President’s Message: Leading the Way to a Culture of Safety

As leaders, we often have to take on difficult issues, including those that might be outside of our comfort zones. As you have surely noticed, the news cycle seems to be dominated by incidents of sexual harassment committed by a range of individuals in a variety of professions and at different heights in their careers.

No profession is immune from this morally reprehensible and unacceptable behavior. As a chief of police and as the president of the IACP, I can assure you that incidents of harassment of any kind in either organization I lead are not tolerated.

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