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Weapons of Mass Destruction Review Board Convenes at IACP Headquarters

WMD Workshop
Pictured above are Jim Clifford, foreground, and, from the left to right, Rand Jones, Danah Henriksen, Tom Marlowe, Don Ponikvar, Ron Olin, and Joel Carlson.

Weapons of Mass Destruction Review Board Convenes at IACP Headquarters

In July the IACP hosted a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) review board for its Executive-Level Weapons of Mass Destruction Training program. The purpose of the meeting was to review the initial draft curriculum for the WMD training course.

Review board members included representatives from Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice, which is developing the curriculum for the program. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S Department of Homeland Security Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) also participated in the review. Consulting members included a currently serving police chief, a chemical and biological weapons expert from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and other leaders from the public and private security sectors.

The Executive-Level Weapons of Mass Destruction Training program will be presented to four pilot locations in September and October. Afterward, final course revisions will be made and the program will be submitted to ODP for final validation and approval. Nationwide replication of the course is scheduled to begin in March 2004. Watch the IACP Web site for the latest information about this free training program.

2003 Crime Stoppers International Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The 2003 Crime Stoppers International Conference is to be held October 6-10 in Melbourne, Australia, one of the world's safest and most livable cities. The conference represents an opportunity for safety and security-minded people from all backgrounds to learn about initiatives and strategies that are proven successes in the fight against crime.

Some of the world's foremost international police chiefs, criminologists, and community safety experts have agreed to speak and participate at the conference. NEC Business Systems is the conference's principal sponsor.

Learn more about the conference and register at

Consolidating Police Services Examined by New IACP Study

Aware that many law enforcement agencies across the country are being asked by their governing bodies to consider the merits of consolidating police services, the IACP has created a comprehensive and balanced planning model to help police and their governing bodies assess all aspects of the topic.

As it points out in the study, the IACP is also aware that the very subject of consolidation can often be polarizing both within and among agencies and jurisdictions. Toward this end, the model plan stresses throughout that what might work well in one jurisdiction might fail in another. The report stresses that consolidation is a local issue and that careful planning can help determine whether consolidation should be adopted or rejected.

"The IACP planning model is really a roadmap for departments or communities considering consolidation," said IACP President Joseph Samuels Jr., police chief in Richmond, California. "Consolidation must be viewed in the totality of police services, officer and citizen satisfaction, and the capacity of the new agency to better serve the public and fight crime." Samuels said that the IACP urges those considering consolidation to avoid simplistic assessments.

The planning model identifies seven types of consolidation:

  • Functional: Two or more agencies combine certain functional units, such as emergency communications, dispatch, or records.
  • Cross-deputization/Mutual Enforcement Zones/Overlapping Jurisdictions: Agencies authorize each other's officers to pool resources and improve regional coverage.
  • Public Safety: City or county governments unite all police, fire, and emergency medical services agencies under one umbrella.
  • Local Merger: Two separate police agencies form a single new entity. The agencies may be in small communities or metropolitan areas.
  • Regional: A number of agencies combine to police a geographic area rather than a jurisdictional one.
  • Metropolitan: Two or more agencies serving overlapping jurisdictions join forces to become one agency serving an entire metropolitan area.
  • Government: A city and adjoining county consolidate their entire governments, creating a "metro" form of government for all citizens.

The IACP planning model focuses on two key elements: an initial one-day retreat exploring the potential of consolidation, and a comprehensive feasibility study that entails detailed exploration of all consolidation issues. The one-day retreat addresses concerns and expectations of participants and features the facilitator's overview of consolidation issues; an issues panel, with two keynote presentations; breakout group sessions on the identified issues; reports from breakout groups; and an action plan.

The second key element, the comprehensive feasibility study, looks closely at issues and concerns raised at the retreat. Among them:

  • Roundtable discussions with key stakeholders
  • Retention of consultants to conduct an assessment of all aspects of consolidation
  • Development of a phased transition plan to create the new entity, if recommended
  • Design of an evaluation plan to determine the level of success of consolidation, if chosen, and make adjustments as necessary

The project, Consolidating Police Services: An IACP Planning Approach, was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Single copies of the executive brief may be obtained by calling Netha Diamond at 800-THE-IACP, extension 392.

Child Protection Action Guidelines

Sparked by alarming statistics that show that three children die every day in America from child abuse and neglect-most younger than a year old-the IACP has moved aggressively to combat and confront this tragedy.

Working with a far-reaching cross-section of experts that included law enforcement leaders, child abuse and neglect program professionals, and representatives from all affiliated professions, the IACP has released its action plan. Besides IACP, the partnership that developed the plan included the Child Welfare League of America and the National Children's Alliance.

The action guidelines released today grew out of the IACP National Child Protection Summit in 2001. The two-day summit attracted more than 120 participants and developed a final report containing 57 recommendations. The guidelines distributed today complement that final report and offer practical guidance in two major areas:

  • Building professional partnerships to respond to child abuse and neglect
  • Building community partnerships to prevent child abuse and neglect

The report offers a how-to for both major areas, fleshing out each of the steps. For example, in the section on building partnerships to respond to the problem, the guidelines offer nine steps:

  • Define the issues
  • Identify and engage potential partners
  • Agree on a mission statement, goals, and objectives
  • Assess strengths and needs
  • Design a multidisciplinary response model
  • Leverage and share resources
  • Build team capacity
  • Implement the multidisciplinary response model
  • Evaluate the impact of the multidisciplinary model

Similarly, the section on building community partnerships to prevent child abuse and neglect lays out the following steps:

  • Promoting appropriate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Increasing community awareness of child abuse and neglect
  • Supporting the community's prevention efforts
  • Supporting the community's early intervention efforts
  • Promoting legislative advocacy

The project was supported by the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the Office of Justice Programs. Single copies may be ordered by calling Netha Diamond at 800-THE-IACP, extension 392.

Identity Theft Resource Guide Released

IACP Third Vice President Mary Ann Viverette joined U.S. Secret Service Director Ralph Basham, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Gordon England on Capitol Hill to announce the release of the Identity Crime Interactive Resource Guide. This guide, which will be distributed to 40,000 police departments and other law enforcement authorities, is designed to help local police officers better understand and investigate identity theft crimes.

Chief Viverette praised the guide as a "highly informative and easily accessible tool for state and local law enforcement officers that will not only increase their understanding of the various types of identity theft but also provide them with guidance on the resources that are available to them and to the victims of identity theft."

The Identity Crime project is a joint effort between the IACP, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Trade Commission. It consists of two parts: a 10-minute video designed to be shown at police officer roll call meetings and a resource guide for law enforcement officers. The resource guide provides more than 40 investigative resources that officers can use in their investigations of identity crime, as well as 10 different victim assistance resources officers can use and distribute to members of their community.

Other materials for local police officers include questions to ask and things to look for when conducting identity crime investigations; the best way to seize electronic evidence; and advice on how to detect bogus credit cards and passports. ■

Eugene R. Cromartie and G. Matthew Snyder
Retired U.S. Army Major General Eugene R. Cromartie, left, deputy executive director and chief of staff of the IACP, promotes G. Matthew Snyder, manager of the IACP Technology Center, to sergeant major in the U.S. Army Reserve during a ceremony at IACP headquarters in August. Sergeant Major Snyder has 18 years of combined active-duty and reserve service in the U.S. Army. His family, invited guests and IACP staff attended the ceremony.



From The Police Chief, vol. 70, no. 9, September 2003. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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