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.
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.