2017 National Police Week Statement

Statement from IACP President Donald De Lucca

As thousands of law enforcement officers make their way to Washington, D.C. over the next week for National Police Week, I reflect on challenges we have encountered over the last year and look towards the future and the many opportunities ahead.

2016 was another difficult year for law enforcement around the world. In the United States, 145 officers lost their lives in the line of duty. Tomorrow evening I will be attending the annual candlelight vigil and have the honor of reading off names of the brave men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Collectively as a profession, we grieve with the families, the agencies, and the communities of those who have lost their lives.

As we take time this week to remember those who have gone before us, let us also take the opportunity to honor the dedication and daily commitment of the men and woman of law enforcement to keeping our communities safe. I am encouraged by what I see every day by the members of my department, particularly the younger officers. Their devotion and enthusiasm to the profession and their commitment to public service is inspiring and I know the future of law enforcement is in good hands.

As many of you take part in this week’s events, whether it be in D.C. or in your own community, I encourage you to take a moment to honor the fallen members of our community and remember their service and sacrifice. It is also the perfect time to recognize the good work and dedicated service of our law enforcement leaders, both the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. We should also all reflect back on the oath we took – and remember that we must do everything we can to keep our sworn personnel safe in their daily duties and contacts with the public.

Thank you for your service and all you do.

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Meet the Leadership Blog Series

The IACP Board of Directors is comprised of the IACP Executive Board as well as 33 law enforcement leaders appointed by the IACP President. The members of the Board of Directors represent agencies large and small around the globe and contribute to the governance of the IACP. In the IACP’s new Meet the Leadership Blog Series, the IACP will feature brief profiles of the 33 appointed members of the Board of Directors, in the months leading up to the 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition.PC Davis

Name: Kevin Davis

Title: Police Commissioner

Agency: Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: Early in my career when I started to get promoted.

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I am a fourth-generation public safety professional. The service aspect of law enforcement attracted me and keeps me going to this day. Police are some of the most visible representations of government, and it’s an honor to protect the values of our society every day.

First Heard about IACP: I’ve always known the IACP to be a think tank of policing. The work they do has always inspired me to be a part of the organization.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: I’ve served in three large police departments in my 25-year career. Leading a police department in challenging times demands police chiefs to be in touch with solutions to common problems. IACP provides that platform.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: The small victories are always the most rewarding. Solving a crime, helping a neighborhood put together a collaboration plan, and innovative remedies to age-old challenges are rewarding experiences.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: The availability of resources is always a challenge for leaders in our profession. Ensuring our young patrol officers receive the training and leadership they need to be successful requires our full time and attention.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Leadership is not a popularity contest. It’s lonely at the top. Make informed decisions and surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth. A good decision today is better than a perfect decision tomorrow.

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Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Falls Church, Virginia, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 1999

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: A call to serve and help people, particularly juveniles.

First Heard about IACP: As a lieutenant with Arlington County, Virginia, Police Department, I went to my first IACP Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1999. Since that first visit to an IACP Conference, the association has been the source for crafting my law enforcement responses and assets as well as connecting with like-minded professionals.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: As a lieutenant and community policing liaison, IACP provided best practices which were invaluable in the world of community policing strategy. As I grew as a professional, my interests broadened and IACP provided resources for those interests.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: This profession is challenging, riddled with hardship, demands grit, yet it reaps amazing rewards of witnessing the human spirit at its very best.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: The challenges can fluctuate from budgets, to personnel, to politics, and the broad brush of stigmas surrounding the profession.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Be a continual learner as this profession is always changing and always challenging. Seek growth through change in a culture that is often resistant to change.

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Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Town of Cheektowaga Police Department, NY

Year Joined the IACP: 2011

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: Oddly, law enforcement was not my first choice. I was interested in teaching; however, law enforcement was always in the background. I was a fanatic for shows like Adam-12 and Dragnet as a kid. I didn’t know any cops growing up, but I did very much want to be like those guys I was watching on TV.

First Heard about IACP: My mentor was the chief who hired me. When I became chief, the first thing he told me was to get involved with IACP if I wanted to be successful. He stressed the benefits of networking and being aware of emerging trends.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: IACP provides so many benefits aside from the conferences, trainings, and publications. It is fascinating discussing this profession with my colleagues across the nation and worldwide. Each time I enter a room with them, I leave smarter than when I walked in. The opportunity to gain so many different perspectives has made me a better chief.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: All of it, but the comradery most of all.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: The biggest challenge for me is to keep the rank and file motivated. It’s awful tough out there for the men and women patrolling the streets and doing the heavy lifting.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Your inner circle shrinks every time you’re promoted and when you promote others. Remember that division commanders, platoon, and unit supervisors are struggling with their own internal politics which will affect the counsel they provide you. Listen to them, but always ask yourself what is best for the department and then do it, regardless of whose feelings get hurt. Those decisions will have short-term consequences yet reap long term rewards.

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Recognize the Excellence in Your Agency

Each day, law enforcement agencies and officers do exceptional work as they protect and serve their communities. Often, these accomplishments go unrecognized. The IACP awards are a way to change that.

The IACP awards seek to recognize the excellence in leadership and operational achievement that exists throughout the global law enforcement community. There are more than a dozen awards in a variety of areas. From traffic safety to forensic science to partnerships, the IACP awards are a great way to highlight the amazing programs and people in your agency.

Many of the awards are currently open for application. Visit the IACP Award webpage for a complete list of awards and deadlines. Click on an individual award for more information. Apply today and recognize the outstanding work happening in your community.

Posted in Annual Conference and Exposition, Awards

Meet the Leadership Blog Series

The IACP Board of Directors is comprised of the IACP Executive Board as well as 33 law enforcement leaders appointed by the IACP President. The members of the Board of Directors represent agencies large and small around the globe and contribute to the governance of the IACP. In the IACP’s new Meet the Leadership Blog Series, the IACP will feature brief profiles of the 33 appointed members of the Board of Directors, in the months leading up to the 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition.

Name: Bernadette DiPinoChief DiPino

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Sarasota, Florida, Police Department

Year joined the IACP: 2003

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: My Dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather were police officers. I guess you could say it was in my blood. My dad, retried Major Charles DiPino of the Baltimore Police Department was and still is my hero. The stories he shared about his experiences made me want to be just like him. He helped people and risked his life to keep the community safe. He was happy and satisfied in his career. He loved being a police officer and so do I.

First Heard about IACP: I heard about the IACP from my dad and other Maryland chiefs. Fellow chiefs are the best advocates for recruiting membership. I wish I would have known about joining as a commander because there are so many benefits to being a member.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: The IACP provides so much for chiefs from brand new appointees to the tenured chiefs. The best practices standards and the training were the initial draw for me. Potential job opportunities, State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), various committees, and the multitude of IACP initiates have kept me as a loyal member. The IACP not only is a must for your resume, but it provides a network of members who can help you solve problems and commiserate together over similar challenges. I have learned so much from my fellow IACP members and I hope I have been able to provide insight as well!

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: I love being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives every day. You see the best and the worst in people, but I am always impressed and inspired by the courage and dedication of police officers. I enjoy meeting new people especially the younger and older community members. I get to engage with and talk to people and solve problems, which ultimately makes our world a safer place. It is a challenging and rewarding occupation.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: The most challenging part of my job is trying to make everyone happy. As one of the “tenured” chiefs I know it’s impossible, but I won’t stop trying! Personnel issues are challenging especially when you have to discipline or fire an officer. I take that role seriously because I have to ensure the trust in the community as well as be fair to my officers.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: My one piece of advice is to get as much advice and counsel as possible before making an important decision. Just about everything you experience has happened to other chiefs. Join the IACP and your state chief’s association. The networking, information, and training you get will help you be the best leader and provide you with the tools you need to reach your goals and obtain success. Also take time for YOU! Schedule it on your calendar. Make sure you take care of yourself physically and mentally. Spend time with your family and friends, practice your spirituality, get a massage, practice your hobby or sports, do things away from the job. You need to take care of you before you can take care of your officers and community.

Name: John W. Mina IMG_7933

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Orlando, Florida, Police Department

Year joined the IACP: 2013

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: At a young age, I had two very different experiences with law enforcement. In the first one I was treated professionally and with kindness and compassion. In the second interaction, I felt the officer was unprofessional, and did not treat me with dignity and respect. Both interactions had a lasting effect. Later, when I decided to join the U.S. Army and become a Military Police Officer, I knew law enforcement was the profession that I wanted to pursue. Throughout my career, I always remembered the way I was treated by both officers.

First Heard about IACP: I heard about IACP when we hosted the conference in 1997 when I was a new Sergeant.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: IACP always seemed to be at the forefront of the law enforcement community, engaged with our lawmakers, and continually trying to advance the law enforcement profession. They play a huge role in determining and setting policy and best practices.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: My favorite part of being in law enforcement is knowing that our community relies upon us to keep them safe. We are the ones who respond to situations that others are not equipped to handle, do not have the skills to handle, or are not capable of handling. Knowing that we are the ones that people feel safe around, that people call when they need help is an honor and very humbling.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: The most challenging thing is the intense scrutiny that we are under. Law enforcement is expected to make split second decisions that happen in the blink of an eye. Our decisions must be the right ones, 100% of the time. Our officers do not have the luxury of watching a video repeatedly and then deciding what is the correct action They must act quickly in order to protect citizens, risk their own lives, and must be prepared to be scrutinized by their peers, supervisors, the community, and sometimes the nation.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: I have a long list of advice and teaching moments that I give to newly promoted leaders, but here is one of the more important ones. The safety, health, and well-being of your officers and employees should be a priority. If they are not safe, they can’t keep their community safe. I also tell them the old leadership phrase I learned from my time in the military; Mission First, People Always.

Name: Charles R. Press PRESS

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Village of Key Biscayne, Flordia, Police Department

Year joined the IACP: Early 1990s

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: My father was an officer and I admired his dedication to duty.  He also started the first police athletic league (P.A.L.) in the state of Florida.  It taught me the value of giving back to the community.

First Heard about IACP: My first chief in Miami Beach was an IACP President.  Our chiefs were always involved in the organization and I was heavily involved in securing the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition when it came to Miami Beach.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: It is my sincere belief that the sharing of knowledge, education, and experience makes us all better at our jobs.  It is incumbent upon us, as leaders in our profession, to be the best we can be, and learning from others can only strengthen our skills and IACP can assist with that.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: My parents taught me the value of doing the right thing and helping all people in need.  Those values have guided me for 42 years and knowing I have had the chance to change people’s lives for the better is priceless.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: Trying to lead officers and maintain a high level of professionalism and morale during this difficult time.  Reminding them every day that we all took an oath to serve, and that oath is not based on pay scales, pension plans, or guarantees of our safety.  It is based on our dedication to the profession and the community we work in.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Stay the course, for ours is the most noble of professions.  Remember to lead by example, using both your heart and mind, to create a career based on fairness and integrity towards all those you come across.


Posted in IACP, Leadership

New Model Policy Available

New documents on Excited Delirium are now available to IACP Members! To access the documents, please click here.

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These updated documents provide chief executives with guidance and direction in the handling of individuals who appear to be in a state of excited delirium (ExDS). ExDS is a medical disorder characterized by observable behaviors including extreme mental and physiological excitement, intense agitation, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) often resulting in nudity, hostility, exceptional strength, endurance without apparent fatigue, and unusual calmness after restraint accompanied by a risk of sudden death. While there is still some discussion among medical experts as to whether ExDS exists as a separate medical disorder, it is important that law enforcement officers be able to recognize the associated characteristics and respond accordingly. Through swift action to achieve physical control of the individual so that he or she can receive prompt medical attention, officers can help to lessen the chance of death.

Click here for a listing of available Model Policies or contact the Policy Center directly at policycenter@theiacp.org.

The IACP Model Policies are only available to IACP members and IACP Net customers. Not an IACP member? Please visit www.theiacp.org/membership


Would you like to further tailor your policy manual? IACP Net, proud sponsor of the Model Policies, houses over 20,000 policies from agencies across the country in addition to providing access to Model Policies. Visit http://www.commandanswers.com/improve-policies or call 800-227-9640 to join today and take your IACP membership to the next level!

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New Online Course to Help Law Enforcement Leaders Support Safe, Smart Pretrial Decisions

The inconsistency of policy and guidelines for pretrial release can create volatile public safety challenges for law enforcement and communities. Law enforcement is the first line and most public face of the justice system, yet historically, law enforcement leaders were not actively engaged in pretrial decisions beyond what happens at the initial arrest. Like community members, officers often express frustration with the revolving door of the justice system, through which potentially dangerous individuals may be promptly released back into the community on bond, while low-level, non-violent offenders, often with mental health and addiction issues, cycle back through the system without getting the services they need.

With these challenges in mind, more law enforcement agencies are engaging in innovative pre-arrest, pre-booking, and pretrial justice system programs that provide pathways to treatment and services for eligible individuals, account for the safety of crime victims, and build stronger relationships between law enforcement and communities.

IACP’s Pretrial Justice Initiative is pleased to partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute to introduce two online courses for the University of Pretrial. The Pretrial Justice and Law Enforcement: What Chiefs Need to Know and What Officers Need to Know courses are important new tools to help law enforcement learn more about the complexities of the pretrial justice system and explore risk-based solutions and pretrial partnerships that maximize public safety and support strong community-police relationships. These courses can also help other justice system agencies learn more about law enforcement’s role in the system, so that they can forge stronger partnerships that will benefit the whole system.

These courses include:

  • An overview of the history and fundamentals of the pretrial justice system, bail, and preventative detention
  • Risk- and evidence-based solutions for common law enforcement challenges that support 21st Century Policing principles and maximize public safety
  • A case study on citation on lieu of arrest practices at the Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department
  • Resources to develop and enhance effective justice system partnerships

Register now at https://university.pretrial.org/learning/catalog/iacp-training  

Recent research by Lake Research Partners suggests that, on the topic of pretrial reform issues, the public pays attention to law enforcement more than any other justice system partner, so their voice carries considerable weight. As more states and localities begin to discuss and implement justice system changes, these online courses can provide innovative ideas and important background information to help law enforcement be engaged leaders in these conversations.

Posted in Criminal Justice Reform

Archive Feature in The Lead

We strive every day to provide the best benefits for our members, and we hope you enjoy receiving the Lead, the IACP’s daily news brief. (Not a member? Start receiving The Lead and many other benefits now!) One feature we want to be sure you are aware of was The Lead’s archive library.

To access The Lead’sblog-1.jpg archives:

  • Open any edition of The Lead and scroll towards the bottom of the email.
  • There you will find a box called ‘Subscriber Tools’
  • Click on the Archives link.

This will take you to a webpage with a calendar display. Click on any day that The Lead is published and you can see that day’s issue.

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You can even search for specific news topics by entering a word or phrase in the Search Briefings tool.


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The Importance of the Right Person in the Right Place

The Task Force on 21st Century Policing offers recommendations for working in partnership with community stakeholders to increase public safety. Highlights include: engaging in multidisciplinary community team approaches, considering public trust when implementing strategies, and embracing a guardian mindset.

The Lowell, Massachusetts, Police Department (LPD) knew that they needed to strengthen their response to the growing opioid epidemic occurring in their area. In 2015, there were 56 opioid deaths, in 2016 there were 62 deaths, and there is an average of 2-3 non-fatal overdoses every day. Superintendent William Taylor was determined to create a program that would effectively get proper treatment for those addicted. The LPD approached the situation as a public health issue as well as a public safety issue. With that methodology in mind, the Community Opioid Outreach Program (CO-OP) was created.

Community Opioid Outreach Program

CO-OP is a partnership between Lowell House, Inc., an addiction treatment service organization, the Lowell Fire Department, and LPD.   The program team conducts follow up visits to overdose victims and families and connects them to the necessary services to help them fight the disease. The team also assists in the path to recovery by linking victims to residential and detox programs, counseling, and court assistance. The team consists of an outreach specialist from Lowell House, Inc., a police officer, and a firefighter who is EMS trained. The program started with no funding and part-time participation from the three team members. In its second year, CO-OP will add new personnel, new services, and an evaluation. With grant funds from the Smart Policing Initiative, the team will hire two part-time substance abuse personnel from the Health Department, a mental health clinician from the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell (MHA) and a recovery coach from the Lowell House, Inc. While Superintendent Taylor formed the CO-OP team, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan created Project C.A.R.E. (Child Assessment & Response Evaluation) to further increase the areas response to the opioid epidemic. Project C.A.R.E. began as a partnership between DA Ryan’s office, MHA and the LPD to provide a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week rapid response intervention program for children who witness a parent or loved one suffer an overdose. The goal is to help these children cope with trauma, build resiliency and decrease the likelihood that substance abuse will be transferred from one generation to the next. CO-OP and Project C.A.R.E. are planning to work together to ensure that children who witness overdoses or whose loved one have experienced an overdose get the services they need.

The team has a partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, to analyze the data of fatal and non-fatal overdoses to detect if there is a pattern related to demographics. The study is looking for gaps along the way in these individuals lives who have overdosed to see where there could have been prevention or education strategies applied. The analysis will inform a targeted prevention strategy, as well as evaluate how well both CO-OP and Project C.A.R.E. works.

The LPD saw there was an issue that needed to be addressed immediately. CO-OP was developed quickly as a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, collaborative solution to the opioid epidemic. The success of the program is due to the passion, understanding, community legitimacy and credibility of the program staff, especially that of the police officer team member, whose commitment to successful prevention of the problem helped get CO-OP off the ground.

Working with service providers, community non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and public safety the Community Opioid Outreach Program is collectively striving to greatly reduce and eliminate drug use and overdose deaths.

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in advancing 21st century policing as part of the IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations. Lowell is one of fifteen sites selected for participation in the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative, a joint project of the COPS Office, CNA, and the IACP to highlight agencies who are actively embracing the principles in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.



Posted in Community-Police Relations, Drugs & Alcohol, Partnerships, Victim Services, Youth

Enhancing Public Safety by Being a Good Neighbor

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The 21st Century Policing Report offers several recommendations for collaborating with the community to build relationships of trust between law enforcement officers and the community, including forming collaborative, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary partnerships to produce meaningful public safety results.

The Gun Lake Department of Public Safety in Michigan is a new agency, established in 2011, and it was built on a foundation of 21st Century Policing practices. Tribal law enforcement agencies often face unique jurisdictional challenges, so from the very beginning of the department’s development, the tribe recognized the importance of partnerships. The Gun Lake Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Director of Public Safety developed a close working relationship with the Allegan County Sheriff, which polices the county that the Gun Lake Department resides within. All Gun Lake officers and Allegan County deputies are cross-deputized, so that both can enforce laws on county and tribal land. All officers and deputies are certified by both the state of Michigan and Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Law Enforcement Commission. Given the tribe’s checkboard jurisdiction, this cross deputation is particularly important, because it means that the closest officer can respond anywhere in the county.

With a new public safety building that opened in August 2015, Gun Lake has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and it makes a point to share these resources with its neighbors. This helps strengthen relationships and supports the safety of the whole area. Neighboring tribal police departments regularly share equipment for large tribal powwow events. Gun Lake’s secure vehicle evidence bay is available for use by all area law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office has benefitted from use of Gun Lake’s interview room, and the Allegan County Central Dispatch has utilized the Tribe’s mobile command unit on numerous occasions. The tribe even offers up use of its officer breakroom to sheriff’s deputies during their shifts and state troopers during winter storms, which fosters communication and camaraderie between departments. The Gun Lake Department of Public Safety also regularly loans out its training room to other agencies. The Michigan State Police recently held its Citizens Police Academy in the training facilities, and is scheduled to use it again from this spring, providing a unique opportunity for participants to become familiar with the State Police and the tribe. Gun Lake’s commitment to partnerships is so strong that it even wrote into its Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation grant application to purchase a new training simulator that departments could share. The tribe received a new MILO System 180-degree training simulator in February 2017 and trained three officers who, in addition to training Gun Lake officers, will administer trainings for officers from neighboring jurisdictions and demonstrations for community members.

gun lake 2The Gun Lake Tribe’s commitment to partnership extends beyond equipment sharing. When a neighboring small town found itself understaffed and unable to continue 24/7 patrol, the Gun Lake Tribe agreed to provide officers to cover the 6:00am to 6:00pm shift, alternating weeks with the Michigan State Police. Gun Lake officers staffing the shift not only built relationships with the town police and government, but with the residents as well. The Gun Lake Tribe provided these services at no cost to the town, lacing a high priority on public safety and on being a good neighbor.

This blog post is part of a series highlighting best practices in advancing 21st century policing as part of the IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations. Gun Lake is one of fifteen sites selected for participation in the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative, a joint project of the COPS Office, CNA, and the IACP to highlight agencies who are actively embracing the principles in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Posted in Community-Police Relations, Partnerships, Technology, Uncategorized

2017 IACP Division Midyear Recap

The 2017 IACP Division Midyear took place April 10-12, 2017 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. This meeting welcomed three of the IACP Divisions: State & Provincial Police (S&P), State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), and Midsize Agencies (MSA) – and provided members with the opportunity to share best practices, partake in critical training and network.


The joint opening ceremony of the meeting.


Attorney General Sessions speaking to the group about public safety and law enforcement partnership.

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Attorney General Sessions meeting with members of IACP leadership.


Past and Present General Chairs of the Three Divisions meeting.

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Senior State Trooper Nic Cederberg of the Oregon State Police is awarded the 2016 IACP/ Motorola Trooper of the Year award.

Posted in Divisions, Leadership, Membership