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Technology Talk

International Association of Chiefs of Police Technology Center Update

Heather Ruzbasan Cotter, Senior Program Manager, Technology Center



he International Association of Chiefs of Police Technology Center provides law enforcement agencies the opportunity to learn about information sharing, technology standards development, and information systems. Since technology continues to change at a rapid pace and law enforcement agencies are increasingly adopting technology in their daily operations, the IACP Technology Center provides an array of services to assist law enforcement agencies with making informed decisions about the technology solutions they implement.


Law Enforcement Information Management Section

The IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section provides a forum for law enforcement executives and technology specialists to exchange information on initiatives and trends with a focus on information sharing and information management technologies. The IACP LEIM Section hosts a national annual conference as well as regional and international seminars and is currently developing a Privacy Impact Assessment on License Plate Reader systems. The next IACP LEIM conference is scheduled for May 24–27, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2009, the IACP LEIM Section accomplished the following goals:

  • Hosted a regional training on digital evidence in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Hosted technology workshops at the 26th IACP European Executive Policing Conference in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Hosted the 33rd Annual LEIM Section Annual Conference and Training Exposition in Dallas, Texas
  • Offered scholarships to law enforcement practitioners to attend the 33rd Annual LEIM Section Annual Conference and Training Exposition in Dallas, Texas
  • Funded the development of the Privacy Impact Assessment for License Plate Reader (LPR) systems
  • Donated $3,000 to the IACP Foundation


Policy and Operational Guide for Law Enforcement License Plate Reader Systems

With funding and support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, the IACP is working with law enforcement officials across the nation to develop a Policy and Operational Guide about LPR systems. This guide will highlight promising practices in law enforcement specific to LPR installations. The guide will be published in the second quarter of 2010.


Technology Technical Assistance Program

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Technology Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) promotes effective technology management by providing training, products, and resources to help law enforcement executives identify departmental needs and effectively select, implement, and evaluate technology.

In 2009, TTAP offered trainings on the acquisition process for RMS/CAD systems in the following jurisdictions:

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • San Francisco, California
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Salt Lake City, Utah


Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council (LEITSC) is comprised of representatives from four of the nation’s leading law enforcement associations, specifically, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. Together, members of these associations represent the law enforcement community on issues concerning the information technology standards.

In 2009, LEITSC published the Project Manager’s Guide to RMS/CAD System Software Acquisition.


Geographic Information Systems Initiative: Adding Value for Law Enforcement Agencies

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the IACP is providing technical assistance and programmatic support for a dynamic geographic information system (GIS) that assists law enforcement and other juvenile justice practitioners assess juvenile risk factors; juvenile crime; and resources for education, prevention, intervention, and enforcement efforts centered on youth.

In 2009, OJJDP and IACP announced the release of the Law Enforcement Juvenile Justice Programs and Services Directory Web site: www.leayouthservices.org.

IACP and OJJDP created this Web site to allow law enforcement agencies to list the programs and services they use to serve the youth in their communities. The Web site also provides law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the ability to search for programs and services in other agencies and to identify those programs and services they might like to replicate.


Identifying the Information Sharing and Technology Needs of State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement

With funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Science and Technology (S&T), IACP convened a series of advisory group meetings with leading law enforcement information-sharing practitioners representing state, local, and tribal agencies. The overarching objective of the project is to present a bottom-up perspective of information sharing that complements and advances the federal initiatives now being implemented. The project will underscore the nexus between homeland and hometown security.

In 2009, DHS and IACP convened three advisory group meetings and will be releasing a publication in the fourth quarter of this year that highlights the priorities and gaps in law enforcement technology.


Technology Clearinghouse

The IACP Technology Clearinghouse, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) maintains a comprehensive Web-based library of resources, providing executives and technologists with contemporary information on leading law enforcement information technology projects: www.iacptechnology.org.

With the continued evolution of law enforcement technology, the IACP is at the forefront of addressing critical policy issues on emerging technologies and providing our membership with the knowledge and information necessary to better serve their communities. The IACP Technology Center offers a variety of programs and services for its members to leverage and apply in their respective agencies. For more information about these programs, or about technology in general, please contact Heather Ruzbasan Cotter, Senior Program Manager, Technology Center at cotter@theiacp.org. ■


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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 10, October 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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