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December 3rd IACP News

News from the Field

License Plate Readers Spark Debates

Police have used cameras that read the license plates on passing cars to locate missing people in California, murderers in Georgia, and hit-and-run drivers in Missouri. The book-sized license plate readers (LPRs) are mounted on police cars, road signs, or traffic lights. The images they capture are translated into computer-readable text and compiled into a list of plate numbers, which can run into the millions.

Privacy advocates don’t object to police using LPRs to catch criminals, but they are concerned about how long police keep the numbers if the plates don’t register an initial hit.

The backlash against LPRs began in early this year, as three more states limited law enforcement use of the systems and in some cases banned private companies from using the systems, for example, to track down cars for repossession. So far, five states limit how the cameras are used, and the American Civil Liberties Union anticipates that at least six other states will debate limits in the upcoming legislative session.

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Can Home Visits Help Prevent Domestic Violence Deaths? See What the Dallas Police Department Has Done

Dallas Police are considering a home-visit program where officers would personally check on the most vulnerable victims. They hope that strategy would help victims feel supported and prevent abusers from escalating the violence.

In October 2012, officers began using the lethality assessment program, a yes-or-no questionnaire to determine whether a victim is in imminent danger. In January, police prioritized serving family violence warrants to repeat offenders and abusers most likely to cause immediate harm.

While Dallas police are still months away from a launch, Lt. Miguel Sarmiento and his supervisor, Maj. Rob Sherwin, recently traveled to New York City to study how home visits work there.

On their visit to New York, the Dallas officers joined their NYPD colleagues on a visit to a Harlem public housing complex, where they navigated dark, narrow hallways and knocked on doors. The officers chatted with victims, looked for signs of further abuse, and helped create a safety plan — putting Social Security numbers, credit card information and other necessities in one place in case the victim needs to leave in a hurry.

Read more here.

Stand Your Ground Legislation Passed by Ohio House of Representatives

The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s concealed-weapons laws, including a so-called “stand your ground” self-defense provision. With the 62–27 vote, the legislation now heads to the Ohio Senate.

If HB 203 becomes law, Ohio would automatically recognize concealed handgun licenses issued by any state that recognizes Ohio’s licenses.

The legislation also seeks to make Ohio compliant with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so anyone with a state handgun license doesn’t have to get an NICS check when they purchase a firearm.

Read more about Ohio’s proposed legislation here.

Sandy Hook – Connecticut State’s Attorney Report on School Massacre

A report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has been issued by Connecticut's Division of Criminal Justice and lead investigator, State Attorney Stephen Sedensky III.

The 48-page report describes how 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their Newtown home before driving to the school, forcing his way in and fatally shooting 20 first-graders and six educators with an assault rifle.

The report describes a gunman who had "significant mental health issues" but had sure knowledge of what he was planning: He had materials on mass murder, he smashed his computer hard drive, and he used earplugs during the shooting.

Read the full report here and see photos from the report.

Click here for more Sandy Hook news.

Sandy Hook – Expert Reports Presented to Investigative Commission

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is a 16-member panel of experts created by Governor Malloy to review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.


DOJ Task Force to Look at the Impact of Violence on Native American Children

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new task force to examine the impact of violence on American Indian and Alaska Native children as part of DOJ’s Defending Childhood initiative.

The advisory committee will convene four public hearings across the country beginning in Bismarck, N.D., Dec. 9, focusing on violence in children’s homes, schools and communities in Indian country. Associate Attorney General Tony West will join the task force at the first hearing in Bismarck. The other hearings will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Anchorage, Alaska early in 2014.

Read more here.
Learn more about the Defending Childhood initiative.


Nationwide Police Chief Vacancies

Holiday Crime Prevention Talking Points & Tips

What Works: Best Practices in Homicide Investigations

Homicides are challenging events for communities and are often complex from an investigative standpoint. The United States has experienced tragic mass homicides—such as Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado—that focus national attention on the crime. However, receiving much less national attention is the fact that on average there are more than 40 homicides occurring on a daily basis in the United States.

In a coordinated initiative of projects, BJA has examined the manner in which trends in violence are identified by law enforcement for tactical purposes, reviewed how cutting-edge analysis and the integration of resources can disrupt trends in violent crime and examined two decades of violence-reduction initiatives to determine what works.

The purpose of this project was to identify best practices in homicide investigations that will result in an increase in homicide clearance rates.

The first publication, Homicide Process Mapping: Best Practices for Increasing Homicide Clearances, Provides insight into “what works” in homicide investigations and identifies effective approaches and key elements of practice for managing these investigations. The resulting “process map” is offered as a guide for increasing clearances in U.S. law enforcement homicide investigations.

Access the full report here.

FBI Impersonation Scam Equals over $4.6 M in Losses

Residents in Hillsborough, New Jersey, have reported receiving phone calls or emails from people claiming to represent the FBI. The caller then says there’s an outstanding warrant that must be cleared up, and offers to assist the victim by suggesting they provide debit or credit card information, or provide an address to send a prepaid debit card to.

Read more about this scam here.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) gives the victims of cybercrime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities to suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and international levels, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet-related crimes.

The IC3’s public service announcements (PSAs) and scam alerts are posted online and distributed to law enforcement and various media outlets. The report also includes Online Crime Prevention Tips. In 2012, the Internet Crime Control center (IC3) received 289,874 consumer complaints with an adjusted dollar loss of $525, 441, 1101, which is an 8.3-percent increase in reported losses since 2011. In recognition of this increase, the IC3 expanded its efforts to inform the general public about online scams by publishing several public service announcements and providing additional tips for Internet consumers.

The IC3 also produced monthly trend analysis reports, 23 public service announcements, scam alerts, and other publications to alert law enforcement and the general public about the pervasiveness of online crime.

Read the full report.

Proactive School Safety – Sharing Ideas and Resources

Inside the IACP

IACP, DOJ, and Innocence Project Report on Wrongful Convictions Released Today

Deadline for 2014 IACP/Booz Allen Hamilton Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award Approaching

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Committee on Terrorism, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is accepting applications from international law enforcement agencies for the Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award.

Instructions are available with the downloadable application form. All international applications must be received by January 31, 2014.

For more information or to apply, click here.

IACP 2013 Resolutions

LEIM 2014 Call for Presentations – Deadline Extended to Dec 10, 2013

Early Bird Registration Rate for LEIM 2014 ends December 31, 2013 – Register Now!

Exhibit and Sponsor Registration Now Open for LEIM 2014

IACP News – Dec 17, 2014

In the News

Armed Officer Presence at Colorado School Shooting

A student who opened fire Friday inside a suburban Denver high school appears to have been seeking revenge against a faculty member because of a “confrontation or disagreement,” the Arapahoe County sheriff said. The shooter, identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson, shot one student before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. The other student was taken to the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

The entire incident lasted 88 seconds; the presence of an armed deputy sheriff serving on-site as a school resource officer is one of the factors that may have cut the incident short.

Read more at:,0,1502819.story#axzz2nfRNlibb

Police Use Facebook and Craigslist to Bust Criminals

Weymouth officers earlier this month busted Christopher Doherty, 30, on cocaine possession charges, saying in a police report he posted a Craigslist ad seeking a “sexy coke-friendly hottie to play in the snow with.” An undercover cop spotted the ad and responded, reeling Doherty in and even getting him to send pics of the suspected drugs, police said. Doherty was arrested December 2.

This story and several other bizarre incidents are underscoring the value of social media as a trove of evidence and an invaluable aid for enterprising detectives. Earlier this year, Boston officers busted about a dozen men in “Operation Party Favors,” where undercover officers posed as prostitutes on a social media site and solicited sex in exchange for drugs.

Read the full story here.

“Polite” Arrest Brings Floods of Praise

Two Hamilton (Canada) police officers had to make an arrest that required subduing a screaming woman. The arrest was caught on video and shows an officer hold her to the ground, placing handcuffs on the woman before ushering her to the back of a police cruiser. After she was in the car, the officer politely explains the level of force used. “I’m doing my best, ma’am, not to hurt that girl,” Officer Mark Morelli explains to several people who filmed the arrest.

The explanation of the situation and tactics used to make the arrest was also recorded, and the officers’ decision to explain to bystanders what had happened drew praise from the public and the department leadership.

Read more here.

Vehicle-Related Officer Deaths Connected to Low Seat Belt Use

While 86 percent of Americans now wear seat belts, an upcoming study that will be published by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training estimates that roughly half of law enforcement officers don’t wear them.

With traffic-related fatalities the leading cause of death of officers on duty, departments nationwide are buckling down to get officers to buckle up. Over the last three years, hundreds of law enforcement agencies in more than 25 states participated in a program emphasizing seat belt use among other safety measures to keep officer fatalities below 100 a year.

Read more about one such initiative here.

Visit the CA POST’s Safe Driving Site at for more information and resources.


Coffee with a Cop

It’s a simple idea. Police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

In March 2011, the Hawthorne, California, Police Department Community Affairs Unit hosted their first Coffee with a Cop event. Just two years later, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in over 175 cities and towns in 36 states

The concept allows for relaxed, informal one-on-one interactions in a friendly atmosphere. This informal contact increases trust in police officers as individuals, which is the foundation to building partnerships and engaging in community problem solving.

For more information on how to host one such event, visit:

Justice-Involved Juvenile Suicide Prevention Resources Created by Task Force

Pennsylvania School Safety Final Report

A Pennsylvania House committee released a report recommending that only trained law enforcement officials should be armed in schools, not teachers or other staff members.

The committee came to the decision after hearing the opinions of law enforcement representatives, education organizations and district attorneys. The group, which included Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) and Rep. Mike Regan (R-Carroll Township), concluded that only school police officers, school resource officers, or security officers who have received the proper training should carry weapons on campus.

Read the full report here.

Report Shows Federal Agencies Taking Trauma-Informed Approaches to Help Women Victims

FBI Releases Annual Crime Statistics from NIBRS

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its second compilation of annual data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The report, NIBRS 2012, presents core tables about incident and offense data submitted by a third of the nation’s law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, as well as a new series of tables with agency-level data. The report also furnishes a series of tables about sex offenses and another new series of tables with data about arrestees.

Although NIBRS data are not yet nationally representative and the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for agencies that did not submit NIBRS data, NIBRS 2012 shows the rich, diverse scope of incident-based reporting overall.

Read the full report.


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 6–12

Early Bird Registration Rate for LEIM 2014 ends December 31, 2013 – Register now!

Inside the IACP

Top 10 Police Chief Online Articles – 2013

  1. The Five Cs of Law Enforcement Leadership (November 2013)
  2. Staffing the “Small” Department: Taking Stock of Existing Benchmarks and Promising Approaches (April 2013)
  3. When Work Ethic and Entitlement Collide (November 2013)
  4. Developing Policy on Using Social Media for Intelligence and Investigations (June 2013)
  5. Officer Safety Corner: Sovereign Citizens on Traffic Stops (February 2013)
  6. In Their Own Words: Police Chiefs Transition to Emergency Management Leadership (November 2013)
  7. Ethical Defensibility: Putting Police Ethics on Trial (November 2013)
  8. Responding to Calls with Suicidal Suspects: Practical Command and Psychological Considerations (May 2013)
  9. Building a Crime Analyst: One Training Module at a Time (November 2013)
  10. Inviting the Community into the Police Strategic Planning Process (October 2013)

Deadline for 2014 IACP/Booz Allen Hamilton Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award Approaching

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Committee on Terrorism, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is accepting applications from international law enforcement agencies for the Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award.

Instructions are available with the downloadable application form. All international applications must be received by January 31, 2014.

For more information or to apply, click here.

IACP School Violence Prevention and Response

IACP members across the United States have been facing rising levels of school violence, as highlighted by the recent shootings in Las Vegas and Colorado, among others. The IACP has assembled a set of materials that address school violence and youth crime prevention.

Click here to access these resources.

Changes to the National VIPS Program

IACP News – December 31, 2013


Connecticut Police Chiefs Association Releases Newtown Police Response Report

The most recent of the official Sandy Hook reports to be released is an analysis of the Newtown Police Response by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. With so much unsubstantiated information being published by the media and on the Internet regarding the police response to the December 2013 Sandy Hook school shooting, the chief of police of the Newtown Police Department requested an analysis of the response to the shooting by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association.

The goal of this analysis was to determine whether the police response to the school shooting was timely and in keeping with current law enforcement best practices. The sub-committee assigned to conduct the analysis was provided access to audio and video recordings, records of eyewitness accounts, and first responder statements. Their research was narrowly confined to Newtown officer response time and entry to the elementary school facility. The report also includes a timeline of the shooting. Read the entire report.

Line of Duty Deaths Lowest in Six Decades

According to data released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 111 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2013. This was the fewest number of fatalities for the U.S. law enforcement profession since 1959 when 110 officers died. This year’s total was eight percent fewer than 2012 when 121 officers died in the line of duty.

See more information here.

Children Targeted for Identity Crimes

A recent Carnegie Mellon University study, which looked at 40,000 U.S. children’s records, found that more than 1 out of every 10 had their identities stolen and used for some sort of financial activity.

With children, the victims may go years without seeing the damage because they start to investigate their credit scores only when they are old enough to buy their first cars or apply for college or jobs. And, as banks, credit agencies, and law enforcement officials get savvy about fortifying themselves and their adult clients, identity thieves are evolving to strike victims still largely unprotected.

Read more:
Identity Theft Most Prevalent Crime in Maine
Carnegie Mellon Child Identify Theft Study
IACP Identity Theft Resources

Milwaukee Police Use “Homeless Outreach Team” to Address Homelessness as Winter Approaches

The six officers on the department’s Homeless Outreach Team, a part-time assignment added to regular duties, primarily work in Police District 1. The team will expand next year, with 30 additional officers receiving training in January and taking the concept citywide.

Outreach officers carry basic supplies, such as socks, and build relationships with homeless people and the agencies that serve them, said Lt. Karen Dubis, who created the team with Capt. Stephen Basting in 2010.

Nearly all of the homeless team officers have crisis intervention training, a 40-hour course that teaches officers to recognize signs of mental illness and to interact with those individuals. New team members will be mentored by veterans of the program.

Read more.

See Milwaukee PD’s Standard Operating Procedures for dealing with the homeless:

Returning Veterans’ Challenges and Presence in Criminal Justice System Recognized

The 700,000 veterans consigned to the dustbins of society—prisons and jails—won some top-level attention this week at the first national Vet Court Conference in Washington, which brings together 1,000 judges, mental health and substance abuse professionals, and the leadership of the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments.

The conference, sponsored by the Justice for Vets division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, focuses on veterans involved in the criminal justice system as a result of substance abuse and mental health problems. There are some grim statistics behind this issue: One in six returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from a substance abuse disorder; since 2004, the number of veterans treated for mental illness and substance abuse has increased 38 percent, and 81 percent of arrested veterans had a substance abuse problem.

Read more.

Interested in helping veterans find work at home? Find IACP resources for hiring returning veterans here.


Developmental Patterns of Girls’ Delinquent Behavior (OJDDP Bulletin)

NIBIN Evaluated by NIJ-Supported Study

A team of researchers from four universities has evaluated the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program through which firearms examiners at state and local crime laboratories compare tool marks on fired bullets or cartridges found at a crime scene to digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.

Funded by the National Institute of Justice, scientists from Sam Houston State University, Arizona State University, American University, and the University of Cincinnati looked at the value of NIBIN database “hits” in solving crimes in which firearms are used. Tactically, law enforcement can use a NIBIN hit to link crimes that were not previously known to be related and, in turn, potentially identify suspects. Strategically, NIBIN can help law enforcement understand larger patterns of gun crime, including criminal activities of street gangs and drug cartels.

Read the Executive Summary.
Read the full report.

NCJRS Special Feature on Impaired Driving

Information Sharing Between Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Discussed in ISE’s Annual Report to Congress

Inside the IACP

IACP 2014 Call for Workshop Submissions Now Open

The IACP 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition is being held in Orlando, Florida, October 25–28, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center. IACP’s call for papers for educational workshop submissions for the conference just opened. The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2014.

See more information.

Deadline for 2014 IACP/Booz Allen Hamilton Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award Approaching

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Committee on Terrorism, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, is accepting applications from international law enforcement agencies for the Outstanding Achievement in the Prevention of Terrorism Award.

Instructions are available with the downloadable application form. All international applications must be received by January 31, 2014.
For more information or to apply, click here.

IACP and DHS Hold Meeting to Develop CVE National Training Portal



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