The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club 2018 Update

The IACP/DuPont KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® recognizes and honors those deserving who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived red.jpga 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 the first half of 2018, the IACP and DuPont recognized four law enforcement officers as members of the IACP/DuPont  KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® after surviving a life-threatening incident due to wearing their body armor.

Lieutenant Richard Gainer, Hampton, VA, Police Division

Lieuthamptonenant Gainer was on patrol duty when he was notified of the pursuit of two robbery suspects. When he reached the incident location he saw that the suspects were trying to enter a car. He attempted to arrest them, but in the struggle one suspect gained possession of Lieutenant Gainer’s firearm. The suspect began firing rounds, striking the chest area of Lieutenant Gainer’s vest at least once. The other responding officers arrived and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was subsequently hospitalized for his injuries. After Lieutenant Gainer finished coordinating the securing of two additional suspects he was transported to the hospital for blunt force trauma to his upper chest. He was later released.

Detective Tony Jones, St. Charles County, MO, Police Department

While working with the United States Marshall Service as a Task Force Officer, Detectiveblack Jones attempted to arrest a subject with an active felony warrant for assault and domestic violence. When the officers arrived, the subject attempted to flee and produced a pistol. He shot multiple times at Detective Jones and another officer. Detective Jones was hit in his front ballistic plate, which protected him from serious injury. The officers returned fire and ended the assault. Detective Jones sustained significant bruising to his ribs. He was later treated and released from a local hospital.

Officer Matthew Schaffran, Cranston, RI, Police Department

bOfficer Schaffran and another officer responded to a disturbance call. They checked the house and surrounding area for the subject, who appeared from the backyard and began walking towards the officers. The subject had concealed his hands, and when ordered to show compliance he attempted to engage the officers in a fight. The defendant’s mother also attacked the officers. During the scuffle, the subject repeatedly stabbed Officer Schaffran in the back with his concealed knife.  Officer Schaffran used highly effective closed hand compliance tactics to overpower the suspect, who was then placed in a cruiser. Officer Schaffran did not suffer any major injuries because his ballistic vest stopped any penetration of the knife. Officer Schaffran was treated for minor stab wounds before returning quickly to work.

Trooper Daniel Thayer, Michigan State Police Department

Trooper Thayer was serving a search warrant on a suspect involved in a cold case michhomicide investigation. The suspect was seen in a residence with a gun. The suspect shot and injured Trooper Thayer. One round went through the pistol grip portion of the buttstock of Trooper Thayer’s shotgun and severely lacerated his finger. Another round fired from the suspect’s rifle was stopped by Trooper Thayer’s complex coordinated attack vest. The round hit the loop fastener panel covering his front trauma plate, preventing serious harm. The suspect was killed in return fire.

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

 

 

Posted in Awards

Why Sharing Data Matters to Your Agency and Community

Like many law enforcement agencies, the Ferndale, Michigan, Police Department (FPD) experienced a learning curve when it came to publishing open data. Open data is a term for any form of data that can be downloaded and manipulated by members of the public. For example, law enforcement agencies may share data about calls for service, traffic collisions, complaints, and assaults on officers. This data can be used to inform the community about public safety issues and empower them to assist with problem solving efforts. As the concept of publicly sharing law enforcement data becomes more prevalent in the United States and as a community of about 20,000 people in only five square miles, the FPD, a force of 38 officers, had to get creative in how they dedicated resources and manpower to the release of this data.

ferThe FPD was then approached by the University of Michigan with a proposal for collaboration. As part of the agreement, the University would provide students to work on the cleaning and publishing of data and the FPD would provide the data, along with the mechanism to publish it. FPD saw this as an opportunity to leverage the skills of these students, build relationships, and benefit the community.

Having decided to release some open data, FPD then had to decide what datasets to make publicly available. A community taskforce was convened that included residents, community groups, academic representatives, and other key stakeholders to select data topics. This helped FPD narrow in on the topics the community wanted to see released. FPD officers thought they knew what type of data the community would want to see, in particular FPD’s 10-year historical arrest data, but to their surprise, the community was less interested in arrest data and more interested in community engagement metrics and data about who the FPD officers were.

2Based on the information from the taskforce, the FPD releases traditional crime statistics such as arrests and calls for service, but additionally releases unique datasets based on the community’s interests. One of the most popular is a dataset with the number of and locations of FPD officers administering naloxone to those experiencing an opioid drug overdose. Not only has this dataset enlightened the community about how frequently naloxone treatments are being administered, but it has also been used as a resource for those seeking help for their loved ones. This dataset has become a reassurance to concerned friends and family members that FPD is doing its best to address the opioid epidemic as it takes form in Ferndale.

By putting in place a formal contract with the University of Michigan and continuing to leverage the skills of students, the FPD has ensured the longevity and success of the program. Additionally, the FPD now has access to the county open data initiative which can be used for various data modeling purposes. Given these resources, FPD’s only extra expense has been the time of the sergeant who manages the data release. While these exact resources may not be as readily available to all agencies, looking to neighboring agencies for assistance or county/state resources can often help alleviate some of the financial burden.

Data can provide a community a clearer picture about the true nature of policing and a better understanding of how and why agencies do what they do. Focusing on the type of data the community wants to see is one way to keep them engaged in the law enforcement agency.

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This blog post is part of a series highlighting community understanding and respect of law enforcement. This project is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

 

Posted in Community-Police Relations, Technology

Join IACP for the National First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women

The IACP is now accepting applications for its National First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women training, August 21-24, 2018 in Pittsburg, PA.

Guided by experts in law enforcement’s response to violence against women, supervisors will explore current approaches for responding to and investigating the crimes of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and strangulation. The training is designed to develop mentoring, training, and leadership skills when responding to these crimes. Past participants consider it an effective and useful training that they could immediately use upon returning to their agency.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Assess current agency and officer efforts
  • Explore tools and resources to enhance response and investigations
  • Participate in a forum with colleagues to discuss solutions and strategies
  • Design practical action plans specific to agency needs

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, 67% of victims in the United States do not report their sexual assault to law enforcement, and 42% of domestic violence victims in the United States do not report to law enforcement. This training will provide agencies the tools they need to learn why reporting rates are low and how law enforcement can set out to change those numbers.

There is no attendance fee to attend this training. Travel and lodging are not provided. To learn more about the National Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women and to apply for this training opportunity visit http://www.theiacp.org/First-Line-Supervisor-Training-on-Violence-Against-Women. The deadline to apply is June 22, 2018.

For more information about law enforcement response to violence against women, including policies, training videos, checklists, and guidelines visit http://www.theiacp.org/Police-Response-to-Violence-Against-Women.

Posted in IACP

Nominate an Officer for the 2018 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award

On June 14, 2017, during the final practice for the 2017 Congressional Charity Baseball Game, a gunman opened fire from behind the third base dugout.

Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner of the United States Capitol Police had been providing dignitary protection for U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise that morning at the Alexandria, Virginia baseball field. The agents quickly identified the source of the gunshots and returned fire. Despite having been wounded, both agents continued engaging the gunman.

Minutes later, Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department Officers Kevin Jobe, Nicole Battaglia, and Alexander Jensen arrived. As Officer Jobe engaged the subject, Officer Battaglia directed the gunman’s attention away from the civilians and onto her cruiser, allowing Officer Jobe, Officer Jensen, and Special Agent Bailey to triangulate around the gunman.  By working together, they were able to take the gunman down, secure the baseball field, and allow medical personnel to help the injured.

About a year prior, Lieutenant Scott Smith of the Orlando, Florida, Police Department also saved lives through an incredible act of leadership and bravery. On the morning of June 12, 2016, Lieutenant Smith and his officers responded to an active shooter situation at Pulse Nightclub, where more than 300 patrons were enjoying “Latin Night”. Because of the echoing sounds of gunfire, Lieutenant Smith did not know where the suspect was, but entered the building anyway. As the first to enter the building, Lieutenant Smith led the search for the suspect, walking across a dance floor, which had not yet been secured. Lieutenant Scott and the officers located the suspect and engaged in a shootout, allowing responding officers to rescue patrons and employees who were still inside the club.

As Lieutenant Smith organized the officers within the club and directed the deployment of SWAT operators responding to help, the gunman held hostages in the bathroom. After a few tense hours, the gunman raised the stakes – threatening to strap bomb vests to hostages to blow up the entire building. Lieutenant Smith coordinated the breach of the building which saved additional hostages and flushed out the gunman, who immediately started firing at the SWAT operators. SWAT team members, including Lieutenant Smith, returned fire, killing the suspect.

The incredible stories of these officers exemplifies the true spirit of the IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award, an award that since 1966 has been recognizing officers around the world for outstanding achievement in law enforcement.  Finalists and nominees not only demonstrate valor, dedication, and perseverance, but they also represent the commendable efforts of law enforcement everywhere to increase and protect public safety.

If you know an officer who between July 14, 2017 and June 21, 2018 has demonstrated a level of excellence, nominate them for the 2018 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award. Officers can be nominated for excellence in any police endeavor, including but not limited to: extraordinary valor, crime prevention, investigative work, community relations, traffic safety, drug control and prevention, juvenile programs, and training efforts. All sworn, full-time police officers below the rank of chief are eligible.

To begin the nomination process, read the eligibility requirements, then download the Awards Submission Form. The deadline to nominate is Friday, June 22, 2018.

Posted in Annual Conference and Exposition, Awards, Leadership

IACP Voices Support for the FIRST STEP Act

Today, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) sent a letter to Congress in support of the FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795/H.R. 5682). The FIRST STEP Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The FIRST STEP Act calls for more funding for federal prison programs and incentivizes prisoners to complete the programs in order to hopefully reduce the likelihood of inmates committing new crimes once released from prison.  At the same time the legislation provides additional safeguards to ensure that violent prisoners are not released and that community safety remains the top priority.

The bill passed the House by 360-59 on May 22. The legislation will now need to be considered by the Senate. To view a copy of IACP’s letter with more details on the bill, click here.

Posted in IACP

Moving the Needle on Evidence-Based Policing

By Jason Potts, Lieutenant, City of Vallejo Police Department

We can’t know if something works or not if we don’t test it. Yet many police departments keep policies and practices in place simply because that’s the way things have always been done. Law enforcement is deeply entrenched in tradition, but when it comes to work as high-stakes as policing, we need to substantiate what we’re doing with evidence. Pure dogma and tradition are not enough.

I have been thinking about data, research, and evidence as they apply to policing for the majority of my 17-year career, but it was really three years ago when I turned to evidence-based policing. In 2015, I became a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar—a National Institute of Justice program that works with mid-career law enforcement to encourage the adoption of data and research to inform law enforcement policies and practices. The LEADS Scholars program has been a way for me to meet like-minded people who are equally passionate about using evidence to inform our work in law enforcement and has sparked a lot of the evidence-based projects I’ve done.

ALPR Technology to Combat Auto Theft

The City of Vallejo, California, where I work, has one of the highest rates of auto theft for a city its size, with a population of about 120,000 people. Inspired by the LEADS program, in 2017 I began a research partnership with BetaGov, a nonprofit research organization that supports research projects that have on-the-ground impact. With BetaGov, I examined the effectiveness of automatic license plate readers (ALPR), with the goal to understand whether ALPR technology works as effectively as we thought. Specifically, I was interested in whether using ALPR technology can increase stolen vehicle recovery, affect officer behavior, and improve the ability of officers to detect stolen vehicles. At the end of the trial, our data confirmed that ALPR technology led to higher frequencies of vehicle recoveries and arrests.

The power of this project is its ability to be replicated, and the on-the-ground application of its results. This was not an out-of-reach, theory-heavy academic research project. The randomized control experiment I designed with BetaGov is simple and could easily be replicated in other departments. If this research can be accomplished in Vallejo—where we are short-staffed, face budget constraints, and have high levels of violence—anyone can do it. The larger the problems a department faces, the more helpful evidence-based research results will be. In Vallejo, we took on this project knowing that ALPR technology could potentially allow us to be more efficient in identifying automobiles linked to crimes and individuals who commit those crimes.

Progress Necessitates Change

I joke that police officers dislike two things: change and the way things are. Progress necessitates change, but change is always difficult, particularly in a field as rooted in tradition as policing. In pushing for officers and departments to embrace evidence-based policing, I’ve met everything from enthusiasm to disinterest to disdain. There’s a lot of vulnerability when fighting for evidence-based ideas that question entrenched police culture and tradition.

Starting out, my research was met with support from my Chief, but a general lack of interest. Over the years, interest has picked up. Recently, I started to receive the help and support of a crime analyst in the department. Running rigorous research projects such as randomized controlled trials and other evidence-based programs can be difficult, but at the end of the day, we hope these studies will yield results that will help us become more efficient and effective as a department.

As difficult as it can be to promote evidence-based policing, we’re not doing it alone. In early 2016, I joined the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP) as a co-founder, with the goal of encouraging the national movement towards evidence-based policing. It’s been a difficult road, but well worth it. ASEBP held its first conference in May 2017, has grown to more than 100 members, and our members have presented on the Society at multiple conferences, including the IACP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA in October 2017. I’m proud of the work we have done, and hope ASEBP will continue to be a platform to move the conversation forward on evidence-based policing.

We’re seeing the needle slowly start to turn towards evidence-based policing, but the vast majority of policies and practices in U.S. police departments are still due to dogma, rather than data. As a profession, policing continues to evolve, but we have a long way to go. The medical field has come a long way from using bloodletting and leeches to cure ailments, but across any field, change is a slow and difficult process. Policing is still in its infancy for data evaluation, science, and research. My hope is that we can continue to shift our thinking from doing things the way they have always been done to evaluating the data in context while consistently looking for causality and evidence.

For more information on the Center for Police Research and Policy, please visit http://www.theIACP.org/research.

Posted in Policy

Recently Published Policy Center Documents: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence victims come from every socioeconomic status, age, race, or religion and the acts of violence committed against them can range from psychological control to homicide. Worldwide estimates dictate that 1 in 3 women will experience some form of intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime[1].

In responding to calls of domestic violence, the complexities of abuse often require a correspondingly multi-faceted response from law enforcement. Officers are tasked with removing the threatening person(s) and providing support for victims in familial situations that often involve children and/or extended family members. Additionally, factors like financial dependence or previous threats of bodily harm often tether a victim to his or her abuser, which may affect officers’ ability to glean information or cooperation from victims.

The IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center has recently published updated documents governing the development of agency domestic violence policies. In the Model Policy, Concepts & Issues Paper, and Need to Know one-pager, responses to domestic violence are mapped out from the moment a call is received to the follow-up that should be conducted once the officers leave the scene. Using these documents, agencies can ensure that domestic violence policies are victim-centered and trauma-informed.

Note: These documents are available exclusively to IACP Members. 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!

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


[1] www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/

Posted in Crime and Violence

The value of your professional networking relationships

Guest Blogger: Lt. Christopher Cook, Arlington, Texas, Police Department

Most of you can probably remember when you were a rookie officer or an entry-level professional team member with your organization. The thought of professional networking likely meant making friends with those inside your organization or meeting colleagues at neighboring agencies. As you moved up the ladder or received a specialized assignment that had more influence, networking opportunities probably presented themselves in greater frequency.

Your membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is one way to extend your professional network. I have been involved with the IACP since 2011 and served as the Chair for the Public Information Officers (PIO) Section since 2015. In my many travels to conferences, forums, and other meetings, I have made many friends along the way and built strong relationships with agencies across the globe.

I can recall many times reaching out to my peers at agencies from coast to coast to get expert advice and guidance on issues that I was facing in my hometown organization. It was always refreshing to know that some of my peer contacts had already dealt with similar situations and could offer help when I needed it most.

I wanted to take a moment and share a recent exchange between my home agency and one in California and Florida. Back in early April, Kaitlyn Perez, Community Affairs Director for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, reached out to me because a suspect they were looking for happened to be traveling through the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The result was coordinating a joint arrest of the suspect and ensuring the right messaging was put out on social media. Through our prior knowledge of one another, the telephone and email exchange went flawlessly. Ultimately, the community messaging from Sarasota was wonderfully orchestrated.

In a second but unrelated turn of events, the Arlington, Texas, Police Department where I work came across two videos that depicted youth violence and gang activity. While I reported the videos to Google as a violation of their terms of service, I did not get anywhere with removing the videos from the public YouTube site. I reached out to my colleague and friend, Captain Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View, California, Police Department, since I knew Google had business assets in the Mountain View community. As luck would have it, Captain Hsiung was able to connect me with a retired Mountain View lieutenant who works as the lead in Google’s Global Security Operations Center. This allowed us to expedite the request to have YouTube remove the two videos. YouTube removed the videos almost instantaneously after the connection was made.

It was then my honor to return a favor to Mountain View when they reached out to Arlington about our practices on releasing body-worn camera footage. Captain Hsiung inquired into best practices when preparing to release footage of a YouTube shooting suspect encounter. The insights would be instrumental in assisting the agency with their media push and strategy.

These are great examples of the value of belonging to professional organizations which allow you to grow and expand influence during important incidents. During the next IACP conference that you attend, be sure to get out and meet new people, exchange business cards, and forge new friendships. You just never know when you may have to call upon another colleague to get some help.

Posted in IACP, Membership, Partnerships, Social Media

Law Enforcement Leaders Express Opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Today, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released a letter of opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38/S. 446)(H.R.38/S. 446). The letter was signed by 473 law enforcement agencies from 39 states who joined together to oppose this legislation that would dismantle state-level concealed carry permitting systems. The letter is found in its entirety here.

Statement by IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of the LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department:

“While I support Second Amendment rights for all law-abiding citizens, I strongly oppose to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act because it endangers the public and law enforcement. This legislation would override state laws that determine who is qualified to carry a concealed firearm—laws that take into account the distinctive circumstances and needs in each state. No state should be forced to accept a person carrying a concealed that does not meet the standards the state has set for its own citizens. This legislation, if passed, would severely interfere with local law enforcement’s ability to prevent gun violence and safeguard the public.”

Statement by Boston Commissioner William Evans:

“This bill would override state laws determining who is qualified to carry a loaded hidden gun – laws which take into account the unique circumstances and needs in each state– and would force states to allow individuals to carry guns who are not qualified to do so under their own laws,” said Commissioner Evans of the legislation. “During traffic stops and other interactions with the public, our officers would have to be familiar with 50 different state’s laws on conceal carry permitting. Given the split-second decisions our officers frequently need to make, this is nearly impossible and can foreseeably lead to violent confrontations. As law enforcement officers across the US, we oppose this dangerous threat to our officers and to public safety.”

Statement by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo:

“The federal Conceal Carry law would override carefully crafted state laws, which vary widely in their standards, and reduce the country to the least common denominator for safety. Not all states require background checks or safety training. Some states don’t require carriers to have a permit at all, and some allow people convicted of violent misdemeanors to carry weapons. States must retain the ability to legislate concealed carry laws that best fit the needs of their communities. Texans have a history of responsible gun ownership, strongly believe in states’ rights, and deserve to not be forced to accept permits holders from states that don’t have our proven processes.”

Statement by Springfield, MO Police Chief Paul Williams:

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is simply a bad idea. The United States of America, lest we forget, is a Union of States. Each State has a responsibility to its residents to enact laws reflecting the views of their residents, and not those of another State. There is already CCW reciprocity between states that agree with each other on this issue; but forcing other states, who are not like minded, to honor that agreement is not the role of the Federal government, or in the best interests of ALL citizens. Although we had a very well designed and functioning CCW permitting process in Missouri, in 2016 our legislature voted to allow anyone to carry a concealed handgun, without a permit, without training, and without requiring a background check. That may well be the will of Missourians, but I dare say it is not something that would be universally accepted across the country.”

Statement by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields:

“Given the recent series of mass shootings, the last thing we need to do is make it easier for people to carry concealed weapons across state lines. This law makes no sense if our goal is to reduce deaths from gun violence.”

Law enforcement officers interested in adding their voice to this national effort may sign on to the letter of opposition here: http://bit.ly/IACPOpposesCCR.

Posted in Breaking News, Crime and Violence, Officer Safety & Wellness, Policy, Press Release

IACP and FirstNet Built with AT&T Honor Indian Country Law Enforcement Section Officer of the Year

On March 12, 2018 the IACP Indian Country Law Enforcement Section along with FirstNet, Built with AT&T honored Officer Michael Carlow and Officer Jonnie Cordell of the Crow Creek Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services as Officers of the Year. Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell were nominated by their Chief of Police Scott Shields.

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Traditional quilt and eagle feather presentation: (L to R) Tom Woolworth, Supervisory Special Agent, ret., BIA OJS, Award Committee Member; Michael Carlow, Officer, Crow Creek Agency, BIA OJS; Jonnie Cordell, Officer, Crow Creek Agency, BIA OJS; Jim Molash, Chief, ret. BIA OJS, Award Member

Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell work on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation, a 126,109 acre community located in Central South Dakota, with approximately 5,500 enrolled tribal members and an approximate population of 3,500. Officer Carlow has served Indian Country for six years through his work with the Pine Ridge Tribal Police and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Officer Cordell has served Indian Country for 15 years through his work with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

On December 15, 2016, Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell exhibited exceptional bravery and professionalism in responding to a call from a father who was reporting his son was threatening suicide. While in route the father called back and requested the officers to make entry into the residence.

Upon arrival, the officers made contact with the reported male who was inside the home sitting on the living room couch with a rifle pointed at his chin and thumb on the trigger. The officers began their assessment of the situation and immediately requested emergency backup. The male made repeated threats of killing himself or having the officers kill him.

After a short standoff with law enforcement, the officers were able to deescalate the situation and talk the male out of committing suicide and convince him to place the gun down on his own. The officers were able to get the male into custody and referred on for medical treatment.

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Award Presentation with Sponsor and Leadership: (left to right) Carrie Johnson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Indian Affairs Specialist, FirstNet Built with AT&T; Jonnie Cordell, Officer, Crow Creek Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services (BIA OJS); Michael Carlow, Officer Crow Creek Agency, BIA OJS; Bill Denke, Chief of Police, Sycuan Tribal Police Department, IACP Indian Country Section Chairman; Charles Addington, Director, BIA OJS.

Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell displayed empathy and outstanding police procedure and training by immediately placing themselves in harm’s way to provide emergency care in a critical situation. It is with great respect for Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell that the Indian Country Law Enforcement Section of the IACP presents this award.

“The IACP is proud to honor law enforcement officers who devote themselves to public safety and wellbeing,” said IACP President Louis M. Dekmar. “On behalf of the entire association, I want to congratulate Officer Michael Carlow and Officer Jonnie Cordell for their bravery, swift action, and commitment to service.”

“FirstNet, Built with AT&T, was honored to sponsor the IACP Indian Country Officer of the Year Award Banquet and recognize Officer Michael Carlow and Officer Jonnie Cordell for their service and commitment to their community,” said Carrie Johnson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Indian Affairs Specialist, FirstNet, Built with AT&T. “We value our relationship with the IACP Indian Country Section and look forward to working collaboratively with the Section to help ensure FirstNet meets the needs of tribal and BIA law enforcement agencies and officers.”

Posted in Awards, Victim Services