President’s Message: The Cornerstone of Policing: Public Trust

Public trust is the cornerstone of policing, the thread that is woven into every aspect of policing—from combating terrorism, cybercrime, human trafficking, domestic violence, and drug abuse, to the use of technology and traditional policing issues.

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We often hear that there is not a more honorable profession than that of law enforcement officer. Clearly, those serving in this capacity have taken an oath of office to uphold their country’s const...
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Although some of the rhetoric around the “militarization of police” has quieted down, I still catch rumblings, observe media coverage, and hear from our members that they cannot seem to shake the ...
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We all know police work is both physically and mentally demanding. What may be less well known is that police work places officers at a particularly high risk for early deaths, heart attacks, and othe...
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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 popu...
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Drug trafficking and drug abuse have always posed a challenge for law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. We have all repeatedly borne witness to the human toll that drug abuse has ta...
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Forensic science. The phrase often brings to mind the labs filled with futuristic technology featured on popular television shows like CSI, Bones, NCIS, and other crime dramas, where every fingerpr...
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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 sexu...
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A healthy community requires hard work and a concerted effort by all stakeholders—governing bodies; medical partners; faith communities; community and nonprofit groups; and, of course, law enforcem...
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As my favorite philosopher, Dr. Seuss, penned, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” For 125 years, the IACP has steered the...
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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...