By: James T. Bryan, Guest Blogger; Program Manager, Information Sharing Initiatives, IACP
Missouri State Highway Patrol (MHP) Colonel Ron Replogle recently hosted the North Central regional meeting of the IACP State & Provincial Police (S&P) membership in Weldon Spring, Missouri. The meeting in June included a display of MHP specialty equipment and vehicles as well as a tour of the newly built facility.
Iowa State Police Chief Patrick Hoye, who serves as the chair of the region, delivered opening comments.
Afternoon presentations included:
- Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety,
- Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and
- Digital Multimedia Evidence and Records Management.
The second day began with presentations from the vendors sponsoring the event, including My Mobile Witness, Niche Technologies, and CARFAX. I then delivered an educational slide-set on the FBI National Data Exchange (N-DEx) program, which allows for the exchange of criminal justice records among federal, state, and local agencies. FBI Special Agent Jacques S. Battiste, who was present and representing the FBI director’s office and their Office of Law Enforcement Coordination (OLEC) as the 2012-2013 FBI designee to IACP, also spoke on the worth of N-DEx and its application to fusion center operations.
Other topics discussed during the event included:
- ballistic vest wear policies,
- managing protest groups,
- electrical vehicle safety issues,
- farm implement enforcement, and
- budget/recruitment challenges.
Minnesota Director of Public Safety Mark Dunaski voiced his support of the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) courses. MHP Lieutenant Colonel Matt Langer provided shared examples of LPO-driven staff development within his agency.
A session on the mass disaster planning associated with the Joplin tornado was delivered, and Colonel Replogle offered aid and equipment assistance to agencies that might experience similar events.