids of all ages were lined up patiently as I helped each one to sit on my police motorcycle, turn on the lights and play with the siren. So many smiles. So many questions. As the day went on, I saw the same kids pushing one another down the sidewalk on a toy motorcycle. Being a motor officer, I thought to myself this would be an excellent opportunity to share, “Why I Wear The Badge.” The kids laughed. I laughed. And by the end of the day, an impact was made and a community was formed.

So who am I and why do I wear the badge? It’s a profound question, but I keep it simple. I am your officer and I serve you. I’m drawn to this profession, it’s purpose and the desire to help those in need. So I want to thank you for allowing me this opportunity and honor to wear a badge.

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IACP 2015 Special Event Feature – Motorola and CPD Ride for the Memorial

The 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition is a time when thousands of law enforcement professionals from all over the world converge in one place. This provides attendees with a once-a-year opportunity to expand their professional network and connect with colleagues from all over the world.

From attending workshops to browsing the Expo Hall, there are many ways for attendees to connect. There are also numerous special events outside the convention center that give attendees the opportunity to spend some quality time with fellow officers, colleagues, and peers. The Motorola and Chicago Police Department Ride for the Memorial on Saturday, October 24, is just one of these community-building events.

Chi-Town Harley Davidson in Tinley Park serves as the home base for this motorcycle ride. Riders and their passengers will start at Chi-Town Harley Davidson with a continental breakfast. At 8:30 AM, everyone will take off and enjoy a scenic, police-escorted ride through the beautiful Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County, Illinois. Lunch will be provided at the Starved Rock Lodge.

This event is limited to 250 participants, so be sure to register today. The registration fee is $50.00 per rider and passenger. Registration for this event is separate from general conference registration.

Not bringing your motorcycle with you to conference but still want to participate? Chi-Town Harley Davidson is making that possible with discounted bike rentals for the event. Visit the Chi-Town Harley Davidson website at http://www.chitownhd.com to rent a motorcycle.

For more information about the motorcycle ride and the other special events planned during the annual conference and exposition visit the IACP 2015 special events page.

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