On March 12th and 13th, the IACP’s Community Policing Committee met for its annual mid-year meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The new Chair of the Committee, Dr. Ronal Serpas, lead discussions ranging from the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Awards to the IACP/COPS project Community Policing: The Next Generation.
Bob Stanberry, Solution Business Development Manager and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor at Cisco Systems, proposed adding a special technology category to the awards. There was also a presentation by Greg Wilburn of Presidio Networked Solutions regarding technology available to better connect police departments with public services and the community. An update on the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award winners analysis was shared with Committee members and suggestions are being integrated into the document outline.
Dr. Serpas discussed the Cure Violence report that looks at increasing the understanding of generational cycles of violence and its effect on crime. Cure Violence is an NGO that works to stop the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control. This report addresses the need to get resources on the ground to help mediate the impact of mental illnesses, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The meeting closed out with an update from the FBI and an update on the IACP’s Protect and Serve Initiative. New Orleans was chosen as the location for the Mid-Year Meeting of 2016.