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2006 Webber Seavey Award Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to the following agencies, selected as the 2006 Semi-Finalists for the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. Ten finalists will be chosen from among these 25 semi-finalists. The three winning agencies will be chosen from among these finalists and will be publicly announced at the Annual IACP Conference this October in Boston.

Listed are the agencies and projects.

  • Andhra Pradesh State Police for family counseling centers

  • Baltimore Police Department for community safe zone project

  • Beaverton Police Department for identity theft and fraud prevention program

  • Broken Arrow Police Department for the Broken Arrow Police Department leadership team

  • City of Montreal Police Department for project cyclops

  • Criminal Intelligence Service Canada for strategic early warning system   for organized and serious crime

  • Delhi Police Department for PARIVARTAN

  • District Police Nalgonda, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India for project aasara

  • El Paso Police Department for human trafficking task force

  • El Paso Police Department for multi-agency referral system

  • Everett Police Department, crime prevention unit for crime free rental housing program

  • Gulf Breeze Police Department   for volunteers on patrol

  • Lane County Sheriff's Office and Lane County Adult Corrections for defendant and offender management center: a multi-jurisdictional project

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Century Station for Florence Firestone community enhancement team

  • Miami Police Department for operation difference

  • Montgomery County Police Department for the digital case file

  • Nagpur Police for networked/online police complaint registration and monitoring system

  • Ohio State Patrol for Ohio State Highway Patrol strategic goal

  • Peel Regional Police for school police emergency action response

  • Portland Police Bureau for downtown livability project

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police for aboriginal CFSEU

  • Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety for a helmet for every child

  • Toronto Police Service for empowered student partnerships: Canada's largest student-driven high school safety program

  • Toronto Police Service for project   centurion

  • US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for operation community shield

IACP Best Practices in Public Information
Drawing from the experience of police chiefs, department public information officers, and media personnel, this book illustrates how to develop an effective police-media relationship. It provides the modern police executive with a comprehensive guide for developing, maintaining, and improving this critical relationship.

The book is available for purchase online at (www.theiacp.org). Using the left navigation bar, choose Sections and then select Public Information Officers Section. The cost is $24.95 for members and $29.95 for nonmembers. To place an order by telephone or e-mail, call Lucinda Scott 800-THE-IACP, extension 267, or send a message to (scott@theiacp.org).

Interpol DNA Database Online
Interpol has launched direct online access to its global database of DNA profiles, enabling member countries' police services to submit and check records in seconds.

This new service is accessible via Interpol's global police communications system and enhances the ability of police in Interpol National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and through-out member countries to make instant international 'cold hits' - matches of individuals or crime scenes with no previous connections.

"Criminals who have murdered, robbed or raped innocent citizens in multiple countries will now be more easily exposed, identified and apprehended, because police in Interpol's member countries will immediately know whether a suspect of interest to them is also a suspect in another country," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

Interpol designed the database, called the DNA Gateway, with the assistance of experts from member countries to enable DNA profile matching across all major marker systems, including those developed by the European Union and United States.

To maintain the highest level of data protection, DNA profiles in the database are anonymous, with member countries retaining ownership and control of how the data is used and accessed in accordance with their national laws.

"The beauty of Interpol's DNA Gateway is that it offers investigators around the world a fast and secure way to link cases which would otherwise never be connected, and to do so without compromising either criminal investigations or the privacy of citizens," said Mr. Noble.

The Interpol system is compatible with the data search engine used by the signatory countries of the European Union's PrĂ¼m Treaty, which governs the exchange of police data, and with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

The FBI is creating a conversion feature within its CODIS software so that data submitted by the 24 countries currently using this program can be easily matched with records in the Interpol DNA Gateway.

Although the newly created Interpol database contains only 65,000 records from 37 member countries, it has already led to 93 matches involving nine countries.

Forty-three of Interpol's 184 member countries operate national DNA profile databases, with 11 more under development. With the new online service, all Interpol member countries can submit DNA profiles electronically, conduct automated searches, and receive positive or negative replies.

IACP's Free Crime Gun Interdiction and Technical Assistance
Through funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, IACP and the Crime Gun Interdiction Project provides no-cost technical assistance to police departments. Project Safe Neighborhoods Enforcement Training (PSNET) is an innovative and unique three day regional training by IACP in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the National District Attorney's Association, the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Track 1: Executive Strategic Planning Session: The executive breakout session is designed for agency decision makers. The executive track includes classroom instruction combined with breakout sessions facilitated by the National Crime Prevention Council. In these sessions, senior law enforcement officials candidly discuss their region's crime gun problems, how to partner more effectively to combat violent crime, problems and barriers to progress, and develop action plans and recommendations for implementing the Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy in their community.

Track 2: PSN Advanced Investigation Training: The main track is designed for line prosecutors and investigators. Topics include firearms trafficking, enforcement strategies, characteristics of armed persons, firearms identification, firearms tracing and crime gun analysis, state and federal firearms laws, prosecution strategy, and designing dynamic partnerships. Whether a new prosecutor or an experienced law enforcement officer, this course material is ideal for anyone who is involved in putting violent armed criminals and the illegal gun traffickers who arm them behind bars.

Track 3: PSN Street Enforcement Training: Specifically designed for uniform patrol officers and other front-line law enforcement, this one day course, which is offered twice-during the second day and third day of the main track-will provide police and sheriff's deputies with the knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance their margin of safety on the street. The characteristics associated with persons carrying concealed firearms, as well as the ability to defend stops and frisks in court are covered. For more information visit (http://www.theiacp.org/research/RCDGunCrime.html) or call the IACP at 800-843-4227.■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 8, August 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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