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February 2014 IACP News

IACP News – 2/11/14

News From the Field

Reputed Mobster Charged in Legendary Lufthansa “Goodfellas” Heist

After 35 years, the daring Lufthansa heist of $6 million in cash and jewels at JFK International Airport had become the stuff of legend, thanks to the Goodfellas movie, while the robbers remained on the loose.

That changed on January 23, 2013, when an indictment was unsealed charging five members of the Bonanno organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the Bonanno family) variously with racketeering conspiracy, including predicate acts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to murder, robbery and extortion, and other crimes. As alleged in the indictment, Vincent Asaro and his co-conspirators were not only involved in typical mob activities of extortion and murder, but Asaro himself was in on the notorious 1978 Lufthansa robbery.

Read the FBI’s press release about the arrest of the Bononna family here.

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School Shootings Continue Despite Safety Push

Despite increased security put in place after the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there’s been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings.

According to Ronald Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center, there have been about 500 school-associated violent deaths in the past 20 years.

An analysis by the Associated Press found schools to be generally safer than they were 5, 10, or 15 years ago. While a single death is one too many, Stephens noted that perspective is important. In Chicago there were 500 homicides in 2012, about the same number in the nation’s 132,000+ K–12 schools over the past two decades.

Read more.

New Coalition to Fight Animal Abuse and Violence

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) recently announced the formation of a new independent coalition to fight violence against animals.

The National Coalition on Violence against Animals (NCVAA) will facilitate cooperation in ongoing and new efforts both to end animal abuse and to increase understanding that it occurs in the general context of violence in society.

Over 50 individual professionals, agencies, and organizations in the fields of law enforcement and the courts, mental health, domestic violence, animal protection, and policy making attended the first meeting on January 22, 2014, at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference in Washington D.C.

Read more.

Phoenix Project Dedicates Crime Scene Specialists to Homicide Cases

In July 2004, the Phoenix Police Department transferred four crime scene specialists from its crime lab to the department’s homicide unit. The primary objective was to improve homicide clearance rates by increasing investigative time through the addition of the crime scene specialists.

The Institute for Law and Justice evaluated the Phoenix project. ILJ’s process evaluation showed that the project operated closely as planned during the test period. At the end of the test period, the Phoenix Police Department conducted its own internal evaluation of the project and concluded that the assignment of crime scene specialists to specialize in homicide cases was a beneficial approach for the department.

The organizational outcome was that four more crime scene specialists were selected for a total of eight crime scene specialists devoted to homicide cases. The unit of eight crime scene specialists continued to be housed with the homicide unit.

Read the full report.

White House Task Force to Protect College Students from Sexual Assault

President Obama has established a White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault. Recent studies have shown that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college. In addition, a substantial number of men also experience sexual violence during college.

Although several federal laws seek to make campuses safer and inform students about reporting the crimes, recent reports show compliance is uneven, and educational institutions need additional tools to prevent and respond to rape and sexual assault.

The new task force would be led by the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls and include representatives from a number of federal agencies. Task force members will be charged with developing a coordinated federal response to campus rape and sexual assault.

Read the President’s memorandum establishing the task force here.

Efforts to address sexual assault by Congress are also underway with 39 members from both parties sending a letter to the Department of Education urging the department to issue a new “Dear Colleague” letter to improve transparency of campus data, investigations, and enforcement actions, and provide additional guidance for responding to same-sex violence and gender identity discrimination.

Read more.


Nationwide Police Chief Vacancies

Understanding N-DEx: Tool Still Valuable Six Years In

The National Data Exchange (N-DEx) has been in operation for almost six years, since March 18, 2008. However, the understanding of the project appears to still be unclear for some agencies and officers.

The mission of N-DEx reads, “To provide law enforcement with a powerful new investigative tool to search, link, analyze and share law enforcement/criminal justice information such as, incident/case reports, booking and incarceration data, and parole and/or probation data on a national basis to a degree never before possible.”

Interested in refreshing your understanding or learning more? Click here.

Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships

According to the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, approximately 10 percent of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner during the previous year. The rate of psychological victimization is even higher: between 2 and 3 in 10 reported being verbally or psychologically abused in the previous year, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

At a recent workshop on teen dating violence, co-sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS), researchers presented findings from several studies that found that girls and boys perpetrate the same frequency of physical aggression in romantic relationships.

From 2004 through 2009, Congress designated the first full week in February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. Beginning in 2010, the Justice Department worked with the Senate to designate the entire month of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

To help bring greater awareness to the dangers and consequences of teen dating violence, NCJRS presents this online compilation of resources

Elder Abuse: Causes and Characteristics

Concern for elder abuse as a criminal issue is a fairly recent development, so there are significant gaps in our knowledge about the extent and causes of such abuse.

The majority of research on elder mistreatment has focused on victims; the motivations of abusers and the relationship dynamics between abusers and victims have received little attention. Elder abuse researchers have adapted a number of theories from other fields, but there is no guiding theory to explain the range of causes behind elder abuse.

Developing new theories of elder abuse and looking critically at current theories will improve our understanding and guide future research. To learn more about case characteristics of elder abuse in domestic settings, existing theories, and why the field needs a more robust response, visit

New Report & Opportunity for Technical Assistance on Diverting Youth with Mental Health Disorders

The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change has released a new report, “Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System.” An estimated 70 percent of justice-involved youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. The report discusses challenges with inadequate resources to address these young people’s underlying issues and calls for an expansion of police-based mental health diversion models as well as training for police on responding to youth with mental health issues. View or download the report.

Applications are being accepted for a technical assistance program to help states and localities develop and improve policies and practices that divert justice-involved youth with behavioral health disorders to appropriate community-based programs and services. Up to five states will be selected to receive technical assistance, which will focus on school-based and probation-intake diversion strategies. Law enforcement leaders are eligible to take part in multi-agency teams to participate in this initiative, which is a collaborative effort of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Applications are due by February 28, 2014. View more information and download an application.


IACP/Trustwave Webinar—Anatomy of a Cyber Attack: Understanding Recent Point-of-Sale Breaches (Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00pm EST)

Point-of-Sale data breaches have assaulted the world in ever increasing numbers. Recent large scale retail breaches have thrust these attacks into the media spotlight, and with each new attack, law enforcement agencies are being forced to respond to incidents where payment card data is stolen and people’s identities are being jeopardized. How do these breaches occur, who’s behind them, and what are the implications for law enforcement? How does this sophisticated malware get deployed? What does it do once it gets there? Why is Anti-Virus software not catching it? What happens to the data once the hackers steal it? What can your agency do? The answers to these and many more questions will be provided in a webinar hosted by IACP and conducted by Trustwave SpiderLabs Director, Chris Pogue.

Meeting information
Topic: The Anatomy of a POS Breach
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm, Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)
Meeting Number: 650 460 396
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Free Training on Alzheimer’s Initiatives in Madison, Wisconsin (April 2014) – Other Locations Also Available

Institutes on Violence Against Women in Vermont and Missouri Now Accepting Applications

2014 LEIM Conference

Save the date and plan to attend the 2014 LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on May 20–22, 2014. The 2nd Annual IACP/LEIM IT Summit will be hosted on May 19, 2014.

Register to attend today and take advantage of the Regular Registration rate—only $425 for IACP Members.

Register to Exhibit/Sponsor to secure your space at the 2014 LEIM Conference & Technology Exposition! Exhibit space is going fast!

2014 IACP DRE Sections Annual Training Conference

Conference Registration is OPEN for the IACP DRE Section’s 20th Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving!

This year’s conference will be in Phoenix, AZ, July 28–30, at the Arizona Biltmore. Register by May 8, 2014, to get the early registration rate ($150 for IACP DRE Section Members/$215 for non-members). Click here to register online, get more details on the agenda, and book your hotel reservations at the conference hotel.

For questions, contact Carolyn Cockroft at

Free Leading by Legacy Training Event in Parker, Colorado (March 2014)

Free 24-Hour Basic Crime Prevention Skill-Building Training in Richmond, Kentucky (April 2014)

Inside the IACP

Active Shooter Policy Now Available!

2013 Line of Duty Deaths Factsheet

Accepting Applications for the 2014 IACP|LOGIN Excellence in Victim Services Award

IACP News – February 25, 2014

News From the Field

Schools Consider Arming Teachers and Campus Police

Two schools, one in Texas and another in Colorado, opened up community controversy with the concealed weapons policies at their schools—polices that allow teachers to carry guns. The Texas policy, the first of its ilk in the United States, allows teachers to carry concealed weapons if licensed, while Colorado’s new safety plan includes allowing teachers to carry concealed handguns. As school shootings continue, more schools may consider this path.

College campuses are beginning to think along the same lines. Two colleges in Massachusetts have decided to arm their campus police officers, joining an increasing number of other campuses across the United States with armed campus police.

Read more:

“Sovereign Citizens” Can Be a Safety Concern for Police

People who consider themselves sovereign citizens answer only to common law, not the laws of any city or state or the federal government. The movement has been around since the late 1970s, when the ideology emerged during the farm-foreclosure crisis, and some sovereign citizens hold to a theory that the U.S. government lost its authority when President Richard M. Nixon removed the country from the gold standard in 1971.The FBI considers them domestic terrorists. While the majority of people belonging to this group are not violent, since 2002, sovereign citizens have killed eight U.S. law-enforcement officers.

Read more.

Latin America’s “New Cops”

Latin America is shifting from militarized “mano duro” (hard fist) security approaches to strategies that incorporate community policing and smarter technological tools.

For a long time, Latin America has been one of the most violent regions in the world because of the violent drug cartels, extreme poverty and inequality, high unemployment rates for young men, and the illegal traf?cking of small arms and light weapons.

According to Dr. Nancy Brune, a contractor with the Center for a New American Security and a Truman National Security Project fellow, the new strategies are strikingly similar to those under way in many U.S. cities. Dr.Brune argues that such strategies need to be sustained by government funding and paired with reforms of the justice system and improvements in law enforcement training. The region’s future economic growth and development depends on their success.

To read the entire essay, go to:

Jail Cracks Down on Contraband Cellphones

Maryland officials have blocked cellphone service at the Baltimore City Detention Center for the contraband cellphones that have long fueled gang activity there.

Governor Martin O’Malley announced the activation of a "Managed Access" system, which is already blocking unauthorized calls by inmates. The new $5.4 million system has been installed in two detention centers, and officials hope to soon install it elsewhere.

The need to crackdown on contraband cellphones has intensified with exposure of the workings of the Black Guerilla Family, a prison gang that’s also known as BGF. The gang blossomed in Maryland’s correctional facilities around 2008, thanks in part to the “proliferation of cellphones inside of prisons,” according to a November indictment.

Read more:
Governor O’Malley Unveils Technology to Combat Contraband Cell Phones at Baltimore City Detention Center
Baltimore Jail Cracks Down on Contraband Cellphones


FBI Active Shooter Quick Reference Guide

Congressional Report on Navy Yard Shooting

The final report on the D.C. Navy Yard shooting in 2013 highlights some areas of needed reform to reduce the risk of similar incidents, including the disclosure of criminal histories by police departments and the federal security clearance process.

Read the report here.

DEA Touring Exhibit on Drug Abuse

The “Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause” exhibit opened on February 11, 2014, at the Maryland Science Center and runs through September 1, 2014. The national touring exhibit is an interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the history and the current science behind drug law enforcement, drug abuse prevention, and drug treatment specific to Maryland’s local communities.

A broad coalition of corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors helped cover the costs of bringing the Target America exhibit to Maryland. The exhibit began a national tour in 2002 at the DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia, and has since inspired over 22 million visitors in Dallas, Omaha, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and most recently in Tampa.

Learn more.

Opioid Overdoses and the Antidote

As the rates of opioid overdose grow, including those from heroin, law enforcement agencies are beginning to equip their officers with the overdose antidote naloxen.

The nasal spray antidote is being used by police in several departments around the country. In New York City alone, heroin-related deaths increased 84 percent from 2010 to 2012 and involved 52 percent of all overdose deaths in 2012, according to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Obama administration on Tuesday urged more local police and fire departments to equip their officers with a medication used to revive people who have overdosed on heroin, citing a troubling increase in deaths from the drug.

Read more about the “heroin epidemic” and naloxen use by police.
Find out five things you need to know about opioid overdoses here.

Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, the president issued Executive Order 13636, aimed at “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The framework focuses on using business drivers to guide cybersecurity activities and considering cybersecurity risks as part of the organization’s risk management processes.

The framework also provides organizations charged with providing the nation’s financial, energy, health care, and other critical systems with a structured set of standards and guidelines to help manage cyber risks.

Read the full report.


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: April 6–12, 2014

Each April, the Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the United States in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In 2014, NCVRW will be observed April 6–12, 2014, and the theme is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

Learn more.

Free Legacy by Leadership Training Event in Colorado (March 17–19)

DOJ Essentials of Forensic Science for Legal Professionals Program

National Police Week 5K Memorial Run: May 2014

Free Training on Alzheimer’s Initiatives in Madison, Wisconsin (April 2014) – Other Locations Also Available

Inside the IACP

Looking Beyond the License Plate Award Program

The application period for the seventeenth annual Looking Beyond the License Plate Award Program is now open.

The Looking Beyond the License Plate Program was established in 1998 by the IACP Highway Safety Committee, in cooperation with the 3M Traffic Safety Systems Division, to recognize officers whose observations of license plates have led to the arrest of suspects or to the solution of crimes. The award program is designed to highlight the importance of license plates as law enforcement tools and to honor officers whose daily efforts ensure the effectiveness of the U.S. law enforcement system. This year’s grand prize winner will be awarded with an all-expenses paid trip to the 121st Annual IACP Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Applications must be postmarked by May 31 and will be evaluated at the mid-year meeting. All entries must be based on license plate observations by sworn law enforcement officers between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014. There is no limit on the number of entries that an officer or law enforcement agency can submit. For entry information and materials, please visit the Looking Beyond the License Plate page on the 3M website.

IACP/Wilmington University VIPS Award

IACP and Wilmington University, New Castle, Delware, support an awards program for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs, also known as the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Award.

The VIPS Award will recognize those agencies that have shown leadership in creating and sustaining programs that successfully integrate volunteers into overall organizational operations and administration of law enforcement work.

Click here for more information.

Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks about PTSD and Stress to Law Enforcement Professionals

Excited Delirium Model Policy Now Available!

National Law Enforcement Challenge Program

On Wednesday, February 26, the IACP, in cooperation with Laser Technology Inc., will be hosting the second webinar of a three-part series about the National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC). This webinar will detail the application process and feature insights from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). For more information, and to register for this webinar, please visit the Laser Technology Inc. website.

Applications for the 2014 National Law Enforcement Challenge are due online by May 1, 2014. The NLEC is an award program that recognizes law enforcement agencies for exceptional traffic safety efforts that address occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding, and state and local issues. Information about the Challenge, a “How-To” guide, and the online application can all be found at the IACP NLEC webpage.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXXI, no. 2, February 2014. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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