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IACP Division of State and Provincial Police Holds Annual Meeting

By Carolyn Cockroft, Grant Technical Management Specialist, Division of State and Provincial Police, IACP

he IACP Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P) held its 2008 annual conference on November 7–8 at the Omni San Diego Hotel in conjunction with the 115th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition, which convened in San Diego.

Colonel Joseph (Rick) Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and S&P Division general chair, officially welcomed attendees during the conference opening ceremonies on November 8.

General Chair’s Remarks

In his report to the membership, Colonel Fuentes addressed the IACP’s prospects for the incoming U.S. presidential administration; the challenges of an unsettled economy; and how a reduction in the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG) has affected the abilities of law enforcement agencies to prevent and control crime. Colonel Fuentes said that the IACP’s challenge is to select law enforcement priorities, advocate for them strongly, and provide transition papers for President Obama’s administration.

In his closing remarks, Colonel Fuentes described the privilege and honor of serving as S&P Division general chair as “a labor of love and development of good professional relationships and lifelong friends.” He also expressed confidence in Colonel Mark Dunaski, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol and incoming S&P general chair, and his vision for setting a future path for the S&P Division.

Division Business

The S&P Division has the responsibility of organizing, directing, coordinating, and promoting IACP programs relating to the needs of state and provincial police agencies. The division is a membership organization comprising 49 state law enforcement agencies, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Ontario and Quebec provincial police agencies. S&P Division business is conducted during its annual conference, with committees meeting and reporting to the membership on their findings.

Nomination and Election of 2009 Officers: On behalf of the Nominations Committee, Colonel Fuentes presented the slate for 2009 S&P Division officers: Colonel Dunaski, general chair; Colonel Bryan J. Tuma, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, first vice chair; Colonel Frank E. Pawlowski, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, second vice chair; and Colonel Deborah J. Campbell, New York State Police, secretary-treasurer. The nominees were approved by voice vote and were sworn into office at the conclusion of the meeting (see figure 1).

Figure 1. Colonel Rick Fuentes (right), outgoing S&P general chair, swears in newly elected
S&P Division officers at the annual business meeting in San Diego. Left to right:
Colonel Deborah J. Campbell, secretary-treasurer; Colonel Frank E. Pawlowski,
second vice chair; Colonel Bryan J. Tuma, first vice chair; and
Colonel Mark Dunaski, incoming general chair.
Photo by Convention Photo by Joe Orlando

S&P Section Reports: In addition to the committees, three sections within the S&P Division reported to the membership. The State and Provincial Police Planning Officers Section facilitates the exchange of planning information and experiences among its member agencies. The State and Provincial Police Academy Directors Section creates and sponsors activities that advance the principles and competence of professional law enforcement instructors. The State and Provincial Police Retired Officers Section provides a ready source of knowledge and experience to members in advisory and assessment capacities.

New Strategic Plan Draft: In a presentation titled “Charting the Division’s Direction,” Colonel Dunaski shared the process of drafting the division’s new strategic plan. The S&P Division Executive Committee narrowed a list of priorities submitted by members to five goals: (1) to promote and increase public safety; (2) to provide for transparent movement of technology-related information between member agencies; (3) to increase public trust by advancing the professionalism of member agencies; (4) to assist agencies with recruitment and retention of diverse employees; and (5) to have all eligible agencies recognize the value of S&P Division membership. This draft is a living document, and feedback from members is requested.

Roundtable Discussions: Division members engaged in roundtable discussions to share new techniques, problems, and solutions addressing such concerns as technology, immigration, highway fatalities, and speed enforcement. Other presentations featured a representative from the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center, the IACP Center for Police Leadership, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Figure 2. Ronald C. Ruecker (left), 2007–2008 IACP
president and former S&P general chair, and Colonel
Dunaski (right) present Colonel Fuentes (center) with a
plaque of appreciation for his service to the S&P Division.
Photo by Convention Photo by Joe Orlando

Annual Reception and Banquet

The S&P Division’s Annual Reception and Banquet was held the evening of November 8. Ronald C. Ruecker, 2007–2008 IACP president and the featured speaker, expressed his close connection with the S&P Division, tracing his 31 years with the Oregon State Police and his term as S&P Division general chair. He stressed that the IACP made a concerted effort to reach out to the U.S. presidential campaigns in 2008, raising awareness of the association and the issues it is facing (see figure 2). ■



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 2, February 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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