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Motorola Donates $50K to IACP Foundation

As a result of recent fund-raising efforts, the IACP Foundation is proud to announce that Motorola, Inc., has again contributed a major gift of $50,000 to the foundation. This highly valued donation will support the IACP Foundation’s core programs, which focus on leadership, training, education, and assistance to survivors.

“I am very pleased that all of our board members are active supporters of the IACP Foundation, and I hope that this gift from Motorola will spur on other corporations to follow suit,” said Mary Ann Viverette, chair of the IACP Foundation.

“Motorola is very proud of our longstanding relationship with the IACP, and we are very pleased to be able to support the IACP Foundation and its worthwhile efforts in the areas of leadership, training, education, and assistance to survivors. For more than 65 years, Motorola has taken great pride in providing mission-critical communications to the law enforcement community. We admire the work they do each and every day, and it is an honor for Motorola to support this assistance for survivors and continue to build upon our relationship with the IACP Foundation,” said Robert Schassler, Motorola Vice President, Governments and Commercial Markets Division, and a member of the IACP Foundation’s board of directors.

The IACP provides charitable support and special programs to police officers all over the world through the IACP Foundation. The foundation is at the forefront of innovative efforts such as the IACP Center for Police Leadership and the Survivors’ Educational Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT), which provides educational funds and other assistance to family members of officers who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. To learn more about the IACP Foundation, please visit our Web site at www.theiacpfoundation.org.

IACP/ChoicePoint Award 2007 Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists of the IACP/ChoicePoint Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations. The winners will be announced and honored at the annual IACP conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. The IACP wishes to express its appreciation to all of the agencies who submitted nominations this year. For more information on the IACP/ChoicePoint Award, visit the IACP Web site at www.theiacp.org or contact Phil Lynn at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 324, or via e-mail at lynnp@theiacp.org.

Arizona Department of Public Safety,
Phoenix, Arizona
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), Baltimore, Maryland
New Jersey State Police, Intelligence Section,
Street Gang Central Unit, West Trenton,
New Jersey
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), Human Smuggling, Phoenix, Arizona
North Little Rock, Arkansas,
Police Department
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), Operation Frozen Timber,
Blaine, Washington
Plano, Texas, Police DepartmentU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), Orlando Financial Investigations Task
Force, Orlando, Florida
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),
Montreal Drug Section, Westmount, Quebec
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), SAC Detroit, Human Smuggling and
Trafficking Group, Detroit, Michigan
Sacramento, California, Police DepartmentU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE), Trade and Transparency Unit,
Washington, D.C.
San Diego, California, Police Department,
Homicide Team II
U.S. Secret Service, Orlando, Florida,
Field Office
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),
Phoenix, Arizona, Task Force 2
Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
Police Department

A Symbol of Fairness and Neutrality: Policing Diverse Communities in the 21st Century

At the direction of IACP president Joseph C. Carter, the IACP Executive Committee addressed the policing of diverse communities in the 21st century at its February 2007 meeting. In his challenge to the Executive Committee, President Carter noted the increased diversity and changed environment in the United States since the IACP first examined racial profiling and bias-free policing in 1998. He called on the executive committee to identify a course of action for the future, stressing the critical demands for bias-free policing in light of the new challenges and complexities that the profession faces in the 21st century.

The executive committee divided into groups, selected to represent diverse law enforcement perspectives and agency types and sizes. In facilitated discussion sessions, each group identified areas of importance related to bias-free policing and diversity and recommended specific actions the IACP should take in the future—a leadership agenda. Key areas and recommendations included but were not limited to the following:

  • Helping members play pivotal leadership roles by fostering national and local dialogues to forge workable, effective approaches to contemporary racial, ethnic, and cultural challenges.
  • Enabling the profession to reassert that police officers in the United States and other democratic nations are symbols of fairness and neutrality and that they embody the principles of democracy. By carefully defining their roles, police leaders can take proactive approaches to promote this message and depart from counterproductive defensive postures sometimes adopted in response to an allegation of biased policing.
  • Helping agencies develop a better understanding of the culturally diverse communities they serve and more culturally competent methods for responding to them and engaging them in public safety partnerships.
  • Continuing to promote greater cultural, racial,ethnic, and gender diversity.

This report addresses many issues of diversity and racism that face today’s societies, elected officials, and police executives. Increasingly, these issues are taking on global dimensions. Few countries or regions are immune to ethnic, racial, or class strife, and combating problems such as human trafficking or smuggling will require international solutions. Clearly, there are no simple solutions to these complex issues. The IACP Executive Committee, however, has identified several critical considerations for police executives to examine when addressing diversity issues. These considerations must be addressed simultaneously at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels by elected and public officials, as well as by civic institutions responsible for promoting democracy. While recognizing that the relationships between local departments and the communities they serve are unique, the IACP is in a key position as a membership organization to help marshal a collective and effective response across federal, state,local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. President Carter has indicated this report is not conclusive but rather a living document that will build on the law enforcement profession’s ability to police diverse and continually evolving communities with professionalism and sensitivity, in ways that promote mutual trust and collaboration.

For more information, please contact Jerry Needle at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 322.

IACP Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council TechnicalAssistance Program

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council (LEITSC) is pleased to offer technical assistance to law enforcement agencies across the United States. The LEITSC Technical Assistance Program will provide law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to work with the Standard Functional Specifications for Law Enforcement Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) Systems and the Standard Functional Specifications for Law Enforcement Records Management Systems (RMS). These tools provide significant guidance to agencies developing a request for proposal (RFP) for purchasing or upgrading CAD systems or RMSs.

LEITSC, created in 2002 with funding from the BJA, brings together a consortium of law enforcement organizations, including the IACP, the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to address law enforcement information technology (IT) standards issues. These organizations have partnered to develop standards for improving the application of information technology for law enforcement operations. Through these organizations, the U.S. law enforcement community is represented on IT standards issues. The results of this initiative will ultimately shape the integration of justice IT solutions meeting a wide range of needs, affecting the public safety community and the citizens they serve.

The Standard Functional Specifications for Law Enforcement CAD and RMS will provide significant guidance to agencies developing an RFP for purchasing or upgrading CAD systems or RMSs. Based on agency needs, these standard functional specifications can be used as a starting point to build a fully operative CAD system or RMS based on open standards to interface and share information with other systems internally and externally. These specifications depict the minimal amount of functionality a new law enforcement CAD system or RMS should contain and are not intended as a substitute for an RFP but to assist agencies of any size in developing an RFP.

The IJIS Institute (www.ijis.org) helped prepare both documents under the direction of LEITSC and the LEITSC Functional Standards Committee. Each of the LEITSC participating associations vetted the documents to ensure a common agreement for these standard functional specifications.

Embedded in the mission of LEITSC is the task of keeping the law enforcement community informed about prevailing IT standards. An agency requesting technical assistance should submit a Request for Technical Assistance Form and any supporting documentation. The LEITSC staff reviews requests and contacts applicants to discuss the scope of assistance and the specific objectives. From this review and discussion, LEITSC evaluates its ability to provide the assistance and assesses the level of effort required and resources available. Based on this assessment, LEITSC will either accept or decline the request. For declined requests, a written explanation of the factors that led to the decision is provided. When a request is accepted, LEITSC will contact the applying agency and begin to schedule assistance.

The LEITSC Technical Assistance Program is funded by a grant from the BJA, enabling LEITSC to provide assistance to justice agencies without charge. LEITSC does not provide funding to agencies or award subgrants to state or local agencies seeking funding for particular programs or technologies; however, it can direct you toward potential funding sources.

For more information, contact Heather Ruzbasan Cotter, LEITSC Project Manager, at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 275, or via e-mail at (ruzbasan@theiacp.org). Submit a Request for Technical Assistance Form and any supporting documentation today!

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From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 10, October 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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