Conference Spotlight: The National Institute of Justice Saturday Session

You’ll definitely want to make time for the next track highlight in our IACP 2014 Education blog series: the National Institute of Justice Saturday Session!

On Saturday, October 25, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at IACP 2014, the National Institute of Justice will showcase their research on topics that apply to every level of law enforcement, whether you’re from a tribal, county, local, state, or federal agency! Here are topics their informative speakers will be presenting:

  • Reducing Traffic-Related Officer Injuries and Deaths
  • Domestic Radicalization: Trends, Ideology and Preventing Violent Extremism in Our Communities
  • Technology: Tools for Working Smarter, Safer and Cheaper
  • Keeping Our Communities Safe: Increasing Firearm Safety through Research and Technology

Be sure to save time to network and ask questions with the panelists between the sessions. Stay through the end of IACP 2014 on Tuesday, October 28, as you might see them around again at Host Chief’s Night or the Annual Banquet!

Questions about IACP 2014? Visit our conference webpage at www.theIACPconference.org.

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Vermont Executives Enhance Leadership on Violence Against Women

Last month, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women team, in collaboration with the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services (VCCVS), hosted the Vermont Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women in Burlington, Vermont. The three and a half day training event gave law enforcement leaders from throughout the state an opportunity to assess their departments’ investigation of and response to a spectrum of violence against women crimes. The attendees participated in workshops and activities on stalking, domestic violence, strangulation, firearms, sexual assault, and other interpersonal violence and co-occurring crimes. The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence acted as a key partner in the creation of this Vermont tailored institute.

A grant awarded to VCCVS by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provided funding for this Institute. The grant supports a strategic statewide plan to decrease interpersonal violence related fatalities through an Advocacy Leadership Training Program and a law enforcement and advocate joint task force. Information was presented on the most current strategies and tools for addressing these crimes as well as pro-active and innovative procedures for response.

Also in attendance were representatives from the legal and advocacy fields throughout the state who work closely with law enforcement to implement programs and services for victims of violence against women. Presentations by the Vermont Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission, the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and CIRCLE in collaboration with Barre City Police Department (VT), highlighted effective programs and partnerships that can be formed to implement victim-informed services.

More information about the Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women and upcoming Institutes can be found at the following link: http://www.iacp.org/Leadership-Institute-on-Violence-Against-Women.

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Serving the Leaders of Tomorrow through the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference

IACP staff and representatives just wrapped up a week at Indiana University supporting the National Law Enforcement Exploring (NLEE) Conference. This year nearly 3,000 explorers and their advisors were in attendance for a week of team and individual competitions, educational seminars, fun, and camaraderie.

Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for high school age men and women on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.

The IACP has a long-standing relationship with Law Enforcement Exploring.  IACP Past President Richard Clement (1975-1976) of Toms River, NJ, served as the first National Chairman for Law Enforcement Exploring in 1976.  Since that time the Association has held a seat on the NLEE Committee and been actively involved in the planning and execution of Exploring’s biannual conference. The IACP organizes the conference career fair, coordinates judging for the Exploring USA exhibition, and this year began sponsoring the sample police written examination.

More than a dozen federal partners contribute staff time and talent to making the conference a reality. Comprising many events and competitions — from air pistol and drill, to bike patrol and emergency vehicle operations, the Exploring Conference gives explorers a true one-of-a-kind experience — making memories and building skills that will serve them well into the future.

Support of the NLEE is another great example of the IACP’s ongoing commitment to developing the leaders of tomorrow.

Did your agency send a team to this year’s conference? Share your experience with Law Enforcement Exploring or its National Conference in the comments below.

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Conference Spotlight: Chief Executive Track

We’re kicking off our IACP 2014 Education blog series with the Chief Executive Track! Look for this icon on our website and in our program to signify Chief Executive Track workshopsChiefExecutiveTrack.

Always the largest track at annual IACP conferences, the Chief Executive Track at IACP 2014 offers insightful and thought-provoking education for all executive levels in law enforcement. The instruction, delivered by top-notch players in the field of public safety, keep the educational sessions fresh from year to year – and this year is no exception!

Are you wondering about how to change crime prevention strategies in your jurisdiction? One example of an important and relevant session being offered in the Chief Executive Track is “Hot Spots, Hot People and Hot Approaches: The Law Enforcement Executive’s Guide to Evidence-Based Approaches to Crime and Violence Reduction.” You’ll hear from police executives who have implemented plans of action in their communities, as well as social researchers who pinpointed why these methods worked.

Speaking of your communities, another workshop entitled “Law Enforcement and Youth: A Police Chief’s Role, Responsibilities and Abilities for Youth and Violence Prevention” highlights ways for chiefs to connect with victimized and/or trouble-making youth to form a stronger bond and reduce the risk for delinquency. A stellar panel of experts will be sharing their success stories, and will be on-hand afterwards to network with you.

The Chief Executive Track is offered throughout the entire conference, beginning Saturday, October 25, and ending Tuesday, October 28. Be sure to include the Chief Executive Track in the sessions you plan on attending!

Have questions about registration, our Expo Hall, or housing? Visit our official conference website at http://www.theIACPconference.org for all this information and much more!

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Where Are YOU Going to Stay at IACP 2014?

In a time of shrinking budgets, the value of IACP 2014 only increases with its emphasis on law enforcement education and networking. The conference is the premiere opportunity to increase the caliber of your organization through new ideas, technology and practices – and from October 25-28, in Orlando, Florida, you can do just that!

Everyone needs a good place to rest after making the most out of IACP 2014’s top-notch, fresh educational sessions and eye-catching exhibits, and with our hotel rates starting as low as $79 per night, this opportunity is too good to pass up. We spent all year negotiating the best deals with the 25 official conference hotels near the Orange County Convention Center – West Building to make sure staying in Orlando is affordable at every level of law enforcement, whether you’re in a tribal, county, local, state or federal agency.

To access these great deals, make sure you book your hotel through IACP’s official, exclusive housing bureau, Travel Planners, and experience no change or cancellation fees, call center support to assist you prior to arrival and on-site, and 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Other websites may say that they have special deals for IACP 2014 hotels, but only with Travel Planners can you get the best rates and support the IACP at the same time!

Book your hotel on IACP 2014’s housing page right now, as many hotels offer special early-bird rates through the end of July!

Have questions about the conference? We have all the information you need on the IACP 2014 conference website, http://www.theIACPconference.org.

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Line-of-Duty Deaths: Mid-year Report

Within the first six months of 2014, there have been a total of 67 line-of-duty deaths within the law enforcement community in the United States. The IACP examined data from The Officer Down Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund which reported 59 and 66 deaths respectively and both reported an increase in line of duty deaths from 2013.

Of the 67 fatalities:

  • 28 were the result of traffic-related incidents
  • 25 were the result of firearms-related incidents
  • 12 were the result of medical-related incidents
  • 2 were the result of other miscellaneous incidents

The most significant statistic for 2014 thus far is that there have been 10 firearms-related ambush attacks in the first six months, versus seven for all of 2013.

Consistent with the IACP 1st quarter report for 2014, traffic and firearms-related incidents continue to account for the majority of line-of-duty officer deaths.

Of the 28 traffic-related fatalities:

  • 20 officers were killed in automobile crashes
  • 6 officers were struck and killed while outside their vehicle
  • 2 officers were killed in motorcycle crashes

In order to bring attention to the recurring problem of traffic-related injuries and deaths, The IACP continuously highlights new and relevant materials to help law enforcement leaders better address fatalities caused by traffic-related incidents. These include:

  • Move Over Campaign- An awareness campaign developed to educate the public on states’ Move-Over Laws and to help protect emergency personnel on roadsides.
  • “Is Today Your Day?” – A roll-call video that underscores the tragedies resulting from officers not wearing their seatbelts.
  • “Manage to Survive” – A video that highlights officer safety considerations during roadside traffic management.
  • The 2011 IACP resolution encouraging mandatory seat belt use by officers.

Of the 25 firearms-related deaths:

  • 24 officers were killed feloniously, 10 of which can be classified as ambushes
  • 1 officer was killed by accidental gunfire

The IACP provides information regarding ambush attacks against law enforcement through the Ambush Fact Sheet, highlighting statistics on ambush situations that a police officer can encounter on any given day.

Of the 12 medical-related fatalities, 8 were the result of heart attacks. The average age of law enforcement who died from heart attacks is 45.75 years, while the average age for an American is 66 years. The IACP recognizes that cardiovascular health is an important aspect of overall officer wellness. The Impact of Fitness and Weight on Injuries fact sheet and the “Reducing Officer Injuries” final report highlight the importance of physical wellness.pie chart

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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Supreme Court Limits Law Enforcement’s Ability to Search Arrestee Cell Phones

In a 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. Significantly, the ruling, in the case of Riley v. California is not that the information on a cell phone is immune from search; it is that a warrant is generally required before a search.

The IACP, along with a number of other law enforcement and public safety organizations, had filed an Amicus Brief in the case arguing there was a compelling governmental interest in searching cell phones incident to arrest in all cases. In addition, the IACP brief argued that, at a minimum, the Court should grant law enforcement officials the leeway to search cell phones incident to arrest when they have reason to believe the phones contain evidence of past, present, or future crime. IACP’s key concern was that an immediate search—rather than waiting the several hours it can take to obtain a warrant—is the only way to fully protect law enforcement’s profound interest in preventing the destruction of potentially important evidence and helping to solve and prevent future crimes.
Unfortunately, the court did not adopt that standard. However, it did make clear that the “exigent circumstances” exception to the warrant requirement continue to apply to the search of digital information on cell phones.

Stated IACP President, Chief Yousry “Yost” Zakhary (City of Woodway, Texas) “Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is disappointing and will undoubtedly impact law enforcement’s ability to investigate and combat crime. However, I am confident that that the dedicated men and women of the law enforcement profession will be able to overcome this obstacle and continue their tireless mission to protect the citizens and communities they serve.”

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IPET & IPEP Delegates Visit Boston and Washington, DC

P1050582 (2)It is rare that international police officers have an opportunity to interact with other international officers outside of conferences and forums, but officers from Tunisia, Iraq, and Ireland had the chance to do just that in Washington, DC and Boston last month.
In May of this year, the IACP hosted a delegation of five Iraqi officers for its fourteenth rotation of the Iraqi Police Education Program (IPEP) and four colonels from Tunisia through the International Police Education and Training (IPET) program.

While in Washington D.C., the Iraqi and Tunisian delegates had the opportunity to meet one another as well as representatives from federal and local law enforcement agencies at IACP headquarters. During this meeting, they had the opportunity to discuss their training objectives in the U.S. and what they hoped to achieve while here.

The IPEP and IPET delegations then traveled to Boston to receive training for their respective programs from IACP instructors, Northeastern University, and the Boston Police department, the IACP’s host agency partner. There, they were able to interact with the officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Boston14 (2)Síochána, also visitors to the Boston Police Department. During their stay in Boston, the Iraqi and Irish delegates were able to train together in crime scene and also attended courses in leadership development based on the IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations℠ program. They also used this opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions with the Boston Police Department Command Staff. Additionally, outside of training, the Tunisians, Iraqis, and Irish were able to share cultural activities at Fenway Park and with the Boston Harbor patrol.

Many thanks to the Boston PD and IACP fellows and instructors for providing the opportunity for these delegates to have such meaningful interactions and forge new bonds with fellow police officers from across the globe!

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Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership, the International Police Education and Training program (IPET) aims to help increase the capabilities of foreign senior police officials and police organizations. The project’s intended goal is to train two to four international police officers (fellows) in the United States for a period of 6-8 weeks. As a part of this training, the fellows develop change proposals for their home agency which they begin to implement upon their return. The IACP also sends U.S. officers from the partner agency abroad to mentor the fellows in their home country and assist them in implementing the change plans on which they worked while in the U.S. For this iteration of the IPET program, the Tunisians partnered with the Boston Police Department and Northeastern University. For more information on the IPET program, please contact Lesley Milner at milner@theiacp.org or Faisal Ansari at ansari@theiacp.org.

Established by the IACP and the U.S. Department of State International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, in October 2010, the Iraqi Police Education Program (IPEP) is a collaborative international program working to develop the leadership capabilities of senior Iraqi and Kurdish police officers. Working with various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S., this program stresses training in critical incident command, community policing, crime scene management and leadership development using IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations℠ over the course of 3 weeks. For the fourteenth rotation, the Iraqi officers trained alongside the Boston Police Department and Maine State Police in Augusta, ME. For more information on the IPEP program, please contact Faisal Ansari at ansari@theiacp.org or Kay Martinez at martinez@theiacp.org.

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Protecting Our K9 Partners

Rex_K9_blogK9 units are a valued strength to the law enforcement community because they provide invaluable skills to their agencies, such as performing search and rescue missions, conducting criminal pursuits, and enabling drug seizures. They are considered a member of the police force and their human partners have a commitment to protect them from harm.

Within the last five years, there has been 60 K9 line-of-duty deaths according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Of these deaths, 21% were caused by heat exhaustion, which is the second leading cause of death behind firearms. Heat exhaustion is not only a serious concern for law enforcement officers in the summertime, but also for K9s. It is important to recognize early signs of heat exhaustion in your K9, and how to treat it as well as knowing ways to prevent it in the first place. Heat exhaustion in K9s can lead to long-term internal damages and even death, if not treated immediately and effectively.

Signs that your K9 may be suffering from heat exhaustion include:

  • Unusual breathing (rapid and loud panting)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Thick saliva
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Tongue appears bright red and gums appear pale
  • Glazed eyes
  • Disorientation

If the symptoms go untreated, it may lead to a coma, seizures, or death. If you notice your K9 suffering from the above symptoms, go to the veterinarian immediately. Get your dog to a shady or indoor cool place. You may give your dog a small amount of water to drink and a wet towel to wrap around its body, but do not use ice or extremely cold water, because it can make the symptoms worse. Try and get the dog’s body temperature to fall below 104⁰.

In order for you and your K9 to enjoy the summer, here are a few tips for keeping your dog safe and healthy in the heat:

  • Make sure your dog has water accessible at all times
  • Try and keep your dog in the shade when possible
  • Be cautious on hot pavement; your dog can burn its paws which can lead to overheating
  • Never leave your dog alone in a car; even a few minutes can be life-threatening
  • Limit strenuous activities and exercise during the hottest part of the day
  • Avoid the use of a muzzle since a dog manages temperature through panting

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, including our K9 partners. 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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IACP Addresses the Health and Wellbeing of First Responders

First responders are regularly exposed to violent traumatic incidents including both mass casualty events and ongoing, everyday responses to individual victims of violent events. These experiences can lead to secondary traumatic stress or vicarious trauma in first responders, characterized by numbing or avoidance, hyper vigilance, anxiety, irritability, intrusive imagery and reduced capacity to be empathetic and/or effective with those they serve.

Earlier this week, IACP staff, as well as representatives from Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP), the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, and others, met to discuss the recently funded project, the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT): Evidence-Based Support for Victim Assistance Professionals, Law Enforcement Officers and Other First Responders. The goal of the project, supported by the Office from Victims of Crime (OVC), is to develop and test the effectiveness of a state-of-the-field training and technical assistance toolkit to support agencies’ responses to vicarious trauma.

Former Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis spoke at this meeting. The Commissioner highlighted his personal and departmental experiences addressing and responding to vicarious trauma and critical incident management. He also spoke of the collaborative efforts undertaken to better respond to trauma and traumatic incidents, as well as the lessons learned and challenges and successes he and his department faced in response to these incidents.

As a first step of this import work, the project partners have developed a survey to capture information about agency and organization efforts to address vicarious trauma. We invite you to share your expertise and experience to assist in the development of the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit by responding to the survey found here or at the following link: https://bouve.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6fHjGBppgahwv5P. The survey will be open from May 18th through June 18th. Your contribution is important in helping agencies to support their first responders, improving their well-being, and strengthening the response to victims. Please visit IACP’s Center for Officer Safety and Wellness for more topics on officer safety issues.

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