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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National Mentoring Month: An Experienced Chief’s Perspective on the Value of Mentoring a New Police Chief

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, we asked Chief Dave Funkhouser of the Kiel, Wisconsin, Police Department to share his experience as a mentor with IACP’s New Police Chief Mentoring program:

KPD-DF-2014_Blog“Remember your first day as Chief? I do. It was a mix of excitement and concern and joy and hesitation all rolled up in a big old ball of emotions. On the outside I was looking good and ready to go but inside I was flopping like a fish out of water. Would I make the right decision? How do I handle the Mayor, the media, the public if something really bad happens? Those were just some of the questions I had circling in my head. But I also had a comforting feeling of support too. I knew my job, I was confident in my abilities, but even more so, I knew I had a network of fellow chiefs that were there to help me and they did. One call or email often resulted in numerous responses of guidance and advice. More often than not I had already made the right decision but to have it verified by one or more of my peers was extremely helpful.

That’s why when I had the opportunity to give back to our profession as a mentor, I did so without hesitation. I can say that being a mentor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career as Chief of Police. Being able to provide assistance and guidance to a newly hired Chief is extremely gratifying because you are giving back to a profession that has given so much to others and this is a chance to give back to us. To be able to give back by helping those of us just starting out in the position as Chief of Police is a great feeling and only strengthens our profession overall. Over the years I have developed many long lasting friendships and an amazing network of support throughout the career field. We are all in this together and we are foolish if we do not help each other by sharing our experiences, good and bad, and offer support and advice to those of us just starting out. I strongly encourage my fellow Chiefs to consider mentoring others in our profession.”

Dave Funkhouser
Chief of Police – City of Kiel (WI)
1st Vice President – Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association

Are you ready to give back to the law enforcement profession as a mentor?

IACP’s New Police Chief Mentoring program provides a platform for new and experienced chiefs to connect, share information, work through issues, and advance the quality of leadership in the profession. Mentor pairings may be brief to work through a specific issue or they may follow a more traditional mentor relationship of three to six months. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to establish their own timelines and needs.

For questions about becoming a mentor or finding a mentoring, contact Jennifer Styles at mentoring@theiacp.org or 1-800-THE-IACP, ext. 804.

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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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