Halloween Safety Hotline
The IACP and the National Confectioners Association joined forces in 1982 to establish the Halloween Candy Hotline to assist law enforcement officials and poison control centers across the United States in the event of suspected candy tampering. The Halloween Candy Hotline offers technical assistance and expertise in determining whether an incident is simply a result of manufacture and/or shipment or is indicative of a greater problem.
The hotline was started because of numerous-complaints of razor blades, glass, and other harmful items placed in Halloween candy. After a very intensive and continuous educational effort, reports of tampering incidents have declined. Maintenance of this success is important, and the hotline has established a Web presence (http://www.candyusa.org/hotline2008/) where law enforcement officials and poison control centers can access this information easily. The telephone hotline will still exist during Halloween.
Hotline operators will put callers in touch with experts for the confectionery item in question. The manufacturer’s experts will help determine whether a suspected piece of candy is a concern to be further investigated or a common and harmless result of the shipping or the manufacturing process. For example, a “white powder” could be starch from a candy filling, or “glass” might simply be crystallized sugar.
The hotline Web page for law enforcement officials and poison control centers is available during the Halloween season. Please keep in mind that the Web page and the hotline are not for the general public. To contact a Halloween Candy Hotline operator during the Halloween season, readers can call 1-800-433-1200; for frequently asked questions, safety recommendations, and other useful information to print out and to help create awareness for the hotline, they can visit http://www.candyusa.org/hotline2008/.
New IACP Police Foundation Section
The IACP Executive Committee has approved the formation of the new Police Foundation Section. This section was formed to promote networking and the exchange of ideas and best practices among police executives and police foundation executives.
The Police Foundation Section will hold its first official meeting at the 115th Annual IACP Conference on Sunday, November 9, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. In addition, the section has organized an educational program for its members and other interested conference attendees on Monday and Tuesday. Presentations include Police Foundation Governance and Ethics; Successful Fundraising in Police Foundations; Police Foundation CEO Session; Police Foundation Open Forum; and Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations for Police Foundations.
New IACP Capitol Police Section
A new section for law enforcement agencies that serve and protect state and national capitol buildings has been approved by the IACP Executive Committee.
The mission of the Capitol Police Section is to allow its members to develop and promote professional relationships among its members and the IACP as well as to increase the efficiency and capabilities of each law enforcement agency that provides service to state and national capitols. This mission is accomplished by providing educational training, promoting effective leadership, sharing information, and mentoring future capitol police leaders.
Section membership is open to individuals who are now or have been engaged in or responsible for providing police services at a national or state/province-level statehouse or capitol building. Section members will promote and develop beneficial relationships with the private sector and the individual communities in which these capitol buildings are located.
The Capitol Police Section will hold its first official meeting at the 115th Annual IACP Conference, Sunday, November 9, 2008, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The San Diego meeting agenda is to set the section’s mission, values, goals, and projects for the coming years. The first meeting will include subject matter experts and leadership from other sections.
In authorizing the section, the governing body noted that capitol police agencies share the common missions, values, and goals of protecting critical infrastructures and facilities that allow state and national governments to function without obstruction. These facilities represent government and authority, which makes them a focal point for many demonstrations and rallies. Capitol police are also responsible for the protection of the citizens, employees, and elected officials that work at or visit these sites. These sites are the main offices for many of the highest elected officials for each state and country. Being responsible for the security of these government facilities can be challenging. Getting necessary security measures approved and implemented is a process that can be hindered by the political environment in which capitol police operate.
It is up to each police department’s leadership to maneuver successfully through political issues and provide the safest environment possible to those that use the facilities they protect. Political issues must be navigated with diplomacy to ensure police and security services, which are critical in a time that presents ever-changing threats.
The uniqueness of capitol police means that the leadership and staff of these law enforcement agencies need to network with each other and to share best practices relating to technology, policy and procedures, equipment/resources, funding/grants, political issues, business partnerships, security measures, and dignitary protection. This sharing of information affords each agency the best opportunity to provide better and proven security measures for protecting their capitol buildings and complexes.
For more information, readers can contact section chair Chief Dan Blackdeer, Wisconsin Capitol Police, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or IACP staff liaison Dianne Beer-Maxwell at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 844, or via
e-mail at email@example.com.
New Juvenile Justice Resources
The IACP Juvenile Justice Training and Technical Assistance Project presents a new promising practice brief titled “Partnering to Ensure School Safety.” Promising practice briefs are a series of articles that provide information and examples of programs and practices successfully implemented to address pertinent juvenile justice issues. This brief describes two programs that focus on primary and secondary law enforcement–school partnerships. The brief is available for viewing and downloading from the IACP Web site.
Also through the Juvenile Justice Training and Technical Assistance Project, the IACP provides training to law enforcement agencies and allied stakeholders on pertinent juvenile justice issues. Over the past eight years, the IACP has developed and conducted training designed to address the particular substantive needs and issues of the host agencies. The Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP) is a comprehensive curriculum that can be used to bring together law enforcement agencies, schools, juvenile corrections, and community partners to use all available resources to enable youth to become productive citizens. This curriculum can be viewed or downloaded from the IACP’s juvenile justice Web page. The curriculum includes a facilitator’s guide with background information and guidance for trainers; PowerPoint slides that can be used to facilitate training; and a participant manual, which contains training materials and resources.
All of the material is available on the IACP training Web page under “grant funded/low cost IACP training opportunities.” Printed copies can be requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-800-THE–IACP, extension 831.
Adam Walsh Child Protection Act, Title I Final Guidelines Released
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the release of the final national guidelines for sex offender registration and notification. The final guidelines for Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), were published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2008. To read the final guidelines and for additional information, please visit the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/guidelines.htm. IACP members can contact the SMART Office at 202-514-4689.
The SMART Office, which operates within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, was authorized in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing states with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act and providing technical assistance to states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments, and public and private organizations. The SMART Office will also track important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administer grant programs related to the registration, notification, tracking, and monitoring of sex offenders.
For IACP resources on sex offender management, readers can visit http://www.theiacp.org/profassist/ReturningOffenders.htm.
National Law Enforcement Museum Receives Final Approval
In a unanimous vote, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved final site and building plans for the three-story, mostly underground National Law Enforcement Museum, which will be located on the 400 block of E Street NW, in the District of Columbia’s historic Judiciary Square. The site is adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, dedicated in 1991 as a tribute to officers killed in the line of duty.
The commission’s action is another step forward—a critically important one—in creating a museum dedicated to the law enforcement profession. The NCPC is the federal government’s central planning agency for federal land and buildings in the national capital region, which includes the District of Columbia and the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia.
Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 95,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will provide visitors with a comprehensive and compelling look at the law enforcement profession in the United States. The museum will feature high-tech, interactive exhibitions; interesting historical and contemporary artifacts; a research center; and extensive educational programming.
The museum was designed by Davis Buckley Architects and Planners of Washington, D.C., the firm that also designed the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The memorial now contains the names of 18,274 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The museum’s exhibitions, which include four permanent galleries and one changing exhibitions gallery, are being designed by Christopher Chadbourne and Associates of Boston, whose work includes the Mount Vernon Museum and Education Center as well as the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The National Law Enforcement Museum has launched an $80 million capital campaign; approximately $36 million has been raised to date from law enforcement organizations, corporations, foundations, and individuals from across the United States. Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush serve as the national honorary cochairs of the museum campaign, which is called “A Matter of Honor.” For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, including a virtual tour, readers can visit www.lawenforcementmuseum.org. ■