Tweets and Opinions Don’t Represent My Agency*

This blog series highlights some of the top Social Media Beat posts from the last couple years. For more information about IACP’s Center for Social Media visit the project webpage. This post was originally published on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Guest Blogger: Chris Hsiung, Captain, Mountain View, California, Police Department

The majority of police departments in the United States now have some sort of presence on Twitter, and that’s a good thing. When used correctly and effectively, departments big and small can successfully manage critical incidents by tweeting out timely information and dispelling rumors.

The rise of law enforcement on social media has also brought about many police officers, command staff, and chiefs who have created their own Twitter accounts. This is also a good thing as it fosters communication and engagement with the public and allows people to get to know the faces behind the badge. Some have “official” Twitter accounts bearing profile photos in uniform while others have “non-professional” accounts with Twitter bios that say something similar to, “tweets and opinions are my own and don’t reflect my agency…” Those with professional accounts know (or should know) to stay away from tweeting about certain topics like politics, personal opinions, or religion. Those with non-professional accounts would be wise to stick to personal opinions, thoughts, or whatever they are comfortable sharing on social media. The problem, and the topic of this blog, is when the two overlap.

I have seen far too many police chiefs and officers who have “non-professional” or personal Twitter accounts blur these lines and this is what one of those accounts look like:

  • Their Twitter handle contains their rank
  • Their profile or cover photos have them in uniform or portray their department patch, badges, or logos
  • They tweet official incident information from their “non-professional” account (speaking with authority and their message can be construed as if it was from the department). Secondarily, they’re responsible for their department’s Twitter account so you see identical tweets coming from the department and their account at the exact same time
  • They tweet photos of themselves during their work day, in uniform, during the course of their normal duties
  • There is almost always mention in the Twitter bio about, “…tweets and opinions are my own and don’t represent my department…” (Opinion: I doubt this would stand up in court or in an internal affairs investigation)

This is not to say that law enforcement professionals should never tweet about law enforcement issues from their personal accounts. To the contrary, the issue is whether an examination of their twitter feed or profile has anything in it which would make the average person think they used the account in an official law enforcement capacity (think back to photos in uniform, tweeting incident information, etc). Now, mix this with a few personal opinions about politics, religion, promoting their personal side business or (fill in the blank). It’s a potential recipe for disaster. The takeaway is this: don’t mix the two. Either keep your social media presence completely professional or completely personal (and private).

Recent case law has shown that law enforcement agencies are able to limit free speech rights of police officers and the topic has been written about in the media. Most contemporary department social media policies draw a distinction between personal (constitutionally protected) free speech vs. speech made pursuant do their official duties. As an example, the Mountain View, California, Police Department social media policy says the following:

Department personnel are free to express themselves as private citizens on social media sites to the degree that their speech does not impair working relationships of this department for which loyalty and confidentiality are important, impede the performance of duties, impair discipline and harmony among coworkers, or negatively affect the public perception of the department.

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As public employees, department personnel are cautioned that speech on or off-duty, made pursuant to their official duties, “that is, that owes its existence to the employee’s professional duties and responsibilities, “is not protected speech under the First Amendment and may form the basis for discipline if deemed detrimental to the department. Department personnel should assume that their speech and related activity on social media sites will reflect upon their position and this department. [1]

To recap, I absolutely advocate for social media use, but where I would suggest the line be drawn is when you begin to see a confluence between your personal life and your professional one. If you are a legitimate source for news and updates from your agency with your professional account, maintain and hone that. Your account is a valuable asset to your organization in the realm of social media. But when the waters begin to become murky as a result of expressing personal opinions, remember this: Your job is about the protection, safety and service to your community, no matter what they believe or who they support. It is not your job to express your sole opinion about something in a way that seems to reflect the entirety of the department. That’s not fair to your colleagues, and that’s not fair to your community, no matter what you may say in your quick bio on your profile.

Posted in Social Media

The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club 2017 Update

dupontThis is part two of two highlighting the remaining 11 officers who became members of the IACP/Dupont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® in 2017.

The IACP/DuPont KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® recognizes and honors those deserving individuals who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived a life-threatening or life-disabling incident. The Survivors’ Club mission is to reduce death and disability by encouraging increased wearing of personal body armor.

In 2017 the IACP and Dupont recognized 22 law enforcement officers as members of the IACP/DuPont  KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® because of surviving a life-threatening incident due to wearing their body armor.

Survivor: Officer Joel Bravobryan tx police

Agency: Bryan, TX, Police Department

Date of Incident: December 22, 2016

Incident:  While pursuing a fleeing suspect, Officer Bravo was shot. His bulletproof vest protected his heart and saved his life.


casselberry fl policeSurvivor: Corporal Adam Phillips

Agency: Casselberry, FL, Police Department

Date of Incident: February 25, 2017

Incident: Immediately upon arrival to a domestic violence call, Corporal Phillips was shot twice, one shot striking his body armor. The body armor saved his life.

 


Survivor: Deputy Sheriff Patrick Higginssan bernadino co. ca sheriff

Agency: San Bernardino, CA, Police Department

Date of Incident: March 16, 2017

Incident: Following up on a robbery call, Deputy Sheriff Higgins was shot in his lower abdomen, and his body armor prevented life-threatening injuries.


anderson ca policeSurvivor: Officer Tyler Finch

Agency: Anderson, CA, Police Department

Date of Incident: March 26, 2017

Incident: Officer Finch was saved by his bulletproof vest when he was fired upon by a suspect.


 Survivor: Officer Martin Hernandezchicago police

Agency: Chicago, IL, Police Department

Date of Incident: May 12, 2017

Incident: During a drug investigation Officer Hernandez was shot in the chest area of his body armor, which saved his life.


prattville-police-departmentSurvivor: Sergeant Donnie Martin

Agency: Prattville, AL, Police Department

Date of Incident: June 8, 2017

Incident: Attempting to de-escalate an upset citizen, Sergeant Martin was saved by his body armor when fired upon.


Survivor: Deputy Jeremey Simonfulton co ohio sheriff

Agency: Fulton County, OH, Sheriff’s Office

Date of Incident: July 31, 2017

Incident: Pursuing a fleeing suspicious person, Deputy Simon and his K-9 were shot at four times, two shots struck the Deputy. His bulletproof vest saved his life.


sacramento policeSurvivor: Officer Tim Martin

Agency: Sacramento, CA, Police Department

Date of Incident: September 7, 2017

Incident: After stopping a vehicle matching one described in a prior crime, officers were shot at. One of the bullets struck Officer Martin in his vest, which ultimately saved his life.


Survivor: Sergeant Matthew Schoolfieldchickasha-ok-police.jpg

Agency: Chickasha, OK, Police Department

Date of Incident: September 17, 2017

Incident: While leading a tactical team to execute a search warrant, Sergeant Schoolfield was shot several times, and body armor protected him from three shots, saving his life.


North_Carolina_State_Highway_PatrolSurvivor: Trooper Douglas Strickland

Agency: North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Date of Incident: October 1, 2017

Incident: While responding to an active shooter situation, Trooper Strickland was struck in the chest plate of his body armor. He only sustained a small laceration on his torso, as his vest saved him from life-threatening injuries.


Survivor: Deputy Sheriff Christian Goode Sequoyah_County_Sheriff

Agency: Sequoyah County, OK, Sheriff’s Office

Date of Incident: October 20, 2017

Incident: A hidden suspect jumped out and charged at Deputy Sheriff Goode who was stabbed three times. His body armor prevented the blade from puncturing his spleen and saved his life.

 

To find out more about the IACP/Dupont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®:

Posted in Officer Safety & Wellness

The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club 2017 Update

dupontThe IACP/DuPont KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® recognizes and honors those deserving individuals who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived a life-threatening or life-disabling incident. The Survivors’ Club mission is to reduce death and disability by encouraging increased wearing of personal body armor.

In 2017 the IACP and Dupont recognized 22 law enforcement officers as members of the IACP/DuPont  KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® because of surviving a life-threatening incident due to wearing their body armor.

This blog post list the first 11 officers who became members of the IACP/Dupont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® in 2017. The remaining 2017 members will be highlighted in part two of this blog post.

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Survivor: Officer Angela Sands

Agency: Lincoln, NE, Police Department

Date of Incident: November 29, 2015

Incident: While engaged in a physical altercation, Officer Sands was shot point blank above her heart, which her protective vest stopped, saving her life.

 


Survivor: Officer Alejandro Lagunaschicago police

Agency: Chicago, IL, Police Department

Date of Incident: March 14, 2016

Incident: While in plainclothes, Officer Lagunas and two others followed a fleeing suspicious person and all three officers were shot. Officer Lagunas was wearing body armor which prevented any life-threatening injuries.


Survivor: Officer Daniel Colwellchandler az police

Agency: Chandler, AZ, Police Department

Date of Incident: April 23, 2016

Incident: While responding to a trespassing call, Officer Colwell was shot twice in his body armor, saving his life.


louisvill metro policeSurvivor: Officer Kyle Carroll

Agency: Louisville Metro, KY, Police Department

Date of Incident: June 11, 2016

Incident: While attempting to arrest a fleeing suspect, Office Carroll was shot in the chest area of his vest, which saved his life.


Survivor: Deputy Sheriff Christopher Allendela sheriff

Agency: Los Angeles, CA, Sheriff’s Department

Date of Incident: June 23, 2016

Incident: While assigned to a DUI checkpoint, Deputy Sheriff Allende stopped a vehicle driving erratically. He was shot three times, once in the chest area of his protective vest, saving his life.


milwaukee wi policeSurvivor: Officer Brandon Baranowski

Agency: Milwaukee, WI, Police Department

Date of Incident: July 17, 2016

Incident: Writing a citation in his car, Officer Baranowski was ambushed and shot numerous times. His ballistic vest protected him from two shots to his torso, saving his life.


Survivor: Officer David Fajardoclay township mi police

Agency: Clay Township, MI, Police Department

Date of Incident: August 29, 2016

Incident: While responding to a call, Office Fajardo was struck by a drunk driver. His protective vest reduced the impact of the colliding vehicles and prevented life-threatening injuries.


fort worth policeSurvivor: Officer Ray Azucena

Agency: Fort Worth, TX, Police Department

Date of Incident: September 16, 2016

Incident: While investigating a shooting/possible suicide, Officer Azucena was shot in the chest area of his ballistic vest, which saved his life.


Survivor: Officer Xavier Serrano fort worth police

Agency: Fort Worth, TX, Police Department

Date of Incident: September 16, 2016

Incident: Upon investigating a shooting/possible suicide, Officer Serrano was shot five times, one shot struck his protective vest, saving his life.

 


Floyd County VA SheriffSurvivor: Investigator Rusty Stanley

Agency: Floyd County, VA, Sheriff’s Office

Date of Incident: September 24, 2016

Incident: Responding to a domestic violence call, Investigator Stanley was shot both in his vest and his lower abdomen, preventing life-threatening injuries.


Survivor: Officer Jorge Tequida tucson police

Agency: Tucson, AZ, Police Department

Date of Incident: December 1, 2016

Incident: Attempting to locate and arrest a suspect on a warrant, Officer Tequida was hit with several shots, two of which struck his ballistic vest. He recovered from several life-threatening injuries.

 

To find out more about the IACP/Dupont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®:

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Five Ways to Support Those Who Support Law Enforcement

At the 2017 IACP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, the IACP Institute for Community and Police Relations convened a group of law enforcement officers and family members to discuss the support role family members play in the lives of law enforcement officers.

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Facilitated by Jacqueline Ehrlich, Assistant Chief of United States Border Patrol, former IACP fellow— and a spouse of a law enforcement officer herself— the conversation included key topics about the unique role spouses and family play in supporting law enforcement and how agencies can help facilitate this support. Key recommendations included:

  1. Start early: Do not wait until trauma happens to provide support services. Start interactions with spouses and families early in an officer’s tenure. Some ideas included: inviting spouses to officer interview panels; hosting regular family support meetings; and getting families involved with the agency through family academies, tours, events at the station, or other family functions.
  2. Make it fun and meaningful: When engaging families, it is important to make sure these events are not only fun and engaging but have value. Roll out the SWAT gear and K-9s for demonstration, so that families understand the nature of policework; but also include information on mental health, fitness, and support services. Providing useful and meaningful resources to families and spouses demonstrates the importance of support systems for law enforcement.
  3. Be inclusive: While wives tend to be the most frequent users of these programs, it is important to remember that all families are different. Resources and family services should be available to anyone in the law enforcement officer’s life who may provide and need support – parents, husbands, partners, and children.
  4. Be flexible: When planning programming, remember to be flexible and understanding, as everyone has a different comfort level in sharing personal details of their life. Being respectful of these boundaries will create an atmosphere of trust.
  5. Reach out: There are many existing resources available already. Check with the local State Association of Chiefs of Police for spouse meet-up events, social media support pages, or other resources they may have. Be creative and flexible in finding what works for you and your community.

Need more Law Enforcement Family and Spouse resources?

 

Posted in Community-Police Relations, Officer Safety & Wellness

Take a Deep Breath and Count to Three Before Posting…

This blog series highlights some of the top Social Media Beat posts from the last couple years. For more information about IACP’s Center for Social Media visit the project webpage. This post was originally published on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Guest Blogger: Rebecca Rosenblatt, Sergeant, San Mateo County, California, Sheriff’s Office

While taking a moment to ponder the wisdom of messaging before hitting send is never a bad idea in any context, never more so does this advice bear repeating. No matter the size of the community you serve or the organization for which you work, politics is undoubtedly a hot topic. It is at the point where political beliefs and emotion converge with internet enabled devices that the potential for internal investigations and career ending mine fields begins and ends.

Though it is certainly not new advice, it is a lesson worth recounting, that what staff do in the privacy of their own lives, often becomes subject to public scrutiny when posted online. Politics and religion are often deal breakers for a myriad of relationships, and so too can they be the breaking point for the public image of your organization. All the bridges built through coffee with the cops and public safety citizens’ academies can be gone in an instant with one contentious or insensitive posting that reaches the wrong audience.

So, the obvious question remains what can be done to avoid this? How can you protect your organization and your community from suffering at the hands of an ill thought out social media posting by a member of your staff?

The answer is this; first and foremost encourage the men and women in your organization to review the privacy settings on their various social media accounts. With settings changing all the time, this is a good practice for everyone to get into no matter what they do for a living. The next most important practice to get into, is taking a beat. Take a moment before posting whatever you are feeling and ask yourself, is this in conflict with my organizational polices or guidelines? Is this post something that could paint me in a bad light should a member of the community see it? A good rule of thumb is to consider what you are about to post and decide if you would feel comfortable with it falling into the hands of your local news media. It is a story as old as the internet itself, where an officer-involved incident occurs and miraculously a web search results in posts and pictures from something completely unrelated, defining the character of those involved.

Don’t let this happen to you or your organization. Be smart and police yourself and those you care about in regard to the topic and type of material you choose to post online. Remind staff that what they choose to post on social media becomes a reflection of who they are, and in turn a reflection of the public safety organization they work for. In this day and age, where public trust in law enforcement is at a premium, these simple reminders about social media best practices cannot be reiterated enough.

 

Posted in Social Media

No Girl Lost

The Task Force on 21st Century Policing provides recommendations for rebuilding trust and including community stakeholders to promote a safer community for all. Some highlights include: connecting with youth in order to develop trust, and building legitimacy.

Guest Blogger: Officer Amber Ross, Louisville (KY) Metro Police Department, Community Policing Unit

Upon my 2013 graduation from the Louisville Metro Police Academy in Kentucky,  I noticed when I responded to calls, they typically involved boys and men. However, I also observed girls in the background, almost unseen. These young girls reminded me of myself in younger days. I sought to help them; to let these girls know they can be successful. I created No Girl Lost as a safe space for girls to come after school, I mentor them and create a comfortable space for them to work on bettering themselves. No Girl Lost, was named because I wanted every girl to know that they don’t need to be lost or alone in their struggles.No girl lost 1

No Girl Lost meetings are held at local schools where the girls feel more comfortable. I ask school counselors to refer the girls struggling with behavioral issues, communication, home life, grades, and/or attitudes. In its inaugural year, the program impacted 115 girls. During the 2016-2017 school year, I worked with 80 girls in six different schools. The program has been so successful that girls who have been in it for a year now are helping recruit others in need. Some girls have even set-up booths in their school common areas to talk to potential participants about why they should come to No Girl Lost and how much it has changed their lives.

I start by telling the girls my story; the struggles I faced as a young girl and in my early adult life. I was raised by a single mom, my father was in a penitentiary, and I became a single mom myself. In the face of everything, I refused to become a statistic. I graduated from college in May 2012 and the police academy in August 2013. Sharing my story helps girls relate and connect with me, they see who I have become despite my situation.

I ask each girl to define herself. It can be heartbreaking to hear how these girls wish they looked prettier or had a normal home life, and in turn how they see that as defining them. I ask these personal questions because it is typically the first time these girls have been challenged to get in tune with themselves. These are emotional conversations. No Girl Lost provides each girl with a journal, to serve as an outlet to express themselves in a safe space.

At the end of the school year I throw a dance for all the girls in the No Girl Lost program. It is my way of showing them appreciation and gratitude for all the hard work they have done. As a result of the program, many of the girls have improved grades, family connections, and attitudes. The dance is a fun time. We bring in a DJ, eat pizza, and give out donated prizes. This is all about showing them they can be successful and that their struggles don’t limit them.

No girl lost 2On Friday September 29th, 2017, I received the 2017 Break Thru Guru award for No Girl Lost. This award is presented by the Louisville Metro Government to an employee who implements an innovative way to deliver excellent services which make Louisville Metro a better place to work, live or visit.

 

Want to know more about No Girl Lost, Officer Amber Ross, and the Louisville Metro Police Department?

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in advancing 21st century policing as part of the IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations. Louisville is one of fifteen sites selected for participation in the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative, a joint project of the COPS Office, CNA, and the IACP to highlight agencies who are actively embracing the principles in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Posted in Community-Police Relations

A New Look for the One Mind Campaign

one mind.JPGThe IACP has launched a re-designed One Mind Campaign webpage to better assist pledged departments in implementing the four strategies of the campaign and to encourage other agencies to take the pledge.

Since its inception in March 2016, the One Mind Campaign has focused on four promising strategies to guide departments as they seek to improve their interactions with persons affected by mental illness:

  • Establish a clearly defined and sustainable relationship with at least one community mental health organization
  • Develop and implement a written policy addressing law enforcement response to persons affected by mental illness
  • Demonstrate that 100 percent of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers) are trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Demonstrate that 20 percent of sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers) are trained and certified on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.map

The new website features a map showing the participating agencies within the United States and abroad, and a resource page with links to the Model Policy on Responding to Persons Affected by Mental Illness or In Crisis and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Police Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit to aid departments in finding mental health organizations to partner with.

To date, 274 agencies have taken the pledge, and five associations have partnered with IACP to bring awareness to this important issue, including Crisis Intervention Team International, the National Marshall and Constables Association, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. To learn more about the One Mind Campaign, visit the One Mind Campaign webpage, or email onemindcampaign@theiacp.org.

Posted in Mental Health

NIBRS Pre-Certification Tool

The National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Team is pleased to announce the arrival of the NIBRS Pre-Certification Tool.  The tool will allow law enforcement agencies to conduct a “trial run” of its NIBRS data to locate errors and inconsistencies prior to officially submitting its data to a State UCR program and/or to FBI CJIS.  Agencies simply drag-and-drop their data to the site in a single NIBRS text file or a zip file containing single NIBRS text file to generate an easy-to-understand list of errors with descriptions.

Instructions on how to use the tool are available on the website:  http://bit.ly/NIBRS-PCTool

Please note:

  • The tool complies with all the rules and edit checks of the national FBI NIBRS standard (version 3.1).  It is not specific to any particular state, so will not include data elements or response categories that may have been added by the state.
  • The tool is not a substitute for FBI NIBRS Certification, nor is it a substitute for State UCR Certification.  It will simply help agencies to identify where to concentrate its efforts in automating changes to its RMS and/or rules validations.
  • Additional formats of the tool (e.g., xml file submission) and other user-friendly updates to improve ease of understanding of error reports are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2018.

On the website, you may share your thoughts about its functionality and suggestions on how to improve it.

The NCS-X Team is comprised of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, RTI International, SEARCH, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, IJIS Institute, Police Executive Research Forum, and the Association of State UCR Programs.

Posted in Technology

Check Out the New Policy Center Documents

When was the last time you reviewed your standards of conduct policy? The IACP Policy Center is pleased to offer new documents on Investigating Sexual Assaults, and Standards of Conduct.*

  • Investigating Sexual Assaults – the updated documents on this topic provide detailed guidelines and discussion with the goal of ensuring that law enforcement agencies take a professional, victim-centered approach to reports of sexual assaults and proactively investigate these crimes and prosecute the perpetrator in a manner that helps restore the victim’s dignity and sense of control, while decreasing the victim’s anxiety and increasing their understanding of the criminal justice system and process.
  • Standards of Conduct – law enforcement officers must be required to conduct themselves both on and off duty in a manner that reflects high ethical standards consistent with the values and mission established by their agencies and the expectations of the communities they serve. To reinforce this, agencies must clearly define what is and is not acceptable conduct through their policies, procedures, and training.

* Note: These documents are available exclusively to IACP Members and IACP Net customers. You must be logged into your IACP account to access the website. Your username is your email address on file. If you are unsure of your password, please click on the “Forgot Password” link to reset.  Not an IACP member? Visit www.theiacp.org/membership and join today!

Click here for a listing of available Model Policies or contact the Policy Center directly at policycenter@theiacp.org.

IACP NetWould you like to further tailor your policy manual? IACP Net, proud sponsor of the Model Policies, houses over 25,000 policies from over 500 agencies in addition to providing access to Model Policies. Visit http://www.commandanswers.com/improve-policies or call 800-227-9640 to join today and take your IACP membership to the next level!

Posted in IACP, Policy

Kewaunee County Providing Important Services to Key Populations

The Task Force on 21st Century Policing provides recommendations for rebuilding trust and including community stakeholders to promote a safer community for all. Some highlights include: community-wide collaboration, cross-discipline education, and creating a culture of trust and transparency.

Kewaunee 1The Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Department has worked with two key community groups since the 1980s: women who are victims of domestic violence and the immigrant Hispanic community. The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department recognizes the integral role it plays in the well-being of these two populations.

In 1989, three women came together recognizing the need for services for victims of domestic violence and created the Violence Intervention Project (VIP), which provides services to victims of domestic violence. After a successful 10 years of service, VIP expanded and developed a Transitional Living Program. This program provides a safe temporary living environment for victims of abuse and violence as well as access to support groups, and other resources. Today, the number of victims served by VIP and its Transitional Living program continues to grow and change with the county’s population. To keep up the increasing Hispanic population in Kewaunee County, the VIP program began providing bilingual services, which has helped the program connect more effectively with Hispanic victims of domestic violence. kewanunee 2

Another program created in partnership with VIP, is the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) team. The program’s goal was to establish collaboration between community systems and services. The CCR team is comprised of law enforcement, social services, victim advocates, and other stakeholders focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. The CCR provides a safe forum for professionals to have open discussion about how cases are being handled, and what victim services and educational opportunities are available. As a result of the collaborative nature of the team, gaps in services are easily identified and support services are provided to the community.

Kewaunee County has also focused on helping its Hispanic and immigrant communities. Providing bilingual services, such as translators, is just one way the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and other community services have built relationships with the Hispanic Community.  A ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop was also held for more than 40 service providers who regularly interact with immigrants. The workshop was hosted by an immigration attorney from nearby Green Bay, WI and the Sheriff of Kewanee County presented about law enforcement’s approach to immigrants and immigration law and other immigration related topics.

A second meeting was held within the community providing an opportunity for residents to ask specific questions about immigration policies and practices. The community is also working to provide its Hispanic community with services connected with all aspects of life. As an example, a Literacy Partners program was created to help provide educational resources including GED prep courses and language classes to help break the language barrier for immigrants and providers. Grzeca Law Group, SC, based out of nearby Green Bay, provides attorney services to the Hispanic community and works to dispel myths about immigration law. These services include a free consultation and on several occasions continued service costs have been covered by local faith communities.

Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and its community partners continue to improve the way of life for two key populations – women victims of domestic violence and the Hispanic community.

Would you like to know more about these programs in Kewaunee County?

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in advancing 21st century policing as part of the IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations. Kewaunee County is one of fifteen sites selected for participation in the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative, a joint project of the COPS Office, CNA, and the IACP to highlight agencies who are actively embracing the principles in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Posted in Community-Police Relations