On Friday, April 26th IACP Executive Director Bart Johnson and Deputy Executive Director Jim McMahon met with Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bea Hanson, Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Jim Burch, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for OJP. The meeting, held at IACP headquarters, addressed a number of critical law enforcement and justice issues of concern to both organizations.
There was consensus thinking on the following topics:
- The tragic Boston event on April 15, 2013 and the collective need to further the capabilities of the fusion center network through information sharing and training
- The value of NIJ’s ‘Conference within a Conference’ at IACP’s annual conference in Philadelphia (October 19-23, 2013) as a model of cost effective means for DOJ agencies to engage a broad law enforcement audience
- How innovative program delivery like the OVW/IACP Leadership Institutes on Violence Against Women for police leaders can benefit a larger number of police organizations and officers
- The importance of IACP’s work to leverage private sector foundation resources to enhance capacity to address urgent law enforcement and justice issues, for example juvenile justice reform, pretrial release policies, and wrongful convictions
- Support for the BJA/NIJ/OVC supported IACP Wrongful Conviction Summit final report (to be released shortly) and how DOJ and IACP can collaborate to ensure that recommendations of the summit are implemented aggressively
- Interest in the IACP Research Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting in Boston (May 10), where the committee will address IACP’s approach to mainstreaming the Evidenced Based Policing model across all 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies
- Support for the ongoing efforts of the Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) program to streamline and improve its handling of requests for benefits, and how IACP can help its members gain a fuller understanding of program policies
All present agreed on the value of the meeting, the need to continue to collaborate on the above issues, and the importance of addressing future issues of mutual concern as they arise.