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IACP and Bell Helicopter Excellence in Police Aviation Awards

Now in its fifth year, the Excellence in Police Aviation Awards recognize initiatives to enhance aviation safety, prevent accidents, or improve the efficiency and effectiveness of airborne law enforcement. Awards can be presented in the following categories: individual; small unit (three or fewer aircraft); and large unit (four or more aircraft). Special awards are also presented at the discretion of the committee. The following awards were presented at a luncheon during the ann ual IACP conference in New Orleans.
From left to right: Paul Pitts, Bell Helicopter; Captain Kurt Frisz, St. Louis County, Missouri, Police Department; and Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., chair, IACP Aviation Committee
Captain Kurt Frisz, St. Louis County, Missouri, Police Department
Individual Award

Facing the demise of his department’s aviation program due to fiscal constraints, Captain Frisz launched a successful effort to raise private donations to keep the program going. He also led an effort to achieve long-term viability by working to create a regional program with surrounding agencies.

From left to right: Paul Pitts, Bell Helicopter; Chief Pilot/Deputy Richard Bray, Alachua County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office; Captain Ed Van Winkle, Gainesville, Florida, Police Department; and Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., chair, IACP Aviation Committee
Gainesville, Florida, Police Department and Alacchua County, Florida, Sheriff's Office Joint Avaition Unit
Small Unit Award

These two agencies have operated a joint aviation program for over 10 years. It is a model for multiagency cooperation.


From left to right: Paul Pitts, Bell Helicopter; Sergeant William Woods, San Diego Police Department; and Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., chair, IACP Aviation Committee
San Diego Police Department, Air Support Unit
Large Unit Award

The San Diego Police Department has operated aircraft since 1988 and in the past eight years has responded to 65,000 calls for service and been responsible for 9,600 arrests. Furthermore, the department has conducted training for other agencies both nationally and internationally.


From left to right: Chief Timothy J. Swanson, Countryside, Illinois, Police Department; and Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., chair, IACP Aviation Committee

Chief Timothy J. Swanson, Countryside, Illinois, Police Department
Certificate of Achievement

Chief Swanson recognized the need for helicopter air support in the metropolitan Chicago area and secured the donation of both a helicopter and private funding for this successful program.


From left to right: Paul Pitts, Bell Helicopter; William Brown, special agent in charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Aviation; David Tollett, Virginia State Police, and director of the Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP (retired); and Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., chair, IACP Aviation Committee
David Tollett, Virginia State Police, and Director of the Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP (Retired)
Special Recognition

Before joining the IACP staff, Tollett, a helicopter pilot, served with the Virginia State Police, where he commanded their aviation program. At the IACP, he served as director of the State and Provincial Police Division and as liaison to the Aviation Committee since its inception in the 1990s. For his dedication to the airborne law enforcement profession, he was presented with this award.

For more information, contact committee chair Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., Director, City of Holly Hill Public Safety, 1065 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, Florida 32117; or by phone at 386-248-9492.

IACP Issues Red Light Camera Systems Specifications

The use of red light camera systems in traffic safety and enforcement has been increasing over the years. Considering the increased interest in these systems, the Enforcement Technologies Advisory Technical Subcommittee of the IACP Highway Safety Committee has developed performance specifications for red light camera systems to assist law enforcement administrators in determining the accuracy and reliability of the systems they are considering purchasing. These performance specifications and testing protocols are intended to increase the confidence of law enforcement administrators, the public, and the courts in the accuracy and reliability of red light camera systems.

This new technical document, Red Light Camera Systems Minimum Performance Specifications, defines minimum performance requirements and verification procedures to establish a baseline for acceptable red light camera systems. Systems identified in the IACP conforming product list have been determined by testing to comply with the specifications that provide the high quality of service necessary.

Equipment buyers should use these performance specifications as a model to develop purchasing criteria. It is recommended that these specifications be incorporated into procurement documents requiring that devices offered for purchase meet, at a minimum, these specifications.

Manufacturers who want their red light camera systems to be included on the IACP conforming product list are required to produce a system that meets or exceeds these performance specifications.

Because this document is designed as a development and procurement aid, it is necessarily highly technical. Performance specifications are subjected to continual review. Technical comments and recommended revisions are welcome. Please send suggestions to the Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Before citing these performance specifications, or any part of them, users should verify that they are using the most recent edition of this document.

A copy of Red Light Camera Systems Minimum Performance Specifications is available on the IACP Web site at www.theiacp.org or by contacting Clarence Bell at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 215, or via e-mail at bellc@theiacp.org.

Big Ideas for Smaller Police Departments

The Winter 2008 edition of the Big Ideas for Smaller Police Departments newsletter is now available on the IACP Web site (www.theiacp.org). The new, online format for the newsletter provides a wide variety of information and resources to readers. As in past issues, the main feature article addresses a law enforcement topic pertinent to smaller agencies. This edition focuses on leading practices in intelligence-led policing.

Additional topics, covered in columns, include mentoring, training, innovationsfrom the field, and leadership development resources. Resources and contacts mentioned in the articles can now easily be accessed through hyperlinks when using the online version.

Earlier issues of Big Ideas for Smaller Police Departments included topics such as the following:

  • Security escorts for local business

  • Transformation leadership

  • Maneuvering successfully in the political environment

  • Intergroup conflict management

  • Residential speeding

Newsletter subscribers receive a quarterly e-mail notification with a link to the new issue. The newsletter can be printed if a hard copy is desired or shared electronically with colleagues and friends.

Subscriptions to Big Ideas are free. The newsletter is found on the IACP Web site at www.theiacp.org. For more information, please contact Elaine Deck at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 843, or via e-mail at decke@theiacp.org.

Crime Prevention Presentations

Crime Prevention Presentations, volume 3, is a collection of PowerPoint presentations on CD-ROM. Loaded with six timely topics, trainer notes, and accompanying handouts, the CD-ROM was developed by the National Crime Prevention Council through the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. This package is for use by crime prevention practitioners who bring their experience and expertise to each topic. The presentations included in volume 3 are as follows:

  • Crime Prevention Basics

  • Engaging the Power of Prevention: 10 Action Principles Online Predators

  • Preventing Violence in the Workplace

  • Prisoner Reentry: Coming to a Community near You

  • The Technology Age: Tips to Keep Your Information Safe and Secure

Each presentation is intended to educate, increase awareness, and teach prevention strategies. Each topic can be covered in 60 to 90 minutes, and trainers are encouraged to use the presentations as an interactive visual aid.

Single copies are free; however, shipping fees will apply. From the United States, orders can be placed by calling 1-800-627-2911. From outside the United States, call 518-843-8161. For more information, visit www.mcgruffstore.org.

Free Service to Safeguard Online Activities

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has announced the launch of McGruff SafeGuard, a free service for parents to monitor and safeguard their children’s online activities. Police departments will want to mention this service during their community presentations on Internet crime prevention.

Parents using the service have detected and prevented Internet predators, sexual assault, teen drug abuse, crime, and suicide. The service, tested in more than 19,000 homes since 2005, is part of an NCPC partnership with ParentsOn-Patrol, a Miami-based company that develops advanced parental control technology. The service allows parents to conveniently review their kids’ activities using a secure Web site or to be notified of potentially dangerous situations via cell phone and e-mail alerts.

“The National Crime Prevention Council is dedicated to protecting children and youth,” said NCPC president and CEO Alfonso E. Lenhardt. “Every family should be safe online, and that is why we are offering a free version of McGruff SafeGuard to help them stay that way.”

If a parent discovers an Internet predator, McGruff SafeGuard reports the suspected predator to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. At the same time, the software blocks that alleged predator from communicating with the child again or with any children protected by the McGruff Safe-Guard service. In addition, if the suspected predator is detected on MySpace, the service alerts MySpace’s Policy Enforcement Team so they can take immediate action.

McGruff SafeGuard can be downloaded for free at www.gomcgruff.com.■


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From The Police Chief, vol. 75, no. 2, February 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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