IACP 2011 Workshop to Address the Critical Issue of Violence against the Police

Guest Blogger: Scott Brien, Project Manager, National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police, IACP

To respond to the need for critical information on emerging trends involving felonious assaults directed at law enforcement, the IACP, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, has established the National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police.

The mission of the National Center is to prevent felonious assaults against law enforcement through the timely development and dissemination of actionable information within the wider context of the IACP’s officer safety initiatives.

The National Center team will undertake analysis of data, forensic interviews, and a review of postincident investigations to determine how felonious assaults against police officers can be prevented.

The National Center’s presence at IACP 2011 will take the form of a workshop titled “Preventing Line-of-Duty Deaths: A Chief’s Duty.” The workshop, currently scheduled for Monday, October 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will challenge chiefs to assess whether they are fully honoring commitments toward officer safety. Our panelists will explore the role of prevention and the strategic responses necessary to counter armed offenders targeting their officers.

We encourage law enforcement professionals to become involved. Please share with us information regarding postincident investigative protocol employed by your agency and postincident reports your agency has prepared following a felonious line-of-duty death. Visit us online for more information.

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Make sure IACP 2011 is on your calendar. For information, to register, and to secure housing, visit http://www.theiacpconference.org.

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