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March 2014

IACP News 3/11/14

News From the Field

Face-to-Face Communication with Gang Leaders Pilot Program Appears to Work

Chicago police have launched a new department custom notification program where police officers visit gang leaders in an attempt to reduce violence on the streets. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy ordered his staff to draw up a list of warring gang leaders in the area following the shooting death of a local 14-year old.

Within 48 hours, the commander of the Grand Crossing District was knocking on their doors, warning them to halt the shooting.

These “custom notifications,” which began as a pilot program on the city’s west side about seven months ago, appear to have persuaded the targeted groups to stop shooting at each other, said Commander John Kenney of the police department’s Bureau of Organizational Development.

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Staying Safe in the Line-of-Duty

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and Alabama State Troopers teamed up in February for a four-hour training and instructional course on officer safety. State Trooper Steve McWaters of the Alexander City Post instructed during the course showing officers how accidents can occur and result in the loss of life of officers and civilians.

Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said the training has a goal of educating officers and lowering the number of on-duty deaths nationwide to its lowest number in decades.

Read more.

NYPD Officers to Get Digital Tablet, Mobile App

New York Police Department officers will soon be armed with two new crime-fighting tools: a digital tablet and a mobile app. The NYPD is rolling out a pilot program equipping officers with a computer tablet outfitted with an application that can access a trove of police databases.

The app connects to the NYPD’s Domain Awareness System, or DAS, which includes everything from arrest records to the text of 9-1-1 calls in real-time. Some investigators may be able to look at footage from surveillance cameras on the street or at the readings on radiation and other chemical sensors around the city. The type of data each officer can view will be tailored to their job duties.

The DAS was created with Microsoft and launched in August 2012. Smaller departments around the nation—including those in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Corvallis, Oregon—have used tablets to streamline police work.

Learn more about the program.

Director Kerlikowske Confirmed by Senate as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection

Former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, took office as the new Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection on March 6, 2014.

Before joining the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Mr. Kerlikowske served 9 years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington. When he left, crime was at its lowest point in 40 years. Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where he was responsible for over 6 billion dollars in federal assets. Mr. Kerlikowske was also police commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Read more.
Read IACP’s Letter of Endorsement for Mr. Kerlikowske.

President Obama’s Budget Proposes $173 Million for Criminal Justice Reform

Attorney General Eric Holder announced President Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal for the DOJ that calls for $173 million in targeted investments for criminal justice reform efforts.

The FY 2015 request, which represents a $122 million increase over the FY 2014 enacted level supports a range of federal law enforcement priorities, as well as the criminal justice priorities of state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners. Among the key highlights in the president’s overall $27.4 billion budget request for the Justice Department are programs such as increased funding for state and local prisoner reentry initiatives.

The request also includes $274 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which supports an increase of $71 million for COPS hiring and Tribal Law Enforcement programs.

Learn more.


Nationwide Police Chief Vacancies

7 Principles for Police-Citizen Interactions from NYPD

The NYPD has announced a new training program to increase the department officers’ sensitivity toward the public. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the initiative at the 25th precinct in East Harlem. The guidelines—named the “seven steps to positive community interactions”—are geared to nonemergency situations.

The guidelines were created under former Commissioner Raymond Kelly as a part of a plan called NYPD 2020, which created a framework for future department policies and tactics.
7 steps to Positive Community Interactions

  1. Whenever possible, introduce yourself. Provide name and rank.
  2. Actively listen to people you’re encountering.
  3. Keep an open mind about the information you’re receiving.
  4. Be patient with the people you’re serving.
  5. Know the resources that are available to help people with their problems.
  6. Make every reasonable effort to address the needs of people asking for help.
  7. Whenever possible, make sure every encounter ends on a positive note.

Learn more about this initiative.

2014 Training Keys Subscription Program

For well over 35 years, local and state law enforcement agencies have looked to the Training Keys for the most current information in the science and practice of policing. Ideal for roll-call training and formal classroom instruction as well as independent study, each one includes questions and answers to test and document student learning. All sworn officers can expand their professional law enforcement knowledge by using them systematically and routinely.

Subscription provides 12 individual Keys per year. Electronic subscriptions are available for $6.00 per officer per year* and are delivered via email to one address per department.
*In order to participate in the program, a department must enroll all sworn officers, with the exception of command, administrative, and civilian staff.

Learn more or subscribe at


Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women

The 9th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women offers the best, most practical, current, and relevant training, provided by the country’s leading experts, in the fields of intervention, investigation, and prosecution for the full range of crimes committed against women.

Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; prosecutors; probation and parole officers; medical professionals; and victim advocates come together to participate in workshops and case studies that address all types of crimes in which women are targeted. This year’s agenda will include issues related to the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking, campus safety, and internet-related offenses.

Register for the conference.
Learn more.

No-Cost Leading by Legacy Training in Middletown, VA April 21-23, 2014

National Police Week 5K Memorial Run: May 2014

Free Training on Alzheimer’s Initiatives in Spring and Summer 2014

Inside the IACP

IACP President Yost Zakhary Attends Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar

On March 8-16, IACP President Yost Zakhary will be attending the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) in Israel. President Zakhary, along with other law enforcement executives, will be meeting with security experts, intelligence analysts, and commanders in the Israel National Police to learn about effective methods of terror attack prevention and response. Learn more.

IACP International Regional Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, a Success

President Yost Zakhary is pictured here with the President of The Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame (midpoint) and head of the National Police, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel Gasana, host of the 3rd IACP Sub-Saharan Executive Policing Conference.

The IACP World Regional Chair for Sub-Saharan Africa IGP Emmanuel Gasana and his staff prepared a first-class conference for the IACP. He was instrumental through his personal involvement in having 26 of 54 African continent nations send their National Police Directors, while the balance of 46 countries who participated sent very senior persons, usually in the form of their Deputy Directors. Over 200 delegates attended the conference. The theme of the conference “Contemporary Policing for a Safer World” attracted many key speakers.

President Zakhary signed a memorandum of understanding with the East Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO). This agreement was signed in the spirit of cooperation and was intended to make more police executives aware what the IACP has to offer. The conference was hailed as a success by its host and the many police directors present.

Join the IACP Victims Services Committee

IACP is looking for members interested in joining the Victims Service Committee. If interested, please contact the Committee Chair, Chief Dave Porter,
Learn more about the committee here.

IACP Names Vincent Talucci New Executive Director

Looking Beyond the License Plate Award Program

The application period for the 17th 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.

Now Accepting Nominations for the State Association and Governors Highway Safety Office Award

The State Association and Governors Highway Safety Office Award (GHSO) Award recognizes state associations and GHSO partners for their exceptional work in encouraging agencies in their state to participate in the National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC). The award is presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).

Learn more and find the nomination form.

IACP News 3/25/14

News From the Field

Teen Life Sentences Up for Review

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that inmates serving mandatory life sentences for murders they committed as juveniles will receive new sentencing hearings. The inmates, some of whom were as young as 14 at the time of the murders, will now be allowed to present evidence—including the circumstances of their upbringing and their rehabilitative efforts in prison—to obtain reduced sentences and possible freedom.

The decision comes two years after the U.S. Supreme Court found that mandatory life sentences issued to children violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Left undecided at that time was whether the ruling applied to old cases. The unanimous Illinois Supreme Court opinion said that in Illinois, at least, the high court’s ruling does in fact apply to old cases.

Juvenile justice advocates caution that children are more capable of rehabilitation than adults because they are not as mentally and emotionally developed.

More on this story:

NYC Reducing Time between Arrest and Arraignment

For decades New York City officials have struggled to reduce the arrest-to-arraignment time in its criminal courts. People arrested in the city would typically spend a full day and night behind bars before making a court appearance, even for fairly minor infractions that typically resulted in little or no bail.

The solution to this problem can be traced to a computer-tracking initiative spearheaded by Judge George A. Grasso, a former first deputy commissioner in the police department. Judge Grasso’s inspiration was CompStat, a crime-tracking system introduced in New York in the 1990s during William J. Bratton’s first stint as police commissioner.

For the first time since 2001, the average time it takes to bring a defendant before a judge for arraignment fell last year to below 24 hours in all five boroughs. The 24-hour benchmark had been set by the state’s highest court in a pivotal 1991 decision, but it proved mostly elusive, especially in the Bronx and Brooklyn boroughs.

Read more.

Police Officers with PTSD Face Roadblocks to Coverage

The U.S. federal government has a robust mental health program, geared toward military personnel and State Department employees. But in most states, civil employees who are regularly exposed to violence can claim PTSD only if they have an accompanying physical injury.

It’s an issue that local police associations as far afield as Memphis, Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; and Newtown, Connecticut, have begun to take on. In Connecticut—where more than 100 officers responded to the December 2012 elementary school massacre that left 26 students and teachers dead, as well as the shooter—union advocacy for a state bill to expand coverage has been particularly intense.

The state’s legislature has yet to vote on the bill. Nevertheless, lawsuits and legislation currently winding their way through courts and statehouses may force changes in several states.

Read more.


America’s Broken Bail System—Infographic

Need a clear picture of the impact of pretrial detention on public safety outcomes and use of public resources? This infographic from the Public Welfare Foundation describes who is in jail merely because they cannot afford to pay their bond, that more than half of high-risk arrestees are released prior to trial because they can afford to pay their bond, and that low-risk arrestees who are detained pretrial have increasingly negative outcomes.

Law enforcement leaders can learn more about how to positively impact the pretrial detention system to prioritize public safety by visiting IACP’s Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative webpage.

Public Recording of Police Officers and the First Amendment

The IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center addresses this topic in the Model Policy on Recording Police Activity (click here to purchase). This policy provides officers with guidance for dealing with situations in which they are being recorded, to include videotaping, audiotaping, or both, by members of the public or the media. In addition, the accompanying Concepts and Issues Paper discusses how best to uphold an individual’s First and Fourth Amendment rights, while maintaining officer safety and security at crime scenes or during citizen encounters.

The Model Policy is intended to be a starting point for departments who are looking to develop an overarching framework to address this issue. However, it is recognized that, for a complete response, intensive training is needed to familiarize officers with the best responses to individuals who wish to record them. In response, the IACP has partnered with the COPS Office to develop a training toolkit suitable for individual or group presentation on the topic. These additional resources will be available in 2015. For more information, please contact Rick Lisko at or (800) 843-4227 extension 234.

For additional information regarding the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center, please visit or email

NIAIA Award for IA Investigators

If you have an IA investigator who has performed above and beyond your expectations or if you have an IA investigator who is a dedicated professional that consistently does an outstanding job. You may submit a nomination by completing the form on line at by August 20, 2014.

This year’s National Internal Affairs Conference will be held November 3-6, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The Internal Affairs Investigator of the Year Award will be presented at an awards banquet on Wednesday evening (November 5, 2014).


Free Training on Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques, May 20-21, 2014, Little Rock, Arkansas

2014 LEIM Conference Agenda Is Now Available!

Register today to receive the regular registration rate (ends April 15, 2014). More information about how to make hotel reservations are also available here.

Don’t miss out! Exhibit space and sponsorships at the 2014 LEIM Conference are almost sold out. Sign-up to be an exhibitor, a sponsor, or both!

World Innovation Conference: The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management

IACP, together with a variety of international law enforcement professional associations and European partners, is hosting the first World Innovation Conference: The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management. WICLEIM2014 will be held June 10-12, 2014, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Plan to join us for this unique international conference addressing global innovations in law enforcement technology and information management.
Register now and get the latest details on the program here.

No-Cost Legacy Training in Middletown, Virginia, April 21-23, 2014

“LGBTQ Youth and Status Offences” Webinar

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are twice as likely as other youth to be sent to a juvenile detention facility for committing “status offenses” such as truancy or running away from home. LGBTQ youth are also overrepresented in the juvenile justice system generally and, once in the system, are more likely to be the target of abuse and violence, including at the hands of other youth. LGBTQ youth may also receive overly harsh punishments due to biased decision making or misguided attempts to keep them “safe” through the use of unnecessary isolated housing. How can systems more appropriately serve youth who commit status offenses and are LGBTQ?

Join CJJ, the Human Rights Campaign and the Equity Project for a webinar on LGBTQ Youth and Status Offenses: Improving System Responses and Reducing Disproportionality on Wednesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Register now!

Inside the IACP

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.

Drive to Save Lives

On March 20, 2014, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and state police and highway patrol leaders joined forces to announce the Drive to Save Lives Campaign at a press conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The implementation of the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a united effort by state police and highway patrol leaders to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014. Highway fatalities rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the United States and it is the leading cause of death among teens. State police and highway patrol leaders will work to change the high-risk behaviors of motorists that lead to crashes through education and awareness, partnerships, and high-visibility traffic enforcement.

“The IACP is thrilled to partner with the United States Department of Transportation on the Drive to Save Lives campaign,” said Chief Yousry “Yost” Zakhary, Woodway, Texas, IACP President. “During my 34 years as a law enforcement officer, I have responded to far too many crashes caused by speeding and witnessed too many deaths because drivers or passengers were not wearing their seat belts, and because of impaired and distracted driving. Crashes are preventable—and that is what this campaign aims to do: prevent them from occurring in the first place. Through our partnership, we will work to reduce highway deaths in 2014, and the coming years, because even one death is too many.”

“Last year, we lost 33,561 lives on our nation’s roads, many of them because of drunk driving and from people not wearing seat belts, speeding, and driving distracted,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “That’s why I’m pleased to join the International Association of Chiefs of Police in its ambitious goal to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent.”

Another major element of the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is officer safety. Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officers. Last year, 46 officers were killed on our roadways, representing more than 40 percent of all line of duty deaths for the year. Equally troubling is the fact that the number of officers struck and killed while outside of their vehicles was once again in double digits.

Follow the campaign on twitter at #Drive2SaveLives.

See the DOT blog post on this campaign.

IACP and Motorola Solutions Name Senior Trooper Samuel Moss as Trooper of the Year

On March 21, 2014, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions named Senior Trooper Samuel Moss from the Virginia State Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year. Senior Trooper Samuel Moss was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.

“The IACP is pleased to honor those law enforcement officers who tirelessly serve their communities and risk their lives on a daily basis,” said Chief Yousry “Yost” Zakhary, Woodway, Texas, IACP President. “I applaud Senior Trooper Moss for his heroic actions and appreciate the sacrifices he and the other finalists have made to make their communities safer. The selfless courage, dedication, and professionalism displayed by Trooper Moss and the other finalist are shining examples of the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers each and every day.”

“Motorola Solutions is proud to recognize all the brave men and women who serve as members of state and provincial police agencies,” said Debora Courtright, vice president, North America Government Sales, Motorola Solutions. “We understand the responsibilities these troopers face every day to protect us and the communities we live in. This recognition is a small way for Motorola to thank them and highlight their tremendous work and the sacrifices they make.”
Senior Trooper Samuel Moss is recognized for his remarkable work and presence of mind when he came upon a crash scene active shooter incident that claimed the life of another Virginia State Police officer.

The other finalists for the honor were Trooper Brad Williams of the Illinois State Police, Trooper Frank Casares of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Trooper Jay Farmer of Washington State Patrol.

Apply Now for the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement

The IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement recognizes agencies of all sizes worldwide that have implemented programs demonstrating a significant contribution and dedication to the quality of life in their respective communities. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 20, 2014. Two representatives from each of the top three agencies will receive a trip to the 121st Annual IACP Conference to be held October 25-28, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

Obtain the application guidelines.

IACP/American Military University Civilian Law Enforcement – Military Cooperation Award

The IACP’s Civilian Law Enforcement—Military Cooperation Committee (CLEMCC) is announcing the opening of submissions for the 2014 IACP/American Military University Civilian Law Enforcement—Military Cooperation Award. This award recognizes excellence in law enforcement cooperation between civilian and military law enforcement agencies for the development of innovative joint efforts that improve public safety within both civilian and military communities. The deadline for 2014 applicant submissions is June 2, 2014.

Get more information on the award, including a download of the Award Application Guide.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXXI, no. 3, March 2014. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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