Welcome to IACP 2017

IACP President Donald W. De Lucca, Doral, Florida, Police Department

I am excited to be here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, gearing up for IACP 2017!

We have a number of great things planned this year including more than 200 education sessions and 600 exhibitors. Here are just a few highlights:

Kick off IACP 2017 with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday. This year, sought after leadership speaker Simon Sinek will dive deep into the nuances of leadership in the policing world. You will leave feeling motivated and inspired and ready to get the most out of the rest of your conference experience.

Help us celebrate the opening of the Expo Hall at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday morning. The Expo Hall is open from Sunday through Tuesday, with dedicated hours each day. Be sure to come by The Hub in the center of the Expo Hall. There, you will find many exciting events and activities. You can also experience quick education and take part in one-on-one professional development opportunities.

Listen to some great speakers at the General Assembly on Monday. Commissioner Cressida Dick of the Metropolitan Police, London, United Kingdom will be among those sharing insights at this session. Monday is also Uniform Day, a great opportunity to see the global reach of our association through the unique and diverse uniforms we wear.

The Critical Issues Forum is another must-attend session. The panel will examine how the last three years have altered the public’s perception of policing, how this has impacted the actions of officers and their agencies, and the consequences for the safety of police officers and the communities they serve.

Other not to miss education sessions the Global Perspective Series. This year we have four sessions planned, one each day of the conference. This year’s topics include the Pulse Night Club shooting, modern media interactions, and recruitment and retention best practices. We will also hold a listening session, a great opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts with IACP leadership.

If it’s your first time at the IACP annual conference be sure to attend the First-Timers’ Orientation Saturday morning for tips and tricks to help you navigate the event. You can also connect with other first-time attendees at a meet up in The Hub on Sunday.

For more information and to stay up to date, be sure to follow @TheIACP on Twitter and download the conference mobile app.

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Violence Against the Police – the Perspective of Community Members

This blog post is part of a series discussing the work of IACP President De Lucca’s Task Force to Global Address Violence Against Law Enforcement

In March 2017, as part of IACP President De Lucca’s Task Force to Address Global Violence Against Law Enforcement, the IACP hosted a focus group with community members to gain their insight and perspectives on issues related to community safety and violence against police.

The focus group consisted of community members, many of whom served in leadership roles in various groups and non-profit organizations. All participants had experience and interaction with law enforcement, both positive and negative, including service on civilian review boards, being stopped and/or arrested, and one participant was a retired police officer.

Several themes arose through the course of the discussion:

Community Engagement Programs. Participants noted a perceived decline in police investment in civic engagement over the years, citing programs like GREAT, DARE, and PAL, which they saw as once successful, but not sustained due to lack of funding. Participants felt a lack of commitment to community programming can have an adverse effect on community-police relations and officer safety.

Community Policing. Participants noted the advantages of having officers assigned to a specific area/neighborhood, citing officers build rapport and familiarity with residents, which translates into mutual respect, trust, and improved officer safety. While participants expressed frustration with seemingly constant reassignment of personnel, they understood that promotions and career advancement play a role. Nevertheless, they felt departments should strive for stability in officer assignments and create succession plans with the community’s needs in mind.

Staffing. Participants noted officers often seem rushed but acknowledged the public’s expectation for quick police response times can affect availability for protracted community engagement activity. This discussion illuminated misconceptions around staffing levels and police resources. The public has limited understanding of the number of officers required to patrol a given area or the volume and frequency of calls officers handle.

Communication / Public & Media Relations. Participants cited law enforcement does not always effectively communicate with the public, which can cause tension and potentially lead to violence.  Participants stated some officers do not take the time to explain their actions and when questioned, situations can escalate. Participants agreed that officers should be firm but not disrespectful. When it comes to communicating with the community after major incidents, the lack of information coming from some departments can lead to misunderstandings among all parties –  the police, media, and community members.

Community Assistance. Participants stated come areas are plagued by “survival crimes” that are, in part, tied to unemployment, homelessness, or addiction. Lack of community mental health programs/resources can be a potential catalyst for crimes of violence. Participants also cited a disconnect within the criminal justice system where offenders are not held accountable.

Trust/Respect. The themes of mutual respect, citizenship, and positive community norms arose repeatedly. Consensus among participants was that these key societal elements are eroding. Further, participants felt there can be a presumption of place-based guilt. Citizens in more affluent areas are treated differently; minor crimes are treated as antics with no consequences.  This disparity leads to frustration and sometimes violence against law enforcement.

Conclusion. The civilian focus group on violence against the police provided a community perspective for the Task Force to help guide further actions. The participants provided insight into the perception/reality in their communities. They did not point to one specific issue that was the cause for an increased lack of respect and violence against law enforcement. The participants acknowledged that community and law enforcement both must make changes to reduce violence.

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IACP/DUPONT™ KEVLAR® SURVIVORS’ CLUB® CELEBRATES HONOREE OF THE YEAR

The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® is pleased to announce that Officer Angela Sands from the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department was chosen as the 2017 Honoree of the Year. A luncheon to celebrate Officer Sands as the recipient of this prestigious award will be held on October 21, 2017, during the 124th IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Officer Sands was inducted into the IACP/DuPont KEVLAR Survivors’ Club after she was saved by her bulletproof vest on November 29, 2015.  Officer Sands responded to a call for back up when a suspect was found to have warrants out for his arrest. Officer Sands and her Sergeant attempted to arrest the suspect and search his person when the suspect started to assault the officers.  Officer Sands and her Sergeant were fighting with the suspect when the suspect grabbed a gun from his waistband.  The suspect was able to get a shot off, hitting a third officer in the arm.  Officer Sands and her Sergeant then fought to control the suspect’s hand that held the gun to disable the suspect from firing at the other officer again.  In the continued struggle, the suspect fired a shot point blank at Officer Sands’ heart.  The round was deflected away from her heart, by the trauma plates in her bulletproof vest, and ultimately collided with her radio mic, which exploded causing survivable facial and oral injuries. Officer Sands and her Sergeant were able to fire back and eliminate the threat.

Officer Sands was able to assess and treat the injured officer’s gunshot wound despite her own injuries because she was wearing her bulletproof vest.  Officer Sands was honored with the Medal of Honor from the Awards Committee of the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department for her professionalism and courageous actions when a lethal encounter was thrust upon her.

“The clear thinking and brave actions of Officer Angela Sands helped save the life of her fellow officer,” said IACP President, Chief Donald W. De Lucca, Doral, Florida, Police Department.  “We are pleased to honor Officer Sands for being an example to others for wearing her vest.”

Since 1987, IACP has partnered with DuPont to honor those police officers who have survived life-threatening incidents because they were wearing their personal body armor. The Survivors’ Club award helps to reinforce the use of body armor every day and every shift for officer safety. It also serves as a reminder of the heroic efforts police exhibit while serving their communities.

“It is heroes like Officer Sands and many other law enforcement officers who are brave enough to face dangerous and unpredictable circumstances on a regular basis each day that drives DuPont to create dependable solutions like Kevlar,” said John Richard, Global Business Director, DuPont Kevlar. “We at DuPont remain humbled and amazed by these acts of selfless heroism and hope that inspiring stories like this one will help reinforce the fact that wearing personal body armor can mean the difference between life and death.”

For more information about the IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®, visit www.theiacp.org/survivorsclub.  The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® is part of the IACP Center of Officer Safety and Wellness, which focuses on the wellbeing of police officers, including physical health, nutrition and exercise, and mental health. For more information, visit http://www.theiacp.org/COSW.

About the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a professional association for law enforcement worldwide. As the largest and longest-standing law enforcement leadership association, IACP has launched historically acclaimed programs, conducted groundbreaking research and training on all aspects of law enforcement operations, systemic justice issues, and community crime problems. Today, the IACP continues to be recognized as a leader in these areas. By maximizing the collective efforts of the membership, IACP actively supports law enforcement through advocacy, outreach, education, and programs.

Through ongoing strategic partnerships across the public safety spectrum, the IACP provides members with resources and support in all aspects of law enforcement policy and operations. These tools help members perform their jobs effectively, efficiently, and safely while also educating the public on the role of law enforcement to help build sustainable community relations.

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Identifying Threats Violence Against Police – the Importance of Social Media and Community-Police Relations

This blog post is one in a series related to IACP President De Lucca’s Task Force to Address Global Violence Against the Police.

As targeted attacks against police continue to represent a significant threat to law enforcement, it is important to ensure that agencies fully leverage the resources and methods necessary to maximize situational awareness and safety of personnel.  While no agency can ever fully ensure that a potential threat can be located and apprehended before an attack is carried out, there are strategies that may help mitigate risk, particularly in the areas of social media and community-police relations.

Subsequent investigation of previous targeted attacks against police have revealed perpetrators who were highly active on social media and quite blatant about their potential propensity to engage in violence against the police.  The 2014 attack of two Las Vegas Metro police officers is but one example. Through extensive social media postings, family and friends knew of the perpetrator’s intent, but no one came forward to authorities.

Threats made in cyberspace should be taken seriously. Use of both reactive and proactive intelligence as it relates to threats of violence posted to social media is a crucial component in enhancing officer safety in today’s environment. Expressly stated threats against law enforcement and advocating violence against police may, depending on the specificity, rise to the level of criminal conduct, particularly for known criminals.  An individual’s possible status related to probation, parole, or other supervision can provide the pretext to take appropriate investigative action based on a social media threat.  Similarly, individuals with criminal histories who, in proclaiming their willingness to engage in violence against police, indicate they are in possession of firearms are susceptible to further local, state or federal investigation.  Earlier this summer, a Nashville man plead guilty to making threats against police over social media.

While various lawful, proactive methods exist to increase an agency’s situational awareness on social media, law enforcement leaders should strive to establish strong community-police relations, where residents understand how to share tips with police and feel comfortable doing so.  Similar to the “See something, say something” campaign, a concerted effort to ensure an agency is receptive to tips from the public, as well as informants and other sources of information, could greatly expand the situational awareness of officers and the department at large.

The current age of rapidly advancing technology enables and requires law enforcement to implement new and innovative ways to reduce threats against officers.  Awareness of social media, combined with a collaborative community policing framework, can help mitigate risk.

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Reducing Crime Through Community Engagement and Partnerships

Guest Blogger Sergeant Eric Echevarria, Elgin, Illinois, Police Department

ElginNo single factor has been more crucial to reducing crime levels than the partnership between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.  In order for law enforcement to be truly effective, police agencies cannot operate alone; they must have the active support and assistance of citizens and communities. That philosophy is the guiding principle for the Piloting 21st Century Policing Recommendations in Local Communities initiative.  The Initiative, which is supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, utilizes demonstration sites to gather input about best practices, priorities, and ideas for the future from front line officers, command staff, and community members. 

The Elgin, Illinois, Police Department (EPD) was chosen as a Motorola Solutions Foundation demonstration site for its successful efforts to creatively change the mentality of traditional policing and reenergize its community engagement efforts. The tangible result of EPD’s community-oriented policing work has been a notable reduction of crime in the city, with violent and property crime rates at a 45-year low.

The Resident Officer Program of Elgin (R.O.P.E.) is one example of EPD’s innovative community-oriented policing work. Established in 1991, the City of Elgin began investing in rental properties and then eventually purchased homes where EPD officers could live and develop long-term relationships with residents in that particular neighborhood.

There are four Resident Officers that live with their families in city owned homes at no cost to the officer. The homes are all in Elgin’s higher crime neighborhoods. Each of the homes is denoted as a R.O.P.E. residence with a sign that includes the name and 24/7 contact information of the officer who resides there. In addition to private living space, the homes also include an office where community members can meet with their resident officers. R.O.P.E. is a unique program that shows the dedication and transparency of the EPD and its officers. Having the officers in these neighborhoods also empowers residents to become more knowledgeable about preventing and reducing crime. EPD officers don’t just engage with community members, they are community members.

 

The Resident Officers involved with the program also coordinate the organization and participation of children, teens, and adults in a variety of activities with the department. Some examples include Fishing with the Police and Resident Officer Leadership Camps.

elgin 2EPD makes an effort not only to reach out to community, but to do so in a way that accommodates their varying schedules, concerns, and language needs. For example, EPD recently held a Spanish-spoken public outreach event in a local park, in conjunction with a performance of the Ballet Folklorico of Guadalajara and Mariachi Juvenil Colotán.  The police department held a conversation with residents, with assistance from Spanish speaking officers, after the performance to discuss police programs, immigration concerns, and other issues of importance to the Spanish speaking members of the Elgin community.

Allowing officers to institute creative and oftentimes unconventional ways of building community partnerships leads to a better understanding and respect of each individual’s role in the community.  The EPD continues to see positive changes in their community due to the actions they have made toward becoming a more community-focused agency. The Elgin Police Department has learned to be proactive and has a genuine interest in what the public wants, deserves, and needs.  The reward has been a safer, happier place to live for all.

Would you like to know more about the Elgin Police Department’s Community Engagement?

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The Importance of Wearing Your Vest: Officer Angela Sands’ Story

lincolnOn November 29, 2015, Officer Angela Sands of the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department, found herself with a firearm inches from her heart.

Officer Sands was responding to a call for back up for a suspect that was found to have several warrants out for his arrest. The responding officers attempted to arrest the suspect and search his person when the suspect started to assault the officers.  Officer Sands and her sergeant were fighting with the suspect when he grabbed a gun from his waistband.  The suspect was able to get a shot off, hitting a third officer in the arm.  Officer Sands and her sergeant then fought to control the suspect’s hand that held the gun to disable the suspect from firing at the other officer again.

In the continued struggle, the suspect fired a shot point blank at Officer Sands’ heart.  The round passed through her coat, her metal badge, and was finally deflected by the metal plates in her bulletproof vest.   Officer Sands and her sergeant were able to fire back and eliminate the threat.

Officer Sands’ was able to assess and treat the injured officer’s gunshot wound despite her own injuries because she was wearing her bulletproof vest.

“I’m confident I would have been shot in the chest if I had not been wearing my vest that night. The round was deflected away from my heart, by my vest, and ultimately collided with my radio mic, which exploded causing survivable facial and oral injuries.”

Officer Sands was honored with the Medal of Honor from the Awards Committee of the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department for her professionalism and courageous actions when a lethal encounter was thrust upon her.  At the time of the incident, Officer Sands had served with the department for three years. dupont

“I am humbled and honored to be named the Survivor’s Club Honoree. I appreciate the work the IACP and DuPont have done to educate law enforcement on the importance of wearing a vest every day and every shift. Their outreach and education has helped create an environment that promotes wearing a vest and reminds officers that it may save their life one day. I was wearing my Kevlar vest when I was shot. I was wearing it out of habit. I was wearing it because I was taught to do so.”

Officer Angela Sands has been chosen as the 2017 IACP/DuPont KEVLAR Survivors’ Club Honoree at the 124th IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since 1987, IACP has partnered with DuPont to honor those police officers who have survived life-threatening incidents because they were wearing their personal body armor. The Survivors’ Club award helps to reinforce the use of body armor every day and every shift for officer safety. It also serves as a reminder of the heroic efforts police exhibit while serving their communities.

Visit IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club® for more information. Please visit the Center of Officer Safety and Wellness for more information on officer safety and wellness, including physical health, nutrition and exercise, and mental health.

 

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Law Enforcement Participation in County-wide Justice Reform Leads to Reductions in Disproportionate Minority Confinement

Pennington County, South Dakota is 1 of 40 jurisdictions to receive funding through the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) to plan and implement strategies to safely reduce jail populations. The Safety and Justice Challenge is a five-year, $100 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help jurisdictions across the United States create more effective local justice systems. Pennington County is among eight sites to receive additional SJC funding this month to fully implement its justice system reform strategies.

Guest Blogger: Vaughn Vargas, Community Advisory Coordinator, Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department

According to the 2010 Census, Native Americans make up 10 percent of the population of Rapid City, South Dakota, but, due to a large transient population, officials estimate the number to be closer to 23.5 percent. Regardless, arrest data from October 2013 to January 2015 show that Native Americans made up 59.1 percent of those arrested over that period, and the county jail has an inmate population that is approximately 51 percent Native American.

Through the Safety and Justice Challenge, Pennington County developed a strategy that includes initiatives that address the overrepresentation of Native Americans, including expedited case processing, community supervision, pretrial diversion, and tribal outreach. We’ve experienced some early success: over the last year, Pennington County reduced the jail population by 10.16 percent, enhanced an existing strong collaboration of justice system stakeholders, engaged the community in our reform efforts, and designed solid strategies for meeting the goal of a 20-24 percent reduction in the jail population over the next two years. We are excited to announce that we received additional funding from the MacArthur Foundation, which will allow us to implement the initiatives listed above to their full extent and to achieve our jail reduction goal. We plan to build on our early successes to ensure sustainable change within Pennington County.

In Pennington County, our law enforcement leaders have been strong drivers of our reform policies.  For example, Pennington County law enforcement adopted a “Cite and Release” policy for petty offenses, such as shoplifting, trespassing, public consumption, etc.  However, we found that in the case of Native Americans, we were making many custodial arrests because individuals did not have “acceptable” identification, so they had to be taken to jail to verify their identity by fingerprints. We addressed this problem by recognizing the tribal government identification cards as valid identification.

Other challenges causing overrepresentation and longer stays by Native Americans in the jail include societal factors such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and unemployment. To address these challenges, Pennington County’s tribal outreach includes five strategies:

  • Issuance of Tribal and State Identification on Reservations— Although law enforcement is trained to utilize all forms of identification (state and tribal ID) as noted above, there are still individuals who are arrested and brought into the jail because they have no form of identification. In order to reduce the number of custodial arrests occurring due to lack of any identification, we plan to implement a program where individuals can gain a tribal and/or state identification. We plan to implement a pilot program within one tribal community initially with a plan to expand to other communities.
  • Warrant Resolution—The court will establish programs to resolve cases and warrants on tribal land allowing misdemeanor warrants to be cleared without a custodial arrest;
  • Community Service on the Reservation—Defendants can carry out their community service on the reservation in lieu of jail time for appropriate crimes;
  • Jail Service on the Reservation—Defendants can complete jail sentence in a tribal jail, which will build better relations with the Tribes and allow for easier visitations for friends and family members on the reservation; and
  • Unilateral Extradition— Tribal and federal law currently do not mandate extradition of defendants, as between Pennington County and the three adjacent Tribes. Only by mutual agreement is any type of extradition possible. The Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department intend to pursue the practice of extradition from Pennington County to the Tribes as a first step in developing extradition agreements. We believe unilateral extradition from Pennington County to the requesting reservation is a first step to increasing cooperation and trust between tribal and Pennington County law enforcement.

Additionally, a large portion of our law enforcement and community health resources were being allocated for “familiar faces,” a group who turned out to be a small portion of our community and whose underlying problem was chronic alcoholism. To address these individuals, Pennington County introduced the “Safe Solutions” facility, which significantly expands our detox capacity and creates alternatives for nuisance-type crimes. With the new funding from the MacArthur Foundation, we will expand the Safe Solutions facility to include additional beds for males, and add beds for females.

What does this mean to our local law enforcement agencies?  Funding and technical assistance provided through the Safety and Justice Challenge will continue to allow Rapid City and Pennington County to tailor solutions specific to our community, identify incarceration drivers, and ensure we hold public safety paramount. Most importantly, it has allowed law enforcement to provide insight to key justice system stakeholders, have a significant voice in local criminal justice system reform, and will provide continued opportunities for sustained stakeholder collaboration for years to come.

Posted in Criminal Justice Reform

Five Tips for Positive Law Enforcement Family Relationships

The lifestyle and culture of law enforcement affects more than just the officers.  Companions and family of law enforcement officers play an integral role in an officer’s health and wellness. The IACP’s Family blog series highlights the importance of the dedication and support that law enforcement officers receive throughout their careers from their families.  This blog series will cover various issues that law enforcement family members face, and provide successful strategies for work and home. 

Guest Bloggers: Jacqueline Ehrlich, Assistant Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, Visiting IACP Fellow and Steve Ehrlich, Program Manager in the Office of Field Operations under Customs and Border Protection

My husband, Steve, and I have a combined law enforcement experience of Jackie's Blogapproximately fifty-seven years. Steve and I both began our careers in local law enforcement in the Midwest prior to joining Customs and Border Protection and the United States Border Patrol.  Steve and I have been a law enforcement couple for more than 15 years. Over the years we’ve been together, through trial and error, we have discovered what works for us to maintain a healthy relationship and family life while dealing with the challenges of being a law enforcement family. Below are five lessons that have helped us sustain a positive relationship and family life:

  1. Give one another space – We each understand the stressors of the job. Whether it is the long hours, travel, bureaucracy, time-sensitivity, or physical aspects, we respect the need for quiet time, to collect one’s thoughts, recharge, and have alone time. It is not uncommon for one of us to take a day off without the other, just to have a day with no responsibilities or demands. These occasions help us to maintain relationship civility and not bring work frustrations home.
  2. Plan family time – When we were working in the field, we would often go 10 days at home without seeing one another, while living in the same home. Early in our relationship we recognized the need to schedule time for one another. Just taking the time to catch up, connect with one another, talk, or plan, was enough. Now that our careers have taken us down the administrative path, and we have a young daughter, our philosophy toward family time has strengthened. We make more of an effort to create special memories for our daughter and try to keep work discussions away from her.
  3. Share the workload – Throughout our years together, at least one of us usually has a multi-week trip a couple times per year. Consequently, there are no “my jobs” or “your jobs” around the house. We both cook, clean, do laundry, yard work (yuck!), car inspections, child care drop off/pick up duties. Although the transition to a short term single parent home is never seamless, we manage by sharing the work.
  4. Leave work at work – Work takes a big part of our time—it does for many couples. It can affect many other aspects of our lives if we let it. To try to mitigate work infiltrating the rest of our lives, we limit the amount of time allowed to discuss the daily work activities to 10 minutes per day. It can be too easy to always feel like we have to be there for our work demands, but we try to limit our availability, which can be a challenge with the many ways work can reach us.
  5. Maintain a healthy appreciation for the job – Anyone who has a relationship with someone in law enforcement—parents, siblings, spouses, significant others, children, etc.—understands the risks associated with putting on the uniform and badge, and carrying the firearm. We recognize the dangers the other faces. We put them in perspective and do not let those thoughts consume us. Sometimes that allows us to read between the lines when one calls the other during an event. We can relate to what the other is going through and talk about it when the time is right.

Family support is critical for law enforcement officers to maintain healthy, balanced lives. All families have their own unique ways to navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with a life in law enforcement. Adhering to these five lessons has served us well throughout the decades together.

Assistant Chief Ehrlich will be facilitating the Supporting Those Who Support Law Enforcement Roundtable Discussion at the 2017 IACP Annual Conference on Monday, October 23rd from 8-9:30 AM.  The roundtable will discuss the roles and challenges of law enforcement families and how IACP and the profession can provide resources to better address these needs.  All IACP Conference attendees are welcome to attend. Please contact ICPR@theiacp.org for details.

For more family resources, visit http://www.theiacp.org/ICPRlawenforcementfamily.

 

Posted in Annual Conference and Exposition, Educational Tracks, Officer Safety & Wellness

Jurisdictions Selected to Receive Additional Funding through the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Network

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that eight jurisdictions would receive $11.3 million in additional funding through the Safety and Justice Challenge to fully implement jail-reduction strategies they have been planning for over two years.  The MacArthur Foundation created the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) initiative to support more just and effective local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money, and yield fairer outcomes for individuals and communities. MacArthur.png

The IACP is a Strategic Ally for the SJC initiative working on numerous fronts to encourage and support law enforcement leaders in implementing progressive reforms, promote enhanced collaboration with other justice stakeholders, and work proactively on pre-arrest diversion tactics to ensure the community has access to the behavioral health resources it needs to keep low-risk individuals out of the criminal justice system. IACP is one of 12 Strategic Allies engaged in the SJC and works with other partners in the SJC Network to provide support for the justice system stakeholders implementing these innovative initiatives in the 40 Challenge sites.

The eight cities and counties, all of which were among the original 20 sites chosen in 2015 to participate in the Challenge, are Ada County (ID), Cook County (IL), Los Angeles County (CA), Mecklenburg County (NC), Multnomah County (OR), Palm Beach County (FL), Pennington County (SD), and Shelby County (TN). With technical assistance and funding from the MacArthur Foundation, these jurisdictions are developing and modeling innovative and effective strategies to keep low-risk offenders out of jail, reintegrating those who must be confined back into the community upon release, and collaborating with system partners and the community to help them stay out of jail thereafter.

Strategies for achieving these goals include:

  • the use of automated court-date reminder systems to reduce “failure to appear” rates,
  • risk-based pretrial management systems so decisions for pretrial release or detention are based on standardized assessments of risk,
  • improved case processing systems or the addition of case processing specialists,
  • provision of legal identification cards and transportation to prearranged treatment and/or housing placements for individuals leaving custody, and
  • addressing racial and ethnic disparities through implicit bias education.

To address the challenges of addiction and mental illness, many of the jurisdictions are turning to pre-arrest diversion programs and opening facilities that provide law enforcement partners with placement options for these arrest alternatives. Other law enforcement strategies include the use of citation in lieu of arrest, and risk tools to make point-of-arrest decisions that can help to reduce racial and ethnic disparity.

The IACP looks forward to continuing to work with and support the 40 jurisdictions involved in the Safety and Justice Challenge in their on-going efforts to model reforms that create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the United States.

To learn more about IACP’s efforts, visit http://www.theiacp.org/safetyandjustice.  To see the press release from the MacArthur Foundation, go to http://www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org/2017/10/macarthurs-safety-justice-challenge-announces-additional-11-3-million-eight-jurisdictions-advance-local-criminal-justice-reforms/.

 

Posted in Criminal Justice Reform

Statement of IACP President Donald W. De Lucca on Weekend’s Deadly Attacks

Yet again, this weekend brought devastation, tragedy, and fear to our communities. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families, and the communities of Marseille, France; Edmonton, Canada; and Las Vegas, United States.

Whether a knife, vehicle, or gun, the work of a lone wolf or coordinated attack, these horrific events have all brought tragedy on a global scale. We must all stand together in support for the victims and communities affected.
Law enforcement agencies and officers will continue to make every effort to protect all those who live, work in, and visit our communities around the world and to ease fears.

We applaud the bravery and dedication of all the first responders who acted swiftly to aid the injured and to keep the public safe from further harm. Our thoughts and prayers are with the law enforcement officers who were injured or lost their life in each of these tragic instances.

Posted in Breaking News, Crime and Violence, IACP, Leadership, Mass Casualty Attacks, Terrorism