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2008 Editorial Calendar

Career Fair for Recruiting Police Officers
The career fair coordinated by the IACP at the biennial National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference provides an excellent opportunity to recruit employees from across the United States who have already expressed an interest in the law enforcement profession. The three-day career fair will reach more than 3,500 Explorers and 500–600 police officers. Attending the fair is a cost-effective way to reach qualified candidates for employment.

The 2008 career fair will be held July 21–23, 2008, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, as a part of the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference.

Agencies interested in reaching potential candidates for employment at the conference should contact Erin Vermilye at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 230, or via e-mail at vermilye@theiacp.org.

Model Policy on Registering and Tracking Sex Offenders
In November 2007, the IACP released a new model policy for use by the law enforcement community in registering and tracking sex offenders. This policy provides guidance for the registration, public notification, and address verification of sex offenders as well as guidance for personnel conducting community education practices.

Sex offenders can pose a significant risk to the community, and community fears may be fueled by confusing sex offender laws and a failure to understand law enforcement efforts to hold sex offenders accountable. Local police departments’ efforts are guided by federal and state laws regarding the registration, public notification, and verification of convicted sex offenders to enforce compliance and to prevent future victimization. Local law enforcement agencies are responsible for notifying communities about the presence of certain registered sex offenders, maintaining registration files, verifying compliance with registration laws, investigating violations of such laws as well as new offenses, and locating noncompliant or absconded offenders.

Since November 2005, the IACP has been working in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, to develop multiple resources for enhancing the law enforcement response to sex offenders. Current resources include the following publications:

  • Managing Sex Offenders: Citizens Supporting Law Enforcement

  • Sex Offenders in the Community: Enforcement and Prevention Strategies for Law Enforcement

  • Framing a Law Enforcement Response: Addressing Community Concerns About Sex Offenders

To obtain a copy of the model policy on registering and tracking sex offenders or any of the other publications named here, visit the IACP Web site at http://www.iacp.org/profassist/ReturningOffenders.htm or contact Christina Horst at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 830, or via e-mail at horstc@theiacp.org.

The Crime of Human Trafficking: Evaluating the Response
Survey analysis is an important aspect of any research initiative, and assessment can have a major impact once the results are disseminated. A year after the creation and release of the IACP’s training package titled The Crime of Human Trafficking, composed of a roll call video and educational guidebook, the Police Response to Violence against Women (PRVAW) project designed an in-depth, online survey to learn more about the demographics of those who requested and used the material as well as the training package’s strengths and areas for future work.

A link to the survey was sent via e-mail to 1,750 individuals who received the training package. Within six weeks, more than 200 people completed the online survey. Preliminary survey results indicate that the PRVAW project identified a needed product within the field and that the human trafficking training package has been positively received. A full 100 percent of respondents said they would recommend the training material to others.

Among the lessons learned from the survey respondents include the value of the pull-out, quick-reference pocket card found in the guidebook as a popular feature used by officers in the field. This is important feedback to take into account when considering whether to publish materials electronically or to print hard copies.

When asked what information could be expanded, survey respondents provided concrete steps for action and pertinent procedures for working with human trafficking victims. This information gives staff content direction for future work on this crime while providing hard data for grantor evaluation and planning.

Through survey analysis, the PRVAW project also identified the main users of this training material. From the survey it was learned that over 60 percent of those who requested the material come from local or state police departments, and close to 75 percent of the respondents used the materials to train others. With this knowledge, the IACP will know how to target and disseminate future training materials on human trafficking.

To review the IACP training package on human trafficking or to find the link to the corresponding survey, visit the IACP Web site at http://www.theiacp.org/research/VAWPoliceResponse.html or contact the PRVAW project staff at 1-800-THE-IACP.

IACP Membership
According to the November 2007 membership report, the IACP has a membership of 21,036 in 104 countries. Of these, 19,390 are residents of the United States and its possessions, while 1,646 are from other countries around the world.

Arrest-Related Deaths in the United States, 2003–2005
A new report available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, highlights the findings from the law enforcement collection of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP). The DCRP is the largest resource of information ever collected on arrest-related deaths.

The report provides counts of all arrest-related deaths reported by state authorities in over 40 states over a three-year period (2003–2005), by cause of death and characteristics of the deceased. It also includes all manners of death during an arrest, including homicides (both those by officers and other persons), suicides, alcohol or drug intoxication deaths, accidental injuries, and fatal medical problems. The report presents counts of deaths by cause for each state.

Appendix tables provide details on the circumstances surrounding arrest-related deaths, including the criminal offenses for which the arrest attempt was made; weapons use or other behavior by the arrest subject; and use of weapons and restraint devices by officers involved in the arrest. The report also presents comparative counts of law enforcement homicides from the DCRP and counts of justifiable homicides by police, as collected by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Reports program.

Significant data include the following:

  • Homicides by law enforcement officers made up 55 percent (1,095) of all deaths during arrests by state and local agencies. Eleven homicides were committed by other persons present at the scene.

  • Drug and alcohol intoxication accounted for 13 percent of all deaths, followed by suicides (12 percent), accidental injuries (7 percent), and illness or natural causes (6 percent).

  • Three-quarters of the law enforcement homicides reported to the DCRP involved arrests for a violent crime. Except for suicides (51 percent), violent offenders were involved in less than 30 percent of all other causes of death. Public-order offenders accounted for 8 percent of homicides, followed by property (4 percent) and drug offenders (2 percent).

The report is available on the Bureau of Justice Statistics Web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ardus05.pdf.

Intelligence Guide Available on CD-ROM
The Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies CD-ROM (NCJ 220567) is an electronic version of the 2004 print publication. The guide is targeted to managers, supervisors, and officers tasked with developing or reinvigorating their intelligence function. The CD-ROM also includes other related documents such as The National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan and Fusion Center Guidelines.

The CD-ROM is available at www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/ric/CDROMs/LEIntelGuide/index.htm.

Toolkit Features Community Policing Tips
A Chief’s Toolkit for Community Policing: Ten Tips for a Safer City (NCJ 220564, 5 pages) is a collection of COPS resources highlighting effective community policing practices. Featured are 10 categories including partnerships, school and campus safety, technology, victim support, and hiring in the spirit of service.

The toolkit is available at www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2011.

New Resource Examines Security at Major Events
Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement (NCJ 220565, 128 pages) offers examples of effective planning approaches used during events of regional and national importance. These events, which often include VIPs and political figures, are also potential targets for terrorists, criminals, and protesters. The guide covers pre-event planning, security needs during the event, and postevent activities.

The document is available at www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/ric/Publications/e07071299_web.pdf.

New Report: State Fusion Center Processes and Procedures: Best Practices and Recommendations
Fusion centers—state and regional intelligence centers that pool information from multiple jurisdictions—are the primary platforms for improving law enforcement intelligence-sharing capabilities.

In a new report, the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Policing Terrorism offers 12 recommendations for establishing new—or enhancing existing—fusion centers. These recommendations were based on a review of current literature; an assessment of existing fusion centers; and interviews with federal, state, and local leaders. Since resources available to state and local governments are constrained, the report attempts to provide recommendations that were deemed to be necessary but resource-neutral components of a well-functioning fusion center.

There are hundreds of recommendations regarding the establishment and management of fusion centers. However, many of these recommendations depend on resources and are focused on marginally refining current operations rather than developing a sound organizational foundation, resulting in enhanced center capabilities. State Fusion Center Processes and Procedures focuses on the strategic organizational issues that form the foundation of a successful fusion center. The 12 fusion center recommendations offered in this report are broken down into three areas: establishment of a new center, support, and operation.

State Fusion Center Processes and Procedures: Best Practices and Recommendations was written by John Rollins of the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and Timothy Connors, director of the Center for Policing Terrorism, Manhattan Institute, New York, New York.

The report is available on the Manhattan Institute Web site at www.manhattan-institute.org/html/ptr_02.htm. ■   

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From The Police Chief, vol. 75, no. 1, January 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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