The value of your professional networking relationships

Guest Blogger: Lt. Christopher Cook, Arlington, Texas, Police Department

Most of you can probably remember when you were a rookie officer or an entry-level professional team member with your organization. The thought of professional networking likely meant making friends with those inside your organization or meeting colleagues at neighboring agencies. As you moved up the ladder or received a specialized assignment that had more influence, networking opportunities probably presented themselves in greater frequency.

Your membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is one way to extend your professional network. I have been involved with the IACP since 2011 and served as the Chair for the Public Information Officers (PIO) Section since 2015. In my many travels to conferences, forums, and other meetings, I have made many friends along the way and built strong relationships with agencies across the globe.

I can recall many times reaching out to my peers at agencies from coast to coast to get expert advice and guidance on issues that I was facing in my hometown organization. It was always refreshing to know that some of my peer contacts had already dealt with similar situations and could offer help when I needed it most.

I wanted to take a moment and share a recent exchange between my home agency and one in California and Florida. Back in early April, Kaitlyn Perez, Community Affairs Director for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, reached out to me because a suspect they were looking for happened to be traveling through the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The result was coordinating a joint arrest of the suspect and ensuring the right messaging was put out on social media. Through our prior knowledge of one another, the telephone and email exchange went flawlessly. Ultimately, the community messaging from Sarasota was wonderfully orchestrated.

In a second but unrelated turn of events, the Arlington, Texas, Police Department where I work came across two videos that depicted youth violence and gang activity. While I reported the videos to Google as a violation of their terms of service, I did not get anywhere with removing the videos from the public YouTube site. I reached out to my colleague and friend, Captain Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View, California, Police Department, since I knew Google had business assets in the Mountain View community. As luck would have it, Captain Hsiung was able to connect me with a retired Mountain View lieutenant who works as the lead in Google’s Global Security Operations Center. This allowed us to expedite the request to have YouTube remove the two videos. YouTube removed the videos almost instantaneously after the connection was made.

It was then my honor to return a favor to Mountain View when they reached out to Arlington about our practices on releasing body-worn camera footage. Captain Hsiung inquired into best practices when preparing to release footage of a YouTube shooting suspect encounter. The insights would be instrumental in assisting the agency with their media push and strategy.

These are great examples of the value of belonging to professional organizations which allow you to grow and expand influence during important incidents. During the next IACP conference that you attend, be sure to get out and meet new people, exchange business cards, and forge new friendships. You just never know when you may have to call upon another colleague to get some help.

Posted in IACP, Membership, Partnerships, Social Media

Law Enforcement Leaders Express Opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Today, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released a letter of opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38/S. 446)(H.R.38/S. 446). The letter was signed by 473 law enforcement agencies from 39 states who joined together to oppose this legislation that would dismantle state-level concealed carry permitting systems. The letter is found in its entirety here.

Statement by IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of the LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department:

“While I support Second Amendment rights for all law-abiding citizens, I strongly oppose to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act because it endangers the public and law enforcement. This legislation would override state laws that determine who is qualified to carry a concealed firearm—laws that take into account the distinctive circumstances and needs in each state. No state should be forced to accept a person carrying a concealed that does not meet the standards the state has set for its own citizens. This legislation, if passed, would severely interfere with local law enforcement’s ability to prevent gun violence and safeguard the public.”

Statement by Boston Commissioner William Evans:

“This bill would override state laws determining who is qualified to carry a loaded hidden gun – laws which take into account the unique circumstances and needs in each state– and would force states to allow individuals to carry guns who are not qualified to do so under their own laws,” said Commissioner Evans of the legislation. “During traffic stops and other interactions with the public, our officers would have to be familiar with 50 different state’s laws on conceal carry permitting. Given the split-second decisions our officers frequently need to make, this is nearly impossible and can foreseeably lead to violent confrontations. As law enforcement officers across the US, we oppose this dangerous threat to our officers and to public safety.”

Statement by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo:

“The federal Conceal Carry law would override carefully crafted state laws, which vary widely in their standards, and reduce the country to the least common denominator for safety. Not all states require background checks or safety training. Some states don’t require carriers to have a permit at all, and some allow people convicted of violent misdemeanors to carry weapons. States must retain the ability to legislate concealed carry laws that best fit the needs of their communities. Texans have a history of responsible gun ownership, strongly believe in states’ rights, and deserve to not be forced to accept permits holders from states that don’t have our proven processes.”

Statement by Springfield, MO Police Chief Paul Williams:

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is simply a bad idea. The United States of America, lest we forget, is a Union of States. Each State has a responsibility to its residents to enact laws reflecting the views of their residents, and not those of another State. There is already CCW reciprocity between states that agree with each other on this issue; but forcing other states, who are not like minded, to honor that agreement is not the role of the Federal government, or in the best interests of ALL citizens. Although we had a very well designed and functioning CCW permitting process in Missouri, in 2016 our legislature voted to allow anyone to carry a concealed handgun, without a permit, without training, and without requiring a background check. That may well be the will of Missourians, but I dare say it is not something that would be universally accepted across the country.”

Statement by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields:

“Given the recent series of mass shootings, the last thing we need to do is make it easier for people to carry concealed weapons across state lines. This law makes no sense if our goal is to reduce deaths from gun violence.”

Law enforcement officers interested in adding their voice to this national effort may sign on to the letter of opposition here:

Posted in Breaking News, Crime and Violence, Officer Safety & Wellness, Policy, Press Release

IACP and FirstNet Built with AT&T Honor Indian Country Law Enforcement Section Officer of the Year

On March 12, 2018 the IACP Indian Country Law Enforcement Section along with FirstNet, Built with AT&T honored Officer Michael Carlow and Officer Jonnie Cordell of the Crow Creek Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services as Officers of the Year. Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell were nominated by their Chief of Police Scott Shields.

Indian Country Section 1

Traditional quilt and eagle feather presentation: (L to R) Tom Woolworth, Supervisory Special Agent, ret., BIA OJS, Award Committee Member; Michael Carlow, Officer, Crow Creek Agency, BIA OJS; Jonnie Cordell, Officer, Crow Creek Agency, BIA OJS; Jim Molash, Chief, ret. BIA OJS, Award Member

Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell work on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation, a 126,109 acre community located in Central South Dakota, with approximately 5,500 enrolled tribal members and an approximate population of 3,500. Officer Carlow has served Indian Country for six years through his work with the Pine Ridge Tribal Police and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Officer Cordell has served Indian Country for 15 years through his work with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Police and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

On December 15, 2016, Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell exhibited exceptional bravery and professionalism in responding to a call from a father who was reporting his son was threatening suicide. While in route the father called back and requested the officers to make entry into the residence.

Upon arrival, the officers made contact with the reported male who was inside the home sitting on the living room couch with a rifle pointed at his chin and thumb on the trigger. The officers began their assessment of the situation and immediately requested emergency backup. The male made repeated threats of killing himself or having the officers kill him.

After a short standoff with law enforcement, the officers were able to deescalate the situation and talk the male out of committing suicide and convince him to place the gun down on his own. The officers were able to get the male into custody and referred on for medical treatment.

Indian Country Section 2

Award Presentation with Sponsor and Leadership: (left to right) Carrie Johnson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Indian Affairs Specialist, FirstNet Built with AT&T; Jonnie Cordell, Officer, Crow Creek Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services (BIA OJS); Michael Carlow, Officer Crow Creek Agency, BIA OJS; Bill Denke, Chief of Police, Sycuan Tribal Police Department, IACP Indian Country Section Chairman; Charles Addington, Director, BIA OJS.

Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell displayed empathy and outstanding police procedure and training by immediately placing themselves in harm’s way to provide emergency care in a critical situation. It is with great respect for Officer Carlow and Officer Cordell that the Indian Country Law Enforcement Section of the IACP presents this award.

“The IACP is proud to honor law enforcement officers who devote themselves to public safety and wellbeing,” said IACP President Louis M. Dekmar. “On behalf of the entire association, I want to congratulate Officer Michael Carlow and Officer Jonnie Cordell for their bravery, swift action, and commitment to service.”

“FirstNet, Built with AT&T, was honored to sponsor the IACP Indian Country Officer of the Year Award Banquet and recognize Officer Michael Carlow and Officer Jonnie Cordell for their service and commitment to their community,” said Carrie Johnson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Indian Affairs Specialist, FirstNet, Built with AT&T. “We value our relationship with the IACP Indian Country Section and look forward to working collaboratively with the Section to help ensure FirstNet meets the needs of tribal and BIA law enforcement agencies and officers.”

Posted in Awards, Victim Services

Recommendations on Establishing a Departmental Framework for Darkweb Marketplace Investigations

Guest Blogger: John Bamford, Detective, Arlington County Police Department

In July of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a multiple country operation which resulted in the take down of one of the largest illicit marketplaces.  This virtual marketplace, known as Alphabay, was alleged to have operated for more than two years with transactions totaling over $1 billion dollars in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin.  At its peak, it was estimated that Alphabay had more than 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors supplying illicit substances.

What is vital to know is that unlike the physical transfers of the past, users of Alphabay completed all their transactions online in what is known as the “darkweb.”  The dismantling of Alphabay and another marketplace called Hansa has since multiplied the number of websites specifically involved in the sale of illicit items. For law enforcement, this means there are more avenues for suspects to obtain items such as heroin, fentanyl, weapons, or stolen credit card numbers that can bring harm to communities. With this increase in suspects, local police departments can no longer rely solely on federal authorities to investigate these marketplaces. Local authorities should begin learning how to initiate their own investigations and understand the important role they play in identifying these suspects.

This blog provides guidance for local departments in setting up a system to undertake their own investigations into the various darkweb marketplaces.

  1. Selecting the right person for the job

Unlike your traditional narcotics investigations, these investigations don’t usually involve a lot of hand to hand purchases and physical undercover work. Rather, these investigations require a large amount of paperwork and willingness to pour through documents looking for a single mistake that allows identification of a suspect.  Since they are almost exclusively cyber-based, having a detective who is either technologically inclined or who has a willingness to learn the various ins and outs of cyber investigations is also vital.

Due to many marketplaces being centered around either fraud or narcotics, many departments utilize white collar or vice detectives who have shifted into investigating darkweb marketplaces. Detectives who typically work narcotics or fraud investigations also already have experience with sorting through documents and dealing with legal nuances and maybe prepared for the inevitable pitfalls and roadblocks that occur in the investigations into darkweb markets.

  1. Obtaining the necessary training

In order to investigate a darkweb marketplace effectively, officers have to know what to look for and should be thoroughly trained. For example, understanding cryptocurrency or hiding a computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) Address are skills that law enforcement should not learn through trial and error. It is very easy to ruin an entire case by leaving a digital trail right back to your department. Officer training is vital because it legally allows law enforcement to make logical assumptions when executing search warrants.

The good news for many departments is that there is a large amount of training available that does not require physical travel.  This training, offered online by many companies, is almost always beneficial no matter the investigator’s experience level due to the the various forums and marketplaces where criminal activity occurs. There are also numerous training opportunities available through federal government entities such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) and various federal task forces.

  1. Joining a Task Force

When undertaking an investigation into a darkweb market, it is very likely that some of the vendors or administrators of the marketplace live outside of your jurisdiction. To effectively investigate and identify suspects, it is advised to join a federal task force. A task force provides your department with additional technical experience and knowledge. Being part of a task force can help avert conflict between investigations being conducted by different departments or alternatively, it can allow for investigators to combine their investigations into a larger one.  Finally, it serves as a force multiplier allowing for the pooling of both personnel and financial resources.

  1. Picking targets of investigations

While the owner of a darkweb marketplace likely lives outside of a department’s jurisdiction and reach, it is very common that individual users of the darkweb marketplace live within the department’s jurisdiction. Local departments should utilize situations where they have actual day-to-day interaction with the suspects utilizing the darkweb marketplace to work their way up the chain.  Consider this example:

An overdose death occurs in a local jurisdiction which pulls in both homicide and narcotics detectives. Upon arrival, they discover that the victim of the overdose obtained the controlled substance via an online order. Using the victim’s laptop and cellular phone, law enforcement may be able to identify the actual supplier of the narcotics through the darkweb marketplace. While identifying the owner of the website may be extremely difficult, the chances of identifying the supplier of the narcotics and working up the supply chain is a more feasible challenge for local law enforcement.

  1. Working with prosecuting attorneys

To successfully prosecute a complex case involving a darkweb marketplace, it is vital that law enforcement officers and prosecutors are on the same page. While both sides may not see eye-to-eye on every single issue, they must be able to work together to move the case towards a successful prosecution. In darkweb marketplace cases, much of the case development and investigation will involve legal processes directed to various entities such as internet service providers or internet companies such as Facebook or Google. Working with the prosecuting attorneys can help ensure that the evidence is obtained through the correct legal processes. The prosecutors must also work with law enforcement to ensure sufficient evidence has been collected, especially since the investigation into a darkweb marketplace oftentimes requires a technical and specialized understanding that many prosecutors may not have.

In conclusion, many local departments have the ability to investigate crimes arising from darkweb marketplaces. However, to obtain a successful prosecution, it is important that departments position the right investigators for the job, ensure investigators receive proper training and resources, pursue the right suspects, and work with prosecutors to reach a favorable case conclusion.

Interested in learning how to successfully conduct dark web investigations including how to seize cryptocurrencies in a forensically sound manner? Join us at the 2018 IACP Technology Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, May 21-May 23, 2018. Visit: for more information!


Posted in Cybercrime, Global Policing, Technology

The Importance of Evidence

Guest Blogger: Wendy Stiver, Major, Dayton Police Department, Ohio

In Dayton, Ohio, we’ve seen firsthand as an agency what doesn’t work to effectively respond to the opioid epidemic. Between 2011 and 2017, our county death rate due to opioid overdose increased from 130 deaths per year to 559. The data clearly demonstrates that traditional responses have not worked to reduce harm, but we have made progress by embracing different approaches. Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl and the members of the police department have led innovative and data-driven projects to understand how we can more effectively respond to the opioid crisis within our community, and craft more effective and evidence-based responses to crime, disorder, and community conflict.

In 2016, I became a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar, after becoming interested in the program during a research project with Wright State University and our local public health department. LEADS is a National Institute of Justice program that helps mid-career law enforcement officers develop research capacity and supports the use of research to inform law enforcement policies and practices. Through this program, I’ve become a proponent of using data and research, particularly randomized control trials, to inform what we do.

My current research on officer trauma was inspired by the NIJ plenary session at my first IACP Annual Conference in 2016. As much as the opioid crisis affects our community, it also affects our officers. I’ve become particularly interested in the effect of trauma on officers—especially the cumulative effect of “sub-critical” secondary trauma. Sub-critical incidents are those that might be treated as routine calls and do not receive the follow-up or aftercare of a critical incident. Our officers frequently encounter opiate overdoses and deaths, fatal crashes, infant deaths, homicides, and domestic violence as a matter of daily work. In my research, I have worked with our crime analyst to assess the quantity and frequency of patrol officer exposure to such incidents. Before we can understand the impact of cumulative trauma exposure, we need clear data to demonstrate how our officers are exposed to such events.

Analyzing the data, we found that one cross-section of patrol division officers responded to a much higher-than-average share of sub-critical incidents. This group included officers who remained in the same assignment during a calendar year with no extended absences, and led to questions about the nature of assignments, degree of commitment to current assignment, and self-managed exposure. Dr. Danielle Gainer at Wright State University is analyzing the impact on our officers, particularly in light of the opiate crisis.

Why is this kind of research important? Employing evidence-based policies and practices is important for law enforcement because we have an obligation at the most basic level to understand what works and what doesn’t. To know how to most effectively invest our limited resources, it’s critical to have an idea of whether or not what we’re doing is effective, and whether there might be a better way.

Thinking about the opioid epidemic and how it affects our officers is just one area in which Dayton has implemented evidence-based projects. I have also led projects to consider more effective responses to infant mortality. When the data showed us that officers have frequent contact at traffic stops with parents during pregnancy and that mothers had limited access to prenatal care, we could see an opportunity for intervention. We designed a referral program for traffic stops that protects personal health information while increasing access to prenatal care. Approaching infant mortality through traffic enforcement isn’t an intuitive approach, but the data showed us that this made more sense than traditional crib programs.

For those who question why the police would be interested in infant mortality and birth outcomes, the answer lies in evidence. There are a number of studies that show that early intervention can reduce juvenile delinquency and criminality. It makes sense for the police to support an effort that will lighten our load in the future, make our communities safer, and ensure our resources are available to provide high-quality emergency services.

The Dayton Police Department has also partnered with Dr. Cory Haberman at the University of Cincinnati to examine the impact of a downtown foot patrol program. The final analysis of the foot patrol program revealed that short focused foot patrols prevented 81 crimes in our downtown.

These and other evidence-based efforts are working to reduce crime, which is helping support a cultural change in the downtown patrol division, where our officers are asked to embrace Tourism Oriented Policing concepts. We hope to carry out many additional evidence-based projects in the future. In all the research projects we take on, we try to answer fundamental questions about how we can better understand and respond to the problems our community faces. At the core of our research lies a key question: what works?

Data-driven research projects are challenging. Despite the growing cadre of professional crime analysts, we have limited abilities to accurately interpret and apply data. Moving from theoretical results to a practical response can sometimes feel like an overwhelming proposition. Often, the studies I conduct lead to more questions than they answer. Still, I’m a proponent of law enforcement agencies using data and research to inform their decisions. In order to ensure our policies and practices are effectively keeping the communities safe, research and empirical evidence are necessities to the advancement of policing. Without research and empirical evidence, we can’t answer the most important question of all: are the policies and practices we implement to keep our communities safe working?

For more information on the Center for Police Research and Policy, please visit

Posted in Drugs & Alcohol, Education & Training, IACP

Benefits of Attending the 2018 IACP Technology Conference

Guest Blogger: Bonnie Locke, Nlets Director of Business Development and Chair of the IACP LEIT Section. 

Today’s law enforcement professionals face unprecedented technological challenges, from cyber-attacks that compromise personal information, to the difficulty in monitoring active intelligence from social media.

Similar to officers on the street, law enforcement information technology professionals face a diverse set of issues depending on the size of the agency, location, budget, and existing infrastructure. While some agencies may be asking for guidance on how to create, deploy, and maintain a data warehouse, other agencies may be looking for guidance on how develop an in-house advanced video analytic system or how to conduct successful dark web investigations. The law enforcement community needs to address these problems together, keeping an open line of communication toward the goal of interoperability, unified standards, and the fusion of disparate information resources.

Although today’s public safety personnel rise to the challenge every day, they need the tools to keep up in an evolving landscape. It takes cutting edge information technology and policy guidance to ensure law enforcement is able to respond to real-time crime intelligence, communicate, and function efficiently. The 2018 IACP Technology Conference, May 21-23, in Providence, Rhode Island, provides criminal justice and public safety professionals an opportunity to share ideas that will help keep citizens and officers safe.

This three-day conference will cover a variety of emerging issues in technology including:

  • Leveraging Blockchain in Criminal Investigations
  • Highly Autonomous Vehicles- Is Law Enforcement Ready?
  • Using Sensor-Based Technology to Improve Officer Safety
  • Monitoring Social Media in Real Time with Free Tools

As well more familiar issues such as:

  • NIBRS: How to Work with Vendors to Ensure a Seamless Transition
  • How to Improve Communications using Mobile Apps
  • Finding a Policy Framework to Use When Procuring New Technology
  • Developing a Long-Term IT Vision

Today’s technology is changing so incredibly fast and it’s an integral part of what we do. I am excited to hear from leading practitioners that can talk about what is working in the field, generate thought provoking ideas, and help identify the solutions that agencies can adopt today or consider for the future. Every year, I meet law enforcement professionals and industry partners that are game changers. Whether you are a public safety technologist, analyst, manager, or executive – the IACP Technology Conference is a must. I hope you will join me this year and discover the possible.

Still determining how attending the Technology Conference will benefit your agency? Check out the Technology Conference justification kit. Visit for more information or to register.

See you in Providence!

Posted in Cybercrime, Education & Training, IACP, Sections, Technology

10 Steps to Building Your Department’s Spouse Support Group

Guest Blogger: Kirsten Knorr, co-founder of Huntington Beach (CA) Police Department Support for Officer’s Spouses (S.O.S.) group.

Spouse supportAs a spouse of a law enforcement officer, you constantly worry about their safety and if they are going to be home after their shift. After the tragic events in Dallas on July 7, 2016, where five officers were murdered, and nine others were injured, it really hit home that this could happen anywhere. This concern brought families of our department together for a group counseling session. I didn’t know it, but my attendance was the first step into uncharted territory – creating a spousal support group.

The group counseling session was led by Dr. Gina Gallivan, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in employee and family support for first responders. As she empathetically presented reassuring statistics about police safety, the room was quiet. Even when she asked questions, participation was nearly non-existent. There was something brewing underneath the silence, and Dr. Gallivan could feel it. Finally, she asked the officers to leave the room.

With our officers absent, the spouses opened up about our anger and fear. Some voiced hesitation to share our feelings at home because our officers need our strength. While discussion focused on the recent event, I noticed conversation was moving toward general topics law enforcement spouses have in common. I asked the doctor if a spousal support group existed. In the 60 departments she works with throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties in California, she wasn’t aware of any.

Even with no formal models to follow, we saw the need to   start our own spousal SOS badgesupport group. Linda, another veteran police wife, offered to co-lead a group with me. We didn’t know how or what we were going to do, but with her experience in counseling through church and my willingness to get things organized, our group was born. Our first meeting took place after one of our officers was involved in a shooting. The officer was alright, but it was a close call. Now our group needed to spring into action.

Here are the steps that helped us start our Support for Officer’s Spouses (S.O.S.) group:

  • Choose a location. We reserved a room at the police department, but you can contact local community centers or host at your home.
  • Spread the word. With support from the department, meeting times and group information were sent via department email.
  • Determine boundaries. We recognized immediately that confidentiality and privacy are paramount. We start every gathering by reestablishing our commitment to never share what goes on in our group with anyone.
  • Develop a mission statement. Our mission is “To create and maintain an organized peer group that provides support for families of Huntington Beach Police Officers”.
  • Make it official. We want to be taken seriously, not looked upon as a gossip group. We created a logo, business cards, and started a private Facebook group for communication. For members not on Facebook, we utilized email.
  • Plan ahead. We scheduled monthly meetings and communicated via the police department, our Facebook group, and email. We developed a list of topics to draw from for future meetings and, when possible, we invite expert guest speakers.
  • Survey your members. We wanted to know what our members need/want from the group.
  • Be creative, flexible, and social. Many of our members live farther away from the department or have small children and can’t attend regular meetings. We’re trying new ways of gathering the members: holding virtual meetings via Facebook live, rotating locations between homes, restaurants, police department, etc. And we hold social gatherings to get to know each other and build friendships outside the group.
  • Meet with your department’s trauma support team (if available). Our officers are fortunate to have a peer-based trauma support group. We met to discuss and review how traumatic events are handled by the agency. We were able to attend a three-day trauma support training.
  • Create a critical event communication plan. With safety and legal ramifications of communicating too much or inappropriately, we recognized how careful we need to be in the event of a critical on-duty situation. We developed a plan for what could be communicated, when, and to whom.

As we move through our second year, I look back on how we’ve built, grown, and improved. Our membership is now 80 strong. We’ve made new friends, met some amazing spouses, and have a deep realization of the uniquely challenging lives we lead as law enforcement officer’s spouses. Our vision is to grow this group into a system of love and support, no matter what we and our officers face. Our hope is that our sharing will inspire others to start their own groups.

For more about the Huntington Beach, CA, Police Department visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

For more information on Law Enforcement Family Resources:

Posted in Community-Police Relations, Officer Safety & Wellness

Now Available: Policy Center Documents on the Topics of Employee Drug Policy and Identity Theft!

There are newly updated documents on the topics of Employee Drug Policy and Identity Theft available to you from the IACP Law Enforcement­ Policy Center. These documents can be accessed by IACP members as one of the organization’s top member benefits.

Employee Drug Policy

Many employers are establishing a zero-tolerance approach to employee use of drugs and alcohol. In no industry is this more important than law enforcement. How can an agency set the standard that the use of controlled substances will not be tolerated? How frequently should employees submit to a drug test? How should an agency respond when it has determined that an officer is using drugs or alcohol while on duty?

These newly available documents will assist you in what should be included in an Employee Drug Policy and why it is critically important to the safety of both our law enforcement colleagues and the public at large.

Identity Theft

Almost everyone has experienced their personally identifiable information being compromised in some way. This can include banking information, date of birth, passport numbers, and even biometric data, such as fingerprints. The same technology that so effortlessly improves our lives also makes it quite easy to fall victim to identity theft.

It is likely that most people will experience identity theft at some point in their lives, which can put a strain on law enforcement agencies tasked with responding to possible identity crime.

In this updated set of documents, agencies are provided guidance on necessary actions to be taken when an individual reports possible identity theft, as well as the breadth of types of identity theft that may be encountered.

* Note: These documents are available exclusively to IACP Members. You must be logged into your IACP account to access the website. Your username is your email address on file. If you are unsure of your password, please click on the “Forgot Password” link to reset.  Not an IACP member? Visit and join today!

Click here for a listing of available Model Policies or contact the Policy Center directly at


Posted in Policy

Addressing Officer Safety through Increased Community Understanding

Officer and community safety depends on trusting relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. These building blocks of mutual trust and respect form a crucial foundation for healthy and safe communities. Having respect and trust prior to a crisis can bring a community together to heal after a crisis rather than allow the crisis to divide a community.

A lack of trust in law enforcement can cause resistance on the part of community members to report incidents, leading to feelings of fear and helplessness and making it more difficult for law enforcement to manage crime. At the individual officer level, systemic mistrust can escalate encounters with community members in a way that threatens officers’ immediate physical safety and long term mental health.

Open communication and transparency on the part of law enforcement can be the first step in strengthening relationships with community members. When they have a better understanding of what law enforcement officers do every day and how agencies operate, there is less fear and misunderstanding, opening the door to increased community engagement and reduced crime. Agencies can do this by educating and informing the public on:

  • How and why officers do their job
  • Why certain equipment and tactics are used
  • How agencies develop policies and procedures
  • How community members can help contribute to public safety

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community of Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently awarded the IACP a grant to increase officer safety through increased respect of law enforcement. To do this, the current Discover Policing website will get a fresh look. Adding to the existing resources for recruiters and job seekers, a community section will be added to promote better understanding of what law enforcement does and why they do it. The website will be enabled with translation and mobile friendly features in an effort to be accessible to the broadest audience possible.

The IACP will create podcasts, social media content, brochures, and a new blog series that address law enforcement functions, modern advancements in policing, and common misperceptions. Not only will these resources be available directly to the community, they will also be valuable resources for law enforcement agencies seeking to better connect with the communities they serve.

To keep up to date on the project, follow the IACP on Facebook and Twitter.

This blog post is part of a series highlighting community understanding and respect of law enforcement. This project is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.


Posted in Community-Police Relations

IACP and Motorola Solutions Name Corporal Seth Kelly as Trooper of the Year

On March 16, 2018, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions named Corporal Seth Kelly from the Pennsylvania State Police the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2017 Trooper of the Year. Corporal Kelly was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.

“Motorola Solutions is proud to partner with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to honor the selfless work being done in police agencies every day around the world,” said Jim Mears, senior vice president, North America Market, Motorola Solutions. “Men and women in state and provincial police agencies know the situations they face can change in an instant, yet they continue to put their lives on the line to help keep their communities safe. Motorola Solutions humbly recognizes the brave efforts by Corporal Kelly and the sacrifices made by all law enforcement.”

On November 7, 2017 Corporal Seth Kelly of the Pennsylvania State Police arrived on scene to assist Trooper Ryan Seiple with a routine traffic stop. A suspect was pulled over for speeding but after a second approach, Trooper Seiple suspected that the suspect was under the influence of a controlled substance and called Corporal Kelly for backup. After failing the field sobriety test, the suspect became violent as the troopers attempted to take him into custody. As the altercation ensued, both troopers deployed their electronic control weapons, but the struggle escalated onto the highway. Corporal Kelly pulled the subject back onto the shoulder of the highway to safety, but the suspect managed to break free, return to his vehicle, and grab a pistol. The suspect fired six shots; three of which struck Corporal Kelly. Despite being injured, Corporal Kelly managed to return fire and shield himself behind the guard rail until the threat was gone and his fellow Trooper was safe. After the subject fled the scene, Corporal Kelly assessed his injuries and gauged he’d been shot close to his femoral artery. Using a personal tourniquet, he was able to control the bleeding from his leg and make it to the hospital. On the same day, the suspect was apprehended taken to the hospital and charged with Attempted Homicide of a Law Enforcement Officer and several other counts. Corporal Kelly’s injuries left him in a medically induced coma for 12 days. Corporal Kelly has made significant progress in his recovery and looks forward to serving the people of Pennsylvania once again.

“Congratulations to our 2017 Trooper of the Year Corporal Seth Kelly. IACP is proud to honor your courage, professionalism, and dedication to your community. We appreciate your continued commitment to public service. All four finalists are exceptional examples of the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers across the globe. On behalf of the entire association, congratulations and thank you for your public service,” said IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police, LaGrange Police Department.

The other IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year finalists were Corporal Hope Hohertz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Trooper Adam Whitmarsh, Nevada Highway Patrol; and Trooper Dustin Henningsen, Iowa State Patrol. Their stories can be found on the IACP blog at:

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