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New Report on Officer Wellness: What it Means for Your Agency

Guest Blogger: Laura Usher, Manager, Criminal Justice and Advocacy, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Arlington, Virginia This week, the COPS Office and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a major report on officer mental health after mass … Continue reading

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A Personal Account: Mental Health Awareness, Peer Support, and Vicarious Traumatization

Guest blogger: Sergeant Christopher J.A. Scallon, MS, Norfolk, Virginia, Police Department Law enforcement has found itself adrift within the “perfect storm” of public mistrust, increasingly violent encounters, and the one-dimensional social media soapbox. The struggle to maintain our bearing, for … Continue reading

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50 Years of Police Officer of the Year: 1990 First Female Awardee

Since 1966, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has recognized one law enforcement officer – in a few cases multiple officers – who has stood out from the rest around the world. While the name of the award … Continue reading

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2016 National Police Week: We’re Getting Too Good At These

Guest Blogger: Colonel Steve Flaherty, Virginia State Police We’re getting too good at these. That was my response on the evening of March 31, 2016, to reporters asking how difficult it was as a law enforcement leader to accept the loss … Continue reading

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2016 IACP/AMU Civilian Law Enforcement – Military Cooperation Award

The IACP’s Civilian Law Enforcement – Military Cooperation Committee (CLEMCC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 IACP/American Military University (AMU) CLEMCC award which recognizes excellence in law enforcement cooperation between civilian and military law enforcement bodies in developing innovative … Continue reading

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Nominations for IACP August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award

IACP recognizes the significant impact forensic science has on the criminal justice system. The August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award honors the proactive, innovative use of forensic technologies by law enforcement. Nominations for selection of the 2016 awards are … Continue reading

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IACP Launches New Leading by Legacy Online Resource Toolkit

Smaller law enforcement agencies often face unique challenges in the law enforcement field. Frequent changes in leadership and limited access to resources are some of the most common challenges. Many smaller agencies also face difficulties in bringing adequate leadership and … Continue reading

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Big Community Policing on a Small Island

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in community policing by police departments nationwide as part of IACP’s Community Policing: The Next Generation project. The project showcases modern, innovative, and cost-effective solutions to crime problems and … Continue reading

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Advisory: The Growing Use and Misuse of Exploding Target Products

In this blog, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Arson and Explosives Committee provides information regarding the growing use and misuse of exploding target (ET) products and promoting personnel safety. Exploding Targets are a pre-packaged combination of non-explosive chemicals … Continue reading

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The Safety and Justice Challenge

The Safety and Justice Challenge is a new five-year, $75 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to engage jurisdictions to develop and model effective ways to keep people out of jail, more effectively reintegrate those … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice Reform, Partnerships