2017 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award: Nominate an Outstanding Officer Today

What does it take to become a Police Officer of the Year Award winner?

    • Rescue innocent people after a coordinated attack on a public space
    • Create industry changing tools
    • Help victims of domestic violence
    • Run into a burning building
    • Calm a community and prevent a riot

More than fifty years of past winners of the Police Officer of the Year Award have done all these things and more.

Winners have a passion and willingness to save lives and make communities safer and stronger.

Nominations from around the globe are now being accepted online for the IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award which will be awarded at the 11th Annual IACP Foundation Gala in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 21, during the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. The deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017.

Four finalists will be chosen and each will receive:

  • All-expense paid trip to IACP 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for finalist and one guest.
  • Recognition at the 11th Annual IACP Foundation Gala, where one finalist will be named the 2017 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year.
  • Recognition of the 2017 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year at the General Assembly during the IACP 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition.
  • Featured article in Police Chief Magazine.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All sworn, full-time law enforcement officers below the rank of chief are eligible.
  • Nominations may be made for exceptional achievement in any police endeavor, including but not limited to, extraordinary valor, crime prevention, investigative work, community relations, traffic safety, juvenile programs, and training efforts.
  • All nominations must be made by the head of agency.
  • Posthumous nominations are not eligible.
  • One nomination per agency.
  • Time frame for eligible events is June 1, 2016 through July 13, 2017.

For more information, to access the online application, or view past winners, please visit the Police Officer of the Year award webpage. Direct questions to Diana Beckmann at Beckmann@theIACP.org.

Posted in Awards

Setting the Record Straight About ICE

Guest Blogger: Thomas D. Homan, Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of or indicate endorsement by the IACP.

Enforcing the law is a demanding and dangerous job, whether you’re a beat cop on patrol in Chicago, Illinois; a detective working a case in Dallas, Texas; or a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer working along the U.S. national borders. Good law enforcement partnerships increase public safety and promote confidence in the security of communities, which is why I believe that it is essential that ICE continues to work with its law enforcement partners, and improve relationships by pushing back on myths and distortions that run counter to our shared objectives.

In the 15 years since its creation, ICE has built a solid record of achievement. Our officers and agents are committed to the safety and security of all people, and theirs is a story that deserves to be accurately told. Too often, however, the hard work of our deportation officers and special agents is mischaracterized in the media, and people in the United States are given a distorted, misleading, or flat-out wrong impression about who ICE is, what we do, and why it matters. As a result, the public is misinformed, and the integrity of an outstanding group of professionals who put their lives on the line every day is wrongfully called into question. With every false claim and fabricated story, the critical partnership between our organizations suffers and our ability to protect the safety of all U.S. residents is diminished.

In addition, the challenge of confronting and correcting bad information is multiplied many times over with the rise and expansion of social media, where rumors and unsubstantiated reports spread rapidly, sometimes to the point of negatively influencing community leaders and local policy makers. This can be particularly challenging when local law enforcement is prevented from working more closely with ICE as a result. I believe a more accurate telling of what ICE is doing and why we are doing it can not only help correct false reporting, but can also improve our ability to strengthen the individual relationships many of our officers and agents are building with their local law enforcement counterparts.

I want to set the record straight regarding three of the most common misperceptions of what we do reported in the media: (1) indiscriminate raids or sweeps to haphazardly arrest those suspected of being in the United States illegally; (2) arrests in schools, churches, or other sensitive locations; and (3) targeting crime victims for deportation. None of these are accurate descriptions of ICE actions.

ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement actions in compliance with U.S. federal law and agency policy. Our operations are carefully planned and executed to maximize public safety and minimize the risk to our officers. We do not conduct neighborhood raids or sweeps; instead, our officers go to a specific location to locate a specific individual. When the action is taken, it is based on a lot of investigatory and intelligence work developing leads on where we may locate the target of the arrest.

Of course, the safest, most efficient way to accomplish this targeted enforcement is for ICE officers to have access to local jails where removable criminal aliens are being held. In a majority of cases, our enforcement activities target specific individuals with a criminal history or those who have exhausted their due process rights and have a final order of removal. However, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly has made it clear that, although criminal aliens and national security threats remain our highest priority, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.

ICE’s 2011 policy memorandum on enforcement activity at sensitive locations, subject to limited exceptions, restricts enforcement actions at sensitive locations, including schools, hospitals, churches and other religious institutions, and sites during the occurrence of a public demonstration, such as a march, rally, or parade. In the rare circumstances when an enforcement action is taken at a sensitive location, the policy ensures that our special agents and deportation officers exercise sound judgment when enforcing federal law at these locations and make substantial efforts to avoid unnecessarily alarming or disrupting local communities.

Recent reporting by the media has mistakenly pointed to courthouse arrests as being an indication that ICE is ignoring its long-standing policy with respect to sensitive locations. However, the policy does not include courthouses as a sensitive location. In fact, a public courthouse, where individuals are subject to security screening prior to entry, is often the safest place for our officers to locate and arrest a wanted fugitive or criminal alien, particularly when past efforts to locate and apprehend an individual have been unsuccessful or met with resistance.

Our policy dictates that only individuals who are public safety threats can be arrested at courthouses. We arrest criminals at courthouses, not witnesses or victims. Our preference, of course, is for these individuals to be turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail, based on an ICE detainer request. Better yet, I believe we can strengthen public safety even more by increasing our access to local jails through cooperation with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Experience shows that when criminal custody transfers occur inside the secure environment of a jail or prison, it is far safer for everyone involved, including ICE and local law enforcement officers, the public, and the person being arrested. Additionally, locating priority fugitives is extremely resource-intensive; it is not uncommon for our criminal alien targets to use multiple aliases and provide authorities with false addresses. Without a viable address for a residence or place of employment, a courthouse may be our only opportunity to locate a target and take him or her safely into custody. Limiting or restricting the interaction between local and federal law enforcement is counterproductive to dismantling violent transnational gangs, exposing and preventing human trafficking, and strengthening individual and civic security. These are goals and objectives everyone in law enforcement should embrace, and ICE stands ready to do so.

We need your help. Rather than transferring convicted criminal aliens to ICE custody as requested, some agencies are routinely releasing these offenders back onto the street to potentially reoffend, and their victims are often other members of the immigrant community. While we understand that some jurisdictions are constrained by state or local laws and policies from working with us, we want to continue working with those jurisdictions to find common ground so that we can achieve our common purpose to uphold the law and protect the public. One of the concerns I’ve heard repeatedly around the country is that the visible presence of ICE officers in the community, knocking on doors and looking for fugitive and criminal aliens, is a problem—that it instills fear in the immigrant community and may also be a contributing factor to mistrust between the community and law enforcement. Although it’s been suggested that cooperating with ICE damages the relationship between local law enforcement and the community, I believe increasing ICE access to local jails would result in just the opposite; more arrests conducted in jails leads to fewer officers needed on the streets. ICE is charged with arresting these targets regardless of location. I would much rather that our officers do that within the safety and privacy of a jail than put officers in harm’s way by arresting targets when they are among the general public. Having more access to these targets in a jail setting can help alleviate some fear in the community and improves both public safety and officer safety.

ICE is also actively working with the U.S. Department of Justice to allay the legal concerns our state and local law enforcement partners have expressed about immigration detainer cooperation in the past. When ICE issues a detainer, requesting that an individual be held in criminal custody by a partner agency beyond the time he or she would otherwise have been released, we require that our officers have probable cause to believe the individual is an alien who is removable from the United States under U.S. federal immigration law, and we clearly document that probable cause determination. The detainer form requires service on the subject in order to take effect and includes a toll-free number for individuals to use in contacting ICE if they believe a detainer was improperly lodged. We have also begun including immigration arrest warrants—which require supervisory review—when we issue detainers.

The third misperception that has stemmed from misreporting is that ICE targets crime victims for arrest and deportation, forcing them to suffer in silence and remain hidden in the shadows of society. This misperception is perhaps the one most damaging to immigrant communities across the United States. The fact is that we recognize the urgent need for crime victims and witnesses to come forward. We work closely with state and local law enforcement to see that foreign nationals who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking crimes are informed about the availability of special visas to enable them to remain in the United States. ICE policies and directives provide assistance to aliens who are eligible for U Visas, T Visas, and other legal protections such as those found under the Violence Against Women Act. If a victim fails to report a crime committed against her because of this unfounded fear of ICE, then not only does a perpetrator escape justice, but that victim may also lose an opportunity to apply for lawful status. The bottom line is that being a victim or witness to a significant crime is an important factor when our officers and attorneys are weighing how to proceed in a particular case.

While the United States welcomes lawful immigrants and visitors, our borders are not open to illegal migration. We will continue to enforce the laws as written and remove those that are here illegally and do not qualify for any relief. The law is not a matter of opinion—it’s the law. Like all of you, I will never ask my team to enforce the law in one community but not in another. Doing so creates confusion among the ranks and can make an already risky situation even more dangerous for everyone involved.

With so many core values held in common between ICE and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, I am confident that the men and women who I am privileged to lead will strive to work effectively with their state and local counterparts. Our citizens are better served when we work together, and we must never allow fear and falsehoods to overshadow all the good work our organizations can do, together, for the safety and security of all people.

 For more information, contact Richard Rocha, ICE Stakeholder Engagement, Richard.A.Rocha@ice.dhs.gov.

Posted in IACP

Meet the Leadership Blog Series: State and Provincial Members

The IACP Board of Directors is comprised of the IACP Executive Board as well as 33 law enforcement leaders appointed by the IACP President. The members of the Board of Directors represent agencies large and small around the globe and govern the IACP. In the IACP’s Meet the Leadership Blog Series, the IACP will feature brief profiles of the 33 appointed members of the Board of Directors.

CommPolicing-17Name: Kriste Kibbey Etue

Title: Colonel/Director

Agency: Michigan State Police

Year Joined the IACP: 2009

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I will admit it was 100 percent my dad’s influence. I grew up in a state police family. I would often hear him talk at the dinner table about the exciting parts of his day and I would listen to every single word. I loved his stories about traffic stops, helping children, working in a community, and arresting bad guys. I knew that one day, this would be the profession for me. Growing up I would always tell him, “someday I will be a trooper,” but as was common at the time, the expectation in my family was for my two older brothers to become troopers and my sister and me to be teachers or nurses.

My father joined the Michigan State Police in the early 1950s during a time when there were no female enlisted members. In fact, to be a trooper, you had to be a white male and at least 6′ tall. So, my father never encouraged me nor thought it was a good idea for any female – let alone his daughter – to be a police officer. Years later, I would talk to him about his lack of support and he would clearly explain to me that he was mostly afraid I would get hurt or killed, because he knew the dangers troopers faced every day.

First Heard about IACP: The Michigan State Police has been involved with IACP for decades so it was a resource I was familiar with.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: I became more involved in the IACP when President Richard Beary asked me to serve on the Board of Directors in 2015. I find the business meetings to be very relevant to my job as it is an opportunity to discuss current issues affecting the profession, as well as to network with other law enforcement leaders. The value of being part of the IACP is its ability to bring law enforcement professionals together, which is even more critical today as we work through what has been one of the most challenging times for law enforcement.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: My favorite part of being in law enforcement is having the opportunity to work with the employees of the Michigan State Police. Every day the proud men and women of my agency go to work serving our citizens in neighborhoods, forensic science laboratories, the criminal justice information center, the training academy, the state emergency operations center; providing aviation assistance; or diving into one of the many lakes and rivers in Michigan. I am amazed at their professionalism and commitment to service. Becoming their Colonel has been the greatest honor of my life.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: The greatest challenge we currently face is recruiting the next generation of state police employees. The need and demands for a highly skilled and diverse workforce has never been greater. It is essential that we actively recruit and hire quality candidates who make good decisions, solve problems, and communicate well with the citizens we serve.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: My advice to tomorrow’s leaders is to work hard, have passion, and let faith guide you. If you do this, there is absolutely nothing you cannot accomplish in this life.

Name: Vince Hawkes


Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes briefs the multi-jurisdictional security team at the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games.

Title: Commissioner

Agency: Ontario Provincial Police (Canada)

Year Joined IACP: 2006

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: Parental influence was an important factor in my decision to become a police officer. Yet another was friends and colleagues in policing but, above all, it was a desire to make a difference.

First Heard About IACP: I first became aware of the IACP through the OPP’s Senior Command who were involved in the IACP and the IACP’s Division of State and Provincial Police.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: I see a strong need for all police services to bring an international perspective to their own organizations. IACP provides good opportunities for all of us to learn from each other. I also know that the framework the IACP provides allows me, and the OPP, to influence and impact issues of mutual concern.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: The aspect of my work that I find to be the most rewarding involves people; people within our organization and the people we serve. In law enforcement, there is such a great potential to have a positive impact on people’s lives. You never know just how significant your actions and words may be.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: While there are many challenges in policing, I think the greatest one we face is modernization. It is imperative that we continuously improve, innovate, and find ways to keep pace with the effects of globalization, technology, and new criminal activities as we work to reduce harm and victimization.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Be true to who you are. Lead by example and follow your heart. Do what is right, not what is expedient or politically correct. And, know your people.

DSC_8308Name: Matthew Langer

Title: Colonel

Agency: Minnesota State Patrol

Year Joined the IACP: 2008

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I was drawn to the interesting and challenging nature of the work, along with the ability to make a difference. There are so many opportunities to get involved in different facets of public safety, I cannot imagine ever growing tired of the work. Every day presents a new opportunity to do something better and different than the day before. Finding people at their worst and figuring out how to make things better is something I really enjoy.

First Heard about IACP: Through research conducted while I was in graduate school and also through my work related to standardized field sobriety test instructor training that was closely tied to our Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program in Minnesota.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: I believe in the mission and the delivery of service provided by the IACP. Each time I have had the opportunity to become more involved, I’m able to work side by side with amazing people who are focused on improving our profession. To be at the table during these conversations has been a humbling and inspiring experience for me. I particularly enjoy translating what I learn into action within the Minnesota State Patrol. I think it makes our organization better at delivering service, effectiveness, and taking care of each other.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: The challenge. We are on the cutting edge of so many changes going on in our communities. To be a part of the change that has occurred and continues to occur is an opportunity I feel fortunate to be a part of.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: Helping people understand the dynamic and complex nature of our work. It really is a difficult job. That remains motivational for me, but we need to continue educating everyone around us about the complexities involved with providing police service with excellence every single time.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Be positive. Negativity will not solve any problems, but it will make us unhealthy and work to demotivate those around us. A positive mindset is critical as we work through the challenges of today and navigate the challenges of tomorrow.


Posted in Leadership

What WLI Gave to Me

Guest Blogger: Captain Jill Dolce, California Highway Patrol

It’s easy, as a woman in law enforcement, particularly as a woman of rank, who, all too often, is the only female in the room, to find myself isolated and discounted—whether intentionally or otherwise. This is not because I choose to be antisocial or because I don’t believe myself to be competent or contributory, nor is this a function of what I perceive as deep-seated misogyny. Rather, it’s usually the simple result of being female in a workforce that is not only traditionally male-dominated, but in a workforce that also, despite historical advances and great achievements by women in uniform, is finding its ranks of women diminishing, rather than increasing.

I work for a large agency—the California Highway Patrol—which, in my experience has largely proven to be progressive and accepting. My department was one of the first to recognize and offer domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples when those partnerships were formally recognized within the state. By the time same-sex marriage became legally recognized in the United States, the CHP didn’t bat an eye. My stepson, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair is one of my department’s non-uniformed members. My department has shown itself to be generally accepting and accommodating, which has made some of the disparities and inconsistencies I’ve experienced that much more puzzling and frustrating.

When I was given the unexpected opportunity to attend IACP’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), it came at a time of particular frustration for me. I had scored highly on a recent promotional examination, but despite my best efforts, taking that next step in rank just didn’t seem like it was going to happen. After each interview in which I was told, “You did great, you’re just not the right fit,” I’d find myself trying to figure out just what the “right fit” was. This left me with the feeling that the “problem” was with me, but I couldn’t figure out what, exactly, the “problem” was. Because I was the only female in my then-assignment, I didn’t have someone to talk with who understood my frustrations or who even had a similar experience. So, while I found myself still dedicated firmly to my career, I was facing a little cognitive dissonance and feelings of futility.

What an unexpected, long-lasting gift WLI turned out to be. From the start, at the kickoff event, a meet and greet where we shared a short snippet of our respective stories with the intention of introducing ourselves to the instructors and one another, I was immediately embraced in what I will simply call shared experience. We were asked to stand up and tell the group a little bit about ourselves. While there were some parameters, we had the freedom to tell our story in the manner and amount of detail we chose. I talked briefly about my experience in the promotional process. I did so a bit hesitantly because the last thing I wanted to come across as was a whiner or a complainer. As I told my story, instead of the expected eye-rolls, I received nods of support, smiles of encouragement, and a deep, palpable, “I’ve been there too, sister,” vibe. It was amazing. When the meet and greet was over, one of the instructors immediately came up to me and shared her own promotional experiences and frustrations, as well as the admonition to never give up.

From that moment, I was hooked. We had long days, full of information-packed segments and content-rich instruction. As a group, we were encouraged to work together to find common ground and common solutions. As individuals, we were encouraged to speak up and speak out. There were no wrong answers. There were no less-than experiences. We were in a deeply informative, safe space, which fostered intellectual curiosity, deep exploration of the myriad of leadership topics and concepts presented, and reinforcement that it is not a bad thing to be a woman with ambition in a male-dominated field.

Many of the topics felt intuitive, yet instead of feeling as if I “already knew all of this,” I left each day with the feelings of vindication and affirmation, along with the recognition that my instincts toward leadership and being a female in a leadership role, in particular, were right on. The tools provided by our instructors as a way to help us further develop our leadership abilities were insightful and valuable. Since WLI, I’ve put many of these concepts to use with good results.

The opportunity to bond and develop friendships with women of achievement and accomplishment across such a broad spectrum is probably WLI’s best feature. The ability to network and to share ideas, concerns, successes, and temporary failures with so many women is an opportunity not readily had, with so few women scattered across so many law enforcement agencies. By simply listening to others’ experiences and solutions, I learned so much I’ve been able to apply in my own professional world.

There is something so enriching, so rewarding, and so soul-nourishing about being a part of a group who not only accepts you, but shares in who you are and what you have been through. Each block of instruction, each concept presented, and the insight and experience shared by our three instructors all reaffirmed that I, as a female in law enforcement, am not alone.

The Women’s Leadership Institute is a fantastic program. And, since attending WLI, I have achieved that next rank and am the commander of a high-profile and important office. They say there is no such thing as coincidence—I think I tend to agree.


Posted in Education & Training, Leadership

Meet the Leadership Blog Series

The IACP Board of Directors is comprised of the IACP Executive Board as well as 33 law enforcement leaders appointed by the IACP President. The members of the Board of Directors represent agencies large and small around the globe and contribute to the governance of the IACP. In the IACP’s new Meet the Leadership Blog Series, the IACP will feature brief profiles of the 33 appointed members of the Board of Directors, in the months leading up to the 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition.

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Name: Will Johnson

Title: Police Chief

Agency: Arlington, Texas, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 2005

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I have always had a passion for serving others. Through shared relationships, I believe we can bring about positive changes to the communities we serve.

First Heard about IACP: As I progressed through the ranks, IACP became more visible to me as they focus on the critical issues facing law enforcement.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: My servant mindset coupled with a willingness to move the profession forward is what keeps me involved with the IACP. There are many ways to partner with the IACP and I felt a passion for human and civil rights. When I was nominated to chair the Human and Civil Rights Committee, I was honored and excited to be able to share some of the great things that we are doing in Arlington.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: I love to tell the cops’ story and celebrate what they are doing to make our community better and stronger. By working side by-side with our community, we in the policing profession can make a real difference and bring about positive change in our community.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: In the social media era that we are residing, a lot of misinformation can be spread quickly that can paint the profession in a negative light without a foundation in facts. Our job is to meet these challenges and respond to the virtual conversations that are taking place on social media just as we would in a neighborhood meeting style conversation.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Focus on doing what is right and do not waver in your commitment to safeguarding civil rights.  

Name: Delrish Moss Delrish

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 2009

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I was drawn to law enforcement after two negative encounters with police officers. Those encounters changed my life and gave me a burning desire to join the police department to provide a better service than I thought my community was getting at the time. I knew then that there was a need for more African-Americans like myself in the profession.

First Heard about IACP: I first heard about the IACP from Chief John F. Timoney, when I was working for the Miami, Florida, Police Department. He told me that joining and becoming involved in the IACP was critical to my professional growth and that it would prove greatly beneficial to my development as a leader.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: I became more involved in the IACP this past year when Chief De Lucca took the helm as President. He urged me to become more involved and I did because of my great admiration for him as a leader.

Favorite and Most Challenging Part About Being in Law Enforcement: Being a law enforcement professional is both challenging and rewarding in that it offers you a great opportunity to serve people.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: To serve with compassion and remember that only through the development of future leaders can you truly leave a lasting imprint.


Name: Ken Walker

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: City of West University Place, Texas, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 1983

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: While attending college, I had a summer job working in the Dallas County Jail. While there, I became interested in law enforcement and began inquiring about the profession. During this time law enforcement was being criticized; we had just gone through the 60’s and early 70’s where the military and law enforcement were not popular. I thought that I could make a difference and change the image of police officers. I also loved being part of a team.

First Heard about IACP: I was very fortunate and had several area chiefs that served as my mentors. Those chiefs encouraged me to become involved in IACP.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: After being involved for several years, I realized that IACP was speaking in defense of law enforcement as well as trying to improve our profession and I wanted to do my part.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: I have been very fortunate to work with great people.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: Hiring and retaining high quality staff.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: There has been and will always be problems associated with law enforcement. When dealing with these issues, remember that what you are facing is normal and will pass.



Posted in Leadership

New Roll Call Videos on Eyewitness Identification

IACP has released a new, five-video series on eyewitness identification to provide training for officers during roll call. The techniques featured in the videos are based on the IACP model policy, as well as the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences.

The first video is a general overview of the reasons for eyewitness identification reform.

The second video talks about an officer’s initial response to the scene and modern techniques for eliciting a description and a statement.

The third video is about when officers locate a suspect near the scene and decide to conduct a show up, a live one-on-on identification procedure.

The fourth discusses photo arrays of potential suspects.

The fifth video is designed for detectives who conduct live lineups.

Posted in Crime and Violence, Education & Training, Investigations

Available Now: Listen to the Day’s Top Stories

The Lead, IACP’s daily email news briefing, has a new feature. Members are now able to listen to the briefing using the new audio capabilities we have built into the site. With the click of a button, you can have the briefing read to you with the capability of pausing, jumping back and forward in 30 second intervals (useful for long, multiple-source write ups), or moving to a different part of the briefing.

There are two paths to access the audio feature. First, click on the Archive link found at the bottom of the briefing. From there, either:

  1. Click the headphone icon that appears in the Table of Contents.

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  1. Click on MENU and then select the headphone icon that appears next to BRIEFING.

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This functionality is accessible to all readers, and across any device, but an internet connection is required.

Want to start receiving the latest law enforcement news in your inbox? Become a member today.

Posted in IACP, Membership

Statement of IACP President Donald W. De Lucca on Manchester Attack

As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am horrified and deeply troubled by the appalling terrorist attack that has taken place in Manchester, England.

I, along with the membership of the IACP, mourn the lives of those who have perished and applaud the bravery and dedication of all those who have responded to aid the injured and keep the public safe from further harm.

As the Greater Manchester Police and other agencies across the United Kingdom continue their investigation and efforts to apprehend all those who aided in this despicable attack, I want them to know that they have the support of the global policing community.

At the same time, I want to reassure citizens around the world, that today, just like they do every day, your law enforcement agencies and officers are making every effort to protect all those who live in, work in, and visit their community. We must all work together to keep communities safe and secure. As the terror threat continues to evolve, law enforcement agencies will rely even more on the assistance and support of their community members. Successfully combating the threat posed by violent extremism will require that both law enforcement agencies and the public remain vigilant. Report suspicious behavior. If you see something, say something.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues of those whose lives have been devastated by this tragic and senseless crime.

Posted in Breaking News, Global Policing, IACP, Mass Casualty Attacks

Two IACP Past Presidents Inducted into to the Florida Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Join the IACP in congratulating Past Presidents William Berger (2001-2002) and Richard Beary (2014-2015) for being inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, took place today, May 20, 2017, at the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee.


bergerPast President William B. Berger has spent 42 years in public service and public safety, starting with the Miami Police Department and later as chief of police for North Miami Beach Police Department. In 2004, he was named as the chief of police for Palm Bay Police Department, Past President Berger is now U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Florida. (Learn more about Marshal Berger’s term as IACP President by viewing his video in the IACP Past Presidents History Project.)

bearyPast President Richard M. Beary has over 39 years in state and local law enforcement, including the Altamonte Springs Police Department, the Lake Mary Police Department, and the University of Central Florida, where he is now chief. (Find out more information on Chief Beary’s term as IACP President by viewing his video in the IACP Past Presidents History Project.)

The Florida Law Enforcement Hall of Fame was established in 2014 to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of Florida’s citizens and visitors through their works, service, and exemplary accomplishments.


Congratulations Past Presidents Berger and Beary, well deserved!

Posted in Awards, Breaking News, IACP

Operation Conversation: NYPD Cops Talk with Kids

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in community policing by police departments throughout the United States as part of IACP’s Community Policing: The Next Generation project. The project showcases modern, innovative, and cost-effective solutions to crime problems and public safety issues through collaboration and partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders in order to implement community policing efforts. The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. New York City, New York, Police Department is a recipient of the 2016 IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award

NYPD.jpgThe New York City, New York, Police Department (NYPD) has created an innovative partnership bringing together cops and community, helping to keep the streets safer. Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids (Cops & Kids) was launched more than 10 years ago following a police shooting, which exposed the need to develop a positive relationship between inner-city youth and the police. Since 2011, when the NYPD officially incorporated Cops & Kids into their work, more than 8,200 officers, new recruits, and students have been trained, bringing together police officers and young people. For young people participating in Cops & Kids, the workshops humanize police officers without questioning their authority. For police officers participating in the program, the workshops also humanize inner-city teenagers.

In 2011, the NYPD entered into a formal partnership with the All Stars Project (ASP), a privately funded nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and low income communities using the power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. The partnership is guided by four principles:

  • The NYPD interest in talking to the community and recognition that police officers talking with inner-city youth has value for alleviating tension and creating a better environment for law enforcement to operate.
  • Both the NYPD and the ASP’s recognition of performance as a method for increasing the understanding and humanizing of the other, and as a positive form of participatory education.
  • Young people and police have different roles and responsibilities in society. The Cops & Kids approach does not look to challenge nor undermine either the authority of the police or the civil liberties of the young people. Rather, it looks to persuade police and young people to give expression to their everyday roles,
  • Joint recognition that participatory workshops, based on these principles, can bring about constructive and positive changes in police-community relations.

Cops & Kids workshops take place at Police Athletic League facilities, community centers, and the like. Officers and youth are seated in a circle of chairs and asked to sit in alternating order of cop, kid, cop, kid. After introducing themselves, the participants take part in improvisational, interactive theater games. This allows them to get to know one another and share an experience. After performing together, participants reflect and comment on the experience of playing these games together.

Participants are asked to say in two sentences the one thing that they came there to say, allowing participants to get what they want to say “off their chest,” and moving them on to a new conversation. Participants also perform in improvisational skits, leading to productive and respectful dialogue.

One of the things that cops and kids discover is that they have many things in common. Play and performance allow the cops and kids to relate to each other, often for the first time, as fellow human beings. At the end of the workshop, each young person then steps up to each officer, shaking his or her hand and thanking them. Then each officer does the same with each of the young people. Final comments are often quite moving and sometimes end in embraces or “body bumps.”

The success of the workshops has everything to do with the fact that hostility, suspicion, and fear is not covered up, but related to as real or meaningful. Everyone is given the opportunity to put attitudes and feelings on the table.

The NYPD and ASP administered a survey to a sample of program participants in 2014. Among the results: 100 percent of kids and 93 percent of officers said that the workshops played a positive role in promoting communication between police and youth.

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