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The Important Crime Prevention Issues
The IACP Crime Prevention Committee is using a survey instrument to seek input from the membership on what crime prevention issues are the most important. The primary intent is to support the membership on direct feedback about problems and issues police leaders are facing in the area of crime prevention.

The survey is an easy-to-complete electronic instrument. By entering the IACP Web site the member can simply check a box or enter a more detailed text explanation into the appropriate space provided. After completing the survey, clicking the Send Answers button at the bottom of the electronic survey transmits the results.

The survey will be active through the end of February 2004. To reach the survey, go directly to, or go to, select Committees/Divisions/Sections, then click Crime Prevention Committee. This will carry you to the survey. For more information, call Beth Currier at IACP headquarters, 800-THE-IACP, extension 390, or send an e-mail message to

IACP Day on the Hill to Coincide with Division Meetings
The 2004 midyear conferences of the IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (February 29-March 3) and the State and Provincial Police Division (March 4-6) are being held in Alexandria, Virginia, to make it easier for members of these divisions to participate in the IACP Day on the Hill on March 3. The IACP Legislative Committee, which organizes the Day on the Hill, will hold its midyear meeting at the same time.

The Day on the Hill provides IACP members with the opportunity to meet with their representative in Congress, express their views on the needs of the law enforcement community, and advance the IACP's legislative agenda. On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 2, IACP legislative staff will brief participants to help them prepare for the next day's congressional visits. On Wednesday, IACP members spend the day on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of Congress and their staffs. The IACP legislative staff schedules congressional visits for participants throughout the day.

Contact the following IACP staff members to learn more about these activities:

Day on the Hill: Jennifer Boyter, 800-THE-IACP, extension 226;>SACOP Conference: Beth Currier, 800-THE-IACP, extension 390;>S&P Conference: Dave Tollet, 800-THE-IACP, extension 219;>Legislative Committee Meeting: Jennifer Boyter, 800-THE-IACP, extension 226;

State Association Meetings
Members interested in the different state associations' meetings have an easy reference source-the IACP Web site. The Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police maintains a listing of state conferences, providing the dates, location, and contact person for the various state meetings.

To view the state association meetings, go to, click Divisions/Sections/Committees, select Divisions, choose the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police, and then scroll down to Meetings for 2004. For more information, call Beth Currier at 800-THE-IACP, extension 390, or send an e-mail message to her at

National Crime Victims' Rights Week-April 18-24
This April, law enforcement agencies will have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide effort to promote victims' rights and victim assistance and raise public awareness during the 2004 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, schedule for April 18-24, 2004. The theme for this year's observance is "Victims' Rights: America's Values."

Based upon input from the field, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is disseminating a resource guide to help departments plan victim and community awareness events and activities. Components of the guide are designed to make it easy to replicate materials for the local activities. Included in the guide is camera-ready artwork, a DVD that includes compelling video footage that highlights the theme (for use in local awareness events), guidelines for sponsoring poster and essay contests in schools, and new documents that describe the rich history and leadership of OVC and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Crime Victims Fund. The 2004 resource guide is also filled with theme-oriented ideas, concepts, and strategies.

To obtain a copy of the resource guide, contact Justice Solutions, 720 Seventh Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C., 202-448-1710; fax: 202-628-0080; The resource guide is also available in electronic format on the OVC Web site,

IACP Executive Committee Member Named U.S. Army's
First Provost Marshal General in More Than 30 Years

U.S. Army Major General Donald J. Ryder, an IACP Executive Committee member for the past two years, was recently named the Department of the Army's provost marshal general (PMG). He is only the 11th general officer in the Army's long history, and the first in almost 30 years, to hold the position.

The PMG establishes policy and provides management and technical oversight of law enforcement, corrections, physical security, criminal investigations, and criminal intelligence for the Department of the Army. Additionally, the PMG serves as the Department of Defense executive agent for the Enemy Prisoner of War/Detainee and Corrections program; monitors and reports on worldwide antiterrorism, force protection, and criminal intelligence; and provides domestic threat information to senior Army leaders and major commands.

The office is another step in the U.S. Army's transformation that began in 2001. The plan is designed to restructure major subordinate commands and functions in the service to streamline decision making and achieve efficiencies as the Army adapts to meet rapidly changing institutional and operational challenges in the 21st century.

Ryder, who has commanded the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, for the past two years, will now be both the PMG and the commander of CID.

The Army's Military Police and Criminal Investigation Command spans the globe with more than 40,000 active duty, guard, and reserve personnel worldwide and includes personnel participating in operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Kosovo. The office provides the Army's senior leadership with a comprehensive, single-source responsibility and capability for law enforcement, security, corrections, and criminal investigative-type requirements.

Ryder's duty in Iraq kept him from last year's IACP conference in Philadelphia. "I was really looking forward to [the] IACP [conference] and heard it was a tremendous and productive event," said Ryder. "But as the PMG, or 'police chief' for an army at war, Iraq was where I needed to be."

Ryder expressed his deep appreciation to all the law enforcement agencies across the country who are supporting the war on terrorism and appreciates that many of the Army reservists and National Guard soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq come from civilian and federal law enforcement agencies and have had to leave their loved ones to do what has to be done.

"As we sit here today, a military police team of brave young soldiers is getting in an armored vehicle to go on patrol in Iraq, or a CID special agent is in the desert looking at mass graves to see if an atrocity was committed by the former regime. It's a dangerous business in a dangerous environment, and we will never forget that," said Ryder.


From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 2, February 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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