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IACP President, Chief Terrence M. Cunningham, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department
Welcome to San Diego! I am thrilled to be here for the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. I would like to thank everyone who is is joining us.
The conference officially kicks off today. In addition to over the more than 200 workshops in 12 targeted tracks, I want to be sure to highlight a few of the key events that you won’t want to miss.
Saturday, October 15
Is this your first time at an IACP Annual Conference? If so, I encourage you to grab a coffee and attend the First-Timers’ Orientation this morning. This is a great session to help you get the most out of your conference experience.
The first of our three cutting-edge Global Perspective Series sessions begins today. Join me at this morning’s session on Use of Force Revisited: Approaches From Around the Globe.
You also won’t want to miss the Opening Ceremony where you will hear from our inspirational keynote speaker Simon Sinek. IACP members who are unable to attend can watch the Opening Ceremony via live steam.
Sunday, October 16
The 2016 Exposition Hall opens and you will want to be sure to walk through the show floor at least once. This year we have more than 700 exhibitors, interactive zones, and cutting-edge education in the Solutions Presentation Theatre.
Monday, October 17
The First General Assembly will take place on Monday morning and will feature INTERPOL Secretary General Jurgen Stock and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Be sure to get there early and get a seat!
Our second Global Perspective Series, The Unexpected Challenge: Law Enforcement and Mental Health, will take place on Monday afternoon. This session will examine the large impact that individuals affected by mental illness or in crisis play in the daily operations of law enforcement agencies.
Tuesday, October 18
Join us on Tuesday morning for the Critical Issues Forum to learn from police executives who have led their agencies through a wide array of critical incidents ranging from targeted violence and mass casualty attacks, civil disturbances and attacks targeting police. They will discuss the lessons they learned during these events including the leadership challenges they confronted, the real time critical operational decisions that had to be made and the impact these events have had on their officers, their agencies, and their communities.
The impact of narcotics on our communities is a growing global challenge for law enforcement. Make sure you attend the final Global Perspective Series session, A Shared Plague: The Impact of Narcotics Around the World, to learn more.
The IACP’s Institute for Community Police Relations (ICPR) has formed a partnership with Howard University to offer an innovative 15-week course entitled, Policing Inside-Out: Building Trust Through Transformative Education, that will engage students, law enforcement officers, community leaders, and criminal justice experts.
This unique course mixes “outside” participants (university students, community members) with “inside” participants (police officers) in a classroom environment. Students are challenged to reexamine what they have come to know about law enforcement and social justice issues while gaining a deeper understanding of community-police relations in the 21st century. Participants engage intense dialogue on criminal justice issues using real world examples, while participating in ride-alongs, field trips, and group projects. Principle texts for the course are the IACP’s National Summit Report on Community-Police Relations and the President’s Task Force Report.
The Policing Inside-Out course is co-led by Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University, and IACP Visiting Fellow, Lt. Tarrick McGuire from the Arlington, Texas, Police Department. This course is modeled after other Inside-Out experiences that are taught by Dr. Muhammad, including Prisons Inside-Out (dealing with incarceration) and Juvenile Inside-Out (dealing with juvenile detention centers).
The fall 2016 Policing Inside-Out class, underway now at Howard University, comprises 10 Howard students from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines and 10 Baltimore City police officers from diverse units across the department and with years of experience ranging from three years to more than 30 years. The course syllabus includes discussion of community-police relations, citizen complaints and internal affairs investigations, community policing, use of force, and other contemporary topics. The ICPR will chronicle and report out on the progress of this course through the IACP blog.
The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing offers several recommendations for building trust and creating opportunities for positive nonenforcement interactions with youth including
When law enforcement officers collaborate with the community their abilities and resources expand greatly. For the at-risk youth of Camden County, New Jersey, that increase in effectiveness manifests through the Project Guardian Program. The Project Guardian Program is a diversion program that works with at-risk youth who have involvement with violence or illegal activity. Since the program’s implementation last year, 600 youth have gone through the program.
At-risk youth, police officers, counselors, and social workers, come together with city residents who have escaped a life of crime for special events. At these events, an interpersonal connection is made, and the teens learn about life skills training, support services, and resources available to them to help them avoid a life of violence and crime. This proactive interaction provides encouragement for those most at risk. The non-enforcement aspect of the events is elevated through service activities. Earlier this year, participants made blankets to send to a local hospital for sick children. The youth were excited about the opportunity to give back and were able to open up while making the blankets. The service activity allowed for true interpersonal connections to be made between the youth and the police as well as the youth and the social workers and counselors.
The Camden County Police Department understands there are effective and creative alternatives to arrest and incarceration, particularly for youth. The Project Guardian Program is helping change the way communities and police interact by developing positive relations with community youth.
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. Camden 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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Visit AT&T in the exhibit hall to see a live interop demonstration and learn how AT&T is enabling public safety communications from Call to Car to Crisis and discover how Enhanced Push-to-Talk can interoperate with your communications on the AT&T network.
Commercial LTE Networks and Quality of Service for Public Safety
Sunday, October 16; 2:00 PM; Room 6A
Understand the technical capabilities of LTE to deliver priority access, and the commercial priority services available for public safety today.
Innovative Law Enforcement Solutions Powered by a Secure, Intelligence Cloud
Microsoft has a long-term commitment to providing law enforcement agencies with cloud services they can trust and is uniquely equipped to help them become CJIS compliant. Microsoft has a large, and growing, ecosystem of innovative solution providers that are partnering with Microsoft to empower law enforcement agencies to realize the benefits of intelligence-led first response. Many of these solutions will be showcased in the Microsoft patrol car located in booth #2531 as well on the 84” Surface Hub and in sessions held throughout the conference. Find out how to engage with Microsoft and our partners at IACP 2016 by visiting the IACP 2016 Microsoft page.
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See how agencies like Los Angeles Police Department and Richland Police Department are making faster decisions to better serve and protect their citizens. Microsoft will be offering 50-minute, hands-on sessions in client suite #5939 throughout IACP to showcase how Office 365 can enable law enforcement officers to transform the way they work. Only six spots available per session, so please sign-up today.
Transforming Communities Through Intelligence-Led Policing
Monday, October 17; 1:00 PM; Room 5AB
Gain real-world insights from leaders in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Rochester and see the latest innovations from Microsoft and technology partners.
In-Booth Product Demos
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The New Reality Of Situational Awareness: Life in the Real-Time Crime Center
Monday, October 17, 2016; 8:00 AM; Room 6A
Hear from agencies around North America about how they use intelligence-led policing solutions to leverage past crime data, video streams, social media and more to improve situational awareness and help keep their first responders and cities safe.
New Product Launches
World’s first body worn Camera Auto-activation System, Safariland Armor body armor line, including the revolutionary Hardwire® ballistic panels and plates for active shooter kits, and LE5 LITE Body Worn Camera offering low monthly subscription pricing for small budgets.
Technology for Trust Building Education Session
Sunday, October 16; 12:30 PM; Room 5AB
Chief Daniel Linskey, Incident Commander for the Boston Marathon Attacks, and a featured expert resource, will share his behind the scenes perspective utilizing real-time video of the moments leading up to and during the Boston attacks to discuss how law enforcement can utilize today’s technology and software to spot trends, protect officer well-being, and ensure public safety needs are quickly addressed. VIEVU’s VP of Engineering and Technology, Jason Wine, will discuss the need for Body Worn Cameras and introduce the first Camera Auto-activation System.
In-Booth Book Signing
Monday, October 17, 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Chief Linskey, a recognized leadership trainer, will be personalizing Colin Powell’s book “It Worked for Me,” at booth #1039.
Safariland Happy Hour
Monday, October 17, 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Enjoy a complimentary beverage and appetizers, and take home a commemorative Safariland|VIEVU pint glass.
Enter to Win an HP Watch or Xbox. Drawings held on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Demo the latest solutions for public safety software (CAD, RMS, JMS and more) with knowledgeable representatives.
Enter to Win a GoPro camera or play Plinko to win other fabulous prizes.
NFL Sunday Experience in the booth with beer and popcorn during the Expo Networking Event (Sunday, October 16, 3:30 PM).
How Technology Can Fuel Social Change: Mining Domestic Violence Data in High Point, NC
Saturday, October 15; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM; Room 6A.
Attend TASER CEO Rick Smith’s Presentation
Rick will present on Monday, October 17, from 3:00 -4:00 PM in Room 6A. He’ll explain his vision of the future, where officers spend less time at their desks and more time in the field. Attendees will get fast pass access to the Taser booth.
Take Part in the Booth Experience
You’ll find the future of law enforcement technology at booth #2239 — and you’ll be taking it home with you, too.
See the Technology Firsthand
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Guest Blogger: T.C. Broadnax, City Manager, Tacoma, Washington
On May 7, 2015, several leaders in the African American community met with city leadership and the Tacoma News Tribune to discuss concerns that the unrest that occurred in other cities could happen in Tacoma.
City leadership is committed to proactively addressing historical and present day sources of distrust and concerns about inequity and racism in the criminal justice system. Project PEACE (Partnering for Equity and Community Engagement), arose out of those discussions. City leadership then convened a planning committee of diverse members to guide the work.
Staff used the Presidents 21st Century Task Force Report as a model in developing the project. The primary focus was Pillar 1: Build Trust and Legitimacy, although the recommendations from community fell into every one of the pillars.
The mission of Project PEACE is to build a foundation of trust between historically marginalized communities and law enforcement. Project PEACE was both a dialogue to understand the issues and a research project to inform Tacoma Police Department’s Strategic Planning Process. Some of the Project’s goals include:
Common themes emerged from the data and were categorized using the six-pillar framework from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The Partners Involved
Six Community Conversation sessions were hosted. Each session included a discussion of race issues, small break-out groups in which attendees shared their experiences with law enforcement (negatively and positively), and development of recommendations for Tacoma Police Department and the community.
In addition to community members, those involved included staff from the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity & Human Rights and the City Manager’s Office, police officers, volunteers who served as small group facilitators, members of the Tacoma/Pierce County American Leadership Forum, note-takers, two consultants, and whole host of community members. Commissioned officers of all ranks also participated in the small break out discussions sharing their perspectives with the community.
The Project PEACE final report took all the comments from the Community Conversations and categorized them using the six pillars. Tacoma Police Department’s Chief Ramsdell’s action plan was formatted using the pillars.
Advice for Other Communities
Tacoma’s approach could be replicated by other communities seeking to involve the public in strategic planning. Some lessons learned and thoughts to consider:
The Tacoma Police Department has created several action items from Project PEACE and plans on following them in order to build and maintain better relationships with the community, enhance their policing methods, increase quality of life, and prevent crime and disorder.
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 (ICPR), particularly those that address recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing final report. The Institute is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Learn more about the ICPR.
As more states and local communities discuss and implement pretrial justice system changes, it is critical for law enforcement to have a voice in these conversations to ensure that policies and procedures are fair, efficient, and keep officers and communities safe. IACP’s new Partnerships in Pretrial Justice: A Law Enforcement Leader’s Guide to Understanding and Engaging in Meaningful Front-End Justice System Change, outlines the key steps to developing effective justice system partnerships, policies, and programs.
The new publication includes talking points for law enforcement, resource links, and information about evidence-based pretrial strategies, including risk assessment, citation in lieu of arrest, diversion, and enhanced pretrial release monitoring. Many of these are strategies that law enforcement has used for years, but their use is increasing as the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and other sources call for the adoption of preferences for “least harm” resolutions.
In this publication, police leaders share their perspective on how these strategies have improved recidivism rates, officer retention, and quality of life for community members:
Sometimes you have to come up with solutions that are out of your lane. We developed a pretrial electronic monitoring program that allowed people arrested for crimes, who would otherwise have been incarcerated before trial, the structure to maintain their jobs and families. Within 12 months of implementation, our re-arrest rate went down to 5 percent from a rate of 36 percent, which has a significant impact on our community’s safety.
– Ken Miller, Chief of Police, Greenville Police Department, SC
Things like the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program (LEAD) drug program and mental health diversion were initially not seen as desired assignments. We now have officers volunteering for these programs, as they can actually see the difference made in the lives of those assisted by the programs. In terms of retention, it has been remarkable to see a shift in culture and job satisfaction.
– Rebecca Boatright, Senior Legal Counsel, Seattle Police Department, WA