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IACP Foundation: Providing No-Cost Tools and Training

By Ronald C. Ruecker, IACP President; Director of Public Safety, City of Sherwood, Oregon; and Vice Chair, IACP Foundation

he IACP Foundation is proud to support many programs that benefit the law enforcement community, but two of the most valuable services the foundation can provide are no-cost training and educational tools for agencies.

Departments across the globe consistently hear the cry for more training for officers, but in a world of competing priorities and restricted resources, law enforcement executives’ ability to answer to that mandate is frustratingly limited.

In response to this need, the foundation has addressed issues related to emergency vehicle operation and railway crossing collision investigation, crime prevention and community safety, and leadership training for smaller or underrepresented agencies—all at no cost.

Emergency Vehicle Operation

One of the most popular programs of the IACP Foundation is Michelle Norton’s Story. This CD-ROM tells the compelling narrative of a mother whose two sons were killed in the course of a law enforcement officer’s emergency response to a report of domestic violence. This victim impact statement is intended for use in a roll call or in-service situation and serves to reinforce the critical nature of emergency driving and the potentially profound consequences that officers’ actions might have every time they get behind the wheel.

The IACP Foundation originally distributed this video to every domestic IACP member agency and to each individual international member. This chronicle of the Norton family serves as a powerful motivator, and requests for the video continue almost daily.

Crime Prevention and Community Safety

In partnership with the foundation, the IACP’s Crime Prevention Committee developed a CD-ROM filled with a series of photographs depicting potential criminal threats to the average citizen. Each photograph bears a tagline that encourages viewers to see that scenario from a criminal’s perspective and, ideally, to change their behavior to avoid becoming victims of crime. (Examples are included on this page.)

These images can be reproduced as billboards, postcards, brochures, or stickers or in any number of other forms to enhance an agency’s outreach to the community and increase its public information and education efforts.

Rail Grade Crossing Collision Investigation

Among the most challenging crash situations for police agencies to investigate are those involving trains and automobiles, usually at rail crossings. The IACP’s Railroad Police Section and Operation Lifesaver, Inc., joined forces to create a 15-module training CD-ROM that speaks to this specialized area of investigation, which is often insufficiently addressed but greatly needed.

The CD-ROM, which contains material related to federal regulations, hazmat and legal considerations, and investigative techniques, works together with an online component that provides a certificate of completion when all modules are successfully accomplished.

Leadership Training

The IACP Foundation has been fortunate to partner with the IACP’s Center for Police Leadership and Target Corporation to bring the IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations curriculum to smaller agencies on a regional basis. The intensive three-week course has served agencies in New England and Minnesota and provides a unique approach to the theory of dispersed leadership in an organization, promoting an agency-wide concept where leadership is expected from every officer.

Finally, the foundation was able to provide training to over 100 Indian Country policing representatives through the delivery of five regional training symposia addressing the issues of leadership, grant writing and resource management, recruitment and retention, and acquisition of new technology.

Benefits to Members

All three CD-ROMs presented in this article are available currently through the foundation at no charge, and training opportunities provided by the foundation are cyclical and based on both need and the availability of funding.

The support of both the foundation’s corporate partners and IACP members is critical to the future success of all of these efforts, and every contribution truly does make a difference in the advancement of professional policing.

For additional information or to order CD-ROMs, please contact foundation director Patricia Casstevens. ?

The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 6, June 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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