By Elizabeth Currier, Manager, IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police, Alexandria, Virginia
he IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) recently concluded its 2010 midyear conference in Alexandria, Virginia. Fiftyeight delegates representing 30 states met March 6–8 to address the concerns of law enforcement administrators and the state associations. Terry Milam, chief of police in St. John, Missouri, and general chair of SACOP, led the conference.
SACOP, one of three IACP membership divisions, regularly brings together the leaders of the state associations to help them establish new levels of communication, coordinate state association activities, and create a forum for balancing states’ views on significant law enforcement issues.
SACOP Educational Program
SACOP provided the attendees with a robust training program during the midyear meeting, focusing on two main areas: intelligence-led policing and innovative traffic strategies.
The intelligence-led policing training consisted of four segments.
Thomas O’Reilly, senior policy advisor, Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, provided an overview of the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative. In addition to discussing how the process can be initiated in an agency, O’Reilly covered the current efforts to implement SAR within the informationsharing environment, and highlighted success stories.
Chief Mark Marshall, Smithfield, Virginia, Police
Department, IACP first Vice President
Lieutenant (retired) Pete Fagan, Virginia State Police, explained how the IACP Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (NDEx) project works as an operational legacy system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Sharing division. He explored how the IACP and the FBI partnership evolved and how the resource can serve the entire criminal justice community and reviewed the process for involvement in the NDEx project.
Chief Mark Marshall, Smithfield, Virginia, Police Department, IACP first vice president, explained the importance of information sharing and the new SLT101 grant, State, Local, and Tribal Information Sharing: Building Information Sharing Capacity from the Ground Up. Chief Marshall brought the perspective of a local law enforcement executive officer to the subject matter and was able to demonstrate why information sharing should be a priority for every municipal chief.
Finally, the question of how the various intelligence projects all work together was answered by Bart R. Johnson, principal deputy under secretary, Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence and Analysis. He also provided insight into how the various federal agencies interpret their partnerships with local law enforcement.
SACOP maintains an active role in encouraging and supporting committed traffic enforcement, especially for sustained enforcement efforts in three priority areas: impaired driving, speed, and occupant restraints. As part of that commitment, the midyear meeting examined several areas of traffic safety.
Captain Howard Hall, Baltimore County, Maryland, Police Department and Earl Hardy, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, presented successful case studies of the Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) project. This project is focused on reducing social harm and improving the quality of life within local communities by providing a local law enforcement operational strategy built around timely and accurate data collection, mapping techniques, and analysis to identify the nexus of crime and traffic safety. The presentation demonstrated how any agency, regardless of size, can implement this analytical tool.
Traffic enforcement by agencies that are experiencing staffing and budget shortfalls is a challenge. Ted Graef, president, All Traffic Solutions, State College, Pennsylvania, gave the attendees a demonstration on using the Internet to extend resources, respond to escalating traffic safety challenges, and make communities safer.
Further addressing budget shortfalls, Steve Sanderson and Bob Gutwein, Accident Support Services International, Toronto, Ontario, discussed centralized Collision Reporting Centers (CRCs). In Canada, these reporting centers have cut police involvement from an average of 120 minutes per traffic collision to about 5 minutes per collision. By clearing roads faster and reducing the risk of secondary collisions, agencies can realize significant cost savings.
The SafeShield project is a long-term SACOP initiative that examines existing and cutting-edge technology, training, and policy with the goal of providing officers with a protective environment so that they can return home safely every day.
Chief Michael J. Carroll, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Chester, Pennsylvania, at a region meeting
During the midyear meeting, the SafeShield Committee discussed the Reducing Officer Injuries: Developing Policy Responses grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice. This 18-city pilot study will collect and organize data on officer injuries and provide the basis for sound decisions regarding officer safety, whether in equipment design, training programs, or policy development.
SafeShield Committee members also discussed the business plan of the project—specifically, how it can receive greater publicity and acceptance in the law enforcement community—and the establishment of an officer safety award. The committee also heard presentations on current and proposed injury research projects.
Smaller Department Section
The SACOP Smaller Department Section, chaired by Chief Milam, focuses on the needs of police departments that serve populations smaller than 25,000 or have fewer than 25 sworn officers. Those concerns include training, budgets, recruitment, annual IACP conference attendance, and retention.
The main project of this section has been the formation of a scholarship program to allow chiefs from smaller agencies to attend the annual IACP conference. The Police Chief’s Scholarship Program is designed to allow several police chiefs who are members in good standing of their state chief’s associations to attend the annual IACP conference for the first time. It is a common problem that police chiefs from smaller agencies, who constitute a large majority of the IACP’s membership, do not attend because of funding difficulties. The Police Chief’s Scholarship provides complimentary conference registration, hotel accommodations up to four nights, and airfare. Additional costs, such as meals and local transportation, are borne by the recipients. Eight chiefs will be awarded scholarships for the IACP annual conference in October in Orlando, Florida.
Executive Directors Committee Meeting and Roundtable
Executive directors of the state associations value the opportunity to have an open forum for discussion. A good portion of their time together was spent discussing their biggest challenges in managing state associations as well as their best ideas, practices, and programs. The Executive Directors Committee works to strengthen each state association by exchanging these ideas to better serve members. Additionally, specific topics were discussed, such as providing Web-based advocacy tools for legislative initiatives, conducting more effective meetings at the SACOP midyear and annual meetings, and making state annual conferences stronger.
IACP Board of Officers
Chief Carroll at the general business meeting
Members of the IACP Board of Officers attended the SACOP meeting. President Michael J. Carroll addressed the members during the general business meeting on his presidential initiative of officer safety, specifically the Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police. Chief Russell B. Laine, IACP Past President, addressed the membership on the activities of the IACP Foundation. Also contributing their support, advice, and insight to the division’s deliberations were first vice president Chief Mark Marshall; fourth vice president Chief Yost Zakhary; vice president at large Chief (retired) Ed Mosca; and Colonel Mark Dunaski, general chair of the State and Provincial Police Division.
The SACOP midyear conference enjoyed the support of many industry leaders and law enforcement partners. Assisting the division with its work were DynCorp International, the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, All Traffic Solutions, Crime Prevention Outreach, Motorola, DuPont Advanced Fibers Systems, Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, Cisco, D.A.R.E. America, and W. L. Gore and Associates.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police hosted the event, providing a hospitality room for networking and muchdeserved relaxation after the daily meeting and training. Significant logistical support was provided by Northern Virginia agencies: Alexandria Police Department, Arlington County Police Department, and Fairfax County Police Department.
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police will host the next midyear meeting of the division in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in March 2011.
SACOP encourages all IACP members to become active in their state associations. State associations can have a tremendous impact on the focus and direction of the IACP. ■
Please cite as:
Elizabeth Currier, "2010 SACOP Midyear Conference," The Police Chief 77 (May 2010): 36–37,
http://policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&article_id=2082&issue_id=52010 (insert access date).