Conference Spotlight: Getting to Orlando for IACP 2014

Millions of people travel to Orlando, Florida, for business and vacation every year, so it’s no wonder that Orlando is one of the most easily accessible cities in the United States. This also makes it the perfect location for IACP 2014, as conference attendees can utilize many different transportations options to get to the city.

Over 40 airlines fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO), with airfare rates among the cheapest in U.S. airports. On top of that, special airline discounts between 2%-10% off are available from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines – only for IACP 2014 attendees! Find these deals on our conference website.

Several major highways also help connect travelers to Orlando:

  • Interstate 4 connects Interstates 95 and 75 and runs right through the heart of Orlando.
  • State Road 528 joins Orlando, Orlando International Airport, the East Coast beaches, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • State Road 417 (the GreeneWay) is a Beltway that circles the city of Orlando.
  • State Road 408 (East-West Expressway) also goes right through the city of Orlando, connecting the Florida Turnpike to State Road 50 (Colonial Drive).
  • The Florida Turnpike provides a way from Interstate 74 through central Florida on to Miami.

Various transportation methods from Orlando International Airport help connect travelers to their destinations in Orlando:

  • IACP 2014 attendees receive discounted rates on shared ride shuttle services, thanks to SuperShuttle Orlando! Find out more information here.
  • Taxis can be found on both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal; taxi cab rates from the airport to local areas can be found here.
  • Orlando International Airport boasts the largest selection of rental car companies – visit their website to see a full list.
  • Orlando’s public bus system, LYNX, has routes servicing the Orange County Convention Center and the airport.

Remember, IACP 2014 is being held from October 25-28 at the Orange County Convention Center – West Building. Looking for more information on getting around Orlando, booking a hotel, or registering? Visit our conference website for the best deals on hotels and transportation at www.theIACPconference.org.

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Speed Enforcement: A Way to Catch the Bad Guys

Last week the Ohio State Highway Patrol made two traffic stops where speed was the initial violation, but which ultimately resulted in the seizing of marijuana and heroin.

While many of the stops that officers make for speeding simply result in a warning or speeding ticket, these examples from Ohio highlight the fact that, in many instances, what would appear to be a traffic stop can lead to evidence of other criminal activity. 

Since speeding is often the primary violation that leads to a traffic stop it is important that agencies have well developed department policies, regular device calibration, and officer training. As law enforcement it is important to ensure that the devices being used to verify speed are collecting accurate data. Taking these steps helps ensure proof of the original violation, speeding, preventing the exclusion of evidence of other crimes.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), maintains a standing subcommittee under the Highway Safety Committee, entitled the Enforcement Technologies Advisory Technical Subcommittee (ETATS). The subcommittee meets three times a year to maintain the minimum performance specifications for radar and lidar, which are published by NHTSA. These standards are designed to ensure that speed-measuring devices are both accurate and reliable when properly maintained and operated.

The IACP also maintains the Conforming Products Listing (CPL). The CPL lists radar and lidar devices that have undergone testing and are in compliance with the minimum performance specification for that technology. Law enforcement agencies should use the CPL as one of their criteria when purchasing speed-measuring equipment.

 For more information regarding ETATS click here

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Webinar to explore using data to help predict and prevent traffic accidents and fatalities

The following blog post is sponsored by IBM.

Police departments throughout the U.S. have been trying for years to find ways to cut the number of accidents and fatalities occurring on the country’s highways. But one solution—based on data analytics—has begun to generate a lot of attention (and a fair amount of success) recently.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is using sophisticated analytic software to help reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. The Crash Reduction Analyzing Statistical History program—or C.R.A.S.H.—helps predict where and when traffic accidents are most likely to occur, so highway patrol teams can be deployed to trouble spots ahead of time and head off potential crashes or offer immediate assistance in cases where accidents do occur.

Funded by federal grants, the system analyzes data on everything from weather patterns and accident histories to special events and home football schedules to help pinpoint likely problems. And thanks to IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics technology, the program has achieved a 72 percent accuracy rate in its first six months.

Attend a free webinar on Thursday, September 18 at 2 pm EDT and learn more about how the program works and what the future may hold for programs like this.

Register now at http://event.on24.com/clients/IBMSWG/THP_webinar?partnerref=IACPblog

This blog post is sponsored by IBM. 

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Conference Spotlight: Smaller Agency Certificate Track

SmallerAgencyCertificateTrackFor this week’s IACP 2014 Education blog series, we are featuring the Smaller Agency Certificate Track. Look for this icon on our conference website and app to indicate workshops from this track.

If you are a police executive in a department serving an area with 50,000 or fewer residents, come to IACP 2014 from October 25 through October 28! Since 2001, the Smaller Agency Certificate Track has provided guidance in distinctive challenges facing executives of smaller police departments, like in these two sessions:

Challenging the “Like We Did in the Old Days” Mentality: Making Progressive Changes in a Smaller Department without a Large Budget:  Have you just inherited the top position in a smaller agency and are wondering how to make changes to a system that has been doing things the same way for years? Chief Robert Malasuk of the Village of Greendale, Wisconsin, Police Department, has some helpful insight and words of wisdom for you! Swing by on Sunday, October 26, at 9:30 AM to hear this inspiring workshop.

The Impact of Human Trafficking on Small Communities: Anyone, anywhere, can be a victim of human trafficking – learn how this applies to smaller departments and how they can respond to this crime. Five experts from local and federal law enforcement will share their knowledge on meeting victims’ needs and conducting thorough investigations – so mark Monday, October 27, at 8:00 AM on your itinerary at IACP 2014.

If you have any questions, visit the official conference website at www.theIACPconference.org which offers plenty of information on registration, housing, education and networking events.

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Addressing Cyber Threats

Calls to conduct cyber attacks against law enforcement agencies and individual officers have reemerged, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). These attacks can include scanning agency networks for vulnerabilities, sending emails containing malicious attachments and links, and gathering and posting officers’ personal information online. Agencies are also reporting being victimized by “ransomware,” which infects files and computers and demands that the victim pay before a countdown clock runs out. Recent activity suggests that threats against officers’ families are also being targeted by hacktivists and other individuals.

Agencies and individual employees can protect against these threats by:

  • Using privacy settings on social media sites and encouraging employees and their family members to do the same;
  • Requiring security settings on all agency devices and personal devices that will be connected to agency networks;
  • Carefully considering what is posted and the potential implications of what is posted on social media sites;
  • Paying close attention to links and attachments included in emails, especially if the sender is unknown;
  • Routinely updating hardware and software applications including firewalls and antivirus programs;
  • Requiring strong passwords that include upper case and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols and requiring that these passwords be changed routinely; and,
  • Establishing social media and Internet use policies and procedures, educating employees about the risks and their roles in mitigating them, and explaining the policies.

Internet safety is not only something that you should be teaching your community, it is something your agency and employees should be practicing. For more information online officer safety, the IACP Center for Social Media has an online safety fact sheet. To report an attempted or successful attack, scam, or other Internet crime, visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.IC3.gov.

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Illinois Midsize Agencies Recap Fall Working Lunch

The IACP Midsize Agencies Section members from Illinois held their annual Fall “working lunch” meeting on August 19th at the Tinley Park Convention Center outside Chicago.  The lunch is held in conjunction with the Midwest Security & Police Expo each year.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn  addresses Illinois Midsize Agency Chiefs at their Fall working lunch

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn addresses Illinois Midsize Agency Chiefs at their Fall working lunch

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was the keynote speaker, and Chief Steve Neubauer of the Tinley Park Police Department served as host for the meeting that was underwritten by Motorola.  Governor Quinn spoke very frankly about funding challenges for the Illinois State Police and the importance of maintaining the number of troopers on the highways.  State police staffing has widespread support among midsize chiefs as municipal agencies would likely have to fill gaps to handle the workload if there were less troopers.  The Governor also spoke about legislation limiting access to high capacity firearm magazines designed to protect law enforcement and limit school shooting tragedies.

Later, there was a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics including a preview of the IACP Conference in Orlando and the Midsize Agencies meeting.  The group discussed the possible impact of the new Illinois Medical Marijuana law as it relates to pre-employment screening for both civilian & sworn employees.  The issue of 911 PSAP funding was also discussed, with the pressure to consolidate with smaller agencies being a concern in the coming years.

The Illinois Mids is an informal group of two dozen chiefs who serve approximately 1/5 of Illinois residents living outside the city of Chicago.  Members belong to both the IACP Midsize Agencies Section as well as the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP).  The group tries to meet twice a year, once in the Spring in the State Capitol of Springfield located in central Illinois and again in the Fall up North in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.  The “working lunches” are held in conjunction with gatherings of the ILACP to minimize travel and time away from the office.

Midsize departments confront a range of “big city” issues, but without the same resources to deal with them.  Gangs, drugs, serving diverse communities, staffing challenges, media relations and shrinking budgets are frequent items brought up during the roundtable discussions.  While the purpose of the gatherings is to discuss mutual issues and to exchange new strategies—the Illinois Mids also use the lunch meetings to network and build relationships that prove beneficial throughout the year.

Mark your calendars – The Midsize Agencies Section meeting during the 2014 IACP Annual Conference will be Saturday, October 25th at 1pm in room W304CD.

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The following blog post is sponsored by IBM.

Police departments throughout the U.S. have been trying for years to find ways to cut the number of accidents and fatalities occurring on the country’s highways. But one solution—based on data analytics—has begun to generate a lot of attention (and a fair amount of success) recently.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is using sophisticated analytic software to help reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. The Crash Reduction Analyzing Statistical History program—or C.R.A.S.H.—helps predict where and when traffic accidents are most likely to occur, so highway patrol teams can be deployed to trouble spots ahead of time and head off potential crashes or offer immediate assistance in cases where accidents do occur.

Funded by federal grants, the system analyzes data on everything from weather patterns and accident histories to special events and home football schedules to help pinpoint likely problems. And thanks to IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics technology, the program has achieved a 72 percent accuracy rate in its first six months.

Attend a free webinar hosted by IBM on Thursday, September 18 at 2 pm EDT and learn more about how the program works and what the future may hold for programs like this.

Register for the webinar now at http://event.on24.com/clients/IBMSWG/THP_webinar?partnerref=IACPblog

Learn more about C.R.A.S.H and how THP is using it.

This blog post is sponsored by IBM. 

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Conference Event: Domestic Violence and Firearms- Protecting Victims

On Tuesday October 28th, the National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women will hold a focus group on firearms and domestic violence at the IACP’s Annual Conference and Expo. The focus group seeks to collect information to create a national action plan on firearms and domestic violence to ultimately prevent domestic violence related homicide, suicide, and familicide. Through facilitated  discussion, participants will discuss effective practices related to firearms and domestic violence and existing domestic violence firearm prohibitions and protection order firearms prohibitions and identify tools, training and support needed for local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement.

We encourage you to include the focus group on your conference agenda. The meeting is being held on Tuesday morning, 9:00AM – 10:30AM in room W304E of the Orange County Convention Center. Be part of the conversation and have your voice included in a national agenda to reduce domestic violence homicides.

For more information on the IACP’s violence against women resources and training, please visit http://www.theiacp.org/Violence-Against-Women.

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DOJ Releases PREA Audit Instrument for Lockups

Since 2012, IACP’s Elimination of Sexual Abuse in Confinement team has been striving to raise awareness among state and local law enforcement leaders regarding implications of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and the standards of compliance for lockups released by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The PREA standards are designed to enhance safety within facilities where people are detained for any amount of time, even if an agency only has one cell. Local law enforcement will not experience any federal penalties for not complying with the PREA standards, but there may be consequences for non-compliance. An agency could be found liable if a court were to determine that non-compliance with a national standard – even though voluntary – was evidence of negligence.

Since the release of the standards, DOJ has been developing a set of tools to help agencies demonstrate compliance through an audit. The audit instrument for lockups, consisting of a pre-audit questionnaire, auditor compliance tool, instructions for an audit tour, interview protocols, auditor summary report, process map, and checklist of documentation, is now available.

There may be some agencies that are unfamiliar with the PREA standards or the particulars of the audit standard. It’s important to understand that the federal government will not be coming to audit any agencies or facilities as a result of the PREA standards. Agencies initiate their own PREA compliance audits with independent auditors. The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) maintains a list of individuals who have been certified by DOJ to conduct PREA audits in lockups. There are currently nearly 300 individuals that DOJ has certified as auditors of adult facilities, including lockups; there are several upcoming training sessions scheduled for those interested in applying to become certified as a PREA auditor.

It is also important to recognize that the standards indicate facilities that do not detain people overnight are not subject to the audit standard. This means that if an agency does not regularly detain people overnight, it does not have to be audited to demonstrate compliance (see FAQ #5 at the PRC for a definition of “overnight”).

Even though an agency may not have to participate in the audit process, it may find value in electing to audit the facility. The auditor compliance tool for lockups could even be used to conduct a self-audit. An audit will help an agency’s leadership determine where there may be areas of physical, policy, or training risk and how to improve safety in the facility for detainees and officers.

Additional information about how PREA impacts law enforcement, including the audit process, is available from the PRC or by contacting IACP’s Elimination of Sexual Abuse in Confinement team at maxwell@theiacp.org. A summary of the PREA standards for lockups can be found in IACP’s brochure, Enhancing Safety and Reducing Liability in Police Lockups & Holding Cells.

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Conference Spotlight: Host Department Track

HostDepartmentTrackEach year at an annual IACP Conference and Expo, the host city police department puts together an entire educational track to showcase topics that are not only relevant to them, but to the entire law enforcement community. We’re taking IACP 2014 to Orlando from October 25-28, so this week’s Education Track blog will feature the Host Department Track! Look for this icon on the conference website and in the program to indicate Host Department Track workshops.

Here are a couple sessions the Orlando Police Department will showcase:

Planning and Implementing a Security Plan: The Zimmerman Trial: Florida was home to the most-watched criminal trial of 2013… so how did the law enforcement agencies involved juggle security for the media and the players involved in the court case? Swing by on Sunday, October 26, at 1:00 PM for a sneak peek into the planning and operations that took place behind the scenes.

Interoperability and Inter-Agency Cooperation Models for Success: Examining Brazil’s Public Safety During the World Cup: Speaking of most-watched events, hear from experts on the mechanics behind Brazil’s plan for operating security between national and international public safety organizations at the FIFA 2014 World Cup. Hear about what worked and what lessons can be learned by coming at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, October 28.

As you can tell by the two aforementioned workshops, the Host Department Track offers some invaluable and current information on issues that are pertinent to law enforcement. This track is offered throughout the entirety of the conference from October 25-28, so there is plenty of time to make room for the Host Department Track!

While we’re on the subject of Orlando, there’s plenty for your family to do while you’re attending workshop, and great places to hang out after a day packed with networking and education. Find information on attractions and special discounts here!

Questions? Visit www.theIACPconference.org for the most up-to-date speakers, sessions and information on IACP 2014!

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