IACP Tuition-Free Training: Implementing LPR Technology in Your Community
During the summer of 2010, the IACP Technology Technical Assistance Program (TTAP), with support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice, is hosting regional executive training seminars on license plate reader (LPR) technology. These tuition-free classes, titled Implementing LPR Technology in Your Community, will assist law enforcement agencies with planning, policy development, acquisition, and implementation of LPR technology. These courses are open to chief executives, project managers, and other law enforcement and government personnel who are or will be directly involved in the planning and implementation of LPR technology.
For training locations and more information, visit www.theiacp.org/TTAP.
Combat Veterans in Law Enforcement Guidebooks Released
The IACP Employing Returning Combat Veterans as Law Enforcement Officers project has released two guidebooks: one for returning combat veterans and one for law enforcement leaders. These guidebooks were developed through interviews with input from combat veterans in law enforcement, focus groups, police chiefs, and with guidance from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The guidebooks are invaluable tools for supporting combat veterans in the law enforcement community.
During these tough economic times of condensed budgets and the unrealistic expectations that law enforcement agencies can provide the same level of service with fewer resources, it is more important than ever to maintain and support assets currently available. This is especially true for agencies with officers deployed or preparing to deploy for military service. The leader’s guidebook provides a coalescing of ideas, suggestions, and lessons learned on supporting combat veterans in law enforcement—many of them at little or no cost with long-lasting and immediate benefits. The leader’s guidebook also contains an overview of the current military environment, strategies on developing veteran support policies, an action agenda on steps that can be implemented immediately, and a training curriculum that can help build the foundation of a veteran training program at the academy.
The veteran’s guidebook specifically addresses issues veterans will experience as they transition from a combat environment to civilian law enforcement roles. With input from dozens of combat veterans in law enforcement, the guide is structured to help veterans during each step of the deployment cycle: pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment. In addition, each guidebook contains sections designed to help new combat veteran recruits who lack prior law enforcement experience. Leaders will learn what areas new recruits should be taught at the academy, and veterans will learn what to expect as they enter their new law enforcement careers.
Providing the best possible support for veterans in law enforcement and their families is crucial; they are valuable and patriotic assets to the country and the law enforcement community.
These guidebooks are available in digital download at http://www.theiacp.org/vets2cops or in hardcopy form contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Faith and Credit for Orders of Protection Guidebook Available Free of Charge
Victims of domestic violence regularly seek court orders of protection with the hope of stopping further threat or injury. They look to police for enforcement of these orders. Enacted by Congress in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) directs jurisdictions to give “full faith and credit” to orders of protection. Full faith and credit ensures that valid orders of protection issued in the United States are legally binding and enforceable nationwide. This critical piece of legislation affords victims of domestic violence significant protection. Although the guarantee of nationwide protection offers victims a sense of security and freedom of movement, reinforcement from the criminal justice system is crucial. Enforcing out-ofstate protective orders in good faith results in enhanced safety for all parties involved, and failure to enforce can result in the loss of life and department liability. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary must all work in unison to uphold these provisions of the law and provide victim safety.
The IACP publication Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Enforcing Orders of Protection Nationwide, funded by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, provides guidelines for enforcing out-of-state orders. This document is available free of charge to law enforcement. To order, e-mail email@example.com, or download an order form at www.iacpresearch.org.
IACP Online Foreign Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Awareness Training
IACP is now offering an online Foreign Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Awareness training. This 90-minute training is free to law enforcement and can be completed at the officer’s own pace.
The Foreign CMV Safety Awareness training will provide uniformed state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers with an overview of the various motor carrier, driver, and vehicle issues involving foreign-based CMVs and drivers operating in the United States. The knowledge gained through the training is useful during routine traffic stops or in response to crashes. The course will focus on the following:
- Officer safety
- Mexican CDL (old and new documents)
- Canadian driver’s license
- Non-North American drivers
- Vehicle safety and security
- Operating authority
To begin taking this course, visit http://www.jblearning.com/contact/iacpform.aspx and register today.
If an agency is interested in having a trainer come and train officers on-site, please contact Sarah Horn at Horn@theiacp.org or at 703-836-6767, extension 215, to be put in contact with a trainer in your area.
Life after National Police Week
By Brooke McKay, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
National Police Week 2010 in Washington, D.C., is just a memory for everyone who attended; however, for surviving families of fallen officers, the event remains fresh in their minds.
Following the deaths of their officer relatives, their first experiences at National Police Week, and their participation in a retreat sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), surviving families of fallen U.S. law enforcement officers are looking to find people who will listen, offer support, and try to understand their intense grief. Survivors return home after National Police Week to the same situation they faced prior to the event: lonely nights, recurring tears, and overwhelming issues.
Susan Ciano’s husband, Officer Glen Ciano with the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on February 22, 2009. Glen was honored at National Police Week 2010. “At home you see the same people all the time, and they don’t exactly understand what a police widow is going through,” Susan said. “Your best friends and even family members want the ‘old Susan’ back. And they can’t have her back. She’s changed.”
Just seven months after the death of her husband, Susan made a wise decision to attend the C.O.P.S. Surviving Spouses Getaway. At the retreat, she made lifelong friends with other surviving spouses. “We stayed in touch throughout the year, talked on holidays and on the anniversaries of our spouses’ deaths,” Susan said. “We discussed our issues and gave support to each other. The decision to attend was difficult to make, but I’m so glad I went.”
When Susan arrived at the C.O.P.S. host hotel for National Police Week, she saw familiar faces. She did not feel overwhelmed in the presence of other grieving people. “I was comfortable at the C.O.P.S. hotel and events,” Susan said. “But even if I hadn’t known anybody, there still was a connection. Every one of us suffered that line-of-duty loss. For me, being with C.O.P.S. and the other survivors was like going into a place knowing that I was able to have my sadness and my happiness and be understood.”
Latimore Township, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Michael Weigand and his wife, Kim, lost their son Sergeant Michael Weigand in the line of duty on September 14, 2008. Mike worked for his father’s agency.
Kim described the strong peer support she received after National Police Week 2009. “After all the honors given to Mike in May 2009, I still told people I felt like I was in a deep hole with no way out,” she said. “Another surviving mom I met at a C.O.P.S. event said to me, ‘I'm throwing you a rope, and I'll pull you out of that hole.’ That comment meant the world to me and my healing began!”
Losing a law enforcement officer in the line of duty is a life-altering experience, not only for the surviving families but for the affected coworkers as well. The emotions and grief will continue for years. C.O.P.S. is dedicated to rebuilding the shattered lives of surviving family members and coworkers after a line-of-duty death. C.O.P.S. knows that law enforcement survivors will never get over the loss but will recover, and the organization has been a major factor in that recovery process for thousands of U.S. law enforcement survivors.
For more information on C.O.P.S., visit www.nationalcops.org. ■