President’s Message: Protecting the Most Vulnerable in Our Communities

As police leaders, we are dedicated to protecting our communities from crime and violence. This duty encompasses a broad array of responsibilities, not the least of which is protecting vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, crimes committed against these populations, which often occur out of the public eye, often to victims who are unable or unwilling to report them, are not addressed as aggressively as other crimes.

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It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago I was being sworn in as the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As I take a moment to reflect back on the past year, I can’t...
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As noted in the March 2017 issue of Police Chief, the IACP, in conjunction with the Fraternal Order of Police, assembled leading law enforcement leadership and labor organizations to examine the issue...
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