IACP International Policing Division
Armenian Visit: In late March 2010, the IACP hosted Armenian law enforcement and prosecution officials at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. These visitors traveled to Washington, D.C., and subsequently four other cities in the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) with the U.S. Department of State. IACP representatives from the International Policing Division and the Research Center Directorate spent an afternoon discussing policing policies, procedures, and best practices, specifically pertaining to combating human trafficking. The IACP staff hosts visitors from the IVLP about once a month, enabling the exchange of knowledge and experience in a small group setting, and allowing IACP staff to meet individuals—potential members—who may not be immediately familiar with the organization, its functions, or its influence on global policing.
United Nations & Guinea-Bissau: In the most populated neighborhood in the capital of Guinea-Bissau, Bairro Militar, a new building brings with it hope for increased safety and security. The new police station under construction, part of the government’s Security Sector Reform, has been heralded by the national government and the United Nations Peace-Building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau as a model for the country and for the region. At the groundbreaking, Joseph Mutaboba, special representative of the UN Secretary-General, is quoted saying that the new police model is a motion toward “justice for all.”
An eyewitness to his moment in history is the IACP’s International Division Vice-Chair, Colonel Nelson Werlang Garcia, senior police advisor, UNIOGBIS (seated at far right), who is currently working in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Colonel Garcia is beginning his one-year assignment in the region to support the police mission in Africa as a UNPOL Senior Police Advisor. Despite the demands of his position, Colonel Garcia remains an enthusiastic and active IACP member, lending his time and effort to accomplish any task that might benefit the organization. Working alongside International Vice President David C. Beer, the International Division has set goals for increasing membership on a global scale.
Host Chiefs Subcommittee Meeting
Planning for the annual IACP conference begins years in advance of the actual conference and intensifies for the city hosting that year’s conference. In final preparations for the 2010 Orlando, Florida, conference and the 2011 Chicago, Illinois, conference, representatives from the police departments met with the 2009 Denver, Colorado, conference leadership team and IACP staff. Glen Mowrey, retired deputy chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department and the 1999 conference host, chairs the Host Chiefs subcommittee of the IACP Conference Committee.
The Denver, Colorado, Police Department representatives—Division Chief Tracie Keesee and Lieutenant Bill Mitchell—delivered the 2009 conference after-action report, sharing lessons learned with the future conference host.
2010 Orlando Conference Planning
The Orlando, Florida, Police Department leadership team—Captain Jan Croud and Community Service Officer Rachel Wright—presented the 2010 Orlando conference plans. Chief Val B. Demings is the conference host and is involved in conference planning. Within the Orlando Police Department structure, 20 committees have been assigned planning responsibilities including such functions as command post, security, communications, credentialing, armory in the exhibit hall, and public/media relations.
Following are special events for the 2010 conference.
Chief’s Motorcycle Ride: A unique Saturday, October 23, event is the Chief’s Motorcycle Ride. Interested riders may join Orlando Police Chief Val Demings for a 70-mile motorcycle ride through central Florida, which takes riders through the scenic byways of Orange County. The ride begins at 8:00 a.m. and returns around 2:00 p.m.
Transportation is provided from the Orange County Convention Center to the start of the ride at Orlando Harley Davidson, 3770 – 37th Street, Orlando. The cost is $40 per rider (two riders on one motorcycle is $80) and motorcycles are available to rent for $99 for the ride through Orlando Harley Davidson. Brunch is included. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Golf Tournament: On Sunday, October 24, starting at 8:00 a.m., golfers can enjoy the Walt Disney World Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses during a conference golf tournament. Transportation is provided from the Orange County Convention Center. The cost is $160 per golfer and includes a continental breakfast and Italian lunch buffet. If needed, clubs can be rented for $25. Prizes will be awarded.
5K Run: On Sunday, October 24, starting at 7:00 a.m., runners can enjoy an exciting 5K course that weaves through Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure theme parks. Transportation is provided from conference hotels and awards will be presented at the end of race. Race packets can be picked up in the registration area of the convention center. The run benefits the Florida Special Olympics.
Host Chief’s Education Track: Central Florida law enforcement agencies are presenting educational programs that highlight successful programs of the region. Among the educational topics are the benefits of a university chief versus a traditional police chief, the Orlando IRIS camera program, the region’s fusion center, socialization of Generation X versus Generation Y, and many other topics.
IACP Host Chief’s Night: The IACP Host Chief’s Night event will be held Monday, October 25, 2010, at Universal Studios, where attendees will have exclusive access for the evening. IACP members, their guests, and families will enjoy an evening of food, networking, and attractions offered by Universal Studios. Please note: the IACP Host Chief’s Night does not include access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter because the attraction is in a separate theme park, Universal’s Island of Adventures.
Important 2010 Conference Dates
May 12, 2010 – Registration and Housing opens. Attendees can register and secure their hotel rooms starting Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
August 1, 2010 – “Insider’s Guide to the Conference,” published in Police Chief magazine. This guide provides details needed to make the most of the conference experience.
October 23, 2010 – Conference begins with educational programs and committee, section, and division meetings. Opening Ceremony is at 4:00 p.m.
October 24, 2010 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony opens the largest law enforcement exposition in the world. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.
October 25, 2010 – First General Assembly and voting for IACP offices.
October 26, 2010 – Second General Assembly and last day for the exposition.
October 27, 2010 – Annual Banquet for swearing in the 2010–2011 IACP President and Board of Officers. Entertainment follows the official program.
2011 Chicago Conference Planning
Representing the Chicago, Illinois, Police Department conference planning staff were Sergeant Lori Cooper and Officer Peg Mizera. Both are experienced at event planning in Chicago. The 118th Annual IACP Conference is being held October 22–26, 2011, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and attracts close to 3 million visitors each year. An expansive series of pedestrian promenades and sky bridges link the entire convention facility. The grand concourse connects the south and north buildings and, along with the central concourse, offers locations for retail shops, cafes, restaurants, and other visitor amenities.
McCormick Place is named in honor of Colonel Robert R. McCormick (U.S. Army), a controversial and charismatic visionary who served as editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It was Colonel McCormick who spearheaded the drive to build a worldclass convention center in the city of Chicago. Under Colonel McCormick’s leadership, the state endorsed construction of a permanent exhibition hall to host conventions and trade shows. Colonel McCormick never lived to see his dream become a reality. The facility bearing his name opened in 1960, five years after his death. Over the past 50 years, the facility has been updated many times to remain a premiere convention center.
For more information, visit www.theiacpconference.org.
Online Firearms Digest
The Harvard School of Public Health recently launched a new online firearms digest that compiles and summarizes research findings on firearms and gun violence. This new source is ideal for law enforcement. Using topical searches under headings such as domestic violence, homicide, and crime, law enforcement now can easily incorporate research findings in the development of best practices and prevention strategies with respect to firearms violence. The Firearms Research Digest, funded by the Joyce Foundation, features clear summaries of research published in academic journals and links to the actual studies. This searchable database currently covers six years of research—from 2003 to 2009—and is being expanded to include articles dating back to 1988.
The Firearms Research Digest can be found at www.firearmsresearch.org.
Causes and Correlates of Girls’ Delinquency
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) released the fifth in a series of Girls Study Group bulletins from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) that present findings and examine issues related to delinquent behavior in adolescent girls. This bulletin summarizes the results of the research team’s extensive review of social science literature on individual-level risk factors for delinquency and factors related to family, peers, school, and communities and identifies implications for program and policy related to risk and protective factors.
The bulletin identifies eight factors that are significantly correlated with girls’ delinquency. They are negative and critical mothers, harsh discipline, inconsistent discipline, family conflict, frequent family moves, multiple caregivers, longer periods of time with a single parent, and growing up in socioeconomically disadvantaged families.
Causes and Correlates of Girls’ Delinquency, by Margaret A. Zahn et al., Girls Study Group Members, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, can be accessed at www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/226358.pdf.
The OJP, headed by Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has seven components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; the Community Capacity Development Office; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at www.ojp.gov.
For further information and resources on girls’ delinquency, visit OJJDP’s Girls’ Delinquency Web portal page at ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/programs/girlsdelinquency.html. ■