Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on NYPD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

“As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, I am deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless assassination of the two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were ambushed in their patrol car yesterday.

Sadly, yesterday’s events once again demonstrate the profound dangers law enforcement face and witness on a daily basis. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to confront crime and violence in our communities. They do this because they took an oath to safeguard their fellow citizens. They believe in that oath, and they feel an allegiance to and pride for the citizens they protect and the communities they serve.

Tragically, the troubling reality is that today law enforcement officers are being targeted just for wearing a uniform. This is simply unacceptable.  It is essential to remember that law enforcement officers, like the people they protect, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons. Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the solution and every law enforcement officer has a right to go home at the end of their shift.  In order to continue to strengthen police-community relations, we must all work together in a productive manner.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues whose lives have been devastated by this tragic and senseless crime. 

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Upcoming Oregon Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women Crimes

In February 2015, the IACP, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be holding the Oregon Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women in Salem, OR. With support from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), this transformative opportunity will be focused on assisting Oregon law enforcement leaders in developing practical, pro-active plans to increase agency effectiveness in responding to and investigating the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The Oregon Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women, being held February 3rd through 6th, 2015, is an opportunity for Oregon law enforcement executives (first or second in command) from across the state to learn the latest strategies and tools to address a spectrum of violence against women crimes. Participants will assess their agency’s responses to these crimes and explore new ways to hold perpetrators accountable while supporting victims. The Institute provides a forum for Oregon executives to meet with colleagues from their state to gather information about innovative initiatives, share promising practices, develop strategies for immediate implementation, and set goals to strengthen response to these crimes. Applications to attend the Oregon 2015, along with additional information, can be found on the IACP Institute website. Completed application packets are due by January 9th, 2015.

We encourage Oregon law enforcement executives to submit completed applications and supporting documents as soon as possible to be considered for the February 2015 event. For more information, please contact Michael Rizzo, Project Manager, at rizzo@theiacp.org or call 1-800-The-IACP ext. 818.

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2014 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies is Due

As the year draws to a close, you may be cleaning out your inbox to have a fresh start to 2015. Double check your inbox to see if your agency has completed the request from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to submit your responses to the 2014 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA).

Completing the CSLLEA should not take long and it is critical that every agency in the country respond and be counted. From the 2008 CSLLEA, we verified the number of state and local law enforcement agencies and the number of sworn and civilian employees in the US.

The IACP encourages agencies to submit 2014 CSLLEA responses before the end of the year. Responses can be submitted online using the unique pin that agency’s received with their individual invitation letters in August. A reminder which includes your agency pin number should be arriving from BJS and NORC at the University of Chicago in your inbox this week.

Contact csllea@norc.org with questions.

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Five Strategies to Safeguard Children during Parental Arrest

The arrest of a parent can, and often does, have significant lasting effects on children, whether they witness the arrest or not. But, what is the scope of the problem? There are no available statistics for the number of children affected, because this information is not typically captured in arrest reports. However, nearly 1.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent. This number represents prison only, and doesn’t include numbers of parents in jail. A growing body of research links parental arrest to trauma and negative life outcomes for children including: higher risks for alcoholism; depression; illegal drug use; domestic violence and other criminal behavior; health-related problems; and suicide.

To mitigate trauma to children and youth during investigative, tactical, patrol, and arrest operations, consider these five tips:

1. Question and handcuff the parent out of sight and sound of the child(ren).
2. Don’t leave the arrest scene until the child/youth is in the care of a caregiver.
3. If appropriate, give the parent an opportunity to reassure the child(ren) and explain what is happening.
4. Run background and child welfare checks on identified caregivers to ensure they are capable.
5. Follow -up by collaborating with community partners to ensure the continued safety and well-being of the child(ren).

To learn more about trauma-informed approaches to protecting children of arrested parents, watch our recently archived webinar “Protecting Children of Arrested Parents: Using a Trauma-Informed Approach.” In the webinar, panelists from the Philadelphia Police Department and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provide best practice recommendations and strategies to prevent trauma to children of arrested parents. This webinar was the first in a series of webinars IACP will be hosting, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice.

For more information on the webinar series or on IACP/BJA’s Children of Arrested Parents project, visit http://www.theiacp.org/cap or contact Sabrina Rhodes at 1-800-THE-IACP x831 or iacpyouth@theiacp.org.

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IACP Recognizes Human Rights Day

Today, December 10, marks human rights day across the globe. While many of us will be joining in on the discussion on the importance of human rights today, this is something that we, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, are committed to throughout the year.

As law enforcement leaders it is our duty to ensure the safety of the citizens we are sworn to protect. That includes the prevention of human rights abuses. We are focused on strengthening law enforcement officer response to violence against women, and enhancing the ability of communities to respond to victims. We have developed tools and policies to assist law enforcement in responding effectively to human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence by police officers and domestic violence and all other crimes against women.

The mission of police agencies should also encompass the protection of individual rights along with the enforcement of laws and the maintenance of public safety. On that note, we have put together a guide for executives to assess and enhance their own agencies’ standing with regard to guaranteeing and promoting civil rights.

Lastly, just because you are an inmate doesn’t mean you should be denied human rights. Sexual abuse in confinement is a human rights issue, and one we will not tolerate.

These examples only scratch the surface on all we do at the IACP and as law enforcement leaders to preserve and promote human rights around the globe. The protection of human rights for all people will continue to remain a priority for us every day of the year.

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Change Afoot

By: IACP Executive Director Vincent Talucci 

We are pleased to announce the upcoming arrival of two progressive, thoughtful law enforcement leaders to the IACP’s senior staff leadership team in early 2015:

James (Jim) Baker joins IACP as the Director of Law Enforcement Operation and Support (LEOS). Jim brings to the IACP thirty-five years of law enforcement experience – with a career ranging from Chief of Police in Rutland, Vermont to Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council to Colonel of Vermont State Police. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from Southern Vermont College and is a graduate of the 188th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Hassan Aden joins IACP as the Director of Research, Programs and Professional Services (RPPS). Hassan Aden has been Chief of Police of the Greenville, North Carolina, Police Department since 2012, and was formerly Deputy Chief of Police for the Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department, where he served the community for twenty-five years. Hassan is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C, where he holds a Master of Public Administration. He is a member of IACP, PERF, and serves as a Police Foundation Executive Fellow and as a Commissioner for CALEA.

The IACP has experienced a fair amount of change within the professional staff over the last few years. That change is not the result of any turmoil or crisis, just the natural course of an organization.

Such change happens in any long standing organization – it provides an opportunity to retool an organization steeped in history, yet with an eye to the future.

With that eye to the future, we are excited about Jim Baker and Hassan Aden’s respective arrivals – and what they bring to our members and the field.

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Webinar – Reducing Crime With Data-Driven Policing

This blog post sponsored by IBM.

What happens when cops stop driving around? Crime goes down.

It was just a few years ago—June 2011 to be exact—that Toledo saw a 226 percent jump in shootings over that same month in 2009. And by the end of 2011, the city showed a two-year increase of 12 percent in its UCR, while shootings for that same time frame had increased by 60 percent.

That’s when the police department for Ohio’s fourth-largest city decided to make some big changes. Among them was a reorganization that called for fewer officers driving around on random patrol and a shift to data-driven policing—much of which is based on predictive analytics.

Attend this free webinar on December 11 at 2 pm ET and learn how analytics helped Toledo reduce reported UCR offenses by 27 percent and burglaries by 36 percent. Captain Michael Troendle, Commander of the Toledo Police Department’s Strategic Response Bureau, will also explain why the department turned to analytics for help and how they put the new program into action.

Register now and learn what you need to consider if you’re thinking about following in Toledo’s footsteps.

This blog post sponsored by IBM.

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IACP President Richard Beary on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

Earlier today, December 5, 2014, IACP President Richard Beary appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss community-police relations and President Obama’s newly announced Task Force on 21st Century PolicingCapture3. You can view the interview at the following link: http://www.c-span.org/video/?323085-3/washington-journal-richard-beary-administration-policing-initiatives.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner and IACP Executive Committee member Charles Ramsey, Co-Chair of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, participated in the second half of the segment. Commissioner Ramsey spoke about the creation of the Task Force and the administration’s goals.

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Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

“At this crucial time, it is imperative that law enforcement and community leaders, both in Missouri and throughout the United States, make every effort to reduce tensions and ensure a peaceful and lawful response to today’s decision.

Only by working together to create a constructive dialogue can law enforcement and community leaders establish effective police-community partnerships that are at the heart of safe communities.

To assist in this effort, the IACP has created an online resource for building sustainable community trust. I urge both law enforcement and community leaders to take advantage of these resources as they strive to reduce tensions and work together to build strong police-community partnerships.”

The IACP Resource Page can be found here: http://www.theiacp.org/CommunityPoliceRelations

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Webinar: How Big Data Helped Cut Crime by Nearly a Third in Toledo

This blog post is sponsored by IBM.

It was just a few years ago—June 2011 to be exact—that Toledo saw a 226 percent jump in shootings over that same month in 2009. And by the end of 2011, the city showed a two-year increase of 12 percent in its UCR, while shootings for that same time frame had increased by 60 percent.

That’s when the police department for Ohio’s fourth-largest city decided to make some big changes. Among them was a reorganization that called for fewer officers driving around on random patrol and a shift to data-driven policing—much of which is based on predictive analytics.

Attend this free webinar on December 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET and learn how analytics helped Toledo reduce reported UCR offenses by 27 percent and burglaries by 36 percent. Captain Michael Troendle, Commander of the Toledo Police Department’s Strategic Response Bureau, will also explain why the department turned to analytics for help and how they put the new program into action.

Register now and learn what you need to consider if you’re thinking about following in Toledo’s footsteps.

This blog post is sponsored by IBM.

 

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