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January 2010

Robert Lee Suthard Former IACP Vice President Dies

Superintendent Robert Lee Suthard, who led the Virginia State Police from October 1984 to January 1990 and then served as Virginia’s secretary of public safety, died of heart problems at his Midlothian home Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at age 78. Suthard was an IACP vice president from December 1987–January 1992, stepping down from office upon his retirement from active law enforcement.

A veteran of the Korean War, Suthard joined the state police in 1954. In 1986, under his leadership the Virginia State Police became the second state police organization to be accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

In 1990, Suthard became Virginia’s secretary of Transportation and Public Safety, serving under then-Governor L. Douglas Wilder. As Secretary of Transportation, he oversaw 11 state agencies with 15,000 employees and a biennial budget of more than $1 billion.

His secretariat, later devoted only to safety, included the state’s Department of Corrections, the state police, the Department of Emergency Services, the Department of Fire Programs, the National Guard, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

When he stepped down in 1992, he established the liaison, consulting, and lobbying firm Suthard Associates Incorporated and ran it until 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lucile Floyd Hill Suthard; a son, Robert L. Suthard Jr. of Chester, Virginia; a sister, Mary Sue Smith of Barnesville, Georgia; and two grandchildren.

Upcoming IACP Events

Readers should regularly visit the IACP Web site and review the calendar of events for upcoming conferences and meetings. Following is a quick review of IACP activities.

Annual Conference Hotel Lottery Tour: For organized groups that take 10 or more hotel rooms at the annual IACP conference, a tour of official conference hotels is organized and then a lottery drawing for assigning the hotel of choice to the groups is held a few weeks following the tour.

The lottery tour is Tuesday, February 2, and Wednesday, February 3, in Orlando, Florida. For more information, contact Joan Randall at the IACP,; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 218.

Conference Committee Midyear Meeting: The three subcommittees—exhibitors, housing, and host chiefs—meet in the morning, and the conference committee meets in the afternoon to consider the subcommittees’ recommendations. This year’s meeting is Thursday, February 4, in Orlando, Florida. For more information, contact Joan Randall at the IACP,; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 218.

Hotel Lottery Drawing: After the hotel lottery tour, groups assess their needs (meeting rooms, reception halls, catering, sleeping rooms) and narrow their selection of hotels. On February 5, in Alexandria, Virginia, a drawing will take place for assigning the hotels to the organized groups. For more information, contact Joan Randall at the IACP,; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 218.

SACOP Midyear Meeting: The 2010 SACOP midyear meeting is March 6–8, 2010, in Alexandria, Virginia. SACOP provides a way for members of the separate state associations to come together. SACOP makes it possible to establish new levels of communication among law enforcement agencies; coordinate the separate state associations; and balance the states’ views on significant law enforcement issues. For more information, contact Beth Currier at the IACP,; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 390.

Day on the Hill: March 9, 2010, is IACP’s Day on the Hill for members to meet with their U.S. congressional representatives, senators, and staff. The purpose of the Day on the Hill is to clarify and further the IACP legislative agenda. For more information, contact Meredith Mays at; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 226.

Police Professional Standards, Image and Ethics Committee Midyear Meeting: The 2010 midyear meeting is April 23–25, in Plano, Texas. For more information, contact Charles Higginbotham at; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 217.

34th Annual IACP LEIM Training Conference and Exposition: This conference is for law enforcement technology practitioners to share lessons learned in the application of technology to fight crime and improve departmental efficiency. The IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Section sponsors the conference on May 24–27, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, send an e-mail to

8th IACP South American Executive Policing Conference: The South American Executive Policing Conference is on June 13–15, 2010, in Florianopolis, Brazil. For more information, contact Paul Santiago at; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 350.

16th Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving: The IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section conducts this conference on July 22–24, 2010, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, contact Carolyn Cockroft at; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 206.

117th Annual IACP Conference: This working conference, initiated in 1893, is the world’s largest meeting of law enforcement executives. Each year, thousands of law enforcement professionals and exhibitors meet to review trends and solutions in policing worldwide.

During the conference, delegates participate in carefully selected educational seminars and assemblies concerning a wide variety of key law enforcement issues. These educational opportunities—meetings, general sessions, discussion groups, and workshops—offer the delegates valuable learning and networking opportunities with their international colleagues.

A significant element of the conference is the law enforcement exhibition, host to cutting-edge technology, equipment, and services—as well as policing essentials for agencies of all sizes and jurisdictions. The world’s leading manufacturers fill the exhibit hall to produce the largest display of law enforcement equipment and services in the world.

From surveys of attendees, we know that the key focus areas for the annual conference are education, peer networking, and the exhibit hall. For more information, visit the conference Web site at

Readers seeking update information on all of IACP activities should visit the Web site at and search the calendar of events.

Annual Conference Workshop Proposals

Peers sharing knowledge and ideas are the hallmark of the annual conference educational program. IACP’s goal is to offer relevant and timely education and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and to make their agencies more successful.

Through this call for proposals, IACP seeks the very best, most relevant, and most thought-provoking ideas in order to deliver content pertinent to the law enforcement profession. Topics have included leadership, management, legal and liability issues, information sharing, homicide investigation, SWAT selection, officer injury prevention, branding the department, and much more.

Members can submit proposals online at the conference Web site. Go to and click on the navigation button workshop proposal.

Career Fair for Recruiting Police Officers

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 is July 19–24, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, as a part of the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference.

For more information about the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, visit

Agencies interested in reaching potential candidates for employment at the conference should contact Joan Randall at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 218, or via e-mail at

$2.7 Billion in Fiscal Year 2010 DHS Grant Programs Available

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the fiscal year 2010 grant application guidance kits for 13 DHS grant programs totaling more than $2.7 billion—funds for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector entities to strengthen the U.S. ability to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.

“These grants play a major role in our efforts to work with our state, local, tribal and territorial and private sector partners to build a national culture of readiness and resilience,” said DHS secretary Janet Napolitano. “This year’s guidance focuses on maximizing efficiency and value while prioritizing risk in awarding grants to strengthen our nation’s security.”

The grant program guidance kits also incorporate the input of DHS’ state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners and include specific steps undertaken by DHS to improve the ability of state and local partners to apply for and utilize grant funding.

These 13 preparedness grant programs may fund a variety of activities including planning, organization, equipment purchases, training, and exercises:

  • Homeland Security Grant Program—$1.78 billion targeted for states or urban areas to build capabilities critical to security. HSGP consists of five programs: State Homeland Security Program; Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI); Operation Stonegarden; Metropolitan Medical Response System Program; and Citizen Corps Program.

  • Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program—Up to $10 million available to eligible tribal applicants to help strengthen the United States against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.

  • UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program—$19 million to support target-hardening activities at nonprofit organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack.

  • Emergency Management Performance Grants Program—$329 million to assist state and local governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

  • Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program—$48 million to assist governments in carrying out initiatives identified in statewide communication interoperability plans and improve interoperable emergency communications used to respond to natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

  • Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program—$33.6 million to enhance catastrophic incident preparedness in high-risk, high-consequence urban areas and their surrounding regions and support coordination of regional all-hazard planning for catastrophic events, including the development of integrated planning communities, plans, protocols, and procedures to manage a catastrophic event.

  • Emergency Operations Center Grant Program—$57.6 million to support the construction or renovation of emergency operations centers to improve state, local, or tribal emergency management and preparedness capabilities to ensure continuity of operations during disasters.

  • Buffer Zone Protection Program—$48 million to increase preparedness capabilities for safeguarding critical infrastructure sites and key resource assets, such as chemical facilities and nuclear power plants, through planning and equipment acquisition.

  • Driver’s License Security Grant Program—$48 million to help states and territories improve security of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in order to prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and enhance the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents.

  • Port Security Grant Program—$288 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism; enhance maritime domain awareness; strengthen risk management capabilities in order to protect against improvised explosive devices and other nonconventional weapons; conduct training and exercises; and implement the Transportation Worker Identification Credential.

  • Intercity Bus Security Grant Program—$11.5 million to support security measures including plans, facility security upgrades, and vehicle and driver protection for fixed-route intercity and charter bus services.

  • Freight Rail Security Grant Program—$15 million to protect critical freight rail systems infrastructure from acts of terrorism and major disasters, as well as other emergencies resulting from railroad cars transporting toxic inhalation hazardous materials.

  • Intercity Passenger Rail (Amtrak)—$20 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies within the Amtrak rail system.

The FY 2010 application guidance packages reflect DHS’ strategic priorities, as well as the National Preparedness Guidelines and the National Response Framework.

DHS oversees more than 50 grant and financial assistance programs representing approximately $4 billion in non-disaster grant funding annually to help state, local, tribal, and private sector entities strengthen the nation’s ability to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.

Further information on preparedness grant programs is available at and ■



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 1, January 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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