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IACP Foundation: IACP Foundation and Motorola Partner for No-Cost Training

By Russell B. Laine, Chief of Police, Algonquin, Illinois, Police Department; Immediate Past President, IACP; and Chair, IACP Foundation

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he IACP Foundation is proud to continue its history of offering training and professional development for law enforcement command staff in cooperation with the private sector by announcing the IACP Foundation/Motorola Digital Six Sigma (DSS) Training Program.


In 1981, Motorola pioneered the quality program Six Sigma, which still enjoys widespread use today. Six Sigma is a business management strategy to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects or errors and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. At Motorola, Six Sigma has evolved into DSS, a business improvement methodology that focuses on customer requirements, process alignment, analytical rigor, and timely execution—all using applied technology.

While these tools have traditionally been used in the product design and manufacturing arena, recent years have shown an increased interest and benefit to applying them in select public safety problem-solving scenarios. These have included areas such as improving booking cycle times, refining recruiting and hiring processes, enhancing records management cycle time, and driving police–local business engagement to reduce property crimes.

Motorola-IACP Workshop

In keeping with a long history of collaboration with both the IACP and the IACP Foundation, Motorola has prepared a special two-day, intensive workshop to help law enforcement leaders use DSS methodology to more efficiently manage process improvement within their agencies.

Motorola will be conducting this two-day workshop sharing general DSS concepts and introducing specific problem-solving tools that chiefs or command staff leaders might bring back to their agencies to more effectively review and revise current operations.

The session will conclude with an in-class workshop to prepare participants for using these tools in their local agencies to streamline, redesign, and improve processes that they have identified as critical within their departments.

The IACP Foundation is offering this opportunity to participate at no cost to 15 law enforcement command staff; however, there is no stipend for travel or lodging, so attendees must be able to commute to the class site or incur their own expenses.

Logistics and How to Apply

The course will be presented on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, and Thursday, November 11, 2010, at the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Police Department.

Successful candidates for the training should be chief executives of their agencies or within the senior command staff of their agencies and responsible for oversight of significant areas of policy, procedure, administration, or operations. Candidates must be able to attend both days of the two-day training, with the understanding that there is no compensation for travel, meals, or lodging associated with this free training.

Interested parties should complete the application packet that can be accessed through the Foundation’s website at, under the tab for “Programs” by clicking on “IACP Foundation / Motorola DSS Training.” Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the IACP Foundation board, and 15 candidates will be selected to attend the class.■

About Motorola
Motorola Solutions Incorporated has long been recognized as an industry leader in driving quality process improvement. The creation and continued evolution of quality practices like Six Sigma and DSS have resulted in Motorola being awarded the original Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award in 1988, followed by a second award in 2002.

The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.

Please cite as:

Russell B. Laine, "IACP Foundation and Motorola Partner for No-Cost Training," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 77 (September 2010): 14–15, (insert access date).



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 9, September 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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