By Michael Wagers, Director, Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP
The Southern Region of the IACP Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P Division) met April 30-May 2 at the Louisiana State Police’s Joint Emergency Services Training Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. More than 40 state police colonels and command staff, along with corporate and federal partners, met and discussed a range of topics including
- officer wellness and critical incident employee assistance,
- information sharing and the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx),
- trends in criminal interdiction, and
- biased-based policing.
Nationally recognized speaker Bobby Smith addressed the gathered members. Bobby was working as a Louisiana State Trooper in 1986 when he was shot in the face and blinded in the line of duty. As a result of his shooting, he realized the need for law enforcement officers to have assistance in dealing with traumatic events.
Colonel Tracy Trott from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who chairs the S&P Southern Region, guided the roundtable discussion. Members used this time to share best practices and learn from each other on issues ranging from leadership and management to highway safety and traffic enforcement.
IACP staff shared information about IACP awards and many of the association’s programs, including the Youth Focused Policing Resource Center; the 18th Annual Drug Recognition Experts Section’s Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving; and the National Law Enforcement Center’s First-Line Supervisor Training on Violence Against Women.
Attendees also toured the Louisiana State Police’s fusion center and its emergency operations center.
The S&P Division’s membership is divided into four regions: Mountain Pacific, North Atlantic, North Central, and Southern.
The next region to meet will be the North Atlantic, chaired by Colonel Tom L’Esperance of the Vermont State Police. The meeting is scheduled for May 23-24 in Groton, Connecticut.