National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, an effort to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks, and to encourage individuals to take action to prepare themselves and their families. The IACP is a member of the National Preparedness Month Coalition of national, regional, state, and local units of government and organizations. For more information about National Preparedness Month and free resources, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.
In association with National Preparedness Month, the IACP’s national Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program will be releasing an educational video and other resources on the role of law enforcement volunteers in preparing for and responding to a disaster. To order a free copy of the DVD and related resources, visit www.policevolunteers.org.
Law Enforcement Officer Deaths in the First Six Months of 2007
The number of law enforcement officers killed in the United States soared by 44 percent during the first six months of 2007, and for the first time in three decades, more than 100 officer deaths were recorded by the halfway point of the year, according to preliminary statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS).
The groups’ preliminary data indicate that 101 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers were killed between January 1 and June 30, 2007, an increase from the 70 officers who lost their lives during the same period of 2006. The last time the midyear total was that high was 1978, when there were 105 officer deaths. By the end of that year, 213 officers had been killed in the line of duty. In 2006, the yearend total was 145.
Of the 101 officers killed during the first half of 2007, 45 died in traffic-related incidents—an increase of 36 percent compared with the 33 traffic-related fatalities during the first six months of 2006. This year’s figure includes 35 officers who died in automobile crashes, 6 who were struck by automobiles while outside their own vehicles, and 4 who died in motorcycle crashes.
In addition, 39 officers were shot to death during the first six months of this year, compared with 27 during the same period of 2006, a jump of more than 44 percent. Also this year, seven officers succumbed to job-related illnesses; three drowned; two were killed in terrorist attacks; two died in aircraft accidents; and one officer each died from a bomb blast, a boating accident, and being struck by a falling object.
“Though still preliminary, these latest numbers are cause for alarm for two reasons,” said Craig W. Floyd, chairman and CEO of the NLEOMF. “First, the recent trend of more officers being killed on our roadways, in vehicle crashes and while outside their vehicles, appears to continue unabated. Second, we are now seeing a spike in fatal shootings of officers as well—cases that have generally been declining in recent years.”
The statistics released by the NLEOMF and COPS are preliminary data and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2008. The report, “Law Enforcement Officer Deaths, Mid-Year 2007,” is available at www.nleomf.org.
IACP Retired Chiefs of Police Section
The Retired Chiefs of Police Section encourages the participation of IACP members that have retired from law enforcement. In recognition of the vast experience these members can offer the association, the section is in the process of determining the areas that can most benefit from this reservoir of experience. It is the section’s goal to make this important resource known and available to the broader membership of the association.
The regular membership of the section is composed of IACP members who at the time of their retirement were active members of the association. All regular section members have the full privileges of voting and holding office in this section. Any other active, life, or associate members of the IACP are eligible for section membership; however, they are not eligible to vote or hold office in this section. Their participation is strongly encouraged, though,as the section welcomes the participation, advice, and input of all experienced retired members of the association.
Interested members should plan to attend the annual meeting of the Retired Chiefs of Police Section during the annual IACP conference, on Monday, October 15, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.
New Law Enforcement Foundation in Fairfax County
Public-private partnerships through law enforcement foundations are growing in scope and significance in the local communities to assist police executives in addressing the complexities of policing. Foundations can provide timely,flexible, and nonpartisan assistance to the police. They can help mobilize community support in nontraditional ways and enhance community understanding of law enforcement initiatives while providing some of the much-needed resources and financial support to undertake these initiatives.
The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation (www.fairfaxfoundation.org) recently announced its formation as a private charitable foundation to serve the citizens and law enforcement personnel in Fairfax County, Virginia. “We are thrilled to be a part of the creation of a new and vital community service organization,” said Larry Unitan, president of the new foundation. “Promoting public safety, educating Fairfax County residents, and providing increased professional training opportunities for law enforcement personnel are foremost on our agenda.”
In 2005, David M. Rohrer, chief of police for Fairfax County, introduced a “learning agency” concept into the department through the venue of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. The initiative involves providing continued professional development for its officers with the goal of offering advanced training to current and future department leaders. The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation was established in part to assist with this endeavor. Additionally,the foundation was created to develop new and support existing programs that help county residents with community crime prevention and awareness. Planned examples include the S.A.F.E. program for women’s self-defense and gang awareness programs.
“Establishing collaborative relationships between the citizens, businesses, and the organizations in our community to create a safe and friendly environment while advancing the expertise of our local police force is of prime importance to the foundation,” said Lisa Gables, vice president and treasurer of the foundation. “We look forward to working with and serving the citizens of Fairfax County.”
An article in this issue of The Police Chief (see page 16) outlines how to start a local foundation. In addition, the New York City Police Foundation plans to hold major events at the 2007 annual IACP conference in New Orleans.
Technology Desk Reference Available on CD-ROM
Technology Desk Reference: A Technology Planning and Management Guide (TDR) is a publication of the IACP Technology Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). This no-cost, comprehensive resource provides current and practical management information to address five critical law enforcement technologies: in-car cameras, mobile computing technologies, network infrastructure, computer-aided dispatch/record management systems, and voice communications.
The CD-ROM is copied and distributed in partnership with the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center in Kentucky. This resource is currently available in print or CD-ROM.
Visit www.iacptechnology.org to request your free copy. For more information about the TTAP program, please contact Laura Bell at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 838, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ 30th Annual Memorial Service
On Sunday, September 30, 2007, the Canadian Police and Peace Officers will recognize fallen comrades on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The focus of the 2007 memorial service is to ensure that the magnitude of the sacrifice of those who died in the line of duty will never be forgotten and to provide support for the surviving families.
In 1998, the Canadian government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of September of every year as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. On January 17, 2003, Canadian Heritage declared that flags must be flown at half-staff on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada, including the Peace Tower, from sunrise to sunset on the last Sunday of September of every year in honor of the fallen officers.
In 1978, the first memorial event honored 14 officers. By 2007, the names of over 730 members have been engraved on the honor roll along the perimeter wall on Parliament Hill, overlooking the Ottawa River and the Supreme Court of Canada. The glass panels provide a lasting tribute and ensure that future generations are reminded of the supreme sacrifices of fallen comrades.
More information can be obtained from the memorial service coordinator, Bob Lyn, at 613-851-6235; via e-mail at email@example.com; or from the Memorial Service Committee at 141 Catherine Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1C5, Canada (phone: 613-231-4168; fax: 613-231-3254).
Seventh Annual Toronto Police Service Professional Standards International Conference
Sponsored by the Toronto Police Service, the Seventh Annual Professional Standards International Conference will be held October 29–31, 2007, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The Sheraton Centre is across the street from the Toronto city hall, in the heart of the financial and entertainment district.
Registration allows attendees to participate in presentations by international internal-affairs investigators, daily continental breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and a banquet on Tuesday night.
For more information, contact Detective Dave Tumbull at 416-808-2816, Detective Sergeant Rob Johnson at 416-808-2810, or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Protective Equipment Surveys for First Responders
The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) is conducting surveys for the needs of personal protective equipment and integrated systems for first responders. Through its National Protection Center (NPC), NSRDEC assesses technologies, concepts, and standards with dual-use applications to meet military needs as well as those of federal, state, local, and tribal emergency response practitioners.
Members of the public safety community are invited to participate in the NPC’s latest personal protective equipment surveys, focusing on protective headgear, chemical/biological protective equipment, and basic duty uniforms. To participate in the surveys, visit these Web sites:
Local police input is valuable to ongoing research, standards, and technology transfer efforts; please answer each question carefully and completely. Each of the three surveys will take approximately 15–20 minutes. The surveys will close September 14, 2007.