Four things keeping police departments from deploying body-worn cameras

This blog post is sponsored by Microsoft.

After launching a body-worn camera program, the Oakland Police Department reported 18 months without an officer-involved shooting, in a city that used to average about eight a year.1 Still, many law enforcement agencies nationwide are slow to adopt. Why?

  • Citizen privacy. Privacy considerations need to be balanced against the need for police transparency and evidence collection.
  • Impact on community relationships. Policies need to include open communications about cameras with community members to respect and protect their positive community relationships.
  • Compliance requirements. Video connected to a criminal case is required by the FBI to comply with CJIS Security Policy.
  • Logistical and resource requirements. Security, reliability, cost, and technical capacity are all essential factors when choosing a data storage method.

In Police Body-Worn Cameras: Lessons from the Early Adopters, you’ll get insight into the privacy, relationship, logistic, and compliance concerns that police forces must consider.

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1 CBS, SF Bay Area, Oakland Mayor Says Police Body Cameras Have Cut Use-of-Force Incidents Significantly in 5 Years, December 17, 2014.

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The IACP’s Community Policing Committee Meets in Phoenix

On March 12th and 13th, the IACP’s Community Policing Committee met for its annual mid-year meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  The new Chair of the Committee, Dr. Ronal Serpas, lead discussions ranging from the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Awards to the IACP/COPS project Community Policing: The Next Generation.

Bob Stanberry, Solution Business Development Manager and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor at Cisco Systems, proposed adding a special technology category to the awards.  There was also a presentation by Greg Wilburn of Presidio Networked Solutions regarding technology available to better connect police departments with public services and the community. An update on the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award winners analysis was shared with Committee members and suggestions are being integrated into the document outline.

Dr. Serpas discussed the Cure Violence report that looks at increasing the understanding of generational cycles of violence and its effect on crime. Cure Violence is an NGO that works to stop the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control. This report addresses the need to get resources on the ground to help mediate the impact of mental illnesses, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The meeting closed out with an update from the FBI and an update on the IACP’s Protect and Serve Initiative.  New Orleans was chosen as the location for the Mid-Year Meeting of 2016.

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Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement: A Perspective from the Tennessee Highway Patrol

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have come together to focus on developing strategies and deliverables to enhance the Drive to Save Lives/Drive Toward Zero Campaign by incorporating large truck and bus enforcement. The IACP’s Divisions of State and Provincial Police and State Association of Chiefs of Police have been working together to develop regional and highway-based enforcement efforts to reduce crashes, promising practices and share lessons learned. Most recently, the IACP’s S&P and SACOP Division met to discuss the project and to determine the best ways to support law enforcement’s large truck and bus enforcement mission. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has recognized the Tennessee Highway Patrol with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Award in 2005 and 2014. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has been seen as a leader in invocative commercial vehicle enforcement (CVE) strategies for many years. Colonel Tracy Trott, head of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, has provided best practices and lessons learned below for all agencies to utilize.

Guest blog by: Tracy Trott, Colonel, Tennessee Highway Patrol (First-Vice Chair, IACP’s State and Provincial Police Division)

In 2004 Tennessee elected to merge our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers into State Troopers. This was a controversial move because it required salaries and job responsibilities to be equalized. State Troopers were required to learn to be a North American Standard Level III Inspector (Level I for some assignments) and complete at least 32 commercial vehicle inspections per year. Commercial Vehicle Officers had to learn more about traffic enforcement and crash investigation.

This transition set the stage for innovative work in commercial motor vehicle enforcement in the state of Tennessee. A partnership was formed with Oak Ridge Laboratories and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to create a “Technology Corridor” in several of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) scale facilities using advance technology to enforce standards. There are six inspection sites that are being re-built or updated with the latest pre-screening technology. This move is to assure the best in accuracy and efficiency in utilizing manpower and resources to inspect commercial vehicles. These advanced technologies include Performance Based Brake Testers (PBBTs), Smart Infrared Roadside Inspection Systems (SIRISs), DOT readers and License Plate Readers (LPRs).

Using and creating innovative strategies have helped THP accomplish the state’s goals for road safety. THP currently utilizes a state owned commercial vehicle semi-truck and motor coach to target seat belt violations and texting drivers in three of our THP Districts. Other examples can be found below.

  • Knoxville and Chattanooga districts have established strike forces which set up along areas where the Troopers utilize the semi-truck and spotter to easily identify drivers who are engaged in distracted activities such as texting along with seat belt violations and will alert nearby road personnel who can pull the vehicle over and enforce these infractions.
  • Nashville district has established Operation Round-about where troopers utilize a state owned motor coach and two spotters within in the unit to travel around the Interstate systems in the Nashville area. Upon identifying violations for distracted driving or texting, unmarked units used in conjunction with the assignment make the traffic stop and take the appropriate enforcement action.

The Tennessee Mobile Inspection Station (MIS) is a full scale facility on wheels and is another resource. It is utilized to reach CMV’s in rural and urban areas where no fixed facilities are available. It is also equipped with the same state of the art technology as the fixed inspection facilities. The MIS is equipped with mobile PBBTs, portable scales, as well as LPRs, DOT readers, and the Infrared Inspection System. This mobile inspection station is another example of how the Tennessee Highway Patrol has chosen to blanket the state. It enables law enforcement to maintain safety in rural areas, as well as the heavily travelled connecting interstates.

After 10 years, it is safe to say the merger was a good idea and a success for Tennessee. All Troopers now have the ability to do Level III Inspections and enforce the Federal Motor Carrier guidelines. Many Troopers are Level I certified along with Hazardous Material, Cargo, and Tanker certifications. State Troopers now man all scale facilities and DUI and Interdiction enforcement in those facilities have vastly improved. North American Standard Level III training has become the norm in our academy and Level I certification is desirable by many Troopers to compete for certain promotions. There are nine commercial vehicle weigh station facilities. Tennessee has approximately 65 troopers assigned to fixed scale facilities.

Tennessee is most proud of its recent educational accomplishment which is a first of its kind in the country. It is an interactive driving simulator known as the “Teens and Trucks” simulator. The primary focus is to educate teen drivers regarding sharing the road with large trucks. The six individual simulators Contained in the tractor trailer allow teen drivers to experience driving around commercial vehicles via the virtual simulator with seven different scenarios. This tool is in high demand by high schools across the state.

Building upon partnerships with local intuitions and the federal government have helped THP and the state of Tennessee greatly. The combination of technology, equipment, innovative approaches and educational tools have been very impactful for commercial vehicle safety in our state. I hope the above examples will help you with your commercial vehicle enforcement efforts. Don’t forget, bad behaviors are bad behaviors no matter if it is a car or truck. No matter the size of the agency, keeping our roadways safe is a team approach. If you have any questions about commercial motor vehicle enforcement or what is specifically going on in the state of Tennessee please contact,

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Portland police pair data with professional insight to help tackle domestic violence

This blog post sponsored by IBM.

Learn how the Portland Police Bureau increased domestic violence investigations by 111% and arrests by 21%

Manually prioritizing domestic violence cases took Portland’s police several hours each day – time that they wanted to spend pursuing suspects. Using analytics to predict which suspects are likely to re-offend now gives investigators more time to pursue the most dangerous offenders.

Download the case study now and get the details on how IBM predictive analytics software has helped the DVRU focus its resources on apprehending the most dangerous offenders, improve investigator productivity, boost case investigations by more than 111% and increase the number of cases cleared via arrest by 21%.

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Nominations for IACP August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award

IACP recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system. The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award honors the proactive, innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement.

Nominations for selection of the 2015 awards are now being accepted in the following categories:

  • Current or Past Contribution by a Police Agency or Individual
  • Current or Past Forensic Science Collaboration
  • Innovation in Forensic Technology (by an Individual or Forensic Science Provider in the Public or Private Sector))
  • Significant Investigative Value in a Major Crime

Complete information, application, and submission criteria can be found at: Submissions must be received by May 15th, 2015.

For further information contact IACP Forensic Committee staff liaison Michael Rizzo at or 800-843-4227 ext 818.

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Upcoming Oregon Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women Crimes

In August 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 August 18th through 21st, 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 May 8th, 2015.

We encourage Oregon law enforcement executives to submit completed applications and supporting documents as soon as possible to be considered for the August 2015 event. For more information, please contact Michael Rizzo, Project Manager, at or call 1-800-The-IACP ext. 818.

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Insight Needed for the “Great Ideas in Law Enforcement” 2015 Edition

Looking at the long history behind policing, it’s evident that law enforcement has undergone many changes over the years. Behind this evolution is the drive to constantly improve and bring the best people and policies together to build safe communities across the world. Those improvements often start with something that seems small—an idea. Voicing new ideas takes a lot of courage, but those ideas are necessary, leading to more ideas, research, policy, practice, and overall evolution for the law enforcement profession. That’s why the IACP is asking for people tell us what they think.

In the September 2015 issue, the Police Chief magazine’s theme will be “Great Ideas in Law Enforcement.” We want insight from people from across the world, inside and outside of law enforcement, about what they believe needs to change and how it will better law enforcement. How would you reinvent policing? What methods could improve police practices like crime fighting, community safety, or the use of technology? Write about your idea and how it will affect law enforcement and send it to us! If your idea makes us say “Why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?” we’ll include it in September’s issue of the Police Chief.

The submission deadline is May 1, 2015. Each submission must be original and previously unpublished.

For more information, guidelines, and the submission form, go to or contact Dianne Beer-Maxwell at

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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 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.

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 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.

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 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

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