#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – Sharing Your Agency’s Story Through Video

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

As the #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign continues to spread throughout the world, law enforcement agencies are sharing their stories in many ways. By utilizing text, photos, and videos, agencies are finding diverse ways to connect with their communities and provide a unique look inside their agency. These stories, shared on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and even Periscope, tell the true story of law enforcement and speak to each agency’s values and individual officers’ motivations.

One way some agencies are choosing to tell these stories is by using video. Below are just three of the many wonderful #WhyIWearTheBadge videos that have been shared over the last few months.

If you would like to submit a story to be considered for the #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series, contact Becky Stickley.

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Warning! Important Notice Regarding Housing for IACP 2015

This is an important notice regarding housing for the 2015 IACP Annual Conference and ExpositiononPeak is the only officially-endorsed housing company for IACP.

We have received reports that other companies are posing as the official travel vendors for IACP 2015. They are NOT affiliated with IACP 2015 in any capacity. IACP only guarantees hotel room rates and availability during the show dates for reservations made through onPeak, the official housing company of IACP 2015.

For your own protection, we ask that you exercise caution when making your hotel and travel arrangements. Unofficial vendors, or “poachers” as they are commonly referred to, cannot provide the same benefits and protection onPeak offers. IACP only guarantees hotel room rates and availability during the show dates for reservations made through onPeak, the official housing company of IACP 2015.

Hotel reservations made outside of the official IACP hotel block can be risky: tradeshows are often targeted by unscrupulous companies who are seeking to take advantage of conference participants. These non-affiliated companies may require that rooms must be fully prepaid; mandate that charges are non-refundable and/or be subject to steep change fees; and room types may not be guaranteed.

In the past, IACP conference participants who have used these unaffiliated companies have encountered situations where vendors were either unlicensed or went out of business after taking reservations and deposits. Individuals were left stranded without hotel rooms or transportation, and resulting in lost deposits.

To avoid situations like this and guarantee your room is booked through the IACP’s official housing company please visit the IACP conference website to view or book available hotel deals through onPeak.

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – More Than a Social Media Campaign

This post is part of our on-going #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series.

Guest blogger: Michelle Gavin, Community Relations Administrator, Savannah-Chatham, Georgia, Metropolitan Police Department

The #WhyIWearTheBadge social media campaign has been an incredible experience for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in terms of gaining community support and bolstering the morale of our officers. We began our #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign on Police Memorial Day, and have since been highlighting officers from all of our precincts, investigative divisions and special operations units. Our goal is to profile at least 100 of the more than 500 officers on the force.

When I approach an officer for this campaign, I ask him or her to get to the core of why they became a police officer or why they continue to serve. Some know the answer right away; with others it takes some prodding. It has been a fascinating experience listening to the variety of reasons why our officers wear the badge.

Advanced Police Officer Joel Mondesir

When I asked one of our patrol lieutenants why he wears the badge, he joked and said it was for the pay. Then I asked him a more serious and direct question, why does he consistently step forward and leads his officers in critical incidents. He said, “As a precinct lieutenant I pray for the Lord’s knowledge, strength and blessings to make the right decisions to bring my officers home safely.” When I was ready to the take the photo, the other officers in the squad room were inspired and wanted to take the photo with him.

Lieutenant Greg Ernst

I now have officers seeking me out, asking to participate in the campaign. There is even a bit of competitiveness to see who can get the most likes, shares, and retweets. The officers have asked to keep their #WhyIWearTheBadge statements and have hung them up in their workspaces.

Office Will Fernandez and K9 Faust

I believe with all the negative media attention law enforcement officers have received, the positive comments we are getting from the community on Facebook goes a long way. Many officers say, and our Facebook friends have commented, that they look forward each day to seeing who is profiled next.

Det. Tiffany Manuel

Officer Sharif Lockett

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A Day in the Life of a Community Policing Unit Sergeant

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.

There is no typical day for Sergeant Nick Ruggiero. As a police officer with a true community oriented policing mindset, he has no set routine. His watch might include anything from surprise barbeques, to graduation ceremonies, to keeping in touch with citizens in the different sectors. He patrols Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at night; brainstorms new initiatives and programs with his officers; and is cognizant of those wanted on warrants. The one constant in his work is protecting the people he serves, all on an extremely tight budget. He and 10 officers make up the Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit.

The Community Oriented Policing Unit takes part in many programs and initiatives to improve their community’s quality of life. The Unit has orchestrated Cops for Christmas, holiday food drives, National Night Out, and graffiti cleanup around the city. The Unit partners with civic associations and has a tight relationship with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority that helps place people in affordable housing across the city. The Housing Authority helps the Unit organize and plan events within the affordable housing sectors. It is through these partnerships that the Community Oriented Policing Unit is able to get the funding and assistance needed to make these programs happen.

Officers at a surprise BBQ thrown by the unit. Photo courtesy of Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department

Officers at a surprise BBQ thrown by the unit. Photo courtesy of Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department

Developing and maintaining positive, trusting partnerships is Sgt. Nick Ruggiero main focus. He works with the citizens, not just for them. During his patrol shift, he is often approached by residents updating him on their life and their families. One mother proudly told him about her son’s successful high school graduation, and another women asked for his new cell phone number and email and to keep him updated on programs and goings on in the neighborhood and city. Some of the people he speaks with have either been arrested by him previously, or have met him through some enforcement action, yet these people speak positively and happily to him. In most cases, Sgt. Nick Ruggiero prefers not to arrest and instructs his officers to find alternative means to create safe neighborhoods.

Sgt. Nick Ruggiero was an officer with the Alexandria Police Department for 10 years before applying for an assignment with the Community Oriented Policing Unit. He got into the Unit because he wanted to truly help his community and make a difference.

Operation Lollipop. Photo courtesy of Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department.

Operation Lollipop. Photo courtesy of Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department.

He feels a responsibility to try and change the minds of those who misunderstand or have negative feelings about the police. One of his solutions is to have as many positive non-enforcement interactions with the community as possible. He and his team utilize social media through the Department’s Twitter account and Facebook page to broadcast those positive non-enforcement interactions.

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Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Violence on Campus

The IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women, in collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration, supported by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to announce two upcoming events to support campus law enforcement. The Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Violence on Campus training events will provide an opportunity for law enforcement to develop strategies for responding to and investigating violence against women crimes on campus. These free events will highlight information on the complexities of sexual violence, trauma-informed investigations, report writing, and more.

The Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Violence on Campus training events will be held on July 28th & 29th , 2015 in Albany, NY and July 30th & 31st,2015 in Geneseo, NY.

For additional details and to register for either training, please email UPD@SUNY.EDU or call 518-320-1600. For more information about this event contact Teri Duesbery, IACP Project Coordinator, at duesbery@theiacp.org. Also visit http://www,theiacp.org/Violence-Against-Women to learn about the IACP’s efforts to address violence against women.

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – I Wear the Badge to Make a Positive Impact

This post is part of our on-going #WhyIWearTheBadge blog series.

BerginGuest blogger: Major Edward Bergin, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Police Department and IACP Visiting Fellow

Why did you choose to join the law enforcement profession?

I trace my interest in policing back to childhood. My father and uncle were members of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and this had a big influence guiding my interest. As children, my parents raised us with certain values that also drew me to the profession. These included integrity, the principle of fundamental fairness and equality, right vs. wrong, a sense of justice, and helping those who were less fortunate than ourselves.

These values, along with the desire to give back to the community set forward my path to become a police officer. Thirty-two years later, I know my decision to become a member of law enforcement was the right decision.

What motivates you each day?

It is easy to say you no longer enjoy your job and want to make a change, but I don’t believe there would be anything more rewarding for me than fighting for victims and keeping the community safe. Each day I remember “our purpose” as police officers. We are here to protect those in need and bring resolution to conflict. Knowing we make a positive difference in the lives of others motivates me and enhances my passion for this profession. Today we are in trying times, but I look at this as an opportunity and self-reflection to bring about positive changes.

Focusing on “our purpose” in policing and serving our communities with the passion and dedication we brought to this profession when we first put on the badge helps to motivate. I know this is easier said than done, but we become police officers for the challenges we meet each and every day.

What is it about your job as a law enforcement officer that you enjoy the most?

Coming to work and having a positive impact on others is what I enjoy most about being a police officer. I am now in a leadership role and appreciate the opportunity to mentor others while being an advocate for the profession. Police officers are special people, and I enjoy the camaraderie that exists between officers. This common bond is prevalent with police officers no matter where you go in this country.

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Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers to Attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference

The goal of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program is to help law enforcement officers integrate research into their day-to-day work. NIJ is offering 10 merit-based scholarships for mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo and participate in an array of special events. The Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, October 24-27, 2015.

If you are selected to participate in the LEADS program, NIJ will cover the cost of travel, conference registration, per diem expenses and accommodations.

NIJ and the IACP Research Advisory Committee are designing a robust and rewarding educational program for scholarship recipients. In addition to full access to all Conference workshops and exhibit halls, the scholarship includes:

  • Attendance at the NIJ Saturday Session: What Works and What Matters in Policing.
  • Participation in the IACP Research Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting.
  • Participation in a private roundtable event with NIJ Director Nancy Rodriguez and NIJ Deputy Director Howard Spivak.
  • Participation in a private roundtable event with Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason.
  • Opportunity to network with the 2014 LEADS scholars and be included in forthcoming scholarship programs, possibly including seminars in Washington DC, participation in the NIJ peer review process, and additional roundtables with NIJ subject matter experts.

This scholarship program is for mid-level career police professionals who have demonstrated experience partnering with researchers to implement science-based initiatives, or who have infused research into policing policy and practice. Applicants should be sworn officers who are in a position to affect policy and practice within their agencies. Current NIJ grantees are not eligible.

Application Process
Deadline: July 10, 2015
Submit the following to Ted Robinson at theodore.d.robinson@ojp.usdoj.gov:

  • Current resume.
  • A 400-word essay explaining how attendance will benefit you and your agency, your research interests and how you might integrate research into your agency. Specifically, the essay should include:
    • A brief description of your current roles and responsibilities in your agency.
    • A description of your previous experience partnering with researchers to use scientific methods and findings to inform decisions about policing policy or practice.
    • Specific description of how your participation at the IACP Conference will benefit your agency, including how lessons learned and information gathered will be shared and specific areas of research that are priorities for you or your agency.
  • A letter from your supervisor — on agency letterhead — approving your attendance at the Conference.

Please direct all questions to the email address above. To learn more about the conference, visit the IACP’s Conference Web page.

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – From the Kids

This post is part of our on-going blog series titled #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday.

As agencies around the world have shared their #WhyIWearTheBadge stories there has also been an outpouring of support from the communities they serve. Some of these responses have come from the smallest members of our communities, the kids.

From Apex, North Carolina, Police Department's Facebook page.

From the Apex, North Carolina, Police Department’s Facebook page.

From the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' Facebook page.

From the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Facebook page.

Shared by the Shakopee, Minnesota, Police Department on Twitter.

Shared by the Shakopee, Minnesota, Police Department on Twitter.

From Chief Will Johnson of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department's Twitter account.

From Arlington, Texas, Police Chief Will Johnson’s Twitter account.

Shared by the Naperville, Illinois, Police Department on their Facebook page.

Shared by the Naperville, Illinois, Police Department on Twitter.


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Deadline Extended: 2015 IACP and Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards

The deadline for submissions for the 2015 IACP and Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards has been extended to Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Midnight EDT.

The IACP and Cisco Community Policing Awards process is a great way to showcase your agency’s positive efforts at building partnerships within your community. Through this process agency leaders can highlight the great work their agency is doing and receive worldwide recognition! The deadline has been extended so your agency still has time to submit an entry.

The process is straightforward and the entry system is online and easy to use. Simply visit the IACP’s Community Policing Committee’s website to register and submit an application for the award.

Awards are given by population category and recognize the best practices in community policing. Special recognition is given for the use of the community policing philosophy in a homeland security initiative as well as the best use of technology in a community policing effort.

Winners will be honored at the 2015 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The winning agency from each category will receive one complimentary conference registration; transportation for one to and from the conference; and one hotel room for five nights while at the conference.

Please email any questions to Travis Parrish or Todd Miller.

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Help Develop the IACP2015 Mobile App

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition mobile app has been a tool for our conference attendees since 2011. Each year, we have worked to improve the app to give you a better experience. More and more people are finding that the IACP conference app is a great way to help them get the most out of their conference. Last year, close to 7,000 people downloaded the IACP 2014 app. Here are just a few ways people used the app in 2014.

  • Looking to find your way around the convention center? The maps in the app were opened 10,142 times during our conference in Orlando during IACP 2014, and the Locate Me button was used 3,442 times.
  • Keeping track of your busy schedule of education sessions, networking events, and meetings? There’s a schedule option in the app that was used 89,254 times during IACP 2014. And, over 1,500 people linked their app to the schedule they created online.
  • Trying to remember what exhibitors you’d like to visit? App users bookmarked exhibitors 10,523 times.
  • Running to catch the shuttle back to your hotel? The shuttle routes and transportation schedule in the app were accessed 6,278 times.

This year we will continue to make the app even more helpful and user-friendly for our conference attendees.

Now we need your help. As in years past, we have several options for the app icon and we need YOU to help us choose which one will be appearing on people’s mobile devices for IACP 2015. Here are the app icon choices:

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There are two ways to vote for your favorite icon:
1. Take the poll below.
2. Post on Twitter using the hashtag #IACP2015 and the hashtag that corresponds to your icon choice (example: #COMP1, #COMP2, etc.).

The winning icon will be announced this summer.

Looking for more information about IACP 2015? Visit the conference website today.

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