Applications Being Accepted for the National Campus Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women

In June 2015, the IACP will hold the National Campus Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). With support from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), this unique four-day training event will bring together campus law enforcement first-line supervisors to address the complex realities of stalking, domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and other violence against women crimes on campus.

The National Campus Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women, being held June 23rd – 26th, 2015, will provide law enforcement first-line supervisors with the opportunity to assess their agency’s effectiveness and strategies in responding to crimes of violence against women and to create proactive strategies for responding to these crimes. Additionally, the training will give attendees the chance to strengthen their mentorship and leadership skills through the exploration of topics relevant to their role as a supervisors and discussions with subject matter experts and colleagues. A strong emphasis of the Campus event is on creating partnerships and building collaborative efforts with other campus partners.

Campus law enforcement and security (sworn and non-sworn) are invited to apply for this unique opportunity. Additional information on the National First-Line Supervisor Training and the application can be found on the IACP First-Line Supervisor Training Website. The deadline for completed application packets is April 3rd, 2015. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible as there are a limited number of spaces available. For more information, please contact Michael Rizzo, IACP Project Manager, at rizzo@theiacp.org or call 1-800-THE-IACP ext. 818.

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Help Deter Cybercrime by Participating in Global Safer Internet Day

A Message from IACP President Richard Beary

Cybercrime is a global threat to the economic and the physical security of every nation. It is one of the leading crime problems facing the world today and in the foreseeable future. That is why I have made cybercrime one of my Presidential Initiatives this year.

Our law enforcement organizations must be prepared to recognize and investiTeenager addicted to the Internet and Social Media using phone agate these crimes. As part of an effort to raise awareness around cybercrime and to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, the IACP will be sharing over social media a monthly tip in the hope to help reduce cybercrime. We will be kicking off the monthly tip by participating in Global Safer Internet Day on February 10, 2015. In celebration of Global Safer Internet Day, we will be posting the following tip on the IACP’s social media accounts. We encourage you to participate in this day by sharing our post, posting the info displayed below, or creating one of your own.

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In celebration of Safer Internet Day, we wanted to share a safety tip to help you take steps to secure your online accounts. Safety Tip #1: activate login approvals on your Facebook account.

Using login approvals, also known as two-factor authentication, helps to ensure you are the only person logging into your account. You can turn on login approvals on Facebook by going to facebook.com/settings and clicking on “Security” on the left-hand side.

Once login approvals are activated, Facebook will send you a code to enter whenever you log in to a new device (such as a new phone or browser). Once you enter the code, the new device will be stored and you don’t need to reenter it again in the future.

Two-factor authentication is often cited as one of the best ways to secure your account. It is also available on other websites such as Google and Twitter.

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Safer Internet Day Tip: Secure your @facebook account using login approvals to ensure only you are accessing your account @Insafenetwork

Thank you for helping us raise awareness around the issue of cybercrime. I look forward to continuing to work on this initiative during my time as President in order to better assist law enforcement agencies as they deal with this global threat.

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2014 Line-of-Duty Officer Deaths: An Overview

In 2014, line-of-duty deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States increased from 2013 figures but remained notably lower than the previous ten-year average. There were 126 line-of-duty deaths to state, local, tribal, or federal law enforcement officers. Of the 126 fatalities:

  • 50 were the result of firearms-related incidents.
  • 49 were the result of traffic-related incidents.
  • 27 officers died from other causes, including heart attacks and non-vehicular-related incidents.
  • Average age of officer was 41.
  • Average length of service was 12 years.

Among the 50 firearms-related fatalities, there are a number of notable trends:

  • 15 officers were killed in ambush attacks, a 200% increase from 2013.
  • 8 officers were killed during a traffic stop or a pursuit, a 300% increase from 2013.
  • Perpetrators used handguns in over two-thirds of firearms incidents.

The IACP educates law enforcement executives on the range of technologies and equipment that can be deployed to prevent and mitigate the effects of firearm violence, the importance of vests, and the importance of awareness. The IACP participates in the “Vests Save Lives” campaign and partners with DuPont on the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors’ Club to increase the use of personal body armor and reduce officer fatalities and disabilities. In 2011, the IACP passed a resolution encouraging mandatory vest use among law enforcement officers. Finally, in 2014 IACP published an Ambush Fact Sheet which provides a comprehensive overview of ambush attacks on law enforcement personnel since 1990 and designed a Fit for Duty poster that looks at officer vulnerabilities.

The IACP promotes physical wellness of officers as part of the Center for Officer Safety and Wellness. 24 officers died in 2014 due to medical illness, including at least 15 who suffered fatal heart attacks. As part of its Reducing Officer Injuries initiative, IACP has released the Impact of Fitness and Weight on Injuries fact sheet and the Reducing Officer Injuries study Final Report which highlight the importance of physical wellness. Recently, IACP also released two resources examining the importance of officer nutrition:

  1. A pocket guide for patrol officers providing healthy on-the-go meal options, and
  2. A fact sheet written for law enforcement leadership to encourage nutrition guidance and education as part of formal and informal departmental training.

Finally, traffic-related fatalities, whether automobile or motorcycle crashes or officers struck on the side of the road, continue to account for a glaring percentage of line-of-duty deaths despite being significantly down from previous decades. Five more officers died in traffic-related incidents in 2014 than in 2013. The IACP has produced roll-call videos, developed resolutions, and continuously highlights other new and relevant materials and reports to help law enforcement leaders better address fatalities caused by traffic-related incidents. These include:

It is IACP’s position that no injury to or death of a law enforcement professional is acceptable and strives to improve awareness on a range of complex officer safety issues. For more information on the IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness, please visit http://www.theiacp.org/officersafety. If you have officer safety and wellness best practices to share or have a specific topic that you would like to see addressed, please contact the Center at officersafety@theiacp.org.

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IACP Launches Protect and Serve Webpage

In December, IACP President Richard Beary announced the creation of a new initiative, Protect and Serve. We are excited to announce that the Protect and Serve webpage has launched and is available at http://www.theiacp.org/protectandserve. Through this initiative, the IACP is providing officers and executives with the tools and resources they need to educate the public on the role of law enforcement and help build sustainable community relationships.

The site brings together a collection of new and existing resources. On the webpage, you will find talking points, model policies, facts and figures about law enforcement, stories from the field, research reports, legislative resources, communications materials, and much more.

Visit the Protect and Serve page http://www.theiacp.org/protectandserve to learn more and to access these resources. If you have a good story or innovative program you would like to share contact us at protectandserve@theiacp.org.

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The 2015 IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards Call for Entries

The 2015 IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards Call for Entries

For the 17th year, the IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Awards will recognize and pay tribute to departments worldwide that have collaborated with their communities to bring about change, address crime and terrorism, and make their communities and nations a safer place to live, work, and play. Share with the world how your department has addressed these challenges through collaboration, prevention, and proactive partnerships. Winners will be honored at the 2015 IACP Annual Conference in Chicago, October 24-27, 2015. The winning agency from each category also receives one complimentary annual conference registration, transportation for one to and from the conference, and one hotel room for five nights while at the conference.

The deadline to enter is June 7, 2015 midnight EST. To enter online, please visit www.iacpcommunitypolicing.org or www.theiacp.org

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Community Policing: The Next Generation

The IACP is pleased to announce their project, Community Policing: The Next Generation, funded by a grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice.

This project will focus on the important relationship between communities and the police agencies that serve them.

The IACP will utilize social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube videos to increase awareness and educate the general public and police agencies on the best methods and steps to ensure a community policing model. Staff will also analyze past winners of the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award, generating benchmarks of innovative community policing concepts.

For more information about the project please contact Rosemary DeMenno at demennor@theiacp.org.

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National Mentoring Month: How a Mentor Can Assist a New Police Chief’s Leadership Transition

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, we are sharing stories about the value of law enforcement mentoring. Earlier in the month, Chief Dave Funkhouser discussed the importance of serving as a mentor to the next generation of law enforcement leaders.

Few events in the life of a police agency are as critical, as visible, or as stressful as a change in leadership. In this post, Chief Brian Reedy of the New Holstein, Wisconsin, Police Department shares his thoughts on how having a mentor helped with his leadership transition.

BR Mentor Blog 3It was just over five years ago, after receiving the phone call from the Mayor, that I learned I was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of New Holstein. My thoughts at the time were a mixture of excitement and hesitancy knowing there was going to be some hurdles I would have to overcome. At the time I was the least senior officer of the department, and now I was going to be the Chief. The majority of the department was senior officers and support staff who had been with the department for more than 10 plus years. I knew some changes had to be made to make the department more efficient and effective for the community we served.

A few months after being appointed, I reached out to the IACP New Police Chief Mentoring program.  I recall the day (as it was yesterday) that I received a phone call from my mentor. We spoke at length over the phone about our department, the community, and my “concerns.” He then took the time out of his day to come and meet with me, and we talked for a couple of hours. The assistance, advice, and many resources he has provided to me over the past few years have been outstanding! 

It doesn’t matter how small or large of a department, we serve we all encounter similar issues and are each willing to help each other. To this day I still keep in contact with my mentor.”

Brian Reedy
Chief of Police – City of New Holstein, Wisconsin

Are you a newer chief ready to find a mentor through IACP’s New Police Chief Mentoring Program?

For questions about finding or becoming a law enforcement mentor, contact Jennifer Styles at mentoring@theiacp.org or 703-647-6804.

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IACP Releases Report from National Summit on Community-Police Relations

A Message from IACP President Richard Beary

I am pleased to announce the release of the report from the IACP National Policy Summit on Community-Police Relations: Advancing a Culture of Cohesion and Community Trust. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to present the report to President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. It is our hope that the recommendations from this report will aid the Task Force as they continue the insightful work they are doing to examine and strengthen community-police relations.

We also hope that this report will be used as a call to action by every law enforcement executive and every law enforcement agency to take stock and recommit to the principles of justice and service that are at the core of the oath that police officers take.

The report stresses that law enforcement leaders should strive daily to build strong, trusting community-police relationships and recognizes that, in many areas, more can be done. The report also makes clear that the challenges we are currently facing, were not created in a vacuum, and will not be solved by law enforcement alone. Instead, the solution lies in making progress in a number of areas, and requires coordination and collaboration at all levels. Therefore, recommendations for key stakeholders, such as community and political leaders, are also included in this report.

As law enforcement leaders, we understand that policing is a unique profession. The reason each and every one of us took an oath to become a police officer is because we want to help others. We are highly committed to ensuring the safety of the public. We knew that wearing a badge would bring challenges, that we would sometimes be up against the worst of humanity, and we would witness some truly devastating things. But we also knew that for all the bad we would encounter, that our days would also be filled with good. We would have the opportunity to rescue the abused, assist the helpless, reunite missing children with their parents, prevent an individual from committing suicide, keep a child from going down the wrong path, and most importantly, save lives.

However, despite the nobility of our profession, recent events are a strong reminder that we must never be complacent in our efforts to sustain trust across police and the communities they serve. We must continue to reevaluate, recommit, and renew our focus on sustaining trusting relationships with all segments of the community. This movement is not “revolutionary,” but rather, “evolutionary.” It is change that takes time, patience, and, when successful, results in the betterment of all. This is an opportunity to lead for both police and community leaders that cannot go unattended.

As you continue your daily efforts to protect and serve your communities, I urge all of you to carefully review this report and its recommendations.

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Take Time to Say Thanks: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today, January 9th, 2015, we join several other law enforcement organizations and citizens in showing support for law enforcement officers through National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).  In light of the recent negativity directed towards the law enforcement community, we need to show these brave men and women that we are thankful for all that they do.

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day in order to confront crime and violence in our communities and safeguard the citizens they were sworn to protect. On average, a U.S. law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours. More than 50,000 officers are assaulted, and more than 15,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year.

This past year was particularly devastating for the law enforcement community. 126 officers were killed in the line of duty and violent ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers increased. In 2014, fifteen officers nationwide were killed in ambush assaults, matching 2012 for the highest total since 1995. Not many other professions have such risks.

We ask that you join us today in thanking law enforcement officers for their public service and for all that they do to help others. You can show your support in a numberLEAD image of ways:

  • Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at http://www.facebook.com/nationalcops
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement
  • Shine a blue light in your house

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, say thank you.

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Statement of IACP President Richard Beary on Paris Attack

“As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am horrified and deeply troubled by the tragic events that have taken place in Paris, France today. I, along with the membership of the IACP, mourn the lives of those who have perished and applaud the bravery and dedication of the law enforcement officers who gave their lives in an effort to protect the innocent victims of this horrific attack.

As the French National Police and other agencies in France continue their efforts to apprehend those responsible for this attack, I want them to know that they have the support of the global policing community.

Sadly, today’s events once again demonstrate the troubling reality that no community and no nation is immune from the threat of violence. Around the world, law enforcement officers confront crime and the threat of violence on a daily basis. We must continue to ensure that all agencies have the resources, training and support necessary to protect both their communities and the citizens they serve.

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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