IACP 2015 Police Physicians Section Track – An Attendee Perspective


Guest blogger: David McArdle, MD FACEP, IACP Physician Section Chair

What are those doctors doing?

The Physician Section of the IACP has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. Originally, this was a small group of occupational medicine specialists who were meeting to build consensus on the best ways to screen candidates for police work and keep them safe doing the job they love. We still do that as a core principle but we have grown to represent many other areas of expertise and are attempting to educate the chief executives on how medical issues can impact law enforcement. This year, at IACP 2015, the Police Physicians Section Track has a number of informative sessions planned.

This year, Captain Frank Butler USN will be part of a panel to discuss further implementation of Combat Medical Training and the need for review of cases looking for better ways to treat officers at “the point of wounding” (Monday, 2:00 – 2:45 PM). Closely aligned with this topic will be a follow up by the Tucson Police Department on their program to save injured officers in the field (Monday, 12:00 noon – 12:45 PM).

Forensic evidence is often lost during medical treatment. Bill Smock, MD, the Police Surgeon for Louisville Metro Police will discuss their Forensic Nurse Examiner program and how it can affect preserving evidence in Officer Involved Shootings (Monday, 1:00 – 1:45 PM).

Predictions are that this winter the weather may be even worse than last year’s for much of the country. The cadre from the Law Enforcement Mountain Operations School in Priest Lake, Idaho will share their experience in what it takes to continue routine law enforcement operations and rescue individuals in severe winter weather (Tuesday, 1:00 – 1:45 PM).

The legalization of marijuana has been largely driven by its purported medical uses. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Marijuana will be discussed as well as the impact on the state of Colorado since legalization (Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30 PM).

Opiate use is on a tremendous upsurge. The use of intranasal narcan by police officers to save lives and build cases will be discussed (Tuesday, 8:00 – 8:45 AM).

Please review the Physician Section Track agenda for other topics. We promise not to have too much “doctor speak” and address a variety of issues such as cardiovascular disease and mental health that should be insightful for police executives. Operational medical support for law enforcement is a rapidly growing specialty which crosses many traditional specialty boundaries. We continue to press forward on a variety of medical issues that will help keep our officers and the public they serve safe.

For more information on the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, visit the official conference website. See you in Chicago!

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Lessons Learned from the Chicago Police Department

HostEach year at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, the host agency provides an educational track to share their ideas, programs, and achievements with attendees. These lessons learned shared are transferable to other agencies, regardless of size or population served. This year, the Chicago Police Department will be focusing on a number of issues including procedural justice and police legitimacy, technology, partnerships, and crime prevention and reduction.

The sessions in this track will provide valuable insight to agencies from all over the world that deal with many of the same issues and are looking for successful tools, strategies, and resources. Here are just a few sessions in the 2015 Host Department Track:

  • Training Our Youth – The Chicago Police and Fire Fighter Training Academy Program (CPFTA)
  • Taking Care of Our Own – In-House Counseling and Employee Assistance Program
  • Bridging the Divide – Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS)
  • The Gang Violence Reduction Strategy of the Chicago Police Department
  • City of Chicago Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Broadband Pilot
  • The Chicago NATO Model—Bringing Order to Disorder While Ensuring 1st Amendment Rights
  • Operation Virtual Shield—The City of Chicago’s Camera Surveillance Program

To learn more about these and other educational opportunities at IACP 2015, visit the official conference website.

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IACP 2015 Legal Officers Section Track – An Attendee Perspective

Legal_OfficersGuest blogger: Eric Daigle, Attorney, Daigle Law Group, LLC, Connecticut

The IACP Legal Officers Section is dedicated to addressing, identifying, and analyzing legal issues that affect the daily operation of law enforcement agencies. The Legal Officer Section is comprised of Legal Advisors from across the country who are responsible for advising police executives regarding matters of law.

I have been a member of the IACP Legal Officer Section for over a decade, and I have been honored to not only attend but also provide training at the various conferences.

As a member of the Legal Officer Section Executive Board, I have first-hand knowledge of the amount of effort expended to analyze industry concerns to present valuable and relevant training topics at the conference. I have always been impressed at the level of information provided at the IACP Conference, as well as the numerous networking opportunities. Police chiefs, command staff, and legal advisors typically attend these training programs because they recognize the significance of the information presented, and the value received from attending the IACP conference. An equally important aspect of the IACP training programs is the availability of networking opportunities with other law enforcement executives, who are experiencing similar issues in their departments. If you are a first time attendee, I would like to welcome you on behalf of the Legal Officer Section to an amazing training opportunity. The biggest challenge you will face is deciding which training programs to attend. My suggestion is to focus on training programs that support your job assignment, as well as programs that you find interesting. I suggest that you challenge yourself with topics with which you are not familiar. The goal of the Legal Officer Section is to expand your knowledge by providing you with updated law, procedures, and topics.

This year, the Legal Officer Section is proud to have an outstanding training track that will surely challenge your knowledge base. These topics include:

  • Review of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
  • Supreme Court Update
  • Use of Force Investigation – Policy, Practice, and Oversight
  • Positional Asphyxia – Legal Issues
  • Employment Law Update
  • Body-Worn Cameras – Legal Issues and Implementation
  • Negotiating Employment and Severance Agreements
  • Police Response to Mental Illness
  • Law and Liberty – Bill of Rights Guarantee

While there are many available conferences across the country, there is not one that has more to offer an attendee to meet your needs. While training is important, education is also important. We hope to educate you on current trends and common practice standards in the industry and to better prepare you for the scrutiny you may face on a daily basis. I encourage you to let the Legal Officer Section make you more effective in your goal to develop constitutional-based policing in your department.

For more information about the Legal Officers Section Track and other educational opportunities at IACP 2015, visit the official conference website.

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DRE Conference Draws Third Largest Attendance in 21-Year History

The IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section’s Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving convened August 10-12 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and drew more than 750 attendees from law enforcement, toxicology, prosecution, health, and other fields in impaired driving enforcement initiatives. Co-hosted by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, the conference attendance was the third largest in the 21-year history of the conference.

IACP President Richard Beary speaks to conference attendees.

IACP President Richard Beary speaks to conference attendees.

The three-day training event was designed primarily to enhance the skills of DREs, who have been certified by the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, established in 1986 by the IACP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This year’s theme was “Dedicated to Excellence and Committed to Progress(DECP), which called to mind the consistency and standardized aspect of the DRE curriculum as well as the program’s goal to stay current with the most recent research in drug impairment. The training was comprised of general sessions and breakouts that addressed such topics as opioid-Impaired driving, downside effects, the physiology of impairment, suboxone use, poly-drugs and new drugs, negative toxicology results, and addiction and the brain.

This conference’s reputation has grown significantly throughout its 21-year history. Initially DREs attended the training in order to complete a requirement for two-year recertification in the DEC Program; the conference now attracts many specialists from the highway safety community and has been recognized as the leading conference that addresses the most current—and dangerous—challenges facing police officers who enforce impaired driving laws. Participation in the conference has more than doubled in size, and today attendees from the United States are joined by professionals from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong. Close to 7,000 DREs credentialed by the IACP are currently active and certified. Since its establishment in 1987, the NHTSA/IACP DEC Program has trained and certified more than 22,000 DREs and has become international in scope.

The IACP DRE Section wishes to extend its appreciation to our Ohio colleagues, particularly the Ohio Traffic Safety Office; Sergeant Wes Stought and the state’s conference planning committee for their successful planning efforts; and to the Cincinnati Police Department, who provided transportation throughout the event. The section also acknowledges NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, for its continued support of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.

A complete agenda of this year’s conference is available at www.decp.org.

SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s DRE Section’s Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving will be held August 13-15, in Denver, Colorado. Visit www.decp.org for updates and to learn more about the DEC Program and the DRE Section.

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The Public’s Trust

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 Truehitt, Lacy Lakeview, Texas, Police Department

A citizen recently sent me an email asking very specific questions about the police department and my perspective on a number of issues that he felt were relevant to our community, himself, and his family. Those emails were a reaction to an event, a few months earlier when the man expressed his concerns to me about the demeanor and approach of one of our younger officers who responded to his animal complaint call. Although one of the on-duty corporals helped resolve the situation positively, the citizen still had concerns about the department.

The man’s questions were directly related to current media events. He asked about our department’s complaint review process, best management practices, our training, and our policy on citizens videotaping police officers. He also asked about Second and Fourth Amendment rights issues. Texas recently passed legislation allowing the open carry of handguns, and he had questions about the practice. He attached two news links to his email. The first link dealt with, what he felt was an example of a plethora of reported occurrences of police overreach and misconduct that inevitably restrain the freedoms of law-abiding citizens. The second article was about, “a police chief publicly acknowledging the issues of his department—the good, the bad, the ugly—and what he has done, is doing, and will do to regain and maintain the public trust and confidence in his department.”

My response to this man’s concerns and complaints was neither unique nor innovative, and I believe any chief in our area would have responded with the same answer. Since becoming chief, I have studied and copied the best practices of exceptional police chiefs and departments. I first revised all our policies and standard operation procedures and used the samples from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA). The chief executive law enforcement officers in our area meet on a regular basis and share ideas and build relationships.

The public’s trust and confidence in the police must be among our highest priorities. When the police and the communities we serve stop respecting each other and stop communicating, we disconnect and we lose the public’s trust. Over the years, I have spoken with a variety of unhappy citizens. Often they were actually more upset about not getting a call back than they were about their initial complaint. It is our duty and responsibility to promptly and thoroughly address all complaints and concerns. We should view every complaint as an opportunity to improve our relationship with our community and to improve our department. Addressing complaints promptly and with complete honesty, respect, and transparency can transform a potentially angry citizen into an involved and valuable asset to the department and the community.

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10 Things to Know About IACP 2015

To help you get ready for the 2015 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition we have put together a quick list of ten things to know about IACP 2015.

  1. McCormick Place West Building is more vertical than horizontal – but don’t think there won’t be a lot of walking! The meeting room locations and Exposition Hall will keep you moving.
  2. If you haven’t attended an IACP conference before, make sure you attend the First-Timers’ Orientation in room W180 on Saturday, October 24, from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. This orientation will help you get the most from your conference experience.
  3. For those interested in attending religious services while attending IACP 2015, there are many beautiful, historical churches to be found in Chicago! Here is a good place to start: http://www.choosechicago.com/articles/view/PLACES-OF-WORSHIP/114/.
  4. There are a lot of great networking events held during IACP 2015. Enjoy time with other law enforcement leaders as you experience everything IACP 2015 has to offer!
  5. If you are bringing a spouse or loved one with you, make sure they check out the new Companion Track. This track is specifically for families of law enforcement officers and consists of four sessions that discuss issues facing law enforcement families.
  6. Be sure to visit IACP Central in the central concourse – learn about additional ways to get the most out of your IACP membership!
  7. While you are in the central concourse, don’t forget to VOTE on Monday, October 26, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Participate in the process of running your association via electing Board Members and approving amendments to the IACP Constitution.
  8. Your best options for food on Saturday are the food court on Level 2 of McCormick Place West and restaurants around the Convention Center. Starting on Sunday, there are multiple restaurants (Little Italy, Overlook Café, and International Food Court) in the Exposition Hall.
  9. IACP Staff have red ribbons on their name badges – feel free to ask us any questions you may have! If all else fails, head to the IACP Operations Room (W474AB). IACP Staff will help you with whatever you may need.
  10. Chiefs’ Night – a Summer Concert Themed event – will be conveniently held in Hall B of McCormick Place North (right next door to McCormick Place West!) on Monday, October 26, from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – From the Executive Director and CEO

This post is part of our ongoing, #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series. Today, IACP Executive Director and CEO Vincent Talucci shares his thoughts on the campaign. 

The #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign was launched as a way for agencies all over the world to share their stories with the communities they serve. The campaign was meant to highlight the diversity and commitment of the law enforcement profession. Over the last few months, a quick search on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook, will uncover all of these things: agencies sharing their genuine reasons for wearing the badge; images showcasing the commitment of officers; and videos revealing the diversity of agencies, officers, and communities.

While the campaign has been interesting and fun for many, it has proven to be much more than the just social media posts. The campaign has also opened up lines of communication and increased engagement within communities. The posts that have been shared have showed people who officers really are, why they joined this noble profession, and what motivates them each day. These posts explain what officers’ jobs really look like and the kinds of situations they are faced with each day. It has provided community members who are not law enforcement professionals with insight and given them an opportunity to engage with officers by asking questions or even thanking them for their service. These conversations are invaluable.

We look forward to continuing to see #WhyIWearTheBadge posts emerge from around the world and thank you for sharing your stories.

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A Track for Families at IACP 2015

Law enforcement officers depend on their families for support throughout their careers. So, it is important that families understand the challenges they may face at home and that their officer may face at work. It is also important that families have access to the tools and resources they need to overcome the many different situations they encounter through an officer’s career.

This year, at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, we have developed a track specifically for families of law enforcement officers. The IACP 2015 Companion Track consists of four sessions that cover the various issues that law enforcement family members face and provide them with successful strategies for work and home.

Sessions include:

Climbing the Ranks While Staying Grounded: Adapting to Challenges that Come with Promotion – As law enforcement professionals ascend the ranks with promotions, they assume new challenges and responsibilities both on and off duty: changing supervisory dynamics, navigating work relationships, and new commitments affecting family routines. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences adapting to such changes and offer strategies on how to achieve success in both the personal and professional arenas.

No Longer 9-5: Achieving a Work-Life Balance – The law enforcement profession often demands atypical work hours, resulting in conflicting schedules with family members. This impacts relationship dynamics, an officer’s ability to participate in family and extracurricular activities, and may contribute to a number of potentially detrimental medical conditions. Panelists will discuss how officers can best adapt to a non-traditional work schedule and maximize their time and well-being off duty.

Smart Money: Managing Family Finances for the Future – Maintaining a budget, building an emergency savings, and investing for long-term expenses and retirement are crucial for workers in any profession. The inherent uncertainties of law enforcement dictate that sound money management practices are even more imperative for long-term financial security for an officer and his or her family. Such strategies will be discussed in this session.

Who’s Taking Care of the Chief? The Role of Family in Resiliency – A police chief is tasked with ensuring the safety and well-being of his or her officers, but the demands and stressors that accompany a leadership position must also be acknowledged. What roles can spouses and families play in supporting a loved one serving as a law enforcement executive?

These sessions are open to all registered conference attendees. Visit the IACP 2015 registration page for information on registration categories. You can also visit the official conference website for more information on these and the other educational sessions taking place at IACP 2015.

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#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – Sharing Your Agency’s Story Through Video Part 2

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

The #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign kicked off four months ago during the 2015 Police Week. In those four months, thousands of stories have been shared via traditional and social media. One way that agencies are sharing these stories is through video. The diversity of these videos shows the diversity of the agencies, their officers, and the communities they serve.

Here are just four of the amazing videos that law enforcement agencies across the country have shared over the course of the campaign.

To view other agency videos check out our earlier blog post on sharing your story through video. You can also search #WhyIWearTheBadge on social media.

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IACP 2015 Police Psychological Services Section Track – An Attendee Perspective

PsychologicalGuest blogger: Mark J. Kirschner, Ph.D., ABPP Board Certified Specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology; Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC, Hamden, Connecticut

Continuing education has been the lifeblood of my development as a psychologist in the law enforcement field. The Police Psychological Services Section (PPSS) of IACP exists to serve as a resource for the Association on psychologically-related issues across the four primary domains of practice: assessment, intervention, operations, and consultation. The Section provides continuing education and training to the Association and its members to promote ethical and empirically-based practices. The Section also develops and maintains a set of current guidelines as a resource for commonly encountered police psychological activities, such as conducting pre-employment psychological evaluations and responding to officer-involved shootings.

This year, the PPSS will again offer a specific training “track” at the 2015 Annual IACP Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. My attendance and participation in the IACP conference and the PPSS has enhanced my career and improved the services I provide to the law enforcement agencies with whom I work. One of the most important aspects of my participation in the PPSS has been the ability to collaborate with other police psychologists and individuals who have helped to make this field a unique specialty. These networking opportunities have led to personal and professional relationships that have greatly expanded my knowledge base and skills within the field.

The conference’s PPSS Track appeals not only to police psychologists but also to the police chiefs in attendance. Many of the educational sessions include law enforcement personnel as presenters and the information is relevant to a wide audience. One of my favorite sessions will take place on Monday, October 26, entitled Current Issues in Police Psychology. This is an informal two-hour presentation where the police psychologists discuss various topics of current relevance and interest. It also offers the police chiefs in attendance the opportunity to ask questions about and get answers to various issues and concerns they face in addressing the mental health issues of their personnel.

The PPSS will offer two full days of educational presentations in Chicago. Several sessions of particular note, given their relevance to the current state of policing, include:

  1. Law Enforcement Families-The Forgotten Community: How to Support Law Enforcement Families During Times of Community Outrage – This panel discussion will address the development of programming offered to law enforcement families who may be struggling with the backlash of negative portrayals of police in the media.
  2.  Building Resiliency Before Mass Casualty Events – Presenters will discuss a new manual developed by the U.S. Department of Justice to assist chiefs in understanding how to prepare for and deal with mass casualty events.
  3.  Psychological Perspectives on Police Reform – Presenters will provide recommendations on how to apply the science and practice of psychology to sustain collaborative reform within law enforcement.

Whether you are a seasoned police psychologist, a psychologist interested in getting into the field of police and public safety psychology, or a member of law enforcement, I encourage to attend this year’s IACP conference and exposition in Chicago, Illinois. It is certainly an event that I look forward to each year.

Visit the IACP official conference website to learn more about the Police Psychological Services Section Track and the other educational opportunities available at IACP 2015.

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