IACP Talks Partnership with Pretrial Services

NAPSA_LogoAt the 2014 National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) Annual Conference held September 7-10 in Denver, CO, the IACP partnered with the National Association of Counties on the opening plenary panel discussion, “Partners in Pretrial Reform: How to Effectively Engage Law Enforcement and Local Elected Officials.”

Chief Frank Straub, Spokane, WA, represented IACP’s perspective as member of IACP’s Pretrial Justice Champions Group. The panel addressed the value of pretrial risk assessment and risk-based release to both public safety and to responsible fiscal management.

Chief Straub commented to the more than 650 pretrial service providers in attendance, “We were just arresting everyone and taking them to jail and finally, common sense set in. We asked ourselves, ‘Who do we send to jail? Why? Does it make sense? Can we afford it?’ We know that we need strong reentry resources, but really, we need to make sure we have appropriate entry procedures. Pretrial detention or release decisions should be risk-based so that we detain the right people for the right reasons.”

NAPSA Conference attendees were encouraged to be risk takers and collaboration builders and reach out to law enforcement leaders and local elected officials to engage them in supporting pretrial services, including the use of a validated risk assessment tool to inform detain/release decisions.

At the 2013 NAPSA Conference, IACP was presented with the Partners Award for the proactive work of the Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative, which is supported by the Public Welfare Foundation. To learn more about how IACP is encouraging law enforcement to be proactive partners with pretrial services providers, visit www.theiacp.org/pretrial or contact Program Manager Dianne Beer-Maxwell at maxwell@theiacp.org.

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IACP Names New Deputy Executive Director

The IACP is pleased to announce the appointment of Commissioner Gwen Boniface (retired) as its deputy executive director.

Commissioner Boniface previously served as the Transnational Organized Crime Expert with the United Nations Police Division, New York, where she was tasked with addressing organized crime in conflict and post-conflict countries, particularly West Africa.

Prior to working for the United Nations, Commissioner Boniface served for three years in Ireland as the Deputy Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight mechanism established for An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police service.

In addition, Commissioner Boniface spent thirty years with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Canada where she started as constable and retired as Commissioner in 2006. During this time she was president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as a Commissioner with the Law Commission of Canada.  She is also the recipient of the Order of Merit of Police Forces and the Order of Ontario.

Commissioner Boniface is a long-time member of the IACP, and has served as the general chair of the IACP’s Division of State and Provincial Police, and as a member of IACP’s Board of Officers and Executive Committee.

Commissioner Boniface is a graduate of York University and a law graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.

 

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

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

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Conference Spotlight: Police Physicians Section Track

PolicePhysiciansSectionTrackFeatured in this week’s IACP 2014 Education blog series is the Police Physicians Section Track, which focuses on increasing communication between police executives and medical practitioners… all with the goal of bettering the health and wellness of each member of your law enforcement agency. Look for this icon to indicate workshops from this track.

One example of a workshop in this track is “Civilian Response to Mass Casualty Events: The Concept of Pre-First Response.” Learn how to train law enforcement officers AND civilians on providing basic first aid and stabilization techniques to those injured until EMS can arrive.

With body-worn cameras coming to the forefront in policing, another timely seminar you should check out is “Event Video versus Officer Recall: Liability Considerations,” focusing on the differences between what the video recordings of law enforcement proceedings show and what the officer remembers. Donald Dawes, an emergency physician with the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, and Jeffrey Ho, Deputy Sheriff for Meeker County, Minnesota, will present valuable insight on this topic to IACP 2014 attendees.

So if you’re looking to implement tried-and-true methods to improve your department’s medical wellness, come to IACP 2014 and check out the Police Physicians Section Track! Workshops are offered from Sunday, October 26, through Tuesday, October 28.

Have questions? Visit our conference website at www.theIACPconference.org to register, book your hotel or browse the online workshop listings!

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Call for Pilot Sites: National Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

An Evidence-based Approach to Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma in Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and Victim Assistance and Emergency Medical Services Providers

 Northeastern University (Boston, MA), in collaboration with IACP and other partners, is seeking pilot sites to participate in a national-scope project to implement and evaluate a toolkit addressing vicarious trauma. The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) Project, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), was born out of the critical need to address vicarious trauma in first responders who offer support to victims of crime and are routinely exposed to violent traumatic events. The VTT will be an online repository of tangible tools and resources collected from a nationwide survey of first responder agencies. Pilot sites are now being sought to test-drive the Toolkit to ensure that it meets the intended purpose of providing a practical resource for agencies to identify and respond to vicarious trauma experienced by law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) providers, victim assistance professionals, and other first responders.

More information, including the pilot site application form, can be found here: http://www.northeastern.edu/iuhrp/projects/current/vicarious-trauma-toolkit-vtt/.  The deadline for applications is October 22, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. An informational conference call for agencies interested in applying to be considered for this unprecedented opportunity will be held September 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The call in number is (712)432-1212, ID# 850-992-428.

For more information about the project inquiries can be directed to: VTToolkit@neu.edu.

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Conference Spotlight: A Snapshot of Orlando

There is a reason Orlando, Florida, is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” – because it is indeed beautiful! We are thrilled to be having IACP 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center – West Building October 25-28. Orlando combines business-friendly amenities with family-friendly attractions and a variety of accommodations to fit every taste and budget, perfect for bringing your family and relaxing with your team after a day full of education and networking.

Orange County is known for more than just its amusement parks – it offers some of the world’s greatest museums! Visit Loch Haven Park for The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and more. In Winter Park, you can enjoy the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, or the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, which is a rebuilt Spanish farm with tours and live musical performances offered.

Visit Orlando, Orlando’s official visitor’s bureau, is providing special prices for conference delegates and their companions to major theme parks, such as SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, and Walt Disney World. Participate in the Show Your Badge program by simply showing your conference badge at participating restaurants to get special offers on your meals, or get a free Magicard Deal Discount Card to receive numerous discounts on transportation, dining, and attractions.

Even on a small budget, you can still enjoy all of the conference’s benefits, thanks to a one-stop shop for all of the discounts provided by Visit Orlando. You can find all these and more information about the city at iacp.orlandomeetinginfo.com.

Are you looking for more information on booking hotels and registering for conference? Visit the official IACP 2014 website at www.theIACPconference.org.

See you in Orlando!

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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: Legal Officers Section Track

This weLegalOfficersSectionTrackek in the IACP 2014 Education blog series, we are featuring the Legal Officers Section Track! Look for this icon on our conference website and app to signify workshops from this track.

Trying to keep your agency up with the changing times? The Legal Officers Section Track helps break down the newest legal issues facing police departments. Check out these two examples of workshops from this track:

• Tactical Operations Liability: Recent years have seen an uptick in the use of SWAT teams… and with it an upswing in lawsuits. Learn how to protect your law enforcement agency from the liabilities that are hitting others hard.

• Recording Officers’ Conduct: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls: It seems everything can record police officers’ conduct nowadays… attend this incredibly relevant workshop to help your department navigate how to remain transparent and liability-free!

Not convinced yet? You should be! The Legal Officers Section Track offers sessions during the conference from October 25 through October 27, but be sure to stay for the entirety of IACP 2014, which ends October 28!

IACP 2014 will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center – West Building. If you have any questions, you should pay a visit to the official conference website at www.theIACPconference.org, where you can register, book a hotel, or find more information about special events like IACP’s Host Chief’s Night or the 121st Annual Banquet. See you in Orlando!

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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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