IACP President Russell Laine Receives Illinois State Bar Association 2009 Law Enforcement Award
IACP president Russell B. Laine, chief of police in Algonquin, Illinois, and a licensed attorney, has been recognized by the Illinois State Bar Association for his outstanding service, which brings honor and respect to the criminal justice system. Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County state’s attorney, nominated Laine for this award in acknowledgment of his many accomplishments and tireless efforts to promote a positive working relationship between the law enforcement and legal professions. Laine has previously served as president of the McHenry County Chiefs of Police Association as well as the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. The Illinois State Bar Association Law Enforcement Award is presented to Chief Laine as recognition that the law enforcement community and legal profession share the ultimate goal of serving the public and ensuring justice through fair and impartial enforcement of the law.
Election for IACP Office
The IACP Web site has a new feature covering IACP elections. The materials and information provided with this feature are intended to provide IACP members who are interested in running for elected office with an overview of the various rules, regulations, and deadlines of the IACP election process.
There are eight elected positions on the IACP Board of Officers: president (one-year term); first vice president (one-year term); second vice president (one-year term); third vice president (one-year term); fourth vice president (one-year term); two vice presidents at large (both three-year terms); and vice president–treasurer (three-year term).
Elections are held each year at the annual IACP conference. The conduct of IACP elections is governed by the IACP Constitution and Rules and is overseen by the IACP Elections Commission. Four sections of the constitution and rules address elections directly:
- Article IV (Officers), Section 4: Eligibility sets forth the eligibility requirements for members of the board of officers and candidates for positions on the IACP board.
- Article IV (Officers), Section 8: Elections establishes the authority of the Election Commission to determine candidate eligibility and enforce election rules; sets forth the method of voting (paper or electronic ballot) to be used in IACP elections and the means of determining the winning candidate; and establishes the filing deadline for a candidate’s “declaration of candidacy.”
- Article VII (Annual Conference), Section 2: Election of Officers/Constitutional Amendments establishes that voting in IACP elections must take place at the annual conference. This section also directs that election activities will be conducted in accordance with requirements set forth in the constitution and rules of the association.
- Rule 1 (Association Governance), Part VII: Election Procedures provides a comprehensive list of the regulations, requirements, and procedures associated with both running for IACP office and the conduct of IACP elections. These include filing for office, contribution and expenditure limits, filing of financial statements, filling of candidate vacancies, conduct of elections, voting procedures, voting hours, voting locations, runoff elections, poll watchers, and campaign speeches. This section also covers campaign practices, which include time and location restrictions on the display or the placement of campaign material, booth selection, materials to be provided to candidates, and sanctions for campaign violations.
The provisions of Article IV, Section 4; Article IV, Section 8; and Article VII, Section 2 may be modified only through an amendment approved by two-thirds of the membership present and voting at an annual IACP conference. Rule 1, Part VII may be modified by the IACP Executive Committee.
The full text of each of these four sections is provided in a document, IACP Election Rules, on the elections page of the IACP Web site. In addition, a copy of the Candidate Filing Form, the Campaign Manager Designation Form, and financial reporting forms are available through this page.
For further information, readers can visit the IACP Web site at www.theiacp.org,
click on “About,” and then click on “IACP Elections.”
Peace Officer Certification Information System
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a billion dollars has been made available for the hiring and rehiring of state, tribal, and local career law enforcement and civilian public safety personnel. The traditional 25 percent local match and the $75,000 cap per office have been waived. Considering the economic posture of many communities, this job creation is coming at an important time.
An age-old problem during quick hiring processes has been the unsuspected hiring of decertified officers. To offset this problem, the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) has established the Peace Officer Certification Information System (POCIS) to reduce the interstate rehiring of law enforcement officers decertified for misconduct by U.S. peace officer standards and training (POST) boards and commissions. This system provides general information regarding state policies and guidelines as well as access to the searchable National Decertification Index (NDI) by approved law enforcement hiring entities.
The system allows for direct query of the database by any U.S. law enforcement agency, subject to the approval of the state POST agency with jurisdiction. The NDI currently maintains 10,617 records of decertification by 27 participating states. Pointer records contained in the NDI are provided by participating state government agencies and should be verified by the contributing authority. Inclusion in the database does not necessarily preclude any individual from appointment as an officer.
Additional resources on this site include a state-by-state summary of certification and revocation policy and topical articles. To receive an NDI query account or additional information, readers can contact their state POST.
This project is supported by a grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, part of the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice.
More information on the National Decertification Index can be found at the POCIS Web site at www.pocis.net. For additional information, readers can also contact Raymond A. Franklin, director of both POCIS and the NDI, via e-mail at email@example.com.
DHS Approves Eight Laboratories to Test Radios for Standards Compliance
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility has formally approved eight laboratories as part of the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP), which will provide more than 60,000 U.S. emergency response agencies with a consistent and traceable method to gather P25 compliance information on the products they buy.
Managed in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Office of Law Enforcement Standards and a coalition of emergency responders and communications equipment manufacturers, the P25 CAP establishes an independent compliance assessment process to ensure communications equipment interoperates, conforms to P25 standards, and meets performance requirements. P25 standards allow radios to interoperate regardless of manufacturer, thereby enabling emergency responders to communicate as necessary.
“Recognized labs are essential to the success of the P25 CAP program,” said Dr. David Boyd, director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Division within the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. “Until now, emergency response agencies have purchased and used equipment developed by disparate manufacturers. Often operating on different spectra, this equipment prevented interoperable communications when responding to critical incidents. P25 CAP will, for the first time, allow the emergency response community to be confident that the equipment they purchase is, in fact, interoperable.”
Recognized labs include the following:
- Compliance Testing, LLC, dba Flom Test Lab; Chandler, Arizona
- EF Johnson Technologies; Irving, Texas
- Motorola ASTRO System Integration and Test Laboratory; Schaumburg, Illinois
- Motorola GP25 HEC-PITEC Schaumburg; Schaumburg, Illinois
- Motorola P25 Performance CAI Subscriber Compliance Laboratory; Plantation, Florida
- Tait Electronics, Ltd., Teltest Laboratories; Christchurch, New Zealand
- TIMCO Engineering, Inc.; Newberry, Florida
- Tyco Electronics–Wireless Systems; Lynchburg, Virginia
The test laboratories demonstrated their competence through a rigorous and objective assessment process based on internationally accepted standards. Laboratory assessments began in December 2008 and continued through
Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor Software Available
After undertaking a computer forensic examination of computers and hardware seized from a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel camp by Colombian authorities in March 2008, INTERPOL determined that more resources had to be committed to first responder police units in handling electronic evidence. As part of INTERPOL’s Global Security Initiative (GSI) to address 21st-century security challenges and equip global police forces with cutting-edge tools, INTERPOL has signed an agreement with Microsoft.
Under this agreement, Microsoft will make available to INTERPOL’s 187 member countries its Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE) software tool to help law enforcement investigators in incident response investigations access live computer system data.
Since volatile data collection is a paramount concern in live incident response situations, investigators often need to create a record of existing system files and folders without compromising their evidentiary value. COFEE will assist police in INTERPOL’s member countries in gathering information that might otherwise be lost if the target system were shut down, by allowing investigators to configure and use a set of programs designed to gather content from a running system.
“Law enforcement organizations face an evolving and increasingly complex set of challenges in the information age,” said Linda K. Zecher, corporate vice president of the worldwide public sector at Microsoft. “It is essential that they are equipped with the right technologies to meet these challenges, and we are pleased to partner with INTERPOL to support that cause through free distribution of the COFEE tool to frontline investigators across the world.”
With law enforcement continually challenged in a more complex and interdependent world, INTERPOL is forging partnerships across the public and private sectors to enhance collective security. The organization’s concept of strategic global partnerships was formalized as a key part of INTERPOL’s platform for 21st-century law enforcement when it launched its Global Security Initiative in October 2008.
“The COFEE agreement and training programme will help establish a recognized international standard for digital forensics and cybercrime investigations and will therefore help law enforcement to develop internally the expertise which it requires in the long term,” said Professor Joe Carthy of the University College Dublin (UCD) Centre for Cyber Crime Investigations, which is partnering with INTERPOL to develop training programs to enable forensic experts to use COFEE. ■