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IACPtv to Be Launched at Denver Conference

In a July announcement to the members, IACP president Russell Laine announced a new venture to raise the visibility of the hard work of our members and to provide an opportunity to learn about law enforcement executives and their communities making a difference.

This new venture has two features: Thought Leadership and Conference News. Thought Leadership is a five-minute film segment highlighting a community’s best practices and features a case study of the community. Conference News is a daily program that will be broadcast at the 116th Annual IACP Conference in Denver this October.

These two news programs will be shown throughout the Colorado Convention Center, in hotel rooms on a dedicated IACPtv channel, and online through the IACP’s own WebTV channel. IACPtv will bring to life key issues behind the conference, including daily behind-the-scenes interviews, coverage of conference events, and reactions to the day from attending delegates and will feature the departments participating in the Thought Leadership segment.

Each day, the Thought Leadership feature segments will showcase police work from around the world. These segments are filmed in advance to showcase some of the best practices from across the IACP membership and enable us to go “on location” from Denver.

The IACP’s contracted partner in this venture, WebsEdge, will be reaching out to several of our members seeking proposals for these feature segments. However, the association seeks to leave no one out of this solicitation. If a department has completed a best practice project and would like for its community to be included in the Thought Leadership segments, please contact Mark Rose at WebsEdge via e-mail at

There are a limited number of spots available, and IACP is seeking representation from a diverse range of members. There are a number of topics to highlight, including great examples of the following:

  • Partnering in your communities

  • Working effectively with other agencies

  • Innovative problem solving

  • Initiatives to improve quality of life and reduce violence, homelessness, and gang activity

  • Achieving economic recovery through community and government collaboration

  • Victim support

  • Crime control initiatives

  • Using technology to improve services

Topics are not limited to those listed; suggestions for feature segment topics are welcomed. If a department is excelling in an area that should be considered for this opportunity, please submit a description to Mark Rose at WebsEdge by e-mail. In the e-mail, briefly describe the particular case study or best practice topic and outline the work accomplished.

Selected departments will be notified, and the IACPtv producers will begin work with individual members to arrange contractual and production details. If a department participates in the Thought Leadership segment, there will be production expenses to the department for developing that segment. The costs cover travel to the location, the camera crew, a reporter, film editing, and production.

While there is a cost to produce the five-minute feature segment, the venture has been successful with the International City/County Management Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International.

The IACPtv producer will work with the agencies to be featured and determine the key messages of the five-minute feature as well as the agency’s own goals for the use of the film. The film will belong to the agency for its own training and education purposes, community outreach, recruitment, partnerships, or any other requirement. The film will be supplied to the agency on reproducible DVDs and as streaming video that can be uploaded to the agency or community Web site.

The daily IACPtv news programs in which the local segments are included will be broadcast in the following ways at the 116th Annual IACP Conference in Denver:

  • On a continuous loop in IACP partner hotels in Denver on a dedicated television channel in delegate hotel rooms

  • On flat-panel screens around the Colorado Convention Center

  • On IACPtv DVDs given to members and vendors after the show

  • Online on the IACP’s WebTV channel

The programming will be supported by an IACPtv newsletter and program guide, in which all featured members will have a written description.

To get an idea of the quality and style of programming that is being produced and to see a sample WebTV channel similar to the one being developed for IACPtv, please visit, which offers programming from the International City/County Management Association, also produced by our partner in this venture, WebsEdge.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Charles Higginbotham at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 217, or via e-mail at

Being Released at the 2009 Annual IACP Conference

Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims: Training Supplemental

For over a decade, the IACP and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, have collaborated to promote crime victim rights and facilitate law enforcement’s ability to effectively address victim needs. Key milestones of this collaboration include the 1999 National Policy Summit on Victims of Crime and the Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims: Strategy Package. The summit was the first multidisciplinary dialogue between criminal justice professionals and community stakeholders to identify and address the unmet needs of victims. The Strategy Package, published in 2008, consists of three interconnected volumes: the Strategy, the Implementation Guide, and the Resource Toolkit. See

The Strategy identified training as an essential component for creating sustainable enhancements to law enforcement’s response to victims. Subsequently, Training Supplemental, the fourth volume of the package, was developed and will be released at the 116th Annual IACP Conference in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of this newest publication is to present law enforcement agencies with training content that can be customized to provide all levels of personnel, from recruit to executive, with specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to better respond to victims of crime. It adopts the approach that such training should be integrated into all basic and advanced law enforcement curricula as opposed to being offered as a specialized or a stand-alone course.

Several demos of the Training Supplemental, an exclusively electronic document, will be held at the IACP Programs and Services booth in Denver. Law enforcement training experts who contributed to the development of the Supplemental will overview the material, discuss how to customize it to the needs of any law enforcement agency, and provide tips for successful implementation.

Law Enforcement Exploring Alumni Association Being Launched This Year

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Exploring. It’s fitting to celebrate this 60th Anniversary by launching a nationwide search for former explorers; the search will result in the development of an Exploring Alumni Association (EAA). To this end, all former explorers are invited to visit and join EAA.

Exploring is a coeducational program for high school-aged students. Law Enforcement Exploring is the most popular of the 12 career clusters in Exploring. Please take a moment to visit and join EAA at

For more information contact the national director of Law Enforcement Exploring, Bill Taylor, by mail at 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, Texas 75038; by telephone at 972-580-2241; or by e-mail at">

Career Fair for Recruiting Employees at the 2010 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference

The career fair coordinated by the IACP at the biennial National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference provides an excellent opportunity to recruit employees from across the United States who have already expressed an interest in the law enforcement profession. The three-day career fair will reach more than 3,500 Explorers and 500–600 police officers. Attending the fair is a cost-effective way to reach qualified candidates for employment.

The 2010 career fair will be held July 19–21, 2010, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, as a part of the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference.

Agencies interested in reaching potential candidates for employment at the conference should contact Erin Vermilye at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 230, or via e-mail at

For more information about law enforcement exploring visit:

Law Enforcement Line-of-Duty Deaths Rose 20 Percent during First Half of 2009

After reaching a nearly 50-year low in 2008, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty jumped 20 percent during the first six months of 2009. Still, officer fatalities in the United States remain low when compared with midyear totals in recent history, according to a new report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Preliminary statistics compiled by the NLEOMF indicate that 66 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty between January 1 and June 30, 2009, compared with 55 officer deaths during the first six months of 2008. A total of 133 officers died in the line of duty in all of 2008, the lowest annual total since 1960.

Even with this year’s increase, the preliminary 2009 figure was the second lowest midyear total since 1965, when there were also 55 fatalities. The 2009 total was 13 percent lower than the average midyear fatality count over the previous 10 years, which was 76.

The number of officers shot and killed rose slightly this year, from 20 in the first half of 2008 to 22 in the first six months of 2009. This year’s figure includes nine officers who were gunned down in three separate incidents that occurred within a five-week period this spring. Four Oakland, California, police officers were killed March 21; three officers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were fatally shot April 4; and two deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida, were gunned down April 25.

Other findings from the report include the following:

The number of officers killed in traffic-related incidents increased 17 percent during the first six months of 2009, from 30 to 35. Traffic-related incidents—automobile and motorcycle crashes and instances in which officers are struck while outside their police vehicles—remain the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers in the United States, a trend that began 12 years ago. At least five traffic-related deaths this year have involved drunk drivers.

Eight officers succumbed to job-related physical ailments during the first half of 2009, double the number during the first six months of 2008. In addition, one officer died in a helicopter crash this year.

All 66 officers killed during the first half of 2009 were men. By contrast, nearly 10 percent of the officers killed in all of 2008 were women, the highest percentage in history.

The statistics released by the NLEOMF and C.O.P.S. are preliminary and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for 2009. The report, “Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: Mid-Year 2009 Report,” is available at ■



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 8, August 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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