By Meredith Mays, Legislative Representative, IACP
n mid-January, S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, which is strongly supported by the IACP, was approved by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Once enacted, the legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) will allow for a long overdue comprehensive examination and report on the state of law enforcement and criminal justice in the United States.
For more than 20 years, the IACP has advocated for the creation of a commission that would follow in the footsteps of the 1965 Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The IACP believes that the work of that commission and the 200 recommendations it produced marked the beginning of a sea change in the methods for dealing with crime and the public and built the framework for many of the highly effective law enforcement and public safety initiatives that have been in place for the last 40 years.
IACP president Michael J. Carroll sent a letter to Senator Webb announcing IACP’s support. In the letter, President Carroll wrote, “the commission that will be established by S. 714 embraces the same mission as the 1965 Commission. As clearly set forth in the legislation the commission is tasked with conducting a comprehensive examination of all aspects of the criminal justice system including the prevention of crime, law enforcement, corrections and offender re-entry.”
In conducting this critical review the commission will have the opportunity to examine and develop recommendations addressing the broad range of new and emerging challenges that confront law enforcement today, from cybercrime to non-traditional organized crime and from violent street gangs to homeland security. In addition, the commission will also be reviewing the impact, difficulties, and opportunities that are presented to the criminal justice community by technological innovations.
It is for these reasons that the IACP believes it is imperative that S.714 be approved in a timely fashion. For far too long the U.S. law enforcement and criminal justice system has lacked a strategic plan that will guide an integrated public safety and homeland security effort in the years ahead.
S. 714 is expected to be considered by the full Senate in the coming weeks.
Stay Connected with the IACP
The IACP has recently launched several new social media outlets to help members stay connected. The association has historically engaged in a variety of media in order to communicate relevant news to our membership, and these new elements represent the next step in that process.
This fall the IACP’s legislative newsletter changed its format to become the Capitol Report Update, available on IACP’s Web site (www.theiacp.org/legislativeaction). The Capitol Report Update features up-to-date news items from around Washington, D.C.
Another new and exciting endeavor is the launch of the IACP Podcast Series. Podcasts are posted on the IACP’s Web site (www.theiacp.org) and cover topics such as internal affairs, SafeShield, and annual conference details.
To receive an alert when these or other elements of the IACP Web site are updated, subscribe to IACP’s RSS feed (www.theiacp.org/rssfeed.aspx?p=2).
The IACP also launched an official IACP Facebook page, which will help members stay connected with each other. To find IACP on Facebook search for “The International Association of Chiefs of Police.”
Finally, you can now follow the IACP on Twitter. IACP Twitter followers can get real-time, up-to-date information on IACP legislative alerts, news, publications, and events. Search for “IACPOfficial.”
Day on the Hill
The IACP’s biennial Day on the Hill has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, in conjunction with the midyear meetings of both the Division of State and Provincial Police and the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police. On this day, IACP members will have an opportunity to meet with their elected officials on issues important to the law enforcement community.
To register, and for more information, please visit the IACP’s Web site at www.theiacp.org/legislativeaction/dayonthehill.
For more information, please contact Meredith Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■