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Two World Regional Chairs Visit IACP Headquarters
One week after the 110th Annual IACP Conference, IACP took the opportunity to host the chairs of two IACP World Regional Offices for the first time in its history, providing the same orientation program at IACP headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, used to introduce the newly elected IACP vice presidents to the headquarters and its staff. The briefings presented by individual IACP directorates were designed to give the chairs a better understanding of the services and products available from the headquarters staff as well as to establish the appropriate staff contact. General Athos Costa de Faria, secretary for public safety and security for the Federal District, Brasilia, Brazil, and char of the IACP World Regional Office for South America and three members of his staff were accompanied by the president of the Brazilian National Police Chiefs Association (ADEPOL) and the commander of the military police for the Federal District, Brasilia, Brazil. Commissioner Norman Moleboge, director of the Botswana National Police Service and chair of the IACP World Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa, was accompanied by a member of his staff.

The world regional chairs' meetings at IACP headquarters also included a meeting with the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; tours of the White House, the Washington field office of the U.S. Secret Service, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia; and a command briefing at the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The World Regional Offices were established in 1998 by IACP to support the efforts of its international regional concept, which has the following goals:

  • The promotion of programs, services, and activities of IACP in each geographical region served
  • Membership growth in each region
  • The organization and promotion of international executive policing conferences in each region
  • The promotion of articles for publication in the Police Chief
  • The promotion of internships, fellowships, international travel, and exchange programs
For more information on the IACP World Regional Offices and their chairs, visit the IACP Web site under

FOP, Department of Labor to Assist Families of Fallen Officers
Since 2001 approximately 500 officers have been killed in the line of duty. Each year an average of 150 families are left to cope with the loss of a loved one. In order to support their families, many surviving spouses need additional job skills and personalized attention to help them make this transition. The late National FOP President Steve Young worked with U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and the Department of Labor to develop a scholarship program to provide training and educational assistance to the spouses of fallen officers.

Through this scholarship program, the FOP, the Department of Labor, and the national network of over 1,800 One-Stop Career Centers will help these spouses regain their footing, access new job opportunities, and begin to rebuild their lives. To honor the dedication of Steve Young and his efforts to create this program, Secretary Chao announced that the scholarship program, formerly knows as the RISE Scholarship, would be renamed in his honor. The Steve Young Memorial Scholarship is a $2 million grant program that will supplement resources already available through the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education to the families of fallen officers. This supplemental financial assistance will be available to help spouses enter the workforce as well as help those looking to upgrade their skills or explore new career opportunities.

For additional information about the Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program, including application information and procedures, visit the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police website at Scholarship information will be updated regularly as new information arises. You can also contact Project Director Pam Schultz at the National Legislative Office at 202-547-8189 or by emailing

Annual IACP Conference Prizewinners Announced
During the 110th Annual IACP Conference in Philadelphia, two lucky delegates won $500 each day the exhibit hall was opened. In order to win this prize, the delegate had to visit four separate validation stations in the exhibit hall and drop the completed validation ticket in the drawing container at the IACP Programs and Services Booth. Two tickets were drawn at random on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 30 minutes before the hall closed.

The 2003 cash prizewinners are Gerald Rangel, Federal Protective Services, Department of Homeland Security, Fort Worth, Texas; John McGowan, East Norriton, Pennsylvania; James Weist, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Kevin Hummel, Burrie, Ontario, Canada; Robert Only, Delaware River Port Authority, Camden, New Jersey; Robert Metzger, Huron Township, New Boston, Michigan.

The purpose of the cash prize is to encourage members to participate fully in the law enforcement education and technology exposition during the annual conference.

2003 State Legislative Reports Available
The IACP prepares an annual state legislative report to provide members with a review of the major law enforcement-related legislative initiatives that were considered, or are currently under consideration, in each state. Although the IACP staff tracks all law enforcement-related legislation, this document provides information on only those legislative initiatives that were enacted or were the subject of significant legislative activity. The summaries of 33 state legislative sessions are available in PDF format at the IACP Web site,

For more information, call Jennifer Boyter, legislative analyst at IACP headquarters, 800-THE-IACP, extension 226, or send an e-mail message to her at

Check Those Legends
Regularly police departments are asked to participate in some type of charitable assistance and unknowingly facilitate an urban legend. Sheriff John Aubrey of Jefferson County, Kentucky, brought the latest legend circulating to IACP's attention. Sheriff Aubrey reports that his agency has received a chain letter several times in the past three years asking for business cards to be donated to help a young boy with cancer to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Although the request was valid at one time, it is no more. The young man did have cancer in 1989. By May 1991 he had collected 33 million cards. That year his tumor was successfully removed, and he is now a healthy young man. But the form letter is in continuous circulation.

IACP encourages departments to check out all requests, regardless of how inconsequential, before forwarding the request to other agencies. A good place to check urban legends is at

IACP Research Fellow Completes Tour of Duty
IACP Deputy Executive Director Eugene R. Cromartie presented Lieutenant Wes Mahr of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) with a certificate of appreciation for the completion of his 12-month IACP research fellowship. Lieutenant Mahr returns to USCP to take over management of the Dignitary Protection Unit. Officers from around the world at the rank of lieutenant or above compete annually to participate in the IACP Research Fellowship program, designed to improve leadership skills and groom officers for increased levels of responsibility when they return to their police agency. IACP's 2003-2004 research fellow is Lieutenant Hector Velez of the Prince Georges County Police Department in Maryland.♦


From The Police Chief, vol. 70, no. 12, December 2003. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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